The Seychelles is open for business with island resorts offering some astonishing winter bargains

Did you have to postpone a big celebration this year, or was your summer holiday cancelled? Then take a look at the Seychelles for some well-deserved winter sun. The country has just reopened to British tourists, although you must stay in a designated hotel for the first five days of your visit. However, that’s not a … Read more The Seychelles is open for business with island resorts offering some astonishing winter bargains

Anyone for a spot of island hopping? The wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water 

Anyone for a spot of island hopping? From hovercraft day trips to ferry rides amid glorious scenery, the wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water Head to Portsmouth for a ride on the world’s only all-year hovercraft route, with day returns from around £25  Boat trips from Penzance to the Scilly … Read more Anyone for a spot of island hopping? The wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water 

Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

Great British boltholes: A stay at a beautifully restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn that’s ‘a doorway to a differently delightful world’ The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire is a restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn close to Newbury racecourse Racehorse owners and jockeys, including the champion jumper A. P. McCoy, are regulars  The ground floor features a dining room, … Read more Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

As the nights draw in, Britain lights up and it’s time to… go with the GLOW!

With summer’s long, warm evenings now a faded memory, there’s no better way to boost the spirits than taking in a magical light festival. These outdoor trails, which bring to life some of the country’s most beautiful forests, historic buildings and landscaped gardens, are popular with all ages and also pass the Covid-secure test.  Venues have brought … Read more As the nights draw in, Britain lights up and it’s time to… go with the GLOW!

Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free

The last time I visited Athens, I was 14 and on holiday with my parents. So, yes, I had prejudices about the place. Like every tourist, I had my photograph taken at the city’s most famous ancient landmark, the Acropolis — and apart from that snap of me, perched on a rock, sporting a red … Read more Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free

Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free

The last time I visited Athens, I was 14 and on holiday with my parents. So, yes, I had prejudices about the place. Like every tourist, I had my photograph taken at the city’s most famous ancient landmark, the Acropolis — and apart from that snap of me, perched on a rock, sporting a red … Read more Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free

Winter sun holidays: The best bargain deals on offer from the Caribbean to Greece

Face masks, temperature checks, endless forms, Covid testing, ‘approved’ accommodation, travel corridors, quarantines … the world of travel is bewildering. Yet there is a silver lining: bargain-basement holiday prices. Deals abound, especially in the Caribbean, much of which is quarantine-free. But for peace of mind, do book an ATOL-bonded package holiday, which provides the best … Read more Winter sun holidays: The best bargain deals on offer from the Caribbean to Greece

Canary Island holidays: From Lanzarote to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which is best for you?

Sunshine? Plenty. Average daily high temperatures are in the 20Cs throughout winter. Flight time? Four hours and 30 minutes — half the journey to Florida (and, anyway, you can’t go there due to travel restrictions). Are we welcome? Yes! The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has just made the Canaries a ‘travel corridor’.  So there’s … Read more Canary Island holidays: From Lanzarote to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which is best for you?

Exploring the Fosse Way – a quintessentially English road at the heart of Roman Britain 

As you drive up the A5 past Rugby, you come to High Cross. It’s nothing special: Leicestershire farmland on one side, Warwickshire farmland on the other. You are ten miles from the geographic centre of England — but also at the very heart of Roman Britain, the only place where our two greatest Roman roads … Read more Exploring the Fosse Way – a quintessentially English road at the heart of Roman Britain 

Canary Island holidays: From Lanzarote to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which is best for you?

Sunshine? Plenty. Average daily high temperatures are in the 20Cs throughout winter. Flight time? Four hours and 30 minutes — half the journey to Florida (and, anyway, you can’t go there due to travel restrictions). Are we welcome? Yes! The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has just made the Canaries a ‘travel corridor’.  So there’s … Read more Canary Island holidays: From Lanzarote to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which is best for you?