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Jan 132017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 13 January, 2017

Good morning Ugh – a Black Friday.  Let’s hope the superstition (Friday the 13th is held by some to be an unlucky day in general and particularly for travel related activities) doesn’t impact on any of us today. Our Scotland tour is now two people short of full.  So if you’re thinking about a lovely […]

Dec 092016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 December 2016

Good morning Wow.  What a week it has been. I wrote, last Friday, that we had ten people who had chosen to join our Scotland’s Islands and Highlands tour next June – already a high level of participation, this early.  I don’t know what created the spark, but we’ve had another ten people join this […]

Dec 022016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 December 2016

Good morning It seems that some of you managed to tear yourselves away from the stress and struggle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to do some shopping of a very different kind – for travel.  We now have ten people who have chosen to join our Scotland’s Islands and Highlands Tour next June, including […]

Nov 252016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 November 2016

Good morning I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and over-ate abundantly, so as to give you sufficient energy for today’s Black Friday sales.  My daughter wants to go ‘normal shopping’ and I’ve had to persuade her to wait until the far side of the weekend’s madness before getting within several blocks of any of […]

Nov 182016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 November 2016

Good morning It has been a very long time since I last wrote to you on a Friday morning.  Our amazing New Zealand tour (and Australian extension) plus, well, ‘life in general’, all conspired to interfere, but here I am again this morning, with a huge variety of items to share with you today in […]

Aug 192016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 19 August 2016

Good morning Let’s start off this week with the most exciting thing, first. To my disappointment, and his too, a good friend and multiple Travel Insider Tour participant has had to cancel out of the New Zealand tour this coming late Oct/early Nov.  He’s already paid his $500 non-refundable deposit.  Unlike airlines, we allow ‘name […]

Jul 072016
 
Travel Insider Readers Totally Contradict AHLA Claims

In our last newsletter, we asked you to share your thoughts and preferences about hotel resort fees.  The results were interesting, and in total conflict to the claims of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). The AHLA says they surveyed guests and discovered that more than half want a mandatory resort fee to be […]

Jun 242016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 June 2016

Good morning The last week has seen Britain’s referendum on staying in or leaving the EU reach its culmination with the vote yesterday and decision in favor of leaving the EU, although by the slimmest of margins (51.9%/48.1%). Britain’s relationship with the EU has always been ambiguous (and, going further back into history, has generally […]

Mar 182016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 March 2016

Good morning The spring or vernal equinox is Sunday and not only do we already have daylight saving but certainly here in the PNW, spring is in the air, blossom is on the trees, and it is hard not to feel a bit of extra vigor in one’s stride. Last week saw a sad event […]

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