Buzz Trips is an online magazine dedicated to slow travel, especially hiking & dining on and off the beaten track.

Special Feature

The Destination

  • It seems like a simple question. But the answer isn’t as simple as you might expect. This week, whilst pulling together images for an article we’re writing about hiking in different parts of Portugal, I [...]

Walkabout

  • The towpath becomes less manicured where nature has snatched back land lost to relatively small-scale industrialisation. Ferns crowd the chocolate-coloured water; there are more ducks and moorhen than boats; many of the old bridges spanning the canal are overgrown to the point of being impossible to cross; and the leafy forest canopy closes in above… […]

Picture This

On The Menu

  • There can be inverse snobbery at play when it comes to Michelin star cuisine. It’s often described and dismissed as fancy or pretentious by people who prefer their food to be conventional. […]

  • Last week, The Everywhereist’s review ridiculing the restaurant (not the 80s boy band) Bros in Lecce went viral on social media and was subsequently shared by numerous mainstream news publications. Instead of joining the vocal [...]

Travel Talk

  • At the end of summer, newspapers in Britain carried reports of workers in the hospitality sector nearing breakdown point due to being overworked and suffering stress due to the levels of abuse from unsympathetic customers [...]

Local Flavours

There are hotel bars and there are hotel bars

Food and drink
November 29, 2021 0
Writing about hotels this week, I made a reference to convivial inns. The person responsible for editing the piece questioned the use of the word inn as opposed to hotel bar or lounge. For me, [...]

Local food isn’t always fabulous

Food and drink
November 2, 2021 0

Other country’s dishes, irrespective of what they involve, are invariably presented in travel articles as though they’re all exceptionally tasty just because they are authentic. […]

Europe

The case against Spanish desserts

September 28, 2020 0

The issue is not one of whether these Spanish desserts are good or bad in their own right. It’s only by comparison with the desserts of other nationalities that you can really judge just how good a dish is… […]

Food and drink

Bacon, an essential travel item

February 12, 2020 0

During the course of a neverending monologue from Marcia, with an “aye, that’s right” thrown in by Preston every now and again, she mentioned their suitcase was half-filled with tins of Spam. It snapped me out of the self-induced coma I’d retreated into. What sort of strange person would pack Spam in their suitcase? […]

Europe

Chinese swans to Thai tapas, 10 favourite meals in 2019

December 17, 2019 0

I couldn’t tell you how many times we’ve eaten in restaurants, cafes, bars etc. in various destinations this year. Basically, a hell of a lot. But there are some dishes which stand out above others for numerous reasons. These aren’t always solely to do with the food on the plate in front of us […]

Checking In

  • The idea of not unpacking the suitcase in a hotel room just doesn’t make sense to me. It conjures scenes of ugly chaos and inefficiency. Clothes strewn across a room seem no different to me than litter on the roadside […]




Slow Travel Moment

  • Cycling the ecovia from Ponte de Lima to Viana do Castelo

    Something catches my eye, movement by the water line about 200 metres to my right, on the far bank of the river. Squinting into the sun, I see what looks like the torso of a large man hauling himself out of the river, dragging his withered legs behind him… […]




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