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    Premier Classe: South Africa’s budget-luxury train journey

    Premier Classe: South Africa's budget luxury train journey

    South Africa is home to one of the world’s most famous and luxurious train journeys. The Blue Train is the five-star way to cross the country, but will set you back an epic £800 per person one-way. If that’s a bit steep there’s a normal, no-frills overnight passenger train along the same route – the Shosholoza Meyl. But what not many people know is that there’s a third option, the budget-luxury Premier Classe train. Continue Reading

  • What to pack for an African safari

    What to pack for an African safari

    After over 20 years of travelling, I’ve got my packing technique down pretty well – I can even pack a case in my sleep when there’s an early start involved. But…

  • Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed

    Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed

    You might think of Cornwall as a summer holiday destination, somewhere you go for surfing, sandcastle-building and pasties on the beach. But it makes for a great winter break too –…

  • Can you visit the Seychelles on a budget?

    How to visit the Seychelles on a budget

    The Seychelles – just the name conjures up images of golden sandy beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, sunset cocktails and five-star beachside resorts. The islands are a luxurious enclave for honeymooners,…

  • Travel plans for 2017
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    Travel plans for 2017

    2016 is almost over and after looking back at last year, I’m looking forward to 2017 and getting my planning hat on. Like every other year I’m torn between wanting to…

  • On the Luce in 2016
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    On the Luce in 2016

    I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s going to forget 2016 in a hurry. The last 12 months of political meltdowns, terrorist attacks and celebrity deaths are going to need…

  • A weekend in Chester

    A weekend in Chester

    It was my first trip to Chester but I felt a distinct case of déjà vu. It was like someone had taken the best bits from cities around the UK and…