julia.m.hammond, Author at Mundana


Which of the Greek Islands is best for you?

Whittling down which of the Greek Islands is best for you is no easy task. For a start, there are more than 6000 islands and islets, of which 227 are inhabited. That’s still an awful lot of islands, so how do you go about thinning out your list of maybes until you’ve settled on a

Europe’s Christmas markets: which is the right fit for you

As Advent gets underway, towns and cities across Europe erect rustic log cabins, string up fairy lights and prepare the merchandise ready for an influx of travellers. The tradition of holding Christmas markets dates back centuries. Dresden’s Striezelmarkt has the strongest claim to being the oldest, as there’s written evidence it dates back to 1434.

The magic of Morocco – here’s what you need to know

Since 2013, Morocco has been North Africa’s most popular tourist destination, surpassing even Egypt. In 2019, more than 13 million people visited this beguiling country and post-pandemic, numbers are recovering fast. Step off the plane and it won’t be long before you see why. Keen to experience the magic of Morocco for yourself? Here’s what

The benefits of a bespoke itinerary

In the internet age, so long as there’s a computer to hand, anyone can go online and book themselves a holiday. But just as owning a spanner doesn’t make you a plumber, neither does being a whizz with a mouse make you a travel expert. Sometimes, there’s just so much information out there that it’s

9 Quirky things to do while you’re in Japan

Japan’s popularity with overseas visitors has a lot to do with its beautiful temples, sacred shrines and mountainous landscapes. But it’s also a very fun place to visit. There are so many unique, unusual and downright weird things to do while you’re there. If you’re thinking of holidaying in this fascinating Asian country, Mundana suggests

Luxe for less – Mundana’s guide to affordable luxury travel

Everywhere we look, it seems, is pushing images of luxury travel. Glossy magazines, Instagram influencers and aspirational television shows bombard us with beautiful places and urge us to add them to our bucket lists. But what if you want to travel in style but don’t have an unlimited budget? The good news is that, with

7 cool things to do in Northern Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Over thousands of years, people have come and gone, leaving their mark on the landscape, culture and food. It’s a fascinating destination, whether you can spare a long weekend or a couple of weeks. One thing’s for certain, when you leave you’ll already be planning a return

How to experience London like a local

London is one of the world’s most enticing and intriguing cities. It’s a fabulous city no matter what time of year you come – even in the depths of winter. Its long history and abundance of museums, shops, restaurants and bars ensure its enduring popularity with global travellers. But no one knows the British capital

Nine canal cities you must visit that aren’t Venice

Who doesn’t dream of a visit to Venice? If you’ve ever wondered how many miles of canals there are in Venice, this storied lagoon city is known for its 26 miles of waterways. They vary from busy Grand Canal to quiet backwaters known mostly to locals. For centuries, the city thrived as a centre for

How to find the city break that’s perfect for you

Many of us are fans of a city break, that perfect pick me up between longer holidays. We can spend a few days enjoying the stimulation that comes from a change of routine. We might opt for a culture fix, the opportunity to try activities and experiences for the first time, or simply absorb the

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