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How to travel green

The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 was unveiled this year, so we checked the list out to see whether any of our holiday destinations have made the cut. We’re really pleased that Geilo in Norway, Azores in Portugal and Terres de L’Ebre in Catalunya are on the list. But what are the qualities that make a […]

A World Search for Winter Snow

If you’re still playing the waiting game with the summer weather, it’s probably time to cut your losses. Again, the temperatures struggled to graze 30 degrees this year, which does nothing to quell the temptation to look further afield in the future. The snow is soon to deftly grace the northern half of the planet, bringing […]

Lake District Greats: A Life in Literature

This year marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. Beatrix Potter is celebrated for her charmingly illustrated children’s books, bringing to life characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, based on her detailed observations of the natural world. In the Lake District, however, it was as […]

Electric Dorset: A Freewheeling Holiday has never been Easier

What would make a 60-something non-cycling couple choose a cycling holiday across Dorset’s formidable hills? Headwater Holidays has the answer: put the word ‘electric’ in front of bike.   On arrival in Weymouth, Jacqui and Roy briefed us fully on the esplanade, before we set off on our first ride. I’m an occasional cyclist; Celia […]

City Roots – Unique Gardens Around the World

In the perpetual whirl of modern city living, it’s easy to forget what was here before. When life finds itself locked in a continuous work-pub-home cycle, the hours spent in noisy, polluted transition often consumes all the time that could be spent in quiet and blissful nature. The gardens of the world’s metropolises may be […]

Montenegro: Ancient Country in a New Light

Perhaps of all Eastern European countries, it’s the tiny state of Montenegro that does the most for dispelling misconceptions. Pressed up against the serenity of the Adriatic’s rippling waves and bordered inland by Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the country is often overlooked as a poor alternative to Croatia’s golden beaches or eastern Italy’s […]

Into the Wild: The Remote Locations of this Year’s Oscar Nominees

Between 2001 and 2010, Peter Jackson, one of New Zealand’s most beloved sons, was responsible for a 50% increase in international visitors to Wellington. His mammoth Lord of the Rings trilogy showcased the beauty of New Zealand and its credentials as one of the best film locations in the world, which clearly mattered to a […]

Five Alternative Christmases from Around the World

There’s change afoot in the cold winter air. People are becoming more and more fatigued with the routine commercialism of Western Christmas and are looking to expand their horizons. As we begin to learn more about other cultures’ wildly varying traditions at Christmas, many have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the holidays in a […]