Sights & smells

5 incredibly geeky hotspots

5 incredibly geeky hotspots

Drinking cocktails at a beach-side bar as you watch the sun set over the water. Sliding down the side of a mountain on nothing but a pair of skis. Trekking for miles and miles through dense rainforest and sleeping under a bit of tarpaulin. If none of these things appeal to you, then it’s quite possible that you’re a geek. A nerd. A boff. But don’t worry, chuck, because there are still plenty of places for nerdlingers like us to go and have a good time. Just don’t expect anyone else to understand, OK?

Scents to help you recreate your holiday

Scents to help you recreate your holiday

When I come back from a holiday, I try my hardest to recreate as much of it as I can. I rustle up the food, I drink the appropriate beverages, and I snack on the 22 bags of Lays and Cheetos (crisps) I’ve brought back. I might even listen to some local music. Now I’ve discovered it’s possible to smell like my holiday too! Take a look at the examples below for some inspiration. Sadly, I’ve not managed to smell them all personally…

Rocks that look a bit like people

Rocks that look a bit like people

Rocks are funny things. If you’ve got a passion for geology, then you most likely find rocks to be quite fascinating. However for most of the rest of us, naturally occurring solid aggregates of minerals probably aren’t the most thrilling things in the world. Luckily, some rocks are made far more appealing purely by the fact that they resemble something other than a rock. So we’ve scoured the globe (and beyond) to come up with our top five “rocks that look a bit like people”.

5 lovely castles from around the world

5 lovely castles from around the world

Castles have always had a certain magical quality about them. They inspire feelings of romance, chivalry and heroism that you just don’t really see around these days. So we’ve found five of the most interesting and beautiful castles from around the world to enable you to rekindle a little of that medieval magic.

The smelliest places on Earth

The smelliest places on Earth

We like to engage your senses through the power of the written word. Well, try to anyway. On this occasion, it is smell! We have located five of the stinkiest, most pungent places in the world. Some are nice and some quite horrendous! I dream a dream of scratch-and-sniff emails, but until then you’ll have to make do with this.

5 ghost towns from around the world

5 ghost towns from around the world

As Halloween is coming up, we thought we’d focus on something quite ghostly for our email this month. And what could be more ghostly than ghost towns?! Well, quite a few things as it happens, because ghost towns don’t actually have anything to do with ghosts or haunting – they’ve just been abandoned by the people that once lived there…

5 weird and wonderful beaches from around the world

5 weird and wonderful beaches from around the world

A beach is very often an integral part of a holiday. Favourable qualities in a beach tend include fine, pale sand (as opposed to dirty great pebbles), warm, clear water and a nice bar nearby. These beaches don’t necessarily tick all the boxes but they are still quite breathtaking in one way or another…