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The Government is failing the travel industry, and they don’t care

The travel industry has always been one filled with fun, optimism and freedom. During a world pandemic no matter where you are achieving any or all of those three ambitions can be somewhat trying and the foundations on what we know crumble under that pressure. At the end of the day there is only one […]

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Being ignored is worse than being misunderstood

When something happens or goes so badly wrong, its hard to deal with on your own. Even if its just talking to someone who doesn’t know anything about you, just talking helps. The travel industry is currently in its worse ever crisis, and yes we have been through a few. We’re a resilient bunch, and […]

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Who would want to be a travel agent?

Who would want to be a travel agent? Who wouldn’t want to be some might say, all the glamour and carefree lifestyle ‘swanning off’ around the world. Yeah, really? It is in times like this we consult with our therapist, when the impossible bears upon our shoulders. Not really easy or practical to do that […]

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More needs to be done on single-use plastic abroad

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 […]

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‘Selling travel is a profession’ – Maintaining and Improving Standards

‘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. […]

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Cheaper doesn’t mean better

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 […]

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When being independent isn’t independent

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 […]

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Monte Carlo or bust?

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 […]

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The Venice before Christmas

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 […]

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Dresden Christmas Market – My Favourite So Far!

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 […]