Best holiday deals and travel updates

August Best River Cruise Deal

For a limited time only, enjoy additional savings on a selection of 2024 luxury Europe river cruises with award-winning river cruise lines, Scenic & Emerald Cruises. Scenic take 5-star travel to a whole new level.
Across their river cruises, ocean cruises and land journeys, the luxuries you would expect to pay extra for are included, promising a journey
like no other.
Sail into the heart of stunning destinations around the world with
Emerald Cruises. Experience true bliss with an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, world-class dining on board, and once-in-a-lifetime excursions,
all underpinned by superior service and exceptional people.
Book by 30th August 2023 to take advantage of up to £2,500 bonus
savings per cabin across top selected river cruises for 2024, when you pay in full at the time of booking. 
This is in addition to current offers of savings up to £1,000 per person, and what’s more, you’ll enjoy included flights*

Great deal for great clients – why use a personal travel consultant?

It is so nice to be in a position to help someone find their perfect holiday and then top if off by getting them an amazing deal on that dreal holiday.

I had a lady contact me wanting to go on her dream holiday somewhere in the east. By asking her what her bucket list of places to visit in the area I was able to help her identify what her top 5 places to experiences were.

Having identified what she was looking for I then went on a hunt for the best itineraries at the best price for her.

I came up with a tour option, a twin centre option and a cruise and stay option.

She was then able to compare these options and have her queries answered.

The Celebrity cruise and stay option became her top choice, so I asked her for some time while I went and refined the dates and itinerary that worked for them the best.

The Celebrity cruise itinerary that covered Vietnam and Thailand was on sale with great savings for 2024 sailings. I was able to add flights from their prefered airport and a pre cruise stay in Hong Kong at a 5* hotel with wonderful views over Hong Kong bay. Followed by a 5* post cruise stay in Singapore not far from the iconic Raffles.

I noted that the Celebrity cruise deal was due to end at midnight that day and let them know. The deal I had found for them was great … £7600 (the same price my husband and I had paid for a very similar holiday with the same cruise company nearly 10 years ago!!)

As this was to be their first long haul holiday and first cruise I gave them the information they needed and let them know that I would be there to help them with any questions they may have.

After some uncertainty (totally understandable) they let me know at 11.40pm they would like to go ahead and book if it was still OK….

I was so pleased to be able to secure this great Celebrity cruise deal for them and by changing the flight times slightly I was able to save them an additional £1000+ on their holiday – an amazing result and a very excited couple looking forward to enjoying their first eastern adventure.

They were so happy they made a lovely gesture of sending me a wonderful bouquet that has brightened up my room and my day.

If you have a dream holiday and want help planning your perfect getaway then please contact me and I will be happy to help you discover this wonderful world in a way that meets your needs.

Top Travel Updates For 17/7/23

If you have plans to fly from Birmingham airport – check the airport website regarding planned strikes for current updates.

The Acropolis has been closed to visitors due the extreme heat in that area (anyone that has had the pleasure of visiting this wonder of the world will appreciate that given the long walk/crowds/steps and exposed location that this is wise)

There is a Heat Wave travel warning to anyone planning on visiting Italy (we were all set to go to Italy this week and made the hard decision to put of our travel plans for now as my husband does not do well in temperatures over 30 – better safe than sorry)

Easyjet is starting a new flight route from Manchester to Lapland making it even easier to visit Santa this year. (If you have been to Lapland you will know that he is ‘real’)

That is all for today – join me for more travel updates tomorrow 🙂

Last Minute, All Inclusive Getaways Are Selling Fast!!

As the miserable English weather continues and we yearn for blue skies and sunshine that last minute summer holiday it looking very tempting.

There are some great deals to be had and the All Inclusive option allow you to budget for the family and relax more while you are away.

So where are the best places to find those elusive amazing deals??

So here is a list where I have found some amazing holiday deals for families and Adults looking for that ideal holiday


Easyjet Holidays


MSC cruises

If you want any help finding that elusive deal – or if you have found your perfect holiday and want me to check to make sure you are getting the best price

Contact Alexi

Waiting till the last minute to book your summer holiday?

Get yourself to Jet2 Holidays website.

Today Jet Holidays have added a £50 discount of last minute summer holidays.

With a bank holiday coming up at the end of the month what a great time to grab a bargain break and take of for warmer places for some rest and relaxation.

Adult only option

Adult Zante summer holiday

Family summer holiday option with free childs place

family summer holiday in Zante

Experience the most from your travels

It does not matter if it a Staycation, Europe, or further afield I have always found the best way to get the most out of the places we visit is to book experiences and local guides that give you a perspective of the place you are visiting that only a local can.

I have found the best tools to book these experiences are VIATOR and GET YOUR GUIDE

Why I use these tools…

A huge variety of experiences and tours

You can reserve your prefered experiences while making your plans and pay later

Free cancellation if your plans change (at least 24 hours notice must be given if you do want to cancel a booking)

Check Viator out for yourself – click on the image – put in any location and your selected dates and Voila….let the adventures commence….

Rhodes travel advice update from GOV.UK

Heatwave and wildfires in Europe

Extreme temperatures are affecting many areas of Greece and there are a number of active wildfires including in Rhodes. If you are a British national affected by wildfires in Rhodes, please follow the guidance from the emergency services. Call the Greek Emergency Services on 112 if you are in immediate danger.

The Greek government has established a Crisis Management Unit to respond to the situation in Rhodes. They can be contacted on +30 210 368 1730 / +30 210 3681259 / +30 210 3681350.

In the first instance, please contact your airline or travel operator who can assist you with return travel to the UK.

If you are planning to travel to Rhodes, please check with your travel operator or hotel prior to travel that the area you plan to visit is not impacted by the current wildfires.

This weeks top travel news

Beginning in 2024, Bali will start charging a ‘tourist tax’ from all out-of-country tourists equivalent to nearly $10 for every person, with the profits going for ecological and traditional conservation. It is expected that this will be payable electronically.

Beach Holiday Deals
Beach holiday deals

If you are planning on flying from Gatwick this summer be sure to check out Gatwick airport website for updates of proposed 8 days of strikes during July and August

Hard Rock have announced they are planning on opening a new hotel in the Algarve in 2026

Portugal will host Pope Francis from 1st to 6th August as part of World Youth Day. The foreign office warns there may be travel disruption to those planning on visiting Lisbon during this time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this – watch for more updates – live long and travel far 🙂