Feeling sick is the pits when you’re travelling

Feeling sick is the pits when you’re travelling

Have I been sick when travelling?  Yes, indeed.  If you have to be sick when on the road, then it’s best to be snuggled into a warm bed in a nice hotel somewhere, just an arm’s length from the phone, the glass of water, the drugs and the TV’s remote...

Derwent Pencils – nostalgia at our fingertips

Derwent Pencils – nostalgia at our fingertips

The thing I wanted most as a primary school student was a box of coloured pencils, specifically Derwent pencils, emblazoned with a picture of Britain’s beautiful Lake District. My wish came true and I duly cherished those Derwents for years. Nostalgia is a wonderful...

Is it worth buying an all-inclusive cruise?

Is it worth buying an all-inclusive cruise?

There’s plenty of perks on an all-inclusive cruise, plus a big price tag People often ask: It is worth buying an all-inclusive cruise or a cheaper one and pay as you go?   First things first. There’s quite a lot of misinformation about cruising. Recently...

Diamond Princess – Northern Asia

Diamond Princess – Northern Asia

Turning Japanese –  dare to bare in the bathhouse on Diamond Princess  Making promises over dinner and a few wines is OK but when it comes to agreeing to go naked in a Japanese bathhouse, it’s perhaps best to decide when totally sober. A couple of us thought...

Reefer madness – lazy days on the Great Barrier Reef

Reefer madness – lazy days on the Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions to the Reef – Endless days of snorkelling bliss, along as you’re wearing a stinger suit The Great Barrier Reef stretches for 2300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and is, in fact, made up of 3000 individual reefs and 600 continental...

Ocean Endeavour – Greenland & Canada

Ocean Endeavour – Greenland & Canada

Greenland has about 150km of roads and none of them link any two towns. However, it has dozens of fiords and hundreds of waterways, meaning almost everyone has a boat. So the best way for anyone to visit Greenland – which isn’t particularly green at all...

Lights, action, sequins – shipboard shows sizzle

Lights, action, sequins – shipboard shows sizzle

From Broadway razzmatazz to risque burlesque, cruise shows just keep getting better They say the show must go on and when it comes to entertainment on the high seas, it’s full steam ahead. A night out in the ship’s theatre has always been the mainstay of...

Lombok – turtles, turquoise water and a touch of paradise

Lombok – turtles, turquoise water and a touch of paradise

Now is the perfect time to visit Lombok, before Bali’s little cousin loses its peaceful persona Despite its reputation as the party island, Gili Trawangan has peaceful places to chill Spiritual experiences are often hard to come by although I was once moved to...

Venice citizens sick of cruise ships – a new ban is announced

Venice citizens sick of cruise ships – a new ban is announced

Death in Venice – is the cruise ship industry loving Venice too much? Situated on the edge of the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by water, one imagines Venice as the ideal cruise destination. Well it is — it’s just that the city’s dwindling...

Uzbekistan Adventure – mosques, madrasahs and mosaics

Uzbekistan Adventure – mosques, madrasahs and mosaics

Travels of the exotic kind – following the Silk Route from Tashkent to Khiva CRIMINALS and unfaithful wives were thrown from the Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, known as the Tower of Death. I look up at this magnificent structure, 47 metres high, built in the...

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