the professional traveller #theprofessionaltraveller packing hacks
the professional traveller #theprofessionaltraveller packing hacks

Having spent over 30 years travelling I have also learned a great deal about packing and learned a few packing hacks along the way.

I’ve also learned several valuable packing lessons including;

  • You generally need much less than you think. I had two guests on a 3 week tour of the UK and they had hand luggage sized bags throughout. They were professional travellers who had really got their packing skills to expert levels.
  • If you run out of something you can generally buy it. Most places in the world that you are likely to visit sell clothes and toiletries…

There are certain people who should just avoid a coach holiday!

OK perhaps I will rephrase that. There are certain attributes that make coach holidays a poor choice for some guests.

I have travelled with thousands of lovely people most of whom have had a great coach holiday experience. However, for some the coach holiday has been a bit too much of a culture shock or a change from their regular type of holiday.

This list is based on some of the biggest problems these particular guests have had with coach holidays and how you can avoid having the same…


Here is an itinerary for your own Loch Ness Tour — a beautiful circular drive that can easily be done in one day from Inverness and back to Inverness.

The Eastern side of Loch Ness is much less visited than the Western side but the views are stunning, plus there are plenty of things to see so it is well worth a visit.

Take the road less travelled on this complete Loch Ness tour!

The tour can be done in either direction. This itinerary is travelling down the East side and returning along the West side. It’s just under 70…


What A Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does
What A Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does

The role of a coach holiday tour manager is mainly hidden from guests, because much of what they do goes on behind the scenes.

Having been a coach holiday tour manager for a few different companies for over 25 years, here is my insider’s guide to what a Tour Manager does. This is of course based on my experience which has been of working with larger coach holiday companies and taking kcoach holidays overseas as well as the UK.

Firstly, let’s just clarify some language. Tour Manager, Tour Director, Program Director — these all generally describe a similar sort of…


How I Manage To Travel Despite Suffering Travel Sickness

The Professional Traveller * Jul 27, 2020

Tips from a Lifelong Travel Sickness Sufferer

I get travel sick, which might seem odd given I have spent 30 years of my life getting paid to travel. Infact I get the full house when it comes to travel sickness — car sick, coach sick, sea sick and I really don’t like flying. The only modes of transport that don’t make me feel sick are walking and train travel.

If you haven’t experienced travel sickness it really is an awful feeling. I have had it since I was a child, infact at one point it seemed like all our family…


The Professional Traveller

fab flights hacks by the professional traveller #theprofessionaltraveller #seemoreworldforless
fab flights hacks by the professional traveller #theprofessionaltraveller #seemoreworldforless

Flight Hacks for Finding Bargains

OK so I may have mentioned once or twice already that I love a travel bargain because it helps make my budget go further.

Getting a great flight deal is always great and I am going to run you through the steps I use to find good flight options and bargains.

1. Search Everywhere from Starting Airport


Do you like to enjoy happy travel?

Do you want to leave a little trail of smiles wherever you go and spread a bit of love and positivity?

Then check out this list of happy travel hacks!

1. Learn a Few Words of the Local Language

Taking a bit of time to learn a few words of the local language shows respect and appreciation for other cultures when you are travelling. With the advent of modern apps it has never been easier. Google Translate is the go to for language and it has a helpful feature that speaks the words so you can practice your pronunciation.

You can also…


I have learned a few coach holiday hacks over my 25 year career as a Tour Manager taking holidays all over the world.

Over time experienced coach holiday guests generally learn these hacks for themselves but here’s my list to give you a shortcut to an even better holiday experience.

1. Research, Research, Research

Coach holidays are great holiday experiences, but like anything they can be varied and different. Different companies provide different types of experiences. …


In a recent online discussion I was reminded that coach holidays are not all the same, and how very true that is.

My experience of coach holidays, and taking them all over the world for +25 years has been of working with larger coach holiday companies. I have not worked for smaller coach holidays companies such a family businesses.

In this article I want to share some insight into how larger coach holiday companies plan and operate coach holidays compared to smaller companies and what that might mean for your tour experience — all with the aim of helping find…


Do you like to enjoy happy travel?

Do you want to leave a little trail of smiles wherever you go and spread a bit of love and positivity?

Then check out this list of happy travel hacks!

1. Learn a Few Words of the Local Language

Taking a bit of time to learn a few words of the local language shows respect and appreciation for other cultures when you are travelling. With the advent of modern apps it has never been easier. Google Translate is the go to for language and it has a helpful feature that speaks the words so you can practice your pronunciation.

You can also…

Melanie Newdick

🌍 Professional Traveller 🧳+30 years travel experience 🚌 Coach Holiday Expert 🛏️ Hotel & Holiday Consultancy 🤑 Helping travellers see more world for less

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