Look out for a spike in bookings to Thailand because the cast of
The Only Way is Essex has just finished filming two episodes in Koh Samui for series 24 of TOWIE, hitting TV screens on March 17 (9pm, ITVBe).
by Laura Gelder | 13 March 2019
A ‘soft’ introduction to West Africa, the island Sao Tome is still strange, wild and elegantly dilapidated. Laura Gelder explores a lost world.
by Laura Gelder | 04 March 2019
These lucky agents escaped the cold English winter for a shopping trip to Scottdale, Arizona with Macerich, British Airways and Experience Scottsdale.
by Laura Gelder | 24 January 2019
From Disney's Magic Kingdom to Universal's Wirarding World of Harry Potter, The Global Group's annual conference presented plenty of Christmas magic in Orlando
by Jessica Pook | 05 December 2018
The pre-Christmas discount season is upon us. We round up some of the possible Black Friday deals you could be getting for your clients to make their travel cheaper.
by Laura Gelder | 21 November 2018
As the biggest travel show of the year comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of the top travel news, hot off the stands at Excel.
by Jessica Pook | 08 November 2018
Voting is open for the
Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards and only you can choose – but how? We look at how to identify the cream of the crop in travel, with the help of some cat and dog pictures…
by Laura Gelder | 13 September 2018
Julie Baxter finds herself stranded in the rocky Channel Isles, closer to France than England, partly stuck in the past and captivated by the sea with its beautiful bays and history of savage shipwrecks.
by Julie Baxter | 12 July 2018
From colourful streetlife to tracing Nelson Mandela’s steps, a stop in Johannesburg leaves a lasting impression on Jessica Pook as her South Africa journey concludes
by Jessica Pook | 31 May 2018
Jessica Pook continues along the Panorama Route in South Africa to Limpopo where she encounters a troop of baboons and embraces the local cuisine
by Jessica Pook | 10 May 2018
Jessica Pook travels the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and is instantly captivated by 'the place where the sun rises'
by Jessica Pook | 02 May 2018
Benjamin Coren turns his back on haute cuisine and takes a look at some of the more localised offerings available at the fast food outlets of the world...
by Ben Coren | 05 April 2018
Louis Hepworth hasn't let being Coeliac curtail his wanderlust and neither should anyone, but having a few tips up your sleeve for clients travelling with intolerances will be sure to impress...
by Louis Hepworth | 01 March 2018
Jessica Pook attended the launch of luxury operator Kuoni's latest Worldwide Trends Report and introduces her top picks from its 2018/19 travel forecast here.
by Jessica Pook | 22 February 2018
Julie Baxter finds she can’t escape the vivid colours, smooth flavours and wild sounds of this biodiverse paradise, even when she’s on the massage table.
by Julie Baxter | 31 January 2018
Laura Gelder finds herself floating somewhere between myth and magic on a luxurious Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Abercrombie & Kent.
by Laura Gelder | 25 January 2018
Underneath a thick layer of dust, Laura Gelder uncovers the Egyptian capital’s gleaming treasures – including taking a privileged peek at Tutankhamun’s golden flip-flops!
by Laura Gelder | 18 January 2018
A river cruise up the Seine with Shearings transports Jessica Pook bewtween Rouen and Paris and reavels the medieval streets once stomped by Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc.
by Jessica Pook | 21 December 2017
Las Vegas is, to many, a small slice of liberal heaven right in the middle of the desert. But beyond the always-open casinos and late-night bars and nightclubs, there is another side to the city.
by Ben Coren | 06 December 2017
The UK’s biggest B2B travel show has closed its doors until 2018 but don’t worry if you missed out, here’s our first quick-read news round-up from some of the destination stands we stopped at.
by Laura Gelder | 09 November 2017
Selling Travel’s Jessica Pook, jets off to the VTJM Awards in Tokyo and quickly finds herself caught up in the bright lights of the big city.
by Jessica Pook | 04 October 2017
Selling Travel’s new Editorial Assistant, Jessica Pook, catches up with African specialist DMC Kamageo for an update on destinations and product covering Uganda, Botswana, Malawi and more.
by Jessica Pook | 06 September 2017
Nina Farrimond heads south, taking in ancient Hoi An, the lively beach resort of Nha Trang, bustling 24/7 Ho Chi Minh and the meandering Mekong Delta on an Intrepid tour.
by Nina Farrimond | 31 August 2017
UK passport holders don’t have to pay a penny to enter Vietnam until June 2018, but that’s not the only reason to visit this fascinating country, says Nina Farrimond.In the first of two blogs, she explores Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue.
by Nina Farrimond | 24 August 2017
Look behind the headlines and beyond the suited bureaucrats associated with the European capital and you’ll find a city which is surprisingly off-beat and reassuringly inclusive, says Hannah Wallis.
by Hannah Wallis | 16 August 2017
Enter a whimsical world of shimmering lights and mythical landscapes with Maria Martinez-Ugartechea, as she searches for Aurora Borealis amongst Iceland's waterfalls, lagoons and glaciers.
by Maria Martinez-Ugartechea | 26 July 2017
A trip to cosmopolitan Los Angeles reveals a city with a surprisingly wild side. Sheena Adesilu explores beaches, shopping malls and mountains in urban California.
by Sheena Adesilu | 24 July 2017
Amelia Glean packs her trunk and swaps the nightclubs and neon of Bangkok for a Magical Elephant Mahout Training Course in the jungles of north Thailand.
by Amelia Glean | 13 July 2017
Scaling an active volcano isn't everyone's idea of fun but Lombok’s Mount Rinjani provided James Gray with a lofty challenge as well as pause for thought on adventure tourism’s environmental impact.
by James Gray | 05 July 2017
Cities aren’t always the best place to be on a hot day but Ellie Smith discovers that Sydney is made for sunshine. If you're looking for some cool ideas for summery Sydney then read on.
by Ellie Smith | 28 June 2017
Jessica Pook tramps a well-worn route up one of Ireland’s most celebrated mountains and discovers you should always be prepared for the weather, and lows as well as highs.
by Jessica Pook | 21 June 2017
Ben Coren tries out Airbnb for the first time on a trip to Birmingham and discovers it's not as bad as he thought. Find out why he thinks all travel professionals should experience it - just once.
by Ben Coren | 07 June 2017
Been to Berlin? Had enough of Hamburg? Carly Hacon explores one of Germany's lesser-known cities, Dusseldorf, and shares five fun things you can do for under five Euros!
by Carly Hacon | 01 June 2017
The fair city of Dublin is known for its musical pubs, heavy-drinking locals and literary legends. The Irish capital can be a tourist trap and the Pound to Euro exchange rate isn’t great at the moment but here’s how to enjoy yourself, even if your bucket list has a budget.
by Carly Hacon | 24 May 2017
Ben Coren muses on the ‘hipsterisation’ of his favourite airport terminal and recalls a simpler time when you could browse for CDs and eat a normal burger before your flight.
by Ben Coren | 18 May 2017
High-rise, high-octane Tokyo and subtropical Okinawa are oceans apart in every way but Laura Gelder finds the two a perfect example of Japan’s split personality
by Laura Gelder | 03 May 2017
The Palm Beaches in Florida has been a hot holiday destination since the late 1800s, but in 2017 this retro-cool vacation spot has been ramping up its offerings with some exciting new openings!
by Laura Gelder | 27 April 2017
Laura Gelder examines why it’s the little things which delight when it comes to cultural exploration. Why book a city tour when you can visit the loo or supermarket for nothing?
by Laura Gelder | 09 March 2017
...and those who do not travel read only a page. On the 20th anniversary of World Book Night, Laura Gelder looks at how literature can inspire and inform travellers.
by Laura Gelder | 01 March 2017
As the sixth series of BBC One’s Death in Paradise comes to a close tonight, Laura Gelder muses on why murder and sunshine are a winning combination for the winter blues.
by Laura Gelder | 23 February 2017
Give Canberra chance, says Laura Gelder! Even Australians don’t stick up for their capital but this city that has the best of brunch and the bush – what more could you want?
by Laura Gelder | 16 February 2017
Julie Baxter explains why getting ripped off will be the most enduring and endearing memory from her trip to the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia and how tourism is a life force for Cambodia.
by Julie Baxter | 25 January 2017
Abu Dhabi's profile had risen steadily over the last few years and 2016 saw some notable achievments. We quiz Nabeel Al Zarouni from the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority on what agents can expect in 2017.
by Laura Gelder | 18 January 2017
Famous for farming and being flat, Saskatchewan wasn’t the obvious first-stop for a first-timer to Canada, but Laura Gelder soon discovers there is more to the prairies than meets the eye.
by Laura Gelder | 04 January 2017
Panama is Central America’s glitzy high-rise hub and has long lured tax-avoiding millionaires, but did you know it has an old town to rival Havana and a jungle on its doorstep?
by Laura Gelder | 21 December 2016
Julie Baxter savours the flavours of Asia onboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, travelling from Bangkok to Singapore. Warning: do not read if you’re hungry!
by Julie Baxter | 14 December 2016
A word used all-to-often in travel marketing, what exactly does authentic mean in the context of a destination? Can you tell what is and isn’t? Does it matter?
by Laura Gelder | 07 December 2016
Julie Baxter enjoys her time onboard Thai Airways Economy Class on her way to Thailand, weird seeing as she doesn't like to fly.
by Julie Baxter | 24 November 2016
Julie Baxter walks the medieval ramparts of this beautiful hilltop city in Languedoc, southern France, searching for the romantic knights and tortured witches of her imagination and finding much more than she bargained for.
by Julie Baxter | 26 October 2016
At this year’s ABTA Travel Convention there was lots of chat about traveller personalities and how defining them can help you sell better. Laura Gelder asks: are we segmenting or just stereotyping?
by Laura Gelder | 19 October 2016
Travel Uni and Equator Learning have merged to create a ‘mega-platform’ for travel training with over 80 courses. Find out the benefits of training and just what's on offer.
by Laura Gelder | 12 October 2016
Selling Travel Dialogue on Oman? Never fear because we summed it up here. Read on to find out what the sultanate can offer your clients and how you can harness new flight routes from Oman Air.
by Ben Coren | 05 October 2016
Fuelled by apfelstrudel, bratwurst and beer, Julie Baxter checks out the German capital’s suave and eclectic mix of historic monuments and creative spirit and traces the shadows of a turbulent past.
by Julie Baxter | 27 September 2016
Elegantly crumbling, grandly colonial, colourfully Caribbean and quintessentially Colombian, Cartagena was the face that launched Colombia into mainstream tourism. Discover why it's so irresistible.
by Laura Gelder | 21 September 2016
Fishing can be a chilly pastime at the best of times, but what about when it's through a hole in the ice? Our intrepid editor tries his hand at ice fishing in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley near Anchorage.
by Steve Hartridge | 09 September 2016
Do you love James Bond films for their exotic locations as much as the action man himself? We certainly do! Here's a list of our favourite locations, ranging from iconic cities to ingenious baddie lairs.
by Laura Gelder | 08 September 2016
Travel trend spotters constantly talk about authenic experiences but when it comes to Canada, how many travellers have First Nation culture on their itinerary? Find out why they should and how to find it.
by Julie Baxter | 01 September 2016