Australia is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations – so it can get pretty crowded, especially in the hotspots such as Bondi Beach, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.
Fortunately there are plenty of places you can head to that are far less busy, and just as wonderful. I was delighted to share some of my favourite alternative Aussie destinations with Sunday Times readers this weekend.
Read my Alternative Guide to Australia to find out which places made the list.
With A level results now out it’s time to decide – what next?
If you’re planning on the next big thing to be a big trip, the Sunday Times has you covered.
Check out today’s paper for gap year guides to Southeast Asia, the USA, South America India and Australia. I wrote the guide to Australia, recommending my favourite party hotspots, the best places to chill out and of course, what not to miss.
You can also read these gap year guides on the Sunday Times website.
Budapest is one of my favourite cities for a weekend break and – I’ll be honest – that has as much to do with its, erm, lively ruin bars as it does with its hot baths and stately architecture.
I returned to Budapest earlier this summer to drink palinka in courtyard gardens, sip beer beneath boar-shaped disco balls and live to regret slamming slots of Unicum under two watchful bright green eyes.
Yep, one of the best nights out ever, that one. Read (almost!) all about it on the Times Insider City Guides site.
As a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Travel magazine, I am sometimes asked to share my travel tips and answer readers’ questions.
Here are some of the questions I’ve recently answered. Click on the links to reveal the answers.
We are travelling independently to Croatia in October, and want to organise a trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Can you help?
We plan to travel from Nashville to New Orleans via Memphis in 2016. We want to finish at the beach, but we have no knowledge of the area. Can you help?
My husband and I are spending six weeks travelling in Australia next year. It will be my birthday while we’re there, and we’ve got a bit of cash to splurge on a special experience to celebrate the occasion. What would you recommend?
It’s my brother-in-law’s 60th birthday this year, and he likes the idea of riding Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson. When is the best time of year to go, and would you recommend an organised tour?
For our silver anniversary, my husband and I are visiting Australia. We would love to see Uluru, but it seems expensive. Must it cost a fortune?
I am taking my family of five to California this August. We have planned the usual highlights — Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tahoe, Yosemite — but are stuck trying to find a laid-back farmstead-type place near Coloma, in the Gold Country, to break up the San Fran to Lake Tahoe drive. Any thoughts?
I would like to go to Canada or America and watch grizzly bears catching salmon. When and where should I go?
Dubrovnik has long been one of my favourite cities, its beauty unsurpassed by almost any other coastal city I can think of. It is hot though, and sometimes unbearably crowded.
You could go in the off season of course, but then you might find things closed. And what is Dubrovnik without a cold Karlovacko sipped at one of its infamous Buza bars post Adriatic dip? No, this is a city that remains at its best in the sultry summer. Here’s my guide to the perfect Big Weekend here, as published in the Sunday Times.
Few cities in Europe are as beautiful, as welcoming, as fascinating as Tallinn. But few people know about it and when I told friends I was heading there for the weekend I encountered plenty of blank faces and more than a handful of questions regarding its whereabouts.
So I was delighted to put together a guide to the Estonian capital for the Sunday Times recently. Read my feature on how to get the best out of your Big Weekend in Tallinn.
I love Croatia. From my very first visit in 2006 I fell in love with its islands, coastline and coves, not to mention its fantastic food and wine.
So I was delighted to unveil some of my secret spots for the Sunday Times this weekend, in a cover feature on the country’s awesome foursome: Dubrovnik, Hvar and Brac, Istria and the Kvarner Gulf.
Read my double-page guide to Croatia online here.