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How to Design The Perfect Travel Itinerary

Hand writing onto a note pad the text "how to design the perfect travel itinerary"

For over 25 years, I’ve been planning and booking independent trips, creating the perfect travel itinerary to suit our personal interests, available time and budget. For me, this process is an absolute joy, and something that really adds to the enjoyment of a trip — the more I research and pull together the itinerary, the ... Read more »

The Best Traditional Food from the UK

Full English cooked breakfast

The different regions and countries that make up the United Kingdom all have their own specialities, but some foods are eaten across the UK. There may be slight differences in the recipes depending on exactly where you eat them, but these dishes are popular throughout the country. I hope you enjoy these suggestions for the ... Read more »

The Best Traditional Food from Northern Ireland

Colcannon

You can be sure of a warm welcome when you visit Northern Ireland, and a big part of that comes from the wonderful food. The cuisine of Northern Ireland is full of hearty dishes and delicious comfort foods. Many of the dishes are ones that you’ll find throughout both Eire and Northern Ireland, but there ... Read more »

The Best Traditional Food from Wales

Welsh Rarebit

Wales is a country of dramatic coastlines, towering mountains and historic castles. Oh, and dragons too, of course! It’s also known for the quality of its produce, and there are plenty of traditional Welsh foods to try during your visit to Wales. In this post I’ve picked out just a few of my favourite traditional ... Read more »

The Best Traditional Food from Scotland

Abroath Smokies

When you travel around the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, you’ll find that there’s a distinct variation between the traditional foods of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Scotland has a wealth of excellent local produce and traditional Scottish foods for you to sample during your visit. This post gives you just ... Read more »

The Best Traditional Food from England

Blue Stilton Cheese

Sampling delicious local food is one of my favourite things about travelling and I know many of you agree. If you are planning a trip to visit England, here are some traditional English foods to try while you are here. Each region of England has its own traditional regional specialities, and I couldn’t possibly cover them ... Read more »

The Joy of Eating Street Food in Thailand

Vendor at Tha Kha Floating Market near Bangkok Satay

A couple of years ago, we spent three weeks in Thailand, escaping a dark, cold and wet London winter for the colour, sunshine and excitement of a holiday in Thailand. Although few of us are travelling right now, I know I’m not alone in dreaming about future holidays, and reminiscing about fantastic trips in the ... Read more »

3 days in Amsterdam | A Recommended Itinerary

Jordaan (Amsterdam)

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most magical travel destinations, offering a city-break escape that has something for every type of traveller. Spending three days in Amsterdam is just enough time to see many of the city’s top sights and attractions, and explore further afield. Whether you are looking for history, culture, partying, or anything else, ... Read more »

Want to Learn About Sake? A Comprehensive Sake Guide For Beginners

Sake bottles

It’s no secret that I adore Japan, Japanese food and Japanese culture, and that I’m always dreaming of my next trip to Japan! Sake is one element of Japan’s food and drink that is both fascinating and delicious. It’s a drink I’ve been learning about for several years and I’ve come to really appreciate it. ... Read more »