6 Simple Lessons That Travelling Teaches Us

  A favourite school teacher once told me that ‘you learn more from failure than from success’. I believe that to be true in many contexts, and when it comes to travelling it’s particularly relevant. Last week a very carefully planned but difficult journey ended unsuccessfully, as the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli probe crash landed on Mars, ending its life-searching mission before it properly began. As an astronomy enthusiast, I’m always disappointed when these missions...

Queen Mary 2 – On Board Cunard’s Remastered Flagship

Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of the iconic Cunard brand.  A symbol of indulgence, with a luxurious legacy garnered from over a decade of ventures across the high seas. She is to ocean-faring what the Orient Express is to riding the rails. And she’s recently had a bit of a facelift. Queen Mary 2 (that’s the correct nomenclature, by the way – not Queen Mary II as if often seen), has been upgraded, with...

Re-Connecting With Nature: #ShareYourOutdoors

In these times of constant connectivity, many of us are permanently stooped forwards, eyes down poring over texts and tweets – barely looking at what’s in front of us, let alone what’s high in the skies above us. What we are losing connection with, it seems, is Mother Nature. I’m sometimes guilty of that myself. It’s easily done, there’s always something else that needs doing; an errand to run, some shopping to do – life...

Cruising into New Territory – The Norwegian Fjords

It’s not that I have anything against water, but I’ve always been more of an over-lander or fly-driver when it comes to international travel. So tomorrow is going to be a case of in at the deep end (metaphorically speaking, I trust), as I head off on my first cruise proper, to the Norwegian Fjords. By ‘first cruise proper’ I mean something beyond a cross-channel ferry, which is as far as I’ve ventured so far...

Opitsaht, cow, clayoquot, canada

The Curious Case of the Opitsaht Cows of Vancouver Island

To be fair, the cows themselves don’t rouse all that much curiosity. I am, after all, talking regular mooing livestock commonly found roaming in herds across green fields or dusty plains. It’s where you find this particular little group of cattle, and what brought them there, that adds the hefty pinch of intrigue.

View from the Shinglemill Restaurant, Powell River

5 Things I Discovered About the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

That’s right, the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. In Canada, not Australia. If you thought this westernmost of Canadian provinces was all about the Rockies, the gateway city of Vancouver and great swathes of temperate rainforest brimming with bears, you’d be overlooking a fascinating little series of coastal communities that deserve to be equally celebrated.

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Revisiting Favourite Places – Flashbacks of Canada

When you fall in love with a destination, and re-visit it after many years, there is often a slight risk that it won’t live up to the reputation your rosy memories have bestowed upon it. For starters, has it changed much since you were there? Are you even the same person you were then, or have your life experiences altered the way you see things? Will you wish you’d never gone back, and left those...