Victoria pregnant

Big news! We’re having a baby!

I have big news! This little family is becoming three! On 26 January 2018, Steve and I are expecting a baby! As readers of this blog will know, it’s taken a while to get here – 18 months in fact – but patience paid off and after months of hospital appointments, scans and uncertainty, we … Read more

Victoria walking in Ashton Court

A little update from Bristol

I know many of you read this blog for the travel tips, so perhaps you’ll want to skip this one, but I know I love bloggers’ posts that give an update on their life lately. It’s like a getting a little letter from one of my friends. So I thought it’s about time I write … Read more

14 lessons learned from five years’ travel blogging

It’s been five years since I started this blog and its been a rocky ride. I’ve watched the rise and fall of peers – some lifting to stratospheric success and others slipping away – while I’ve bumbled along, sometimes giving it my all, and other times fading away. This isn’t a blog of dizzying success, … Read more

Northern Lights Lapland Finland

A moment of awe in Lapland

Steve’s beard is made of ice again. And we’re staring at the sky. There’s a smudge upon the horizon, but is that just a cloud? And smudges aren’t what we’re after. We’re hoping for a show. In Iceland, it showed its face, but only in shades of grey. Please fire up tonight. I lay back … Read more

Barcelona with a baby- Hotel Barcelona Catedral

It was always in the title

In France, there’s a saying for a time when you “have your head in the handlebars” focused on your career and building a settled life. It’s a time that lacks moments to stop, look around and think about the track you’re on. Five years ago, with my head firmly in those handlebars, I finally took … Read more

Christmas travel gift guide - cookbook

Christmas gift ideas for travel lovers

I love Christmas.  There’s a lot of sadness that goes alongside it for me, but it’s a also a time that brings joy. There are a lot of children in my family, so spending time with them always makes the holidays a treat – along with all the mulled wine, minced pies and fairy lights. … Read more

Sorry for taking so long to write!

A long overdue update

Sometimes you forget to get in touch with someone for so long, that by the time you get round to it, you feel so embarrassed that it’s difficult to know where to start. That’s how I feel now. Over the past few months, I’ve sat down to write an update post at least three or … Read more

New Zealand road trip - WOMAD

Win a festival camping kit!

Festival season in England is one of my favourite times of the year, and to celebrate I’m giving away a festival camping kit with Trespass, including a tent, sleeping bag, inflatable bed and pillow. All you need to do is answer, which festival do you most want to go to and why? Which festival would … Read more

Europe Road Trip - Santa Margherita Ligure

My London

I moved here at 19, exhilarated and starry eyed after a year travelling the world by myself. While friends headed out across the width and breadth of England, for me it had always been London. I grew up just a 30-minute train ride from the city in a suburban Surrey town. We’d save our money … Read more

Oh my! We made a video for Lonely Planet!

I’ve been a mega fan of Lonely Planet since I took my first solo trip abroad more than 14 years ago. I can remember pouring over the books as I planned my trip around the world. They came to symbolise adventure, and I still get a thrill every time I buy one now. We used one … Read more