Walking on the wild side in Zambia

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Listening to someone noisily chew their food isn't especially pleasant, but I find myself mesmerised by the loud-mouth diner munching his evening meal just five metres away from me.

Cooking up a desert storm in Jordan

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

As the sun disappears behind the cluttered skyline of Amman and the call to prayer echoes through the city, I'm sitting down to dinner.

Nothing beats a trip on the unforgettable Cambrian coastal line

Stourbridge News:

5:19pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE first time I took the train from Birmingham to North Wales was unforgettable, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Plan your perfect US getaway with My America Holiday

Stourbridge News:

4:36pm Friday 3rd October 2014

SPECIALIST USA travel firm My America Holiday have announced a raft of discount deals for tourists wanting to sample state-side.

Beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Locking my gaze into the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose. There's not a mirror in sight, but as I wobble from side to side, I imagine I look a bit like an unsteady Buddha.

An oasis of peace set in stunning surroundings!

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11:21am Friday 26th September 2014

HIDDEN away down a quiet country lane in the stunningly beautiful west Pembrokeshire countryside, Ty Gwartheg is the kind of idyllic holiday retreat which, once discovered, you'll want to return to again and again.

Cycle-friendly Calvia rightly sends riders' weak at the knees

Stourbridge News:

5:30pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Mention Mallorca to a cyclist and they go misty-eyed and weak at the knees, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Top tucker served Down Under

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

"How about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles.

Strictly at sea

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Peering over a balcony, I admire the dancers below. I'm not sure what dance they're performing, but it looks like they know what they're doing. A cute teenage couple are perfectly in step, the girl's pretty dress swinging elegantly as she moves. On the other side of the room, an elderly lady is with a very handsome young gentleman, who looks especially suave in a tuxedo. They're gliding over the dance floor, and from above, it looks like they could almost be floating.

Preserving Africa's mane attraction

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

As the lioness wearily raises her head from a parched acacia thicket, safari guide Daniel seizes the opportunity to count the number of whiskers tapering beneath her fleshy-pink nose.

Cruise passengers enjoying Rebeca's voyage of musical discovery

Stourbridge News:

11:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Former Birmingham Conservatoire student Rebeca Omordia’s thrilling artistry left Fred Olsen passengers with stars in their eyes on board cruise ship Braemar, writes Lesley Bellew.

Going Potty in Florida

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Walking along a cobbled alley, I come a across a Victorian pet shop with a huge snake in the window.

Blackpool's back with fun for all the family

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10:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

Blackpool has always been my favourite seaside resort - I have fond memories of riding a donkey along the beach as a child, exploring the piers and being amazed by the illuminations.

All aboard the perfect pre-cruise stopover

Stourbridge News:

11:49am Monday 21st July 2014

When you are looking forward to a relaxing getaway on a leisurely cruise, the last thing you need is a three-hour, early-morning drive to the coast in order to make the departure time.

Setting sail for island time travel

Stourbridge News:

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

From the moment our ferry set sail across the gleaming waters of The Solent from Southampton, we knew our maiden voyage to the Isle of Wight was going to be memorable.

A zest for life in Sorrento

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Using the same care and attention a jeweller might employ to handle precious stones, 68-year-old farmer Peppino Nunziata examines the plump, waxy lemons hanging from wooden pergolas in his 10,000 square metre garden.

Why Ireland will drive you wild

Stourbridge News:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

I rest on my kayak paddle and gaze at the horizon as a golden hue from the setting sun illuminates the pale waters at Killary fjord.

A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

Stourbridge News: A wealth of treasure on Costa Rica

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

As the driver slams on his breaks, passengers in the back of the mini bus lurch forwards. The perilous pedestrian blocking our path, however, doesn't seem to be in any hurry to cross the road. Hardly surprising since, even at top speed, this three-toed sloth can only muster 0.15mph.

Going with the flow on the Rhine

Stourbridge News: Going with the flow on the Rhine

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Admiring the last drops of sunlight sparkling on the canals of Amsterdam, it is hard to believe that just two days ago I was sipping champagne as I watched the sun go down behind the impressive skyline of Cologne in Germany.

Looking for the bear necessities in Chengdu

Stourbridge News: Looking for the bear necessities in Chengdu

6:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

In the space of just a few hours, it's impressive how much a giant panda can defecate.

Delicious days in Italy

Stourbridge News: Delicious days in Italy

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, few places offer more pulling power than plentiful Puglia.

Ape expectations in Rwanda

Stourbridge News: A gorilla with her baby at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

April marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide which tore Rwanda apart. Sarah Marshall finds out how, two decades on, gorilla conservation and wildlife tourism are putting this African country on the path to a brighter future.

Life is sweet in the Caribbean

Stourbridge News: Life is sweet in the Caribbean

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Bars, beaches and renditions of Bruno Mars songs are attracting a young party crowd to Barbados, says Lauren Turner.

Cracking the Norse code in Norway

Stourbridge News: Cracking the Norse code in Norway

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Inspired by British Museum's new Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition, Sarah Marshall visits Norway's rugged and mountainous Lofoten Islands, where Norse legends and fishermen's tales abound.

Follow the stars to this stunning corner of Mallorca

Stourbridge News: The Hotel Illa D'Or

12:14pm Friday 21st March 2014

Crime writer Agatha Christie did it in 1932 and based one of her celebrated ‘whodunnits’ on it, writes Alf Bennett.

Calm and chaos in India

Stourbridge News: Calm and chaos in India

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Combining sightseeing with super spas, Nilima Marshall explores the contrasting delights of Delhi and Udaipur.

Spurred on by America's lone star state

Stourbridge News: Spurred on by America's lone star state

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

Denise Bailey discovers she's a cowgirl at heart on a trip to Texas.

Happy Ghanniversary to an Aussie icon

Stourbridge News: Happy Ghanniversary to an Aussie icon

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

It's 10 years since The Ghan made its maiden trip across Australia. A decade on, Richard Jones finds that the iconic train is still very much on track.

Learning to ski at home and away

Stourbridge News: Learning to ski at home and away

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

With most of Sochi's Team GB candidates having honed their skills on UK slopes, Ellen Branagh follows suit by joining the Go Ski Go Board scheme before heading to the Austrian Tirol.

Travel company announce fire sale of African adventures

Stourbridge News: Get up close and personal with a gorilla

5:30pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

TRAVEL company Acacia Africa is having a fire sale its holidays this week.

Look what's brewing in India

Stourbridge News: Look what's brewing in India

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

It's as much a British institution as the royal family, but a freshly-brewed cuppa has far humbler origins. Cherry Wilson follows the tea trail to Coorg in southern India.

Getting to the core of Iceland

Stourbridge News: Getting to the core of Iceland

6:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

Wild nature baths, tales of trolls and some of the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights entice Sarah Marshall to the remote and less visited region of northern Iceland.

Keeping company with Pantanal's big cats

Stourbridge News: Keeping company with Pantanal's big cats

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

Lesser known than the Amazon but just as rich in wildlife, the Brazilian Pantanal is the best place to spot jaguars in the wild. Sarah Marshall goes in search of these elusive big cats.

Crash, bang, wallop what a weekend in Porto

Stourbridge News: It's hammer time!

1:39pm Friday 31st January 2014

The airline Flybe has announced it will be flying to seven new destinations from Birmingham Airport. Florence, Cologne, Toulouse, Alicante, Bordeaux, Palma Mallorca and Porto are all now closer thanks to the deal. And travel writer Steve Zacharanda remembers an eventful weekend in Porto.

Swimmers descending on the Lake District for some outdoor chilling

Stourbridge News: Swimmers chilling in the Lake District

3:47pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

OVER 570 hardy souls from around the world will be braving the icy waters of Windermere set in the stunning scenery of the Lake District this weekend for the 2014 Big Chill Swim.

Sloping off to Cataloni

Stourbridge News: Sloping off to Cataloni

6:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

Who'd have thought you could ski so close to Barcelona? Beth Littler discovers Spain's best kept winter secret - the Catalan Pyrenees.

Striking gold in Montana

Stourbridge News: Striking gold in Montana

6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014

Braving the cold outdoors, Pete Thompson enjoys ranch life on the slopes in America's Big Sky Country.

Where to go in 2014

Stourbridge News: Where to go in 2014

6:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Beat the January blues by planning a holiday. Sarah Marshall provides some inspiration with a look at this year's top ten trending destinations.

Twitchers paradise as Minerva sets sail in the sun

Stourbridge News: Flying high on the Minerva

4:36pm Thursday 9th January 2014

Birds of a feather flock to ornithologist Tim Earl’s chirpy Earl-y Birds Club on cruise ship Minerva. Lesley Bellew dragged herself from under the covers to join them.

Review - SimSpot flight simulator - Nottingham

10:28am Thursday 2nd January 2014

FLYING a plane – it’s one of those jobs everybody fancies having a go at but no one really gets the chance to do.

Arctic adventures in the deep freeze

Stourbridge News: Arctic adventures in the deep freeze

6:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

A snowmobile ride through the Arctic Desert, ice caving in a glacier and a husky ride through snow-capped valleys are all treats in store for Sarah Marshall on a winter trip to icy wonderland Svalbard.

Wonderful winter weekends

Stourbridge News: Wonderful winter weekends

6:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

Falling in love with a cold climate? From a Christmas shopping spree in Brighton to a ski weekend on the Swiss slopes, Sarah Marshall rounds up the best festive short breaks.

Protecting paradise in the Maldives

Stourbridge News: Protecting paradise in the Maldives

6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

As tourism continues to grow in the Maldives, Hannah Stephenson dives into the underwater world that conservationists are trying to preserve.

Sun, sea and submarines in Lanzarote

Stourbridge News: Sun, sea and submarines in Lanzarote

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

A 7ft yellow duck and the promise of mid-haul winter sun keep James Tapsfield, his pregnant wife and three-year-old daughter happy on a short break to Lanzarote

Ice walk with Tim Jarvis

Stourbridge News: Polar explorer Tim Jarvis.

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

ANYONE with a shred of adventure in their body might fancy taking up the challenge of doing an ice walk along with the chance of encountering polar bears.

Blimey! No blarney but one trip to Ireland and we could be blue blooded Bellews

Stourbridge News: One direction: The Bellew clan at Bellewstown

5:16pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Amy Bellew is one of more than 70 million people worldwide who can claim Irish ancestry. On her first visit to the Emerald Isle she celebrated a heritage that went back to the 12th century.

A place at the Nordic table

Stourbridge News: A place at the Nordic table

6:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

It's consistently rated as one of the world's top culinary destinations, but what is it that makes Copenhagen such a foodie paradise? Catherine Wylie arrives hungry to find out

Enjoy a seasonal city break

Stourbridge News: Enjoy a seasonal city break

6:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

There's nothing like a Christmas market to really muster the magic of the season - and the UK is home to some fantastic festive fayres. Whether it's an unforgettable family day out or a Yuletide minibreak you're after, Abi Jackson rounds-up seven of the best

Starting from scratch in Val d'isere

Stourbridge News: Starting from scratch in Val d'isere

6:00am Saturday 9th November 2013

Demonstrating that it's never too late to tackle the slopes, Diana Pilkington embarks on a beginners' ski course in one of the most famous Alpine resorts

In awe of Norway's Aurora

Stourbridge News: In awe of Norway's Aurora

6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Kids may be desperate to see Santa this Christmas, but according to a poll by Lonely Planet, an audience with the Northern Lights tops most adults' wishlists. Kate Whiting heads to Norway's Vesteralen Islands in search of the often elusive display.



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