Jun 012018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 June 2018

Good morning Things are slightly panicky here, with me off to Britain on Monday for our Grand Tour of Great Britain.  This will be the biggest and most complicated tour we’ve ever done, covering more distance, staying at more places, and seeing more things, than ever before.  Happily it is with a great group of […]

May 042018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 May, 2018

Good morning A couple of articles for you this week after tonight’s newsletter, one serious and one not quite so serious. The serious article was a struggle to write.  For some time now I’ve been trying to make sense of electric vehicle sales.  They are probably the most talked about new automotive technology ever, and […]

Apr 272018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 April, 2018

Good morning Spring is definitely in the air.  Here in Seattle, with temperatures spilling into the 70s, huge headlines proclaimed Tuesday’s temperature to be the hottest since temperature records were first started (the clear subtext being that global warming is reaching out for us all).  The reality was a little less startling when, in the […]

Apr 132018
 
Weekly Roundup, Black Friday 13 April, 2018

Good morning Have you done your taxes yet?  Or at least filed for an extension.  If the former, I hope you’ve a nice big refund coming your way, and indeed, if you are so fortunate, why not, ummm, “invest” it in forming some rich memories you’ll treasure for years to come. This week I can […]

Mar 222018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With […]

Mar 152018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 March, 2018

Good morning As mentioned, I’ve been traveling for most of this week and will be continuing into next week too.  But I’ve had time to finally get all the details of our first ever ‘Christmas Land Cruise’ written down – and what a lot of details there are, due to so many inclusions and places […]

Mar 152018
 
Christmas Markets "Land Cruise" Now Released

We’ve been enjoying Christmas Market river cruises for almost 15 years – sometimes on the Rhine, sometimes on the Danube.  Sometimes upstream, sometimes downstream.  Don’t get us wrong – all are wonderful experiences, and hundreds of Travel Insiders have happily shared them with us over the years. The time has now come to offer you […]

Mar 092018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 March, 2018

Good morning Our Frontsight experience was enjoyed by all who attended over the last weekend, and most of the participants plan to return for another experience in the future. While the men stoically plinked away, including one gentleman who refused to let his bad leg and cane interfere, I do want to call out the […]

Feb 232018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 February, 2018

Good morning First of all, a word about our touring schedule for the year.  We are starting to get down to the wire for the Triple K tour to Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan this May, so if you’re thinking of coming, please let me know. Also, strangely, this year there’s not yet a lot of […]

Feb 142018
 
Are Disney Tickets Overpriced

An annual event is Disney’s price increases for its amusement parks, and the howls of outrage they evoke, all the more so because their price rises, for the last five years, have been averaging three times the underlying rate of inflation. Prices broke through the watershed $100/day cost back in 2015, and have continued skyrocketing […]

Jan 262018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 January, 2018

Good morning If you might be in the Seattle area on Saturday 24 February, or if you’d like to visit the city for a weekend, I’ll be giving a one hour presentation to close the first day of a two-day seminar/conference by the ‘Frequent Traveler University’, at the Crowne Plaza close to the airport. The […]