Saving Stanfords

In what has been a calamitous year on our high streets, I thought I would shine a spotlight on one of my favourite shops in the whole world: Stanfords. This temple to travel has sold maps and books to record-beating explorers and award-winning authors, curious travellers, the world’s governments and geographers alike since 1853. AndContinue reading “Saving Stanfords”

On finding joy

This weekend I had planned to share with you a journey from mountain and desert to modern stove and cooker. A tradition that dates back to One Thousand and One Nights and to the peak of the Islamic Golden Age. A joyous experience of cooking (and eating) using ancient methods passed down generations. If youContinue reading “On finding joy”

Slow ways over highways

I arrived back in England last week following more than five weeks adventuring in Scotland, and I’m slowly getting back to the indoors groove again. And on the theme of going slow… In the past week you may have read in the news about a project called Slow Ways. It was started by self-described guerillaContinue reading “Slow ways over highways”

Travel in an age of travel shame

longer read (9-10 mins) Anything to declare? Some travel shame perhaps? I read a New York Times article recently, Shh! We’re heading on vacation, that probed the notion of travellers who normally post about their trips on social media staying silent for fear of being travel shamed by friends, family or strangers (thanks Twitter). IfContinue reading “Travel in an age of travel shame”

In My Travel Opinion: Staycationing in Scotland

There are always two sides to every story. Take the ‘news’ today that a few restaurants in the South West have left the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, complaining of overcrowding Monday – Wednesday and empty tables the rest of the week. That’s fair enough. But from my perspective, it’s a fantastic offer andContinue reading “In My Travel Opinion: Staycationing in Scotland”

Postcard from…a Japanese heatwave

Longer read 31° degrees Celsius. 88° degrees Fahrenheit. 70% humidity. Welcome to Kyoto in July. Or, to be specific, Kyoto in July 2018. In Japan’s ravishing old capital, and across most of Japan, a heatwave was sweeping through, the worst since records began. And there I was, on holiday with my brother. I’d had bigContinue reading “Postcard from…a Japanese heatwave”

Happy travels!

The midnight fever of fireworks out of the way for another year, it’s time to focus on forgetting those rubbish resolutions and plan for the important stuff instead – where you’ll be travelling. What do I have planned? I’ll be hoping for snow, glorious snow in early February as I visit my brother Stephen inContinue reading “Happy travels!”