European Heritage Days: Explore a Secret Paris

The European Heritage Days (or journées européennes du patrimoine, as they are known in French) offer tourists and locals alike the chance to glimpse behind Paris’ many closed doors and discover the secret history of the city, all completely free of charge. Every year, on the third weekend of September, cities and famous institutions around France offer free guided…

The World’s Best Wildlife Holidays

10 amazing (and surprising) wildlife holidays and the animals found there 1. Whale Watching in Spain One of the most exhilarating animals to see in the wild, the whale is fascinating to watch in its natural environment. A close encounter with one of these enormous creatures guarantees a lasting impression, offering a glimpse of the…

Culture without the Crowds: A Romantic Trip to Venice

La Serenissima, The City of Bridges, Queen of the Adriatic… The floating city of Venice goes by many romantic sounding names but sadly, due to its popularity, it can be more tourist hell than dreamy getaway for two. Queuing for hours for a public toilet does not exactly say ‘romantic trip to Venice’. However, if…

Epic journeys: travel in the footsteps of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (or Alexander III of Macedon to use his official title) was born in Macedonia in 356 BC and was educated by the famous philosopher Aristotle. Alexander’s ambition was to make Macedonia the powerful nation it once was and so, when he inherited the kingdom in 336 at the age of just 20,…

How travel can help you live a better life

You know that phrase ‘travel broadens the mind’? Well, it’s true. Even the most set-in-their-ways folk come back from travelling as different people, though some, admittedly, more so than others. What may not be immediately obvious, to those who have never succumbed to a bout of wanderlust, are the many ways that travel fundamentally affects the way you see…

5 Eerie abandoned places frozen in time

What is it about abandoned places which rouses in us such mixed feelings of curiosity and fear? Perhaps it’s that things being left mid-use reminds us of our own mortality, that we, ourselves, at any time, could lose the life within us and be left to rot, too. Whatever it is that draws us to…