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The Professional Traveller – Tips, Tricks & Hacks to Help You Save Money

Hello to You


Are you someone that loves to travel?

Love a travel bargain and discovering new places?

Hotel rather than hostel?

Mid range rather than really budget?

Travelling without kids?

Dog Lover? (Not necessarily affecting travel but just means you are extra lovely!)

Well great news – you are in just the right place!

Meet The Professional Traveller Team

Working hard to sniff out the best deals and bargains

MELANIE

Professional Traveller

Travelling professionally for over 30 years including business travel. Taking coach holidays all over the world for over 25 years on behalf of various coach holiday companies. Solo travel fan, absolute bargain demon. Sharing everything I know to help you.

LOTTY

Expert Sleeper

As the oldest member of the team (in doggy years) Lotty gets to sleep a lot. She can’t see very much now, or hear very well but she still makes her views known.

CHRISTY

Treat Demon

Able to sniff out a gravy bone or a treat in the local area, Christy loves her food. Every meal time she barks with excitement – similar to her owner?!

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets

Oscar wilde

Professional Traveller Testimonials

From My Work As A Coach Holiday Tour Manager

Professional Traveller Resources to Help You Travel Cheap!

Travel Cheap – Hotels

Cheap hotels booking tips to help stretch your travel budget to the max

Free Cheap Hotels Ebook with everything you need to know and guided step by step search

Travel Cheap – Flights

How to find cheap flights to anywhere deals to help your budget go further

Discover 6 fab flight hacks to help you find new destinations and cheap flight routes

Travel Cheap – Airport Lounge

Find the cheapest airport lounge access based on your travel patterns

Easily find which airport lounge pass scheme suits your needs by comparing side by side

How to Travel Cheap Blog Articles

6 Fab Flight Hacks for Cheap Deals To Great Places

Spread the loveFlight Hacks for Finding Bargains OK so I may have mentioned once or twice already that I love a travel bargain because it helps make my budget go further. Getting a great flight deal i…

Airport Lounge Pass

Spread the loveAirport Lounge Pass – Memberships Versus PAYG The Professional Traveller • Jul 27, 2020  Airport Lounge Pass – Membership Schemes If you are looking at whether you should b…

Self Catering

Spread the love12 Tips for Great Self Catering Holidays A self catering holiday offers independence, flexibility and of course are ideal holidays for pet owners. They also offer the chance to stay in …

Cheap Hotels

Spread the loveCheap Hotels Booking Tips and Tricks – To Help You Bag A Bargain Who doesn’t love finding a lovely hotel at a bargain price? It’s a great way to make your travel budge…

Airport Lounge Access

Spread the loveFind the Cheapest Airport Lounge Access For You (Take the Quiz!) Want to find the cheapest airport lounge access for you? Just take the quick quiz above to get a speedy answer In the …

Cheap Flights

Spread the loveFind Cheap Flights to Anywhere with Easy Travel Hacks Finding a flight is a great way to start when planning a trip. Finding cheap flights can really help maximise your travel budget an…

Travel Hacks

Travel sickness hacks to help if you suffer

7 Mobile Phone Hacks to help when travelling

Cool plane seat flight hack to make you look like a professional traveller

9 Tried and Tested Easy Packing Hacks

Fear of flying help if your nerves are a problem

12 happy travel hacks to leave a trail of smiles

Travel Hacks Blog Articles

10 Coach Holiday Hacks – For An Even Better Trip

Spread the loveI have learned a few coach holiday hacks over my 25 year career as a Tour Manager taking holidays all over the world. This list of coach holiday hacks is made up of things that I have l…

12 Happy Travel Hacks To Leave a Trail of Smiles

Spread the loveDo you like to enjoy happy travel? Do you want to leave a little trail of smiles wherever you go and spread a bit of love and positivity? Then check out this list of happy travel hacks!…

6 Fab Flight Hacks for Cheap Deals To Great Places

Spread the loveFlight Hacks for Finding Bargains OK so I may have mentioned once or twice already that I love a travel bargain because it helps make my budget go further. Getting a great flight deal i…

Easyjet Baggage Changes – Feb 2021 All You Need to Know

Spread the loveEasyjet baggage rules are changing from February 10th 2021. Here is everything you need to know to help you avoid luggage fees. Easyjet Baggage Changes From the 10th of February 20201 E…

9 Tried and Tested Easy Packing Hacks

Spread the loveHaving spent over 30 years travelling I have also learned a great deal about packing and learned a few packing hacks along the way. I’ve also learned several valuable packing less…

10 Reasons Why I Love Gatwick Airport

Spread the loveGatwick Airport – A Familiar Favourite The Professional Traveller • Jul 03, 2020 Introduction I have travelled through Gatwick Airport a great deal of times and despite the huge a…

Impress Your Fellow Flyers with This Simple Plane Seat Flight Hack!

Spread the loveI Get Asked to Show Others This Plane Seat Flight Hack! As someone who has flown I am sure you will know remember how awkward it can be to get in and out of the plane seat, as the armre…

Travel Sickness Hacks – To Help You Travel More Comfortably

Spread the loveTips from a Lifelong Travel Sickness Sufferer I get travel sick, which might seem odd given I have spent 30 years of my life getting paid to travel. Infact I get the full house when it …

Fear of Flying Help – 10 Things To Reduce Your Anxiety

Spread the love 10 Things To Help You If You Are A Nervous Flyer (Like Me) Fear of flying help is here! I know how awful it can be and how it takes over and overshadows an upcoming trip. I’ve su…

Travel Essentials

Travel essentials – tried and tested during over 30 years of professional travelling

The Best Earplugs for Sleeping when travelling

Check out my Top 10 Travel Essentials to get started!

Travel Essentials Blog Articles

7 Mobile Phone Travel Hacks To Help Save You Time & Money

Spread the loveMobile Phone Hacks by The Professional Traveller I can barely remember travelling without a mobile phone, having had one now for so many years. Thankfully the bills are substantially lo…

Airport Lounge Pass

Spread the loveAirport Lounge Pass – Memberships Versus PAYG The Professional Traveller • Jul 27, 2020  Airport Lounge Pass – Membership Schemes If you are looking at whether you should b…

The Best Earplugs for Sleeping (UK) by The Professional Traveller

Spread the love Earplugs – A Travel Essential For A Good Nights’ Sleep! Having a good nights sleep is essential when you are travelling for work, because without a good night’s sleep…

Airport Lounge Access

Spread the loveFind the Cheapest Airport Lounge Access For You (Take the Quiz!) Want to find the cheapest airport lounge access for you? Just take the quick quiz above to get a speedy answer In the …

Get Some Travel Inspiration

Scottish Highlands

Travel Inspiration – Europe

Travel Inspiration – Scotland

Newton Stewart – Pretty town on the River Cree

Travel Inspiration – England

Travel Inspiration Blog Articles

Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage – Professional Traveller Review 2021

Spread the love Looking for a Forres self catering holiday cottage? Dog friendly? Rural countryside location? Easy access to Forres? Surrounded by wildlife with walks on the doorstep? Great! Then chec…

Vidamar Resort Algarve – Fantastic Everything There Resort in Beautiful Setting

Spread the love Vidamar Resort Algarve I stayed at the Vidamar Resort Algarve with a holiday group that I was taking on a trip through Portugal. I was the group Tour Manager and this was the firs…

Vilamoura Holiday – 2 Great Hotels Reviewed Plus Guide to Vilamoura Things To Do

Spread the loveA Vilamoura holiday is a great idea – it’s a quieter resort than it’s nearby neighbour Albufeira with a little more greenery and space around it. It’s a great ba…

10 Important Things To Know Before Visiting the Highlands

Spread the loveAre you planning to visit the Highlands of Scotland? If so, great, and great choice by the way. I’ve been lucky enough to live in the Highlands of Scotland for coming up on 20 yea…

Self Drive Loch Ness Tour – With Fab Views and Cute Cafes

Spread the loveMost people have heard of Loch Ness. It’s one of the most visited places in the Scottish Highlands. What many people who visit the area don’t know is that the Eastern side o…

Getting to The Highlands Is Easy – By Plane, Train or Automobile!

Spread the loveIn this article I am going to share the different ways of getting to the Highlands, via planes, trains and automobiles (great film if you haven’t seen it!). Of course Covid19 chan…

Australia Tours – Holiday Comparisons with Top Tips and Insider Insights

Spread the loveAustralia. Even the mention of the name conjures up a little sigh and thoughts of the beautiful red centre, the amazing great barrier reef and of course the iconic sights in Sydney to n…

Newton Stewart – Top Tips on What To See And Do

Spread the loveReview of One Week Stay in Newton Stewart, November 2020 In November 2020 I spent a lovely week in Newton Stewart in a self catering cottage called Minnow Cottage, a one bedroom cottage…

Holidays to the Azores – Review the Top 4 Tours in One Place

Spread the loveAre you looking at holidays to the Azores? Do you want to compare the options from the most popular holiday companies and find your perfect Azores holiday? Do you want inside tips and i…

Travel Inspiration Videos

Coach Holiday Expert

Using my +25 year experience of coach holidays to help you find your perfect trip

The Top 4 Coach Holiday Myths Busted!

Spread the loveCoach holidays are a great way to travel – I should know as I have spent 25 years taking groups on coach holidays all over the world, everywhere from the Azores to Australia, …

What a Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does – It’s Alot!

Spread the love The role of a coach holiday tour manager is mainly hidden from guests, because much of what they do goes on behind the scenes. Having been a coach holiday tour manager for a few differ…

Scottish Highlands Tour Itinerary Review – with Insights & Tips To Help

Spread the love2021 has seen in an increase in UK holidays and a new offering from SAGA Holidays is their Scottish Highlands tour called ‘Scottish Highlands Escape’. This tour is almost on…

Coach Holiday Trends – Exciting Changes For the Future

Spread the loveCoach holiday trends have been hugely impacted by Covid19 and it looks like it will have some continuing impacts, certainly for 2021 and 2022. Coach holidays have been really hard hit b…

10 Coach Holiday Hacks – For An Even Better Trip

Spread the loveI have learned a few coach holiday hacks over my 25 year career as a Tour Manager taking holidays all over the world. This list of coach holiday hacks is made up of things that I have l…

How Different Sized Coach Holiday Companies Operate

Spread the love In a recent online discussion I was reminded that coach holidays are not all the same, and how very true that is. My experience of coach holidays, and taking them all over the world fo…

Coach Holiday Expert Videos

Hotel Reviewer

Over 30 years staying in hotels, making me an expert guest!

Wick Hotel Alternative with Great Facilities and Right Beside NC500 Route – Sweet!

Spread the loveThinking About a Wick Hotel? Looking to stay in Wick? Thinking about a Wick hotel? Why not consider this great 2 double bedroomed apartment with free parking, fully equipped kitchen, al…

Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage – Professional Traveller Review 2021

Spread the love Looking for a Forres self catering holiday cottage? Dog friendly? Rural countryside location? Easy access to Forres? Surrounded by wildlife with walks on the doorstep? Great! Then chec…

Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Amazing Beach Location With Fab Facilities

Spread the love Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – 4 Night Stay We chose the Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira because we liked the location – right on the beach with easy access into Albufeira itself. G…

Vidamar Resort Algarve – Fantastic Everything There Resort in Beautiful Setting

Spread the love Vidamar Resort Algarve I stayed at the Vidamar Resort Algarve with a holiday group that I was taking on a trip through Portugal. I was the group Tour Manager and this was the firs…

Vilamoura Holiday – 2 Great Hotels Reviewed Plus Guide to Vilamoura Things To Do

Spread the loveA Vilamoura holiday is a great idea – it’s a quieter resort than it’s nearby neighbour Albufeira with a little more greenery and space around it. It’s a great ba…

Village Hotel, Solihull – Get a Sneak Peek Before Booking With a Video Guide

Spread the loveI chose to stay at the Village Hotel Solihull for 3 nights because I was on a leisure trip and I wanted to stay somewhere where I could easily get to and from Birmingham Airport. My fli…

Ibis Birmingham – What It’s Like, What’s Nearby & What To Do

Spread the loveAre you looking for a hotel within easy access of Birmingham New Street station? Are you looking for a city centre hotel with parking nearby? Want to be close to the Birmingham Hippodro…

Ibis Birmingham Airport – Real Traveller Review of 1 Night Stay 2020

Spread the loveIbis Birmingham Airport I stayed at the Ibis Budget Birmingham for one night, a Sunday, in February 2020. This was the 3rd hotel I stayed in during my trip and I stayed at the airport s…

Sofitel London Gatwick – Real Guest Review Overnight & Day Use

Spread the loveSofitel London Gatwick I have stayed at the Sofitel London Gatwick number of times. It is one of my favourite Gatwick hotels. I have stayed overnight and also used it for day use inbetw…

Hotel Reviewer Videos

It’s better to travel well than to arrive

Buddha

Latest Blog Posts

Wick Hotel Alternative with Great Facilities and Right Beside NC500 Route – Sweet!

Spread the love Thinking About a Wick Hotel? Looking to stay in Wick? Thinking about a Wick hotel? Why not consider this great 2 double bedroomed apartment with free parking, fully equipped kitchen, a…

Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage – Professional Traveller Review 2021

Spread the love Looking for a Forres self catering holiday cottage? Dog friendly? Rural countryside location? Easy access to Forres? Surrounded by wildlife with walks on the doorstep? Great! Then chec…

Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Amazing Beach Location With Fab Facilities

Spread the love Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – 4 Night Stay We chose the Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira because we liked the location – right on the beach with easy access into Albufeira itself. G…

Vidamar Resort Algarve – Fantastic Everything There Resort in Beautiful Setting

Spread the love Vidamar Resort Algarve I stayed at the Vidamar Resort Algarve with a holiday group that I was taking on a trip through Portugal. I was the group Tour Manager and this was the firs…

Vilamoura Holiday – 2 Great Hotels Reviewed Plus Guide to Vilamoura Things To Do

Spread the loveA Vilamoura holiday is a great idea – it’s a quieter resort than it’s nearby neighbour Albufeira with a little more greenery and space around it. It’s a great ba…

Village Hotel, Solihull – Get a Sneak Peek Before Booking With a Video Guide

Spread the loveI chose to stay at the Village Hotel Solihull for 3 nights because I was on a leisure trip and I wanted to stay somewhere where I could easily get to and from Birmingham Airport. My fli…

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