June 2015 On the Luce

June 2015 On the Luce

Summer is here and a heatwave is on its way (that’s a UK-style heatwave of 30°C temperatures – which anyone from a tropical country would probably call a cool day!). June is always a great month when we light up the first BBQ of the year and start planning lots of summer adventures. This year it saw me visit my 40th country – and number 41 is already booked for next month. So what went on On the Luce in June?… 

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The travel clinic – train travel edition

The travel clinic: Train travel edition

Welcome to the fourth edition of my travel clinic, where I share the top tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years to help make my travel life easier. After talking about accommodation, flights and photography, this time it’s all about travelling by train. Rail travel is probably my favourite way to travel, and I’ve… 

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Travel and anxiety

Travel and anxiety: Fighting the fear

A while back I came clean about my travel confessions, but there was one I missed off the list, and that’s my fear of flying. Despite hundreds of flights over the years I still can’t get through the plane doors without an attack of sweaty-palmed nervousness. But it’s not just flying, other phobias in my… 

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Yonderbound accommodation booking website

A new way to plan hotel stays – Yonderbound reviewed

I’ve always loved travel planning – deciding where to go, researching what to see, hunting down that top sunset spot or quirky bar. But there’s one bit of the planning process I’ve never been a fan of, and that’s booking hotels. There are so many hotels out there it’s hard to know where to start,… 

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Ffestiniog railway in North Wales

A journey through time on Wales’ Ffestiniog Railway

If you like a scenic train ride, then you’ll be in heaven in North Wales. The region has something like 14 different heritage railways – narrow-guage, steam, miniature and trams – and that’s before you get to the mainline trains, which have stunning views of their own as they run along the coastline. So while… 

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Porthmeirion, where Wales meets Italy

Portmeirion: Where Wales meets Italy

It was a picture straight out of an Italian holiday brochure. Clear blue sky, a shimmering Mediterranean sea, tropical flowers, pastel coloured buildings, tourists eating cones of gelato, and the lilting tones of… Welsh? Yes in reality this classic Italian scene was somewhere a lot closer to home. Welcome to the North Wales village of… 

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Harlech Castle, North Wales

In pictures: Harlech Castle in North Wales

Perched on top of a rock, Harlech Castle towers over the North Wales countryside. One of the country’s most impressive medieval castles, it was built by Edward I in the 13th century during his invasion of Wales. It was heavily fortified with two rings of walls and towers and constructed at the top of an… 

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May 2015 On the Luce

May 2015 On the Luce

For some reason May is always one of my busiest travel months – this time last year I visited Sicily and Norway, and this year I upped my game even more with three trips this month. Between travelling and a hectic work month May seems to have flown by. Which was why it was so… 

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Bear watching in Canada

Travel future: City life meets wildlife in British Columbia, Canada

Canada has been top of my travel wishlist for so long – and with good reason. It’s the perfect combination of modern city life meets wilderness wildlife adventure. Though with over 5000 miles from coast to coast you’d need a while to see it all. So I’m starting with a province which brings together some… 

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Cocktails on board Celebrity Eclipse

A taste of cruising on board Celebrity Eclipse

Cruising has shaken off the old stereotypes and is attracting a whole new audience – and I’m one of them. I loved my Eastern Mediterranean cruise last summer, but if you’re curious about cruising it can feel like a bit of a risk to sign up for a week-long trip if you’ve never been on… 

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The Cottage Loaf in Wedmore in Somerset

The Cottage Loaf in Somerset, reviewed

I have a bit of an obsession with UK self-catering cottage trips – in fact I’m about to head off on my fourth one this year. But it’s not something I’d ever think of doing at the last-minute. The whole logistics of searching through different booking sites and ringing up owners put me off. So… 

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