Dec 212017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 December, 2017

Good morning I returned back from this year’s Christmas Markets cruise Thursday afternoon, and the attendant jetlag has reduced my creativity close to zero for a day or two (perhaps I should try the Queen’s reputed jetlag remedy).  But with this being the last opportunity to pass the compliments of the season to you, it […]

Nov 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

Nov 022017
 
Amazing Kazakhstan Expedition (Borat Not Included) Oct 2018

This is one of the most exciting tours we’ve yet offered – a ten-day tour of Kazakhstan, in mid October 2018, with an optional pre-tour in Kiev beforehand and an optional post-tour in Kyrgyzstan afterwards. Here’s the day by day information about how we’ll spend our ten days in this very different country.  The main page […]

Jul 262017
 
Banning Travel to North Korea is a Big Mistake

The US State Department has decided that it is ‘too risky’ to allow us our freedom to travel to North Korea (DPRK), and accordingly is outright forbidding US citizens from traveling there. Prior to this ban, there were no restrictions on visiting, and North Korea eagerly welcomed US visitors, with a trivially simple visa application […]

Jul 142017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 July, 2017

Good morning I hope you had a nice long break for July 4 last week.  I did, although in truth I spent most of it working on what I’m now terming our Grand Expedition of Great Britain next June.  You can decide whether it is grand or not – there’s an article telling you more […]

Jul 102017
 
Great Britain Grand Expedition  June 2018

Chances are you’ve been to Britain before.  Perhaps several or even many times.  But there’s probably plenty you’ve not yet seen, and would enjoy a chance of experiencing. For example, have you spent two days of quality time touring around Cornwall?  Or the Cotswolds?  How about the Orkney Islands (many people don’t even know where […]

Jun 292017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 30 June, 2017

Good morning As much as I enjoy traveling, it is always good to be home again.  Perhaps that’s the true concept of ‘home’ – the place you’re always most happy to return to. My return from London on Delta was surprisingly good.  Things got off to a rocky start with the plane that was supposed […]

Jun 232017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 June, 2017

Good morning And very best wishes from Scotland. I wanted to send you a couple of items as a ‘little something’; not a full newsletter, but hopefully a happy surprise for your Friday.  Next week we’ll be back to regular newsletters (I return home on Tuesday). I also wanted to update you on our Christmas […]

May 042017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 May, 2017

Good morning In just over a month, 26 Travel Insiders and I will be heading off to Scotland for our lovely Islands and Highlands tour.  We’re all looking forward to it immensely, and although it is the fourth time I’ve done the tour, it remains one of my favorites. No, this isn’t a precursor to […]

Apr 282017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 April, 2017

Good morning Our lovely December Christmas Cruise continues to attract plenty of comment and interest, but not many firm bookings.  If you are thinking you’ll come, please don’t delay confirming your participation.  The best value cabins are disappearing, and the pre and post ground options are getting steadily tighter to confirm. One person suggested there […]

Apr 212017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 April, 2017

Good morning Are you thinking about joining us on our Christmas Markets cruise this December?  Several people have written to say they love the concept, but are turned away by the thought of the cold.  That is understandable, but needn’t become an obstacle to enjoying the experience. Certainly, as we emerge from our winter and […]