- Off-the-Beaten Path Travel,
- Family Travel
A former New Yorker originally from England, I'm now based on the Caribbean's 'Nature Island', Dominica, with my Californian wife and two sons.
Formerly JFK, now DOM – Dominica's tiny airport in the mountains!
My travel style
I love doing that extra bit of research that takes me to the paths less traveled, and a more local, authentic experience of a destination. I'm equally a fan of a pristine crowd-free beach, a historic building rich with stories of the past or a magical nature encounter. I often find novels that are set in the places I visit, to enrich the experience even more. When I travel, I balance seeing sights with times for kicking back in my hotel, and that's why the hotel environment is so important. My favorite hotels are either in historic buildings that have been given beautiful luxe renovations or those designed to merge in with the nature that they're surrounded by – I love a tropical garden and luxury outdoor bathroom!
Hix Island House
Sustainably-minded hotel in Vieques set on a 13-acre natural refuge featuring daily open-air yoga and the first fully solar-powered guest house in the Caribbean.
Jungle Bay Dominica
Airy eco-forward property overlooking the Caribbean Sea with simple, open-air villas.
Luxe property located in a Spanish Colonial restored house from the 17th-century with eight upscale rooms.
$25 food / beverage credit.
Welcome treat in room on arrival.
Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.
Recently returned from:
Exploring Guadeloupe's exquisite little island of Marie-Galante.
Wandering down the cobbled streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Watching whales at Big Sur, California.
Cliff-walking on the Scottish island of Mull.
Sri Lanka's tea estates.
An 'onsen' with a view of Mount Fuji in Japan.
The lush, nutmeg-scented mountains of 'Spice Island' Grenada.
The palm-lined courtyard pool of a Marrakech 'riad'.
One thing I can't travel without...
A novel set in the place I'm visiting, or a book by a local author.
Two truths, one lie:
I've been detained by immigration in Brazil and Jordan.
I was 18 on my first solo international trip and had a 24 hour layover in Moscow's airport.
I worked as a bank clerk in Zambia for six months.
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