Six of the best hikes in Hong Kong

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Aug 25, 2018 1. LAMMA ISLAND A 30-minute ferry ride from Central, this car-free oasis offers hikers a rewarding montage of beaches, history and gourmet seafood. Start with a poke around the stores in the laid back township of Yung Shue Wan before following a meandering seven-kilometre trail thatContinue reading “Six of the best hikes in Hong Kong”

Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Aug 18, 2018 Visiting a memorial that chillingly describes how a million people were murdered in a 100-day killing spree is probably the last thing you’ll want to do when you arrive in Rwanda. But you should. Firstly, to pay your respects, but also because it might be theContinue reading “Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda”

Delicious Dublin food tour, Ireland

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Aug 18, 2018 “I fell in love with Dublin,” says Ketty Quigley, explaining why she relocated to Ireland from France in 2004. “And I fell in love with an Irish man,” she adds with a smile. “What I didn’t fall in love with was Irish food.” Thankfully, much hasContinue reading “Delicious Dublin food tour, Ireland”

Review of The Murray hotel, Hong Kong

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – June 30, 2018 THE PLACE The Murray, Hong Kong THE LOCATION A prime spot opposite Hong Kong Park in the heart of Hong Kong Island’s busy Central district. THE SPACE A modernist masterpiece, The Murray building housed government offices for more than 40 years before being transformed by award-winningContinue reading “Review of The Murray hotel, Hong Kong”

Six of the best Hong Kong speakeasies

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – June 23, 2018 THE OLD MAN In less experienced hands, The Old Man would be just another yawn-inducing addition to the long list of bars dedicated to writer Ernest Hemingway. However, the man behind this upscale establishment is Agung Prabowo, who previously managed the highly-regarded bar at the MandarinContinue reading “Six of the best Hong Kong speakeasies”

Contoy Island Tour, Mexico

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – May 13, 2018 “Make some noise for the crew,” bellows an excitable guide. “No noise, no lunch!” I’m in Cancun, Mexico’s Vegas by the sea, and have signed up for this “Paradise Island” boat tour for what I’d hoped would be a respite from the town’s all-you-can-drink happy hours and pole-dancingContinue reading “Contoy Island Tour, Mexico”

Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – May 12, 2018 My guide Sam has just earned himself some serious brownie points. The climb to the El Mirador lookout is a one-kilometre-long thigh-punisher – a relentless series of uneven rocky steps and steep wooden ladders that would be taxing enough on a cool day, let alone inContinue reading “Semuc Champey, Guatemala”

Wildwaters Lodge in the White Nile, Uganda

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Apr 24, 2018 On paper, a private boat transfer sounds like a delightful way to start a holiday on an exclusive island resort. And if the property was in, say, the Maldives or the Seychelles, I’m sure it would be. However, when it’s on an island surrounded by threeContinue reading “Wildwaters Lodge in the White Nile, Uganda”

New Zealand’s best wine regions

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Apr 15, 2018 It’s hard to believe New Zealand produces less than one per cent of the world’s wine. So ubiquitous is its presence on international wine lists, you’d be forgiven for assuming it was a bigger player. However, in 2014 it ranked a surprising 14th in global wine production, oneContinue reading “New Zealand’s best wine regions”

Mountain gorilla trek in Rwanda

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Apr 14, 2018 Mr D holds up his hand and we all shuffle to a stop. “They’re in the next clearing,” he whispers. “Take off your rucksacks. Only cameras and phones from now on.” A crackle of anticipation passes through the group. Heartbeats quicken; mouths go dry. “Everyone ready?Continue reading “Mountain gorilla trek in Rwanda”

Chasing giants in California

Sun-Herald, Australia – March 25, 2018 Standing at the foot of a coastal redwood is one of life’s great humbling experiences. It’s not just that it’s the planet’s tallest living thing (the highest known specimen is seven storeys taller than the Statue of Liberty). Or that it can live for 2000 years. It’s the awe-inspiringContinue reading “Chasing giants in California”

In Situ restaurant, San Francisco

  Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Feb 24, 2018 Like most great ideas, the concept behind In Situ is so devilishly simple you wonder why someone hasn’t done it before. Invite a selection of the world’s top chefs to contribute a dish then create a restaurant to showcase them. Headed up by three Michelin-starredContinue reading “In Situ restaurant, San Francisco”

Tour of Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Feb 18, 2018 In a bare concrete hall, women rummage through second-hand clothing on makeshift wooden tables. “We call it caguwa wishyure, which means pick and pay,” says our guide Shema. “You can also say caguwa to a loved one. To show her she’s unique and there’s nothing else like her.”Continue reading “Tour of Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda”

Embera village visit, Panama

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Feb 3, 2018 After turning off the main road, we park in a small clearing and follow a dirt track down to the river. Waiting for us in a wooden dugout canoe are two men wearing small black and white beaded skirts and bright yellow loin cloths. The youngerContinue reading “Embera village visit, Panama”

Wildlife spotting in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Jan 6, 2018 Book a trip to Uganda and most people will assume you’re going to see the mountain gorillas. It’s one of only three places in the world where you can visit them in the wild (the others being Rwanda and the Congo). And while it’s one ofContinue reading “Wildlife spotting in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda”

Rafting the White Nile, Uganda

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Oct 20, 2017 “We have three options for Itanda Falls,” our guide Wilson says. “Easy, 50-50 or 100 per cent.” The six of us confer. Choosing 100 per cent means we’ll enter Bad Place, a hole formed by an enormous standing wave, which all but guarantees we’ll flip. IContinue reading “Rafting the White Nile, Uganda”

Renaissance of the New York Hotel restaurant

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Australia – November 19, 2016 The hotel restaurant used to be something of a last resort. Often housed in a bland, unflatteringly lit space, it was a convenient option when you were too tired to go anywhere else. The menu was normally unadventurous (club sandwich anyone?), the service lacklustreContinue reading “Renaissance of the New York Hotel restaurant”

London’s best single-product restaurants

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Australia – November 12, 2016 Ever woken up with a craving for turkey? Me neither. But should that occur, and you happen to be in the London suburb of Shoreditch, you’re in luck. In June husband-and-wife team Amir and Limor Chen opened Strut & Cluck, a restaurant specialising inContinue reading “London’s best single-product restaurants”

Local produce in Vail, Colorado

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Australia – October 22, 2016 Where do you go to learn how to make moonshine? Moonshine University, of course. Christian Avignon and Ryan Thompson had no experience distilling spirits, so they figured they’d better learn from the best before starting a distillery in the ski resort of Vail, Colorado.Continue reading “Local produce in Vail, Colorado”

Review of British Airways i360, Brighton

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Australia – September 10, 2016 When the architects behind the London Eye, arguably Britain’s most successful tourist development this century, unveil a new £46 million attraction, it’s kind of a big deal. Not only is the 162-metre-tall British Airways i360 the world’s tallest moving observation tower but it’s alsoContinue reading “Review of British Airways i360, Brighton”