Category: Inspiration

7 unusual holiday ideas – how to add stargazing to your travel plans

The worst thing about going on holiday is that all too soon it will be over and you’ll be wearing those post-holiday blues like an invisible blanket of gloom. Our leisure time is limited so it’s tempting to stick to a tried-and-tested formula that you know works best. But what if your needs have changed or you want to try something a little different, yet sustainable? There are many new trends in tourism to tempt...

Back to the future: 10 places I have to revisit…and why!

As is customary for most people at this time of year, including travel writers, thoughts turn to the year to come and travel wish lists are drawn up. 12 months ago saw me being oh-so-ambitious about my travel plans, only to have most of them scuppered for one reason or another. This got me thinking about travel wishes in a different light. Rather than always hankering after new destinations for the coming year, my thoughts...

Top 10 reasons to take a stargazing holiday

Imagine yourself on a clear night, away from the city centre, gazing up at a velvety canopy studded with millions of sparkling far-off suns. Well, imagining that scene is often the closest we get to seeing those worlds beyond our own, thanks to an increasingly urban population and hectic lifestyle. Whether it’s lack of time, cloudy skies or an excess of artificial light, our chances of seeing more than a handful of the brightest stars...

When Travel Dreams Fade – The Eclipse That Wouldn’t Wait

  I’m sitting here writing this tale of discarded travel plans, wondering whether I should have let it get to me so much. I mean, I’m not the only one who has had to soak up the disappointment of cancelling a dream holiday due to those pesky ‘circumstances beyond our control’. But as a unique and memorable travel adventure, this trip was off-the-scale awesome. And the series of setbacks leading up to this moment at my...

BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden Hindu Temple London

Hindu Blessings at London’s Neasden Temple

I’ve been to UK Hindu temples before, those converted community-hall type of temples you find in most urban population centres, where the shrines are modest and the furnishings sometimes a little frayed around the edges. I’d occasionally wondered if all such temples outside of India were the same. Last weekend I discovered that this is categorically not the case, as I accompanied my longest-standing friend and her family to Neasden Temple in north-west London. I knew nothing...

Following in Their Footsteps – My 2016 Travel Blog Role Models

  Time flies when you’re having fun. Or, in my case, when you’re an emerging travel blogger trying to juggle the multiple demands of content creation, networking, social media management….oh and, you know – actual travelling. Suddenly, I find that a year has passed since I made that decision to ‘go for it’ and plunge myself into a world of more uncertainty but infinitely more excitement too. Along the way, I’ve taken inspiration from my...