15 observations about Iceland, and why Spring is a good time to go

I was a little apprehensive about going to Iceland for the first time in spring. It must surely look its most majestic in winter, covered in snow. And I’ve heard it’s lovely in summer, when the wildflowers are out and everything is green. But spring is the great melt, and I assumed it would just … More 15 observations about Iceland, and why Spring is a good time to go

Me, my dog and a £1,000-a-night English mansion getaway

Pringle is in a bit of a grump. She’s had a taste of the high life, you see, a peak behind the curtain at the theatre of what-could-be. She’s effectively flown business class for the first (and last) time in her life, and the economy cabin will never seem the same. Pringle is my dog … More Me, my dog and a £1,000-a-night English mansion getaway

Is flying long-haul in premium economy actually worth the price hike?

*Disclaimer, this post is entirely useless if you are low on funds – in which case obviously it is not worth flying premium economy. But it might be useful if you’ve just got a pleasantly surprising tax rebate, or a promotion, or are feeling a bit – but not massively – flush. If you’re feeling … More Is flying long-haul in premium economy actually worth the price hike?

Why so quiet?

I haven’t written on here for a long time, and that’s simply because I haven’t been travelling. I’ve been at the office, and who wants to read about that. That’s a lie, actually. I have been travelling, just not nearly as much as before, and I haven’t had the time to write about it – … More Why so quiet?

Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

My last post concerned Bali. You can think of the Gili islands as Bali’s three teeny little siblings. They (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are scattered between the north-east of Bali and the north-west of Lombok. All of this is in Indonesia. Which, religiously speaking, is an interesting corner of the planet. Indonesia … More Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

Bali’s Ubud: Featuring rain, scooters and a Kambo (frog poison) ceremony

It’s been awhile since my last venture – I’ve been on the travel news desk in London covering plane crashes and food poisoning epidemics and wildlife photographers etc. But over December I took flight for Bali, where I first spent a few days revisiting Ubud. Ubud – undeniably beautiful – is nestled in the heart … More Bali’s Ubud: Featuring rain, scooters and a Kambo (frog poison) ceremony

Sequins, light-up shoes, embellished goggles and the best onesie in the world: What Annabel pranced around in at Burning Man

While you can’t buy anything at Burning Man, as I described in my last post, you sure as heck need to acquire a lot of gear before you get there. I got really nerdy in the months leading up to it and researched the shit out of it – not only the hedonistic-Disney-character-with-daddy-issues outfits (as I … More Sequins, light-up shoes, embellished goggles and the best onesie in the world: What Annabel pranced around in at Burning Man

BURNING MAN: A bunch of naked druggies or the only utopia that exists on earth? Annabel finds out…

In all my years of travel writing, this has without doubt been the hardest destination to sum up in words. Ask anyone who has been to Burning Man what it was like in the weeks following it, and their eyes will glaze over slightly. They’ll say something along the lines of: “Uhhh, well, I guess… … More BURNING MAN: A bunch of naked druggies or the only utopia that exists on earth? Annabel finds out…