Venice and the Tide of Tourism.

The obligatory question: Is it sinking? Venice, as we all know, has been sinking---for many years.  But that is not solely due to the weight of visitor footsteps on its ancient lanes and bridges. Venice floods around 100 times each winter, and is estimated to be...

Away from the Crowds in Rural Tuscany.

I'm lucky enough to be no stranger to Tuscany.  Over the past few years I've been able to enjoy a few visits to the region, mainly to Florence itself. This time, however, I was looking to escape the mad(ding) crowds of Renaissance masterpiece seekers in Florence, as...

48 Hours in Lisbon… and a Warning.

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Living the Dream: Learning to Surf in Portugal.

Some lessons in life seem to be taught to us through the least expected of ways.   For me, there's something about surfing that teaches the virtues of patience.  I'd surfed a couple of times before, but the (life) lesson has always been the same.  This time I spent a...

Night Train to… Lisbon.

"Encounters between people, it often seems to me, are like trains passing at breakneck speed in the night.  We cast fleeting looks at the passengers sitting behind dull glass in the dim light, who disappear from our field of vision almost before we perceive them" ~...

Eco Friendly Travel in Slovenia: Itinerary Suggestions.

Itineraries for Eco Friendly Travel in Slovenia.  I went to Slovenia with few expectations but a couple of assumptions.  Assumptions that I'm happy both turned out to be wrong. My first assumption was that ten days would be sufficient to explore much of Slovenia....

50 Shades of Green: Introducing Ljubljana.

When you're in the Responsible Travel world, the word 'Green' is one that pops up frequently throughout any day.  Conjure images of people sitting around on benches smoking 'herbs'--- but of course I'm instead referring to Green Travel---another term sometimes used...

Review: Luxury & Sustainability at One Aldwych, London.

One Aldwych London Hotel Review. There's nothing quite like a hotel that not only looks good, offers high end service, an amazing location, the type of crisp bed-linnen you want to curl up in (the list goes on) and actually does good too. Since I arrived back in...

Review: Staying at London’s Greenest Hotel.

When the opportunity to stay at "London's Greenest Hotel" comes along, it's not something to be passed up easily. On my travels around the UK, Europe and Asia I've had the chance to stay at a number of eco lodges, accommodations working hard towards sustainability,...

Discovering Self Sufficiency at an Eco Yoga Retreat in Scotland.

Arriving at Inverliever Lodge, home of ecoYoga, what I expected was a beginner's course in Ashtanga yoga. What I didn't expect was to experience an eco yoga retreat in the truest sense: an inspiring example of sustainability and self sufficiency, in many different...

Night Train to… The Highlands.

The Scottish Highlands have always held a mystical appeal to me. And in my book---there's no better way to travel than to fall asleep in the suburbs of London, muggy in the august heat, and waking up to the fresh air of the Scottish glens. The Caledonian Sleeper takes...

The Truth About Vipassana.

"The Truth is Closer than an Eyelash", my yoga teacher in Kerala had said to me, on more than one occasion. Searching to find out who to attribute this wisdom to (other than to him), I was met with another kind of truth.  The truth that apparently false eyelash...

Brexit: How much should Politics Impact Travel?

Waking up to the news this morning that the UK had voted to Brexit and Leave the European Union, my stomach turned.  It felt like waking up from a bad dream, only to discover that that dream was not a dream at all. As a Brit living in the Netherlands for the last 6...