This post is choc-a-block full of pictures to help you plan a tour around the Copper Canyon in Mexico. Known as the Barrancas del Cobre in Spanish, you might also hear it referred to as “Mexico’s Grand Canyon”. Except it’s bigger than the Grand Canyon. Yup, bigger. As well as spending a day on the […]
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9 books on my lockdown and Summer reading list
What does a travel blogger do when they can’t travel? Reading is up there for me, and here are 9 books on my lockdown and summer reading list. Some of them aren’t even about travel. Dare Not Linger, Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa I finished this book in April, having loved A Long Walk to […]
Where to spend a month in Mexico – from the Yucatán to Mexico City
Updated February 2020. It’s a country with caves, canyons, cenotes, coasts, cities, culture, crafts and a top cuisine; spending only a month in Mexico is a tough ask. Mexico gives you countless opportunities to interact with the welcoming locals – on the ubiquitous public transport, and at its many sites and attractions. You’ll never be too […]
Why I’d have another Helsinki city break
As someone who errs towards a degree of shabby chic when choosing city break destinations, I wasn’t sure how good a match me and Helsinki would be. I needn’t have worried. Helsinki managed that brilliant trick of balancing “everything just works”, without being glossed and polished to within an inch of its life. Here’s why […]
What’s it like to do the Red Bull ski jump run?
“OMG we’ve GOT to do this!” I enthused, simultaneously holding a glass of wine and shoving the screen of my phone in my husband’s direction. I’d just shown Andrew this … the Red Bull 400. It may “only” be 400-metres, but the Red Bull 400 involves running UP a ski jump. Yes, you read that […]
A day trip from Campeche to the Edzna Mayan ruins
I love a good Mayan ruin. If they’re of the lesser-visited variety like Edzná, so much the better. With a few days in the colourful Mexican city of Campeche on the western side of the Yucatán peninsula, a day trip to the Edzná ruins was too big a draw to resist. Getting from Campeche to […]
25 (more) experiences I’m going to have before I die … updated!
Three years after first committing this list of my 25 must-do experiences to my hard drive, here’s my light-hearted look at what’s been accomplished, what’s still “on the list”, and what’s been ditched … Why I put my 25 experiences list in writing When I was in Bologna, I met Judy. Judy introduced me to […]