Five ‘first times’ to have in the Maldives

  Travel’s not about tallying up countries. I had no goal to reach 30 before 30, but it just so happened that I did… in the Maldives. What a place to hit the milestone! While I may have done my fair share of travelling (albeit only to 12% of the world’s nations), there’s still so … Continue reading

10 reasons to travel on the Eurostar

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 are my 10 reasons to travel on the Eurostar. 1. You don’t have to … Continue reading

48 hours in Porto

Porto's skyline

Porto’s on the up, people. It’s cheap, walkable and drop-dead gorgeous, making it an ideal destination for a weekend break from the UK. Here are a few suggestions for the perfect trip.   What to do and see Livraria Lello 144 Rua das Carmelitas Potter fans, this one’s for you. One of the oldest book … Continue reading

Moments of peace in Aspen, Colorado

So many places pale in comparison with their spruced up, photo-shopped counterparts. As much as I love it, Paris isn’t half as glamorous as it looks in the glossies; London is distinctly grey most of the time – and don’t even get me started on Thailand’s Maya Bay. Then there are the places that blow … Continue reading

48 hours in Copenhagen


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 Taste of Mauritius

My trip to Mauritius is imminent – this time next week I’ll be watching the sun set on my first night on the island – so when I was invited to sample some Mauritian cuisine in London courtesy of Shanti Maurice hotel, I felt I had a duty to attend in the name of pre-trip … 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

Photo post: Island life, Koh Tao

I travelled to Koh Tao, Thailand in April 2013. Besides learning to dive, I also saw some rather beautiful scenery. At only 21 km², Koh Tao crams in as many stunning lookouts, golden bays and kaleidoscopic sunsets as possible, a small collection of which I present to you here. Follow Sparkyseestheworld on Instagram I travelled to … 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

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

Perched on Doi Suthep mountain with a glorious (but often hazy) view of Chiang Mai below, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must-see if you make it to Chiang Mai on your travels in Thailand. This Buddhist temple is a very popular attraction, yet retains its spirit and peaceful atmosphere. Avoid the crowds by … Continue reading