Travel Ideas from Kate Simon
Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest chosen by Contributing Editor, Kate Simon.
Kate Simon has worked as a journalist for national newspapers and magazines for almost 30 years. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011, when she stepped down to become the Travel Correspondent of the paper and its sister title The Independent. Kate now spends her time roving the world for the newspapers and the other publications she writes for, which include The London Evening Standard and National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Her favourite places to wander include Britain, Spain, US cities and the Caribbean. Kate hosts an occasional travel-writing workshop, and she also runs Little Black Book Creative, a business she co-founded with friend and fellow journalist Simone Kane to offer editorial and media relations services.
What’s your idea of the perfect autumn break? A cosy bolthole serving good food and wine, where you can pull up an armchair by a roaring log fire and watch the weather close in beyond the windowpane? A quaint country cottage where you and your loved one can shut the door on... more
When the summer sun sits high in the sky, is there anywhere better to be than in the bucolic surroundings of a beautiful garden? Perhaps you just fancy nosing around someone else’s flowerbeds in search of inspiration for your own little Eden, or you’re just keen to enjoy the... more
Did you know, animals are good for you. It’s a fact that our furry and feathered friends can encourage instant relaxation, for adults and children alike. So why not make them part of your holiday? There are plenty of places around the UK where you can enjoy encountering... more
Grab your wellies, we’re off to a country show. Britain is fit to burst with rural celebrations throughout spring and summer, offering lungfuls of fresh air and an insight into country traditions. And these days they offer more than the chance for the nation’s agricultural... more
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside - lakes, lochs and rivers, too. For, a watery theme can add a splash of something special to a holiday, whether you’re heading to the countryside or the coast, romancing your honey or entertaining the kids. Do you fancy jumping in the... more
Why not take a holiday with your four-legged friend? From stylish contemporary pads to cosy farm cottages, there’s plenty of self-catering accommodation across Britain where responsible owners and their amiable pooches are welcome. Some properties have resident dogs that... more
It’s not too late to take a break this Easter, there are still some charming self-catering properties available to book while school is out. Plus, there’ll be plenty of fun for all the family wherever you choose to go. For Easter marks the beginning of the holiday season -... more
Get active in Scotland, amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you want to set your pulse racing by careering down a mountain slope on a bicycle, or enjoy some quiet contemplation on a riverbank waiting for the one who got away, this country’s charming... more
The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun. So, how will you be seeing out the old year and bringing in the new - how about a get-together? There’s still just enough time to book a venue where you can bring together friends and family for some fun. Take a look at these... more
Christmas shouldn’t be a slog. Why slave over a hot stove when you could be indulging yourself with a long lie-in and a bit of gift unwrapping before taking your seat at a well-dressed table for a slap up gourmet Christmas lunch? Plenty of hotels will wrap up the whole... more
Thinking of getting family and friends together for Christmas? Leave the blow-up beds in the loft and organise a proper seasonal break for your loved ones. Whether you want the whole gang under one roof, or think relationships might benefit from a degree of separation,... more