Sep 17

Visiting The Scream in Oslo

By Abi King | Behind The Scenes

As walks in the woods go, it’s an unusual twist on a peaceful time: fitting my face to a metal grid, taking a deep breath and letting out a scream. And another. And another. What makes it even stranger is that that’s what Oslo encourages you to do. The woods in question are the Ekeberg, […]

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Sep 10

Oman’s Dazzling Grand Mosque in Photos

By Abi King | Asia

With heat so hot it pressed like a physical weight all around me, I stepped into the cool of the bright white, fight white Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, neighbour to Saudi, capital of Oman. White to reflect the heat, white to fight the heat, white, bright, dazzling white, sunbeam white in a disorienting […]

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Jul 24

The Great River Road Louisiana

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A drive along the Great River Road in Louisiana left me with three distinct images and a haunting river of thought. Driving Louisiana’s Great River Road When I close my eyes and think of Louisiana’s Great River Road, there are three images that really stand out. The first, an avenue of Live Oaks, trees so […]

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Jun 25

The Beignets of Cafe du Monde New Orleans

By Abi King | Tempt Me

Above green and white stripes, the fans spin around. And around. Faster and faster, round and around. Frantic, fizzing, furious above the speckled sugar, they spin and spin, the hot air hugging them with a stubbornness that’s almost chic. Cafe du Monde New Orleans This is Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, an icon for […]

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May 22

7 Great Photo Spots in New York

By Abi King | USA

New York can be a tricky topic for me. I know the Big Apple well and yet I’ve not seen her in years. I travelled there regularly, know corners of her intimately and yet the world and his wife/husband/civil partner/dog thinks they know her even if they have never been. And of course, I no […]

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May 07

Colours of Quito: A Portrait of Ecuador’s Capital

By Abi King | South America

When it comes to Quito, Ecuador has the kind of problem countries like to have: a kaleidoscope of world class things to see. While hummingbirds flutter through cloud forests inland and turtles glide past pink sands in the Galapagos, Quito stands on the sidelines like a screenwriter at the Oscars: brimming with character and underpinning the action, yet curiously […]

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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, Florida

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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