• ‘Not everything can be found in books or online’

    ‘Not everything can be found in books or online’

    Tell us something about yourself I have been working in different areas of the travel industry for the past 21 years. I love music, reading, music, movies (mostly non-fiction), music, travelling, music, selected sports and last but not least, music.

  • A passage to India

    A passage to India

    When Maria Vella-Galea is not busy running her public relations and marketing outfit, she is busy collecting travel stamps on her passport. Her latest travel adventure saw her visit the all-time classic Golden Triangle in India. My insatiable...

  • Gorilla trekking in Uganda

    Gorilla trekking in Uganda

    A line of furry black emerges on the next ridge, appearing from the mist then vanishing beneath the forest’s enigmatic veil. I sidestep the dung, climbing through a dense canopy that smells like spring morning. Everything’s fresh and tangled;...

  • ‘Everyone has a story if you take the time to seek it out’

    ‘Everyone has a story if you take the time to seek it out’

    Tell us something about yourself By day I’m the PA to the managing director of a large insurance company; but after hours I wear various hats – actress, dancer, writer, translator, lover of all things vintage, and a regular at gigs and theatrical...

  • Oslo’s Christmas tree school

    Oslo’s Christmas tree school

    As the Christmas season has just been officially inaugurated in London with the placing of the tree in Trafalgar Square, Kevin Vella finds out all about the Juletre’s journey from Norway to the UK. “Christmas trees are big drinkers,” said Ashbjorn...

  • On the trail of Caravaggio

    On the trail of Caravaggio

    Had of your fill of our home-based Caravaggio masterpieces? The trail continues in Rome, where some of the artist’s greatest works are to be found. This itinerary takes you through the streets of the old city centre of Rome on a journey of...

  • ‘Use money to buy experiences, not things’

    ‘Use money to buy experiences, not things’

    Tell us something about yourself. I am a musician by profession. It’s hard for me to talk of hobbies, as music really takes up my whole life. However, I would say that anything beautiful and honest intrigues me. I’m fascinated by the way we...

  • Paradise in the Dolomites

    Paradise in the Dolomites

    I remember my reluctance to go on my first skiing holiday. We were a group of some 15 teenage friends all eager to travel. But, being the one with the reputation of being cool and relaxed, I had no urge to jump on the skiing bandwagon and only...

  • Crime MUSEUM now open in London

    Crime MUSEUM now open in London

    Craving your Agatha Christie fix while holidaying in London? For the first time ever, never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum are on public display at the Museum of London in a major exhibition. Previously only...

  • ‘Travel exposes your true self’

    ‘Travel exposes your true self’

    Tell us something about yourself. I’m 44 years old, married with two children and extremely passionate about my job, which in many ways started out as hobby when I was nine years old. To put it in one word, I would say my job is music-related .I...

  • Paris, we will always love you

    Paris, we will always love you

    Paris hosts three major all-night festivals every year: Nuit Blanche, Nuit Européenne des Musées and Fête de la Musique. Nuit Blanche – various artistic and cultural exhibitions pop up all over the city, with installations on roundabouts, in...

  • Beautiful Boston

    Beautiful Boston

    Three days were not long enough for Veronica Stivala to explore Boston, but she still managed to get a satisfactory taste of this pretty city, including its renowned cream pie. The first thing that struck me upon visiting Boston was its beautiful...

  • ‘There’s no place like home’

    ‘There’s no place like home’

    Tell us something about yourself (what you do/ hobbies, etc.) I love spending time with my family, travelling, outdoor activities, theatre and tennis How often do you travel? Relatively often. Andrea (my husband) and I try to organise a big one,...

  • The lunar landscape of Lanzarote

    The lunar landscape of Lanzarote

    Since we live on an island that is bathed in sunshine and surrounded by glorious blue sea, it’s easy for us to dismiss going on holiday to another island with a similar climate – after all, why spend the money for the same thing? Actually, it’s...

  • Tea buffs

    Tea buffs

    Sri Lanka teaches you to tell your “Uda Pussellawa” from your “Uva”. My guru smacked his lips appreciatively. An almost Buddhist-like calm suffused his face. He swooned as he swilled, blissfully savouring the anti-oxidants. “The loose leaf...

  • Mein Schiff 2 launches 2016 schedule

    Mein Schiff 2 launches 2016 schedule

    Mein Schiff 2 will next year be using the Grand Harbour as its home port. It will be sailing from Valletta every Sunday between May 8 and October 16. The destinations are two of their most popular Mediterranean itineraries – Pearls of Adriatic...

  • Escape to the Aeolie

    Escape to the Aeolie

    I am just about to dip a fresh brioche into a coffee granita topped with freshly whipped panna – and it’s only breakfast time. I’m in the Isole Eolie, a volcanic chain of seven tiny islands north of Sicily. From Malta, it’s the shortest of flights...

  • ‘Seville is home to my biggest passion’

    ‘Seville is home to my biggest passion’

    Flamenco, wine, culture and good food are Ingrid Sciberras’s ingredients for the perfect holiday. She shares parts of her travel journal with us. I am a Flamenco dance Teacher and Dancer and director of Alegria. Flamenco is my passion. I love...

  • Tying the knot, setting the house on fire

    Tying the knot, setting the house on fire

    From kidnapping the bride to setting houses on fire, Veronica Stivala had her baptism, quite literally, of fire in a typical, and not so typical Bavarian wedding. I had been looking forward to Stefan and Stefanie’s wedding for months. While there...

  • Single in the city

    Single in the city

    Gone are the days when bachelor and bachelorette parties were simple get-togethers with friends, alcohol and perhaps an entertainer of the opposite sex. Nowadays, those on the brink of a lifetime of commitment are seeking ways to fully enjoy their...