By Ella.Buchan

California dreamin’

By the pool, a gaggle of girls admired their friend’s new $4,000 boobs, while a crazy tattooed chick showed pictures of her three-legged chihuahua.

Malta rocks

Champagne on arrival, massive balcony, a hot tub behind your bed and, for a little extra, a swimming pool on your roof...

All at sea in Greece

There is something incredibly peaceful about cruising along at seven knots, heeling into the wind with a perfectly trimmed sail.

Living it up in Edinburgh

Apart from the cleaner atmosphere in bars and the clusters of people along the streets, the smoking ban has had another welcome effect – the return of the good old pub crawl.

Skelwith Fold: room with a view

If caravanning is camping-lite, then staying in a two-bedroom, top-of-the-range static model, complete with luxury bathroom and wooden decking, must be in a different league altogether.

Rock and high rollers in Las Vegas

It’s big, meaty, extravagant and flashy. Guilt and moderation have no place here – excess is its middle name and waste is its first. And that’s just the buffets.

Wonder walls of Dubrovnik

Sheets of rain soaked through my ill-advised summer dress and turned a walk around the magnificent walls into a slippery hazard.

The quirky charm of the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a proud place. Crouching between the four nations of the British Isles, it may look tiny and unassuming – but it is a place packed with charact

The beauty of Bath

As the sun set over the gothic spires of Bath Abbey, flooding them in golden light, I bobbed about in the rooftop pool and watched the cool air form a mist on the surface.

Harbour nights in Hong Kong

First the lights come out to play, dancing across the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and turning the whole area into a very classy disco.

A rum deal in the Dominican Republic

It took just a couple of days for the sun, fun and rum-soaked atmosphere of the Dominican Republic to really get to me. Then I found myself dancing barefoot on

Hitting the town in Newcastle

If you’re planning a serious night out in Newcastle, make sure you’re booked into a hotel with a comfy bed and good windows.