Devon and Cornwall, England

A few months ago I bought a classic car. A 1974 MGB GT, to be exact. It’s blue, with chrome bumpers, wire wheels and a sunroof and I think it’s brilliant. The real question, however, is whether the MG would be brilliant enough to make it down to Cornwall on Friday, along steep coastal roads, and back to London in time for work on Monday morning. … Continue reading Devon and Cornwall, England

9 things not to miss in Kew Gardens, London

Officially the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this is one of the best places to visit in London, as well as being one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. But time is precious; what should you see when visiting for a day? 1. The Hive Go inside this incredible human beehive, with lights and sounds simulating the activities of bees in a real … Continue reading 9 things not to miss in Kew Gardens, London

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Monteverde is home to one of the world’s few cloud forests. The clouds roll over the Central American mountain ranges from the Pacific Ocean, covering everything  in condensation as they go. The result? Verdant, lush forests in the mountains and valleys, home to over 4% of our planet’s biodiversity, in just 0.04% of the land. We stayed in the small village of Santa Elena, a … Continue reading Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero is a tiny village on the north Caribbean coast which is pretty difficult to get to. There is no road to the village; you must take either a boat or a plane to visit this hidden corner of Costa Rica. A ramshackle collection of houses and huts are arranged along a winding path. Residents sit on steps of houses, watching with curiosity as we scrambled from our boat … Continue reading Tortuguero, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

We weren’t even sure if we’d get to San José, as Volcan Turrialba had started to erupt just 30 miles from the airport, throwing ash and smoke a mile into the air, covering the surrounding area and potentially blocking our flight path. When we arrived at the check-in desk at Heathrow, the woman working there seemed baffled, and said she didn’t even know they had … Continue reading San José, Costa Rica