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Jordan; Beyond Petra in Pictures

Flying into Amman, Jordan the first emotion was ‘at last’. Evocative images of the famed Treasury at Petra having stoked my imagination for many years, admittedly Indiana Jones had also played his part. Hopefully this would be a slightly less eventful visit, only slightly less though. At Peace in Jordan Inspiration to travel is at our fingertips, magazines, television, films, …

Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder

Being the biggest, deepest, or longest doesn’t necessarily make something the best; Grand Canyon Oman isn’t a mile deep, or a mile wide, but it still demonstrates the creative splendour of Mother Nature, the architect. On the day we visited there weren’t any mule trains, or trekkers making their way up, and down, it’s unlikely it’s as popular as a slightly better …

More Joy of Souks; Nizwa, Oman

Souks (souqs) are vibrant, colourful spectacles, filled with wondrous aromas, chaos, and excitement when bartering for new treasure. These are just some of the joys of souks. From Nizwa, Oman to Essaouira, Morocco they provide an opportunity to experience a taste of the culture of the destination. They assail the senses, walled labyrinths of sound, with a palette of dazzling hues, …

Singapore Quest for Good Service; Changi Airport

Discussing good service in Singapore without mentioning the sovereign city’s multi-award winning airport would be remiss. Changi Airport, voted the world’s best airport many times, and is often mentioned on many traveller’s favourite airport list. It seemed fitting to save the last task of the visit for my departure from the city, a little retail therapy for some duty-free goods. …

Singapore Quest for Good Service – A Surprise Package

Extensive use of crowdsourcing was employed as a method of discovering the best places to visit in Singapore. It allowed me to gain plenty of insight into the destination, receive recommendations for places to go, things to do and see, and where good service was usually received. I received several particularly enthusiastic recommendations in favour of the Four Seasons hotel. However, …

The Singapore Quest for Service – Arrivals

Setting out on the American Express quest for good service from Manchester airport to Singapore I was treated to my first experience of the positive effect of good service. Having just checked-in at the British Airways desk, I heard every travellers favourite sentence; “Sir you’ve been upgraded”. Twenty minutes later, having breezed through security via the fast track lane, I …