Tips for travelling solo

Travel writer Julia Hammond has been travelling solo for three decades. Here, she shares her top tips. Solo travel is a fast-growing trend. According to ABTA, one in nine holidaymakers has travelled alone in the last 12 months. Hotel booking sites and Airbnb have reported a large increase in solo travel too, and cruise companies have […]

Exploring the fortress at Salzburg

Freelance writer Maria John explains how she discovered Salzburg to be her favourite place in Europe. I’ve travelled to many cities in Europe, including classics like Prague and Zurich. Yet everyone is surprised when I say that my favourite city is Salzburg. The old townTo get to the fortress, you first have to go to […]

Haarlem: The Brooklyn of Amsterdam

Touring stand-up comic Terry Norman tells us about his recent visit to Haarlem in the Netherlands. As a somewhat successful stand-up comic, I’ve been to a lot of places. This past December, I gigged in Haarlem, often jokingly described as the Brooklyn to Amsterdam’s Manhattan. While Brooklyn and Manhattan are boroughs of New York City, […]

Madeira: the Hawaii of the Atlantic

We asked Pearl, a retired teacher, about her favourite holiday moment of last year. Could this inspire your summer holiday in 2019? Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic, near the Canaries. A friend told me Madeira was always sunny and the water always warm (he may have exaggerated a little!) Although it is […]

How to plan a trip the grandchildren will love

Spending time with your grandchildren in this day and age can be tough at times. With the rise of social media and the advancements in technology in general, it can be hard to spark their interest and hold their attention for long before they’re drawn back to their phone screens.  But that doesn’t mean you […]