Hello and thank you for visiting my webpage. As an independent, impartial Travel Counsellor I can help with any travel plans you have including beach, ski, family, adventure, round the world, sailing, skiing, Lapland, flights, cruise, city break, scuba diving, tailor-made, wedding, honeymoon, safari or UK breaks.
I am available to discuss your travel requirements at your convenience, which includes evenings and weekends, 24/7. I have a proven track record of providing outstanding customer service; putting your needs first, giving you a bespoke, tailor made service and proving to you that nothing is too much trouble. Whether it’s an exotic island retreat, a stylish city break or your ultimate adventure trip, I’ll remove all the hassle so all you have to do is enjoy your holiday of a lifetime.
For ultimate peace of mind everything you book with me is 100% financially protected by either the Travel Counsellor Financial Trust or ATOL. It is the best financial protection in the industry, so every penny you spend with me is safe.
There’s no need to waste your precious time trawling the internet or queuing in a shop. I can offer everything you’d find online and on the high street plus so much more. I am independent so I can give truly tailor-made impartial advice and find a holiday that really suits you. As I’m part of Travel Counsellors I benefit from their fantastic buying power and special relationships with airlines, as well as suppliers to ensure you get great value for money.
I will always provide you with an outstanding tailor-made personal service. I care about my customers and go to lengths to ensure you get the best possible holiday when you book with me. All this comes at no extra cost to you. Importantly, with me it’s personal.
Feel free to call or email me with your requirements and I will respond immediately, I really look forward to hearing from you!
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Sent in by Sandra Procter
Croydon, 26 September 2018
This is my second rather complicated trip which Jo has organised quickly, efficiently and great friendliness. Thank you!
Sent in by Hannah Freeman
Pontypridd, 26 September 2018
Very fast, friendly and experienced service! Created our dream honeymoon, can’t wait for it!
Sent in by Amy Adams
Cardiff, 26 September 2018
Incredibly professional, friendly, quick to respond; Jo has been so helpful and would certainly be our first port of call for future holidays.....thanks Jo!
Sent in by Andrew Ogden
Buckingham, 26 September 2018
Jo has been really helpful - we were booking our first cruise and she had lots of useful information that gave us more confidence in going through this process.
Sent in by Joanna Buckerfield
Llantwit Major, 06 September 2018
Amazing and friendly service. Very patient with making suggestions for our big family catering for 3 families with different criteria. Thank you for all your help Jo,Ii am already recommending you to friends and will undoubtedly be booking with you for our family holiday next year. Thank you
Sent in by Anthony Jones
Penarth, 03 September 2018
It was a last minute decision to go on holiday to Montenegro, a place that we had never visited before, so we needed expert help from someone with knowledge of the area and able to respond quickly. Jo Baldwin who is very personable immediately understood our requirements, and within a few days had put together an attractively packaged itinerary to fit our budget. Everything on our holiday went to plan - planes, transfers and hotel - which was due in part to Jo's contribution. We had a wonderful time and will soon be returning to either Montenegro or Croatia with Jo's help.
Sent in by Cheryl Insley
Wokingham, 18 July 2018
Jo was fantastic from start to finish, a perfect mix of professional, knowledgable and friendly. As this time away was for our honeymoon, we had been struggling more than usual to identify the best location for us at a particular time of year. Jo guided us through several options, providing the perfect amount of contact to allow us to reflect on information she provided but to also help steer us along! We ended up with exactly what we wanted and she helped make the experience even more special. We will definitely look to use her again!
Sent in by Alice Baynham
Penarth, 13 July 2018
We had a fantastic family holiday thanks to Jo's recommendations - she totally got what we wanted, took away all of the time and stress that goes along with booking a holiday, and was on hand throughout to answer questions and to give advice and reassurance. I would recommend Jo without hesitation and we'll definitely use her services again in the future. Thank you Jo!
Sent in by R Burgess
Penarth, 10 July 2018
We've just come back from our third holiday Jo booked and organised for us - and once again it was amazin! We can't wait to book our fourth holiday with Jo soon!
Sent in by Bryan Arnold
Coleford, Somerset, 28 June 2018
Saga Douro River cruise June 2018. Only one couple joined the cruise from Bristol; us! Jo sorted the flight whilst others on the trip had to fly from Gatwick. OK it was rather early, but we had an extra day in Oporto and the Gatwick flight was delayed. I am afraid we did gloat. The flight home was equally good and Saga looked after us very well. If things go wrong or things get complicated Jo knows exactly who to ask(or tell). We are going to Malta in September and Jo already has our trip sorted. Thank you Jo
Sent in by J Barrons
Brackley, 27 June 2018
I always recommend Jo to everyone. She has planned so many holidays for us and we are always thrilled to bits with her choice and perfect planning!
Sent in by Maxine Mcmahon-Brown
Brackley, 16 June 2018
We have used Jo to book family holidays and also special weekends away. Each time she has been efficient and found us a selection of holidays to choose from, which fulfil our requirements. Jo is very helpful and answers queries quickly. She understands holiday requirements for different groups and thinks about the things you forget, which makes booking a holiday through Jo very easy. I would definitely recommend Jo.
Sent in by Steven Rickett
Penarth, 14 June 2018
Jo was very helpful with all aspects of our cruise to Iceland and offered nice little touches which enhanced the experience, such as a bon voyage note before we left and a welcome home message upon our return. A good benefit was the opportunity to select the position of our cabin on the ship, which is not generally available for you book direct with the cruise line, as they will only offer an "ocean guarantee" for an outside cabin. Payment for the holiday couldn't have been simpler using the Travel Counsellors payment portal, with a reasonable deposit payable on booking and the final payment due eight weeks before departure. Jo thenposted the finalised travel documents through our door personally. We would have no hesitation in using Jo's services again in the future.
Sent in by L Cataldo
Brackley, 13 June 2018
I have no hesitation in recommending Jo Baldwin to my friends and family. She has so much patience and really understands your requirements. You don't need to worry if you change your mind about the destination she will happily look at other options for you.
Sent in by A Clark
Sanderstead, 11 June 2018
Jo has been really helpful and has taken a lot of care and attention to help us plan a special break. Many thanks. Will definitely recommend.
Sent in by Jean Davies
Llandovery, 11 June 2018
Jo has organised a holiday for myself and a friend and it was perfect. She understands exactly what we wanted and produced the perfect holiday. All through this she is quick and very professional and adjusted the holiday to our every whim I will always use Jo to quote for my future holidays.
Sent in by Roy Hann
Kingsbridge, 11 June 2018
We have just returned from a memorable tour of USA with a 55 strong group visiting Washington, New York also Lancaster and Harrisburg Pa. Jo organised the flights and transportation whilst in the USA for this period and everything went according to plan. Some of the party extended their holiday and all of this was taken care of by Jo in a very efficient and professional manner. She was always available to deal with any query for any member of the party prior to the tour and on hand to deal with any queries whilst on tour. We would thoroughly recommend her to anyone thinking of booking a group tour anywhere in the world.
Sent in by Dawn Cadd
Bicester, 08 June 2018
Yet another amazing holiday all arranged by Jo - our travel genie! Despite my repeated changing of the itinerary Jo was always happy to help and got us amazing hotels and flights - already looking forward to planning the next one with her!
Sent in by Rhian Andrews
Oxford, 07 June 2018
Lovely friendly and helpful service. I always have a lot of questions and it’s good to know Jo is just a phone call away. She booked some of our hotel for the trip , the hotel were in great locations and close to the main attractions. Jo arranged all are additional transport internally and saved us the worry of trying to figure it out ourselves. She sent all the paper documents too. The Rome pass that we brought through Jo allowed us to see and do everything we wanted to. It was an amazing trip. Thank you for arranging it - where too next?
Sent in by Mark Fenning
Brackley, 06 June 2018
Hi Jo, another great holiday arranged by yourself thank you for all your advice, Your knowledge of our needs was perfect, everything went great and was great from the flights to the car hire and the Hotel! Myself and Danny are planning Tuscanny next year so we shall be in touch once we are ready. Kindest Regards Mark
Sent in by Billy Walker
Guildford, 06 June 2018
We asked Jo to help us find a honeymoon in a place with good weather in August. With our marriage plans taking up most of our time, we wanted to try a travel counsellor to allow us to focus on the wedding, and we weren’t disappointed. Jo quickly ran us through several potential destinations and we chose Mauritius. She then gave us 3 recommendations of places she knows well and where other couples have given excellent feedback, so we looked through and chose one we were both happy with from the Information we had been sent. Having booked family holidays in the past I know how time consuming it can be to sit in front of the Computer and sift through all the potential places, but we found Jo was able to do all that work for us and save us all that time, whilst getting pretty similar prices as if we were doing it ourselves. It’s basically a cheat to go straight to the best places, whilst saving you hours of time. We had a great experience using Jo - she was quick, professional and knowledgable and we would definitely recommend using her to source your holidays. Billy & Annie
Sent in by Karen Carter
Stanstead Abbotts, Ware, Hertfordshire, 06 June 2018
Jo is always enthusiastic in helping myself and my partner book our ideal holidays. She is always efficient and comes up with options so you can make the right choice.
Sent in by Rhiannon Sarson
Sheffield , 05 June 2018
I would only ever use Jo to book my holidays with. You explain what you are looking for and she gives you so many options. She sorts all the transfers, accommodation, flights and trips and even does your luggage labels! She takes all the stress out of holiday booking so you can just lie back and relax. Thanks jo!
Sent in by Bethan Galluzzo
Penarth, 05 June 2018
Our booking was tricky, with 22 different family members of all ages - and dispositions - to handle, but Jo was a complete superstar - she whizzed through requests for at least 20 different flights options with aplomb, and was friendly, helpful and full of clever suggestions throughout the process. We couldn't recommend her enough - there is literally nothing she wouldn't do for a customer to help expedite the booking process, and ensure it is as painless as possible for her customer. I even think she'd pack my suitcase if I asked!
Sent in by James Stanley
Fleet, 26 March 2018
Jo's professionalism and attention to detail is second to none. A trip to stay in the centre of Reykjavik to take in the city and excursions was arranged with perfection. Great recommendations and bookings made in advance for excellent restaurants and day trips. A fantastic holiday. Thanks Jo.
Sent in by Abby Cork
Buckingham, 12 March 2018
Jo is an extremely professional and knowledgeable travel consultant. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to my family and friends. She has a bubbly personality and really knows how to turn a holiday into an adventure.
Sent in by Anne Morris
Brackley, 04 February 2018
Jo has just organised a fabulous holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia. No more than 2 nights in each city, with lots of tours arranged to fascinating places. The tour guides were exceptional. Visited Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap. We saw ancient ruins, temples, Pagodas, Mausoleum, working areas, river trips, silk factory but to name a few. We travelled via road and internal flights with a direct flight from Heathrow to Hanoi. Fantastic hotels, first class service throughout. An exceptional service provided by Jo, who is so understanding of her clients wishes and needs. We would certainly recommend this itinerary and service with Jo at the Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Rachel Burgess
Vale of Glamorgan, 18 January 2018
Jo! THANK YOU SO MUCH for booking our incredible holiday to Hong Kong & Australia over Christmas and New Year! Everything was amazing, from the hotels, to transfers to car hires! Everything was perfect and it really was the holiday of a lifetime thanks to you! We can't wait to book our next holiday with you soon! Huge thanks once again - you're absolutely amazing!!!!
Sent in by Polly Louise
Sheffield, 16 January 2018
It’s not often I’d make a recommendation like this, but honestly, Jo is an absolute game changer. For me, planning a holiday is usually pretty fun. I love sitting down and going over everything - this is mostly the case when I’m going away with Tim, and we can enjoy planning it together. But I like going on all sorts of trips, and sometimes it can be really difficult to co-ordinate travel plans with people you don’t live with. Everything from picking accommodation to sorting payment can be a bit of a hassle. It usually falls to one person to sort it all out, or you descend into group message hell. There have also been times where I’m taking a trip alone or with a smaller group, and I just don’t have the time to go over all the details. Planning everything out can be really time consuming, and quite often they’re hours I just don’t have to spare. These scenarios are where Jo has been my absolute saviour. Group holiday? No problem. She co-ordinates everything and you can pay her separately. She’ll send out all your travel documents and itineraries individually. Flight times, hotels, transfers, all sorted. Same goes for smaller trips where I haven’t had the time to go over everything. I just sent her my destination, dates and budget, she put everything together for me, and I booked it through her. She sorts out Cannes every year for us, which gives us peace of mind (booking accommodation in Cannes during the festival can be so difficult). When I started planning my Disney trip, I was having a hard time trying to work out how to get the best value for money, so I emailed Jo and that was it. Nothing is too much trouble for Jo, she’s incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to deal with. If you need help with any travel arrangements, or simply want someone to take care of everything for you, get in touch with her!
Sent in by John Baldwin
Ivybridge, 05 January 2018
We simply can’t recommend Jo highly enough. As a family we hadn’t used a travel consultant before - always managing to create the holiday we wanted ourselves, but from the very first trip to Azerbaijan some years ago we realised the value of a personal, bespoke service. The ease of travel now with Jo covering every little (and big) thing that comes along is a service everyone should avail themselves to! Jo has organised little ( flights to unknown lands) to big (56 strong barbershop chorus to USA), exotic (Hawaii) to incredible (safari in South Africa), has unpicked confusion at airport car parks and advised us regarding Californian road trips, which is the best way to see the most and get the greatest experience. We saw all there was to see with her advice in Iceland with sage words (don't go there only for the northern lights in case they don’t play ball) and got the best seats on the aeroplanes with her knowledge of airlines. Jo has such a wealth of experience and travel knowledge, you know you are in safe hands with her. Phone her now to discuss your impossible dream and make it possible.
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21 September 2018
On my latest trip to Croatia I returned to the small medieval town of Trogir where I was based as a tour guide working in the early noughties. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been back here, and it’s testament to how enduring Trogir’s charm is. I’m not usually one to return again and again to the same place on holiday but I’d happily spend every summer here. It’s a popular place to start and end Dalmatian Island Cruises and its close proximity to Split airport makes it a great place to spend a night or two...
21 September 2018
Continued from Part 1... From Trogir it’s easy to take a day trip into the nearby city of Split, half an hour away. Split is home to the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and the ruins are nestled within the pedestrianised old town. The Riva here is equally beautiful and away from the old town Croatia’s second largest city has an urban feel. Klis fortress is nearby and rewards visitors that climb up the steep hill with views that stretch for miles giving you a bird’s eye view all the way to the coast. If you love nature and the...
19 September 2018
When the winter gloom in the Northern Hemisphere gets too bleak and a long-haul holiday isn't an option there are some amazing European Festivals of Light to bring some sparkle back into those winter months! Prague This riverside city rivals Paris for its architectural beauty, art museums and public spaces. The maze of jumbled streets and hidden courtyards are a wanderer’s dream. Czech microbreweries offer a wide range of ales and the city boasts funky cafes and eateries tucked away in narrow streets. Prague is also a great match for the budget-conscious, offering superb value for money. The stunningly beautiful Signal Light...
28 June 2018
Going to the Caribbean was always my dream when I was younger- it had the allure of clear azure seas, tropical paradise, swaying palms and underwater Technicolor. To have been able to visit this part of the world with my job has literally been a dream come true, and I would love to take my family there on holiday as a special treat. If you haven’t been then all the superlatives are true- and photos don’t do it justice. If you’ve been before then you’ll know what I mean- but there are so many places to visit- how do you...
27 June 2018
Travelling isn’t about ticking countries off a list, it’s all about experiences. Here are 30 of my favourite travel experiences whether it is food, people, sounds, sights or smells. These are the things that we remember from our travels, and they’re what make us go back for more. 1. Spain: The smell of sweet jasmine and the sound of delicate flamenco guitar in Seville. 2. Iceland: Floating in the steamy warm waters of the Blue Lagoon as snow falls. 3. China: Wandering ‘The Bund’ (waterfront in Shanghai) at night when the city is lit up and everyone promenades with...
14 June 2018
Here are some of my top travel hacks when visiting Croatia- enjoy! • Croatia has a host of culinary delights in store for visitors. There are gelato shops on every corner, stone baked Italian style pizzerias, fresh seafood and lots of local specialities. Try tangy cheese from Pag Island, truffles from Istria, fresh strudel from the local bakers, and don’t miss the signature dish of Croatia’s Dalmatia Region, a ‘peka’, which is a mix of meat and vegetables drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome. • In Dubrovnik follow signs for ‘cold drinks’...
05 June 2018
Ask me where my favourite place in the world is and I’ll answer you in a heartbeat: Croatia. I’m smitten with the crystal clear sapphire sea, the endless beautiful islands and the delicious seafood, wine and gelato. I dream of the summery background hum of cicada tree crickets and the smell of hot crunchy pine needles and sea salt carried on a warm breeze. I admire the humour and warmth of the infinitely welcoming Croatian people. The 1,100-mile stretch of coast and more than 1000 islands means there are a surprising variety of places to choose from when planning a...
31 May 2018
Written by Steve Rickett, 29th May 2018 In May we boarded the Cruise and Maritime vessel Marco Polo for an 11-day Icelandic adventure. After a prompt departure we made stately progress through the lock and entered the Bristol Channel, choosing to miss dinner to witness the familiar landmarks of Penarth, seen from the top deck rather than from dry land. The Marco Polo is a classic ship built by the Russians as an ice breaker in 1965 and it looks like what you’d expect a ship to look like, rather than a floating multi-storey hotel. Being small and perfectly formed, it does...
11 April 2018
Travelling with children can be a daunting prospect, no matter if it’s your first or fifth child! When you book a family holiday with me I take care of all the little details, from pre-booked seating on the flights to arranging for a cot or kids bed in your room or car seats on the transfers/car hire to top family hotel and destination recommendations. Just call me to find out more. Here are my top 20 travel tips based on personal experience. 1. Bring a change of clothes for your little one – and for you! Take warm clothes for...
02 August 2017
As anyone who’s ever talked to me about travel knows, Croatia is my favourite place on earth and I never grow tired of going back there on holiday. This time I revisited Dubrovnik, where I worked as a tour leader 10 years ago for Explore Worldwide. I was excited to go back and see how things had changed and visit some of my favourite hotels in the area. We went for a week, staying in a two-bedroom apartment Villa Curic located in Lapad, about 10 minutes bus ride from the old town overlooking Gruz Port. The apartments were excellent...
29 June 2017
Club Med was our delightful hosts in Marrakesh, staying at the Club Med Marrakech La Palmeraie Hotel only ten minutes from the city center. This was my first visit to a Club Med property, and I was delighted to be greeted in the impressive high ceilinged reception area with a cold towel and a drink and most importantly lots of smiling welcomes! The hotel is set within Morocco's oldest palm grove and is built in traditional Moroccan style which includes lots of shaded walkways leading to impressive, mature gardens with calming, cooling water features. My room was...
30 April 2017
Although I’ve travelled a lot in Central America this was my first time in South America and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am lucky to have friends living in Medellin, the country’s second largest city nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, so this was my first port of call. The city is nestled in a steep sided valley and has worked hard to shake off its history as one of the most dangerous cities on the planet. The cable car across Medellin is a relatively new construction and is one of the many physical signs...
05 September 2016
America’s Deep South is an area drenched in history, musical legends and famed for its Southern hospitality. We set off to attend a friend’s wedding in Tennessee - but not before we’d road tripped from New Orleans to Memphis and Nashville first - 1,600 miles on the road! New Orleans was everything I had expected and so much more. We stayed in the Hyatt in the French Quarter next to Bourbon Street, an area with busy bars and crowds of tourists. We managed to visit much of the city on foot - enjoying the riverside and aquarium as well...
08 August 2016
I’ve had many happy clients go on Neilson holidays so I decided that this summer we’d pack our bags and head to a Neilson resort in Turkey and see what the fuss is all about! With two 8 year old boys in tow we were hoping they’d be kept busy whilst we had time to relax and we were not disappointed. ‘Relax as hard as you want’ is Neilson’s motto and I thought I'd put this to the test! Whilst I experienced the ultimate sunbed and pool relaxation, both boys loved the kids clubs and experienced paddle boarding,...
31 July 2016
Whilst in Saint Lucia I had the opportunity to visit three hotels on the island, all of which had unique personalities and offer very different experiences. I must admit I didn’t want to check out and leave any of them! Rendezvous is a couple’s only, all-inclusive hotel situated on a two mile stretch of Malabar beach. The atmosphere here is laid back and friendly, and the rooms are luxurious and spacious. It’s worth paying to upgrade to a newly renovated Verandah Suite - the comfy daybeds on the terrace and wow factor interior complete with standalone bath and rain...
30 November 2015
One of the most frequent questions I get asked about the Northern Lights is one that’s unfortunately quite difficult to answer: when and where is the best time to travel abroad to see the Northern Lights? It is the $64,000 question as everyone wants to give themselves the best chance of glimpsing the famous Aurora Borealis. The best places to go depend on what you want to do when you get there. For a city break with a twist, Reykjavik in Iceland is hard to beat, although Tromso in Norway is equally popular. For a more remote break it’s...
28 October 2015
Mauritius is best known as a honeymoon destination, and its reputation for classic white palm fringed sandy beaches and turquoise waters is not misplaced. It is however becoming an increasingly popular destination for families who want a great alternative to Europe for school holidays in summer, or as a contender to the Caribbean in winter. Mauritius also caters for any activity you can name whether it’s scuba diving, horse riding, kite surfing, walking alongside giant tortoises, boat and snorkeling trips, shopping, hiking and mountain biking- to name a few! This is not just a beach destination- there...
23 June 2015
I have always wanted to visit the Caribbean islands, it’s somewhere that’s been my dream destination since I was small. When I had the opportunity to visit on an educational trip with Virgin holidays I was over the moon, although I was concerned that my extremely high expectations may mean I was disappointed. I am happy to report that I wasn’t- in fact Antigua exceeded my expectations in every way and is literally heaven on earth. This is really my idea of a perfect destination- sunshine, stunning coastline, friendly people, amazing food and loads to see and do. Virgin...
11 May 2015
I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I set foot onboard Celebrity’s most popular cruise ship for the UK, Eclipse. I was lucky enough to experience this two night cruise from Southampton to Le Havre, a ‘taster’ of what life at sea has to offer with Celebrity. The ship was at maximum capacity- 2,850 passengers- and has just completed a refurbishment which has left it looking fresh and modern. Celebrity Cruises challenge all previously held conceptions about cruising with their ‘Modern Luxury’ approach and are enticing people who had never considered cruising to give it a try. And...
01 January 2015
I’m a massive fan of the sunshine so when I had the chance to visit Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt in December I jumped at it! This is a fantastic destination for winter sun. We took boat trips to coral fringed islands, rode camels in the desert whilst the sun set, star gazed, watched fire jugglers and snorkelled for hours on end! I wasn’t expecting the scenery at Sharm to be so breath-taking. The jagged mountains rise steeply from the coast giving the whole place a gorgeous backdrop - the mountain’s colours change every minute and a trip out into...
01 January 2015
Firstly, the weather in Seville at the end of September is perfect - warm, sunny, but not too hot and perfect for sitting out on a pavement café in the evening watching the world go by. I was in heaven! The smell of sweet jasmine, the taste of amazing bread, cheese and tapas, the sound of delicate flamenco guitar, the sight of colourful ceramics, brightly painted buildings and palm trees waving - these are all of the things I loved about Seville, plus so much more! There’s so much to see in this amazing city that we ended up hiring...
28 March 2014
March is quite early to visit the Balearic Islands and we had mixed weather but it was perfect for sightseeing and we certainly saw a lot in 4 days. The island is popular for biking at this time of year- the empty, winding roads and mild but sunny weather makes perfect conditions for cyclists. There is blossom everywhere in March so the countryside is beautiful. We hired a car and spent the first day driving from our base near Palma to the south coast and the pretty bay of Canyamel, where I spent my holidays as a child....
04 September 2013
Quite simply, my favourite country in the world is Croatia. What I love about it is the crystal clear sapphire sea, the endless beautiful islands, the delicious seafood, wine, ice-cream, the hum of cicadas (tree crickets), the smell of warm pine needles and sea salt carried on a warm breeze, the humour and warmth of the Croatian people and the fact that the country remains unspoilt by tourism. I have previously worked for several seasons in Croatia on Explore Worldwide’s Dalmatian Island Cruise, an 8 day tour of island highlights. I truly believe that one of the...
02 September 2013
To bear witness to one of nature’s most spectacular light shows, the Northern Lights, has always been on my ‘bucket list’. For this trip to Lapland we were based in Karesuando village, deep within the Arctic Circle on the border of Sweden and Finland. Our accommodation was in a quaint little timber cabin nestled amidst several feet of snow. Almost as soon as the sun set there was a knock on my door and a cry of ‘The Lights are out!’ I quickly bundled my son in a duvet and we rushed out into the icy landscape so we could...
08 August 2013
Our latest trip to Croatia was firstly to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trogir, a medieval walled town situated on an island a mere ten minute bus ride from Split airport. This pretty town has a labyrinth- style network of narrow cobbled streets, Venetian stone buildings and shaded courtyards blossoming with flowers. Trogir is a town with soul, and despite the tourist crowds in August, it has a lived-in feel with locals sipping coffee on the Riva (waterfront) alongside visitors from every corner of the globe, adding to the town’s already cosmopolitan air. Large yachts and...
31 May 2012
Our second visit to Turkey’s Lycian coast was a twin centre holiday. Flying into Dalaman airport, the first half was spent in the seaside town of Fethiye, and the second half at the famous ‘blue lagoon’ in Olu Deniz. Fethiye harbour is a picturesque bay with rows of large and small boats lined up and cafes and restaurants lining the waterfront. It’s a wonderful place to watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere. Unlike other towns in this area, it does not feel touristy but you will find numerous British people who have...
08 May 2006
I was fortunate as a tour leader to be assigned to a 13 day tour of Kerala, India. I was there for several months from September to April- the best time for visiting although it can get very hot and humid. This small slip of land by the coast in India is known as ‘Gods Own Country’ and it's easy to see why. The coast is lush verdant green with palm trees as far as the eye can see leading down to warm waters and sandy beaches. Kerala is most renowned for the hundreds of miles...