When I first set foot on the gloriously sleepy isle of La Gomera I felt an almost irresistible urge to shake off my shoes and slip on a pair of sandals. La Gomera is that sort of oasis.
If you want to travel back in time to when the festive season felt more magical than commercial, then a trip to Germany’s traditional Christmas markets might just be the way to re-kindle childhood memories.
Welcome aboard what for me is the finest train in the whole of Africa. I’m writing this on Rovos Rail – which definitely justifies its tag as the ‘Pride of Africa’ - as I watch the parched plains of South Africa unfurl all around and an ostrich kicking up the scorched earth just feet from my suite windows.
DESPITE the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bilbao in the Basque Country on four separate occasions, the sight of the Guggenheim Museum still takes my breath away.
As a travel writer I’ve been lucky enough to get out to all of the world’s great wine destinations and while I love the likes of France, Australia and New Zealand, for me South Africa stands head and cork shoulders above all the others for wine touring.
IF you’re wondering where to take the family for the October school holidays, then I reckon I may have an answer that the children will love you for ever for.