Coach holidays & Covid in Scotland – somehow we are still talking about it in 2022 🙁 It’s shaping up to be a very busy year here in Scotland which is great, but there are still some Covid points to consider and be aware of. I’ve just been on my first trip of the year, as a guest, to learn a new tour that I will be leading to Shetland. Unfortunately, several of the group, contracted Covid19 during the trip. My recent trip made me reflect on coach holidays, health policies, Covid policies and insurance policies – all of these… Read More »Coach Holidays & Covid in Scotland – 2022 Update
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- Top 4 Coach Holiday Myths Busted
- 9 Reasons to Choose a Coach Holiday
- 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know About Coach Trips
- 10 Coach Holiday Hacks
- Plus holiday comparisons such as Holidays to the Azores and Australia Tours, with in depth insight and insider tips.
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Looking to stay in Strathpeffer? Well check out this review of the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer, which includes a video tour of the room. What is the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Like? The Highland Hotel is a large hotel in a historic building. The hotel has a wood panelled lounge and dining area and some stained glass windows. The hotel is set at the top of the hill overlooking Strathpeffer village. There are trees and greenery around the hotel and it is a very easy walk into the village itself. The Highland Hotel has been used extensively as a hotel for tour… Read More »Highland Hotel Strathpeffer Review: Great Stay With Our Dog
Are you interested in a Scottish Highlands Railways holiday? Well fabulous! Check out this in depth review of one of the most popular Scottish Highlands Railways holiday. This tour has run for many years so is well established. It includes; Regional flights from the UK to Edinburgh 4 nights half board accommodation in a Highland hotel Ride of the Kyle of Lochalsh railway line and return journey by boach Ride of the Fort William to Mallaig railway line, crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct and return journey by coach Ride of the Strathspey Steam Railway, visit to Aviemore and Highland Folk Museum… Read More »Scottish Highlands Railway Holiday – Detailed Review With Helpful Hints & Tips
Do you find it difficult to fall asleep? Does your mind have difficulty shutting down? Well then check out this review of my favourite sleep app which is ideal for travellers! 1. Sleep App for Travelling – Calm Sleep App The Calm Sleep App is like a bedtime story app for adults. It’s a paid app and is £36 a year. Calm is actually much more than just a sleep app. Here are some of the features that it has; Soundscapes – background sounds, ideal for helping concentration Sleep Stories – much more on these later! Daily Sparks – short… Read More »Sleep App For Travelling – A Travelling Bedtime Essential!
Is Baku Good for a Holiday? Baku is not visited by many people from the UK, making it feel quite undiscovered. It’s in the earlier stages of tourism development giving it a unique feel. It is very easy to explore on foot and public transport. The history of Baku is really interesting and there is fantastic food and drink too. The people in Baku are friendly and welcoming. All of these things make a Baku holiday a great idea. Read my review of a 4 night tip as a solo female traveller to Baku. It was a wonderful trip which… Read More »Baku Holiday Review: Check Out Why Baku is Great to Visit
Are you looking interested in airport lounge access? Are you a regular user of lounges and looking for airport lounge membership comparison to find you best option? Great! That’s exactly what you will find right here. First let’s answer one of the most common questions when it comes to airport lounge membership plans. What’s the Best Airport Lounge Membership Plan? The best is one that provides the most lounge access for the lowest price based on your travel plans and frequency of use. There are difference membership plans available depending on whether you travel mainly in the UK, Europe or… Read More »Airport Lounge Membership Comparison: Which is Best for You?
Considering a Valencia city break? You absolutely should as it’s a fantastic city. Check out this guide to a Valencia city break and get ideas for your own trip. First let’s deal with a common question! Is Valencia Worth a Visit? Valencia is less visited than some other cities such as Barcelona. This gives it a less touristy feel. However, the city still has fantastic attractions such as the science area, the gorgeous parks, the old city and the crazy Fallas festival each Spring. It is very easy to explore on foot, the food is great, prices are reasonable and… Read More »Valencia City Break Review: Check Out This Fabulous Friendly City
Is Riga A Good City Break? Riga has so many attractions. There is a wonderful old town with historic buildings and cute cafes. The Art Nouveau district has some fabulous architecture to admire. There is a lovely canal running through the city with boat trips on it, and around the canal are lovely gardens. Riga is home to the amazing National Library of Latvia – a wonderfully modern building. It’s also home to the largest food market in Europe, packed with tempting tastes and flavours. It’s a great option for a varied and wonderful city break. Read on for my… Read More »Riga City Break Review: Fantastic City with Great Food & Discoveries
Have you ever wondered what a coach holiday driver does? Over the years I have worked with more than 100 coach drivers, all over the world. Let’s start with what the role of a coach driver actually is. What Is the Role of a Coach Driver? The coach driver is responsible for driving the coach in accordance with the driving time rules and regulations. These stipulate how much driving can be done in a day and how often breaks must be taken. The coach driver is also responsible for keeping the coach clean inside and out, and filling it with… Read More »The Coach Holiday Driver – An Essential Part of a Great Coach Holiday
Are you a single traveller? There are several coach holidays for single travellers. Here are the main 3 types of coach holidays available; How To Go On a Coach Holiday If You Are Single As a single traveller you have three main options when it comes to coach holidays. There are dedicated single traveller coach holiday companies that just cater for single/solo travellers. There are regular coach holidays where a minority of the travellers with be single amongst the group. Some companies are now specific departure dates within their holiday program for single travellers i.e. everyone on board will be… Read More »Coach Holidays for Single Travellers – 3 Key Things to Know
Are you planning a Southerness self catering holiday? Well check out this review based on a 1 week stay in Southerness in November 2021. 1. Southerness Self Catering – Getting To Southerness Southerness is a coastal village located south of Dumfries. It is about 25 minutes from Dumfries centre. 2. Southerness Self Catering – Southerness Village – What’s There? The village of Southerness is dominated by the caravan park. It stretches around the bay and has it’s own entertainment centre, restaurant, takeaway, swimming pool and leisure facilities. There are some residences and along the shore there are a number of… Read More »Southerness Self Catering Review: Video Tour of Dog Friendly Chalet
Are you planning on visiting Southerness? Want some ideas of things to do in the area? Great then check out this list of things we did during our week long stay in November 2021. (If you want to check out the holiday cottage we stayed in have a look at Southerness Self Catering, which includes a video tour inside the property) 1. Southerness Things to Do – Streetlights Cafe, Castle Douglas Streetlights was one of the first cafes we visited during our holiday and it was fabulous. It was a dog friendly cafe, which we didn’t know at first but… Read More »Southerness Things To Do – Cute Cafes, Wonderful Wildlife & Sandy Beaches
Are you looking for a hotel in Uttoxeter? Check out this review including a video tour of the Bank House Uttoxeter. It’s definitely a bit quirky! 1. The Bank House Uttoxeter: Address and Telephone Number The Bank House Uttoxeter Address; Church St, Uttoxeter ST14 8AG The Bank House Uttoxeter Telephone Number; 01889 566922 2. The Bank House Uttoxeter: Directions If you approach the hotel from the Dove roundabout take a right turn in Silver Street and you will come to a car park. Enter the car park and then to the left you will see the car park for The… Read More »The Bank House Uttoxeter Review: Quirky Hotel In City Centre with Friendly Pigeons
Are you looking for a great hotel that is minutes from Luton Airport? With comfy rooms and good prices? Then check out my review of a 1 night stay at the Holiday Inn Luton Airport including a video room tour. 1. Holiday Inn Luton Airport Location The address of the Holiday Inn Luton Airport is; London Luton Airport, Airport Way, Luton LU2 9LF The telephone number of the Holiday Inn Luton Airport is; 01582 218111 2. Holiday Inn Luton Airport to Terminal There is a shuttle service that runs between the Holiday Inn Luton Airport and the airport terminal building. Shuttle… Read More »Holiday Inn Luton Airport Review: Great Value, Easy To Access – Ideal Overnight
Is Sleeperz Dundee Good for a City Break? Sleeperz Dundee is a great option for a city break. It’s opposite the V&A Museum, opposite HMS Dundee and it’s right over the train station. It is easy to walk to the city centre attractions, restaurants and cafes too. It’s got modern rooms and a nice bar and restaurant area too. Check out this review of Sleeperz Dundee, including a video tour of a room, to see if it’s your perfect stay. You can also find great hotel prices for the whole of the Dundee area quickly! 1. Sleeperz Dundee Address and… Read More »Sleeperz Dundee Review: Fab City Break Hotel Opp. V&A
Thinking of visiting Brodie Castle? You should because it really is a lovely spot. With lovely grounds to walk in, a quirky castle, cute cafe and a fabulous play area what’s not to like? Check out this guide for all you need to know 1. Brodie Castle: Address and Telephone Number Brodie Castle address is; Brodie, Forres IV36 2TE Brodie Castle telephone number is; 01309 641700 2. Brodie Castle: Location Brodie Castle is located just off the A96. The castle is accessed by following the signs off the A96 for Brodie Castle which is not the same place as Brodie… Read More »Brodie Castle Review: A Quirky Castle & A Fabulous Play Area
Are you looking for a great hotel in the heart of Aberdeen? Jurys Inn Aberdeen is at the heart of all the action. Check out this review, including a video tour of a room, to see if it’s your perfect stay. 1. Jurys Inn Aberdeen – Address and Telephone Number The address of Jurys Inn Aberdeen is; Union Square, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 5RG The telephone number of Jurys Inn Aberdeen is; 01224 381200 2. Jurys Inn Aberdeen: Location Jurys Inn Aberdeen is located in Union Square. It is part of the Union Square shopping centre. 3. Getting to Jurys… Read More »Jurys Inn Aberdeen Review: A Great Hotel for a City Break
Are you thinking of taking a Douro river cruise? It’s a gorgeous region of Portugal. I’m lucky enough to have taken this cruise, so before we jump in here’s why I think the Douro is a great cruising option; Is the Douro Valley Worth Visiting? Absolutely! The Douro Valley is awash with stunning scenery. From picturesque Porto to wonderful wine valleys there is always a great view. The Douro Valley is in the more rural Northern part of the country giving it a friendly, relaxing and easy feel. Cruising the Douro Valley is a great way to enjoy the scenery… Read More »Douro River Cruise Review: All You Need to Know About This Stunning Trip
Are you looking to visit the Highlands of Scotland? Looking for Highland cottages with hot tubs so you can enjoy some bubbly holiday bliss? Great – well here is a selection picked just for you with some notes from me to help you find you perfect stay! I’ve organised this list in ascending price order. All these properties take dogs too (there is generally a charge for dogs) (If you haven’t visited the Highlands before then I would recommend 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit the Highlands – it will help you get the most from this… Read More »14 Dog Friendly Highland Cottages with Hot Tubs – Bubbly Bliss
What Are Inverewe Gardens Scotland? Inverewe Gardens are botanical gardens set on the West coast of Scotland. They are warmed by the Gulf Stream enabling them to grow a much wider variety of plants than is normally possible in Scotland. The results are stunning gardens which are packed full of interest whatever your age. Planning on visiting Inverewe Gardens Scotland? Well that’s great because they are well worth it! Read on for everything you need to plan your visit. 2022 Update! The house is now open to visit. It’s well worth a stroll through. Don’t miss the quirky light fitting… Read More »Inverewe Gardens Scotland – All You Need to Know
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 friendly. They all include WIFI, linens and heating too. I’ve given a sense of the location of each property so get reading and find your perfect stay today. Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness 1. 1 Bedroomed Property in the Heart of the City Beside the River Ness 2 Dogs 🐕🐕 Douglas Row is a terraced cottage located very close to the main shopping area of Inverness. It is located beside… Read More »10 Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness: Happy Doggie Holidays
Looking for some super cute lodges with hot tubs Inverness? Well you are in the right place! Inverness is a great base for a stay in the Highlands, giving you great access to all the attractions that the Highlands has to offer. For now let’s get cracking finding you a great lodge with a hot tub to stay in! Lodges with Hot Tubs Inverness 1. Luxury Lodge For 2 In the Heart of the City The Treehoose is tucked into a quiet corner of Inverness. It’s very near to everything yet it’s location gives it a quiet and tranquil feel.… Read More »6 Lodges with Hot Tubs In Inverness For Bubbly Blissful City Stays
Why Should You Choose Inverness for Your Holiday Cottage? Inverness is a great location making it wasy to travel North, South, East and West with plenty of attractions in each direction. Whilst a city Inverness is actually more like a town – with a total population of just 80,000 people. It is easy to use the trains from Inverness and enjoy lovely journeys such as the world famous Kyle line. Inverness also has a great selection of restaurants including Turkish, Vegan, Mexican and more. Nearby Loch Ness is just 20 minutes away – easy to reach on a guided tour,… Read More »Holiday Cottages Inverness – Great Holiday Homes In & Around the City
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 parking, facilities and getting to the Hilton Aberdeen Teca. 1. Hilton Aberdeen Teca: Address The Hilton Aberdeen TECA address is; East Burn Road Aberdeen AB21 9FX The Hilton Aberdeen TECA phone number is; 01224 984111 2. Hilton Aberdeen: Location The Hilton Aberdeen is located just off the A96, right beside the P&J events arena. It is also very close to Aberdeen… Read More »Hilton Aberdeen TECA Review: Great For the Airport & Events
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 have travel insurance that is there when you need it. Here are my top tips, learned through dealing with many different insurance claims with guests, on what you need to know. This article is aimed at year long travel insurance but most of the items apply to any travel insurance. Year Long Travel Insurance Golden Rule Number 1 Declare All Your Existing Health Conditions You… Read More »7 Year Long Travel Insurance Golden Rules For Peace of Mind
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 news because you are in the right place! In this article I am going to talk you through some of things you need to consider before booking your travel, help you understand some of the potential risks and complications and help you to avoid any unnecessary complications. Green List Travel 2021 – What Does This Actually Mean? The Governments of the UK have developed a colour coded system… Read More »Green List Travel 2021 – What You Really Need to Know
Check out this review of my visit to Duncansby Stacks, a stunning walk located just a few miles from John O’Groats. But first an important question! What Are the Stacks of Duncansby? Duncansby Stacks are a series of dramatic sea stacks located at Duncansby Head. They are very easy to visit and crammed with seabirds including puffins (depending on time of year). They are very close to John O’Groats in Scotland. Want to know to reach them? Want to know what there is to see? Great. Then check out my review which includes my photos and videos. 1. Where Are… Read More »Duncansby Stacks Review: Stunning Walk Nr John O’Groats
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 reach of all the attractions. Londsdale House Bowness – A Great Stay A very memorable stay with lots of laughs and a gorgeous four poster attic room Due to attending a training course in Bowness on Windemere I needed to stay at a hotel for 3 nights, ideally close to where the training course was taking place. I chose Lonsdale House Bowness because… Read More »Lonsdale House Bowness – A Quirky, Fun & Great Stay
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 kitchen, all linen and towels, great lounge with Neflix and Freeview on the TV within a 10 minute walk of Wick High Street? It’s also right on the NC500 route! Sound interesting? It’s great value and a great place to stay – they even provide all the fabric conditioner and washing powder so it’s a good chance to get your washing done. Check out my review of this… Read More »Great Wick Self Catering Property – On NC500
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 of a Wee Gem, a fabulous Forres self catering holiday cottage just 3.5 miles from Forres itself. Here is everything you need to know including a video tour of the inside of the cottage. Forres Self Catering Cottage – Booking Wee Gem I booked A Wee Gem through Cottages.com because I had previously booked a holiday cottage stay but had been unable to go due to travel restrictions in… Read More »Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage
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 the 4 Star Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira. 1. Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Location The Sol E Mar is located in Albufeira. This is one of the main resorts in the Algarve. The hotel itself is located beside the sea in a great location for exploring the old town and beach areas alike. 2. Getting to the Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira Fo our stay we booked a… Read More »Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira – Fab Algarve Hotel With Amazing 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, plus spa facilities, beach access and a choice of restaurants. 1. Vidamar Resort Algarve – Address The address of the Vidamar Resort Algarve is: R. da Boca da Alagoa Lote 1, 8200-424 Guia, Portugal The telephone number of the Vidamar Resort Algarve is: +351 289 038 000 2. Vidamar Resort Algarve – Location The Vidamar Resort is set close to the gorgeous Algarve coast.… Read More »Vidamar Resort Algarve Review – Fantastic Resort Hotel in Fab Location
Are you considering a Vilamoura holiday? Well that’s great to hear – it’s a lovely destination and I enjoyed a lovely holiday there. Read on for everything I learned during my holiday in Vilamoura including things to do, a fabulous circular drive and two great hotels that I stayed in. First off let’s deal with a common question visitors ask; Is Vilamoura Nicer Than Albufeira? For a holiday experience that is a bit quieter and calmer then Vilamoura is a better choice than Albufeira. There are great facilities, a lovely marina and lots of green spaces. Vilamoura is still within… Read More »Vilamoura Holiday Review: Top Tips and Info To Help You Plan
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 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 flights to the Scottish Highlands were to and from Birmingham Airport with Flybe (these flights are now operated by Loganair). Getting to the Village Hotel Solihull I had… Read More »Village Hotel Solihull – Great Resort Style Hotel Nr Airport
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 Quarter, the Bullring market? Well the Ibis Birmingham New Street is in a great location for you. Check out my review of a one night stay in March 2019. 1. Getting to the Ibis Birmingham New Street Station It’s around a 10 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station to the Ibis Birmingham New Street hotel. The map shows the route I took which seemed… Read More »Ibis Birmingham New Street – Great Location in the City Centre
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 review of a one night stay. Ibis 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 so I didn’t have to worry about travelling to the airport for my flight the next day. Birmingham Airport has flight connections to the Scottish… Read More »Ibis Birmingham Airport – Budget Hotel Review
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 also great for layovers or even to relax in the lounge area. Sofitel 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 inbetween flights. The hotel has 4.5 out of 5 from over 41,000 reviews, so it sounds like plenty of other guests like it… Read More »Sofitel London Gatwick – Great Hotel for Layovers & Overnights
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 visit to Istanbul, a city I had wanted to visit for a long time. The pictures on the internet looked nice and the location looked handy for the things I wanted to visit, as well as for public transport connections from Taksim Square. Arriving Suitel Bosphorus Taksim I arrived later in the evening due to my flight time and getting from the airport in… Read More »Suitel Bosphorus Taksim – 3 Night Stay Review Solo Female Stay
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) ride to the airport. The Sabiha Gokcen Airport hotel is actually an onsite hotel called the ISG Airport Hotel. I stayed for one night in early November 2019 as I was flying out the next day from Sabiha Gokcen to Baku. Getting to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel I arrived on one of the transfer buses from Taksim Square which drops passengers at the upper level… Read More »Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel – Fab Airport Hotel With Restaurant
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 to help bust some of the most common coach holiday myths. Let’s crack on! Coach Holiday Myths – Let’s Get Busting! 1. Coach Holiday Myths – Only for Really Old People! Absolutely not. This is one of the most pervasive coach holiday myths. People often tell me that they aren’t old enough yet to take a coach holiday! Coach holidays attract a wide variety of… Read More »The Top 4 Coach Holiday Myths Busted!
Are you planning on visiting the Highlands? 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 years and I still absolutely love it. There is always something new to see, a new delight, a new surprise – I’ve never lived anywhere like it. If you want to find out a bit more about what the Scottish Highlands are like then check out my page which includes more about what makes up the Highlands, what there is, what there isn’t and what it is like… Read More »10 Important Things To Know Before Visiting the Highlands
Have you ever wondered what a coach holiday tour manager really does? It might seem like a perfect holiday job but it is far from that. It’s a wide reaching, varied and challenging role. First we need to know a bit more about what a Tour Manager actually is. What Is a Coach Holiday Tour Manager? A coach holiday Tour Manager is the person responsible for managing the holiday from the time it departs to the time it returns. This involves ensuring that guests experience the holiday they booked in line with their holiday contract. The Tour Manager is responsible… Read More »What a Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does – It’s Alot!
Thinking of visiting Loch Ness? Why not drive the complete way round it on this circular easy one day Loch Ness tour. Most 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 of Loch Ness is much less visited than the Western side but the views are stunning, plus there are plenty of things to see so it is well worth a visit. Here is an itinerary for your own Loch Ness Tour – a beautiful circular drive… Read More »Loch Ness Tour – Fab Views, Cute Cafes & A Great Drive
Are you looking for a Highland coach holiday? One which is based in Inverness with trips out to the surrounding Highlands? A Highland coach holiday which you can join by plane, train or drive yourself? Great – because SAGA have a new holiday for 2021 called the ‘Scottish Highlands Escape’. Having spent 25 years taking tours all over the world as a coach holiday Tour Manager I’m a bit of a coach holiday expert. Here is my detailed review of the Scottish Highlands Escape itinerary with practical information to help you get the most from this trip I have also… Read More »Highland Coach Holiday – A Lovely Way to Discover the Highlands
Interested in coach holidays? Want to learn about some exciting coach holiday trends and see what changes might stick around? I’ve spent over 25 years working as a coach holiday Tour Manager, taking coach holidays all over the world. It’s a great way to travel and it’s an industry that is always changing and adapting. There are some positive coach holiday trends which have come about as a result of Covid, although the industry was one of the hardest hit, due to the nature of it’s travel. Let’s see what’s been changing. 1. Coach Holiday Trends in 2021 It will… Read More »Coach Holiday Trends
10 Coach Holiday Hacks based on over 25 years taking coach holidays all over the world. Some hacks I have gleaned from my guests and some are my own. They will help you travel like a Coach Holiday Expert
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 coach holiday experience. In this article I look at 4 main coach holiday company differences you consider when choosing a coach holiday company. Read on to get an idea of what type of coach holiday might suit your holiday plans. Coach Holiday Company Differences Number 1 Designing New Holidays There are some significant coach holiday company differences to consider when looking at how new tours are designed. Let’s look… Read More »Coach Holiday Company Differences – 4 Key Things to Know
Have you heard lots of bad things about coach holidays? As a result have you tended to avoid a coach holiday as an option for your travels? In this article I want to discuss some of the most common issues I have experienced over my 25 year career as a coach holiday tour manager. Instead of encouraging you to avoid a coach holiday completely I want to share how you can easily overcome the most common problems, which are often caused by misconceptions or lack of research. 1. Should You Avoid a Coach Holiday If You Don’t Like Other People?… Read More »Don’t Avoid a Coach Holiday – 6 Common Issues & How to Overcome Them
Do 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! Happy Travel Hacks 1 Learn a Few Words of the Local Language Taking a bit of time to learn a few words of the local language shows respect and appreciation for other cultures when you are travelling. It’s one of my favourite happy travel hacks as it helps me to feel like I am experiencing the destination a bit more deeply. With the… Read More »12 Happy Travel Hacks To Leave a Trail of Beautiful Smiles
Are you looking for flight hacks to find cheap flights? Great – I’ve got a list of them right here! Read on to find some great tips to help you save money. Fab Flight Hacks for Finding Bargains Who doesn’t love a travel bargain! Travelling more and spending less is a great way to make your travel budget stretch to the absolute maximum. Finding a cheap flight is a great way to kick off your trip and can even lead to some travel inspiration by planning your travels around where is cheapest. Number 1 of Flight Hacks Search Everywhere from… Read More »6 Amazing Flight Hacks for Cheap Deals To Great Places
In 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 changes have meant reduced services, and we are all unable to travel at the minute but this is to help you plan how to visit the Highlands if it’s somewhere on your bucket list when we can all get travelling again. Getting to the Highlands – Flights At present there is much reduced capacity in relation to flights to Inverness. This is likely to change in the future as… Read More »Getting to The Highlands – By Plane, Train or Automobile!
Have you seen the phrase ‘orientation tour’ and wondered what this coach trip terminology actually means? Do you know what the difference is between a orientation tour and a guided tour? There are some key differences you need to know about. Before we look at that let’s first cover what an orientation tour is. What Is An Orientation Tour? In relation to coach holidays an orientation tour is a tour led by someone who is not a qualified local guide. It’s purpose is to give you general practical information to help you find your way round. The tour might cover… Read More »Coach Trip Terminology – What Does an Orientation Tour Really Mean?
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 prevented completely – saving guests money and frustration as a result. This list is based on the 10 most common issues I’ve seen guests experience on coach trips and how you can easily avoid the same issues. It’s all about knowing what to ask, look for or consider before you get to booking any coach trips, ensuring that the one you book is perfect for you.… Read More »Coach Trips – 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Book
Are you looking for Australia Tours from the UK? 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 compared Australia tours from 4 of the biggest operators, giving you detailed information on their itinerary to help you find which tour might suit you best. Tour itineraries do change and this article is meant to help you narrow down your choices for further research of your own – after all you know what you are interested in and what a tour that suits you… Read More »Australia Tours: 3 Top Trips Compared – Find Your Ideal One
Looking to stay at the Inverness airport hotel? Then check out this review of a 1 night stay. It includes a video tour of the room and views from the room which were of the runway! Read on for everything you need to know and to find the best prices available online for this great hotel. This hotel is the nearest to Inverness airport. There is no need for a shuttle because the airport is a 2 minute walk from the hotel front door. In December 2020 I stayed for one night at the new Inverness airport hotel. This is… Read More »Inverness Airport Hotel Review: Right Next to the Terminal!
What is the Easyjet Baggage Allowance? The allowance varies depending what type of seat or fare you have booked. For a standard seat you can bring one underseat case or bag that fits under the seat infront of you. The total size must be 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. Check this guide and work to work out what the best and cheapest Easyjet baggage option is for you. Here is everything you need to know about what you can take and what it will cost. Check it out now and don’t pay any more than you need to. 1. Easyjet… Read More »Easyjet Baggage – Allowances, Costs & All You Need to Know
Are you looking for some packing hacks to help you travel with just what you need? I’ve been travelling professionally for 30 years, I’ve learned lots about packing – mostly the hard way! Let me share with you my 9 Packing Hacks to shortcut you to happy packing! So let’s jump into my list of packing hacks to help you travel more lightly on your next trip, but also ensure you have everything you need. 1. Packing Hacks – Take Two Pairs of Shoes & Wear the Heaviest When Flying I have to confess I am not a shoe addict… Read More »9 Tried and Tested Easy Travel Packing Hacks
Looking for a Newton Stewart holiday cottage? Great – it’s a gorgeous place to visit. Check out the review of a super cute holiday cottage right beside the River Cree. I’ve also covered things to do in the area and some alternative holiday accommodation available locally. Review of Week Long Stay in Newton Stewart Holiday Cottage In November 2020 I spent a lovely week in a Newton Stewart holiday cottage called Minnow Cottage, a one bedroom cottage bungalow set right beside the River Cree, so close it was almost in the River Cree actually! Newton Stewart is a lovely part… Read More »Fabulous Newton Stewart Holiday Cottage Right Beside River Cree
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 5 or 6 British groups on holidays to the Azores Island Hopping and it is somewhere I really enjoy visiting. If you haven’t already read it I would recommend my Azores Holidays Guide . This gives you a detailed overview of the main hotels, the main places visited, excursions and much more – it’s everything you need to know about the Azores, what to see and… Read More »Azores Island Hopping – In Depth Review of Fantastic Great Value Tour
A coach holiday group arrival can often be stressful – for hotel staff, for guests and for Tour Managers! For guests the check in experience can colour their view of their stay at the hotel. This case study relates to a coach holiday group arrival at a UK hotel in 2019, and gives an idea of the impact a badly organised check in can have on a coach holiday group. Background to Coach Holiday Group Arrival We had left our hotel at 8am that morning, made two comfort stops and had a 3 hour stop for lunch which included a… Read More »Chaotic Coach Holiday Group Arrival – A Negative First Impression
I am lucky to have spent over 25 years taking coach holidays all over the world. In my role as a coach holiday Tour Manager I’ve met thousands of lovely passengers. They have told me the reasons they have chosen to take a coach holiday. Before we jump into my guests reason for choosing this type of holiday are these type of holidays a good idea in general? Is A Coach Holiday A Good Idea? A coach holiday can be a fantastic way to travel. Like any holiday there is lots of variety so research is vital to find the… Read More »9 Reasons To Choose A Coach Holiday – By Real Travellers
A little confession! Ahead of my first job as a Tour Manager taking Azores Holidays I didn’t know where the islands were! I’ve been lucky enough to visit 5 times I think, so let me share with you everything I know about this fantastic place and why you should consider it for a holiday. 1. Are Azores Holidays Worth Considering? Having discovered this group of islands I was amazed by the diversity of the islands. Each one that I visited was completely different to the previous one, with different foods, a different feel and it’s own culture and style. I… Read More »Azores Holidays – Why You Should Visit These Stunning Islands
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 – as there may be some things you hadn’t considered. Airlines have already been promoting what they are going to do to keep their travellers safe, introducing everything from compulsory face masks, to extra cleaning as well as removing onboard bistro services, cash payments and much more. Airports have also been introducing measures such as temperature checks, more use of online and ticketless travel and revised queuing… Read More »Coach Holidays and Covid19 – Potential Holiday Impacts
Reelig Glen Is An Easy Walk Near Inverness Are you looking for an interesting walk within easy reach of Inverness? This is a fantastic walk with everything you could wish for – a riverside walk, a grotto, amazing trees and a couple of waterfalls too. It’s spectacular in any season. 1. Getting to Reelig Glen Reelig Glen is easily reach from the A862. This is the road that runs between Inverness and Beauly. If you are heading from Beauly towards Inverness you head out of Beauly, cross of the river (the bridge with the traffic lights) and continue along the… Read More »Reelig Glen – A Magical & Easy Circular Walk With Fab Views and a Grotto!
If you are thinking of visiting the Scottish Highlands then fab! This article is an in depth look at the place I’ve been lucky enough to call home for 18 years. It’s a stunning destination to visit, whatever the time of year and packed with interesting things to discover. Here’s my overview on why the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic place to visit. (Just so you know the photos in this post have all been taken by me.) google maps widget html 1. Where Exactly Are the Scottish Highlands? The Scottish Highlands is at the top of the mainland of… Read More »The Scottish Highlands – A Stunning Destination Anytime of Year
Looking to visit Plodda Falls? Check out all you need to know about this fantastic circular walk. It’s got huge trees, dramatic falls and cakes. Plodda Falls – Drama, History and a Cake Shed! Despite having lived in the Scottish Highlands for around 15 years and being a real fan of waterfalls I had never realised Plodda Falls was so nearby. Of course I had explored the lovely Glen Affric area before, and had poked around of the Loch Ness area. I am also well acquainted with the Forestry Commission Scotland website which gives places to visits – but somehow… Read More »Plodda Falls – A Beautiful Circular Walk With Dramatic Falls
Are you looking great Inverness hotel deals? Looking for a locals guide to help you find the best hotel for your stay? Want to find the best price quickly and easily? Then yippee you are in the right place. I’ve been in the Highlands for 17 years and I’ve stayed at most of the hotels in this article. So let’s get cracking. 1. Inverness Hotel Deals – Intro Video 2. Inverness Hotel Deals – Hotels Beside the River Ness Inverness Hotel Deals 3. Premier Inn Inverness Centre (River Ness) 19-21 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR The Premier Inn Inverness Centre is located… Read More »Inverness Hotel Deals – 20 Hotels In & Around the City
Looking for a Scottish Highlands Road Trip? Having lived in the Highlands for 18 years I never tire of a Scottish Highlands road trip. This itinerary can be done in 1 or 2 days from Inverness, Dingwall or Strathpeffer. It takes in part of the NC500 route but also includes a much less visited, but no less stunning part of the Highlands. This Scottish Highlands road trip is a circular tour taking in Gairloch on the West Coast. Scottish Highlands Road Trip – The Route If you are travelling from Inverness you’ll need to head North on the A9. At… Read More »Easy 1 or 2 Day Scottish Highlands Road Trip With Stunning Scenery
Are you looking for ideas for Inverness activities? Well I’ve got 16 of my favourite Inverness activities and places to visit right here to help you. Let’s get started! (At the time of writing Covid19 is still impacting travel so it’s always best to double check the current rules in advance) PS – This list of Inverness activities contains some places to eat as well, because in my family we consider eating an activity 🙂 Inverness Activities – 1 River Ness Circular River Walk Bonny bridges and an easy route. The lovely River Ness has two footbridges that cross it.… Read More »16 Inverness Activities – Fun Things To Do & Places to Visit
Are you going to be travelling through Gatwick Airport? Are you staying over? Well it’s a lovely airport, so here are my 10 reasons to love Gatwick airport! 10 Reasons to Love Gatwick Airport Reason 1 – Onsite Hotels Nothing makes catching a flight which requires an overnight stay easier than staying at the airport itself. I always prefer to stay as close to the airport as possible when a flight needs an overnight stay. Gatwick Airport has 3 hotels onsite; The Sofitel is connected to the North Terminal by a covered corridor and it’s my favourite on site hotel.… Read More »10 Reasons To Love Gatwick Airport – Family Friendly & Great Hotel Options
Considering a Birmingham city break? Want to know a bit more about what this city has to offer? Great! Then check out this review of a weekend trip to Birmingham with details of things to do and places to visit. Getting to Birmingham City Break from the Highlands I flew from Inverness to Birmingham. There used to be a regular service operated by Flybe. There is a service between Inverness and Birmingham which is now operated by Loganair. Check my article on getting to the Highlands if you are interested in travelling the other way. Birmingham City Break Travelling from Birmingham… Read More »Birmingham City Break with Vintage Cinema & Coffin Museum – Bostin!
Are you looking for a nice hotel located out of Aberdeen city centre? Somewhere with plenty of free parking and easy access? The Village Hotel Aberdeen is ideal for you if this is the case. Check out this one night review. (Please note that our stay was in the very early days of Covid19 restrictions being lifted, just enough to allow domestic travel. As such most of the hotel services were reduced.) Village Hotel Aberdeen – Pre Arrival After having a booking cancelled by another Aberdeen hotel on the day of arrival I was able to find a reasonable rate… Read More »Village Hotel Aberdeen – Resort Hotel in Aberdeen Outskirts
Want to impress your fellow flyers? This simple plane seat flight hack is something I often get asked to show others! Check it out now to make your next flight much easier (especially in you are in an aisle seat!) 1. Very Easy 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 armrests get in the way. This applies whether on short or longer haul flights. It can make getting in and out of your plane seat… Read More »Impress Your Fellow Flyers with This Simple Plane Seat Flight Hack!
Looking for some tried and tested mobile phone travel hacks? These are all the things related to mobile phones that I use, have or do! Mobile Phone Travel 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 lower than they were and of course we now have glorious smartphones which can help with all sorts of wonderful things. Having been travelling with mobiles for such a long time I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. So here are my mobile phone… Read More »8 Mobile Phone Travel Hacks To Save You Time & Money
Are you considering an airport lounge pass? Not sure whether it is good value? Don’t worry! This article will help you decide if airport lounge membership is right for you.
Is Grasmere Lake District Worth Visiting? It’s absolutely worth visiting. It’s got literary interest with Wordsworth living and being buried there. There is also a very quirky National Trust property. There are cute cafes and great walks too. Check out this guide to Grasmere Lake District and get planning your visit. 1. Grasmere Lake District – What To See and Do Grasmere Lake District is somewhere I am lucky enough to have visited several times, with groups and on a training course. It’s very pretty and lovely to spend a day or so exploring. If you prefer somewhere a little… Read More »Grasmere Lake District – A Little Gem With Lots to Enjoy
Do you suffer from travel sickness? Despite being a Professional Traveller I have suffered from travel sickness my whole life 🙁 Here are my tried and tested travel sickness hacks that help me Tips 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 comes to travel sickness – car sick, coach sick, sea sick and I really don’t like flying. The only modes of transport that don’t make me feel sick are walking and… Read More »Travel Sickness Hacks – To Help You Travel More Comfortably
Looking for Tips for Nervous Flyers? Here’s A Quick List to Help Read up on flying with the Flying without Fear book, written by a pilot. It’s very reassuring Choose your own seat on a plane Enjoy the airport by buying airport lounge access Have all your essentials handy on the plane Take your own inflight entertainment Have a low tech entertainment backup Use good headphones to reduce airplane noise Travel with stress free luggage Make use of support from airports and flight crew My fear of flying was so bad that for many years it stopped me flying at… Read More »Tips for Nervous Flyers – How To Conquer Fear of Flying
Thinking of taking an Istanbul city break? If so check out my guide based on a stay near Taksim Square and using public transport. Here is my review of a 3 night stay that I took, travelling on my own as a solo female. Istanbul City Break 1. Getting To Istanbul From Inverness Thanks to British Airways having a flight from Inverness to London Heathrow I was able to check my luggage in at Inverness and retrieve it again in Istanbul. The flight time from London to Istanbul is around 3 hours 50 minutes. The table below shows the prices… Read More »Istanbul City Break – What It’s Like As a Solo Female Traveller
Travel Earplugs – Don’t Go Anywhere Without Them! Looking to find some great travel earplugs? I’ve tested loads and they are an absolute essential when I travel. Check out my recommended travel earplugs below! As a Tour Manager I have come to appreciate and need my sleep much more over the years as I grow a bit older. Gone are the days when I could party all night, nip back for a shower and then go out on tour for the day! Now one of my travel essentials are travel earplugs because hotels can be surprisingly noisy places. Noise can… Read More »Travel Earplugs – An Absolute Travel Essential
Looking for cheap hotels near Gatwick? Great then this post is for you. Below you will find details of 5 cheap hotels near Gatwick, 4 on site and 1 off site all of which I have stayed in while travelling as a Tour Manager for holiday companies. At the bottom of the page you will find some FAQs regarding Gatwick Airport. Cheap Hotels Near Gatwick 1. Directly Connected Via Walkway to North Terminal The Super Sofitel I have stayed at the Sofitel Gatwick Airport a number of times. It’s my favourite hotel on this list of cheap hotels near Gatwick. I’ve used… Read More »Cheap Hotels Near Gatwick – Real Reviews of 5 Gatwick Hotels
Looking to use Inverness airport lounge? It’s a regular stop for me and a great way to start a flight. Check out this guide to the facilities available at Inverness Airport lounge. 1. Inverness Airport Lounge Location Inverness airport lounge, operated by Aspire, is located through security. It is closest to Gate Number 3 and opposite the Stag and Thistle bar. You access the lounge through a set of double doors. There is a small desk in the entrance where you sign into the lounge. If no one is at the desk they will not be very far away at… Read More »Inverness Airport Lounge Review: Super Friendly and Fab To Use
Looking for some tips to help you get even more out of your self catering holiday? Tried and tested self catering holiday tips based on experience? Great – well here are the 12 tips we use on our family self catering holidays. 12 Self Catering Holiday Tips A self catering holiday offers independence, flexibility and of course are ideal holidays for pet owners. They also offer the chance to stay in a village or community, and experience a bit more of local life than a hotel stay might offer. Self catering holidays can also mean the chance to stay in… Read More »12 Self Catering Holiday Tips – To Have An Even Better Holiday
Love getting a good hotel and paying less for it? Great – so do I! Check out my list of cheap hotel hacks for some easy ways to stretch your budget to the max. 1. Cheap Hotel Hacks – Travel Out of Season The reason this is at the top of the list is it’s my number one tip. Travelling out of the normal season, which is generally April to September, is a great way to find cheaper hotel deals. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand and it can mean there are plenty of deals. Hotel prices are… Read More »Cheap Hotel Hacks – 4 Proven Tips to Bag an Absolute Bargain
Are you thinking about lounge access? Want to find cheap airport lounges? Well great you are in the right place. First let’s answer a common question about lounge access; Is It Worth Paying for an Airport Lounge? Lounge access is well worth it as a treat for a special trip, for regular travellers who want more space to work and also for nervous travellers who find the quieter atmosphere more calming. Using an airport lounge is a great way to upgrade your airport visit and have a more enjoyable and relaxing experience as a result. Of course it’s always good… Read More »Cheap Airport Lounges: Quickly Find Your Cheapest Price