I review the pho at central London’s Moc Kitchen in my pursuit for Vancouver-grade Vietnamese food here in the UK.
The travel tipping point is my regular column on travel trends, types and themes which seem to be ‘having a moment’ and have achieved critical mass – meaning that wherever you look, this way of travel, destination or style of service seems to suddenly be popping up everywhere.
Whether it be a new way of booking travel, an up and coming country or a style of journey, sometimes when we see everyone else trying something, we just have to try it for ourselves.
This week, I’m thinking about messing about on the river – all over the world. But mostly in Egypt…
After the excitement of booking a holiday comes the bit nobody enjoys – the pre-holiday chores.
From figuring out who’s going to look after the house/kids/dog/cat, to charging your electronic devices, packing, getting currency sorted and reading the latest rules on hand luggage, there’s a million and one things to do before you fly.
Deciding how to get to the airport is one of those boring but necessary decisions, and I’m always looking for an easy solution. So I tested out a meet & greet service at Heathrow on my latest trip…
I discover a totally different kind of holiday – one where I burn off calories by bicycling by day and tuck into decadent suppers without a worry by night, on a self-guided bicycle holiday in Provence.
It’s all about wandering through wine country, meandering down country lanes lined with vines, taking time to taste vintages and explore hilltop villages at my leisure, all with my trusty bike as a precursor to chowing down on the cheese board *and* dessert at the end of each day…
As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart.
I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling overseas, and I bang on about Thanet to fellow Brits as well.
So when I realised that I’d never actually blogged about the Isle of Thanet, the East Kent enclave that’s home to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs – and some of the UK’s best beaches – I decided it was high time I shared my love for the area with readers.
Here are just a handful of my favourite things to do in Thanet…
On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums.
But the country’s largest mosque, which was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny state.
In fact the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings I’ve seen anywhere in the world…
I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London.
I decided to get out my trusty bike and pedal my way through some local Surrey highlights.
This is the story of a leisurely day out which you can try too – exploring the picturesque town, rural antique shops and a craft brewery in the countryside just south of Farnham, all by bike.
If you’ve been to Portugal before you’ll probably understand why I’m so keen to return, and if you haven’t travelled to the Iberian Peninsula before, I hope this tiny taster will encourage you to consider making plans to visit, sooner rather than later.
For now, you can visit Portugal in only a minute by watching this video…