Let’s head for the bars… in Bali

Most tourists love to watch the glorious Balinese sunsets from colourful beach bars at Kuta, or any number of other beach/horizon/bar combos, while clutching a nice cold Bintang beer or potent Arak Attack cocktail. I read earlier this week that James Baker, an Aussie tourist, has committed himself to bars in Bali… for up to 12 years. That’s behind bars, … More Let’s head for the bars… in Bali

Other tourists are the pits… and the joy of touring

‘Other tourists are the pits’ writes Jan Moir in the Daily Mail. Her take on this is that a vacation can easily become a horror story. Apart from the cost, there’s a litany of other issues that might bring you to your knees in despair. We’ve all experienced them, or at least read about them. Abusive drunks … More Other tourists are the pits… and the joy of touring

Road to Apulia 1

As CEO of a major tour operator,  I took few summer holidays over the last 20 years. My responsibilities were across the business, so from May through October I worked closely with our teams as we knuckled down on the tough but intoxicating mix of developing and finalising the following year’s programs: the routes, guest experiences, final accommodation … More Road to Apulia 1

Travelling well… coping with long haul flights

Oh for the days when ‘jet travel’ meant ‘exotic’, ‘style’ and ‘fast’. In terms of air-speed, since the demise of Concorde we’ve not moved forward one iota, your average plane still trundles along at around 400-500 knots (about 550mph), as it did in 1960. The truth today is that a flight feels less of a pleasure … More Travelling well… coping with long haul flights