The Armchair Traveller reveals how to explore the world from home: Find brilliant breaks to get you dreaming and create an American BBQ feast
- Find a holiday you might never have thought of before at vivid.travel
- Enjoy a taste of America’s South with spice mixes from Kansas City
- 1930s Savoy Cocktail Book tells how to recreate tipples from the jazz age
From the floating islands of Bolivia to the flavours of a Kansas City barbecue and the scents of a sunny day, Neil Simpson reveals how to explore the world from home.
What’s your perfect holiday? Is it a champagne-and-chateaux-style tour of France that starts with dinner in Paris and ends with a wine-tasting in Bordeaux? Maybe it’s a flamingos and floating islands adventure in Bolivia where you sail to the reed islands of Lake Titicaca? Or perhaps a Rome and the Renaissance week in Italy with early-morning access to the Sistine Chapel?
Well now you can find out by testing a new way to find a holiday you might never have thought of before. Click on ‘Inspiration’ at vivid.travel and say if you’re a couple, solo traveller, part of a multi-generation group or holidaying with children or teenagers.
Reed all about it: A traditional boat on Lake Titicaca
List the things you like, from beaches or big cities to wildlife and history. Then click ‘Inspire Me’ for dozens of holiday ideas to dream about for days.
Alternatively, close your eyes and you could be transported to the deck of a boat on the Tennessee River, a forest in Norway, a city in Japan or a mountain in Spain, courtesy of Slow Radio shows on the BBC Sounds app.
If you’re missing the flavour of holiday food, recreate some of it at home with the Life of Spice collection from notonthehighstreet.com. The set of Famous Five BBQ Rubs includes spiced mixes from Kansas City – America’s self-proclaimed barbecue capital – and other southern states. Fans of Tex-Mex should try the coffee-based Hasta Barista Baby rub that rounds off the five.
American greats from Frank Sinatra to Ernest Hemingway are remembered in a reissued e-book from London’s Savoy Hotel.
Find a holiday you might never have thought of before, such as a flamingos and floating islands adventure in Bolivia
The Kindle edition of the original 1930s Savoy Cocktail Book tells how the jazz age shaped the hotel’s glamorous bars. It’s got recipes for the Ol’ Blue Eyes and Never-Ending Story cocktails created when the singer and writer came to stay.
Finally, Yorkshire-born perfumier James Heeley can supply the scent of summer if you just want to transport yourself back to lazy days on a sunlounger by the Mediterranean.
His unisex Sel Marin with its lemon, Italian bergamot, cedar and birch notes is designed to evoke warm lazy days on a lounger by the sea. Find it at jamesheeley.com.