3 Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The city by the Rio Plata is filled with the grandeur of European buildings, the hectic bustle of Calle Florida, the sensual rhythms of tango, the cobblestones of San Telmo and the bright colours of La Boca. Buenos Aires weaves a potent spell, but it is the porteños of Buenos Aires– their warmth, passion and…

6 spookiest places on earth

All Hallows Eve is a celebration observed in a number of places around the world, a Christianised festival of a pagan Celtic harvest rite, or Samhain. Originally a celebration to remember the dead, including saints and matyrs, these days Halloween is a far more commercialised and secular affair. People in costumes party, children go trick-or-treating…

Great Adventure Walks of the World

Travel often begins with a mad flurry to sort out transport, book accommodation, then a flight somewhere far away. We strap into our narrow, mid-air seats and watch the world turn under us. When we get to our destination, too often we sit in a bus and watch a city go by. We become spectators…

What to pack for the Inca Trail

Stretching 43 km across verdant valleys of lush greenery, the Inca Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world. The trail must be done with a registered operator and there is a limit to the number of trekkers who have access each day. During the hike, your main luggage can be stored…

Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in the World

Cosy little villages, mountainsides sprinkled with snow, isolated beaches with powdery white sand, and exotic deserts reflecting the heat and colour of the sun – all well and good for couples looking for Mother Nature, seclusion, and privacy, but what of those of us who like our romantic getaways to be a little more vibrant…

A few of my favourite things: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an enchantress of a city, filled with stately European architecture, the heady beat of a tango saloon, antiques markets staged in cobblestoned squares and the warmth and passion of the porteños. The winters are mild, the summers warm, and there is so much life in BA – I fell so much in love with…

Santiago de Chile in 3 Days

Santiago was the perfect respite from the nonstop activity that had categorised my time for the last three months on the road. Additionally, I had miraculously timed my visit there to coincide with a friend who was visiting the city on a business trip – with a generous employer, a charge card and a reservation at the W. Perfect! Day…

Patagonia: A Whale (and a penguin and a seal) of a Time!

We caught the overnight bus down to Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires – ultimate luxury in “cama suite” seats.  There were just six seats in our class, and we filled four of them; the last two were porteños going down to their holiday house. I spent some of the 19 hour bus ride practicing my…