Jo Fitzsimons

Freelance Travel & Lifestyle Writer

Miyajima Island: Japan’s Shrine Island That Doesn’t Need Neon to Sparkle

In a country where the capital possesses a permanent neon blink and technology dangles at the end of every spare hand, taking the ferry out to Japan’s small island of … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Have You Travelled on Any of The World’s 10 Fastest Trains?

Whether you’re in a hurry or just get a buzz from watching the world pass by in a blur, the modern generation of fast trains is a travel pleasure. Here … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Travel Beauty Basics: Keep Packing Light, Beauty High

Packing light doesn’t mean you need to leave the promise of beauty at home. If you’re on a long term or adventure trip, a small, well-packed beauty bag means you … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Travel Wardrobe Essentials: Shoes and Bags

The female love for accessories is well established, and for many ladies trying to reduce a wardrobe of shoes and bags to a select few items can be taxing for … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why the Best of Hawaii Lies Beyond Oahu

With an exotic aloha spirit, a rich and fascinating native culture, and dramatic landscapes, the Pacific islands of Hawaii easily fit the definition of paradise, and for many people they … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Most Luxurious Ski Resorts: USA

The USA offers customer service like no other place in the world and the ski-resorts are no different exuding luxury at every turn. A place where boot warming and ski … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

How NOT To Get Mugged When You Travel

Let’s face it, nobody wants to get mugged but sadly it is a common occurrence. When you’re on unfamiliar territory, unsure of the safety risks of your location and have … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Female Dress Codes Around the World

The problem with female dress codes is that they are usually unspoken and the situation can become even more problematic if you are travelling to countries with customs you are … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Staying Safe: The First 24 Hours in Foreign Lands

It is thought that the first 24-hours in any news place is the riskiest from a safety perspective. When everything is as new as it can be, you might find … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Set Yourself A Fitness Challenge for 2013

Getting fit is an aspiration of many, particularly as the calendar rolls from December to January, but without a goal to aim for, the vast majority of people who make … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Health Trends in 2013

The New Year sends us gazing into our crystal ball for a glimmer of what might lie ahead and if you’re looking for a fresh slant on your health, fitness … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Sights to See in Morocco

Exotic cities, high mountains, sprawling sands, ancient buildings and bustling souks, Morocco is a country of contrasts and intrigue. As well as year round good weather, this North African gem … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Travellers

The latest gadget for the kitchen or new pyjamas might make a great Christmas present for some, but for those whose lifestyle means that they spend as much time on … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

7 Things NOT to Do in a Natural Disaster

Tsunamis, earthquakes, exploding volcanoes, hurricanes, it can sometimes feel like Mother Nature is throwing us one natural disaster after another. I was recently in Hawaii when we received a warning … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

The World’s Hardest Ski Runs

If you’re looking for a way to separate the men from the boys (or the women from the girls), there is no better place than hardest ski runs in the … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Curious Christmas Customs Around the World

Traditionally serving as a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Christmas Day has prompted myriad customs that are practiced on 25th December around the world. If you intend to spend … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Barefoot Volcano Hike (and Why I’m Glad My Shoes Broke)

I couldn’t tell whether the dark matter oozing from my feet was mud or blood, but I took in a deep breath of crisp air and let out a laugh that … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

007 of Bond’s Best Destinations

He may not look it, but James Bond turns 50 this year, or at least the character celebrates half a century on the big screen. Ian Flemming’s classic British spy … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Best Haunted Stays

Short days, long nights and a near perpetual film of fog, winter is the perfect time for making the hairs stand up on the back of your neck with tales … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · Leave a comment