8 mn read Fiona: ‘Let’s cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats,’ I said to my partner, shortly before retiring from full-time work at age 65, ‘we need a retirement project’. ‘No way! Not a chance! You must be mad!’ came the swift reply from Owen (66). A few weeks later, we were loading our bikes on to […]
24 mn read On Sundays, when I was growing up, we ate dessert with either cream or custard served out of a jug bearing the legend No road is long with good company. I used to wonder what that phrase meant, not appreciating the truth of these words until I was well into adulthood and, even then, often […]
7 mn read Spain has been my second home since the 1970s, so, for me, moving here in 2019 was a no brainer. I’d say it has felt far more like home to me since 1973 than Britain has. We emigrated to Nairobi when I was 10, then Spain when I was 12. I had not expected to […]
7 mn read At 70, what kind of holiday do you look forward to? A weekend of culture sauntering around coffee shops and galleries with friends, braving the British weather? Queuing at an airport for a cheap flight to Orlando, to board a massive cruise ship and spend a week getting a taste of the east Caribbean? A […]
13 mn read This March I went on a package holiday to Tunisia, by myself. I’m no stranger to solo travelling but I’m normally on the move, staying at small hostels or Airbnb. I’ve only been on two package holidays in my life, and I’ve never gone alone. I did invite a friend, but she baulked at the […]
8 mn read Book travel, sort dogs, pack a bag, grab passport. My usual approach to travel. Not for this trip. The decision to drive to Finland UK in the middle of a global pandemic for Christmas 2021 was a result of a drunken zoom between me, my brother Mik and our friends, Ed and Vee who live […]
3 mn read …one friend Bobby shared his vision of buying some land in Sri Lanka and developing a community for other like-minded souls to retire to.
11 mn read Some of my earliest memories, growing up as a child in inner-city London, involve walking. Walking everywhere…
4 mn read I had wanted to research my Hungarian granddad since I was a small child. I wanted answers to a million questions because my family had a million mysteries.
16 mn read Recently, my son Marlon and I went travelling together in Senegal. We were, it turns out, a bewildering combo. One rarely witnessed, if the reactions were anything to go by.