Singapore’s Supertree Grove

If you head down to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, you can’t help but spot the impressive grove of ‘Supertrees’. Crafted from metal and concrete, they are strikingly beautiful and clever all at the same time: they generate solar power, act as air vents for the conservatories and collect rainwater to aid the growth of…

Travel back in time in Trinidad, Cuba

I think it is safe to say that in the last year, visiting Cuba has become somewhat of a trend: the first ferry services have started up from Miami, Americans are able to come and go largely as they please, and the stars and stripes is once again flying proudly above the long-defunct embassy. The…

The World’s Only Icebound hotel

Staying on board the Ship in the Ice is an out-of-this-world experience. The 1912 schooner is frozen into the ice for just a few months each year, making it the world’s only icebound hotel. Situated in the Arctic circle, in Spitsbergen, you can only reach it by a long snowmobile or husky sled journey. It…

Life at the top of the world: Spitsbergen

The moment when your pilot says ‘It is currently -25 degrees Celsius outside’ as you come in to land, doesn’t do much to actually prepare you for just how bone-numbingly cold this is. Stepping out of the terminal building in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen was quite a shock to the system. But not just because of the…

No need to ask which way is North!

A sign post greeting you upon arrival in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, helpfully reminds you know you are about as far North as you can be! This was on a blisteringly cold -37 degree celcius day! Oh, and watch out for polar bears…