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 Things I Ate in Iceland

When I think of Iceland, I imagine cascading waterfalls, undulating mountains, jaw-dropping scenery and the wanderlust-inducing Northern Lights. Seeing these epic landscapes in real life has been high...
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Instatraveller: Eric the Globetrotting Stormtrooper

Star Wars may be all the rage right now, but @DarryllJones and his collectible Stormtrooper have been spreading the galaxy love for several years – and all around the world. Here, we catch up with Dar...
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The Best Hotels in Europe

I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. And while a long-haul trip to destinations like Thailand, Australia and the Caribbean is appealing all year round, there are a h...
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The Best Hotels in Dubai and Beyond

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some mesmerising countries this year, but the one destination I am yet to tick off my list is Dubai. Dramatic desert landscapes, dazzling beaches, world-class shopping ...
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A Food Lover’s Guide to Mexico

I love Mexican food. It is easily up there with my favourite cuisine in the world, so naturally I was very excited about my inaugural trip earlier this year to the land of so many tasty dishes. In the...
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When I Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

When the email dropped into my inbox seeking “intrepid adventurers” to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, I jumped at the chance. I have wanted to scale Africa’s ...
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Instatraveller: the Travelling Irish Bear

Fergal Howard isn't the first person to travel the world with a stuffed companion. But he is one of few who capture their toys in the photographs too. He takes Packie the Bear all over the planet...
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7 Things to Do in Lisbon

I made my inaugural trip to Lisbon in August this year and I have already booked to go back; that’s how much I love it. And anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I’m not one for returning t...
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Best Hotels in the Indian Ocean

I don’t know about you, but at this time of year, you’ll usually find me dreaming about my next holiday. Desperate to Escape the dark mornings and gloomy weather, I begin planning exactly when and whe...
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Jungle Trekking in Khao Sok, Thailand

It was when I was sliding through mud, into a cave filled with bats and spiders, that I began to wonder if I should have thought twice about embarking on a jungle trek. It was my second day at Elephan...
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Instatraveller: the Russian Headstand Man

Anton Charushin's pictures certainly turn heads when compared to the usual travel portraits. 'Head' being the operative word. In each of his successful Instagram shots, @stolbyshkin is ...
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Where to Find the Best Cakes in the World

 
We’ve been eagerly counting down the days, and now the wait is finally over: the Great British Bake Off is back! Weeks of mouth-watering cakes, pastries and, my personal favourite, hot buttery breads,...
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