David Powell

David Powell – Travel Editor David has been a travel editor for over 18 years and he writes and edits regular travel sections for regional papers and magazines in the south east England. David covers a wide range of destinations, both in the UK, Europe and further afield that he considers will appeal to his readers.

Most Recent Articles by David Powell:


Nov 15, 2017 — David Powell

David Powell spent a week on the luxury hotel barge L’Impressionniste cruising through Burgundy. The Burgundy canal is one of the most attractive canals in France, winding its way through the heart of renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant chateaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets.

Monday mornings don’t get much better than this. I’ve had a lovely breakfast, the sun is shining and our luxury barge is about to set sail. There are 48 locks to navigate during our week on L’Impressionniste and I’m looking forward to every one!

Attractions of Snowdonia: An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Jul 20, 2017 — David Powell

If you are planning a visit to the UK then Snowdonia in North Wales should be on your radar!

I recently visited Snowdonia to experience some of the many attractions this amazing area has to offer.

Here are just a few of the attractions I visited on my recent trip …

Covering approximately 840 square miles, the Snowdonia National Park is truly an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are unsurpassed views with Snowdon itself peaking at 1085 metres, mountain railways, historic castles galore, pretty coastal towns to explore, wonderfully restored steam trains, woodland parks and Snowdonia’s slate heritage. For the more adventurous there are pursuits such as rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.


Feb 6, 2017 — David Powell

Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines are always offering special cruise experiences for their guests and a long weekend cruise along the Seine on their ship Braemar sounded idyllic. Fred.Olsen have a fleet of 4 ships visiting many fabulous destinations around the world. Having experienced a wonderful Norwegian Fjord cruise on Balmoral last year, my wife and I were eagerly looking forward to this river cruise.

Braemar is how a ship should look; traditional design, elegant and stylish. She’s a firm favourite with many of Fred.Olsen’s regular cruisers. Onboard you won’t find rock walls to climb, zip wires, surf rides or waterslides, you will however find a smaller intimate ship with plenty of lounges and public areas to relax in, fabulous food and all the favourite facilities you would expect from a cruise line with over 160 years of history.

River Cruising in Europe on … AmaSerena

Aug 3, 2016 — David Powell

Spring and early summer is an ideal time to visit Holland and with miles of tranquil scenic canals to explore I was looking forward to a weeks cruise on the luxurious AmaSerena. This was my first river cruise and what impressed me from the start was AmaWaterways’ attention to detail and personal approach, which made my wife and I feel valued and special guests. Two weeks before the cruise all the information needed arrived by post including the transfers in Amsterdam where our exciting journey was to begin.

After the short flight from London Gatwick to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport we were immediately met by Chris from AmaWaterways who escorted us through arrivals to our comfortable coach for the short journey to the port. For passengers who prefer not to fly, Eurostar are launching a direct service from London to Amsterdam in late 2017. Until then passengers may travel from London to Brussels and with a simple change of trains enjoy a high-speed journey direct to Amsterdam Central. There are of course direct international flights to Holland

The Levin Hotel London- The world’s closest hotel to Harrods

Jun 2, 2016 — David Powell

If you are looking to visit the U.K. then I imagine a visit to London will be at, or at least near, the top of your list. When looking for somewhere to stay a unique, boutique hotel could be the ideal place for you!

The Levin Hotel does not disappoint. Located just a stone’s throw away from Britain’s popular and famous department store, Harrods, The Levin has an enviable location that is in my opinion perfectly placed for whatever you decide to do whilst in London, especially with Knightsbridge Tube Station on your doorstep. As well as the famous department stores London has to offer (including Harvey Nichols and the chic boutiques of Sloane Street and Beauchamp place), Hyde Park and the stunning Kensington Gardens are near by, as well as the V&A and Natural History Museum, which are just a 10 minute walk.

A European Winter Sun Destination

Feb 11, 2016 — David Powell

With the cold nights dragging on, the distant memory of the summer sunshine is exactly that, a distant memory! So you can be forgiven for looking forward to your summer holidays already, but why wait. Jetting off for some winter sun is easier and closer than you think. Just a quick 2 and a half hour journey away (travelling from the UK) and you can arrive to the sunny shores of Benidorm.

It’s A Capital Break!

May 28, 2015 — David Powell

Now is a good time to plan a short break to the UK and London. There’s so much to see and do in London and a visit can be perfect for all sorts of reasons ... sightseeing, shopping, visiting the museums and attractions, perhaps a West End show, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to get away and relax. For whatever reason your choice of hotel needs to be spot on and well situated. I stayed at the luxurious five star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, just one minute to Harrod’s and two to Harvey Nichols!

Luxury cruising in Europe on a Hotel Barge

Oct 3, 2014 — David Powell

Luxury cruising in Europe on a Hotel Barge

Put together 6 people from the USA, 1 from Canada and 2 from the UK on a luxury barge in Holland and what do you get? ... a fantastic time!

‘Life should be measured in moments, not minutes’

Sep 22, 2014 — David Powell

As MSC say ... life should be measured in moments, not minutes, and my first moment on Preziosa was just one of many on this spectacular cruise ship. Having just boarded we headed for deck 14 and a special ‘welcome onboard’ buffet lunch. Spoilt for choice food wise this beautiful restaurant offers wonderful views ... and what a view greeted us, looking out over the rooftops of Venice and the wealth of artistic and architectural gems that make up this city. Several hours later we were to set sail past St Mark’s Square ... Venice must surely be one of the most iconic ports to start a cruise.