“I’m certain of one thing – there will always be travel.” Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet guides*. When I book a new trip, the first thing I do is source a travel guide for my destination and by today’s screen-dependent standards you could say I’m a little old-fashioned – having a hard copy guide … Continue reading The Art of the Travel Guide
One of my favourite things to write about has to be the joy of the table for one, mainly because it encompasses both solo adventure and food - two topics I could happily discuss all day with any one that would listen! And having written a blog about this a few months ago, this week I’ve … Continue reading London’s best solo dining
There are some cities that I have visited and loved not because of any one thing in particular, but because they were simply nice places to spend a few days; places where I could wander around local neighbourhoods and soak up the atmosphere, where there might be a few things of cultural interest, but perhaps … Continue reading Berlin for one
Home. What a powerful word that is. For most of us it’s that place. The place we form a deep attachment to. Sometimes it’s not the place we thought we’d find ourselves, nor the place we’ll stay forever. London — the city that can in an instant push your basic human resolve to the limit, while in another … Continue reading Have you heard of Donegal?
You’ll no doubt by now be well versed with the popular words that have become synonymous with this year of 2016 — post-truth, Brexit, hygge, or perhaps even coulrophobia (the extreme or irrational fear of clowns which spiked after the unnerving ‘creepy clown craze’) to name but a few. But the word I have decided … Continue reading Stockholm for one
"Just for one?" It was the question that used to ignite a sudden wave of self-consciousness and borderline mortification every time I entered a restaurant doorway, greeted by a host inquiring as to how many were in my party; their gaze not too subtly drifting past me in search of a companion. "Yep, just one" was my sheepish reply, my unease evident … Continue reading Table for one
Train journeys. There’s something quite special about them don’t you think? If though, the idea of a train journey has you instantly imagining your morning or evening commute, well that’s not quite the one I mean. Imagine instead that other train journey. The one where your final destination is somewhere quite special, quite unique — somewhere new, … Continue reading Paris for one
Travelled? Sure. Travelled Solo? Maybe not. My solo debut? Navigating from Donegal to Bangkok almost a decade ago for a year as the foreigner disguised as an English teacher. “Gosh aren’t you great” they would say before I left. “But do you know anyone out there?” they would ask. Confidently, naively, I always replied, “No…but … Continue reading Learning the art of travelling solo
The heart of Vienna oozes old-world charm and style, epitomising everything about the city famed not only for its historical love affair with music (Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert all had roots here) but also its elegant coffeehouse culture, grand Imperial palaces, world-class museums, breathtaking architecture and its famous culinary specialty - the wiener schnitzel. And … Continue reading Vienna for one
I'm honoured to be featured on sheerluxe.com today with my practical advice for travelling solo. Check out the full article here http://sheerluxe.com/2016/09/29/art-travelling-solo Enjoy!