Activities & Events

Scotland: Northern Highlands & Western Isles

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, June 2022
"As Scotland in miniature, the landscape on Skye ranges from the lush, undulating hills and coastal tracks of Sleat to the deep glens and saw-toothed peaks of the Cuillin Mountains..."

Scotland: Inverness and Around the Great Glen

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, June 2022
"The Great Glen is world-famous for its hill walking, with some of the best routes around Glen Nevis, Glencoe and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. Look out for golden eagles..."

Essential Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, June 2022
" From floor-stomping ceilidhs to avant-garde modern dance, Edinburgh’s calendar of cultural events - including the Edinburgh Fringe, the world's largest arts festival - is truly outstanding..."

Scotland: Skye and the Outer Hebrides

A travel guidebook chapter for Lonely Planet, March 2022
"Skye's jaw-dropping landscapes and time-honoured castles are popular tourist draws, while those seeking solitude – and stunning sandy beaches – venture out to the Outer Hebrides..."

Budapest Guidebook: Side Trips From Budapest

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, August 2021
"As one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Budapest naturally hogs the limelight. But those who venture just a bit farther afield find themselves rewarded with a host of Hungarian highlights..."

Budapest: Varkerulet (Castle District)

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, August 2021
"Attraction-packed Castle Hill is a long, narrow plateau of cobblestone streets with beautifully preserved baroque, Gothic and Renaissance houses, crowned by the glorious Royal Palace..."

Budapest Guidebook: Belvaros (Inner Town)

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, August 2021
"The Inner Town is the beating heart of Pest, and the city’s most visited neighborhood, thanks to its blend of lovely, stroll-worthy streets and grand avenues lined with stately old buildings..."

The Best Free Things to Do in Prague

An article for Lonely Planet, August 2021
"The Astronomical Clock's on-the-hour procession of mechanical figures leaves some tourists underwhelmed. So instead, come between showtimes for a close-up look at the clock itself..."

Austria: Innsbruck, Tyrol and Vorarlberg

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, July 2021
"The provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg make up the western tip of Austria with Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, as the historic and economic center. Come in winter to find unrivaled skiing..."

Austria Guidebook: Salzburg

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, July 2021
"From the Mirabellgarten to Nonnberg Convent, it is hard to go anywhere in Salzburg without hearing someone humming The Sound of Music's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?..."

Austria Guidebook: Day Trips From Vienna

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, July 2021
"The area along the Danube and around Vienna unfolds like a treasured picture book, with its vast Roman ruins, medieval castles and Baroque monasteries perched high above the river..."

England: Hadrian’s Wall and the Northeast

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"Winding through the wild and windswept Northumberland countryside, Hadrian’s Wall once formed the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and it remains an important Roman relic..."

England: Canterbury and the Southeast

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"Gardens are a real English specialty - and at Sissinghurst, Wisley, Chartwell and even Hever Castle, you can easily while away a long afternoon wandering through acres of exotic flora..."

Essential England: Experience Chapter

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"A true afternoon tea consists of cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, and scones with jam and clotted cream displayed on a tiered stand and served with steaming pots of loose-leaf tea..."

Prague Guidebook: Day Trips from Prague

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"As the saying goes, the world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page. The same applies to travellers who come to the Czech Republic but choose to visit only Prague..."

Prague Guidebook: Zizkov and Karlin

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"These two neighborhoods, which border the New Town on its eastern edge, are known for their after-dark adventures, from no-nonsense hospody (pubs) to sweaty live music clubs..."

Prague Guidebook: Vinohrady and Vrsovice

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Dotted with pretty green parks, charming turn-of-the-20th-century houses, and several of the city's best cafés and restaurants, these are two of Prague’s most appealing neighborhoods..."

Prague Guidebook: Smichov and Vysehrad

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Separated by the Vltava River, Smichov and Vysehrad are like night and day. And that’s when they're best experienced - spend a day exploring Vysehrad then hit Smichov in the evening..."

Prague Guidebook: Castle and Hradcany

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Despite its monolithic presence, Prague Castle is not a single structure but a collection of structures dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries, all connected by internal courtyards..."

The Outlander Guide to Scotland

An article for Fodor's Travel Guides, November 2020
"From prehistoric stone circles to medieval castles, dramatic battlefields to majestic palaces, here's our pick of top Outlander locations for anyone looking to recreate the show’s magic..."

Europe by Foot: Carpathian Mountains

An article for Unforgettable Journeys: A DK Eyewitness Book, October 2020
"Emerald forests, medieval castles and wildflower-dusted mountains - explore the continent’s last great wilderness on a four-day hike through Romania’s incredible Carpathian Mountains..."

Europe by Water: Island Hopping in Croatia

An article for Unforgettable Journeys: A DK Eyewitness Book, October 2020
"Scattered all around Croatia’s sun-drenched coastline are more than 1,000 idyllic islands and islets. Take to the water on this laid-back voyage to explore five of the prettiest by sail boat..."

Europe by Foot: Julian Alps Peak Walk

An article for Unforgettable Journeys: A DK Eyewitness Book, October 2020
"This alpine amble through Slovenia's spectacular Triglav National Park guarantees sweeping mountain scenery, ancient fir-tree forests, glistening glacial pools and enchanting waterfalls..."

Europe by Bike: Transylvania

An article for Unforgettable Journeys: A DK Eyewitness Book, October 2020
"Transylvania isn’t all about Dracula; this in-the-saddle adventure bypasses the mythology and explores the reality of this remarkable Romanian region and its beautiful, time-worn villages..."

Europe by Foot: Tatra Mountains

An article for Unforgettable Journeys: A DK Eyewitness Book, October 2020
"Skirting the mountainous border between Poland and Slovakia, this circular hike to and from Kuznice takes in the park's most spectacular scenery, from its craggy cliffs to its thick forests..."

Scotland: Northern Highlands & Western Isles

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"The Northern Highlands is a region where roads hug the coast, offering stunning views over the clear blue ocean, across dramatic mountain peaks, or along stunning heather moorland..."

Scotland: Inverness and Around the Great Glen

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"Defined by its spectacular topography, the Great Glen brings together mountains and myths, history and wild nature, then lets you wash it all down with a dram of the world’s best whisky..."

Essential Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"Edinburgh is "a city so beautiful that it breaks the heart again and again," as Alexander McCall Smith once wrote. Its seven hills make a striking backdrop for the ancient pageant of history..."

20 Places to Travel in 2020: Eastern Europe

An article for Travelzoo, December 2019
"From the fantastic fairytale palaces of Central Slovakia to the moody medieval castles of Transylvania, Europe’s eastern reaches are home to some of the continent's biggest hits..."

Chimp-Spotting on the River Gambia

An article for Lonely Planet, October 2019
"Alpha males confidently chomp on their bananas, fretful mothers clasp their young as they scoop water into their mouths, and hyperactive adolescents swing between the branches.."

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, August 2019
"Opened in 1903 as a luxurious railway hotel, "The Caley" maintains its rose-tinted sandstone façade, its intricately sculpted stone arches and its unmistakable whiff of Victorian grandeur..."

The Balmoral Edinburgh

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2019
"One of Edinburgh’s most instantly recognizable landmarks, The Balmoral was first conceived as a railway hotel. And the Victorian-era baronial property remains a luxurious place to stay..."

Essential Great Britain: Experience Chapter

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2019
"Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are just the tip of the culinary iceberg, as chefs nationwide now indulge their passions for high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients..."

A Guide to the Prague Fringe Festival

An article for Rough Guides, May 2018
"Now in its 17th year, the Prague Fringe Festival is firmly established as a major alternative arts event, showcasing award-winning theatre, cutting-edge comedy and genre-twisting cabaret..."

Alternative Prague: Escaping the Tourist Trail

An article for Rough Guides, April 2018
"Explore some of Prague’s ecclesiastical oddities, starting with the bearded woman statue in Loreto Church - this is St. Wilgefortis, who prayed for facial fuzz to help escape a betrothal..."

Scotland: Northern Highlands & Western Isles

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2018
"Wild and remote, Scotland's Northern Highlands and Western Isles have a timeless grandeur. Dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and craggy peaks rising out of moorland like islands in a sea..."

Essential Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2018
"Take time to explore Edinburgh’s streets - peopled by the spirits of Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson - then enjoy a candlelit restaurant or a folk ceilidh..."

Boscolo Prague Hotel

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Even in a city rich with beautiful buildings, Boscolo Prague stands out. The neo-Renaissance facade, swathed in heraldic symbols and architectural allegories, has the look of a palace..."

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Prague

A spa guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Set within a Renaissance chapel, with the remains of an even older church below your feet, the spa’s illuminated stone walls, arches and frescoes give an immediate sense of serenity..."

Mandarin Oriental Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Housed in a former Dominican monastery with roots in the 14th century, this elegant hotel is an architectural delight; an eclectic mix of original Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles..."

Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"The bright and breezy Siddharta Cafe is open all day long, serving eclectic European-Asian fusion dishes like grilled filet mignon with udon noodles, pak choi salad and hoisin sauce..."

BoHo Hotel Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Straddling the border of Prague's Old Town and New Town, BoHo has one foot in each camp with a contemporary, glass-fronted design set within a restored 19th-century factory building..."

What’s Hot in Prague for 2018

An article for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, February 2018
"Field has redefined the boundaries of Bohemian fare. The decor is minimalism incarnate - all beige walls and unadorned tables - but look up to see street art projected onto the ceiling...."

Silverkris Guide to Malé, The Maldives

A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), December 2017
"With over 130,000 people squeezed into two square miles, Malé is a bustling and fast-paced capital - the antithesis of the laid-back island resorts that draw most tourists to The Maldives..."

Tracking Bison in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest

An article for The Independent, September 2017
"Belovezhskaya Pushcha in western Belarus marks the last remnants of a primeval forest that once shrouded the entire European Plain, from the Pyrenees in the west to Urals in the east..."

Northern Beauty: Scotland’s Secluded Islands

An article for Flight Time (Flybe in-flight magazine), March 2017
"Head beyond the Scottish Borders, bypass the capital, traverse the Highlands and cross the North Sea. Only then will you reach Scotland's outer limits - its remote, remarkable, islands..."

Cameron House: Luxury on Loch Lomond

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2016
"Martin Wishart's Michelin-starred restaurant is the culinary apex of a stay at Cameron House. We had the six-course tasting menu, starting with confit of trout with smoked mussel cream..."

Five Must-Dos in Dusseldorf, Germany

An article for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), November 2016
"Architecture fans will relish grand medieval masterpieces such as Schlossturm, Renaissance delights including Neanderkirche and contemporary icons like Frank Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof..."

Adler Thermae: Hot Spring Luxury in Tuscany

An article for About Luxury Travel, October 2016
"A beautiful and bountiful wellness retreat built around warm thermal springs, Adler Thermae Toscana is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the gorgeous Tuscany countryside..."

The Cromlix: Andy Murray’s Luxury Hotel

An article for About Luxury Travel, July 2016
"You'll love the Cromlix if you choose small, personal boutique hotels over mega resorts, and love outdoor activities from playing tennis to taking brisk walks to fishing in the house loch..."

40 Must-See Structures in Scotland

An article for USA Today, May 2016
"As well as its stunning nature, Scotland has amazing man-made structures, from prehistoric settlements to medieval fortifications, Victorian monuments to ultra-modernist parliaments..."

Prague’s Prettiest Parks (and Green Spaces)

An article for Honey Travel by nine.com.au, April 2016
"Prague foregoes one sprawling central park for an array of gorgeous gardens and secluded squares dotted around the centre, as well as vast green expanses skirting the city's edges..."

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Five-Star Spain

An article for About Luxury Travel, February 2016
"The hotel began life as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Retuerta in 1146, and this medieval heritage is still in evidence throughout, from the refectory restaurant to the cloister garden..."

Adler Mountain Lodge: All-In Dolomites Luxury

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2016
"The incredible beauty, drama and otherworldliness of the Dolomites make it one of the most spectacular and rewarding natural landscapes in the world. And it isn’t overrun with tourists..."

The Corinthia, Lisbon: Living the High Life

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2015
"The Corinthia is one of the Portuguese capital's most enduringly popular high-end hotels: a (literally) towering example of luxury Lisbon accommodation, rising to a sky-high 27 stories..."

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki: A Sumptuous Scandi Stay

An article for About Luxury Travel, October 2015
"A five-star establishment in the historic center of the Finnish capital, Hotel Kamp is where the world's most esteemed visitors come to doze, dine, drink and detoxify (in the three saunas)..."

Six Uniquely Scottish Experiences

A blog post for VisitScotland, September 2015
"From scuba diving among German warships to hiking between curious Highland Cows, from gigantic viaducts to deep vaults, here are six of my favourite uniquely Scottish experiences..."

Gleneagles: Golf Galore (and More)

An article for About Luxury Travel, August 2015
"The world-class golf is just one of the hotel's myriad draws. From cultured cuisine to warming whisky, in-house spa treatments to off-road driving, Gleneagles is the perfect luxury escape..."

Journey to Nowhere: Barefoot Luxury Travel

An article for The Johnnie Walker House Edit, July 2015
"Kicking off your shoes, stepping onto bone-white sand and feeling the wind caress your hair, all without the sniff of a smartphone email alert - welcome to the universe of barefoot luxury..."

Spotlight On Plzen

An article for Jumeirah Magazine, June 2015
"There are 50 principal cultural events scheduled in 2015 that aim to make the most of Plzen's appealing architecture, from the beautiful Baroque square to the gigantic Gothic synagogue..."

Bohemian Bliss: Pampered in Prague

An article for Asia Spa Magazine, May 2015
"Prague is a spa paradise at the heart of Europe. So whether you fancy an elaborate hotel spa or an intimate wellness haven, step back from city sightseeing and prepare to be pampered..."

Liechtenstein Travel Guide

A guide for World Travel Guide, April 2015
"A pocket-sized principality in the heart of Europe, Liechtenstein rarely tops anybody's bucket list of continental must-sees. Yet this tiny, landlocked nation offers more than you'd imagine..."

Seven Bold Vacations That Break the Mould

A contribution to an article for Huffington Post, December 2014
"North Korea is among the least visited countries in the world. Although the U.S. government strongly advises against travel, Reaney says it is worth the trip for the Arirang Mass Games..."

Century Spires: Thriller in Manila

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The eighth tower in the shimmering glass high-rise development that is 'Century City', this is the first building in the Philippines to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind..."

Stay for Free: Sleeping with Strangers

An article for National Geographic Traveller, May 2014
"I am folded in half. My knees are tucked up to my chin - my chin tucked into my chest. I can’t even feel my feet. In fact, my only sensation is the sharp jabbing below my shoulder blade..."

Czech Republic Travel Guide

A guide for World Travel Guide, April 2014
"A historic jewel at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a big punch for such a tiny country; from majestic castles to medieval towns, elegant spa resorts to scenic parklands..."

Life & Soul: Assessing Zurich’s ‘Visitability’

An article for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), December 2013
"This Swiss city is frequently caricatured as squeaky clean and somewhat clinical, populated with pin-striped bankers and greyfaced financiers. But Zurich has so much to offer visitors..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Experiencing Exclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"I hear a rustling overhead. Tentatively, I look up into the shadowy tree canopy overhanging the cliff edge, to discover a wrinkled pink face staring right back at me, A Capuchin monkey..."

PRIVATE AIR AT THE BADA FAIR

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
“The award was given to a rare Queen Anne gilt gesso dressing table, shown by Mackinnon Fine Furniture and described by the judges as 'an object of spectacular fragility and rarity'..."

The Flight to Everest Base Camp

An article for National Geographic Traveller, May 2013
“I heard the plane before I saw it. Sitting mutely in a pallid departure lounge, the dirty put-put-put of the engine trickled its way into my subconscious. It's a peeling, patched-up biplane…”

LONDON’S MOST EXPENSIVE RESIDENCES

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
“Ask any Londoner and they’ll tell you the city has always been a pricy place to purchase a home. But in the last few years, property prices have soared to truly astronomical levels…”

Patagonia North to South Tour Itinerary

A 16-day tour itinerary for Viventura, February 2013
"Watch the playful penguins of the Seno Otway and see sheets of ice from the Perito Moreno glacier crash into the water. This unique destination offers stimulating scenery at every turn..."

Albania: The Foreign Investment of the Decade?

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Sunlight creeps into the cracks between the wooden stalls, and the Old Bazaar stirs into life. Shutters are slid open, shelves are straightened and scarves are suspended from ceilings..."

Peru-Bolivia-Chile Tour Itinerary

A 13-day tour itinerary for Viventura, January 2013
"Spanning Peru, Bolivia and Chile, the Altiplano region features some of the most spectacular scenery in South America: thermal geysers, high mountains, and the largest salt flat on earth..."

Shenzhen: A Better Investment Than Hong Kong?

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2012
"For more than half a century, Hong Kong has been a great economic powerhouse. Yet today it has a significant threat to its established global position - and it's coming from next door..."

UKRAINE AGAIN: IS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT BACK?

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2012
“In October, the Ukrainian government passed a law that allows non-citizens to become land owners when buying real estate. But is Ukrainian property a good investment for foreigners…”

Zurich Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
"Zurich is a city in transition. Once considered a boring financial hub populated by buttoned-down bankers, the city is now reinventing itself as a vibrant, trendy and modern metropolis..."

Noma Restaurant Pops Up in London

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, July 2012
“The restaurant - named the best in the world on S. Pellegrino’s list three years in a row - will close shop in Copenhagen later this month and relocate to the ballroom of Claridge’s hotel..."

KIEV’S ARSENALE 2012: RETURN OF THE ART

An article for Vertu Select, May 2012
“The 20th century was a difficult period for Ukrainian art. After a promisingly avant-garde to the 1900s, everything came to a sharp halt in 1922 with the foundation of the Soviet Union..."

Edinburgh Overview and Q&As

A guide for Forbes Travel Guide, May 2012
"Described by the famous Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid as "a mad god's dream,” Edinburgh is a multifarious mishmash of a metropolis. It has a history reaching back to the Bronze Age..."

Off Everest’s Beaten Path

An article for Shoestring Magazine, February 2012
"I feel like throwing up. My head is spinning, my stomach churning, my joints throbbing. I suck in a lungful of icy air but there isn't enough oxygen. Yet still I ignore the thought to turn back…”

The Search for Ischia’s Seaside Spa

An article for The Telegraph (Travel Supplement), February 2012
""Have you got the eels?” I ask, teeth chattering, as my girlfriend steps off the yacht and onto the jetty. She nods. “And the mullet? And the calamari?” She holds the bag of seafood aloft..."

Welcome to Edinburgh

A guide for GuidePal, December 2011
"Wrapped in a blanket of high hilltops, it is home to Michelin-star restaurants and world-class theatres alongside thriving nightlife and hectic urban chaos, all set against a calm sea view..."

Weird Beards and other Bohemian Oddities

An article for StalkingElk Magazine, April 2011
“In the heartlands of Bohemia, Christian institutions offer much more than just war-mongering scripture, cheap magic tricks and kiddy-fiddling clergymen. They offer bizarre trinkets too..."

Ischia’s Wild Winter Warmers

An article for Shoestring Magazine, February 2011
“It was one of those bitterly cold December days in southern Italy, when the chill wraps itself around your bones and draws you into winter, and I was freezing to the seat of my scooter..."

The Greatest (and Most Secret) Show on Earth?

An article for Reader's Digest, August 2010
“North Korea is acquiring a reputation for something altogether different from its newsworthy nuclear programme and alleged torpedo attacks. And it involves schoolchildren in leotards..."

FRANCE – LOIRE VALLEY SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“The ‘Garden of France’ is a region of green meadows and meandering rivers, wooded river valleys and a thousand lakes; a haven for rare orchids, carnivorous plants and birds of prey…”

FRANCE – BURGUNDY & JURA SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“Burgundy and Jura are the spiritual homes of the nation’s two greatest passions: food and wine. Local culinary trademarks include rich boeuf bourguignon and tasty Comté cheese..."

UK & IRELAND – WALES SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
"It may be small in size, but Wales is Herculean in spirit. This is a proud nation of divine male voice choirs and unpronounceable place names, ancient ruins and time-honoured teashops..."

Cutting It At The Edinburgh Fringe

An article for Scriptwriter Magazine, January 2008
“On the city's pretty Royal Mile, actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, stuntpeople, wrestlers and inexplicably semi-naked hypnotists all indiscriminately thrust their pamphlets at passers-by…”