Sent by Keith Cook
Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Birmingham 21/07/2021
Based in Arundel
Hi, my name is Graham, and I am based in Arundel, West Sussex - thanks so much for visiting my webpage where you will find a wide range of information & customer feedback as well as travel offers & ideas to all parts of the world, which I would be delighted to put together for you. You will also find links to my Instagram & Twitter pages where I publish travel offers.
I have over 40 years’ experience in the travel & aviation industry and will look to provide a stress-free experience for all your travel needs. Whether you would like a bespoke trip entirely tailored to you (rather than an "off the shelf" itinerary on some website), or you'd prefer a similar destination to where you have been before, I can turn your dreams into reality, and for a lot less hassle and time than organising it yourself. Every holiday I book is also 100% financially protected under ATOL and through the Travel Counsellors Trust.
I have been lucky enough to travel very extensively around the globe (around 80 countries at the last count) - most recently to South America, the USA, Far East, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Europe, South Africa & India. Enjoying personal experiences as well as organised trips such as cricket tours, Andre Rieu / Billy Joel concerts and historical holidays.
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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
18 February 2022
With travel restrictions eased between the UK & USA, I, along with plenty of other travellers were keen to reunite with family & friends; so I was off to the USA to see my son & daughter-in-law, Haley - along with their adorable dog called Sheikmo (Shake Mo)! After a couple of nights spent at their apartment in New York City near Central Park, we rented a 4x4 to take us to the States of New Hampshire & Vermont for a typical snowy/wintery holiday. It was an opportunity to have a good "play" around - some shopping in the sales & relaxation after a couple of 2 traumatic years not being able to travel and switch off. We had what I would call a stop & flop & relaxation holiday without too much travelling - and certainly the accommodation we had in Vermont you could have heard a pin drop - it was wonderful. Then 10 days later - I was on my way back to the UK - aboard JetBlue - the newest airline to fly between JFK & LGW; great service at reasonable cost too! I was truly wonderful to be above the clouds again on the flights to and fro; but also a change of scenery - seeing my nearest and dearest and a truly relaxing trip all round! Can't wait to see them again - as soon as possible. GI/18/02/2022
31 December 2020
A year later - and another long awaited trip to the USA - this time to NY; travelling with our son, William who has since moved there from South Carolina. This was to be a particularly poignant moment for me - having lived there for over 15 years when my parents worked and lived there. It was great to see some memorable street signs and of course, iconic buildings which are NY treasures such as the Empire State, Chrysler [where my father worked close to the then twin towers], Radio City Hall and many others. I was able to be a (rusty) tour guide for Jacque and we had the best 10 days in any city from start to finish. Will (and his wife Haley) have moved to NY from South Carolina for business reasons and don't regret it; even Sheikmo the dog has settled in and remembered us from a year before. A shame it wasn't the baseball season to watch my beloved NY Mets - but at least saw their new stadium (City Field) which replaced Shea Stadium. We were able to see a couple of evening shows and play some indoor golf ! Some of the sights were on the pricey side - but all in all; worth the fees to see the city in all its glory! NYC is all that's written about it - and was particularly interesting for me as a previous "local"! We were hoping to go back for the Xmas holidays with a trip to another point within driving distance of the city - but like everyone else - the outbreak of Covid-19 soon put a stop to that unfortunately. And like everyone else - I am looking forward to my next trip abroad - hopefully to the USA to catch up with family and friends!
08 January 2021
I was asked to organise & host a trip from the UK to South America (Chile, Uruguay & Argentina) for a group of former servicemen/women and their spouses to commemorate fallen colleagues in the Battle of the River Plate (December 1939) which borders Uruguay & Argentina. We (total of 44 passengers) started our 19-day trip from Heathrow to Santiago (Chile) flying with Air France via Paris. Overnight flight (12.5 hrs) arrived early into Santiago - we were met and taken to our downtown hotel. Our itinerary was thrown up in the air a bit due to civil unrest in the capital and other cities we were due to visit. Nonetheless local travel colleagues were able to make some adjustments; we visited some other truly delightful places along the way including the Colchagua valley - famous for local wines. We had a couple of days in the region visiting various tourist sites including its museum which had many artifacts including the story & actual rescue capsule for the Chilean miners, trapped underground back in 2010. While in Santiago we were able to visit museums, its Cable Car at the Metropolitan Park of San Cristóbal Hill - also visits to the UK & German embassies as part of the military reasons for being there at the time. A short flight to Montevideo - again staying downtown to facilitate visits to museums, military offices and embassies of UK, Uruguay, Argentina - a wreath laying ceremony at Punte del Este and a day off to visit Colonia - a truly lovely town which photos don't do credit. The country has marvellous beaches; parks and of course boasts the venue of the 1st ever soccer World Cup final venue in the centre of town. Being a sports-nut a visit there lived up to all expectations - we even had a private tour of 6 soccer crazies - marvellous fun and informative. The main military-based events were to be held in Buenos Aires - a city I never thought I'd visit; but what a treat. Some of the wall murals as well as the established sightseeing venues were spectacular and a must-see if you're ever on the Continent. I shall let the photos here try to fill in the gaps of my commentary - or it will become too lengthy. 19 days; all went like clockwork despite local civil disturbances which never threatened our enjoyment nor safety at any time! The only delay was our flight connection at Amsterdam; thanks to a strike by French air-traffic control officers! LONDON - PARIS - SANTIAGO - SANTA CRUZ - MONTEVIDEO - PUNTE DEL ESTE - COLONIA - BUENOS AIRES - BELEM - SAN MIGUEL - AMSTERDAM - LONDON
31 December 2020
This was to be a classic "stop & flop" holiday after a very busy summer in the UK. We travelled with our best friends and stayed at the gorgeous Barcelo Thalasso Spa resort in Caleta de Fuste - about 15 mins from the airport but far away enough not to be disturbed at any time (day or night) during our stay. We had a sea view room at the hotel - with adjacent rooms which made it easy enough to organise our days and have meals together! We had walks every day and leisurely days by the pool each afternoon. We had huge, well stocked for snacks & drinks & comfortable beach within 300 yards of our back gate of the resort. Plenty of shops, restaurants, bars & parks for walks and relaxation away from the resort - with plenty of opportunities to meet the locals too. A great trip for 10 days - and we look forward to another visit to a different Canary ISland - perhaps Lanzarote next time? Weather all day and evening was just what one wanted - totally safe and a totally chilled time away!
31 December 2020
My son & D-I-L were living in Mount Pleasant, S.C., [close to Charleston], USA at the time this photo was taken; when Jacque and I made this trip across to see them. We left from our local airport - LGW - and travelled with Norwegian. We decided to treat ourselves to Executive Class - which is comparable to Premium Economy on other transatlantic airlines. We made use of the lounge prior to departure and enjoyed the privilege to board the plane first and have the generous cabin & checked baggage allowances to get not only our clothes but all the goodies for our hosts (+ dog!) After an overnight stay at the comfortable/convenient Hilton @Bos Airport hotel; we flew with JetBlue to Charleston where the family met us. The BOS Hilton is great as there is a walking connector which means the cold outside (-2C) doesn't affect your desire to make the 10 minute walk - which after a T/ATL flight isn't a bad thing! BOS is also our preferred international arrival airport as it's so easy to use and transit - on arrival from the UK and connecting to fly home! Without going into all the details - we had a great 10 days in SC, visiting the beach on numerous occasions, played some golf, made visits to Historical Charleston as well as the local dining 5 star places and shopping areas; including the "outside/inside" shopping mall in the main square! The local ice hockey team was in town - so we went and cheered on the locals against their nemesis team in their league. They won 5-3; having sorted out the opposition hard man who was sent from the ice for an early shower! We had a great time and it was sad (as always) to leave them all behind - but with a promise to visit again soon. It's tough being so far away - but they're happy and successful in their respective careers. They also try to get over to us as much as their jobs will allow!
31 October 2018
My wife and I were celebrating a joint "0" birthday and went to Hong Kong where Jacque had never been before. Yes, it's busy - yes, it's crowded but for a 3-4 day stay it’s fine, a cultural eye-opener with plenty to see and do. We were based on HK Island (North Point) which was fine and easily accessible to the HK multi access railway (MTR or Metro) at Quarry Bay and were able to get to/from HK and Kowloon/New Territories. We travelled on the Red Bus tours (all three of them) to give us the best chance of seeing the area while we were there. We also went on a guided tour of HK Island; Star ferry rides to/from HKI and Kowloon; and evening dinner cruise; Victoria Point, you name it we did it! A thoroughly enjoyable trip with stopovers in Dubai both ways - with very enjoyable plane rides with Emirates - it was so easy with good baggage allowances. I'd heartily recommend HK for the experience and of course the shopping - when you know where to look & barter! Thank you, HK, for a great trip and birthday experience.
31 October 2018
As the other part of our trip to HK and Dubai - we stayed at Dubai Marina - but we're spoiled with High Tea and the Burj al Arab - which is just exquisite and OTT at the same time! Photos could do a better job than words - except to say there is always something new when you visit Dubai - this would have been our "double-digit" visit - especially with family living and working here - Dubai and the UAE never disappoints and always enjoyable.
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