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Travel joy: Lonely Planet ‘The World’ (book)

This is basically a bible for travel-lovers and I absolutely love it! Subtitled A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet, it’s a 990-page ultimate A to Z of every country in the world. Full of facts and figures, maps, top things to do and see, beautiful pictures, and advice about when […]

City breaks, France, Lille

A Lille trip by Eurostar

Located in France’s northern Hauts-de-France region, close to the Belgian border, Lille is a surprisingly short journey from the UK. It’s a great destination for a quick and hassle-free mini-break, or as a way of getting those travel juices flowing again after lockdown. Getting there There are indirect flights with […]


Travel joy: Coffees of the World gift set

One of my favourite things is dreaming of future travels and adventures in far-flung places. Unable to go anywhere special during lockdown (the supermarket doesn’t count!), those dreams have only got bigger by the day. As pretentious as it sounds, I love to surround myself with a few nice things […]

Asia, City breaks, Destinations, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

48 hours in Kuala Lumpur

The name alone elicits a sense of exotic intrigue. And with a tagline of “South east Asia’s youngest capital city”, Kuala Lumpur is quickly transforming from “flight stopover” to holiday hotspot in its own right. Situated in Malaysia’s south-west, the city is going through big changes in its landscape and […]


Travel joy: Around the World in 80 Trains (book)

If, like me, you’ve been getting your regular travel fix from the BBC’s Race Across the World every Sunday evening – best tv show EVER in my opinion – and you’ve developed a dream of backpacking the globe as soon as lockdown is over, you’ll undoubtedly be a bit distraught […]

Bordeaux, City breaks, Europe, France

5 top things to do in Bordeaux

Did you know that Bordeaux is France’s sixth-largest city? It’s also the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at the very heart of French wine culture, the city has a long and varied history, beautiful buildings, stunning old town and is a great place for a short trip […]


Travel joy: Hawaiian beers

I absolutely love everything about the design of these Kona Brewing Co. Hawaiian beers. I spotted them in my local M&S and they struck me because of their beautiful, idyllic Art Deco-style illustrations which transport you to a different time and place. At £2.20 a can they’re certainly not cheap […]

City breaks, Europe, Iceland

Visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s impressive, luminous Blue Lagoon is one of the country’s top tourist attractions and features on countless bucket lists. But for many who get to visit, it becomes one of those decisive “loved it or hated it” places. I’ve been contemplating it’s “Marmite effect” on the public. (For the record, […]