Alison has worked in travel for over 20 years, visiting over 80 countries. She has travelled extensively in Asia and North America, but is perhaps most passionate about Africa, where she cites her main highlights as Namibia's giant salt pan, Etosha National Park and Kenya's Masai Mara. Other of her favourite destinations include Oman, India, Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean islands. Alison is also knowledgeable of cruises, and recently enjoyed a voyage to the Arctic with Silversea Expeditions. One of her top recommendations is the journey from Hong Kong to Singapore with Silversea, where the night-time sail away is a spectacular occasion. Recent highlights include witnessing a giant Green Turtle laying eggs on the beach in Tortuguero, Costa Rica,, and swimming alongside humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean.
A pulsating continent full of colour and contrasts and ripe for exploration. Africa contains some of the world's greatest wildlife areas and richest cultures. Headliners like Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania vie for your attention with gems such as Madagascar and Mozambique. Which will you pick?
A destination of superlatives, Antarctica boasts the clearest skies, bluest seas, most dazzling snow and some exceptional wildlife making it one of the most captivating destinations anywhere on Earth. Travel to the awe-inspiring white space of the South Pole for a truly memorable trip.
The Caribbean is a wonderfully mixed bag that offsets cliched visions of seductive white sands and turquoise seas with dramatic, forested landscapes. On a Caribbean holiday relax into the rhythm of the islands; explore the distinct history and culture of countries as varied as Barbados, Cuba, Jamai…
The islands of the Indian Ocean are indulgent, luxurious destinations. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon to remember, a holiday in the Maldives, a Mauritius holiday or a trip to the Seychelles, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to slecting a decadent retreat, empty beach or outstandin…
Often perceived as overwhelming, the Indian Subcontinent is full of seemingly strange cultures, boisterous cities and complicated travel networks. In fact exploring the mighty Himalayas, either in India, Bhutan or Nepal, the languid backwaters of southern India and the tropical idylls of Sri Lanka …
Home to glorious Islamic architecture, culturally significant, sophisticated societies and happening urban centres, the Middle East is a region diverse in sights and sounds. Discover the various histories, traditions and stunning landscapes in this region.
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Far East specialist Alison gives her first-hand tips for planning a cruise holiday along China's Yangtze River, from what time of year is best to which stops you won't want to miss.
The fabled Golden Triangle is a compact trio that packs in three of India’s premiere destinations – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It’s the perfect introduction to the subcontinent’s culture and rich history, so we’ve put together this mapped guide to help you plan your luxurious holiday.
While Dubai builds high and Qatar flaunts its wealth, Oman – in its silent deserts, low-rise towns and fishing village coastlines – keeps the region’s rich, Arabian heritage alive. We take a look at the beauty of this country during its sensational springtime rose season.
See how you can get close to extraordinary wildlife and enjoy unique encounters when staying with Sanctuary Retreats.
Follow the routes of these classic authors for some of the best road trip and railway adventure inspiration. Including Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Ernesto Che Guevara.
There's nothing quite like coming eyeball to eyeball with some of our closest living relatives in their natural environment. Here is our comprehensive guide to tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. The mountain gorilla has become an icon of ecotourism and conservation. Ever since Sir…
Wexas Africa specialist Alison Nicolle details her recent trip through Malawi, a country with a fairly low profile on the international stage.
Alison Nicolle, an Indian Ocean and Middle East travel expert, recently returned from Dubai, where she checked out all the top hotels and enjoyed a few of the best holiday experiences on offer.
Alison Nicolle, an Indian Ocean and Middle East travel expert, recently returned from the Seychelles, where she checked out all the top hotels and enjoyed a few of the best holiday experiences on offer.