I’m in Tenerife for a few days, in fact longer than I usually spend here and that has opened my eyes more to the environment around me and how other tourists act whist abroad. I am no activist, although I believe in ‘doing the right thing’. The recent highlighting of the use of single-use plastic in the travel industry is one of those causes, and … Continue reading More needs to be done on single-use plastic abroad
‘Selling travel is a profession, not just a hobby.’ – Derek Jones, UK CEO of DerTouristik, June 2019 From years of experience in selling travel, I know it isn’t easy. You have to be thoughtful, truthful, caring, understanding, patient, focused, enthusiastic, confident, transparent, unique, a great storyteller, a great listener and adapt to any situation. Really that list is never ending and ever evolving. We … Continue reading ‘Selling travel is a profession’ – Maintaining and Improving Standards
People often ask me why they should book with a travel agent, when booking online is cheaper. Its the same as people asking me if I do ‘deals’, in which my response is no, I ‘do’ holidays. Neither is it the case that travel agents should be cheaper as there is so much more than the average person sees from the outside, and very rarely … Continue reading Cheaper doesn’t mean better
There are great advantages to being an independent travel agent, with what I believe is the impartiality you are able to give to customers including the widest breadth of product possible to cater that need, desire or recommendation. Yes, it is quite right to be specialist – maybe cruise, activity, touring, it doesn’t matter, but that is not going to be right for everyone and … Continue reading When being independent isn’t independent
Well, once again I went off on one of the outstanding British Airways Club Europe offers from London’s Gatwick Airport, this time to the South of France and the majestic city of Nice. As always, my trip was somewhat of a speedy one – not given that January is the busiest time in the travel industry. I knew that I could make it work though, … Continue reading Monte Carlo or bust?
This trip to Venice was somewhat unplanned. I say unplanned as it booked via an extremely advantageous airfare with British Airways at relatively late notice for me. Advantageous I hear you say, that’s a bit of a strange word to use, but having recently flown on the last ever 737 flight from Gatwick I was on the lookout for somewhere to go, although maybe not … Continue reading The Venice before Christmas
Dresden isn’t exactly one of the easiest places to get to, although has long been on my list for visiting the Christmas Market. Last year I went to Nuremberg, and that was a toss up of going there or to Dresden. At the time there was a direct flight from London City to Dresden with CityJet, but since their restructure the route has been dropped. … Continue reading Dresden Christmas Market – My Favourite So Far!