New Zealand campervanning: my piece for TTG

I don’t like camping. But I do like New Zealand, and last Christmas when I had a guidebook to update and numerous features to write, I was offered the chance to take a campervan around the North Island.

I was sceptical, but it turned out to be the best way to get around. I had my house on my back and so always had what I needed to hand, whatever the adventure. And there was plenty of adventure.

Read about my experience with Jucy campervans for TTG.


Cyprus: Times supplement

I’ve been to Cyprus many times, but every time I return I continue to be surprised by how much this beautiful Mediterranean island has to offer.

And it’s not all about the beach, either. There’s some excellent hiking in the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula,  plenty of great food and wine, a fascinating culture that is a unique blend of east and west and a shy retiring creature called a mouflon that once seen is never forgotten.

You can find out more about Cyprus’ beautiful interior in my piece for the Times.



Walking in Tenerife: Telegraph article

One of my favourite recent trips was to Tenerife, an island that is far too often written off as a fly and flop destination. I spent my time hiking, through unspoiled rainforest that looked like a children’s storybook, across volcanic plains and up to the very top of the island to stand on Spain’s highest point, Mount Teide.

As well as articles for Sunday Times Travel magazine and TTG, which you can see elsewhere on this site, I was delighted to write my first feature for the Telegraph.

Many thanks to Tenerife Tourism and Hume Whitehead for their help with this trip and their continued support. Watch this space for news of future trips to the beautiful Canary Islands.


Tenerife walking festival: feature for TTG

I love Tenerife. It has beautiful beaches, great food, plenty of sunshine year-round and brilliant hiking.

That last one comes as a surprise to many but perhaps not for much longer. Tenerife is hosting its first ever walking festival this March, opening up this island of volcanic valleys, lush forests and black sand beaches to anyone keen to explore on two feet.

Read my feature on walking in Tenerife for TTG and get those hiking boots ready.

Big thanks to Robin McKelvie for his photography.


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