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I'm a freelance travel writer and am passionate about travel and adventure. I have lived or travelled in over fifty countries. I backpack, housesit and love to explore, whether I am hiking in remote landscapes or checking out city street art.
My mission is to inspire people to hit the road and take adventures of their own. I produce informative and inspiring travel articles, reviews, listicles, guides and essays based on a combination of personal experience and meticulous, accurate research.
My articles have been published in Trivago Weekend Magazine, World of Cruising, Huffington Post, LA Travel Magazine, Passion Passport, Localiiz, International Living, Wanderful, In the Know Traveler, Travel and Talk. MisAdventures Magazine, My Itchy Travel Feet, GirlsGetaway, Travioor, Chasing la Bella Vita, TravelSignPosts, Writer's Weekly, GomadNomad, Campsites.co.uk, Dollar Stretcher, Inspired Senior Living, ThingsToDoEverywhere, WanderGoGo, Price of Travel, Travel-Wise, Eat your World, Offbeat Travel, Freedom with Writing, Epicure and Culture, Thrifty Nomads, The Discoverer. TravelHopper, Vacationer, LovetoVisit.com, EuropeBackPacker, Greatest Britons and Great Escape Publishing.
I have also written multiple articles for Matador Travel, Go Overseas, TravelPride and seventy guides for Trip by Skyscanner,
In 2016 I was featured in the bestselling book 'Grand Adventures' by adventurer, Alastair Humphreys.
Recent trips include Portugal, Prague and Mexico. Upcoming trips include Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Romania. My areas of expertise are Mexico, India and the UK, but I write about destinations throughout the world.
When not on the road, I am based in Brighton, UK. In 2019 I completed a 13,000-word, picture-led Brighton city guide for Touch Screen Travels.
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Although the name Glastonbury is synonymous with one of the world's most famous music festivals, there is more to the tiny Somerset town than the annual gathering of peace and love at nearby Worthy Farm. With a population of approximately 9,000, Glastonbury brims with myths and legends. It's a meeti
London has an LGBTQ scene steeped in history, with queer pubs dating back as far as the 17th century. From glitzy cocktail lounges to dingy drag dens, London's scene is one of the most vibrant and hedonistic on the planet. Beyond the world of cocktails, there are countless reasons why LGBTQ travelers are drawn to England's capital.
Situated a mere fifty minutes from London by train, the cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton is perfect for a day trip or weekend break from the capital.
It's easy to be seduced by Oaxaca City's abundant charms. From mouth-watering local cuisine to the streets awash with colorful colonial buildings and cacti, there's a unique laidback vibe here, rarely found in large cities. Rich in indigenous culture, the area is famous for its folk art, particularl
The town of Tequila had been on my radar for a few years, but it wasn't until recently that I eventually made it to the fun-packed pueblo in the state of Jalisco.
Portugal's enchanting second city, Porto, has gained much attention over the last few years, and it's easy to understand why. From hip bars to ancient cobbled alleyways, Porto has finally hit the travel headlines and become one of Europe's hottest destinations. The architecture is diverse and eye-ca
Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, has a wealth of colorful neighborhoods to explore. The city bursts with history, and its narrow-cobbled streets are a delight to lose yourself in.
The Lake District National Park is the largest national park in the UK and the first to be awarded with world heritage status. A natural landscape of 885 square miles, the scenery comprises of stunning mountains, deep valleys and scenic lakes.
The best campgrounds to pitch a tent inside San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and other major US cities.
Although Colombia has been making great strides in tourism over the last few years, many people don't realize that it is now one of the hottest LGBTQ destinations in South America. As a result of recent legislation introduced by the government, LGBTQ rights are equal to those of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
The first Gay Pride parade took place in 1973, consisting of a small contingent of marchers, very much in contrast to the 200,000 revelers who converge on the city these days for one of the largest Pride festivals in the country. Since 2013, Trans Pride has also hit the streets of Brighton.
There is nothing quite like unzipping your tent in the morning to see the sun coming up over the ocean. Whether it's a classic white sand beach on a tropical island or a wild and remote shore scattered with driftwood, wherever you are headed in the world, you can usually find a beach to call home for a night or more.
One of the perks of visiting Lisbon is that it's a short jaunt from both the beautiful Portuguese coastline and, intriguingly, a mountainous whimsical wonderland. Just 40 minutes from Lisbon by train, the town of Sintra is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Portugal's capital city.
Everything you need to know about the most alluring ports in Mexico what to do on your next cruise there.
Most visitors to Mexico head straight to the country's stunning beaches, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. However, there is an abundance of delights in store for those who venture beyond the beaches to Mexico's beguiling magic towns. The Mexican tourist board has selected 132 pueblos t
The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is Mexico's most popular festival and is celebrated each year between 31 st October and 2 nd November. The event honors those who have passed on and is a fascinating juxtaposition of contemplative and joyous.
Portugal's second city, Porto, has experienced a tourism boom in recent years. Having recently made tracks to the city myself, I can understand why it's become one of Europe's hottest destinations. From eye-catching architecture and ancient cobbled streets to hip bars and cafes, the city is fascinating to explore.
It is always key to establish exactly what is expected from both parties. Some house-sits are paid, others are not. Occasionally, especially on longer sits, the property owner will request that the sitter contributes to bills. It is up to those involved to negotiate.
I have lived in Brighton, one of England's most colourful and free-spirited seaside cities, for over 20 years. One of the greatest perks of living here is the abundant food scene. From cutting edge cuisine to global street food to experimental vegan fare, there are an endless supply of tempting places to eat in Brighton.
After almost two years of lockdowns and travel uncertainty, the idea of escaping to a warmer climate in the dead of winter is more alluring than ever. As travel restrictions continue to be lifted worldwide, it's a perfect time to plan an escape to a warm winter travel destination.
I've been a travel writer for nearly three years. I explore the globe and write guides, articles, and essays about my adventures and the destinations that I visit. I'm having the time of my life and only wish I had started writing a long time ago.
We crept past the sleeping receptionist and out of the hotel at 1:30 am, walking through Old Manali in the pouring rain. Stray dogs howled and a rat scurried across the street in front of us. I had been traveling in India for several months with my partner, Teresa.
Dia de Los Muertos is Mexico's most captivating festival and is celebrated each year between the 31st October and the 2nd November. The event honours those who have passed to the spirit world and is a compelling blend of reflection and exuberance, rooted in a combination of pre-Hispanic beliefs and Catholicism.
High in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, hidden in a subtropical jungle, there exists a surreal sculptural fantasyland called Las Pozas. It was created by English eccentric and visionary, Edward James between the years 1949 and 1984.
New Zealand has some of the most pristine scenery in the world. Snow-capped mountains, wild beaches, fjords, and excellent opportunities to spot wildlife make the country a great destination for those who love spending time in nature. Kayaking is an ideal way to explore the coastline, lakes, and waterways of the country.
Colombia has emerged from its darkest days of gang warfare and violent crime to become a compelling destination for travelers. And Bogotá 's street art scene is one of the major crowd drivers to the nation. The Colombian civil war began to de-escalate at the beginning of this century and in 2016, a complete ceasefire was announced.
With its many ashrams, colorful temples, and mysterious sacred rituals, India has always been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Here are a few of the most venerated destinations in the country, all of them captivating in their own unique way. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, ancient Varanasi is the most sacred city in all of India.
Last winter, I spent far longer in Mexico than intended. Initially, my plan had been to head down to Central America after whizzing around Mexico. However, I discovered that Mexico was too beautiful (and large!) to hurry. Valladolid in Yucatan state was one of the many lovely colonial cities I found myself lingering.
Visiting Varanasi - the spiritual heart of India - on the banks of the River Ganges, was a long-standing dream of mine. The city had always fascinated me, maybe even scared me a little. I had read that few people visited Varanasi without falling ill.
Header image courtesy of Arif Imran (Pexels) For many travellers, Delhi is their first experience of the vast nation of India. The chaos, heat, traffic-clogged streets, poverty, and general madness can be a huge culture shock. Beyond the madness lies magnificent historical buildings, wide boulevards, world-class museums, superb restaurants, and fantastic shopping opportunities.
Exploring the subterranean underworld has always had an allure for intrepid adventurers. Hiking above ground is one thing, but scrambling, climbing, and crawling through mysterious caverns provide an adrenaline rush unlike any you'll get where the sun shines. Whether you're a caver or spelunker, the US has a huge amount of cave systems for exploring.
While the masses head to the beaches of Oahu and the other more celebrated Hawaiian Islands, Lanai is often overlooked due to its diminutive size and lack of tourist infrastructure. Many people who visit Hawaii regularly haven't even heard of Lanai. However, for those who prefer dirt roads and wild, empty beaches, Lanai can't be beaten.
Cahuita is a small, unassuming town on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. It may not be for everyone, but it's perfect for those who choose wildlife over nightlife and prefer a basic cabana on an untamed stretch of sand to a luxury resort. In Cahuita the jungle-backed beach is left as nature intended and is devoid of sun-lounging tourists.
Seafood platter at the Salt Room (courtesy of the Salt Room) A mere 47-minute train ride from London, Brighton, on the south coast of England, combines traditional seaside fun with an artistic, free-thinking vibe.
BRIGHTON'S BEST is an ideal travel guide to England's quirky and bohemian seaside city. It uses 141 images and 13,000 words to to explore key NEIGHBOURHOODS; detail SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES; outline ITINERARIES; and suggest great places to EAT and DRINK. All content is original and independent.
Alternative, cool, quirky and sitting snugly between the rolling hills of the Sussex Downs, Brighton is a one-hour journey by train from London. The city receives a constant flow of day trippers from the capital at any time of the year, but especially during the summer months.
An UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most impressive of Mexico's Mayan ruins The Mayan civilization, best known for its art, architecture, written language and astronomy, was powerful between about 2000 BC and 1500 AD, with Chichen Itza being built around 800 AD.
Brighton is sometimes referred to as "Little London by the Sea." Situated on the south coast of Sussex, Brighton is a mere 50 minutes from London by train, which means tourists usually just go for a day trip - if they bother going at all. But you should consider basing yourself in Brighton instead.
As a passionate traveller, much of my wanderlust has been inspired by books. Reading about the exploits of others has fuelled my desire to hit the road and have adventures of my own. At a time when many of us are in lockdown, staying motivated and keeping our travel dreams alive is more important than ever.
If you're planning an action-packed day trip to London, it's essential to stop at tourist hotspots such as Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London. But don't forget to check out the many colourful neighbourhoods of the metropolis. Shoreditch, in London's East End, is one of these fascinating neighbourhoods.
Opened in 1816, Regent's Canal was designed by architect, John Nash, and was named after flamboyant Prince Regent, later King George IV. Until the 1960s, the canal was used to transport goods in and out of the city. These days, it's used by narrowboats and is home to communities of colourful houseboats, which you'll see as you stroll along the waterway.
Having grown up in South West London, Wimbledon holds a special place in my heart. I have returned to my old stomping ground many times over the years, not only to watch tennis, but also to make the most of Wimbledon's other attractions.
The Norfolk Coastal Path walk is a fun active travel adventure for boomers traveling in the UK. The trail, a 3-hour drive from London, hugs the coastline along the North Sea. Sue King from , shares her experience and tips for this beautiful walk.
The entire path runs from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea and covers eighty-four miles. If you are short on time, this two-day hike covers twenty-four miles of diverse scenery from the seaside town of Cromer to the sweeping sand dunes of Holkham. Put on your hiking boots and head for two days of freedom and spectacular scenery on Norfolk's scenic coastal trail.
It goes without saying that Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata are India's heavyweights-the cities that the majority of travellers arrive in when they visit the colourful and compelling sub-continent. There are, however, many overlooked cities which are equally deserving of as much attention as 'The Big Three'.
This unique city is situated on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh and is the most sacred place in India for Hindus. Pilgrims come to pray and take a dip in the river, holy men covered in ash offer spiritual advice, and cows wander through the narrow alleyways.
Having fallen in love with the awe-inspiring deserts and incredible rock formations of the American South West many years previously, I never believed that there would be anywhere else on earth to rival the sheer beauty and spirituality of those captivating landscapes - until I discovered Cappadocia.
Antigua Guatemala is easily the most beautiful city in Central America. Situated in the Central Highlands, less than an hour's drive from Guatemala City, it is a popular destination for well-heeled tourists and backpackers alike. It's easy to understand why. The cobbled streets are dotted with crumbling ruins and picturesque plazas.
In addition to being the coolest city in the UK, Brighton was recently voted the happiest city in England. No wonder the city receives a constant flow of day-trippers and weekenders from London. On the Sussex Coast Basking on the Sussex coast, Brighton is less than an hour away from the capital by train.
Travel and adventure have been my passion for as far back as I can remember. I grew up on the south coast of England and I spent much of my time poring over maps and planning my great escape. I wanted to escape the rat-race.
Although Copenhagen is delightful at any time of the year, it is at its glorious best in December. The twisted cobbled streets, soaring spires, turreted buildings, blend of gothic buildings and cute multi-hued houses are a winning combination. Add a sprinkling of Christmas and you feel as if you are in a scene from one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.
Portsmouth in the county of Hampshire is known for its seafaring past and today is Britain's premier Royal Navy Base. The dockyard is home to several historical ships including King Henry VII's Mary Rose and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.
If you want to enjoy the natural scenery of the United Kingdom the way the locals do, go for a walk... a really long walk. From Cornwall to Scotland, you can trek from a week to two months across rolling hills, along coastal tracks, through urban sprawls, or in shaded woodlands.
Everyone has heard of the popular beaches of Brighton and Blackpool, but with 7,760 miles of coastline, the United Kingdom has an abundance of gorgeous beaches that most of the world has no idea exists. From wild and rustic shores to glorious bays overlooked by castles, there is no shortage of breathtaking beaches to explore in the UK.
We love exotic travel tales that include active adventures , especially when it involves biking through off-the-beaten paths. Today's guest contributor, Sue King, did just that as she cycled her way through dusty backwoods to see the incredible temples of Bagan, Myanmar.
I've been a passionate traveler for over 20 years, and an on-the-road freelance travel writer for around 18 months. Since I started out, I've had close to 50 articles published, and I learned a few lessons along the way. As a rookie travel writer, success is largely down to forming the right habits and consistently putting them into practice.
When Harry and Meghan got hitched in May, the Queen bestowed them with the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The landscape of their new domain, Sussex, is quintessentially that of Southeast England. Situated on the coast, it's a 1,500 square mile county of castles, rolling hills, white chalk cliffs, winding lanes and traditional seaside towns.
As a traveller, every now and again you come across a place that steals your heart a little. For me, Hampi, in the Indian state of Karnataka was one of those places. Magical and bewitching, Hampi is an ancient temple town surrounded by 16th century ruins.
From Florence to Munich, Europe's second cities show you the soul of a country - with fewer crowds but all the charm.
Sue is a passionate traveler and has been exploring the planet full-time since 2012, backpacking, housesitting and volunteering. Au pairing is perfect for those who love both travel and the company of children.
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By Sue King, Epicure & Culture Contributor Love eating meat-free? You can easily find a tasty vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, England to satiate your palate. But, that's not the only reason to love this United Kingdom travel destination. The seaside city of Brighton is nestled between the rolling hills of the South Downs, just a one-hour drive from London.
Want to learn Chinese in an off-beat destination? Consider Singapore! This island nation offers plenty of opportunities to learn Chinese through language schools and immersion. Learn more and read program reviews.
Mexico City is blessed with an abundance of incredible museums. In fact, with over 150, it boasts more museums than any other city in the world! To tempt you further, most of them are either free of charge or a mere few pesos' entrance fee.
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These are challenging times for travel writers. Being confined to home, rather than having the freedom to roam the world at will, is not an easy adjustment to make. Motivation can be difficult to maintain. Here are five tips and tricks to prepare yourself for life post-coronavirus and ensure that you keep your travel writing dreams alive.
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Winner of three singles titles and four doubles titles in grand slams, she was ranked in the world's top ten for thirteen consecutive years. Her highest world ranking was number 2 which she reached in November 1975. Wade's most famous victory was winning the Wimbledon singles title in 1977 after sixteen attempts.