Visiting the cultural, historical, gastronomical, architectural behemoth that is Rome without a plan of attack would be a fool’s errand by any stretch of the imagination. With a blow-by-blow itinerary that included tactical naps, pre-booked, timed tickets, backup bars and restaurants and backups for the backups, there was no way I was going the Eternal City slip through my fingers on my very first trip. I know — I sound like the tourist of nightmares. But I’d like it to be known this is not my preferred approach to a city break. Ideally I’d like to stay for a month,…

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This photo of me with looking out at the Northern Lights makes me so happy every time I look at it. But the story of how we got the shot while we were on holiday in Iceland is not what you might expect… I had a good feeling about Hofn from the start, which is odd given that it is not a place that makes a spectacular first impression.  It turns out that I had great intuition: it was a town full of surprises. First there is its name, which is not pronounced Hoffen, as we’d been calling it before…

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Crunk! Like distant cannon fire, the thunder bounces long and menacing around the rocky rounded inlets due south of where we stand. The sky is split in two as starkly as a half moon cookie, and Porto Selvaggio sits on the dividing line. Just as we settle ourselves on an outcrop to the north of the bay where the sky is still pale, lightning slices through the sky above the squat, square Torre Santa Maria dell’Alto. There is nothing for it, we must turn on our heels and retrace our steps to the car with everyone else on the beach.…

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New York. I put off going and put it off again, and I still don’t fully understand why. New York is not just somewhere on every travel lover’s bucket list, it is on everyone’s bucket list. No-one doesn’t want to go to New York. My dad insisted for years that he didn’t, and then he went, and he loved it. Of course he did. Because you couldn’t not. I think perhaps the reason I delayed my trip was that when I did finally go, I wanted to do the city “properly”. And by properly, I mean I wanted to stay…

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There was a time not long ago that I had pretty amazing airline status. Then a couple of things happened — British Airways changed its executive club membership rules and I got a new job that means I can no longer fly in fancy seats — and it all went to pot. During that sweet, sweet time in my life, I was a lounge regular. I’ve seen the best and the worst there is on the circuit, but when all is said and done, there is really only one lounge that sticks out in my memory. Say hello to The…

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