Travel with ‘Summer Style’

Summer Style

It doesn’t have to be all bikinis, slouchy tops and sarongs on your travels this summer, does it? When I was set a challenge to create a mood board as part of the #BySymphonyChallenge with a ‘summer style’ theme, I guess I was feeling floral.

I used this fantastic website, to select and place my choice of outfit pieces. It has an incredible database of images and added text and background options to help create that magazine page look plus a ‘clip to’ option to add your own. I have to admit I am addicted.

It is not easy, hats off to all the designers out there. I started with one main piece that took my eye, The Temperley Tula jacquard dress and paired it with a pale pink ‘The Clutch’ chain shoulder bag by Linda Farrow. A natural plaited floppy hat from Debenhams, Casadei blade pumps and some TOMS crystal nude shades and voila!



What the volunteers say

volunteer video

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a volunteer? In June, my daughter Sadie and I are heading off for two weeks of volunteer work in Cusco conservation zoo, Peru. Here’s a short volunteer expectations video from people who have been there and done exactly that.

Hear what they think about their experience, advice on how to make the most of your time and dealing with culture shocks as well as what you can expect to gain personally.



Wish I was: on Socotra Island

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It’s like a scene from the film Alice in Wonderland, you expect the blue caterpillar smoking a hookah to pop out from behind the tree any minute.

Imagine waking up on Socotra Island – what a feast for the eyes. You’d think you had time-travelled to another era. Well, it’s not far off the truth for this island. It has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 million years. And like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with hundreds of rare species that are found nowhere else on earth.



Dubai Eye 103.8 – The Travel Show

Travel Show

Lucy Taylor and Mark Lloyd present The road less travelled show on The Travel Show, Dubai Eye 103.8.

We were very excited to be invited into the studios for the Tuesday show – exploring the more adventurous side of vacationing, where we donned some headphones, sat close to the mic and talked about our volunteer trip to Peru.

Here’s the audio:



These shoes are made for walking

hiking boots look

I’m gonna come straight out and say it. Why are hiking boots so damn ugly? Do you really need them? Surely a semi-stylish pair of well- worn trainers can do the job. I’m not suggesting Isabel Marants but come on.

For our volunteer trip to Peru, my daughter and I have been given a list of suggested items to bring and one of them is the dreaded pair of hiking boots. While we are there, the plan is to go to Machu Picchu and possibly on a jungle tour, so its 50/50 if we are going to need them.

I began researching the damn boots and came across some interesting findings.

First of all, one problem is that is seems the hiking boot suppliers are anti-style. I found one site that confidently names itself  ‘Best hiking boots pro’ and recommends NO STYLE to be considered at all. It says:

“The point when looking for your climbing boots, it’s extremely recommended that you don’t go for the stylish one rather than a durable and waterproof hiking boot.”

Did you know that women’s hiking boots are very different to the male boot de la hike?


Dubai to Peru in under 30 hours!


The web spat out far too many flight options which caused a number of head hurts along the way. But, we finally decided to go with British Airways from Dubai via Heathrow, to Madrid then on to Lima. The reason we picked this flight was mainly because of the leaving and arriving times and figured that the time in between will be a mix of sleeping, eating and waiting i.e. a bit of a blur.

Going with the same airline all the way seems to have some benefits including; collecting air miles (although actually using them is another matter), luggage transfers (the airline will send them onto the next flight rather than having to check in again) and generally keeping things simple. 

Our last flight will be Lima to Cusco but that will be booked nearer the time as the flights are every half an hour with many different airlines. 

So the journey looks like this:

Leave Dubai at 9.30am and arrive London Heathrow at 2.05pm – 7 hrs 35 mins

Layover: 2hr 45min

Leave LHR at 4.30pm and arrive Madrid at 8pm – 2 hrs 20 mins

Layover: 4hr 20min

Leave Madrid at 00.30am and arrive in Lima at 5.35am the next day – 11 hrs 55 mins

Total time: 28hr 55min

Nearly 22 hours in the air and 7 hours waiting time, not including Cusco flight.

There are 6 or 7 flights per day to Cusco from Lima, and the flight time is about 50 minutes.

I hope the movies are good!