Travel Talk

The Secret Lives of Hotel Guests

It’s 9 o´clock, we’re in a small rural hotel miles from anywhere, we know the hotel is almost full as all the tables in the dining room were taken, but now the place is empty: a ghost hotel. There’s no village nearby, so where have all the other guests gone? […]

Portugal

Cycling, what is it good for?

I like the thought of cycling that involves effortless pedalling along flat country lanes passing rows of vines, or alongside a gently rolling river, the warm sun kissing my face; a soft breeze caressing glowing skin; a bottle of wine, loaf of fresh bread, and a round of cheese in the wicker basket… […]

Travel Talk

Travel dreams or travel nightmares?

Travel is enlightening in many ways, mostly positive ones but not always; what were once romantic notions have been smashed to smithereens on the harsh rocks of reality; exotic dreams painted by travel industry marketeers laid bare by first hand experience. […]

Travel Talk

RIP, the death of the hotel buffet

I don’t dislike hotel buffets, I rather enjoy them. There’s a guilty pleasure in creating anarchic combinations on my plate; ingredients which wouldn’t normally look the road the others were on. No, I don’t dislike buffets, I fear them. […]

Zermatt, Switzerland
Douro

The best and worst of travel in 2019

Delivering training sessions about some of the destinations we’ve visited over the year prompts us to reflect on our experiences in a specific location; something which doesn’t always happen immediately after a trip as there’s nearly always somewhere else exciting to visit steaming toward us. […]