The wild [delicious] west

The wild [delicious] west

What’s on offer for your second or third visit to South Africa? When you've done Cape Town and ticked off much of the winelands, where to next? My advice? Look north of the Mother City...

The bay of plenty

The bay of plenty

Day-trippers and holidaymakers quickly fall in love with the quaint coastal suburbs lining False Bay, but few stop to consider the watery wilderness right in front of them... 

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

I threw caution to the wind, and myself down the slopes, on a visit to a brand new ski resort in northern Italy.

Swinging South Africa

Swinging South Africa

Forget the beaches of the towns or the great food... I packed my clubs and took a tour through a handful of the Garden Route's top golf courses. 

 

Big city, quiet spaces

Big city, quiet spaces

Where is the heart of Tokyo? After spending nearly a week pounding the pavements of the Japanese capital, I think I have an idea. And it's not in the neon streets of Akihabara or the deafening pachinko halls of Shibuya...

Marked by the desert

Marked by the desert

Deserts attract a particular type of traveller and they're not for everyone, but I can't get enough of the pristine environment and absolute peace and quiet. And for me the Skeleton Coast in Namibia's far northern corner remains perhaps the most spectacular stretch of sand I've set foot on. 

The wild west

The wild west

A road-trip along the long lonely byways of the West Coast reveals a side of South Africa few tourists get to experience. Richard Holmes throws his boards on the roof and buddy in the passenger seat and heads north...

Home on the road

Home on the road

In hindsight, perhaps the Bainskloof Pass wasn't the best place to learn how to drive a campervan, but after a day or two carrying my home on my back throug the winelands of the Breedekloof I can see the attraction of motorhome holidays... 

A wee dram on Islay

A wee dram on Islay

My cupboard at home is filled with Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Caol Ila and Lagavulin... so when the opportunity to visit Scotland for a few whisky stories came up, one island was always going to be first stop. Say helo to the salty, peaty whiskies of Islay... 

Pure island escapism

Pure island escapism

I could get used to this. And by this, I mean the seaplane transfers that swoop low over palm-fringed atolls lined by luxury resorts on seas the colour of Bombay Sapphire. Welcome to the Maldives, where the living is easy...

Who is OnAnotherPlane...

RIchard Holmes headshot web smallRichard Holmes is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work on African and international destinations has appeared in a wide range of consumer publications both in South Africa and abroad.