Travel

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Going wild: on Bodmin Moor

Just before the October publication of Louis de Berniere’s new novel, Light Over Liskeard, I returned to my Cornish roots to explore the landscapes which inspired him: a land of ‘ghosts and ruins’, megaliths, mythology and some truly remote places to stay.

Travel, Where to stay, World

Trippy trips: 10 crazy places to stay

Tired of greyness: grey skies, grey décor, grey thinking? Well, here’s an antidote… check into one of these beauties: a pick-n-mix collection of airbnbs, hotels, motels and guest houses big on colour, clutter and self-expression. From Margate to Mexico, this is decorating anarchism: no rules, no limits, no greys…

Travel, World

New York on a budget

The words budget and New York are contradictory surely? In one of the world’s most expensive cities, the spending money doesn’t go very far. But on a recent trip (pre-Covid) we found plenty of low-budget and freebie activities among the must dos. Here’s our top ten tips…

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Cornwall: in the know

Cornwall is so rammed with visitors these days they are squeezing into every nook and cranny. But there are still relatively undiscovered places that don’t draw the crowds. My round-up of ‘secrets’ is quite heavy on tin mining, Cornish moorland, scenic railways and social distancing. The only beaches on the list require walking boots and stamina. And I’ve chucked in three random food options.

Travel, World

Sunset Limited: railroad USA

In celebration of Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, we revisit a vintage, coast-to-coast railroad adventure across the United States’ Deep South… Back in 2003 (can it really be that long ago?) we embarked on our first railroad journey across America. Amtrak was undergoing a bit of a resurgence – thanks to 9/11 […]

News, Portugal

Algarve’s beach besties

The best beaches in Europe? The award goes to…the Algarve, on the sunny south coast of Portugal. This is the seventh time (six years in a row) that the World Travel Awards has recognised the quality and variety of the region’s beautiful beaches.   If you are thinking Albufeira, you might […]

Spain, Travel

Spain: Super Jucar

The Jucar Canyon is a spectacular limestone gorge running roughly 40 kilometres through the province of Albecete. Follow the Rio Jucar, through rural Castilla-La Mancha with its string of historic villages, troglodyte dwellings and, now, a boutique cave hotel

Cornwall, Travel

Cornwall: Get inn

Our go-to Cornish pubs tend to be old school: the salty veterans of fishing and mining, lots of knotty oak and on the dark side (we mean the lighting). On the ales front, we tend to go for ‘real’ rather than ‘craft’. Most of our top ten are by the sea (or on the water) – and one of them is in Devon.

Film, Travel, UK

The Night Riviera

GWR asked Dave to shoot a promo about the ‘Night Riviera’ – their revamped sleeper service from Paddington to Penzance – so he did the eight-hour journey. The service was temporarily suspended earlier this year, thanks to Covid restrictions, but overnight cabins are now available from 24 August 2020.