I am a Digital Content Editor, Freelance Travel Writer and Copywriter, based in London. (Publications include: BBC Travel, Conde Nast Traveller, Red Bull Adventure. See clippings below.)
I was also the travel editor of Travelbite, a holiday ideas website for three years, and am co-founder of a travel adventure blog www.thetwotravelled.com.
To view my portfolio for branded content and digital content editor services visit www.sarahgibbons.co.uk. (Clients include: Guinness, easyJet, Johnnie Walker, Grolsch.)
Contact: [email protected] or on Twitter @SarahGibbons_
It's lunchtime in the historical heart of Zürich, Switzerland, and just off the bustling shopping street of Bahnhofstrasse, the bright and airy interior of Haus Hiltl restaurant is buzzing with activity. Tantalising aromas fill the air as diners line up at the 100-dish buffet to savour homemade vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world.
Adventurers who hike down into the steaming Ijen Crater-known as Kawah Ijen-in East Java at night will be rewarded with one of the rarest, and most spectacular, natural light shows on Earth-the mystical "Blue Fire." But what is it and how can you see it? We've put together some top tips below.
insert_drive_file Article * 7 mins * 18 April 2019 There's nowhere quite like Vietnam - a land of true contrasts, from the frenetic and fascinating capital of Hanoi to the idyllic rice terraces of mountainous Sapa. Whether you've got a month to play with, or two weeks off work, here's an at-a-glance guide to the cities in Vietnam to kick off your trip planning.
The first thing that struck me about Hossa was the pure, unadulterated silence. It's almost as if time stands still here, with nothing so much as a breeze disturbing the pristine, mirror-like lakes and pine-wooded eskers that extend as far as the eye can see.
Have a royally good time and earn serious bragging rights with these captivating castle stays around the British Isles.
Astronomy-enthusiasts don't have to travel too far to witness the magic of the night's sky in the UK. They have some of the world's best stargazing spots right on their doorstep.
Rio de Janeiro is gearing up for a sporting summer, but the kind of action we like best is found down at the beach. Sarah Gibbons picks out the best beaches in and around the city, whether it's volleyball you seek, samba in the sand, or the grooviest rum shack in Brazil.
Don't sit around this summer - get your hike on. Want to unleash your inner Levison Wood and go on an epic walking adventure, but don't have six months to spare? You don't need to travel to the ends of the Earth.
How to spend the perfect day in one of our favourite city break destinations... The Danish capital has it all: great food, culture and bucket loads of Scandi style. No wonder then that Copenhagen is one of the happiest cities in the world. What are you waiting for?
Dogsofinstagram: We meet the pooches who've got the travel bug - and the 'awww' factor. Think you're adventurous? Then you need to check out the globetrotting lives that a new group of social media savvy dogs are leading.
From challenging yourself on the climbing walls at The Castle to flyboarding in the Docklands, there's plenty to keep adventure-seekers entertained in London.
In Switzerland, Lavaux' picturesque UNESCO-listed vineyards are a must-visit for any foodie. Whether it's the tranquil waters of Lake Geneva or the picturesque rural landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, there's something about Switzerland's French-speaking west that immediately leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.
Nendaz, a popular ski resort in winter, really comes alive in summer when you can discover the picturesque water trails of the ancient bisses, as Sarah Gibbons discovers. When walking through meadows rife with vibrant wildflowers, listening to the tinkle of cows' bells as they graze the verdant land, it's hard to envisage that you're exploring a popular ski resort - even when you pass under the maze of chair lifts above.
One official Madrid guide states that 'if you haven't stood before Las Meninas, you haven't been to Madrid'. This immediately gives you an idea how proud the Spanish capital is of its artistic heritage. Las Meninas, Spanish artist Diego Velázquez's most famous painting, hangs in the Prado Museum, one of the world's most prestigious art galleries.
We've had everything from hot yoga to gravity yoga, but how about yoga 800ft above the capital with 40-mile panoramic views? Sarah Gibbons experienced the very first 'Yoga In The Sky' class at TheView From The Shard, before they officially open on June 7th 2014.
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Sex and the City Who says you can't hit the beach on a hot, summer's day in the city? If you're craving sun, sand and sundowners, head to one of the many urban beaches popping up in cities across the UK - perfect for urbanites who want a dose of beach life without having to venture too far this bank holiday weekend.
(Radio Bar, ME London) Like a cocktail with a view? From trendy pop-up bars to under-the-radar summer hideouts, rooftop bars are the best place to soak up the atmosphere of London when the sun is shining. Here's our pick of the best! Cuervo's Cantina pop up - Skylounge, DoubleTree Tower Hill Hotel If you're craving...
Literally translating as 'Gateway to India', La Porte des Indes very much lives up to its name.
Travelbite editor Sarah Gibbons goes in search of the ideal 'staycation' in the Lake District and discovers another hotel 'hot spot'- Linthwaite Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. The first thing I noticed was the view - miles of undulating hills, pine forest and the glistening waters of Lake Windermere.
The 3 Crowns, a minute's walk from Old Street station, looks just like any other traditional street corner pub, but on entering it's clear that punters can expect something a little more refined The owners have clearly rescued what was once a struggling East London pub and dragged it into the modern era with an open brasserie-style restaurant and busy bar, serving an array of hand-pumped ales, wines and craft beers.
As I made my way through emerald-green countryside, the rugged Blue Stack Mountains in the distance lit up in a glorious golden glow as the sun punched through the misty clouds above, I could see straight away why Donegal is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland to get away from it all.
Tucked away in the rolling Cotswolds countryside, Old Swan & Minster Mill offers the perfect weekend break, as Sarah Gibbons discovers Arriving in Minster Lovell - a quiet country town on the banks of the River Windrush - is like stepping back in time.
Sarah Gibbons discovers five-star paradise in the exotic island of Zanzibar "It's a free African massage" our taxi driver chuckled as we bounced and lurched along the bumpy road leading to Essque Zalu Zanzibar just off Ras Nungwi - the northern tip of the exotic Tanzanian island.
Les Menuires is the affordable alternative to neighbouring Courchevel and Val Thorens in the Three Valleys ski region, Sarah Gibbons discovers. The luxury surrounds of Courchevel and the party hotspot of Val Thorens may be among the first resorts skiers think of when planning a trip to the Three Valleys, but Les Menuires - sandwiched in the middle of the vast ski region - is the perfect compromise.
Bobsleighing, White Turf races and skiing in a champagne climate; Sarah Gibbons recounts the active adventures of winter in Engadin St Moritz. I climbed into the compact metal tube of the bobsleigh, clenched the handrails with fervour and took one steady breath before the breakman hurled himself in and we were off down the snaking, icy track of the Olympia Bob Run.
We last saw author, presenter and modern-day adventurer Simon Reeve circling the Indian Ocean, where he encountered pirates, dived with sharks, and explored some of the most beautiful islands on earth. Luckily for us, he is back on our TV screens this Sunday with a brand new series - Simon Reeve's Australia.
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Imagine being in the middle of a barren, white landscape in bitterly cold, sub-zero conditions for 59 days - completely alone... That is what Felicity Aston - the first woman to cross the Antarctic alone - faced on her epic Transantarctic Expedition. Supported by Kaspersky Lab, Felicity battled the elements for 59 days, covering 1744km.
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It was a night of glitz, glamour...and plenty of drama. Here are some of the highlights of the MTV VMAs!
Some actresses retreat from the limelight when they discover they're pregnant, but some keep on going and film around it. Cue frantic costume changes, large accessories and if all else fails, the convenient placement of lamps, fruit bowls and other inanimate objects.We reveal some of the unplanned TV show pregnancies - that you may or may not have figured out.
With the news that Paddington Bear is making a cinematic comeback this Christmas and animated superhero Danger Mouse returning to our TV screens in 2015, we've picked out our other favourite children's characters that we'll never (ever) tire of.
Dublin is world-famous for its culture, shopping and nightlife but you don't have to break the bank in order to enjoy it. From sampling the iconic Irish tipple Guinness to learning all about leprechauns, here's Sarah Gibbons from holiday ideas website Travelbite.co.uk with how you can have a 'craicing' time on a Dublin city break: If there's one thing Dublin has a lot of - it's pubs (there are over 1,000!).
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There's a whiff of one of Europe's finest city breaks in the air. Yep, right now we're dreaming of a trip to Germany's Cologne (or Köln). And not just to sample the famous Kölsh beer either. So to show us what else there is to enjoy, here's Sarah Gibbons from holiday ideas website Travelbite.co.uk with her Top 5: Cologne is multifaceted city.
With less than a week to go until the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels would like to take this opportunity to showcase just how ready Glasgow is to deliver a spectacular event combining great sporting history with world-class entertainment, cultural events and ...