Author: Stuart Lewis

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 […]

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 […]

Destinations, Los Angeles, North America, USA

Hollywood: Five memorable things to see and do

Hollywood is one of those wow-factor destinations that we all feel like we know a bit already. Preceded by its reputation as the dazzling heart of the world’s entertainment industry, it’s synonymous with celebrity, glamour, wealth and showbiz success – and revered for its incredible movie and tv history. It’s […]


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 […]

Brazil, City breaks, Destinations, Rio de Janeiro, South America

Rio de Janeiro: is it safe?

Thoughts of Rio de Janeiro conjure up an exotic concoction of carnivals, parties, beaches, mountains, sunshine, enormous Jesuses, Olympics… …and crime. Renowned for its gang culture, gun crime and high death rates, the city of Rio is a microcosm of Brazil’s widespread corruption – largely stemming from many of the […]