Few questions elicit quite the response Down Under as this one – which is better, Sydney or Melbourne?
No Sydneysider would even entertain the idea that Melbourne might have anything at all to offer besides the latest hipster joke, while Melburnians tend to think they’re, well, just a cut above the Sydney scene.
But visitors needn’t get embroiled in which city is best – both make for great city breaks, with fantastic restaurants, beaches nearby, culture aplenty and a variety of day trips on the doorstep.
I weighed in on the great debate recently for Rough Guides. So, which do you think I picked?
Think of a foodie destination in Europe and Croatia may not spring immediately to mind. But perhaps it should.
Croatia is home to not only succulent fresh seafood but unique cheese, excellent wines and even gigantic truffles – in fact, the largest truffle ever found was discovered here in the Motovun Forest.
All these and more make Croatia not just a destination for sun, sea and island hopping, but for gourmet exploration to boot. I toured the country with Relais and Chateaux and found their restaurants offered the best local cuisine prepared by superb chefs. Book a stay at each of their properties for an unbeatable introduction to Croatian cuisine, driving from one to the next on the country’s most delicious road trip.
Check out my top five Croatian foodie experiences in my article for Rough Guides.
I’ve been visiting Perth for many years and, yes, it did used to live up to its Dullsville name.
But not any more. On my most recent visit to Perth I found a hip city shaking off its early-to-bed past and emerging as a city break destination to rival any other in Australia.
My article for Rough Guides introduces the new Perth, one of hip bars, cool restaurants and luxury hotels.
You can also find out more about Perth here.
Southeast Asia was the first place I travelled truly independently so it will always have a special place in my heart. Despite thousands of backpackers now flocking to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam et al there are plenty of places that remain off the beaten track.
Check out my top picks of these undiscovered destinations in my article for Rough Guides.
I love the UK. Despite travelling to dozens of countries every year I always enjoy travelling around our islands the most. There is no place like home, after all – especially when that home is full of beautiful, unspoiled secrets.
Yes, much of the UK has been well and truly discovered, but there are still plenty of hidden corners and unsung isles. I unveiled some of my favourites for Rough Guides recently. Read my feature on the best 8 unknown UK islands to discover a few more of the British Isles’ secrets.
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.