World Travel Market – Making the all important first Impression, or not!

Two months ago I had’nt even heard of the World Travel Market, finger on the travel pulse; not! A hatful of nudges from friends and a few tentative enquiries from exhibitors and just over two weeks ago the decision to attend was finally made. This required registering for a press pass before booking accommodation and a return rail trip. It …

Travel Egos & Bragging rights

Chatting with a couple of friends on social media we were joking about dropping the pretence that we travel for personal growth but just for bragging rights. Shock, horror …….  it was quite tongue in cheek but after a little contemplation as with most things said in jest there seems a spark of truth at the root of the comment. Does …

Post Paris – Travel in the fight against Terror

Sickening attack I had just booked into a chalet near Millau in the Aveyron region of the Midi-Pyrénées in the South of France and was feeling pretty good. Switching on the television the first sickening reports of the bomb blast and shooting in Norway were being broadcast. I sat on the bed and watched in horrified silence as the whole …

Moments in History – The Queen in Ireland

The Queen is today visiting the Republic of Ireland, the first reigning member of the British monarchy to do so since King George V in 1911, a historic moment which is attracting attention worldwide. “sectarian violence and terrorism was still a regular occurrence” There has already been a great deal of opposition to the visit, petitions being produced on the …

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What’s so Great about Britain?

“Britain; Overpriced & overrated“ The Lonely Planet’s new guide to Great Britain has just been published and although the author David Else has some good things to say, he is has also been less than complimentary the United Kingdom. Restaurants, accommodation and some tourist attractions of the United Kingdom apparently just do not deliver, “over priced or lacking in quality.” …

Tourists versus traveller; Defining a Traveller

“The tourist may see all the sights but the traveller will discover their own” This quote was posted recently on social media, not for the first time. However, on this occasion it fuelled the tourist versus traveller debate, some suggesting that ‘travellers’ consider they are superior to tourists. Questioning whether it is in fact possible to differentiate, and that the popular …

Volunteering – Making the most beneficial choices

Volunteering is supposed to be a selfless ‘giving’ activity, but the truth is there are many reasons why people decide to participate in such a programme. The ‘feel good’ factor of doing something worthwhile and rewarding is probably the most basic of these. Respect from peers/friends maybe a subconscious driving force for some, whilst still others are aware of the …