Monthly Archive:: May 2012

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Standards – How do we maintain high standards in the face of cut-price travel and the dross it creates?

Tourism is a fashion business and its clients are rather like lemmings in that they all want to go to the same place at the same time.  This year, for those who can afford to go there, it’s Burma. The mass market, at the other end of

24 hours in Buenos Aires!

Wake up at the traditional boutique hotel, Legado Mitico, where all rooms are individually styled and named after a famous Argentinean.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the wood panelled library before heading off to explore the fashionable city of Buenos Aires. Take a taxi to Recoleta Cemetery;

Crete and the truth about the Olympic Torch Relay

“And you won’t get to see the Olympic Torch Relay in Corfu or Crete”. So says Rupert Grint, aka Ron Weasley, in this year’s promotion video by the English Tourist Board. It appears the scriptwriters didn’t do even the most basic research before putting their £5 million

The Late Late Show – the true cost of Sunvil Greece deals

There is always a price at which the mass-market books late holidays (two to three weeks before departure) and currently that seems to be at around £150 to £180 per person for one week including flights, transfers and self-catering accommodation. These prices do not only apply to

Family fun in Costa Rica

  Prior to my trip to Costa Rica, I thought the country was only suitable for serious bird watchers and honeymooners and would simply not work for a family summer holiday. This view couldn’t be further from the truth – the country has something to offer for

Summer Festivals in Madeira

There are many reasons to visit the green Atlantic island of Madeira. Some come for the excellent walking trails,  others to enjoy the slow pace of life and the fresh food and wine for which the island is well known. Stay for a while and you’re bound

Guest Blog; Walking in Ethiopia

Anna Butcher is our expert walking guide based in Greece. Read about Anna’s  walking holidays in Greece . Here she writes about her recent group walking trip to Ethiopia: This trip to Ethiopia is rather different to what most people would expect.  Rather than visiting the historical

The colourful flora of the Azores

Imagine an island filled with the most colourful flowers in bloom where even the hedges that frame the quiet lanes are made of up of miles of vibrant hydrangea bushes. If we add in a sprinkling of  banana and pineapple trees you’ll probably have placed your imaginary

Highlights of Argentina

  Perhaps the best way to truly grasp the size of Argentina is to consider that it would take 5 hours to fly from top to bottom. Put another way, the distance between the city of Salta in the north and Ushuaia in the south is further