The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page...
(Commonly attributed to St Augustine)
I genuinely feel like I very rarely go on holiday. This idea would make most of my friends and family either laugh out loud, or frown in confusion – I am notorious for travelling a lot – but it’s something that, to me, makes complete sense.The question “did you have a good holiday?” is one that never feels like it relates to me – I find myself looking round to see who the person Read more [...]
I am a huge advocate of small group travel, and it is something I have been doing for many years. I also find that, more and more, friends are asking my advice about taking the plunge. But is it right for you?
What is small group travel?
Small group travel generally means joining a tour run by a European, American or Australian company, with a total of around 14-16 travellers per group. These travellers come from all walks of life and many different countries, and may have signed up for the tour Read more [...]
In addition to my love of travel, I have always loved and been fascinated by foreign languages: how we can experience the same world but express it in such different ways and with such a mixture of sounds. If, like me, you are a native English speaker then, like me, you have been handed a gift on a golden platter, because so much of the world uses English as a common or second language. But that doesn't mean you can always rely on other people's language skills to save the day. So how do you cope Read more [...]
I love to travel, I really love to travel. I've been to more than my fair share of locations in Europe and some in North America, but I do also like a bit of culture clash, and my favourite trips are inevitably to countries in the developing world. This means that I am exposed to diseases and risks which are different from what my European body has been accustomed to for most of my life. Travel health is a topic that really is essential to consider when you are planning a trip outside of your Read more [...]
I had a Facebook message from a friend the other day: "Have you ever had any airport disasters?". Well, let's just say I might have done... once or twice. The question inspired me to write about some of the occasions when it all went - for want of a better word - wrong.I've obviously done more than my fair share of flying. I still get a thrill out of it, even if the novelty has worn off somewhat (see The view from the window for an example of how easily boredom can set in), but I seem Read more [...]
Culture shock. If you've ever travelled, you've experienced it; if you've travelled as much as I have, you have experienced it in all the colours of the rainbow.I still clearly remember my first major dose of culture shock. Of course I'd travelled before; through my childhood and adolescence I spent plenty of holidays in France in particular, and was used to the concept of things being different from how they are at home. But in 2008 I travelled to Australia, and on the way home stopped in Singapore Read more [...]
I'm writing this sitting on a plane at 35,000 ft. And I need to kill the boredom.This is the decidedly unglamorous side of travel. I remember, growing up, reading my mother's series of "Shirley Flight: Air Hostess" books - she had the complete set and they are still on the bookshelves in my spare room - which portrayed air travel in the 1950s and 1960s. It was a different era, but when I first started flying I still had quite a glamorous image in my head of what jet travel would be. Needless Read more [...]