I write about all sorts, from travel, wildlife, and well-being to relationships, lifestyle, and parenting. I take photos, too.
Recent travel commissions include The Telegraph, The Times and Experience Travel Group. I've also been creating SEO content for private clients on topics as diverse as British contemporary art, partnership disputes, equality in the workplace, menopausal health, and astonishingly beautiful jewellery. So, I know my Boivin from my Bulgari and the differences between Hambling, Hirst and HRT.
Other clients include The Guardian, Sainsbury's Magazine, Family Traveller, Encounters Magazine, South China Morning Post, Janus Arts & Jewels, Hilton, You Magazine, Mumsnet.com - the UK's leading parenting website, takethefamily.com - the UK's leading family travel website, britainsfinest.co.uk and John Brown Publishing. Commissions include newspaper and magazine articles, web content, programme development, scriptwriting, and PR projects.
Think you can't venture deep into the Peruvian rainforest without sacrificing comfort? This luxury Amazon cruise begs to differ
One writer followed in her mother's footsteps to the magical landscape of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau
With living museums, private galleries and art classes, this is the year to discover the country's creative safari rather than the Big Five.
Top tips on sustainable travel, so your next holiday makes a difference for the right reasons.
Abigail Flanagan takes a scenic trip up the Chao Phraya River for a unique perspective of Thailand’s ancient capital
'The man test negative, but you positive," the hotel concierge explained gently, over the phone. "Please stay in room. The doctor will call tomorrow." And that's how our holiday ended, before it had even begun.
It's midnight in the International Dark Sky Park of the Cambrian Mountains. I'm with my husband, Paul, in a precision-engineered orb on the edge of a wooded hill. Rain is hammering out a two-tone sonata on the roof and metal stairway. It's so dark I can't even see Paul beside me.
It's Saturday night, and in the bar of the five-star Hertfordshire hotel, The Grove, three girlfriends are celebrating the youngest's coming of age. Proudly sporting an 18th birthday sash and glittering tiara, Charlotte Moir is enjoying the best night of her life - and a few cocktails -with her closest friends, Ellie Grimes and Kate Fallowfield.
Backed by limestone mountains, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Complimentary transfers from Krabi airport take two hours, with the speedboat leg - all sea spray and limestone karsts - an early wow-factor fix. Pimalai borders most of Kantiang's pristine beach, so it feels wonderfully private, but a smattering of laid-back shops, bars and restaurants is a few minutes' shuffle down the shore.
My son, Leo, was 12-weeks old when the call came telling me my dad, Martin, had killed himself - and, with that, I flipped from "new mum, total euphoria" into absolute despair. Foolishly, the only coping mechanism I could think of was to end my maternity leave and throw myself back into my job as business development manager for a leading hospitality group.
As we turn into Varick Street in Lower Manhattan, a gore-splattered surgeon - his face peeling - is dragging a corpse down the sidewalk. Behind him, a bow-tie wearing, opaque-eyed zombie with dental health issues (half his mouth is missing) is checking his phone.
It's late afternoon and the Irish Sea is creeping up Cumbria's Silecroft beach as anglers prepare lines for an evening spent in search of bass and flatties. The sand and shingle shoreline extends as far as the eye can see. Except suddenly I can't - see, that is - for great clods of flying sand.
Bar a few neighbouring resorts, there's little but palm-fringed, powder-soft, horde-free sands here. So far, so terrifically tropical, but those 13 limestone karsts - scattered like a giant's discarded game of knucklebones - change everything. The Koh Hong archipelago acts as one vast, phenomenally pretty speedbump, transforming the cobalt bay into a barely pulsating pond.
"I think I've just heard your mum on the radio: Judi from Barnes ... that's right, isn't it? Well, she said that when she dies she wants her ashes scattered from a firework!" A conversation I didn't expect to have at the school gates.
Koh Jum is only an hour's transfer from Krabi Airport yet feels like a Thailand that time forgot - home to miles of wild shoreline and just three tiny, Muslim fishing villages. Exploring from the resort's Andaman Beach location is easy.
When you need to celebrate, there's only one place to go: Abigail Flanagan heads to the Big Apple to welcome her fifties in style.
A beach ride with a difference.
Wading through croc-infested waters, trekking across harsh terrain and sleeping under the stars; the road through Western Australia's Kimberley may be rocky, but it's also incredibly beautiful, discovers Abigail Flanagan
It took a couple of weeks for my parents to find out I was disabled. Everyone assumed I would be in plaster for three or four months to correct the position of my feet. I might walk with a bit of a limp, but I might not.
To mark the release of Skyfall and celebrate half a century of Bond movies, Abigail Flanagan lists her pick of film locations for a 007-inspired holiday
The perfect trip for parents and easily bored teens: does such a thing exist? Abigail Flanagan heads for an adventure-packed tour of Sri Lanka to find out…
Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share with her son Joe, Abigail Flanagan tried out a conservation trip in the African bush.
The wife's always the last to know. "I've got Tickets!" announced my husband, Paul. "Tickets? For what?" "No, not tickets - Tickets, Ferran and Albert Adrià's Barcelona tapas bar. It's supremely hard to get into. You have to book online months in advance.
As a child, before I went to bed, I thought every night that I would be a different parent from my parents. I don't think I have ever laid a hand on my children - but as a kid I had hands, a hairbrush ... I remember having breakfast.
"Look,over there - giraffes." "No, that's a dead tree." "Ooh ... elephants." "No, they're termite mounds." To his credit, Joel Cheruiyot, Tortilis Camp's deputy chief guide, resisted the temptation to laugh. The vast plains of Amboseli, which unfurl to the horizon and to Mount Kilimanjaro 20 miles south, conspire with the uneducated eye to distort and deceive.
His father was a soldier, his son is a cameraman in conflict zones and he rescued a little girl from war-torn Sarajevo - later adopting her. Veteran correspondent Michael Nicholson explains how war has shaped three generations of his family
"Fer-lip ..." My 10-year-old son Joe is seldom rendered monosyllabic with awe, but staring into the abyss that is Cornwall's Adrenalin Quarry, I could only concur. "Flip, indeed." Fifty metres below us was half a kilometre of bright blue lake - a flooded quarry near Liskeard; its surface, like my knees, quivered like jelly.
From the outside, our yurt looks as traditionally nomadic as they come. But peeling open the doorway, it's like we've been magicked into a land of gingerbread houses and sneaked porridge. Floral bunting, twinkling fairylights, a big iron bed with delicate toile linen and a woodburning stove to keep our toes cosy?
With family and friends on this lovely Mediterranean island, summer means Mallorca for me and my son Joe. Here are some of our tips for making the most of your family holiday there. If you're holidaying in the south-west and want to experience beach life Mallorquin-style, head to the little coves of Illetas.
The realisation that this was a holiday unlike any we'd ever had dawned early. First came a bell, its incessant ring shattering our sleep. Then a bellow: "Animal feeding time! Hurry up, Joe!" "What the . . .?" groaned my husband, Paul, as I peeked between heavy toile curtains.
If something excites me I like to feel my loved ones share that excitement. And when they don't, I try to make them. Bombing up the M1 to the falconry centre, I had that same nervy feeling you get before a holiday. My husband and son, however, seemed somewhat comatose ...
Man has always wanted to fly and the Flanagan males are no different. But while there've been times in our relationship when I'd have happily shoved my husband out of a plane, the idea of freefalling 4,000m feet with my eight-year-old son, Joe, strapped to my back took the concept of continuum parenting to, I felt, an unacceptable level.
I adore a good massage. Done well, it can send stress packing, ease aching muscles and, without wishing to sound too hippy-dippy, reconnect mind, body and soul. Indeed, when I eventually win the lottery, I'll live in the Elemis spa - but a DIY luxury home massage?
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From Warhol's Marilyn to Paul Allen's $1.6bn collection, explore the most expensive artworks ever sold with Janus Arts' guide to record-breaking art sales
Learn about buying & collecting high-end art - from old masters to emerging artists - with Janus Art's quick dip into art for pleasure & investment.
BORNEO GUIDE FOR ETG CLIENTS
CAMBODIA GUIDE FOR ETG CLIENTS
Learn how to buy & sell fancy coloured diamonds - from loose diamonds to diamond jewellery - with Janus Jewel's free, online guide to precious stones.
From ground-breaking installations to signed prints, discover the contemporary artwork of Tracey Emin, CBE, RA, at Janus Arts, London.
LAOS GUIDE FOR ETG CLIENTS
How to navigate the investment art market with ease.
THAILAND GUIDE FOR ETG CLIENTS
To some, she’s a National Treasure; to others, a complete conundrum. With Maggi Hambling, CBE, there’s no halfway house.
Insight content for Janus Jewels: an overview of the main jewellery auctions of autumn 2020.
A new website and regular content for Janus Arts and Jewels: dealers in specialist works of timeless distinction. Chosen with the collector in mind, each piece the finest example of its type. An ongoing project, involving TOV and SEO-content for landing pages, product pages and insider blogs. A few months on from launch, the site is already ranking highly on Google.
Janus Arts & Jewels: SEO sales copy for one of the works in the current collection
Aldo Cipullo: The man behind the most successful jewellery collection in Cartier’s history, and his designs to look out for.