A cosy weekend in Berkhamsted

Weekend in a log cabin, Berkhamsted

When was the last time you had a holiday close to home? If you live in the UK, you’re blessed with little towns dotted about the place, all offering somewhere to go and something to see; just without the cost of flights or the need to change your currency. Hey, did that rhyme? Over the[…]

Why September is the best month to travel

Where to Travel in September

I used to hate September. When I was a schoolgirl, September saw me suffering from the back-to-school blues. When I started my job, September saw me suffering from the back-to-work blues. But now, I’ve been able to avoid the inevitable back-to-work blues by packing my bags and seeing where the wind takes me. And that’s what[…]

The Benefits of Learning a Language

The benefits of learning a language

About 40% of the world’s population are monolingual. And that’s genuinely one of the scariest statistics I’ve ever heard. With so many people only speaking one language, how can we expect to understand and be understood by each other? I’ll admit I used to be one of those people that relied on my mum’s rusty[…]

Unusual things to do in London

Unusual things to do in London

London is one of the coolest cities in the world, and usually one of the first stops on a UK itinerary. But it didn’t get that reputation because of its major tourist attractions, oh no! What makes London special is the sheer amount of things you can do off the beaten track, whether that involves eating,[…]

Living in the Lap of Luxury

I like to think that I’m not very picky. Give me cotton sheets over silk, custard over creme brûlée, or cava over champagne and I’ll be just as happy. And, until last weekend, I would have chosen a trip abroad over a staycation in a heartbeat. Yet, last weekend changed all of that. It was only my[…]

A Right Royal Weekend in Kent

Rochester Castle

I love surprises. Especially surprises that involve going somewhere. So when Tim told me to pack my bags and get in the car for a weekend away, I couldn’t wait. Being a bit of a fan of historic cities and mediaeval history, he had organised a trip to Kent which is just full of castles,[…]

Dos and Don’ts for a long weekend in Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is just one of those places everyone has to go to one day. It’s got so much going for it – great food, attractive people, beautiful sights, all topped off with a laid back, cultural vibe you only get in Europe. But with so much to do and see, where do you start? Here[…]

Why I fell in love with Spain

Plaza de Espana, Seville

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’m quite a big Spain fan. And even that’s an understatement. I absolutely adore the country. How could you not, when it’s given us some delicious food, spectacular scenery and Enrique Iglesias?! Just me on that last one then… My Spanish[…]

How to travel with a full-time job

Travel with a full-time job

My full-time job is the only thing that’s stopping me from travelling. Actually – that’s a lie. There are other things like money and my cat, but really my full-time job isn’t stopping me at all – I spend most free moments thinking about my next destination, planning or trip or actually taking one. Even[…]