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Kuala Lumpur and Bali

The lure of Bali – mystical, exotic and yet relatively affordable.

Hong Kong – A City of Lights

I have visited Hong Kong a number of times but not in the last 10 years, my husband had not been before so we were both very much looking forward to spending three nights in one of my favourite cities.

New Zealand

As many of you will know I have family in New Zealand and lived there myself for seven years. The last time I visited was when my eldest daughter was 5 months, she is now 11 and her sister eight so we decided they were now old enough to cope with the long flights.

Las Vegas, Canyonlands and the California Coast

Now that our two sons were becoming more independent, my husband and I decided we could start considering holidays on our wish list, and one idea we had was to embark on an ambitious trip to the west coast of America. On my husband's wish list was a flight over the Grand Canyon and a drive down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. So I was tasked with the job of constructing an itinerary which would allow us to incorporate both whilst including a number of other national treasures.

All Aboard with Tauck

In the summer of 1925, a travelling salesman named Arthur Tauck put an advert in the paper, offering a new kind of vacation. It was a week-long jaunt across New England in his Studebaker, stopping at all his favourite places. The advert said 'No grumps or pessimists allowed'. Six people responded and the trip cost USD$69 all-inclusive. 90 years on Tauck Tours is still family owned, 83 year old Arthur Tauck Jr is very much involved and is up early every Thursday to read the guest feedback reports.

A Taste of Halifax, Nova Scotia

I had a wonderful time on Prince Edward Island but was looking forward to seeing Halifax as I have not visited the city before. The driving time from the Confederation Bridge to Halifax is just over 2 ½ hours mainly on motorways. We arrived late afternoon and checked into the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel which as the name suggests is located right on the waterfront, seconds from the shops, bars and restaurants along the broadwalk.

Prince Edward Island – 'Life is simply better when you add a little island'

Prince Edward Island (PEI) will draw you into its comfortable, more relaxed pace. The tiny island prides itself on home-grown cuisine, small town charm, world famous hospitality and natural beauty. The landscape encompasses red cliffs, golden beaches and rolling green hills.

St Kitts

Michelle visited the sister islands of St Kitts and Nevis in May. One of the world’s smallest nations, these beautiful islands offer an exotic and charming Caribbean experience.

Florence & Venice

A whirlwind visit to Florence and Venice in April with Kirker Holidays was a wonderful way to experience these two beautiful cities in just two days, although I personally would recommend a longer stay to fully appreciate them.

Majorca

Michelle has recently returned from a three day visit to Majorca. She visited a number of hotels close to Palma and Port De Pollenca but the highlight of her trip was a one night stay at the Belmond Residencia in Deia.

The Arosmari Village – Vamos Crete

Staying in the Arosmari Village gives you a true taste of life in a Cretan Village. It is a small country hotel for adults and couples only and it is just a 45 minute drive from Chania Airport, and about 10 minutes to Kalives the nearest little beach side town. We were only able to spend a week here but we were still able to combine seeing some of the wider area whilst also having some time to relax in this wonderful retreat.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

If you want glitz and glamour in the Caribbean, then head for somewhere like Sandy Lane in Barbados. For understated luxury, head to Jumby Bay, a private island off Antigua, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Amazing hotels of Mauritius

I spent a week in Mauritius on a whistle stop tour of the island. We stayed in five hotels and visited 13 others.

Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka is a destination that I have wanted to visit for a very long time and I was certainly not disappointed. There is more to Sri Lanka than just beaches, it offers a rich variety of sights and sensations.

A Taste of New Brunswick

I was lucky enough to spend 5 days in New Brunswick and got to sample a tiny taste of what the province has to offer. New Brunswick is Canada's only official bilingual province.

St Andrews by the sea

My favourite place during my visit to New Brunswick was St Andrews by the sea, even though I did end up wearing some very unusual outfits.
It is beautiful resort with lots of charm. Part of the town is a national historic district with pretty inns, boutique shops and art galleries. It is 90 minutes from Fredericton and 1 hour from Saint John.

A tale of two Niagara's

The easiest way I find to describe Niagara Falls to people is to ask them to imagine Las Vegas with the hotels, casinos, attractions and bright lights and then add a stunningly beautiful waterfall into the middle of it!

Sue's first cruising experience

Not having experienced a cruise before, and never really having had the desire to do so, I found myself jumping at the invitation to spend 5 nights aboard the luxury Silver Spirit, the newest and largest of the Silversea ships, as it departed from Las Palmas to Funchal.

Sparkly Spa

On the itinerary I received, it said that a stay at Sparkling Hill Resort is more than just a rest, it's a complete renewal. Sadly as I was only there for one night, I didn't get time to be fully renewed!

Discover your inner cowboy (or cowgirl) at Three Bars Ranch

I have never had riding lessons so when I saw that we were going to be staying on a dude ranch for a few nights as part of a fly drive itinerary around British Columbia, I have to admit to feeling a little nervous.

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