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Has it been two weeks yet? (and why aren’t people self-isolating?!)

Just over a week into self-isolating, I’m feeling a lot better. My already-mild COVID-19 symptoms are thankfully easing. I’m having what I call slight “chesty-relapses” with the occasional half-day of tight chest and struggling to breathe, but even these are decreasing. AND IT ALREADY FEELS LIKE I’VE BEEN OFF FOR […]


Living with Coronavirus and Life in Quarantine

I have the Coronavirus. …at least, I think I do. I’ve had some of the symptoms, but not all. And for the last few days I’ve struggled to breathe. Without being tested I can’t be sure. And that’s what makes this situation really frustrating in the UK. I’m self-isolating. But […]

Destinations, Europe, Iceland

So how expensive is Iceland, really?

The short is answer is, very. But don’t let that put you off going. I’ve just come back from the land of fire and ice and here are my top tips for making the most of your stay, and your money. Research Iceland’s a fascinating place filled with breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime […]

Destinations, France

Climbing Europe’s tallest sand dune

Part of what I love about travelling is the random inspiration you can get from some of the most unlikely places… Sitting in my local barber’s having my hair cut some time ago, I happened to mention that I’d just booked to stay in Bordeaux… it turns out that the […]

Destinations, Europe, Italy, Pompeii

Kids Eye View of Pompeii in a day

Roman (my other half’s 11 year-old son) – is a budding lifestyle, gamer and travel vlogger. You can find his YouTube channel at Roman’s Empire. We let him loose with his video camera in Pompeii to offer his own unique “kids’ eye view” of the world-famous ancient ruined city. And […]

Destinations, Europe, Italy, Lucca

Top 7 things to do in Lucca, Italy

I recently spent two relaxing weeks in the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in the city. Walk (or cycle) the wall It’s just over 4km long and twelve metres high. A green space with panoramic views, it forms a perfect ring […]


‘Gulp’ Birthdays

I have a ‘gulp birthday’ coming up. What’s that? Well, it’s my term for one of those scarily significant birthdays when you’re entering a whole new decade. I add the ‘gulp’ because even though you know it’s only a number and it doesn’t really mean a lot, try telling your […]