Kew, a London Oasis

Kew, a London Oasis

London can be a bit much sometimes. It’s busy and fun and full of stuff to do, but the constant rushing and the view-blocking sky-scrapers and packed tubes take their toll. Sometimes, I’d do anything for a bit of green, a bit of quiet. And that’s what Kew Gardens offers… and then some. Rather than […]

King’s Landing – Dubrovnik

King’s Landing – Dubrovnik

Any Game of Thrones’ geek worth their salt would get excited about a week in the ancient walled-city of King’s Landing and I, am excited. Dubrovnik, the setting for the hit TV show’s capital city, is so much more than a beautiful set. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a hint of seven-kingdoms-tourist-tat in […]

A decade at Glastonbury

A decade at Glastonbury

It’s 2003 and I’m 15. I’m stood in a crowd of people who are heavy with anticipation, clinging on to my sister’s hand as we try to weave towards a giant cow, the meeting point we’ve agreed with our friends. Our progress is slow; everyone has their eyes focused on the stage, waiting for the […]

New York, New York

New York, New York

The power of pop is such that I now struggle to say the words ‘New York’ without my brain echoing ‘New Yorrrrk’ Alicia Keys-style. With every sip of coffee in Central Park, every swish of upper-east-sider hair and the fact that ‘it does not say R.S.V.P on the Statue of Liberty’, New York has been […]

A week in Washington DC

A week in Washington DC

The air-hostess is walking down the aisle collecting our ‘trash’; “good job y’all” she says as we deposit our empty cans. I’m being praised for throwing away a single item of rubbish in a bag being held open for me. It’s then I know I’ve really arrived in America. I travelled to the land of […]

It’s the people not the place

It’s the people not the place

Whilst I love the irresistible pairing of solitude and beauty, I could be in a barren wasteland and still have an amazing time if I’m with the right people. So, whilst they’re not always mutually exclusive, maybe it really is the people, not the place, that makes the best experiences. I arrived in New Zealand, […]

Ditching the diary for a spontaneous weekend

Ditching the diary for a spontaneous weekend

I am a planner. Every weekend is booked out months in advance; I live by my to-do list and my holiday quota for 2014 is already full. It’s safe to say there’s little room in my life for a spontaneous adventure- a shameful admission. The aforementioned is exactly why I was so excited to ditch […]

A Brit Abroad in Marmaris

A Brit Abroad in Marmaris

Just before flying out to Marmaris, Turkey, I read a typically scare-mongering Daily Mail article touting drunken youths and clashes with angry locals as the mainstay of the tourist resort. On arrival, it was easy to believe the article was all fact: gaudy night clubs, British food on every menu and rows upon rows of […]

Food Heaven at The Hand and Flowers – Marlow

Food Heaven at The Hand and Flowers – Marlow

Marlow is a charming town in rural-England, complete with leafy parks, statuesque houses and the Thames meandering its way through the centre. But we’re not here for Marlow; we’re here for the food. The Hand and Flowers is Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin starred gastropub and the destination of our foodie pilgrimage. After a sun-filled day, […]