Travel Mail: Burning more than calories in Arizona fitness resort

The Canyon Ranch resort on the outskirts of Tuscon, Arizona, is a fabulous location. Surrounded by the mountains of Arizona, the health resort and spa can be whatever you desire – chill-out spa, boot camp, or something in between. And there are many other activities to take part in as well, such as the art of making fire in the wild. Read my piece on the Travel Mail website to find out more.


Active adventures in the remote Ontario landscape

It is remote and stunningly beautiful with wildlife that includes moose, bears, eagles and mink. In an area that contains a third of the world’s supply of natural water, Ontario is a wonderful outdoor playground of forests, lakes, hiking and biking trails and is a great place to fish. Its remoteness means there are few ways in and few ways out; you can take the rumbling Agawa Canyon train into the Chapleau Wildlife Reserve through an awesome landscape and fly out aboard a seaplane for a bird’s eye view of this part of the world. Whichever way you travel, it will be a memorable and mesmerising experience. My feature in Active Traveller outlines more as part of an “Ontario special.”




Travel Mail: In search of Indonesia’s orang-utans

In the jungle of Kalimantan, formerly Indonesian Borneo, I went off in search of orang-utans by taking a klotok – traditional boat – along the Sekonyer River. Discovering the primates in the rainforests is one of the highlights of Indonesia, a country which also has amazing temples, lively cities and wonderful beaches.

Travel Mail: Fishing on the remote lakes of Ontario

For peaceful isolation, where the wildlife is black bear, moose, mink and eagles, the remote lakes of Northern Ontario offer the perfect location away from the bright city lights. I spent a week fishing and wildlife watching, staying at Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort on Wabatongushi Lake and at Killarney Mountain Lodge. See my article from the trip on the Travel Mail website:

EDP series charting Norfolk’s naval and RAF history

Running on the Eastern Daily Press website is my six-part series looking at RAF Marham, the new Lightning-II strike aircraft and Norfolk’s naval history. The new warplane to be based at Marham from 2018 will be flown jointly by RAF and Royal Navy personnel. As a result this series, which also features video footage, looks at Norfolk’s long naval and RAF history and charts how from the earliest days of the navy and the air force, they will come together at RAF Marham


New book on The Hoste hotel in North Norfolk unveiled

Delighted to see my new book on The Hoste hotel at Burnham Market unveiled. It looks at the long and varied history of the hotel in North Norfolk, the marHostebookcovervellous landscape in which it sits at the heart of the county’s Royal Coast and also its association with maritime figures, particularly Lord Nelson who was a regular visitor and Captain Sir William Hoste who gave the hotel – previously known as The Pitt Arms – its present name way back in 1811. The book is now available from The Hoste ( at £15.











Travel Mail: Ghoulish London

Want a blood-curdling tour of London? There’s plenty of attractions to visit that will give you a scare, ranging from the London Dungeons to Jack the Ripper tours and tales of executions, torture and treachery in a guided walk around the Tower of London with a Beefeater. Find out more in my Travel Mail feature…

Travel Mail: Pilgrim’s Progress to Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, one of the world’s great pilgrimage sites as the final resting place of St James, is also a fabulous city break destination with history, culture and mouth-watering cuisine (particularly if you like octopus). While the area hit global headlines with the tragic rail crash of July 24, take a look at my feature on the Travel Mail website – it is a city break destination I can recommend and with idyllic coastline, great beaches and historic towns across the region, you may wish to stay longer.

Cruising to the midnight sun aboard P&O’s Oriana

orianaJust back from a cruise from Southampton to the very top of Norway aboard P&O’s Oriana. It’s a fantastic way to see the country, particularly at this time of year when it is virtually daylight 24/7. Cruise took in Stavanger, Flam, Alesund and Trondheim en route to the Nordkapp at the very top of the country. I can highly-recommend the P&O Land of the Midnight Sun cruise