The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Overseas Travel

*Awesome* honeymoon holiday sale – book it up!

13 Feb 2017

Know someone who’s getting married? Or perhaps you’re on full Bridezilla mode yourself? Either way, you’ll want to spread the word about long-haul travel specialist Turquoise Holidays’ outrageously enticing honeymoon sale. Seriously, it is monster.

Running from today, Mon 13 Feb, to Tues 28 Feb, there are some corking deals to be had, including a whopping £6400 off a jaunt to to the Maldives’ Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi and a 40 percent discount on a  dreamy trip to The Oberoi in Lombok (Bali’s little sister island).

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Insider’s Guide to the Caribbean

21 Sep 2016

I’ve been to the Caribbean twice in my life – once to Grenada and once to Saint Lucia, both for travel features (I know, feel my pain). It’s daft that I haven’t returned with my family since then, but I think historically the Caribbean as a holiday destination has had its barriers – either people think it’s horrifically expensive and only for the superposh, or they imagine it’s too far (though Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbados are only 8 hours away).

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Six hot holiday destinations to book now

30 Aug 2016

I made the mistake of going on my summer holidays at the end of July – I felt very smug at the time, but have now had a month of working with everyone else sunning around (grrrrrr) and am in dire need of something to look forward to.

If you’re needing some inspiration too, voila mes braves, I’ve got it going on right here. I’ve been on the blower to Feel Good Holidays, the bespoke travel agents based in Henley who curate cool holidays in Europe and further afield) for some expert short haul ideas, so get your gnashers around these locations and wave to me poolside!

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Asiatic beauty

24 Mar 2016

Last Thursday, Team Muddy came mid-table at the first pub quiz held at The Quince Tree in Stonor. Very disappointed to be so groaningly average when we so deserved to go down in flames but, God I love a pub quiz, and it was a really fun night (they’re weekly with another one this evening if you feel giving it a go). I mention it because the questionmaster stumped me with one question.

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The Muddy Travel Guide to NZ

10 Feb 2016

When I interviewed James Bell from Beaconsfield-based Turquoise Holidays before Christmas about the best way to travel long haul as a family, I had a sneaky ulterior motive – I was planning a family trip to New Zealand for the five of us. (Yeah, I know, whoaaaaa, pass the tramadol).

Being told which way to fly around the world, which airline to choose for decent seats, plus an inside line on the cool new things to try in NZ (I hadn’t been back there for 8 years) was invaluable, so if you’re booking a long haul destination – safari?

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In it for the long haul

6 Jan 2016

Feel like booking a holiday to some sun? Er, YEAH, me too. Are you thinking about long haul? Possibly not. There’s a bit of a mental block on it isn’t there? With four years living in Sydney and Australia in my twenties, I know all about the perils of long haul. Mr Muddy (an all-out jandal-wearing kiwi) and I lived in NZ for several years in the halycon days of youth and no kids, but it’s taken eight years to get us back Down Under – prior to this year, the thought of traveling all that way with toddlers and young children has filled us with doom.

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Where the travel experts go on holiday

16 Jul 2015

Ever wondered where the travel experts head on their hols? Tim Winkworth from the Family Adventure Company (Have you checked them out? They’re amazing) knows a thing or two about what to look for, so here are his tips for a brilliant break.

 Morocco: Riad Arganier D’or

This place is incredible, only 20kms from Taroudant, on an orange grove nestling at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, so not a bad location!

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Safari Slickers

9 Jun 2015

For the last ten years I feel like I’ve done nothing but take beach holidays with steel-reinforced childcare attached. Having young children is lovely in small doses (oh come on, you know it!). They’re joyful little things but blimey, it’s hard work. Over the years I’ve watched with slack jaw as my friends have taken their toddlers away to Indian ashrams, treks to Nepal, nomadic trips to North African desserts surviving on one bottle of water for two weeks (not really but I wouldn’t be surprised) while I’ve been guzzling G&Ts at the poolside and waving the Muddy bratlets off to kids club.

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Beautiful Biarritz – the perfect mini break

2 Jul 2013


I  made a big song and dance about going to Biarritz with my girlfriends a few weeks back. ‘I need a break! I’m going to be crazy and fun! I’m going to eat, drink and be merry!’

What  I didn’t know at the time was that the Goddess of Bad Luck and Party Pooping (she’s a multi-tasker, I’ll give her that) was going to give me food poisoning at the airport – yes you Pret A Manger sushi – and that I was set to spend the next three days running for the lav and feeling sorry for myself.

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