Holy cow – family friendly India……really!

by Lesley-Ann on February 5, 2016

If you’re looking for an exciting family holiday in a vibrant country, that will leave you and your children with amazing memories, then look no further than India.  This multi-faceted country crackles with energy and colour and is totally unique: from cities like Mumbai and Delhi, to forts and palaces, desert ranges, tiger reserves, the beaches of Kerala and Goa, and astonishing sights like the iconic Taj Mahal.  But, with so much to see and do and long distances to travel between many of the sights, you really don’t want to bite off more than you can chew in one trip, unless you want to spend the whole time in planes, trains and automobiles.  And believe me, once experienced, India will captivate you and you will want to return. Read more

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Where will 2016 take you?

by Lesley-Ann on January 7, 2016

With another year all wrapped up, and one where I did the most travelling ever (yes, really!), I need to challenge myself by setting the “travel bar” even higher in 2016.  I have quite a few things already planned and some things I’ve left room to hopefully squeeze in, whilst I continue to arrange some amazing trips for my clients.  I hope you might find some inspiration from this short list of travel related things I’m looking forward to in 2016.  Or, maybe you have some wonderful ideas of your own?  Either way, I’m here to help make 2016 a fabulous travel year for you too.

As for me, in 2016 I will be: Read more

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Ten Travel Temptations – Pure and Simple

by Lesley-Ann on December 10, 2015

PURE is an invitation only annual travel show in Marrakech. This November I got my first invite to the event thanks to the testimony of some of my lovely suppliers. I returned with a suitcase full of business cards and a head full of ideas. Here are my top ten – of a very long list – of inspiring and exciting travel experiences which hopefully will set you daydreaming about your next trip: Read more

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“Wot” no Santa?

by Lesley-Ann on November 5, 2015

Lapland = Santa.  Well not always. In fact, it’s only really one month a year when this winter wonderland is awash with families all on the hunt for the man with the beard.  But visit in January (as Julian and I did), when Santa is taking a well-earned rest, and you’ll find a much quieter, rather surreal place which is perfect for adults (and older children) to indulge in a host of snowy activities. Read more

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Finding Paradise in Phuket

by Lesley-Ann on October 1, 2015

If I mention the Thai island of Phuket, what does it conjure up in your mind? For some it will be white sandy beaches backed by swaying palms and azure waters. For others it will be touristy resorts, boozy bars and lady boys! Yes, Phuket has certainly had its fair share of bad press thanks (mainly) to the seedy antics at its largest beach resort, Patong. And, to be honest, having travelled to the island on numerous occasions since the early 90s, I’ve certainly seen it change from an idyllic island retreat to one pandering to the “needs” of the tourist masses.

So, when I was invited to visit a new hotel on the largely undeveloped north east coast of the island, I jumped at the chance to see if I could discover a quieter Phuket, away from the crowds and the party atmosphere; one that resembled the Thai paradise I first stepped foot on 25 years ago. The question is, did I succeed? Read more

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