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Travel Ideas from Natalie French

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest chosen by Contributing Editor, Natalie French.

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Natalie French

Natalie French

A pair of perpetually itchy feet ensure that Natalie is always plotting and planning her next big adventure. Her escapades have led her to chase the aurora borealis in Iceland; camp with cowboys in Outback Australia and master the art of blind faith to enable her to cross the road in Ho Chi Minh City. After a stint of living in Sydney, Saigon and Scotland (Edinburgh), she now resides in Hampshire – where she’s re-discovered a love for good old Blighty. Becoming a freelance travel writer and journalist seemed like the obvious option and Natalie has written for various travel magazines and online publications at home and overseas including: Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Hampshire Life Magazine, Let’s Travel (NZ) and TheTravelEditor.com.

If you think winter gardens are all bleak, barren and lifeless, think again. Those who brave the cold conditions are rewarded with ruby red berries, exquisite white birch and, as winter unfolds, the first glimpse of the delicate snowdrop. And it’s not just the flora that’s... more

You can’t beat an autumn walk. Pull on your boots, throw on a big chunky scarf and escape outside to watch the sun dance across a kaleidoscope of scarlet reds, burnt orange and golden hues. Whether you want to wander beneath ancient towering trees; blow away the cobwebs on a... more

As British summers go – this one has been pretty epic! Without the torment of torrential rain, the whole country has been basking in blue skies and glorious sunshine. It’s only natural for us to want to eke out every last drop, so pull on your sunglasses and get yourself... more

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father’s Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl, sniff and slurp technique under London Bridge -... more

For many Brits, donning wellies and dancing carefree in a field is the epitome of summer! But if the thought of roughing it in your two-man-tent sends shivers down your spine, why not ditch the muddy campsite and retreat to your very own boutique boudoir. From Glastonbury to... more

She carried you for nine months, she endured sleep deprivation, recorder concerts and, later, a whole world of horrendous hormonal abuse...so it’s only fair that - at least once a year - you say a big thank you to your mum! Book her into one of the sumptuous spas below and... more

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched... more

Come February 2014, that first soul-reviving, glimpse of spring can be galvanised by a delicate snowdrop - transforming a sparse winter woodland floor into a beautiful sea of white. Dusk and dawn create the perfect light to see snowdrops in all their glory, perfect for... more

Well done! You’ve managed to make it through a long, wet, wine-less January - leaving one more miserable month of winter to endure. Before you slink off to the sofa in your onesie, why not book yourself in for a little soul-reviving pampering sesh. From treetop treatments to... more

Ten of Britain’s Scariest Attractions

It’s that time of year when Britain embraces it’s dark and gruesome past - from beheaded queens and killer surgeons to haunted castles and bricked-up bodies. Those with a nervous disposition should draw the curtains and hibernate, whilst the rest of us step out into the cold... more

Hampshire is hot right now. Its handful of uber-sexy boutique hotels, with sumptuous spas to match, are coaxing discerning folk away from the big smoke and into the ‘green county’. Beyond the five-star luxury, you can explore elegant historic houses that inspired books and... more