Habitual travellers are all-too familiar with the joyful challenge of planning a long weekend jaunt. The perfect destination has to be close enough that you won’t spend the whole time on the plane, interesting enough to warrant exploration, inexpensive enough to justify the extravagance of a short trip, – and ideally somewhere you haven’t been […]Read more "A Tale of Two Cities in Latin America"
#4 – Go Up the Willis Tower I’ll start with the obvious one. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world for many years, and it’s well worth the visit (as every single tourist and their family seems to already know). #3 – Millennium Park Anish […]Read more "A Weekend in Chicago: 4 Unmissable Activities"
Let’s face it, Cancún isn’t exactly known for its culture. On the scale from Abandoned Paradise to Crowded Tourist Trap, Cancún ranks just behind the Olive Garden in Times Square. Determined to find out whether the oyster had a pearl, I decided to spend a long weekend in Cancún.Read more "5 Highlights of Cancún"
An opening in the clouds formed the shape of a heart. Through it, a single star became visible. The North Star. “Make a wish”, whispered the spirit guides to our unlikely hero, a gangly lad from the bottom of the earth on the cusp of an age he never dreamed he’d live to be. But […]Read more "Life Lesson #53 – You Can Live a Fairytale in a Weekend"
The Amish have always struck me as somewhat of a fairy tale. The idea that an entire community would choose to freeze themselves in time strikes me as something from Oz, not modern America. The majority of Amish villages are in the lush farmlands of Pennsylvania, and that’s what drew me to visit the keystone state. […]Read more "Welcome to Hotel Pennsylvania"
Washington DC is the only purpose-built capital city I’ve ever been to that pulses with culture and has no shortage of great things to do. And yet, most visitors don’t venture outside the National Mall. Don’t get me wrong; the White House, the monuments and the museums are all wonderful and should be on every itinerary. […]Read more "6 Things to do in Washington DC OFF the National Mall"
If your knowledge of the Emerald Isle consists mainly of Guinness and leprechauns, you need to check out Shamrocker Adventures’ Southern Rocker trip. In three packed days, you get the chance to discover why everyone says they love Ireland.For such a superstitious country, what better number than 13 for a list of things to check […]Read more "A Weekend in Ireland"
Convinced that London was the place to be over Jubilee weekend, I resisted the urge to book a trip elsewhere. In my head, it was going to be the Summer Christmas I never got, complete with Pimm’s in the park and a royal flotilla. But unfortunately, the sun disagreed with me. So, the barbecue lunch became an […]Read more "A Very Soggy Jubilee"
This is my third time in Rome, and I’ve never seen the Sistine Chapel! Six years ago, atop St Peter’s Basilica I was 19 the first time I visited. But somehow my brother and I managed to visit the Vatican on the one day that Michelangelo’s labour of love was closed to the public. An […]Read more "Rome: Third Time Lucky"
Apparently kids from Lincoln are quite nonplussed when they go to Paris and see Notre Dame, according to Emily and Chloe. After growing up next to this magnificent monstrosity, it’s not hard to see why.Even at midnight on a foggy night in spring, the lights of Lincoln Cathedral serve as a beacon for miles. Probably because unlike St Paul’s […]Read more "A Weekend in Lincoln"