All posts by Helen Ochyra

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Weekend in the East Neuk of Fife: Times piece

My favourite country in the world is Scotland. I love it so much that I have made it the subject of my first book, which I am currently writing.

As part of my research I have travelled the length and breadth of the country and along the way have discovered dozens of new favourite weekend break destinations.

So I was delighted to write about one of them, the fabulous East Neuk of Fife for the Times. My article was in the newspaper today and can be read online here: Weekend in the East Neuk of Fife.

 

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50 best holidays in Spain: lead feature for the Times

The first country I ever visited was Spain, on a school trip in the 1990s. Little did I know then that this was the beginning of a love affair, with the country as well as with telling people about my very favourite secret spots there.

I travel to Spain multiple times each year and always find something new. I am still discovering new quiet corners and new stories to tell, so I was delighted to be asked to compile my top 50 holidays to Spain for 2018 for the Times.

Find out what made the cut here, and feel free to get in touch with any of your favourites – I’m always on the lookout for new angles on my favourite European country.

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18 trips for 2018: Western Australia

It’s the last day of 2017 and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to round up the best places to go in 2018!

One of my all-time favourite destinations is Western Australia and so I was thrilled that the Sunday Times selected it for this list. That new direct flight from London may have had something to do with it!

Read my top tips on visiting WA in 2018 in the Sunday Times today.

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Australia’s best train journey: piece for the Times

I love a train journey. For me, there is nothing better than sitting in a bar car, drink in hand, watching the world slide past the window, and on my most recent trip to Australia I finally got to travel on the Indian Pacific.

This luxury train crosses Australia from Sydney to Perth (and vice versa) once a week, a journey of some 2,700 miles. I saw countless kangaroos, travelled on the world’s longest section of straight railway track and hopped off to check out the Barossa Valley, Broken Hill and the ghost town of Cook. The journey takes three nights but didn’t last a moment too long – especially with those included Aussie wines!

Read my article about the journey in today’s Times.

 

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The 20 best places to stay in Scotland: piece for the Times

My favourite country to visit in the whole world is Scotland and am currently writing a book about my 2017 journey around the country.

On my travels I stayed in some truly exceptional places, from cosy inns to full-on luxurious five-stars, and I was delighted to share some of these with Times readers today, in my 20 best places to stay in Scotland feature.

Look out for my book soon!

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Weekend in Alicante: so much more than Benidorm

Think of a Spanish city break. Does Alicante come to mind?

Probably not, right? Most people flying in to Alicante are actually en route to Benidorm, the high rise resort a few miles up the coast. But rushing straight off means missing out on one of Spain’s most enjoyable weekend break destinations.

The airport is close to the city, the beach is in the centre of town and there are dozens of tapas bars a short stroll back from the seafront, including one of Spain’s best, La Taberna del Gourmet.

Read my feature on a weekend break in this sunny Spanish city in the Times.

Weekend in Corralejo

My favourite Canary Islands resort: Weekend in Corralejo

Ever since family holidays to the Canaries in the 1990s I have loved these islands in the sun. I visit at least once a year and have spent plenty of time on all seven main islands as well as several of the smaller islands.

But there is one resort that keeps pulling me back, Corralejo in the far north of Fuerteventura. I love Corralejo because it is not just a tourist resort, it is a real town where visitors mix with locals. The main street along the seafront turns to sand here, so few walks into town don’t involve getting my toes in the sand, and the local community keeps restaurant standards high.

Find out more about this fantastic Canarian resort in my piece for the Times on a Weekend in Corralejo.