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The Professional Traveller – Helping You Travel More & Spend Less

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!

Read on for travel bargains, travel inspiration, hacks, guides and more.

If you want help to find your perfect coach holiday then jump straight to my Coach Holiday expert page

Meet The Professional Traveller Team

Working hard to sniff out the best deals and bargains

MELANIE

Professional Traveller

Very much like a dachshund myself. Determined to hunt out a bargain and sniff out great deals. Not great at being told what to do either!

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

Why I Am A Professional Traveller

Travelled professionally for over 30 years for business and work

Spent at least 3 months per year away travelling for over 30 years (7.5 years actually travelling)

Experienced in group travel as well as business travel

Solo female traveller

Hunt down bargains like a dachshund!

Professional Traveller Latest Blog Articles

Inverewe Gardens Scotland

Looking to visit Inverewe Gardens Scotland? Great – it’s an amazing place and it is well worth a visit. In this article you will find details of what is where at Inverewe plus some photogr…

Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays With Furry Friends

Looking for dog friendly cottages Inverness? Great – then this post is for you! I’ve handpicked a selection of houses, cottages and apartments around the Inverness area which are all pet f…

Lodges with Hot Tubs Inverness – Bubbly Blissful Super Stays

Well you are in the right place! In this article you will find some great lodges with hot tubs in and around Inverness. Inverness is a great base for a stay in the Highlands, giving you great access t…

Holiday Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays In the Heart of the City

Are you looking for holiday cottages Inverness? Cottages close to the action? Great then this is just the right place for you Check out this guide to holiday cottages Inverness, including information …

Hilton Aberdeen Teca – Airport and City Hotel

Looking for a real guest review of the Hilton Aberdeen Teca? Check out this review, including a video tour of a bedroom, from a 1 night stay in July 2021 Included in the review are details of the car …

7 Year Long Travel Insurance Golden Rules For Peace of Mind

Looking for Year long travel insurance? Having travelled professionally for over 30 years and taken many groups overseas in my role as a coach holiday Tour Manager I have seen how important it is to h…

Green List Travel 2021 – What You Really Need to Know

Want to know more about green list travel 2021 options? Want to understand more about travel during Covid19? Want to learn what things to consider before booking your travel? Well that’s fab new…

Duncansby Stacks Walk – Fab Views & Stacks of Seabirds

Looking to visit Duncansby Stacks? Want to know how to reach it and what is there? Great. Then check out my review of summer 2021 visit to Duncansby Stacks including pictures and a video of this fanta…

Lonsdale House Bowness – A Quirky, Fun & Great Stay

Are you looking for somewhere to stay in Bowness on Windemere? If so check out this review of Lonsdale House Bowness, a great hotel located just at the top of the main street in Bowness, within easy r…

Great Wick Self Catering Property – On NC500

Looking for a Wick Self Catering Property? Looking to stay in Wick? Looking for a self catering property? Why not consider this great 2 double bedroomed apartment with free parking, fully equipped kit…

Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage

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 check out my review …

Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Fab Hotel With Amazing Location

Are you looking for a great hotel in Albufeira? Right on the beach? With great facilities? Well fab. You are in the right place. Check out my review of a 4 night stay at this lovely beachfront hotel. …

Vidamar Resort Algarve – Fantastic Resort Hotel in Fab Location

Are you looking for a great resort styled hotel with everything in one place? Then check out my review of a 3 night stay at the Vidamar Resort Algarve. It’s a lovely hotel, with great rooms, plu…

Vilamoura Holiday – 2 Great Hotels & Things To D

Are you considering a Vilamoura holiday? Well that’s great to hear – it’s a lovely destination. Check out this post which includes things to do in Vilamoura and reviews of two lovely…

Village Hotel, Solihull – 3 Night Stay Review Including Video

Looking to stay at the Village Hotel Solihull? It’s in a great location for Birmingham airport and has a restaurant, coffee shop, gym and spa as well. Check out this review of a 3 night stay. I …

Ibis Birmingham New Street – What It’s Like & What’s Nearby

Are 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 Hippodrome, the Chinese…

Ibis Birmingham Airport – Budget Hotel Review

Are you looking for a good budget priced hotel? This Ibis Birmingham Airport is located just across from the terminal. It’s just a short walk away and has great prices available. Check out my re…

Sofitel London Gatwick – Great Hotel for Layovers & Overnights

Are you looking for a handily located Gatwick hotel? The Sofitel London Gatwick is linked by a walkway to the North Terminal. It’s super convenient and great for an overnight stay. It’s al…

Courtyard by Marriott Inverness – Great Hotel Next to the Airport

Are you looking for a great hotel right beside Inverness airport? The Courtyard by Marriott Inverness is located just a few steps from Inverness airport. It’s a lovely modern hotel with front fa…

Suitel Bosphorus Taksim – 3 Night Stay Review Solo Female Stay

Looking to stay in Istanbul? Check out my review of the Suitel Bosphorus Taksim. I booked a stay at the Suitel Bosphorus Taksim for 4 nights in late October 2019/early November 2019. It was my first v…

Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel – Fab Airport Hotel With Restaurant

Are you looking to stay beside Sabiha Gokcen airport? Check out my review of the ISG Sabiha Gokcen Airport hotel – it’s a lovely hotel, with great rooms and just a short shuttle (free) rid…

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

Airport Lounges

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

Professional Traveller Travel Hacks to Help You Travel Like A Pro!

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

Professional Traveller – Travel Essentials for Great Trips

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 InspirationScottish Highlands

Travel Inspiration – Europe

Travel Inspiration – Scotland

Newton Stewart – Pretty town on the River Cree

Travel Inspiration – England

Why I Am A Coach Holiday Expert

Spent over 25 years taking groups on coach holidays all over the world

Worked for several different coach holiday companies

Trained other Tour Managers on behalf of coach holiday companies

Taken special interest groups, private groups and trips to events and concerts

Did coach holidays before there were cheap flights!

Coach Holiday Expert Blog Articles

The Top 4 Coach Holiday Myths Busted!

Have you ever considered a coach holiday? There are many coach holiday myths about this type of holiday. Having spent 25 years taking coach holidays all over the world as a Tour Manager I’m here…

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

Ever wondered what a coach holiday tour manager does? Well this article is an in depth look at the role based on my 25 year experience of being a coach holiday Tour Manager for various coach holiday c…

Highland Coach Holiday – A Great Way to Discover the Highlands

Looking for a Highland coach holiday? One which is based in Inverness with trips out? A Highland coach holiday which you can join by plane, train or drive yourself? Great – because SAGA have a n…

Coach Holiday Trends – Exciting Changes For the Future

Interested in coach holidays? Want to learn about some exciting coach holiday trends? I’ve spent over 25 years working as a coach holiday Tour Manager, taking coach holidays all over the world. …

10 Coach Holiday Hacks – For An Even Better Trip

Looking for some coach holiday hacks to help you have an even better trip? I have learned a few coach holiday hacks over my 25 year career as a Tour Manager taking holidays all over the world. This li…

Coach Holiday Company Differences – 4 Things To Consider

Every considered coach holiday company differences when thinking of booking? There are big differences between smaller and larger coach holidays and these can have an impact on all aspects of the coac…

6 Reasons Why You Should Avoid a Coach Holiday (Or Not!)

Ever thought about a coach holiday? Heard lots of reasons why you should avoid a coach holiday? In this article I want to discuss some of the most common issues I have experienced over my 25 year care…

Coach Trip Terminology – What’s An Orientation Tour?

Heard the phrase ‘orientation tour’ and not sure what it means? Well this article on coach trip terminology explains why these types of tours are sometimes a feature of coach holidays and …

Coach Trips – 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Book

Having spent 25 years taking coach tour trips all over the world, as a Tour Manager, I have seen my guests experience all sorts of problems and issues. Many of those issues could have been preven…

Australia Tours – 4 Top Tours Compared Side by Side

Are you looking for Australia Tours? Considering the trip of a lifetime to this wonderful country? Great! Then I have something that might help finding your perfect tour a little easier. I’ve co…

Azores Island Hopping

Are you looking for an Azores island hopping holiday? Do you want inside tips and information about the itinerary from someone who has been? Great! You are in the exactly the right place. I have taken…

9 Reasons To Choose A Coach Holiday

Considering a coach holiday? Here are 9 reasons to choose a coach holiday, based on my 25 year career as a coach holiday Tour Manager. Here is a list of the top 9 things my guests have told me about t…

Coach Holidays and Covid19 – Potential Holiday Impacts

Do you want to understand more about coach holidays and Covid19 impacts? As the travel industry as a whole has been severaly impacted by Covid19 let’s look at coach holidays and Covid19 impacts …

It’s better to travel well than to arrive

Buddha

Do not dare, not to dare

C S Lewis