‘Line-up, line-up’. A sign of the times.

The travel press recently picked up on some TripAdvisor research identifying ‘the lengthiest lines at tourist attractions’ around the world, aka: ‘the places tourists should avoid’. Interesting stuff. Like TripAdvisor’s hotel review platform however, it just so happens that this morsel of analysis furthers their commercial interests. The bespectacled owl nowadays sells ‘skip-the-line’ tickets to those very … More ‘Line-up, line-up’. A sign of the times.

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

Be prepared… for life and presentations

Back in the sixties, I was a Boy Scout. In those days, its membership was still exclusively for boys and the association adhered to the ideals of its great ‘Chief Scout’, Lord Robert Baden-Powell. His approach on structure, ethics and laws of membership were formulated during the Edwardian era, so the tenets of the period, along with his … More Be prepared… for life and presentations

Moves like Jagger… your performance on stage

I’m going to see the Rolling Stones in Zürich this week. At least I thought I was. Then I believed I wasn’t. But now I am. You see, back in June I bought two tickets for the Golden Circle at a cost of £750. Three weeks later, very intelligently, I threw them out with the … More Moves like Jagger… your performance on stage

It happened one night… Road to Apulia 3

Just to spice things a little, and with worthy reason, as you’ll find out later, I wrote the title of this post to be more in keeping with the ‘crime and mystery’ genre of writing.  You see, in the south of Italy, not everything is as it seems… Hey, enough of the intrigue, for now let’s get on with the good … More It happened one night… Road to Apulia 3

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

Farewell is a lonely sound… honing your goodbyes

I’m leaving Insight Vacations for pastures and interests new at the end of August, so I was proud and pleased to be invited to attend both the Insight Vacations and The Travel Corporation (TTC) conferences in London last week. On Thursday night, at the kind invitation of Stanley Tollman and with the lyrics of Jimmy Ruffin’s … More Farewell is a lonely sound… honing your goodbyes

…and now, Barcelona.

As the sickening news unfolded yesterday, and then through the night as the incident expanded, the world seemed to be heaving a collective sigh of resignation amid the shouts of outrage. Another beautiful city and its wonderful people caught up in a modern-day madness perpetrated by seriously misguided individuals. As the internal email of reassurance … More …and now, Barcelona.

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