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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Sep 06

Little Boy and Fat Man in Utah

By Abi King | USA

Wendover, Utah I was dozing in the front seat, the scenery slicking from arid Nevada to salt ‘n’ violet Utah on the journey from Mustang Monument back to Salt Lake City. The early morning sun seemed breathless, as though struggling to keep up with the pace of our speed and my friends and colleagues behind […]

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Sep 04

Croatian Islands and Their Secrets

By Abi King | Europe

Exploring Croatian Islands by Boat There’s a place in the Elaphiti Islands where weather-worn netting clings to a rough sea wall. Under the bright, white sun, the orange bleaches its web against rock, while in the distance, the heave and sigh, the ebb and flow, the unhurried rhythm of the ocean continues to pulse in Mediterranean […]

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Aug 29

The Real Capital of Spain: Toledo

By Abi King | Spain

Toledo, Spain, lies only a short distance from Madrid yet I’d highly recommend heading there for more than a day trip. Here’s why. The Road to Toledo, Spain Truth be told, I wasn’t enjoying the journey. Instead, I was feeling pretty sick. Swerving, albeit at a slumbering pace, around hairpin bends while brimming with not-so-morning morning […]

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Aug 23

A Blast of Encouragement

By Abi King | Inspire Me

What gets you to sit up, to pay attention and to try that little bit harder? What things inspire you? What fires you up and leaves you feeling fitter, stronger and ready to take on the world? I ask you now for a number of reasons. If you’ll allow me to explain… When the going […]

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Aug 16

7 of the Best Spas in the World

By Abi King | Small Luxury Hotels

The Search for the Best Spas in the World There’s something about not being able to have something for a while that makes you long for it all the more. Or at least, that’s what my firing synapses have found. Temporarily banned from spas for medical reasons, my mind and aching limbs keep dreaming about […]

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Jul 31

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain They say to really get to know a place, you need to know its ceramics. Well, alright, perhaps they don’t say that, whoever or whomever “they” may be. But in my experience, local food and handicrafts shine a spotlight on a place’s culture in less time than it […]

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Jul 28

7 Unusual Things To Do in Tuscany

By Abi King | Italy

The search for unusual things to do in Tuscany… Tuscany has plenty upon plenty of things to do, that’s for sure. With no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the claim as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more, it’s no surprise that Tuscany remains one of the […]

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Jul 24

The Tropical Castle in Wales

By Abi King | Europe

What To Do with Aberglasney Now, this may not be an issue that many Americans face, but over in Europe, it’s a serious concern. What to do with the many, many castles, keeps and stately homes whose purpose have fallen from favour? Let them crumble? Rebuild? Restore? Reuse? Remember, whether through commerce (a striking hotel […]

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Jul 21

23 Things Travel During Pregnancy Taught Me

By Abi King | Travel Tips

Travel during pregnancy, like many other motherhood related things, seems to be a topic on which many have an opinion. And many utterly don’t care. It’s a marmite-esque, love hate, panic or plunge affair and I’m ready to enter the fray. I’m new to travel during pregnancy but what I’m not new to is travelling with […]

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Jul 17

Lopud Island: A Taste of Hidden Croatia

By Abi King | Europe

Loving Lopud Luciano Apparuti is a man of passion. And the love of his life, it would seem, is Lopud Island, Croatia. It’s a small place, albeit one of the bigger islands off the coast near Dubrovnik. Surrounded by the Mediterranean waves of the Adriatic, it has no space for cars, no time for traffic. […]

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Jun 30

The Sleeping Chestnut: A Treehouse for Grown-ups El Castaño Dormilón on Spain's Galician Coast

By Abi King | Small Luxury Hotels

El Castaño Dormilón Along the curves and swerves of Spain’s secret Galician coastline, the nights arrive so peacefully, even the chestnut trees fall asleep. I wrote not long ago about my first impressions of Galicia: Spain’s most northwestern point. A network of sleepy fishing villages, wild clifftops with lighthouses and jagged, ragged inland rias, a three […]

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Jun 27

Holding on for Hope

By Abi King | From The Heart

Friday morning marked the arrival of some very big news. Both on the world stage, and on my own, private little stage. First, as I’m sure you’re aware, Britain woke up to discover that it had voted to leave the European Union. Second, I saw my unborn baby wave at me, alive and kicking on […]

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Jun 23

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden

By Abi King | Europe

Sponsored Post: Visit Sweden 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden Sweden. Somehow it’s somewhere I’ve only managed to visit in the cold. A little cold, in Malmo. And a lot cold in the Arctic Circle, slipping beneath reindeer skins and slipping hot lingonberry juice in the dazzling Ice Hotel where the rooms felt balmy […]

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Jun 19

Galicia, Spain. The Salty Sea Dog of the North

By Abi King | Spain

Galicia, Spain: The Salty Northern Sea Coast Of course, every coast is salty. But northwest Spain’s Galician coastline seems the saltiest of all: its landscape licked into shape by the churning, whirling waves, its cuisine at one with the sea and its architecture, history and general attitude shaped by the way that surf reaches the […]

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Jun 12

Croatia’s Calming Nature

By Abi King | Europe

“What a difference, a day makes…do, doo, be doo… “Twenty four little hours.” As the evening breeze let my hair rise and fall with its sigh and the birds soared overhead in the sunset, I found myself humming this, one of my favourite tunes. Twenty four hours into my stay on Croatia’s Lopud Island, the […]

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Jun 02

A Travelshoot In Rome

By Abi King | Italy

Travelshoot Rome If there’s one city in the world that demonstrates the rise of the selfie stick, and selfies in general, it’s the hybrid ancient-and-modern city of Rome. Everywhere you look, there’s something to marvel at – and consequently, everywhere you look, there’s a tourist taking a selfie. When in Rome… A Travelshoot In Rome […]

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