Travel hack #2: beat the heat

The news continues to stream out of Japan of the unprecedented heatwave, and it makes for sombre reading. The longest and deadliest heatwave since the 19th Century! I visited this wonderful country in the first half of July, knowing it would be hot, but astounded by just how all-consuming and furious the heat was. IContinue reading “Travel hack #2: beat the heat”

WiFi at 30,000 feet

I haven’t posted in a while. Wedded to the new job and all that. What has spurred me to get back to writing? I suppose you could say altitude has! I’m writing this to you from seat 8A on SAS flight SK526, heading to Stockholm where I will change planes and continue on to HongContinue reading “WiFi at 30,000 feet”

New kid on the block: Primera Air

Have you heard of Primera Air? No? Neither had I, until I looked up flights to New York on Black Friday last year. Lured by the £325 price tag but unsure of their pedigree, I found an article written by Simon Calder about their air fares being cheaper than WOW Air, despite claims by theContinue reading “New kid on the block: Primera Air”

Climate change and travel

6 – 7 min read I am travelling to New York for the very first time next week. The prospect of hopping across the pond on a 7 hour flight to visit friends and explore a whole new city is very exciting. But something is weighing on me. My carbon footprint. In addition to myContinue reading “Climate change and travel”

Africa on film: Makala

3 – 4 min read How do you get your travel kicks when you’re not travelling? I’ve written before about travelling and music,  but my heart lies somewhere else when I’m seeking adventure on my own doorstep  – with cinema! Documentaries, films based on books, films not based on books – as long as theyContinue reading “Africa on film: Makala”

Travel hack #1: when to book flights

I spend a lot of my time umming and ahhhring about when to book flights for trips – none more so than this year so far, planning a summer trip around Japan, via Hong Kong. They say that the best bit about a holiday is the journey, and for me that journey truly starts whenContinue reading “Travel hack #1: when to book flights”

Look out London: The Photographers’ Gallery

Tucked away down Ramillies Street on the edge of Oxford Street, The Photographers’ Gallery is London’s best showcase for photographic talent. That is, until stiff competition arrives from Stockholm’s Fotografiska. As shoppers jam past each other on the streets outside, a special kind of jostling takes place in this Mecca to photography, as necks crane toContinue reading “Look out London: The Photographers’ Gallery”

Eat for less in Stockholm

Stockholm, like the rest of Scandinavia, is really expensive, isn’t it? Well, no, it doesn’t have to be! Fresh from a long weekend in Stockholm, I’ve researched (eaten) some of the best food on offer in Stockholm right now, and none of it breaks the bank. Read on for my top 5 places in StockholmContinue reading “Eat for less in Stockholm”

New in London – Aman Mojadidi: Remembering a Future

‘We call these fenced migrant camps “jungles”, as if they are all savages, when what they are doing is trying to escape savagery’. I wobbled, eyes stinging in an attempt to hold back tears. Though physcially I was sat down in a performance space at Imperial War Museum London, my mind was inside what IContinue reading “New in London – Aman Mojadidi: Remembering a Future”

My pick of the pistes: ski resorts in Europe

Ski Sunday is on, there’s a new champion at Kitzbühel and the Winter Olympics are around the corner. The ski season is well under way and if you want some serious snow, now’s the time to plan your winter holiday. Not sure where to go? Whether it’s a short break or a week long adventureContinue reading “My pick of the pistes: ski resorts in Europe”