Rachel Platt

Taking the overnight train to Scotland

My account of a delightful budget break in Scotland featuring a journey on the Caledonian sleeper train and short stays in Inverness and Pitlochry Read the guide

A day at the Zoo: the pleasures of shopping in Beijing

Avoid the stressful haggling of Yashow and the tourist crowds of the Silk Market in Beijing. Instead, follow my advice on where to shop, eat, stay and find a real bargain in the Chinese capital Read the guide

On the tea room trail: finding York's finest offerings

My guide to indulging in one of my favourite British traditions in one of Britain's oldest, most beautiful and most visited cities. A summary of the best places in York to stop for a cuppa! Read the guide

A Christmas break in Birmingham?!

Join me as I fall in love with Birmingham's best winter offerings: the Christmas market and the canal side caf├ęs, and find my preconceptions of Birmingham to be wholly incorrect! Read the guide