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By Tom
On: 18th June, 2020

Music to Move You

We talk a lot about our additional services. After all, they are one of the key things that sets us apart from the competition, and even more important in the new normal. But our regional playlists are one of the services we don't often bang the drum (excuse the pun) about.

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By Tom
On: 9th June, 2020

Hello There, 2021...

The situation surrounding 'air bridges' and quarantine* remains pretty unclear at the moment, meaning short-term travel is still very much up in the air (excuse the pun). Suffice to say, when the rules do change we've got some clever itinerary ideas up our sleeves. Looking further ahead, we…

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By Tom
On: 28th May, 2020

The Future of Travel

What seems like a lifetime ago (also known as: January) we published our annual brochure, 2020 Vision, filled with the travel trends we believed would emerge in the next 12 months. Given what's happened since, it's fair to say that some of those predictions (China as a hot destination for…

Virtual tourism
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By Tom
On: 26th May, 2020

The Virtues of Virtual Tourism

Some in the travel industry fear the emergence of virtual tourism; we're not in that camp. We know that seeing somewhere on a screen - even if you are able to turn your head or move your mouse to see more - is no substitute for the real thing. That said, virtual tours are a great teaser for…

Elephant eating
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By Tom
On: 20th May, 2020

The Two-Metre Rule

Second guessing the new parameters for life post-lockdown has become something of a national obsession here in the UK. But whatever the next changes will be, there's one regulation that we just know will stay in place - the two-metre social distancing rule. Now, depending on your height you…

Painting
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By Tom
On: 18th May, 2020

Lockdown Learning

As the rules around the lockdown begin to loosen in the UK, this is an apt moment to revisit all the things you determined to learn during your time at homeā€¦ and never quite got around to. No more excuses, people! In the near future we'll all be back at work, and then, one day soon, we'll be…

man daughter eating
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By Tom
On: 5th May, 2020

The Home Holiday Challenge

As we enter the final furlong of this grand national experiment in homeschooling, there's a dawning realisation among parents that another set of key workers are due our intense gratitude - teachers. Part psychologists, part mentors, part crowd control, part inspirators and all heroes,…

Taj Mahal by moonlight
Emily

By Emily
On: 12th September, 2019

Undertourism: Breaking Away from the Masses

  • The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Puglia
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Greece
  • Vietnam
  • Victoria Falls
  • Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
  • The Sacred Valley

Where 'overtourists' elbow for selfie space at honeypot destinations, 'undertourists' (we may have just made these words up) break away from the masses and discover beautiful but lesser-visited places that they can have all to themselves. Why visit The Beach in Thailand (which has had to…

sabbatical planning top tips
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 12th July, 2019

Our Top Tips for Planning a Sabbatical

No two travellers plan in the same way. Some of us favour detailed spreadsheets and minute-by-minute itineraries, while others just have a great long list of love-to-dos that need turning into an actual plan. Whether you're in the early conceptual stages, already have a rough idea or own a…

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By Ella
On: 30th May, 2019

Travel Like Marie Kondo

  • Portugal
  • Africa
  • Mongolia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Seychelles
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Borneo
  • Bhutan
  • Australasia
  • Uganda
  • South Africa

"Spark Joy". A wonderful phrase that's become synonymous with the Japanese tidying expert-turned-bestselling-author-turned-Netflix-star Marie Kondo. Her method is satisfyingly simple - go through each of your belongings and ask yourself the question: 'Does this item spark joy?' If the answer…