"Globetrotter's The Best of Series" provides an attractive, handy pocket guide to popular destinations. The book features well-presented, to-the-point sections on the highlights of the city, places of interest, activities, accommodation, where to eat out, entertainment and excursions. It features travel tips, a general index and also a separate index for the places of interest. Each entry is cross referenced with the fold-out maps.The Highlights chapter features an introduction to each of the 20 featured highlights, information on location, contact details, opening hours, entry fees and tour details. The Sightseeing chapter features historic buildings, galleries and museums, parks and gardens, with contact details, opening hours, and entry fees for each featured site. The Activities chapter features sports, activities, suggested routes for walking tours and organized tours, while the Shopping chapter covers shops and markets. Accommodation includes listings by area and price category. Eating out covers the cuisine of the region, as well as listings of suggested venues by area and price. Entertainment includes nightlife, music, theatre, festivals, casinos, pubs and clubs, and spectator sports. Excursions include transport options, distance, contact details and highlights. A Travel Tips section handles everything from transport and money to personal safety and etiquette.
My love of travelling first distilled within me before I had never even left my native Scotland. My Dad used to take me down to Princes Street Gardens where I would gaze at the trains rumbling in and out of Edinburgh Waverley. During school holidays I was spirited off to the Scottish islands and weaned on stories of my Dad's adventures in the yacht he built himself: Sisu. It was not until 1986 that I made it abroad and until 1992 that I flew for the first time, but since then I have made up for it with 500+ trips to over 80 countries.
My travel-writing career kicked off in 1997 when, with the help of a local enterprise grant, I started my business. In 1999 I moved to London where for four years I built up my contacts and markets in a city that quickly became one giant departure lounge for me with 20+ trips a year to destinations all over the world. In 2003 I moved back north and set-up a new base on the outskirts of Edinburgh, handy for both international forays and domestic trips around Scotland, a country that still remains my favourite on the planet.
In over a decade of travels I have savoured many of those 'once in a lifetime' trips - from snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and walking on safari with big game in South Africa, through to riding the legendary Trans-Siberian Express across Asia and circling the globe in one trip, but I still enjoy every new experience with the same passion and sense of romance I used to watch those trains with as a boy.