Blog

Here we share news, views and travellers tales.

South America has always been at the top of my ‘Bucket List’ to visit. It’s a part of the World where, except for Cancun in Mexico, I haven’t been or know that much about. For that reason, I didn’t have to think twice when I was offered an Educational to Brazil with LATIN ROUTES, a specialist tour operator for South America. My journey started at Heathrow with a flight to Rio, ...

Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

Sri Lanka is in the Indian Ocean, just Southeast off the tip of India. It's an 11-hour flight from the UK. Until 1972 the island was known as Ceylon.  The name Sri Lanka means resplendent island, and it certainly is!  The best way to see Sri Lanka is to hire a car and driver/guide. They will spend the duration of the trip with you and will make sure you see the main points of ...

Kourion Bay

I started my journey from Newquay flying up to Gatwick with Flybe to meet my connecting flight with Norwegian Airlines to Larnaca. I was surprised how easy the connection was between flights and would definitely do it again for a long-haul flight from London. Norwegian Airlines is relatively new on the scene; they have been rebranded and introduced a lot of new routes both sho ...

Costa Rica - Pura Vida

One of the perks of our industry is that Tour Operators will whisk us away on free trips to sample a destination and check-out glamorous hotels. It is much more unusual to be given the chance to experience an actual tour, but thanks to Trafalgar that’s exactly what lay in front of me. I will confess apart from the association with those bug-eyed bright green frogs and a high s ...

Alcudia Promenade

I’m in no doubt that many holidaymakers choose Majorca because it’s seen as a safe bet. The majority of our regional airports have flights to the Island throughout the summer so it’s a small wonder over 2 million of us take the plunge every year. It is difficult to think of a more compelling combination of short flying times (about 2½ hours), a wonderful Mediterranean climate ...

Borneo and getting close to Orang Utan's

I was recently lucky enough to be selected for an Educational trip to Borneo and Kuala Lumpar. This was a fantastic opportunity to experience a destination which had always appealed to me, but apart from the obvious Orang Utan attraction I wasn’t sure what else it had to offer. My trip began with a 12 hour flight on a Malaysian Airlines A380 flight to KL followed by a 2 hour f ...

I’m sure at some stage in your life someone has hurled at you the trick question “name a famous Belgian?” If like me reflex produces the answer Hercule Poirot you’ll know the frustration you feel only to be told he is a fictional character created by Agatha Christie, so no points to you……   It was with thoughts of the newlywed detective setting off on his luxurious cruise dow ...

When my cousin Keith said he would take us to DUMBO for an evening drink colourful Disney style images flashed into the minds of Lisa and I. We were on our 6th visit to New York and despite thinking we’d just about seen it all, the thought of a new elephant themed attraction was an exciting prospect. In fact DUMBO is an affectionate acronym for an area of Brooklyn and the loca ...

Avenida 9 de Julio, widest avenue in the world

This two-part journey to Argentina begins in Buenos Aires. Until eclipsed in fame in recent decades by Rio, the city was the Queen of South America and it remains a fascinating urban experience. The main tourist areas are The Boca, San Telmo, and the Avenida Florida but, as a result, all three have become expensive and lost much of their original charm. However, just across the ...

Harmony of the Sea's

I am sure that most of you will have witnessed some of the publicity surrounding the much heralded arrival of the “Harmony of the Seas” as it sailed into Southampton recently and officially became the world’s largest cruise ship.   I was one of the lucky passengers who had booked (and paid) to travel on the maiden voyage of this impressive new addition to the Royal Caribbean ...