10 reasons to travel on the Eurostar

Image by Moyan Brenn / Flickr CC 2.0

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Paris. But almost every time, I’ve taken the Eurostar to get there. A recent trip reminded me just how much I love it and I decided to share the joy. Here my 10 reasons to travel on the Eurostar. 1. You don’t have to fly … Continue reading

Budapest’s thermal baths: a beginner’s guide

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The process of visiting Budapest’s baths can seem baffling, until you’ve experienced them – and even then they can confound. Never fear. There’s a reason they call me SPArky… Here’s the lowdown on testing those waters.   Bathing basics Enter grand building. Gawp at ceiling. Pick jaw off floor and locate ticket desk. Choose ticket option (if in … Continue reading

48 hours in Copenhagen

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I recently treated myself to a Scandinavian city break (my first solo trip in far too long) and I’m so glad I chose to explore Denmark’s capital. As well as being the epitome of Nordic cool, the city was safe, walkable and quiet – quite the respite from London’s frantic streets. Here’s my guide to making … Continue reading

A brief sojourn in Sardinia

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I gripped the wheel at the standard 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock position I always assume when in control of a moving vehicle, knuckles only slightly whiter than usual this time. Navigating one’s way out of a European airport isn’t the gentlest introduction to driving abroad; unwieldy roundabouts, incomprehensible road signs, equally snail-paced fellow foreigners jerking … Continue reading

Review: Fox & Squirrel’s Brixton food walk

Fox & Squirrel Lindsay Faller

When it comes to my appetite for travel, and my greed for exploring new sights and cultures, I’m insatiable. Sometimes though, I’m just hungry. Which is why I immediately accepted an invitation from Fox & Squirrel to eat my way through Brixton on their Guardian-approved walking tour. Little did I know, however, that the experience … Continue reading

Review: GowithOh apartment rental in Paris

Paris, December 2013

When I recently tweeted asking for accommodation recommendations for an up-coming trip to Paris, I was impressed to receive the following from a company I had never heard of before: The options I found on gowithoh.com weren’t half bad. Airbnb had unfortunately failed me (I was struggling to find anything suitable and my requests had been … Continue reading

Travel Confession: I went on a package holiday (and I liked it)

Package holiday in Lanzarote

‘Welcome to Lanzarote everybody! Can I get a round of applause for our driver, Manolo?’, our smiley holiday rep, Samantha, encourages us over the coach mic. The holidaymakers around me whoop and clap. Eye twitching, I put my hands together slowly and cringe a half smile. I consider myself an independent traveller, yet there I … Continue reading

48 Hours in Florence – for foodies on a budget

Florence is a compact city; all narrow streets, cobblestones and hidden piazzas, sun-blushed buildings and peeling paint. The soundtrack is a symphony of click-clacking designer shoes, zippy motorbike engines and the chime of distant bells. It’s the perfect weekend getaway, with the right combination of history, beauty and of course, sigh-inducing food and drink. So, … Continue reading

Lovely London: It’s Chriiiiistmaaaas!

The Winter Festival

So, in case you were wondering, London and I are going steady. We fell in love, and yes, like any relationship we have our ups and downs. But ’tis the season and I’m feeling all Christmassy, and can’t wait for a month of festivities with my city. Our first Christmas-themed date? A meander through the Southbank … Continue reading

My First Press Trip: Kayaking in West Sweden

Sea-kayaking in Sweden

I was recently invited by Visit Sweden and the West Sweden Tourism Board to come to Bohuslän and take part in the Outdoor Academy, an annual event which teaches visitors about the types of adventurous activities available in Sweden. I’ve always wanted to go to Scandinavia, but have always been put off by the expense, and … Continue reading