I grew up in a small town in Wiltshire called Devizes, a little-visited place that has far more to offer than it might first appear. There’s a brewery for a start. And a canal with one of the world’s longest lock flights. Plus an ancient market square and a museum that is a world leader in Bronze Age exhibits.
I have been lucky enough to write about my hometown several times now and most recently had a feature published in the Guardian to coincide with the town’s very first boutique hotel, The Peppermill, opening.
Read this feature on the Guardian website.
Many thanks to Visit Wiltshire for assisting with this trip.
I love travelling in Britain – and I especially love a road trip. So I was delighted to be asked to offer some of my best itineraries and tips to the Guardian, for their Open Road project, in associated with Enterprise.
I gave my thoughts on everything from the best picnic spots and the quirkiest places to stay to the ideal road trips for golfers and the best way to explore the Scottish Highlands.
Read my recommendations at the links below:
Top ten picnic spots
Top ten scenic drives
Top ten quirky places to stay
Britain’s best beaches
The best itineraries:
For bargain hunters
Driving the Pennine Way
Driving the Causeway coastal route
Along the way:
Best road trip playlists
Best boredom busters
Best child-friendly pit stops
I am currently working as an editor on the Guardian’s Fixology project, in association with Direct Line.
This one-stop website aims to provide the answers to all life’s little questions. How can you avoid food waste? What should you feed your dog? How can you save money on your next holiday?
I am commissioning all travel and pets content for the site, as well as articles for Guardian Weekend magazine. Read my introduction to the project 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.
When was the last time you took a trip in the UK? Chances are, you’ve been abroad more recently than you’ve walked on a British beach or explored one of our homegrown national parks.
There is a misconception that travelling in the UK is too expensive, too rainy and too dull to be worth the effort.
But I entirely disagree, and so I jumped at the chance to write the content for the Guardian’s interactive travel guide to the UK by rail, in association with ATOC.
Visit the site here, pop in your postcode and find out where you could travel to by rail and for how much.
The guide celebrates the launch of the Two Together railcard, which gives two people who travel together a third off their rail fares. Sounds like an excuse for a UK adventure to me…
Can’t think of a reason to visit Australia this year? As a frequent visitor I can always think of hundreds, but this month the Guardian and Tourism Australia have gone even further, with a random reason generator featuring 2,014 reasons to head Down Under.
I contributed many of these reasons and the site also features articles by me on Australia’s best wildlife experiences and the journey to get there with Singapore Airlines.