London Restaurant Festival begins

Sep 30th, 2018 | By

Now in its tenth year, the festival is an opportunity for visitors (and residents) to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants.

A lottery to help preserve France’s heritage

Sep 16th, 2018 | By

France has no National Trust. It has no English Heritage, Cadw or Historic Scotland. What it does now have is the Loto du Patrimoine.

Finding Jamie Fraser (Outlander Tour)

Sep 13th, 2018 | By

I have a particular interest in the saga, so this year we decided to do an Outlander Tour and visit the film sites, cramming as much as we could into just three days.

Koalas in NSW

Sep 13th, 2018 | By

Luckily for the animal, Tourism NSW and Tourism Australia it is only in NSW that koalas seem threatened to extinction if the report is to be believed. And it shouldn’t be.

Is flying magical?

Sep 10th, 2018 | By

Its a shame for Nigam’s daughter. She might have just had the most magical flight she is ever likely to get.

Open for business

Sep 5th, 2018 | By

I suspect that the news coverage largely affected domestic tourists because Britons and other Europeans would have booked their trips some time ago and probably still made their trips albeit with some possible changes


Sep 4th, 2018 | By

In some ways this campaign breaks ground in that it promotes a feeling of well-being by traveling and holidaying there as opposed to highlighting all the physical attributes of the country.

Are we surprised air journeys take longer?

Sep 3rd, 2018 | By

Are crowded skies making journeys longer?

A tourism man runs the country

Sep 2nd, 2018 | By

Will he encourage some new thinking over the current Australia” promotion? If he does, given his background it could be quite an interesting time to be part of Australia’s tourism ambitions.

If its not 7%, you are falling behind

Aug 31st, 2018 | By
Tower of London

It just goes to show that travellers should not take these figures at face value or necessarily be influenced on whether to travel to them or not.

An autumn bank holiday

Aug 29th, 2018 | By

Whatever date might be chosen a holiday between August and December 25th would boost spirits through the long and dank weather that we usually experience in the autumn and early winter.

Ryanair says – Fit your hand lugagge under the seat or pay

Aug 27th, 2018 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

From November 1st the airline will operate a new hand luggage policy that it says will reduce delays in boarding.

A family day out

Aug 25th, 2018 | By
Minnie & Micky Mouse

Adrian looks at information provided by My Voucher Codes as to how expensive some theme parks and attractions really are.

A day out… on a canal boat (with dog)

Jul 13th, 2018 | By

Cathrene celebrates her 40th birthday by spending a nday on a narrow-boat.

Reclaiming Bugsworth Basin

Jan 28th, 2015 | By
canal boats in winter at Bugsworth Basin

Cathrene visits Bugsworth Basin which was once the busiest inland port on Britain’s narrow canal system.

Taking your dog on holiday

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

Do you take your dog with you when you holiday? More of us seem to be doing just that. One letting agency,, reports that this year there has been a 15% increase in the number of bookers taking their dogs with them.

The lure of the fossil

Apr 29th, 2013 | By

The annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival draws crowds of up to 14,000 every year to meet with other enthusiastic amateurs as well as experts. Coming up this bank holiday weekend is the 2013 Fossil Festival.

Does the topping batter?

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

Today is Shrove Tuesday – aka the time to indulge in a pancake or five. Cathrene has some suggestions on how to create the perfect pancake

Taking your dog on holiday

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By

Taking dogs on holiday can be fraught with obstacles. There are some guidebooks that point to dog-friendly accommodation but books rapidly date. Congratulations then to Visit England for adding pages to their main website.

Exploring Besançon

Jul 13th, 2012 | By

I hadn’t been back to Besançon since I was a student. And that was in the last century! So with a friend, I decide it was time to return. The city fortifications, designed by the foremost military engineer in France, Vauban’s work include the citadelle and two urban fortresses in Besançon. Since I had been there, the walled city in Besançon had been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 The citadelle of Besançon, which took nearly thirty years to construct is located
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The greatest ‘rock’ festival in the history of the world

May 3rd, 2012 | By

From May to September at venues along the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Studland Bay, towns and communities will be participating in and enjoying a wide range of events to celebrate England’s only natural World Heritage Site. It is billed as the greatest ‘rock’ festival in the history of the world.

What to do should a natural disaster strike while on holiday

Apr 10th, 2012 | By

Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis can occur without warning in many popular holiday destinations. Here Dr Kirti Sharma, Dr Gerard Fryer and Cathrene Rowell share some tips on what to do should an unexpected natural disaster occur while travelling

Travel highlights and trends

Jan 1st, 2012 | By

The CD-Traveller team share their top 2011 travel experiences and look at the top spots for 2012

A Day…in Whitby (with a dog!)

Aug 13th, 2011 | By

Cathrene, Poppy (the dog) and Mum explore Whitby and come away determined to spend a week there in the future.

One Woman and her Dog at Kynance and the Lizard

May 18th, 2011 | By

Cathrene returns to the tip of Cornwall with Poppy to explore more of this great holiday destination

The Burns Supper

Jan 14th, 2011 | By

On the 25th January every year Scottish people feel their heart strings pulled back to the motherland in celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns. The Burn’s Supper is a tradition in Scotland that dates back to 1802 in Ayrshire (where Robert Burns was from), where groups of friends and acquaintances meet to eat drink and be merry.

The Algarve Uncovered

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By

Off to the Algarve? Cathrene Rowell shares her experience of Portugal’s popular holiday spot exclusively with CD Traveller

One Woman and Her Dog on Holiday

Jun 22nd, 2009 | By

Last year, for mother’s day, I treated my mum to a weekend away. She cashed it in June. Poppy, my Cockapoo puppy of just 6 months, came along for the ride.

This is the first holiday I booked with my dog, and so we started slowly. There are many websites around for dog-friendly holidays, holiday cottages, B&Bs etc. What the accommodations don’t tell you is that there is often a restriction on the Number – or type – of dog(s) that you are permitted to take with you.