Category: Travel Miscellany

5 top tables under the African stars

5 top tables under the African stars

There can be few things in life more spellbinding than gazing at the Milky Way stretch endlessly out into the inky black of the African night sky. In the northern hemisphere we seldom get to experience anything like it. Away from the omnipresent light pollution of the north, Africa offers glittering night skies that will […]

My thoughts from 33 years in the travel industry on the implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus

My thoughts from 33 years in the travel industry on the implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Before beginning this article, I’d like to wish all our readers, their families and communities, a safe and healthy few months ahead as we all come to terms with the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. And for my many colleagues who work in the travel industry, I wish you all the resilience that will be […]

6 tempting foodie experiences from around the world

6 tempting foodie experiences from around the world

The world would be a tedious place if every country’s cuisine tasted the same. Bite after bite, continent after continent of bland sameness. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and the foods that we eat and experience when we travel are often the most memorable takeaways from any journey of discovery. Every townland, region, province, and […]

When's the best time to travel?

When’s the best time to travel?

Knowing when to travel can be a rather tough decision. While travelling is all about unwinding and relaxing, there are various factors you’ll have to consider before you take your plans and put them into action. With a whole 365 days in a year, most people would think you could surely take off a mere […]

Iceland: the world's most peaceful country 

Iceland: the world’s most peaceful country 

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008 – Global Peace Index According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world… 12 years running. Followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark. Other countries like Bhutan have risen impressively over the […]

Short stay: Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Club, Kildare, Ireland

Short stay: Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Club, Kildare, Ireland

Located just an hour’s drive from Dublin, Kilkea Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland. Originally built in 1180 by Hugh de Lacy, the Earl of Ulster and chief governor of Ireland, for Sir Walter de Riddlesford, a Norman knight, the castle was the seat of the Fitzgeralds, the Earls of Kildare, for almost […]

Coronavirus fears? Head to the wilderness

Coronavirus fears? Head to the wilderness

Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind right now – understandably so. We need to be sensible and treat it with respect. But you still want to travel, yes? Help is at hand. One solution for you is to head to the wilderness – areas of sparse populations are perfect for exploring and staying virus-free. Here are […]

8 must-dos in Bhutan

8 must-dos in Bhutan

Bhutan is one of my favorite destinations. Not only are the pristine landscapes breathtaking, but the rich Buddhist culture and glorious temples are unforgettable. As the government requires that most visitors travel with a guide, Bhutanese guides are incredibly well trained, speak impeccable English, and are enthusiastic about sharing their heritage and country with guests. […]

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Top 7 luxury gourmet getaways in Australia

When holidaying in Australia, there is so much more to experience than just its big cities and famous tourist attractions. In fact, no trip down under is complete without leaving the busy city behind and heading out into the regions for a gourmet adventure. We’ve handpicked some of the standout gourmet destinations around the country […]

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

Every year, for the past 54 years, ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) – a major event in the travel industry calendar – takes place at exhibition grounds in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, at a venue called Messe Berlin. The event has grown to be the biggest travel fair in the world, with around 10,000 […]

Visa applications made easy

The visa made easy

Have suitcase. Will travel. Hang on. Not so fast. Unfortunately, travel isn’t always that easy. We don’t live in a world without borders. Passports are needed. Then, depending on your next bucket-list destination, visas are often required within said passports. And as anyone who’s ever travelled anywhere requiring a visa can tell you, those aren’t […]

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Global tourism has risen dramatically since the end of the second World War. In 1950, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), there were just 25 million international tourist arrivals. By 2019, the same body reported that there were 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals – an increase of 4% on the previous year […]

Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Northeastern Brazil: a cultural stew of culinary delights!

Northeastern Brazil: a cultural stew of culinary delights!

Rich in geographical and cultural diversity, Brazil is a delightful destination for those who love to eat and experience knowledge and flavors on a culinary journey through different regions of the country to stimulate the senses of sight, smell and, above all, taste. In fact, over more than 500 years of history, Brazilian cuisine results […]

5 luxury things you must do in Phuket

5 luxury things you must do in Phuket

Nestled in a group of islands in Thailand, Phuket is a must-see location that is full of natural beauty, and it is famous for the white sandy beaches. In fact, there are over 30 beaches on this one island, and these range from popular and bustling to more secluded and hidden for those prepared to […]

Vegan travel in Vietnam

Vegan travel in Vietnam

Vietnam is a remarkable country offering intrepid travellers nature, history, countryside, beaches and some wonderful vegan food if you know where to look. There is a very good understanding of vegetarian and vegan food in Vietnam due to many of the Buddhist population choosing to eat plant based food on auspicious days in line with […]