New York may be the obvious destination for a US city break, but if you’re after somewhere a little different, but still offering bags of history and plenty of culture (and sport), check out Boston.
The Massachusetts capital is home to some of the oldest institutions in the US and, thanks to its reputation as America’s walking city, most historical sites are easy to see on foot. Spring and autumn are good times to visit, as summer gets busy.
Boston winters are hard, but if you like a snowy Christmas, the city is perfect.
I stayed in a completely forgettable but budget-friendly hotel, which was just about affordable enough for a student, in the beautifully tacky South Beach. It was a fun trip – but that had more to do with the vibe of the city than the comfort of my room.
Fast forward a decade or so and I’m back in the city with a few more pounds (in more ways than one) to check into the stunning East Miami, the hip new hotel that’s anchoring Swire Group’s $1billion development in Downtown Miami.
There is something irresistibly romantic about a rail holiday. It’s not just the nostalgic glamour long associated with these slow journeys – it’s the sense of adventure that comes with disembarking and exploring at each stop.
And, as I discover while travelling through the Outback on The Ghan, it’s not just an experience reserved for the Old World.
The locomotive, named after the Afghan cameleers who used to cross this remote region of Australia, is one of the most popular ways to travel between the Northern Territory and Adelaide.
Orange and peach clouds streak across the sky as the sun creeps towards the horizon. A few birds cut across the seemingly endless sunset and its reflection in the sea below. Excuse me while I extol the romanticism but it really is that blissful.
‘There’s one,’ our guide breaks the silence, ‘At one o’clock.’
I look to my right and there it is – an enormous flat-back turtle coming up to nest.