Travel Department

Travel Department is Europe’s leading escorted tour and guided group holiday provider with nearly 30 years of experience in crafting beautifully curated, inspirational itineraries to worldwide destinations, all accompanied by expert local guides. Travel Department’s escorted holidays typically include flights, accommodation, transfers and guided tours. Travel […]…

Five Highlights of Colombia

From the capital city of Bogota to the world-famous coffee region and colourful Cartagena, Colombia is Latin America’s rising star. It’s where I chose to visit for my first big post-pandemic adventure in February this year. These are just a few of my highlights.  TAKE A FOODIE TOUR IN BOGOTA Come with an empty stomach […]…

Norwegian Cruise Line

Imagine cruising just the way you want it: with no timetable to follow but your own. That is what Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising provides for all our ships and itineraries. Indulge your taste buds at one of our wide-ranging dining options, or perhaps you would prefer a […]…

Nothing is normal at high altitude

“Help me, Doc! He’s stopped breathing!” The climber had struggled from the two-man tent immediately beside my own and was smacking his hand on my flysheet to ensure I was awake. It was Everest North Face, Advanced Base Camp, 2 a.m., and the climber’s tent partner was apparently in trouble. As the expedition doctor, I […]…

Cruising to the Galapagos on Silversea Origin

Jeannine Williamson follows in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on Silversea Cruises’ new expedition ship Zodiac driver Freddy cuts the engine and our rubber inflatable boat drifts silently into the mangroves. The only sound is the paddle dipping in and out of the water as expedition guide Paul takes over the steering. We stop in […]…

Beautiful Beaches

We asked the team to tell us about their favourite beaches, remote or easily reached: from Scotland to Australia, Portugal to Thailand, you are bound to be inspired. Your next holiday awaits! Julia’s Beach, Algarve, Portugal – Lynn Scrivener The Algarve is fringed with fabulous beaches but when you holiday with a local you get […]…

Never forget clean water

“Fifty-three!” I could not believe it. I knew it was hot. After all it was Oman’s Wahiba Sands, and I was on a camel. I had never seen my outdoor watch read 53° Celsius before, but even I could read the number. “Is that a problem?” Mohammed replied, unperturbed. He was on another camel beside […]…

Seabourn

The Seabourn experience is unlike any other form of travel. Luxurious, yet relaxed … elegant, yet casual … sumptuous, yet understated. A concept designed around an all-inclusive intimate boutique hotel, which happens to be at sea. https://youtu.be/zS_paDTZU8A Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart […]…

Ramblers Walking Holidays

For over 70 years Ramblers Walking Holidays have been providing great value, small group guided holidays in spectacular locations around the globe, ideal for solo travellers as well as couples and friends, exploring amazing destinations accompanied by expert leaders. Cruise & Walk holidays combine all the […]…

Torres del Paine

An alternative title might have been.. ‘Near the end of the world’. At least from the UK it is only a relatively short leap to Antarctica. From the southern end of Chile; there lies what some have described as the most beautiful national park in the world, Torres Del Paine. It is a wonderful mixture […]…

Easter Island

Four nights on Easter island. Not enough! Be prepared for delayed flights as severe cross winds can delay or cause flights to be cancelled. Give yourself enough time. I was lucky, no delays, no cancellations, just a cross wind catching the plane as we were coming in to land so we had to go around […]…

Argentina

Earlier this year my sister and I attended the Destinations Travel Show at Olympia. London and we were lucky enough to win flights to Argentina! It was through the travel company Veloso and at first we thought we might not be able to use them as we still had to find the money for accommodation […]…