Apr 25

New Scotland, Old Friend

By Abi King | Europe

Hello science my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again. There it stood on the wall, etched in shades of grey. No, not those shades of grey but speckles of grey instead. Patches here, a splatter there. The shadows that build up across canvas to reveal the true life shape of a molecule […]

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Apr 02

11 Beautiful Things to Do in Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Enter your favourite photos of Spain for the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G7 X camera I’m never quite sure whether it’s appropriate to write love letters to a country. But that’s what I’m going to do today with Spain. Spain, you see, was my ugly duckling turned swan. My fresh-out-of-the-lake Mr Darcy after a […]

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Mar 12

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

By Abi King | Europe

Elvis may have crooned about the Heartbreak Hotel, but Croatia’s capital has the real thing (minus the overnight stays.) Swap Lonely Street for Ćirilometodska in Zagreb and uncover the strange situation that is the Museum of Broken Relationships. The Museum of Broken Relationships I stumbled through its doors, years ago, as part of my #IronRoute series […]

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Feb 28

Ask Abi: Unusual City Breaks in Europe

By Abi King | Europe

Ideas for Unusual City Breaks in Europe So, here’s a question I get asked a lot: where are the best places for an unusual city break in Europe? It’s a topic I could write a whole book about (or, hey! At least a substantial section of a travel blog ;-) – see the best destinations […]

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Feb 07

Reindeer Aren’t Just For Christmas

By Abi King | Finland

The Surprising Truth About Rudolph And His Friends Through the snowflakes, something stirs between the trees. Silently, softly, the chestnut shadows of the forest shift between the leaves. My boots crunch through the ground, eyelashes flickering with white. Ahead, with muted footfall and striking, treacle-bright eyes, the reindeer step towards us then wait as we […]

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Jan 30

7 New Travel Resolutions for 2017

By Abi King | Trip Advice

While Snow White had dwarves, we’re going to have travel resolutions. In response to questions like “where’s the best place to travel to in 2017”, I bring you the 2017 travel wish list, resolution list, inspiration list, what have you. It’s just a different way for me to dish out advice in response to your […]

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Jan 24

What Is It That Holds Us Back?

By Abi King | Inspire Me

What is it that makes us want to explore? What is it that makes us want to explore new horizons? To look into the unknown, the half known, the semi known and the dreams and to stride on forwards, desperate, hoping, excited to find out? The more time I spend on this earth, the more […]

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Jan 15

Unusual New Orleans: Honey Island Swamp

By Abi King | Make Me Think

Unusual New Orleans… Honey Island Swamp. It’s a curious name. Part sweet syrup, part fetid bog. Part desert island discs, perhaps. But whatever it was supposed to represent, I had a hard time picturing it in my mind from the colour and character of old New Orleans. The wrought-iron balconies, rainbow paint and voodoo vibe of central […]

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Jan 08

Things To Do in Daytona Beach

By Abi King | USA

Stretching along Florida’s Atlantic coast, Daytona Beach is famous for its broad sweep of beach and its status as the home of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, held at the Daytona International Speedway. But that’s not all Daytona Beach has to offer. As veteran travel write Ella Buchan found out on her epic DriveUS1 along […]

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Jan 01

16 Things Travel Taught Me in 2016

By Abi King | From The Heart

Wow. 2016 was an unexpected year. While politics and new parenthood taught me a lot, travel, after all these years, still had plenty of lessons to throw my way. Why? Because there is power in experiencing something for yourself. In feeling that subzero temperature hit your lungs, seeing stone-faced mosques ripple in the heat of an Arabian […]

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Nov 27

Hello Baby Love

By Abi King | From The Heart

She’s Here Take a deep breath and release because she’s here. She’s really, really here. After a precarious nine or so months (add up the weeks, there are more months than nine!) she’s here safe and sound. My wonderful, wonderful daughter. Grandaughter. Cousin. Niece. Person in her very own open-eyed, stargazing, tiny-toed right. Travel to […]

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Nov 14

7 of the Best River Cruise Views

By Abi King | Trip Advice

Hopping on a river cruise allows for easy access to some of the world’s best cities, without the need to unpack or queue your way through airport security. But when it comes to just watching the world go buy, a river cruise with a view seems all the better, somehow. Luckily, the world has no […]

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Nov 06

Bregenz and the Dagger in the Lake

By Abi King | Austria

Lakeside Drama, Bregenz With a dagger deep in his chest, he leans back, eyelids closed, a staircase eating into his cheek. Crowds gather beneath to take photos as his hand clasps a slab of writing and the lights of Switzerland come on in the distance. He is this year’s setting for the Bregenz summer festival, […]

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Oct 27

Things To Do in Boston and Beyond

By Abi King | USA

Today’s article on things to do in Boston and beyond comes from travel writer Ella Buchan, currently making her way along the US1 Highway on a trip called #DriveUS1. What started out as a musing on things to do in Boston evolved into a discussion on a subject that first came across my path years ago […]

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Oct 20

The Welsh House: How to Sleep in the Past

By Abi King | Europe

Staying at the Welsh House There’s a cool, white mottled stone where yellow daffodils blow. Amid snowdrops, long grass-flanked bluebells and early morning dew. Thatched roofs, sloping timber and a flame-open fire. A cottage. A home. A history lesson with green field views. And cockles, with ripe cheese, leathered books and inch-thick green-glass. Lovingly Restored […]

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Oct 04

How to Handle Flight Delays

By Abi King | Trip Advice

A Blueprint for Handling Flight Delays Flight delays and cancellations happen to us all. Travel far enough, often enough or just plain unlucky enough and eventually it will happen to you. So, what now? Well, just as there’s not much point crying over spilled milk or middle seats on a long haul flight, so it […]

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Oct 02

Travelling the Bumpy Road

By Abi King | From The Heart

The Only Travel Tip You’ll Ever Need… As I write this now, I have a bump. A big bump. One that wriggles about a bit when I’m lying in bed and that jumps into life with a glass of iced water. I’m also, as it happens, in the middle of replying to a string of […]

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Sep 25

7 of the Best Places to Visit in Africa

By Abi King | Africa

Today’s post comes from a conversation I had on Twitter, when a visit to Namibia, and then Africa at large came up. As it turns out, there are limits to what you can say in 140 characters. So here’s the longer version… Visiting Africa When it comes to talking about Africa, many people still think […]

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Sep 20

Popcorn Cockles: The New Face of Welsh Food

By Abi King | Europe

The New Face of Welsh Food Talk about Welsh food and most people draw a blank, even if they’re from the UK. Hard pressed, they’ll come up with leeks (more an emblem than a dish.) Laverbread (hey, it’s something to do with seaweed!) Or cockles amid the laverbread, harvested from the southern coast around Swansea. […]

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