Way back in 1841, one man made it his mission to help Britons see the world, right from his very first organised trip from Leicester to Loughborough by train. And now, nearly 175 years later, the legacy of Thomas Cook lives on and is the best loved and most trusted name in travel, taking people much further than the original short train journeys. We want to continue that legacy through our blog and hope that we can help you get the most out of every holiday that you book.
My role as the author
My name is Sadie Geoghegan and my job and the purpose of the blog is to inspire you when it comes to making, ultimately, one of the most important decisions of your year: where to go on holiday. I like to provide you with knowledge, advice, hints and tips. Not only on where to go, but how to pack, what to do when you’re there and all things in between. I want to deliver information about all your favourite places but also introduce you to new and exciting destinations and encourage you to get out there and explore something different.
My passions and experience
My passion for seeing the world lead me to pursue a career in travel writing, ever since I bought a round the world ticket in my gap year before university. I’ve now worked in the travel industry for six years since graduating and have visited 35 countries so far, providing a lot of insight for the posts that you read on this blog. The countries I’ve travelled to span Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. I’d therefore like to think that I can help with any questions or queries you may have when it comes to choosing the right holiday for you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We are always open to suggestions as to what you would like to see featured on the blog. So if you have any ideas or requests, please do get in touch by commenting below. As well as ideas, we’re also keen to work more closely with guest bloggers. If you think you have something you can bring to the blog, then I’d love to hear from you. Again, comment below if you’d like to get involved.
With its year-round sunshine, countless sandy beaches and excellent attractions to keep the whole family entertained, it’s no wonder Tenerife is such a popular holiday destination. The largest of the Canary Islands, it’s got all the ingredients for the perfect holiday in the sun. With such good weather, it could be easy to stay by the pool all day. But for those of you looking for a bit of action… Read Article »
From dramatic landscapes to towering mountain ranges, our beloved national parks are places of wonder. Forests are a vital part of our ecosystem and are worth celebrating; after all, we couldn’t live without them. On Tuesday, the world celebrated International Day of Forests, so, in its honour, I’ve picked out a selection of my favourite national parks from around the world. 1) Yosemite National Park, California Covering more than 1,100… Read Article »
By now, most of you should be aware that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. However, for those of you who aren’t so in the know, I apologise now if this blog post sends you into Mother’s Day panic. But don’t worry; it’s not too late to sort out the perfect gift for your mum this Sunday. For all you last minute gift-buyers out there, I’ve come up with… Read Article »
Florida is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It’s so often people’s ‘dream destination’; one to cross off the bucket list and hold onto the memories for years to come. If you’re lucky enough to have been to Florida before, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. But for those who haven’t, here’s a bit more of an insight into what makes Florida the perfect… Read Article »
What do you value most when choosing and booking the perfect holiday? Is it all about the weather or being able to experience the local culture? Do flight times dictate your destination? Or maybe it doesn’t matter where you go, you just want to enjoy some quality time with the family. I’ve made a fun game for you to tell me the thinking behind your holiday choice. Just swipe right… Read Article »
It wasn’t until I went on holiday with an energetic toddler that I realised just how much my life has changed. Keeping young children happy on holiday isn’t always easy, and getting a chance to relax yourself is even harder. So, to help take the stress out of taking your own tots away, I’ve put my thinking cap on and collected together some of the best holiday ideas for babies, toddlers… Read Article »
Today marks International Women’s Day. And, well, being a woman myself, I thought I’d write about all the things that I think are important to women when going on holiday. I love nothing more than packing my case and heading to the sun, but there are definitely certain little things that make everything much better for us girls, and it’s often those little details that make all the difference to… Read Article »
Looking for a bit of holiday inspiration? Well, I might have something for you. TripAdvisor have just revealed their Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Beaches in the World. There are some absolute beauties on there, of course. But guess what? A number of the beaches that have made the list are ones that we can take you to. So why not make it your mission to visit at least one of… Read Article »
Who doesn’t dream of a romantic gondola ride along Venice’s picturesque canals? Venice is the city of love; it’s the ideal destination for an unforgettable getaway with your other half. Bursting with vibrant culture, turquoise canals and stunning architecture; there’s so much to fit into a long weekend city break. Explore its ancient churches, visit one of the many art exhibitions or tie your visit in with the popular Venice… Read Article »
Having spent a holiday in Mexico on the Riviera Maya a few years back, I always dreamed of going back. The pure white sugar sand beaches fringed with palm trees, the translucent turquoise water which seems to sparkle like diamonds, the mysteries of an ancient civilisation that drift on the wind; it really is one of those places you could describe as paradise on earth. This beautiful slice of Mexico… Read Article »
We all know that Spain is a great all-rounder when it comes to picking an amazing destination for your next holiday. But the question is, where abouts in Spain? It’s a pretty big country, after all, especially when you take into account the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands too. So let me go into a little more detail about one particular area that I think you’ll love if you’re… Read Article »
Now, call me Sherlock, but I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, we both share a mutual love of going on holiday. Am I right? Gosh, I’m good. So, now we’ve established that, I’m guessing I’m also right in saying that you’d want to make the most of going on holiday at any given opportunity, if you could? We all love a city break or a long weekend, but sometimes… Read Article »
Whenever school holidays come around, the first thing that springs to mind for most people is a family holiday, as the kids are off school. But what about all you teachers out there who can only go away at that time too? Maybe you don’t have kids and just want to enjoy a relaxing time away with your other half? Well, with that in mind, I thought I’d make some… Read Article »
Flowers and chocolates? Heart-melting cards and candlelit dinners? If the mere thought of Valentine’s Day has been filling you with dread over the last few weeks, don’t worry! It’s all over now. Turn your back on all those lovey-dovey romantics and kiss goodbye to the over-the-top shop displays and PDAs for another year. Let’s. Move. On. Now, what could take your mind off all the romance and couples? How about… Read Article »
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought you could use a little romantic inspiration for if you’re planning on getting down on one knee this year. Maybe you feel that proposing on Valentine’s Day is a bit too cliché. So why not throw your partner off the scent, buy the usual flowers and chocolates, and start planning the ultimate holiday to whisk them away and pop the question?… Read Article »
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Whatever you call it, the weeks leading up to Easter bring a host of festivities. Some of the popular pre-Lent celebrations in cities across the world bring in large crowds to enjoy feasts, parades and parties. Here’s my selection of some of the best places to celebrate Mardi Gras around the world. 1) French Quarter, New Orleans Embrace the chaos and be seduced… Read Article »
South Africa is a destination overflowing with warmth, vibrancy and colour. I was lucky enough to visit the rainbow nation recently, so I’ve picked out four things which you simply can’t leave without experiencing. From mountainous scenery and beautiful beaches to historic culture, you’re bound to find something you love as much as I did. Table Mountain A visit to South Africa isn’t complete without a journey up to Table… Read Article »
Holiday planning’s a whole new ball game when you want to take your little adventurers away. Never before in my life have I paid such close attention to how long it will take me to get to my destination, and that can feel pretty daunting when all you want to do is find the perfect holiday. Don’t worry, though; I’ve done the research so you don’t have to. My top… Read Article »
It’s January, which means Christmas is well and truly over for another year, you’re just about back into your routine, and you need something exciting to look forward to. Something that you can look forward to for the next six months, something you can make your friends jealous about, something the whole family can’t wait to come round. That something is on the Red Sea Riviera. With warm temperatures all… Read Article »
One of Canada’s most loved destinations and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics; Whistler is a winter wonderland, with quaint taverns, log fires and wide-open plains of glistening white snow. Take the two-hour drive from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway, which is famous for its incredible views and stunning landscapes. With plenty of things to do in Whistler, both on and off the slopes, it’s no wonder thousands… Read Article »
Holidays are often the biggest and most important purchase of your year, so you want to get it right. You might not necessarily want to book the cheapest holiday you can find, but you want to know you’re getting the best value for money. I’m sure you’ll agree, so I’ve put together a list of five of the best value holiday destinations where you’re bound to get more bang for… Read Article »
I’m sure we all agree that holidays are about spending quality time with your family and loved ones. But I’m also fairly sure that some of you mums and dads out there might admit to enjoying a bit of peace and quiet while on your much needed holiday, too. Am I right? If so, that’s where our friends, Lollo & Bernie, come in. The mascots of our Thomas Cook Kids’… Read Article »
Take some inspiration from my around-the-world bucket list and make this New Year one to remember. Start planning your 2017 now, with my top ten things to see and do on your travels. 1) Take to the skies on SlotZilla Zip Line, Las Vegas See downtown Vegas from a bird’s eye view on the thrilling Fremont Street zip line. 2) Visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Take a dip in Iceland’s geothermal… Read Article »
Congratulations, you’re getting married! Having a wedding to plan is super exciting, although when you’ve got things to consider like the venue, what family to invite and all the little touches such as the cake, flowers and transport, popping the question can seem like the easy bit. Have you thought about getting married aboard? If you can picture yourself saying ‘I do’ in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations,… Read Article »
With every New Year comes a new set of resolutions. We all secretly make them, even if we don’t shout about them. Maybe you want to shed a few Christmas pounds? Or perhaps spend more time with your family and less time on your phone? Or maybe it’s the common one that everyone always promises they’ll do; see more of the world. If that sounds familiar, then why not consider… Read Article »
Don’t want to wait until summer for a holiday? A city break can be a great way to experience something new, no matter what the weather. Amsterdam takes just over an hour by plane and with great train links, it’s no wonder more and more people are visiting this fascinating city. With plenty to see and do it’s a great place to explore, so pack your hat, scarf and gloves… Read Article »