Katy Stewart

The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, UK

by Katy Stewart on April 20, 2012

The towns and villages of the Chiltern Hills make for a great day trip from London, offering a perfect slice of English life, with rolling green countryside, picture-book cottages and quiet country churches. But in one of the villages, Great Missenden, there is an altogether more quirky attraction: The Roald Dahl Museum. The museum was […]


According to the old saying, ‘the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain’. Well, that’s a myth; in fact, the rain in Spain falls mainly in Cantabria. I will admit that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but it does mean that you might very well encounter some wet weather in the […]

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Cider Houses & Tapas in Asturias, Spain

by Katy Stewart on April 17, 2012


Paella and sangria may be the quintessential Spanish meal, but in one area of Spain, you’re more likely to be tucking into bean casserole and drinking cider.  Asturias, a principality on Spain’s northern coast, is not somewhere widely known to tourists outside of Spain. While it has long been a summer retreat for Spanish monarchs, […]


  The Lake Maggiore Express offers one of the most delightful European excursions that can possibly exist: a train through exquisite Alpine countryside which takes you across the Italian border and into the Swiss town of Locarno, before a gentle return journey by boat. The day begins in Stresa, Italy, from where the first train […]


Paraty: Small Town Paradise in Brazil

by Katy Stewart on February 21, 2012

The moment I set foot in Paraty, Brazil, I was in love. may be the place to party, but when you feel the need to escape to a more tranquil place, Paraty is the place to come. It is a three-hour ride on a comfortable inter-city bus from Rio – and it is paradise. …


The Dordogne Valley lies just south of France’s center, a region characterized by its ancient geological majesty. It is rural France at its best: tiny villages, forgotten by the march of time, divine wines produced from local grapes, gourmet specialties, such as truffles and duck, and breathtaking countryside. But the place which stands out among […]


An Enchanted Island on Lake Maggiore

by Katy Stewart on February 7, 2012

Lake Maggiore may be less showbiz than neighboring Lake Com0,  but it is no less spectacular. Spanning the Swiss-Italian border, Lake Maggiore offers superb scenery, relaxing boat excursions and pretty alpine towns. However, down at the Southern end of the lake, within Italy’s borders, are three exquisite little islands, known as the Borromean islands. All […]


Stretching Your Budget in New York City

by Katy Stewart on January 24, 2012

  Shopping on Fifth Avenue, cocktails in Greenwich Village and endless sightseeing – the essential New York experiences may not be the most budget-friendly, but it is possible to make the most of the world’s most exciting city without breaking the bank. Get the New York Pass A first-time visitor to New York City, everything […]

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Buenos Aires on a Budget

by Katy Stewart on January 3, 2012


Argentina’s effortlessly cool capital combines European-style culture with a distinctly Latin spirit, making it a great destination for a city break with a difference. Better yet, in comparison to Western prices, Buenos Aires is almost ridiculously cheap, meaning that it is the perfect getaway on a budget. I am a city girl at heart, so […]


A Guide to London Ground Transportation

by Katy Stewart on December 14, 2011

London Underground sign

There are so many things to do and see in London, from finding a bargain in Portobello Market to visiting one of the many museums or galleries. However, it is a huge and sprawling city,  famed for its traffic jams and congestion.  With so many transportation options, it can be hard to know which to […]