Life is in the detail

Lake Annecy in France is unbelievably beautiful, really quiet (too much rain for a lot of tourists) and surrounded by mountains making it the most perfect spot for wild swimming

Ella - Original Traveller

Ella Mawson

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout France, Italy, Hong Kong and UK.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Go to Copenhagen in the Autumn and get some first-hand experience of the famous Danish hygge. Sit by a roaring fire, eat lots of pastries, play boardgames...the full works!
  • Travel around somewhere, anywhere, by campervan. Canada, New Zealand, Australia...I'm not fussed.
  • See the Northern Lights and experience proper stargazing
  • Go on an African safari

Best Moments

  • Going for a night swim in Lake Annecy, France. The water was freezing, the only light was from the car headlights and it was completely exhilarating
  • Weathering a T10 typhoon in Hong Kong and looking out of our window at the usually packed street below to see an abandoned taxi, smashed glass everywhere and some very foolhardy locals struggling to stay on their feet as they battled the wind
  • Being ridden around the backstreets of Aswan on a horse and carriage and scraping the sides of the narrow streets as we went

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Celebrating getting through the typhoon unscathed only to realise that the water pipe in our bathroom had ripped clean off the wall (unrelated to the storm amazingly) and for five minutes we had water gushing into our apartment. Rang up our landlord only to be instructed in broken English to "take a picture" to which we responded rather hysterically, "we can't take a picture, our flat is flooding!"

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Travelling back from work on the MTR in Hong Kong and chatting to the tallest man I have ever seen in my life only to find out that he was a professional basketball player and the tallest man in all of Italy and Malta (7 ft 5 in). Safe to say we had a lot of people looking our way that journey!

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Skip the Queues at These Secret Galleries and Museums Around the World

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Travel Like Marie Kondo

"Spark Joy". A wonderful phrase that's become synonymous with the Japanese tidying expert-turned-bestselling-author-turned-Netflix-star Marie Kondo. Her method is satisfyingly simple - go through each of your belongings and ask yourself the question: 'Does this item spark joy?' If the answer…

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Rwanda: Beyond The Gorillas

Rwanda...where you go to see Gorillas, right? Wrong! Well not exactly wrong, as this is the country that's home to more than half of the world's entire gorilla population, but there is certainly more to see and experience in the 'Land of a Thousand Hills.'

The Most Beautiful Train Stations Across the Globe

In an era of direct flights and last-minute bookings, the 'getting there' part of your holiday can often feel like an inconvenient addition to an otherwise relaxing trip, rather than an exciting part of the adventure in its own right. However, if you're looking to slow things down (which, as…

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