Travel writing my way around the world, one country at a time.
I'm into mountains, walking, wildlife and taking the road less travelled. I'll eat anything once, and love seeing a new place from above, be it from the top of a skyscraper, a mountain peak or from a plane window, accompanied by a chilled glass of wine.
I regularly write for Flight Centre UK, Round the World Experts and Gapyear.com, and I'm a major contributor to the Bradt Travel Guides to Namibia, Zanzibar, Botswana and Tanzania.
Deep in the heart of Ontario lies Algonquin Provincial Park, the oldest and largest provincial park in the state. This quintessentially Canadian landscape is made up of a mixture of maple, beech and pine trees interspersed with over 1,500 lakes, connected via a network of canals and woodland walkways, known as portages.
The USA: 50 states of awesomeness with national parks by the barrel load, countless glittering cities, mile upon mile of soft-sand beaches, and some of the most mouth-watering (not to mention calorific) dishes in the world. Deep-fried burgers anyone?
At just 5°C Lake Baikal's water was bitterly cold. I took in a huge gulp of air, held my breath and jumped. Despite having tested the icy surface with my big toe just seconds earlier, the cold stunned me, stinging my skin and causing me to gasp in horror.
In recent years bucket lists have become a bit of a trend. Everyone seems to have one, either of their own creation or borrowed from one of those ubiquitous 30 Things to Do Before You're 30 books. Perhaps, fearful of our own mortality, we are all worried that we haven't lived life to the full, or at least that we won't have.
We've all got them, the 'I ♥ New York' fridge magnet (or in my case, pyjamas), the Eiffel Tower keyring or the ridiculously expensive hand-carved mahogany table you had shipped back from Malawi (sorry mum). Love them or hate them, souvenirs remind you of the good times, the people and the places far away, and hopefully brighten up your home a bit too.
Safaris feature on just about every bucket list going. The old-fashioned romance of herds of elephants marching across dusty plains, wildebeest charging through ranging rivers and the sounds of lions roaring in the distance hold an enduring allure.
Tucked away in the folds of the western coastline of New Zealand 's South Island lie the 14 sounds of Fiordland National Park. While each inlet, a large firth of calm water captured between high cliffs, is beautiful in its own way, the showstopper is undoubtedly Milford Sound.
Think you know Vietnam? Think again. Angela Griffin uncovers the country's most worthwhile attractions you've never heard of. On arrival into Hanoi, most visitors make a beeline for the atmospheric Old Quarter.
When my friend Vanessa invited me to visit her in the USA, I jumped at the chance. After all, a hop across the pond would allow me to combine a much overdue catch-up with some sightseeing in Philadelphia, where she works.
When I told my friends and family I was going to Canada, they invariably assumed I meant the west coast. Ontario just wasn't on their radar. "So it's got Niagara, but why else would you go?" they asked. A good question, and one that I admittedly struggled to answer before my trip.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as one by one the world's cities crank up the glitter and sparkle factor and switch on their festive lights, brightening up the cold winter nights. So what are you waiting for?
Pandas: loveable black and white bears, famous for their kung fu skills and bamboo-munching ways. To see one up close, I headed for Chengdu, self-proclaimed 'Panda Capital of the World', and found this Chinese national icon to be far more laid-back than anticipated.
Big, bold and brash, China is the world's most populous nation, not to mention the third largest after Russia and Canada. Yet the wild, craggy landscapes and red and gold-hued temples lurking beyond the relative familiarity of Beijing and Shanghai remain an enigma to many a first-time traveller.
Spice up your honeymoon to Zanzibar with Expert Africa's Honeymoon Secrets... Snorkel from the shore in Menai Bay Shh... Located in the island's south-west, the Menai Bay Conservation area is Zanzibar's largest protected marine area offers ample opportunity for diving and snorkelling excursions among the colourful marine corals and fish.
Watching your figure? Look away now. The American Midwest, which stretches from the small towns of rural Kansas and Nebraska to the bright lights of Detroit and the shores of Lake Huron, is filled with mouth-watering delicacies and delicious morsels that will make your taste buds tingle.
Walking & wildlife
My new regular walking and wildlife feature for Steeple Aston Life