10 Life lessons from a twenty-something

10 Life lessons from a twenty-something

Another year older. Hopefully a bit wiser. Today is my birthday and I am finally at the stage of life where I stop divulging my exact age – at least not on the internet ;). Many moons ago, at the age of 25, I thought I was terribly old and put a lot of self-induced...

One year in Dubai

One year in Dubai

I can hardly believe that it was around a year ago that I took a one way ticket to Dubai to start a new life. In some ways it feels like just yesterday but in others, life before Dubai seems like an eternity ago. When I look back on the year, I almost need to pinch...

Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand

I've seen a fair bit of Thailand – the last time that I visited the country I spent three months exploring the south islands, Bangkok and the provinces surrounding it.  However, I didn’t get a chance to explore the north of the country until my most recent visit. ...

The Visayas – Philippines

The Visayas – Philippines

Although ever-popular, if you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination for your travel bucket list then the Philippines is a great option to consider.  I have visited the Philippines around five times - mostly in the form of family holidays as I have some...

My interview with Sting at the Last Ship Premiere

My interview with Sting at the Last Ship Premiere

I interviewed Sting at The Lowry in Manchester for the premiere of his musical, The Last Ship, on behalf of the Manchester Evening News' What's On Guide.  It was great to get the opportunity to chat to Sting who was incredibly lovely and the musical itself was...

Across Vietnam

Across Vietnam

Vietnam is a country that I have been wanting to visit for a long time, especially as I adore Vietnamese food and I’d heard so many great things about it.  The first proper stop on our trip was to the ancient riverside town of Hoi An.  We had caught a flight from Ho...

SAME Forum – House Of Commons

SAME Forum – House Of Commons

I had the pleasure attending another SAME Forum session, hosted at the House of Commons by friend and chairman Khalid Nadeem, who kindly invited me.  As you enter the House of Commons, you come through St Stephen’s Hall, which is incredibly impressive, with some...

How To Have A Happier Life

How To Have A Happier Life

Happiness is the highest form of wealth and living life in a way that is conducive to happiness can be relatively simple.  I can certainly vouch for the fact that these ten steps have worked wonders for me in terms of improving my overall happiness in life – so...

South Island – New Zealand

South Island – New Zealand

New Zealand has been on my ‘travel list’ for as long as I can remember and the incredible natural scenery that I’ve heard so many people waxing lyrical about was the main pull factor for me.  I can definitely say now that the scenery really is as amazing as...

Harrogate – UK

Harrogate – UK

Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, Harrogate is a little gem that offers all of the makings of a wonderful day out.  Because of its modest size, you can make your way around most of what it has to offer in a day, without having to rush.Royal Pump Museum No trip to...

Beer in Belgium

Beer in Belgium

Antwerp If you love beautiful architecture, Antwerp is a place that you should consider putting on your travel list.  Located not too far from Brussels, Antwerp has a sumptuous Baroque style, meaning there are gorgeous sights to admire (and photograph) at every...

York – UK

York – UK

The Medieval city of York has been on my travel list for too long, however, I was recently lucky enough to visit it.  York was just as wonderful as I’d hoped it would be.  Read on to discover it for yourself!York Minster York is a picturesque place and what better way...