I love travel. It is one of my real passions. But sometimes being on the road, living out of a suitcase and endless hotel inspections takes its toll. Sometimes I need to hole up in one place, unpack once and get some R&R for a few days.Read More
With your children getting older, is it time to start thinking of a more adventurous family holiday? Or after a long career is a sabbatical on the cards? Or maybe you would like to take advantage of the longer school summer holidays to do an extended family trip?
These were all considerations for one of my long standing clients who asked me to organise a four week trip last summer for him, his wife and three teenage sons. But what were the main ingredients? The family wanted guaranteed warm weather, a chance to relax on a beach or two, a mix of activities to keep mum, dad and kids entertained, amazing hotels and limited rain, which isn’t easy to find if you’re looking for an adventure in an exotic location in our summer months.Read More
Despite only being the second week in September, from the telephone calls I’ve had recently with clients, for some of you the summer holidays are starting to feel like a distant memory.
I’m already working with a number of clients on lots of great trips for 2017. Some far afield, others closer to home, but all with that little “la Concordia touch” which means that they are going to be perfectly executed, stress free and seamless from start to finish.
One place that Julian and I visited recently which I’m raving about to clients is the island of Ile de Re, a gorgeous place on France’s Atlantic coast. I’d wanted to visit for such a long time and this year I finally got my wish, and I have to say, it certainly didn’t disappoint. It ticked all the boxes: short flight (1½ hours from Manchester to La Rochelle); no jet lag; great food and wine; no driving; and lots of time spent outdoors.
In fact I’d go as far as to say Il de Re is an ideal holiday destination whether you’re a family looking to keep everyone entertained or a couple wanting a short break.Read More
The first time Julian and I visited the tea growing island of Sri Lanka over 20 years ago, we drove from the airport to the capital, Colombo, in the thick of night down dusty roads, our taxi driver pushing his rickety car to the limit and almost (but not quite) missing the oncoming traffic as he weaved in and out. On our most recent visit the arrival was a far more relaxed affair. Our VIP meet and greet, straight off our flight, was by a rather pleasant airport official with a signboard: Mrs Ann Lesley and Mr Julian Peter. She efficiently whisked us through the form filling at immigration and, whilst we sat in the VIP lounge having our first cup of Sri Lankan tea, she collected our luggage and cleared it through security. All we had to do was slip out of the back door in to our waiting car and on to the new (Chinese funded) bypass for a smooth journey to Colombo.Read More