Technology and Travel

It’s easy to underestimate the role technology plays in travel. Then I remember my grandmother, who chooses a coach holiday from a brochure and sends a cheque in the post. That’s such an alien idea to me. I use my laptop to research destinations. I find flights on Skyscanner. I look for accommodation on comparison… More Technology and Travel

Photoset: Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes is a relatively quiet and peaceful part of Iceland. Every first-time tourist does the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle and a good proportion of them go along the south coast. But it’s a long day trip to do from Reykjavik so Snæfellsnes tends to be the preserve of the slightly more hardened tourist. I… More Photoset: Snæfellsnes

EdFringe 2017 part 2

I pick up the story of my trip to Edinburgh on Sunday morning. Tom and I were going to see Ashley Storrie on Sunday afternoon. He had plans to meet someone around Sunday lunchtime; I had plans to try to catch up on a little sleep. However, the hostel was so noisy and I can’t… More EdFringe 2017 part 2

EdFringe 2017 part 1

2017 is my third Fringe, although I did make two trips up there in 2013 – one scheduled and one spontaneous when FOMA got the better of me. Actually, I’d only been half-thinking about going this year (I was only working two days a week after two months of unemployment) but then in the pub… More EdFringe 2017 part 1

I didn’t like Bucharest

When you travel, even part-time, you kind of feel like you have to be positive about everything. Everything has to be the most beautiful, the most amazing, the most awesome. Fortunately, that’s pretty easy because everything in Iceland is amazing and everything about north Norway is amazing and everything north of the Arctic Circle is… More I didn’t like Bucharest

Travellers vs tourists

This is a subject I’ve wanted to talk about for a while because as divides between fundamentally similar people go, this battle blows skiers vs snowboarders out of the water. Go and take a look at this link here. Go on. This is epitome of travellers vs tourists and shows very clearly that the artist… More Travellers vs tourists

Vilnius

In March 2011, I went to Lithuania. I went – of all stupid reasons – because I’d written the first draft of a silly spy novel (which never made it beyond the first draft) and set one scene there and now I wanted to see it for real. Telling people you’re going to Baltic former… More Vilnius