Category: Holiday

What sort of travel blogger doesn’t travel?

A non-travel travel blogger I’m not a well travelled person, but I have sent many people on great trips while I was a travel agent and a travel researcher. Both were great jobs, but also terrible ones as I did all the work but didn’t get to do the trip. Although once or twice I did ‘borrow’ a client’s trip when I did get to go away for some R and R. I did have plans to travel in 2015, but circumstances prevented me from worrying if my luggage was ever going to arrive at the carousel. Each week...

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St Helena

I had been trying to get a guest to talk about St Helena for ages. But it was worth the wait as my expert guest was Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE. She is the St Helena’s Government’s elected UK Representative. She was awarded her MBE in  2009. She was elected as President of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Executive Committee earlier this year. Kedell Worboys MBE Kedell started working for SHG in 1981 as a Trainee Clerk in the Audit Department. She moved to the Treasury in 1987 and 1989 was promoted to Chief Clerk in the Development and Economic...

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Travelife and Drinki – 21st August 2015

I have two guests on this week’s podcast, Travelife and Drinki. Drinki First on is Sophie Abrahamovitch who, talks about her Drinki app. When you’ve been away you may have tried a new cocktail but found that it’s too expensive to buy when you got home. This is where the Drinki app is useful. Users can get a free cocktail from selected bars, helping you to recreate your holiday in a glass. Listen in to find out how. Travelife My second guest is Emma Lewis. I do cover consumer rights and financial protection quite a bit on my show,...

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Serbia and Sonia Gil – Travel Show

Serbia2> My wife has just spent a weekend in Belgrade, Serbia. I wasn’t able to join her on her conference. But the next best thing is to have Russell Stenhouse, who represents the Serbian Tourist Office in London, tell us all we need to know about visiting this country. I should have paid more attention to her trip as we now have a load of Dinaras we can’t exchange. Sonia Gil There are plenty of travel gurus on the internet (it’s not just me!), and one of my favourite is Sonia Gil. Her weekly entertaining video give tips on how to travel and where to go. Sonia explains why she does these videos,    talks about her language training company and Miami Beach. In travel news I saw “each people” instead of “each person”, so listen out for that… All on the John Guinn Travel Show, where every week I’m checking it out before you check in....

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Travel Show – Packing tips from a Butler

Packing Tips I can’t pack a suitcase, and for my last two trips I’ve had to share that lack of skill with strangers while my cases were inspected by border officers. I also have problems remembering what is packed in each case, and I only travel with two! With plenty of packing gurus out there, I wanted to speak to someone who really knows how to pack a suitcase. And who better than a butler? This week my guests are Gary Williams and Philip Sykes from the British Butler Institute. They share their packing knowhow and also talk about life as a butler. 6 Tips to help keep your home safe while you are away Do you worry about your home while you’re away? Many do and I share six tips on keeping your home safe from mishaps and intruders while you are away. That’s all coming up on this week’s travel show, when as always, I check it out before you check in.             [GARD]...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Travel Health) – 25th Aug 2014

Travel Health The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is causing concern, but each year there are health concerns around the World. In the UK these are monitored by The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). As well as diseases NaTHNaC also looks into other health issues for travellers from the UK. What are they? I speak to Dr Dipti Patel to find out. Viva Las Vegas I’m sure everyone knows what there is to see and do at Las Vegas, but what about the city’s home State, Nevada? I chat with Leanne Gosford, who represents both destinations in their London Office, to see what Nevada has to offer, as well as looking into the attractions in Las Vegas. Drive through wedding anyone? Travel News In the travel news section I mention the latest volcanic ash scare and travel insurance. To prove that I don’t just throw this show together, the final story is about a holidaymaker who took his tour operator to court after he suffered health problems after a trip to Cuba. That’s all coming up on this week’s John Guinn Travel Show podcast, where each week I’m ‘checking it out before you check in’....

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John Guinn Travel Show (Tourism Concern and Aruba) – 18th August 2014

Tourism Concern Tourism is great, but it can cause problems for the locals. When I visited Las Vegas I found that the locals couldn’t wash their cars or water their gardens as there was a drought. BUT shops and hotels could spray water onto passers-by to cool them down. I chat with Mark Watson from Tourism Concern to find out what problems tourists can unwittingly cause and how Travel Concern is promoting a more ethical approach to travel. Have you been to Aruba yet? I haven’t and it is high on my list. Find out why when I feature...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Christmas Markets, Parent Fines and Airport Internet) – 11th August 2014

Christmas Markets Yes it’s August, but Christmas will soon be here. Leger Holidays explain all you need to know about European Christmas Markets. Low cost airlines can have expensive ‘at the airport’ fees. So can you do what you need to do for less using internet facilities at the airport? I investigate the UK airports used by Ryanair and Whizz Air. The BBC has released a report highlighting an increase in the number of parents fines for keeping children out of school. How large was this increase? Family Holiday Association Some families can’t afford to travel, even for a...

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John Guinn Travel Show (The Traveling Chimps) – 4th August 2014

Have you ever thought about selling up and just travelling? I guess most people do, especially after returning from a great holiday. However the little negative voice always stops us from doing it. Not so for Andrea, CJ, Jack and Tess, who are collectively the Traveling Chimps. They are travelling across the USA house and pet sitting. This week I chat with CJ and Andrea to find out why they are doing this and how. Also, you’ve hired a car, but you’ve misplaced the photocard part of  your driving licence. What can you do? Find out by listening to this week’s Travel Show podcast, where I’ll be checking it out – before you check in....

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John Guinn Travel Show (Travel Insurance, BVI and Travel Agents) – 21st June 2014

Travel insurance is very important, but some choose to see it as an added expense, or lie about existing medical conditions. Louise from Holiday Extras explains why insurance is important and why you should be honest when completing your paperwork. The British Virgin Islands, one of my favourite destinations in the World and a place where your neighbour probably hasn’t been. Ginny shares her knowledge of these islands. Travel agents, are they still needed? Nick Harding-McKay will tell us why travel agents still have a role to play.   Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 21st June...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Travel Stresses) – 14th July 2014

It’s nearly school holiday time here in England. A time for families to enjoy some time together. However, for some it is a time of stress. This week I talk about how to plan ahead to remove possible stressful situations as you travel to your holiday destination. As well as covering preparing for airport security checks I also talk about the equipment and systems used so you can see why some of the checks are made. Also the AA talks about how to prepare your car for a summer drive (I    nearly had a mishap last week and I needed to be reminded about these checks).   Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 14th July...

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John Guinn Travel Show (The History of Package Holidays) – 30th June 2014

The John Guinn Travel Show is two years old. To mark this John talks about the history of package holidays, from pilgrimages and transferring soldiers to the far reaches of the British Empire, to the present day via a train journey for a temperance society trip by train. Does the consumer protection meet the needs of today’s traveller? I speak to ABTA to find out. Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show (The History of Package Holidays) – 30th June...

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