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

View-from-Church-of-Our-Saviour-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

Top Tips for Nervous First-time Scuba Divers

Scuba diving doesn’t appeal to everyone. For some, the prospect of experiencing an underwater world of Nemos and colourful coral just doesn’t quite quell the paralysing, self-shattering fear of meeting one’s end in the murky depths. Unfortunately, I am one of those people. Yet, I recently managed to complete my PADI open water course in … Continue reading