Here are our latest articles by independent travellers recently returned from adventurous holidays to help inspire you to research where to go next:

Yachts in Hong Kong harbour

‘Fragrant Harbour’: a resident’s guide to falling in love with the unique energy of urban Hong Kong

by Simon Buckby | Autumn 2021

A love letter to Hong Kong from a departing resident with comprehensive tips for visitors and immigrants on how to get the most from this magical city, including all the obvious tourist attractions, but also delving deep into its authentic, hidden and often quirky side that too few people take the trouble to explore.

Mountain trails in Hong Kong

The trails less travelled: the hidden treasures of rural Hong Kong

by Simon Buckby | Autumn 2021

Explore the hidden treasures of rural Hong Kong, including breath-taking hiking trails up steep mountains and along coastal paths, a complete circuit of brand new cycle lanes through ancient villages, and gorgeous islands east and west stuffed with beautiful beaches and authentic local restaurants.

How to do the ultimate road trip, Mexico’s Baja California, in the style it deserves

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2021

Relax into the cactus-filled Baja desert while discovering the border wall in the Pacific Ocean, wine tasting, remote islands, paradise beaches, isolated villages, restored Catholic missions, along with the outrageous beauty of the Sea of Cortez where you can see several species of whales, swim with sea lions, watch constant pelican shows, go big-game fishing and enjoy world class scuba diving.

How to get way beyond the obvious in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2021

With a little imagination and a bit of effort you can go way beyond Cancún to beat your own path to magical parts of Mexico that offer remote colourful towns and seldom seen Mayan ruins hidden deep in the jungle as well as deserted beaches and exciting scuba dives.

Antigua & Barbuda: Your typical tropical paradise islands

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2021

Paradise beaches, perfect sailing, a low key vibe and a preserved colonial heritage. All the ingredients for really rather a nice time.

The backwaters of Kerala, along with tea and spices, festivals and beaches

by Simon Buckby | Spring 2020

Beautiful backwaters, mountain plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage sites and two world-class beaches make Kerala the chilled alternative to Goa.

Myanmar Days: easy-to-access Buddhist theme-park with beautiful scenery but controversial politics

by Simon Buckby | Winter 2019

Myanmar feels exotic, but it is easy to navigate, with new hotels and transport systems, and locals welcoming to foreigners now we have been invited in.

Back to Pyongyang to experience the Mass Games and witness signs of change

by Simon Buckby | Autumn 2019

Having spent almost two weeks in North Korea in 2016, I came back. To experience the Mass Games of synchronised gymnastics, and to see if anything had changed since I was last here. And I was surprised by some of what I found.

Fiji: the picture-perfect South Pacific paradise

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2019

Fiji can be the most perfect South Pacific destination in Melonesia: calm turquoise oceans gently lapping at the white sandy beaches of remote blissful islands reached by adventurous seaplanes or romantic catamarans. All under a baking sun and with a warm vibe. This is especially true in the spectacular Yasawa chain.

The reef system and turquoise lagoon it creates, plus astonishing beaches and mountains, make New Caledonia one of the most beautiful places on our planet

by Simon Buckby | Summer 2019

New Caledonia is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Simple as that. Yet often overlooked even by travellers to Melanesia. We found almost no foreign tourists here at all.