Aruba – One Happy Island by Natalie Huggett

By |2018-07-09T19:44:52+00:00July 9th, 2018|Caribbean|

Just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean sea are the Dutch Antilles, and its 3 most westerly islands are the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Aruba’s location outside the hurricane belt makes it the perfect place for year-round sunshine – and that’s why we call it One Happy Island! [...]

Mamma Mia! Here I go again!

By |2018-06-18T18:30:48+00:00June 15th, 2018|Europe|

Island Hopping in the Greek Islands! Sounds so exciting and I was off to “hop” to three of the twenty four unspoilt islands of Alonissos, Skopelos and Skiathos which make up the Sporades Archipelago. It was an easy journey from Gatwick to Skiathos with Enter Air. All very smooth and the staff were extremely friendly [...]

Casinos, Canyons and Forest Giants – National Parks of USA

By |2018-06-28T09:09:29+00:00May 23rd, 2018|USA|

  To some it is a modern-day Gomorrah, but whatever your view, Las Vegas is a fascinating experience, if only to marvel at the brash vulgarity and total unreality of it all. For us it was the starting point of a three week, 2500 mile self-drive tour, which took us to some of the most [...]

The Cayman Islands, by Katy Hallmark (age 14)

By |2018-05-23T13:12:24+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Caribbean|

Some places make you want to jump for joy! Some places make you want to sing! And some places just bring out the poet in you. A place that is beautiful A place that is calm A place where the stingrays Do you no harm. A place that is hot Yet relaxing, so pretty A tiny, little island – Not [...]

South Africa – A week is not enough

By |2018-05-22T20:57:39+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Africa|

On Monday we were looking forward with little enthusiasm to another rather routine week ahead. On Wednesday we were thundering down the Gatwick runway on board a flight to Johannesburg. It had been a very special last-minute offer and we had decided to seize the opportunity of a week long glimpse of South Africa. Our [...]

America’s Great Lake Erie!

By |2018-06-21T13:25:05+00:00May 22nd, 2018|USA|

American Airlines took me to The Great Lakes of North America! First Chicago then Detroit, home of Motown and famous for the motor industry. I toe-tapped through Hitsville – home to the Motown’s Studio a museum in the footsteps of talented USA musicians like The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Then, [...]

Sydney, Rock and Reef – A First Time Tour

By |2018-06-18T18:37:24+00:00May 21st, 2018|Australia|

On 18 February this year, I left the UK on a marvellous trip Down Under on Singapore Airlines. I was one of a group of just ten selected travel agents to embark on this wonderful visit. We all met at Heathrow Airport for your flight with Singapore Airlines to Sydney with a change of planes at Singapore. The service of [...]

Oman for Arabian Days and Nights

By |2018-06-18T18:38:27+00:00May 18th, 2018|Middle East|

My fact finding mission for Hallmark Travel was to go to Oman, so I was slightly nervous! I had never visited the Middle East before and really didn’t know what to expect. It was also during ‘Ramadan’ (like our Lent). Rumours were being spread of having no food and drink and being covered from head to foot were adding to [...]