I have just returned from my most epic trip of the year so far – sailing out to the UK’s most isolated islands, the St Kilda archipelago with Hebrides Cruises.
Just reaching these abandoned islands is a feat in itself. Read all about my journey through three days of Atlantic waters and Hebridean islands to reach land on Hirta here.
I was also lucky enough to spend a full day walking on Hirta. Read my article on this here.
Ayia Napa doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think of relaxing beach breaks but this resort on the eastern end of Cyprus is popular for a reason – it has some cracking beaches. I headed out to Cape Greco, just outside the town, to explore this rarely visited rugged cape on the edge of Europe.
You can read my article on discovering Cape Greco on the Guardian website here.
One of my favourite trips in recent months has been the week I spent exploring Cornwall for the Guardian. I saw shiny new hotels, much-loved local restaurants and more perfect beaches than you could shake a beach towel at.
It was tough to narrow these down to my top picks, but you can read about my favourite places on the northern Cornish coast here and the southern coast here.
Last winter the British Guild of Travel Writers had its AGM in Poland. As part of this we visited the Wieliczka salt mine, which dates back to the 13th century and features the famous underground salt chapel.
We also did the Miner’s Route tour of the mine, finding out what life was like for the people who mined salt here. You can read my article about this tour for Rough Guides here.
Everyone knows Verbier for its winter sports, but come spring those ski slopes turn into hiking trails and bike tracks. Having never been one for the cold, the Alps appeal to me far more in summer and so I headed over there to check out the cycling and walking on offer. Read my piece on this for Rough Guides here.
My recent article on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand was referenced in The Week in the April 12 issue.