It's amazing how quickly fear can be assuaged with a glass of bubbly and a peanut.
Originally from London’s East End, Keith Austin has been a journalist for more than 35 years. Keith is passionate about food, drink, travel, writing, photography, humour and soccer. But not in that order.
The hotel truly embraces a sense of the theatrical.
Lizard Island was put on the map by Captain Cook whose ship had become lost among the nearby labyrinthine low-lying reefs.
He used to snicker at the cruise crowds - until he joined them.
Alaska offers a curious combination of the insubstantial, the surreal and the alarmingly down to earth.
It's like some enchanted land that, as with the castle and countryside that surrounded Sleeping Beauty, is slowly waking up after slumbering for a thousand years.
The Great Barrier Reef's sweet spot offers crystal-clear and bath-water warm water, and a sky cerulean and unencumbered by clouds.
Jane Austen is arguably the most successful female author in history, compared to Shakespeare and Dickens in the British literary pantheon.
This year has been declared the Year of Literary Heroes in Britain, with several anniversaries looming.
A section of the Wineglass Bay sail walk makes for a magnificent couple of days.
It's a jungle out there ... an African safari is an eye-opener to nature red in tooth and claw.
Sillustani cemetery's pre-Incan tombs are all that is left of an ancient people.
The Big Apple is ringing in the changes with plans that will redefine the city skyline.
For the eighth year in a row, Austria's beautiful capital has been named the world's most liveable city. Here are 20 reasons you need to visit.
With a stunning backdrop around every corner, and equally stunning beer, Switzerland's attractions can be overwhelming.