Tessa Watkins

Formerly a local news editor and reporter covering court cases and crime stories, I’m obsessed with all things travel. Often found exploring a new city and seeking out the world’s best beaches, there are a plethora of destinations I remain desperate to discover. Tweet me @tess1977

The Best Ways to See New Zealand’s Glaciers

New Zealand features on most travel bucket lists, and it’s not hard to see why; with its deserted beaches, winding coastal paths and undulating mountains, it’s a true outdoor wonderland. But there’s o...
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Instatravellers: Phil the Travelling Pizza Eater

Meet Phil Duncan. He's from Liverpool, he loves travel and he, er, loves eating pizza. Need we say more? Well, we do actually, mainly the fact that his love of travel and pizza have managed to ge...
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St Patrick's Day balloons

Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Around the World

It’s nearly that time again – the one day of the year when dressing head-to-toe in green, donning a novelty hat and raising a toast with a pint of Guinness is actively encouraged. Yep, St Patrick’s Da...
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Tess in front of a beautiful Costa Rican landscape

Costa Rica: Go Your Own Way

Go your own way to Costa Rica, says Flight Centre’s Tess Watkins, who hired a 4X4 for this independent adventure. The car hugs the coastline as we wind our way along the open road. Every now ...
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Spotting Unmissable Wildlife in Malaysia

Malaysia evokes images of postcard-perfection. Think on it for a moment and no doubt your mind will conjure up pictures of breathtaking natural beauty, endless sandy beaches, lush rainforests and the ...
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Bali mountain and beach scenery

Bali: The Road Less Travelled

The road to Bali is well travelled, but a Journey to Indonesia reveals there’s so much more to the region than blissful beaches and luxury hotels, says Tess Watkins. My unforgettable adventure – trekk...
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5 of the Best Things I Ate in Thailand

When I found out I was going to Thailand, it goes without saying that I was excited about visiting the beautiful temples, soaking up a new culture and touring the picturesque islands. But, if I’m brut...
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The Best Places to Stay in Thailand

Limestone karsts, crystal-clear waters and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; Thailand has all the ingredients you need for a paradisiacal retreat. Couple that with jaw-dropping hotels a...
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The Best Hotels in the Caribbean

With its endless stretches of white sands, crystal-clear waters, gently swaying palms and golden sunsets, the Caribbean is the ideal destination to kick back and relax. But with so many islands and an...
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Garuda Indonesia, Business Class dinner

What it’s Like to Fly Business Class with Garuda Indonesia

Anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I’m not the best at flying. I’m always one of the first to arrive for a flight, anxious to drop my bag off and get through security, and then you’ll us...
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The Laguna Resort, Bali

The Best Hotels in Bali

Bali has been top of my travel wish-list for as long as I can remember – those rolling emerald hills, the white-sand beaches, the spectacular surfing; not to mention the delicious Indonesian cuisine. ...
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Tegallalang, Bali

What it’s Like to Trek Through Bali’s Rice Paddy Fields

On my recent trip to Indonesia, I had three things I desperately wanted to tick off my travel wish list – spotting the Komodo dragons, tasting the delicious cuisine (Nasi Goreng now firmly established...
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