Hot destination – Bradenton & Anna Maria Island, Florida

One of my suppliers is featuring these resorts on the Gulf Coast of Florida this month.  Great area – very laid back.  2 hours drive from Orlando and under an hour from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens. Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in…

Bucket list travel!!

I’ve been thinking a lot about bucket lists recently.  Realising that a bucket list isn’t just for those people in their 60s (and later) means that this opens the world to everyone in a way! We all know that if a business plan isn’t written down, then it doesn’t exist.  So it’s the same with…

Pirate Holidays

Well not really – but on Talk Like a Pirate Day, I thought I’d check out the locations for the Pirates of the Caribbean films as potential holiday destinations. According to Wikipedia, Port Royal (where the Governor lives and where Elizabeth meets the pirates at the start of the first film) was a real location…

What would you like me to blog about?

I love writing about travel, but unless it’s something you want to read about – it’s kind of wasted!!  So what would you like to write about? Destinations – new, upcoming, just below the radar, off the beaten track? Destinations – the well-established, well-loved places but with a fresh look at them? Travel news Special…

Cuba, Cuba!!

Some destinations have always seemed exotic to me! Cuba is one of them – isolated for so many years, but somewhere that you seem to know through literature.  I’ve read Hemingway and Graham Greene, so it was somewhere that I had on my list of ‘places to go’.  Last year, we did just that.  Celebrating our…

The Hot European holiday destination for 2011

The hot destination for this summer is Portugal for all the right reasons!  Read on…. Even though we’re suffering through a recession and financial difficulties, there’s no reason to not have a holiday this year.  The Post Office have very handily just published their price comparisons for cities and holiday resorts – http://www2.postoffice.co.uk/travel/travel-extras/travellers-checklist/travel-tips So what…

Changing holiday trends

In 1971, UK residents made 6.7 million holiday trips abroad. In 2008, UK residents made 45.5 million holiday trips abroad.

Today’s Travel News from Diamond Travel

Today’s travel news Tropical Storm Alex looks like it might well turn into a hurricane as it nears the coast of Caribbean Mexico. It will drop back down to a storm as it turns into Texas on Friday this week. The main resorts in Mexico frequented by UK tourists are unaffected. Strikes in Greece are…

World Travel Market

I visited the World Travel Market at London Excel yesterday. Very good day, marred by the lack of some exhibiting staff. Some had obviously had enough and left early! Bit disappointed by this but in a way, it was ok as I still came back to the office with a rucksack and three bags full…

Rain or sun this summer?

The Met Office has revised its forecast for this summer – no heatwaves (apart from the one in June when no-one expected it and the kids were still at school), just rainy days ahead.   Apparently it stressed back in April that the odds of a scorching summer were 65% – so not guaranteed.  However the…

Popular destinations for UK travellers

THE 10 MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS (Jan-Mar, 2009) according to the Office of National Statistics. 1 France   2 Spain   3 Ireland   4 USA 5 Germany   6 Italy 7 Holland   8 Poland   9 Switzerland 9 Belgium     The decline [in numbers traveling] is accelerating – the ONS said that in…

Common sense!

When it comes to travel abroad, sometimes I think we all leave our common sense at home with the warm clothes.  A study has been published today suggesting that two thirds of Brits get some kind of stomach bug while on holiday.  And for 20% of these, the holiday is completely ruined.   We all wash…