Entries by Katie Benden

Borgo Egnazia Puglia

Family Friendly Puglia

This was our first holiday abroad as a family with Lucia, our two-year daughter in tow. My wish-list was short – but hugely important. Somewhere easy going and as stress free as possible. I had heard so much about Puglia and having explored much of Italy, I was keen to experience Puglia first-hand. This southern […]


Oman, the perfect introduction to the Middle East

Given the current tensions in the Middle East, Oman often gets pigeonholed with its neighbouring Arab countries. As a result travellers are reluctant to even consider Oman as their next holiday destination. Given that Oman is politically stable it is a shame that more travellers are not experiencing this charming country which has retained the beauty of the traditional […]


Balek! Balek!

“Balek! Balek!” (Watch out) Shouts my guide Mohammed as he grabs me out of the pathway of an oncoming donkey on a mission! Laden down with animal hides from the tanneries, the donkey was on a route march to the local factory, the area of the Jewish quarter of the medina in Fez where cars […]


Journeying through the Atlas Mountains

Last time I was in this part of Morocco 8 years ago, a tagine from a local mountain cafe left me ill for days, so I departed Ouarzazate this morning with some trepidation that the same fate would befall me, as I am about to head over the Tiz-n-Tichka mountain pass towards Marrakech. Six hours […]


All is well in Istanbul

Before I depart for Turkey, I question whether the current demonstrations in Istanbul would hinder my trip in anyway. However, I am very pleased to advise that all is well in Istanbul, despite the recent media hype. Yes there are demonstrations taking place, but from a tourist perspective, you will be hard pushed to see […]


A weekend in Iceland – Ice and Fire

This was my first visit to Iceland and with much anticipation and excitement of spending 3 nights discovering the Infamous Land of Fire and Ice; I set off from London Heathrow on a short three hour flight to Reykjavik, the capital. Seeing the Northern Lights, is high on my “To do list” and for the […]