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

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...
Continue Reading
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. ...
Continue Reading
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...
Continue Reading
Chef Vivian, Alila Seminyak, Bali

An Interview with the Chef de Cuisine at Alila Seminyak, Bali

Imagine cooking and eating for a living – especially at one of the most amazing resorts in Bali. Allow us to introduce Vivian Vitalis, the ...
Continue Reading
Tess the chef

Why You Should Take a Cooking Class in Bali

I love food. I mean, I really love it. Anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I’m at my happiest when tucking into a delicious plate of lobster ravioli, a bowl of steaming ramen or fish so f...
Continue Reading
Tess on Padar Island, Komodo

Sailing Komodo Island in Indonesia

I’ll be honest – I didn’t know much about Komodo Island before I was told I’d be visiting it on a work trip to Indonesia. And while I was excited to see the feared Komodo dragons in the flesh, I was a...
Continue Reading
Instatraveller Tim the Tooth Ninja

Instatraveller: The Travels of One Man and His Three Dogs

Catching sight of the Northern Lights is an experience which tops many travel wish lists – but imagine watching the colours dance across the sky with your pet pooches in tow? That’s the reality for th...
Continue Reading
Fresh oyster

The Best Foods to Eat in Costa Rica

As a self-confessed foodie, cuisine plays a key role when it comes to planning my trips. I’ll heavily research a destination’s typical food, the best restaurants, what the locals love, and the cocktai...
Continue Reading
Hire car, Costa Rica

How to Take a Road Trip Through Costa Rica

When I told people I was planning on driving around Costa Rica on my two-week trip, I was met with a mixture of surprise, admiration and shock. I admit I was a little nervous about the roads before we...
Continue Reading
Instatraveller Makhorov

Instatraveller: Catching up with an Urban Explorer

For most of us, relaxation and chill-out time is key when on holiday. But @makhorov – of Novosibirsk in Russia – explores the world in a unique way: he scales the tallest buildings and structures he c...
Continue Reading
Mont Saint-Michel, France

3 of the Best Castles in Europe

With their ethereal landscapes, towering turrets and magical architecture, the most famous castles in Europe could be plucked straight from a fairy tale. And while there is a treasure trove of places ...
Continue Reading
Flamenco dancer in Seville

Where to See Flamenco in Spain

The brightly coloured costumes, the strumming of the guitar, the rhythmic hand claps – flamenco is a hypnotising Spanish tradition which simply has to be experienced on a visit to this vibrant region....
Continue Reading

Pages