Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral

The Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner is getting a larger dose of notoriety than usual, thanks to his witheringly funny review of Le Cinq in Paris. He went to the the flagship Michelin 3-star restaurant of the George V Hotel expecting the gastronomic experience of a lifetime. What he got was the foodie equivalent of a sloContinue reading “Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral”

How to harvest your writing talent

Put down the phone, live the moment, then take notes.” – Georgina Penney More on that in a minute. First I’ll spruik Georgina’s new novel, Summer Harvest. I have a copy to give away. WHAT: Summer Harvest by Georgina Penney, published by Penguin, rrp $32.99, also available as an e-book. An Englishwoman deserted by herContinue reading “How to harvest your writing talent”

Discover cities with Lonely Planet app

Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of LonelyContinue reading “Discover cities with Lonely Planet app”

Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway

Girls who Travel by Nicole Trilivas alludes to “how far you have to travel to become the person you want to be”. In an age where women can ditch boring jobs, pack laptops and work almost anywhere on the planet, this is a lovely option if you happen to live in a First World country where suchContinue reading “Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway”

Depressed? How travel might help

Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He wasContinue reading “Depressed? How travel might help”

Taste the Cotswolds

Enterprising Cotswolds residents Becky and Robin Simpson have taken the quaint villages tour one step further. They invite travellers into their historic, thatched cottage home to eat the best of quintessential English food this region has to offer. I met the couple on Twitter, we got chatting, and I was intrigued about their venture whichContinue reading “Taste the Cotswolds”

Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs

A new nail polish detects date rape drugs such as GBH, Xanax and Rohypnol. This extraordinary invention has been revealed on one of my favourite websites Not Impossible Now. Four students at North Carolina State University invented  the nail polish. The brand is called Undercover Colors.  Women can simply dip their fingers into their drinks, whichContinue reading “Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs”

Life hacks for women travelling solo

Here’s my tips for solo women travellers, which include safety and cultural awareness. It’s a big, bad world, but going solo can be a lot of fun.