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...

Harmony of the Seas , City Terminal, Southampton

Harmony of the Seas – A Seafaring Giant

For the last couple of days, Royal Caribbean’s new flagship Harmony of the Seas, has been waiting patiently outside City Terminal in Southampton, anticipating the green light for her maiden voyage. She’s the largest cruise ship in the world, and a template for the kind of floating city you might see in a sci-fi or fantasy movie.  At almost 7,000 passenger capacity and housing over 2,000 crew members, she is the equivalent length of 4...

Light at the end of the tunnel

Identity Crisis – What’s In A Blog Name? (Part 2)

Previously, on ‘Identity Crisis – What’s In A Blog Name?’ Sara decides to start a travel blog and tries to find the right blog name She finds the ideal name, only to find the main domain is gone She fights through her disappointment by actually setting up the blog with a holding name And Now, The Conclusion…..  

Identity Crisis – What’s In A Blog Name? (Part 1)

If, like me, you tend to overthink things, choosing a blog name can be traumatic; fraught with indecision, with occasional bursts of resolve, only to be scuppered by second-guessing. The process can drive you insane, sap any creative juices and leave you feeling defeated before you’ve even started. If you’re me, that is.  Which, as it happens, I am.   

Celica Art Hostel – Doing Time in Ljubljana’s Quirkiest Abode

Travel recommendations can be very hit and miss. Somebody’s ultimate luxury can be another’s pretentious overkill, and my road trip fantasies could easily be at loggerheads with your dreams of idyllic, palm-fringed beaches. So when a friend tells you that you simply must visit a particular hostel it’s tempting to first ponder how alike your travelling tastes really are. I’m glad I trusted him on this though, because on my first major backpacking trip, in the...

World Travel Market 2015 – A Rail Journey Vignette

I love the bleakness and romanticism of moorland areas.  I’m zooming through the New Forest on the way to World Travel Market 2015 and admittedly, I’ve only just looked up and out of the window. It’s taken me a full 10 minutes to find a seat I can settle into without twisting at an odd angle to avoid someone’s protruding elbow or some non-gentleman’s inconsiderate manspreading (that’s one of Collins Dictionary’s Words of 2015, don’tcha...

New Horizons – A Passage to Pluto

At 11:50 GMT (12:50 BST) today, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft should have completed its primary mission of flying past the dwarf planet Pluto.  We won’t know for certain yet if the probe survived, and at a velocity of 14km per second, even a tiny fragment of rogue space debris could be monumentally destructive. In just a few hours’ time, the probe is due to call Earth via a giant dish in Madrid, Spain.  Only then will...

Earth Day 2015 – Inspiring Your Travel Choices

I’ll freely admit that this year’s Earth Day event almost passed my notice…….as it has every year since I first became aware of it.   As timid and passive as it may sound, I am as beholden to the constraints of routine and day-to-day issues as anybody. Which means that, for now, I am just pleased to say I did switch all the lights off during WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March. It’s not...