Kandahar Airfield is a major base in Afghanistan and has been home for the Tornado squadrons from RAF Marham for the past five years. With British forces preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, I spent a week with 31 Squadron at Kandahar reporting on operations for the Eastern Daily Press and also getting a first-hand insight into the scale and logistics of the British draw down from Afghanistan.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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
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 marvellous 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 (www.thehoste.com) at £15.
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…
Very Happy to discover that my travel article entitled Incredible India and focussing on New Delhi has been shortlisted in the British Travel Press Awards 2013. The piece appeared in Places & Faces magazine – very much looking forward to the awards evening in London on November 20.
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.