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.
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.
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.
What’s the value in business class? With ticket prices some four or five times that of economy, is it ever worth upgrading? What do you really get for all that extra money?
I rarely get to find out personally, so instead I asked the airlines themselves and some key travel agents and flight consolidators. Find out what they said in my feature on flying business class 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.
I recently travelled to Spain to update the The Rough Guide to Spain (Rough Guide to…).
One area I visited was Aragon, the region home to Zaragoza and the Spanish Pyrenees. I wrote an article on this area for the Times, which you can read here.
Last summer I embarked on a cruise with Majestic Line around the Scottish Isles. I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of different scenery, seafood and even sunshine on offer and returned with a camera full of pictures and a head full of beautiful Scottish memories.
Read my feature for Woman’s Own on this wonderful cruise here.