It was a documentary I’d seen, some years ago, that made me want to visit the Lake District. I remember being captivated by images of sweeping views from a mountain top, across a landscape of lush green fields and forest, interspersed with a myriad of sparkling lakes. I watched wistfully as they passed through lakeside villages lined with stone cottages and quaint tea-shops, overshadowed by some towering, heather-clad mountain. Read more
If you haven’t already met, then let me introduce you to Matt Kepnes, otherwise known as Nomadic Matt. Author of a number of books, including How to travel the world on $50 a day, Matt is a travel writer who believes passionately that travelling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Read more
Like many Irish, I spent a year living in Australia and it was one of the best years of my life. We started off safe and lived in the suburbs of Sydney, working amongst the countless Irish and English who had come for the year. After four months, I did a 3 week trip up the east coast and it was then that I decided I had to get out of Sydney and experience the real Australia.
US travel writer and founder of Bucketlist Publications, Lesley Carter, believes in living life to the full. Jumping out of planes and off waterfalls is everyday life to her.I shudder when I think of jumping out of a plane. My memory of my parachute jump was flying in a tin can, jumping from a floating step, 5 seconds of exhilaration, screams from a loud speaker begging me to steer my parachute, an electric fence, being pulled through a field, a hospital and then 2 months on crutches. Read more
One of the best things about being a travel writer is the people you meet. When you’re abroad you tend to be more open to chatting to complete strangers, well at least I am. The world seems friendlier when you’re on holidays, perhaps it’s the sunshine and leisurely liquid lunches, either way, it’s refreshing and one of my favourite things about travelling. Read more
South Africa has become a popular destination for the Irish with the promise of sunshine, beaches, vineyards and sightings of the Big 5 (lion, buffalo, hippo, rhino, elephant). The most common route is to fly into the cosmopolitan Capetown, venture along the spectacular Garden Route and do a safari in one of the private reserves on the south-east coast. Read more
I’m not sure what made me decide to do it, but one day I decided to quit my very stable and well-paid job, pack my bags and travel Asia on my own for four months. I wanted to see more of the world at my own pace, to my own agenda and write all about it. Within 6 weeks of making my decision, I was on a plane to Vietnam with nothing more than a guide book to South-East Asia, a new camera, a pad and pen and a vague idea of where I wanted to go.
Christmas is over and the New Year has begun and no doubt, like me, you’re making your wish list for 2013. For many, I imagine, a sun holiday is on this list, something to break the seemingly endless winter and revitalise you after a busy Christmas. Long walks on the beach, blue skies and al fresco meals await us on the not-so-distant shores where the sun shines. Read more