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A summer day cycling in Dorset on the Jurassic Coast

With the end of the summer in sight I took a day to go cycling with my daughter in Dorset, one of England’s prettiest counties. We tried one day of Headwater Holiday’s Jurassic Coast Cycling route which would normally take 5 days to exp...
by Heather on her travels on Aug 31, 2016

A guide to volcano hiking in Indonesia

With more than 120 active volcanoes, Indonesia is a hive of seismic activity. An archipelago dotted across an area the width of the United States, every vista is backed by the profile of a nearby volcano. Audley Travel specialist Mat Hall shares his...
by Heather on her travels on Jul 16, 2016

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa – a little slice of Florida paradise

In this guest post, my assistant Nancy, who is a keen golfer, shares her recent stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa which we won in the Passports with Purpose Giveaway.  Life in the central United States offers a variety of climate changes...
by Heather on her travels on Apr 11, 2016

The Gower in Wales: find your perfect coastal walk and place to stay

Walking along cliff paths and blowing the cobwebs away on a breezy beach is one of my favourite things to do at the weekend, at any time of year and whatever the weather. I’ve been to the Gower Peninsula in South Wales quite a few times now, si...
by Heather on her travels on Mar 28, 2016

A weekend guide to Le Havre: delicious food and culture in Normandy

Most people in Britain think of Le Havre as a place to get off the ferry and drive straight on to their holiday in France. For the French however, it’s a sailor’s heaven, a seaside resort for families and a gateway to the Alabaster Coa...
by Heather on her travels on Jan 15, 2016

A family trek in the Saklikent Gorge, Turkey

In this guest article teenage traveller, Reka Kaponay shares her excitement at a walk in the Saklikent Gorge, Turkey, wading through icy water and taking a mud bath, before the day ends with a traditional Turkish meal. Reka writes; As I lay in my b...
by Heather on her travels on Oct 13, 2015

Like mother, like daughter – what we loved on our trip to Copenhagen

On my recent visit to Copenhagen, I enjoyed the company of my daughter, Sophie-Anne, who shares her tips for things that mums and daughters can enjoy together in Copenhagen. Unless you are travelling alone, there will always be a difference of opin...
by Heather on her travels on Jul 22, 2015

Light, Air, Water – finding a healthy holiday in Copenhagen

Light, Air, Water. These are the perfect ingredients for relaxation and recuperation on holiday. In our busy lives, we need moments to stop, rest, just gaze at the horizon. Holiday time provides the longed for opportunity to refocus on our health and...
by Heather on her travels on Jul 7, 2015

Vancouver Island – A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Our guest author, Leigh McAdam shares her love of Vancouver island, British Columbia, where you can explore the temperate rainforests, go kayaking along the rugged coastline and hope to see bears, orca whales and bald eagles. Vancouver Island dependa...
by Heather on her travels on May 29, 2015

Lloret de Mar – sun, sea and so much more…

Lloret de Mar on the Spanish Costa Brava is a holiday resort that holds a certain memory for many UK travellers. “That’s where I went for my first holiday abroad!” exclaimed my mother, now in her 70s, who visited on a coach tour in...
by Heather on her travels on May 6, 2015

Dancing with Darwin: an unforgettable week in the Galapagos

by Heather on her travels on Apr 9, 2015

Cycling with wine and apples – on the South Tyrol Wine Road

Let’s imagine a perfect Sunday afternoon in South Tyrol. The sun’s shining and we’re having lunch on the terrace restaurant beside the sparkling water of Lake Kaltern, where families are sunbathing and enjoying a turn on the pedal...
by Heather on her travels on Sep 16, 2014

6 things the English girls get SO wrong on the beach in Greece!

On the Greek island of Zakynthos I’ve been enjoying plenty of beach time while on holiday, hanging out with my daughter, my Greek niece and her friends. From behind my (designer) sunglasses I’ve been observing Greek beach etiquette and reali...
by Heather on her travels on Aug 20, 2014

An adventure in Slovenia – Bled and the Triglav National Park

In this article our guest author Nathan Moore takes us to Slovenia, the outdoor adventure capital of Europe, tastes raw squid and swims in the crystal clear waters of Lake Bled. Nathan and Jim are two friends on an epic adventure through Europe in a...
by Heather on her travels on Aug 7, 2014

10 summertime cool things we did in Copenhagen (and you could too)

Summer in Copenhagen is a time for the locals to come out and enjoy the short but sweet Scandinavian summer beside the water, whether it’s the harbour, the beach or the Copenhagen lakes. Although I’ve been to Copenhagen a number of times...
by Heather on her travels on Aug 4, 2014

Walking the beaches of the Gower – staying in our luxury Mumbles cottage – video

Friday night and it’s time to cross the Severn Bridge and exchange a working week in Bristol for a weekend exploring the glorious beaches of the Gower peninsula and the seaside nostalgia of Mumbles. This part of South Wales is no stranger to m...
by Heather on her travels on Jul 13, 2014

Take a closer look at Crete

The Greek island of Crete is the largest island in Greece and as the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it’s one of the most visited areas for holiday makers. With reliable sunshine and gorgeous beaches, it’s no wonder that Crete, as...
by Heather on her travels on Jun 30, 2014

Activities for the family in and around St Ives

Most people have childhood memories of going to a beach, building sandcastles and eating ice-creams and fish and chips by the sea. If you fancy re-igniting your memories and starting some new ones for your family then head to the beautiful beaches of...
by Heather on her travels on Jun 24, 2014

A long day’s walk on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path – Broadhaven to St Davids

I’d long wanted to walk the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales, which is similar to Cornwall which I love, but less commercial, wild and unspoilt. I got my wish as part of our weekend, trying out a shortened version of the Best of Pembrokeshir...
by Heather on her travels on May 18, 2014

Beyond the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador’s Forgotten Treasures

Ecuador is one of the countries that you’ve heard a lot about, but maybe would never consider visiting. Why go to Ecuador on holiday, when there are the exciting destinations of Colombia, with its rich jungles and famous beaches, and Peru, with...
by Heather on her travels on Apr 23, 2014


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