Karen Edwards
Karen is a freelance Travel and Entertainment Editor and Writer based in London, with over 12 years of experience writing for national magazines, newspapers and websites.

Previously Contributing Editor at the Sunday Mirror's Notebook magazine and Deputy TV & Reviews Editor at heat, she has written for a wide range of publications, including AskMen.com, Cathay Pacific's Discovery magazine, Cosmopolitan.co.uk, Fabulous, Grazia, heatworld.com, Hello, Sunday Times Travel magazine and The Sun.

Karen can be found tweeting at @KarenNEdwards and on Instagram at @KarenNEdwards

More details can be found on her website at popandprettythings.com

Entries by Karen Edwards

Travel Eye: The Best Diving in Indonesia? These Top the List...

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Located in what scientists call 'the coral triangle', Indonesia is surrounded by some of the planet's richest marine life. It is estimated 51,090sqkm of the country's surrounding water is made up of coral reef, an area home to everything from sharks and rays to Pygmy seahorses. So where do you...

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Travel Eye: Fiji's Best Dive Sites

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 7:14 PM

Let's just take a minute to picture Fiji. Are you imagining palm-tree fringed beaches with crystal clear water, your feet cocooned in powdery-soft white sand? Or perhaps you see rainforest canopies surrounding cascading waterfalls? Throw in a few bowls of kava (muddy soup-like substance made of root extract which makes...

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Travel Eye: Sun, Sea, Shopping and Dune-Bashing in Ras Al Khaimah

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 5:02 AM


Like endless spice mountains, the deep saffrons and mustards of the Arabian desert unravel into the horizon. Deep yellow waves start and end everywhere. The steaming sun bouncing off the hills.

'Are you ready?' asks the driver.

The revs rage. The pedal...

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Travel Eye: Experience the Real Australian Bush at Bamurru Plains

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 2:07 PM


It is 6am and I am (unusually) awake at sunrise. Even better, I am still under a plush white, king-size organic cotton duvet, with four plump pillows propping me up. The three surrounding mesh-like walls of my room fill with soft amber rays...

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Travel Eye: Why the WILD Side of New Zealand Should Be on Your Travel List

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:58 AM

The Sperm whale's tail rose, causing a cascade to trickle back into the water, I held my breath. This was my last precious moment with this incredible, huge, beautiful, almost mythical mammal and so far, the experience had been magical.


Higher and...

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Travel Eye: Now Is the Time to Visit Wild and Exotic Vanuatu

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:54 AM


'The universe is incredible,' I think to myself for the umpteenth time that evening. I'm standing at the crater rim of Mount Yasur; an active - and erupting - volcano on the tiny island of Tanna, Vanuatu. There's a red mist in the...

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Travel Eye: Whale-Watching in Eco-Friendly Kaikoura, New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:51 AM


It's an incredible sight. A male sperm whale is spouting water six feet into the air; his leathery back and dorsal fin glimmering under the sun. And here I am, just watching him (we know he's male because only the fellas hang around...

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Travel Eye: Go back to Basics in Gozo

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 2:58 PM


The sky is a brilliant shade of blue. The sun pours through from behind the extravagant steeple of the Rotunda Church. A few old boys are playing cards at a rickety wooden table outside the bar. It's the only business still open, and...

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Travel Eye: A VERY Different Country Spa Retreat

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 6:56 AM

Think of a spa and you think of ultimate pampering: soft, fluffy toweling robes, soothing music playing in the distance and loving hands kneading every ounce of tension from your body. Bliss. Tranquility is something I look for in my spas; I find a good massage can be completely undone...

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Travel Eye: Beautiful Places to Visit in Britain

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:05 AM

I feel very lucky to have been able to visit some incredible places around the world. My parents had always encouraged culture-filled excursions growing up, and as soon as I was old enough to do so, I couldn't wait to jump on a plane to somewhere exotic, where wide sweeping...

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Travel Eye: Discover Sri Lanka's East Coast

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM


The lagoons are vast, the beaches deserted, the colonial ruins overgrown but full of history. Then there's the food... Don't get me started on the food. Kottu rotis, hoppers, kiribath (milk rice), spicy lamb curries, crabs and prawns coated in thick...

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Travel Eye: Treat Yourself in Thailand

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Heading to the sunshine for a special occasion? Or perhaps you're just tired of the backpacker digs? Whether it's a cosy boutique hotel in the jungle, a shack by the sea or a pampering palace you're after - you can find exactly what you need in Thailand.

There, even...

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Travel Eye: Budget Accommodation in Southeast Asia

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Oh, February. The clouds are heavy and grey, the rain is beating down - and we're all dreaming of that sunny warmth while strolling, flip-slops in hand, along the sand in some idyllic island paradise. So what's holding us back? Cost? Bargains don't pop up too often these days, meaning...

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Travel Eye: The Best of Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:25 PM

There is something about the spirit of Manchester that welcomes you right in. I'm not sure if it's the cosy bars, the music-mad locals, the ease in being able to walk everywhere, or the Mancunian accent (I love the accent), but each time I visit something draws me further into...

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Travel Eye: Visit the beautiful Islands of Guernsey and Herm

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:34 AM

Leaving London on a cloudy September morning, I wasn't sure how excited I was about visiting Guernsey. The weather was looking bleak (mostly cloudy), temperatures were on the turn (goodbye summer) and islands are usually colder and more blustery, aren't they? Especially in the English Channel.

Well, I was wrong....

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TRAVEL EYE: Driving Route 66 - The Ultimate American Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:29 AM

We're on a road trip. In my book; the 'ultimate road trip'. We're travelling Route 66 - also known as the 'Main Street of America' and the 'Mother Road'. We're very excited.


Continued from Part One:

New Mexico

If there's one...

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Travel Eye: "We've Found the Way to Amarillo!" - The Route 66 Road Trip

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Sitting in an old-school Texan diner on West 6th Street, my friend Charlie swallows another spoonful of homemade chilli and pipes up, "We've found the way to Amarillo!" And we both fall about laughing.

We're on a road trip. In my book; the 'ultimate road trip'. We're travelling Route...

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Travel Eye: A Summer Weekend in Cork

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:36 AM


It's a Saturday afternoon and I'm tucking into a gorgeous Irish lamb stew. My friend Natalie is opposite me, equally enthusiastic about her seafood chowder. We're both gossiping away without a care in the world. Below us, weekend shoppers are bustling around with carrier...

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Travel Eye: Making the Most of a Hong Kong Stopover

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 7:07 PM

My previous experiences of Hong Kong have been somewhat fleeting. The first time I stopped here was in April 1997, while on holiday with my family. We had been visiting relatives in New Zealand and were on our way home when we made the break. My memories are of dusty...

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Travel Eye: Horse Riding and Pampering Near Dorset's Wil Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:39 PM


Oh, our beloved England. When it's grey and rainy, we spend all our time moaning. As soon as the sun shines, the flip flops are out, bikinis are on and the parks are full of happy, smiling folk eager to get a glowing tan....

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