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…

Top tips for family holidays

Scan your travel details, passports and travel insurance information and email them to yourself.  Pre-book as much as you can before you go to save money and time when you get there. Rental cars are often cheaper if you book in advance, and planning from home means you can use comparison websites online to find…

Travel FAQs

FAQs about travel I’ve picked the most common questions that I get asked.  This is not a comprehensive list! Is my passport valid for travel to Europe/USA/South Korea? Your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of the trip for many countries, including those in the European Union and the USA. For South…

Why visit Dubai?

It’s a place full of millionaires, sand and skyscrapers?  Why visit Dubai?  Well, there’s lots more to the city than this!  Yes, the police car fleet may well include a Lamborghini, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari – but not everyone has a car like this.  It has over 1300 skyscrapers, but  so has Hong…

All about ATOL

Everytime you see a holiday advert, you’re encouraged to make sure the holiday is protected by ATOL.   But what is ATOL and how can it help?  The failure of Monarch last year highlighted the importance of having an ATOL protected holiday. ATOL (Air Transport Organiser’s Licence) was first introduced in 1973, when UK holidaymakers were…

What board basis should I choose?

For many people (me definitely), food forms an important part of the holiday!  However when booking, the range of choices can be huge.  Depending on the hotel, you can have everything from room only or self-catering through to all inclusive.  What’s best to choose? To be honest, it depends on so many things.  If you’re…