Travel

I’ve written about consumer issues, days out and holidays, and hotel reviews, for titles including Coast, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own, Hearst Magazines’ Allaboutyou.com (where I was travel editor for seven years), Goodhousekeeping.co.uk and Prima.co.uk. In May 2018 I became a contributor to Need to Know Club, a subscriber website of travel recommendations from experienced travel writers.
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Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 12.03.01Los Tilos, La Palma | Need to Know Club

The forest canopy of Los Tilos, in the northeast of the island, offers pleasant shade from the heat of the sun. Birds sing and water drips and gushes from the rocky walls. It’s one of the world’s last…

 

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 12.06.05Lakaz Maman, SouthamptonNeed to Know Club

Simply furnished, with bare brick walls, bright blocks of colour and hand-painted signs, like a Mauritian beach bar, this informal café in the Polygon area serves up authentic island dishes. Lakaz Maman, which means ‘mum’s house’ in Mauritian creole…

 

 

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Tibits, MayfairNeed to Know Club

The beauty of a buffet is that everyone can eat as much or as little as they want of whatever they want. And there’s a lot to want, with up to 40 different dishes a day, hot and cold, from a seasonally changing menu, appearing on the ‘boat’…

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 11.59.20Is your driving licence out of date? | Saga

You’ll know that your passport needs to be renewed every 10 years – it’s easy to see that you can’t use your passport after its expiry date. But did you know that your driving licence also has an expiry date?

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.04.59Guide to La Palma, Spain | Need to Know Club

La Palma, one of the lesser-known Canary Islands, is the world’s steepest island (based on the ratio of its area – 708sq km – to its highest point – 2,423m). Known as ‘la isla verde’, the green island, it’s the lushest of the archipelago…

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.08.41Guide to Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, Spain | Need to Know Club

La Palma’s highest point is the Roque de los Muchachos (meaning rock of the boys), at 2,423m, marked by three rock pillars. From here, the views are breathtaking – literally; the air is thinner. Walk along the roughly paved walkway along a vertiginous ridge…

 

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.12.29Review of EON Heli Bar, Saigon, Vietnam | Need to Know Club

Jutting from its side, the curved cantilevered helipad of the Bitexco Financial Tower – apparently inspired by the lotus flower – is a handy landmark for navigating your way to this bar in the sky. Take the ear-popping lift to the 52nd floor shortly before sunset…

 

 

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.02.54Review of Hum restaurant, Saigon, Vietnam | Need to Know Club

‘Hum’ comes from the Sanskrit mantra ‘Om mani padme hum’ and the place stimulates all the senses, from the wall of flowers outside, to the birdsong-based soundtrack, tinkling water features, prettily lit…

 

 

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.10.30Review of The Heights bar, London | Need to Know Club

The bar is on the 15th floor of a hotel that, from the outside, looks like a nondescript 1970s office block, but its location just north of Oxford Circus, and the fact that it rarely gets too busy to find a seat, make it an attractive prospect…

 

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.15.05Review of Woolwich Equitable pub, London | Need to Know Club

Named after the building society (now absorbed by Barclays) for which the building was built in 1935, this pub is housed in its banking hall. Maintaining its local focus, ales on draught…

 

 

 

screen shot 2019-01-29 at 12.18.25Review of Arket café | Need to Know Club

Although Arket is an expanding chain, the café at their third London outpost in Covent Garden (opened in August 2017) offers more than a rest from retail therapy for fans of fika…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 21.52.01Shrub sensations | The Lady

Rhododendrons first hit their popularity peak in Victorian times, when plant hunters brought them back from far-flung places to Kew, and started a trend…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 12.09.057 things to do in… Chicago | Woman’s Own

Chicago is second to none for museums, street art, its wonderful waterside location – and that skyscraper skyline. Its centre is surprisingly walkable and easy to find your way around…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 12.10.17Chicago: it’s a wonderful town! | Vegan Living

Chicago, on Lake Michigan, isn’t just famous for mobsters, blues clubs and being particularly windy. It has a well-deserved foodie reputation too, and with an estimated six per cent – over 19 million – of the US population now vegan, it’s easy to eat out…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 21.54.52Enliven your life: go moho | The Lady

Many of us dream of owning one, and more of us are making that investment: 2017 sales hit record levels. You can buy a second-hand motorhome from around £20,000…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 21.50.33Kew Palace | The Lady

It may be a little less than palatial, but this charming red-brick edifice in the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former anointed inhabitants…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 21.45.41Winter at Wisley | The Lady

In the dead of winter, when your own patch is likely to be ‘resting’ and not looking its best, it’s inspiring to visit a garden that comes into its own on a cold, crisp day, sparkling with frost…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.34.33Tidal islands | Britain (from Britain magazine, for US market)

Every day, twice a day, lots of tiny islands around the British coastline become accessible by foot. Here are some that are worth making the crossing for; just remember to check the tide tables…

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-12-54-00Why driving too slowly is dangerous | Saga

Driving too fast can obviously be dangerous, and it’s important to remember that speed limits are not targets, but safe maximums. And, of course, you need to modify your speed in accordance with road and weather conditions…

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-13-17-03Where to see Santa | Woman’s Own

Get in the Christmas spirit with a visit to Mr and Mrs Christmas and their team of elves and reindeer…

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-13-12-53Best places to drink tea in London | Londonist

These are the best tea bars, tea rooms and cafes in London in which to enjoy a mighty fine cup of tea. Whether your taste for tea is heritage or hipster, a decent brew is always just around the corner in the capital…

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-13-11-25Family-friendly pubs in south London | Londonist

The best pubs south of the river where you and the kids can spend a happy hour or two…

 

 

 

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10 spots for autumn colour | Woman’s Own

You needn’t cross the Atlantic to take in this natural spectacle – the UK puts on a great seasonal show too…

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-09-43-36Family-friendly pubs in north London | Londonist

Here’s our guide to north London’s best family-friendly pubs, to help you plan some family time…

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-09-45-20London’s best afternoon teas for kids | Londonist

Bite-sized delicacies, crustless sarnies, finger food and sweet treats; and all on a child-friendly timetable. There are loads of reasons afternoon tea really suits children: why not treat your youngsters to one of these top offerings in London?

 

 

 

London for less | Woman’s OwnScreen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.45.07

Visiting the capital during the summer holidays? Use our budget-conscious guide

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 10.44.24Walks over water | Country Walking

Ratty was right. In The Wind in the Willows he famously says: ‘there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.’ And on these 10 paths, taking a ferry is all part of the adventure…

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 09.56.24 Inspirational India | Woman

As Kate and William follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps, we show you how to tour…

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 08.09.07Boats to stay on | Coast

All the appeal of a life on the ocean wave without any of the hard work – sea views guaranteed!

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 17.33.31Marriott County Hall review | Poolholiday.com

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 22.19.53Handmade holidays | Woman’s Weekly

So many crafts to try, so little time… If that’s how you feel, why not try a creative holiday? Whether you want to build on existing skills, or try a completely new hobby…

 

 

 

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Elusive moose, chasing whales and iceberg beer, in Newfoundland, Canada | Yahoo! Travel

 

 

 

 

Perth skyline - Pick Perth for a city break, by Adrienne Wyper

From laid-back beaches to cityscape culture: pick Perth | GoodHousekeeping.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Explore the Perth coast, Swan River and Margaret River - by Adrienne Wyper

What to see and do near Perth | GoodHousekeeping.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Woman walking through bluebell woods - Wonderful bluebell walks, by Adrienne Wyper

Wonderful bluebell walks | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Dogsledding in Finland - Outdoor fun in wintry Finland, by Adrienne WyperOutdoor fun in wintry Finland | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

Afternoon tea table - Take afternoon tea in London, by Adrienne WyperTake afternoon tea in London | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Exterior of myhotel Bloomsbury - Hotel review of my hotel Bloomsbury, by Adrienne WyperSomewhere to stay: my hotel Bloomsbury, London | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

Train arriving in fog - How to claim refunds for train delays, by Adrienne WyperHow to claim refunds for train delays | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

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