Urban Travel Blog

Author: Ben Rhodes

Bon vivant and amateur trumpet player, Ben likes to see as much of the world as possible, when he’s not busy saving it from behind his desk in London. Read more about Ben.

Having already bashed Dubai’s dunes to smithereens, the intrepid Ben Rhodes takes on the nightlife of the Emirati capital. Four hour brunches, Brit-pop festivals, designer clubs – and just a touch of Korean pop – are par for the course. “OP OP OP OP OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE!” Dancing to the…

What to do when Allah gives you sand? Plough over it in a 4×4, hitch a ride on a camel and try your hand at surfing dunes… Ben Rhodes goes on desert safari in Dubai. As I teetered at the top of the dune in the blistering desert heat, head…

America’s famously freaky and free-spirited festival in the Black Rock Desert is a rite of passage for many, who make the pilgrimmage from all over the world to attend. We send our correspondent Ben Rhodes to see if it lives up to the hype. Imagine a place where there is no concept of…

For years Ibiza has been synonymous with raving and misbehaving, but, as he turns 30, Ben Rhodes is more than happy to swap Es for Zs and discover the laid back side of the White Isle on a romantic break for two. (Photos Olivia Saunders). Glow stick? Party whistle? Hot…