How much will you pay on holiday?

Every year the Post Office do a survey about costs in 42 destinations worldwide. For the second year, Bulgaria (in particular Sunny Beach) was the cheapest. Marmaris in Turkey and the Algarve were next cheapest. For long haul destinations – Cape Town, Tokyo (surprised me) and Kenya were the best value. More details here https://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-money/holiday-costs-barometer…

Destination of the Week – Moscow

This week, our destination of the week is Moscow.  More colourful than you might have thought? Did you know that the official population of Moscow is around 12 million people – which is more than the populations of Norway and Switzerland combined.

What to look forward to in travel in 2019

This time of year is good to look forward to what might be coming in the year to come. Firstly world events – you can’t ignore Brexit.  What effect will it have on travel?  In the coming months, I’m not expecting a huge difference to be honest.  Visas will come in for travel to Europe…

I’m often asked what I sell at networking meetings.  Sometimes I answer that I sell holidays, sometimes I answer that I sell memories. When meeting up with old friends recently, we were talking about holidays that we’d taken together.  Great memories and great fun recalling our trips together.  That’s what a great holiday is –…

How to have an eco-friendly holiday

It’s hard to ignore the environmental impact that travel has on the planet.   However there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint and just leave imprints of your feet in the sand. You don’t always have to fly everywhere. To get to France and other northern European countries, it’s often as quick to get a…

Is a river cruise for you?

Do you think river cruising is for you?  You may think it’s just for older, less mobile holidaymakers.  However that isn’t always true.  Some river cruises are aimed at older people, others at active holidaymakers and others at a younger market.  You just have to find the cruise that’s right for you, which is where…

Guide to holidays in Antigua

With so many Caribbean islands to choose from, why choose Antigua?  I’ve recently returned from a trip there and I’ve found loads of reasons to choose this island for your next holiday (in no particular order)  The island has 365 beaches, some are accessible only by boat.  You can feel like you’re on your own…

Working with local and national charities

Diamond Travel has recently signed up with Work for Good.  This is a way of me giving back, through charity donations.  Every time a client books with me, I’ll make a donation to the charity of your choice or one of our default charities.  It costs you nothing, but will all add up to something…

New Package Travel Regulations

It’s a bit of a dry read, I’m afraid – but the Package Travel Regulations (PTR) came into effect at the beginning of July.  It affects what you’ve booked.  TBH, this is something I was conscious of and was already doing.

Where to travel in 2018?

Countries affected by terrorism in recent years are starting to attract travellers once again, according to figures out from Thomas Cook.  Egypt and Turkey saw a drop in traveller numbers over the past few years, but are now experiencing a surge.  Tunisia is once again open to UK travellers this summer and again is proving…

Activity Holidays

Activity holidays take many forms.  The perfect holiday is different for every individual and family.  Some like relaxing on a beach or around a pool.  For others, relaxation means trying new activities or doing something that gives them an adrenaline rush. From something gentle like learning to paint or cook to energetic pursuits, such as…