Kumari Tilakawardane

I'm a writer based in the UK. I'll write about pretty much anything, but I've got experience in writing about travel, culture, film, sport, TV, food and politics. Get in touch - I'm nice, I promise.

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One Day in... Greenwich Village, NYC

One of New York’s most famous areas, Greenwich Village – or simply ‘the Village’ to those in the know – is home to some of the city’s best cafes, most iconic sights, and most fascinating walks. With so much to see and do, it can be tough to know where to start. Here’s our guide to the ultimate day out in Greenwich Village, featuring: • Ideas for the morning, afternoon and evening The Village’s history of bohemian counter-culture and artistic expression makes it one of New York’s most lively ar

Back to School! Learning Experiences Around the World

Schools have been in the news a lot this year. All controversy aside, getting the kids learning again is clearly a good thing – but when did you last put some time aside for yourself to learn something new? To help you out, we’ve compiled a selection of five learning experiences masquerading as holidays. What could be better? Pick up a new skill, stretch your brain and top up your tan to boot. This is the most fun geography lesson you’ll ever have. Italy is a country renowned for its food, co

All Together Now: Holidays With Friends

2020 was a year of isolation, restrictions and a lot of cancelled plans. So, many of us are dreaming of big reunions and catch-ups with pals. With – let’s face it – nothing but time on our hands, why not start planning? 2021 has to be about getting back to normal (surely… right?!), and for many of us that will mean holidays. So, whether you’re planning a trip with your BFF (#bestiemoon), or want to get the whole gang back together for a big group holiday, we’ve got you covered. Here are some

Where’s Hot in January? Updated for 2020 January holidays

Looking for somewhere to go to beat the January blues, but overwhelmed by all the choice? The average temperature in the UK in January is a high of just 7°C. Would you rather soak up some sun instead? Look no further than this collection of some of the ‘hottest’ and best destinations to visit in January. These include the best places to travel in the New Year for mild weather, exciting culture and unforgettable experiences. Or, if you’re looking for short-haul hot weather in January: So, rea

Where’s Hot in February? | Updated for 2021 holidays

February is a month for romantics, but rain and chilly weather in the UK is a bit of a mood-killer. Here’s a selection of the best destinations to head to in February for some sunshine and unforgettable experiences. You don’t have to be in any sort of Valentine’s mood to enjoy these holidays – there’s something for everyone. Escape the January blues and discover some of the best places to visit in February. Fancy peeling off the scarf and gloves? Phuket in Thailand is exceptionally hot in Fe

India: In Five Senses

Vast and with a different landscape, culture and atmosphere around almost every corner, it’s impossible to quantify India as a whole. Except, that is, to describe visits to this amazing country as a thrill for the senses. No two destinations in India are the same. However, they all share a richness in sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. In other words, holidays to India are exciting, rewarding and a must-do on your travel bucket list. See for yourself why this storied land has attrac

Around the World in 6 Cocktails | Luxury Travel Blog

Everyone’s got their favourite tipple; that signature drink you always find yourself ordering or mixing up yourself. Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic cocktail, whether you’re after something smooth or in the mood for something a little fruity. So, you know your poison of choice, but you might not know its history, or how easy it is to whip up at home. With that in mind, I’ve put together a round-the-world cocktail menu featuring classic cocktails from some of our favourite destinations,

Where’s Hot in January? Updated for 2020 January holidays

Looking for somewhere to go to beat the January blues, but overwhelmed by all the choice? The average temperature in the UK in January is a high of just 7°C. Would you rather soak up some sun instead? Look no further than this collection of some of the ‘hottest’ and best destinations to visit in January. These include the best places to travel in the New Year for mild weather, exciting culture and unforgettable experiences. Or, if you’re looking for short-haul hot weather in January: So, rea

Where’s Hot in February? | Updated for 2021 holidays

February is a month for romantics, but rain and chilly weather in the UK is a bit of a mood-killer. Here’s a selection of the best destinations to head to in February for some sunshine and unforgettable experiences. You don’t have to be in any sort of Valentine’s mood to enjoy these holidays – there’s something for everyone. Escape the January blues and discover some of the best places to visit in February. Fancy peeling off the scarf and gloves? Phuket in Thailand is exceptionally hot in Fe

Things to Do in Australia 2019

Australia is a vast, diverse and endlessly exciting destination, promising adventures aplenty and lots of spectacular landscapes. Our Australia Travel Specialists have put together their Top 10 Australian Events and Festivals taking place in 2019 so you can plan your travel accordingly. Whether you’re a foodie or are after an authentic Aussie experience, we’re sure you’ll find something to inspire your travel ‘down under’ next year…

Where Was Crazy Rich Asians Filmed?

Set to be one of the hottest releases of the year, Crazy Rich Asians hits the big screen from 14 September. Following Chinese-American Rachel (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to Singapore for a family wedding, the film takes in the dazzling beauty of Singapore and Malaysia. The film is already historic, being the first mainstream Hollywood release with an all-Asian cast for two decades, and is sure to top many ‘Best of 2018’ lists.
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