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From McLeod Ganj, at 2,000m above sea level, the views towards the lush, cloudy foothills of northern India are simply lovely.

Losar: Tibetan New Year in Dharamsala, India

I booked my last trip to India all of 5 days before the departure date, so I only had the very roughest of itineraries….

Riding a tuk-tuk in Delhi, India

Why I love travelling India – but not Delhi

They say cities like Delhi are where the magic of India begins. More people than almost anywhere else on Earth bustle along streets designed…

Ama Dablam Base Camp, Khumbu Himalayas, Nepal

Nepal’s Himalayas: the Sherpa factor

Picture the scene: You awaken as the first rays of the sun strike your tent, quickly raising the temperature to the point where it…

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

How not to take a train in India

After three weeks in the Himalayas, flying into Varanasi was a bit of a shock to the system for Steve and I. We went from…

Vienna Woods, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: a walk in the woods

The Wienerwald, or “Viennese Forest”, covers the foothills that separate the Viennese basin from the eastern fringes of the Alps proper. It transitions smoothly into Vienna’s…

Pawlatschen Courtyard in Vienna, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: Pawlatschen Courtyards

Even after more than seven years of living abroad, I am awed by Vienna’s inner city whenever I return to visit. The grand dignity…

Rhododendron near Tengboche, Nepal

The dangers of hot chocolate: Struggling to Ama Dablam Base Camp, Nepal

Since the end of my seven months of travelling in June 2013, I have never once stopped thinking about doing it all again – just…

Lord Mayor's Show, London

The Lord Mayor’s Show

Central London often goes into lockdown for various events, with the London Marathon and the Tour de France coming to mind as recent examples….