A little confession!

When I was first asked to take a visit the Azores I didn’t actually know where they were, but as any good Tour Manager I said yes anyway.

I then started reading up everything I could about this group of islands which are off the coast of Portugal and I have been lucky enough to lead I think 5 Azores Holidays, taking groups of British travellers on holiday there.

So let me share with you everything I know about this fantastic place and why you should consider it for a holiday.

Why Consider An Azores Holiday?

Having discovered this group of islands…


1. Declare Your Existing Health Conditions

You need to declare your medical conditions — even if they may have no bearing on travelling, because failure to declare them can mean your claim won’t be paid.

I will repeat that because it’s super important;

Declare your health conditions even if they may not any impact on your ability to travel.

Insurance companies will be happy to find a reason not to pay your claim so make sure you don’t give them one.

Many people worry that declaring a health condition will raise the cost of the premium. Not all health conditions do increase the premium.

However, not…


Green List Travel 2021 - What You Really Need to Know
Green List Travel 2021 - What You Really Need to Know
  • Want to know more about green list travel 2021 options?
    - Want to understand more about travel during Covid19?
    - Want to learn what things to consider before booking your travel?

    Well that’s fab news because you are in the right place!

    In this article I am going to talk you through some of things you need to consider before booking your travel, help you understand some of the potential risks and complications and help you to avoid any unnecessary complications.
  • Green List Travel 2021 — What Does This Actually Mean?

    The Governments of the UK have developed a colour coded…

Looking to visit Duncansby Stacks?

If so check out my photos and videos of a visit in June 2021 plus all the practical information you need in relation to your visit.

Getting to Duncansby Stacks

Duncansby Stacks are located to the East of John O’Groats.

To reach them take a right turn off the A99 just infront of the Seaview of Hotel (which is on the right hand side of the A99). This is just as you are coming into the outskirts of John of Groats.

After turning right you will see Puffin Croft on your left hand side.

Keep travelling along this road to Duncasby Head. It is…


Due to attending a training course in Bowness on Windemere I needed to stay at a hotel for 3 nights, ideally close to where the training course was taking place.

I chose the Lonsdale House because it looked very convenient, less than 5 minutes to training venue, and it had free car parking. It was also in a good location in Bowness on Windemere which I liked the idea of too.

Location of Lonsdale House Bowness

Lonsdale House, Lake Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 2JJ

Telephone: 01539 443348

The directions were very clear and on entering the hotel I headed around to the bar on the…


Thinking About a Wick Hotel?

Looking to stay in Wick? Thinking about a Wick hotel?

Why not consider this great 2 double bedroomed apartment with free parking, fully equipped kitchen, all linen and towels, great lounge with Neflix and Freeview on the TV within a 10 minute walk of Wick High Street? It’s also right on the NC500 route!

Sound interesting? It’s great value and a great place to stay — they even provide all the fabric conditioner and washing powder so it’s a good chance to get your washing done.

Check out my review of this really nice accommodation and if you are interested…


Looking for a Forres self catering holiday cottage?

  • Dog friendly?
  • Rural countryside location?
  • Easy access to Forres?
  • Surrounded by wildlife with walks on the doorstep?

Great! Then check out my review of a Wee Gem, a fabulous Forres self catering holiday cottage just 3.5 miles from Forres itself.

Here is everything you need to know including a video tour of the inside of the cottage.

Forres Self Catering Cottage — Booking Wee Gem

I booked A Wee Gem through Cottages.com because I had previously booked a holiday cottage stay but had been unable to go due to travel restrictions in Scotland.

After a series of phone calls I was able to change the booking to a…


We chose the Hotel Sol E Mar Albufeira because we liked the location — right on the beach with easy access into Albufeira itself.

Given we were not hiring a car it made it easy to explore what we wanted to from the hotel and we enjoyed exploring each day on foot, although we did spend plenty of time just relaxing at the hotel too!

Albufeira is within easy reach of Faro airport, being just 30 minutes away, and it is one of the main resorts of the Algarve.

For ease and convenience we booked a transfer from Faro airport…


I stayed at the Vidamar Resort Algarve with a holiday group that I was taking on a trip through Portugal. I was the group Tour Manager and this was the first time I had stayed at the VidaMar Resort hotel

We flew into Faro airport and transferred to the VidaMar resort for a stay of 4 nights.

From the hotel we did excursions to the East to visit Tavira, Olhao and the Spanish border area. We also visted Sagres and Lagos to the West. There was also an excursion to Albufeira and to Loule.

Arriving with a group is very…

Melanie Newdick

🌍 Professional Traveller 🧳+30 years travel experience 🚌 Coach Holiday Expert 🛏️ Hotel & Holiday Consultancy 🤑 Helping you travel smarter, better & cheaper

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