How to have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights

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Are you dreaming of seeing the Northern Lights one day? Have you been on a trip where you failed to see them? How disappointing! Well, don’t let it happen again. Here are my tips on how to have the best possible chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Of all nature’s mysteries, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is probably the most magical. Silently appearing and scattering swirls of colour across the night sky, before mysteriously vanishing again, the Northern Lights really put on a show. 

Admire Marc Chagall's stained windows in Tudeley, Kent

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Seeing and experiencing something new for the first time is definitely one of the obvious joys of travel. But you don’t always need to go far to make new discoveries. I proved this to myself recently when I visited a small church in Kent that is full of stained glass windows created by artist Marc Chagall. Imagine my surprise when I learned this church is just down the road from my childhood home!

Notting Hill Carnival - Europe's biggest street party!

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Do you ever feel like dressing up and dancing in the street? Every August bank holiday weekend the streets of west London come alive with one of the biggest and most colourful celebrations of life imaginable. 

The much-celebrated Notting Hill Carnival has been partying through west London since 1966 and if you think that sounds fun, just wait until you experience it!

How climbing the leaning Tower of Pisa could affect your studies

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Everybody poses for a photo ‘holding up’ the leaning Tower of Pisa, but would you climb it? 

The ‘lean’ factor looks quite concerning when you stand in front of the tower. 'It probably won’t feel like much of an angle inside,' I thought. 

I was wrong!

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia

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Hot air balloons are almost as much a feature of Cappadocia as the magnificent underground cities and fairy chimney houses. 

When you wake on your first morning to a sky filled with colourful balloons drifting almost silently over the remarkable landscape around you, you know you’ve arrived somewhere magical. 

But do you want to fly in a hot air balloon? Here’s why you should.