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Travel stories, inspiration, news and musing

We are the dreamers, the seekers, the travellers, the adventurers, the optimists. It's nice to meet you! There are lots of us with the same DNA - we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

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The anticipation is killing me!

Elissa Webster

But I wouldn't have it any other way!

You see, in 17 short sleeps, I will be handing over my passport for stamping, taking that excitement-charged walk down the boarding ramp, and waving goodbye to the ant-sized people of home for a month (four sweet weeks, yeeewww!) as I head off on a jaunt around western Europe. Even better, I've got someone to compare notes on excitement levels with, because Aimee is about to head off on a 30th birthday (opps, did I let the cat out of the bag?!) adventure to Hawaii. 


I'm not the only one in my family who's feeling a little bit excited...

I'm not the only one in my family who's feeling a little bit excited...

But as marvellous as I know it will be to breathe in the grassy air of St James Park on a London summer day, bask in the sun on a Spanish beach, roam the cellars of Bordeaux, soak in the style along Parisian avenues, and eat all the pintxo, tapas, croissants and cheese I can conceive of, I also know, from previous experience, that this nearly-there, just-can't-wait, so-excited-I-can-hardly-breathe-sometimes feeling is one of the best bits about travel.

What now?!

OK, don't get me wrong. Some of the other best bits about travel are exactly the opposite of this agonising state of anticipation - the thrill of finding yourself in a place that is every bit as awesome as you dreamed it would be, for instance, or the magnificence of a serendipitous moment that is completely unplanned but will forever capture the essence of that particular grand adventure in your memory because it was so much better than you could ever have contrived or even imagined.   

But there is something that never gets old about getting ready to go. Not the packing of bags and checking of visas and doing of last minute jobs - because those bits get old pretty fast, let's not kid ourselves - but the circling of dates on calendars, and the casual dropping into conversation of the impending event, and the imagining of all the cool stuff you're about to see and do and eat and hear - there's nothing quite like the feeling those simple things combine to create. In fact, I think I'd feel pretty robbed if someone sent me on a surprise trip tomorrow and I didn't get to experience them (although just in case someone's planning that, I would probably get over it!).

So with 17 sleeps to go, I'm in a fever of excitement - and I'm relishing it! 

How to fly with the world's best

Elissa Webster

Everyone's got their opinion on which airline is the best (and the worst). Now everyone has had their say and Qatar Airways has come out on top - for the third time in five years.

Qatar Airways business class seats in the Airbus A380   IMAGE: FRANCOIS MORI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Qatar Airways business class seats in the Airbus A380


Skytrax announced the winners of its annual World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show a couple of weeks ago (side note: ah, Paris, the city that just keeps on giving. The heralds of the world's best luxuries - fashion, wine, and smelly cheese. And airlines.).

The awards are based on reviews from 18.9 million passengers. Isn't it interesting that at the same time as the Middle East is dealing with some serious PR issues when it comes to air travel (think of pretty much every villain cast in an action movie in the last 10 years), millions of air travellers say a Middle Eastern airline is the best? 

Qatar Airways also got the gong for having the best business-class seat. Just in case you don't have any immediate plans to try it out, here's a sneak peek.

Meanwhile, last year's winner Cathay Pacific has dropped to third place, just behind Singapore Airlines. And Qantas scraps into the top 10 - two places behind Garuda. Hmmm.

Here is the full list of winners:

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Cathay Pacific Airways
  4. Turkish Airlines
  5. Emirates
  6. Etihad Airways
  7. ANA All Nippon Airways
  8. Garuda Indonesia
  9. EVA Air
  10. Qantas Airways

So next time you're flying somewhere, now you know who to fly with. And in the meantime, you can travel from home with us ;)