Discover Hastings

No petrol, no problem. I hopped on the train from Brighton and took a day trip to Hastings. In just over an hour I was exploring Hastings Old Town and wandering along the very hip Norman Road, St Leonards On Sea. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 20 years and as much as I love…

By travelyoutopia October 30, 2021 0

Review: The Birch Hotel, Enfield

I headed to The Birch Hotel, just north of Enfield, to find out more about this new opening that pitches itself as ‘an escape for the explorers’. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and explore the sprawling grounds and venue that includes, wait for it… a members club, two restaurants, co-working…

By travelyoutopia August 3, 2021 0

48 hours in Cheltenham

Cheltenham is the perfect base to explore The Cotswolds. You’ll need at least 48 hours in the area as there’s so much to see and do. There’s a huge foodie scene in The Cotswolds – choose from cosy pubs, fine dining or laid back restaurants serving up budget street food. The area is also the…

By travelyoutopia April 14, 2021 0

The future of travel

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the freedom to travel is precious. With flights across the world grounded, hotel doors shut and most global destinations out of bounds, the way we travel and our right to travel has changed. And that’s set to continue into 2021. I’m a huge advocate of road trips. Since…

By travelyoutopia November 30, 2020 0

Review: The Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court

Staying at the newly opened Mitre Hotel, right opposite Hampton Court Palace (home of the charming Henry VIII), felt very special as it had only just opened its doors to guests. The first hotel to be opened as part of the Signet Collection – founded by Hector Ross, former chief operating officer of Longshot (owner of…

By travelyoutopia November 18, 2020 0

Paris in four hours – Why not

After an epic summer road trip from Brighton to Croatia and back again (taking in seven countries and 3,000 miles on the way), we took a wrong turn off the Périphérique on the way to Rouen so ended up taking the kids on an impromptu four-hour tour of Paris. Now, Paris isn’t my favourite European city…

By travelyoutopia November 1, 2020 0

Sagres – Wilderness discovered

The last time I visited Portugal was back in 2004 when I lived in Amsterdam with my boyfriend (now husband). At the pre-kids stage of our relationship, our two-week road trip of the Alentejo region of Portugal involved stays in chic, boutique hotels, late night bar crawls in Lisbon and lazy days soaking up the…

By travelyoutopia September 27, 2020 0

Review: 25Hours Hotels, Bikini Berlin

Berlin has it all – fascinating history, culture, thriving food and arts scene, nightlife to rival London’s and shopping opportunities galore. The wall came down in 1989 and what followed was a metamorphosis of Berlin into a hip, forward-thinking city with a distinctly unique character, laid back noir charm and cool hangouts all over this…

By travelyoutopia September 17, 2020 0

Caban Cader & Snowdonia National Park

We headed to Wales with the kids to explore Snowdonia National Park and were blown away by its natural beauty. If you’re wondering where to go on your next family holiday it’s definitely worth considering. Caban Cader, five miles from Machynlleth, was our home for a few nights, booked through the brilliant Canopy & Stars. It…

By travelyoutopia September 8, 2020 0