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 37 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.
One of the most up and coming resorts on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera; Marsa Alam is an idyllic holiday hotspot, boasting stunning beaches, luxurious hotels and some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Located three hours south of Hurghada, you might not be too familiar with this beautiful resort, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about it. Here are five of the top things… Read Article »
Whether your perfect holiday is exploring a bustling city or taking a faraway trip to distant lands, there are hundreds of fascinating and historical sights to discover around the world. Here are some of my favourite UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can visit on your holiday, for that cultural break away from the beach. 1) Paphos, Cyprus Stretches of golden sand, picturesque harbours, and quaint villages puts Paphos top… Read Article »
So, earlier on this year, as part of my honeymoon, I was lucky enough to go to the Maldives. I’ll be totally honest with you; I was worried that I wouldn’t find enough things to do while I was there, which is why we tied it onto the end of a 10-day-tour of Sri Lanka. But my goodness me; these stunning islands blew my mind. A week here was like… Read Article »
The stunning country of Turkey is an ideal choice for a summer holiday; boasting incredible beaches, breathtaking landscapes, incredible hotels and a vibrant culture. But did you know that it’s a great place to head in the winter months too? Winter in Turkey is a wonderful time of year, with plenty of things still to do. And who doesn’t love a bit of winter sun? Here are six reasons why… Read Article »
I’ve got a real soft spot for Greece; it’s such a stunning country with so much tradition and charm. I’ve been a few times now, each visit as unique as the last. If you’ve ever been on holiday here or thought about visiting one of the beautiful Greek islands, then you certainly won’t be disappointed. There’s something for everyone, from families and couples to big groups of friends. If like… Read Article »
With its picture-perfect, idyllic island landscape and its crystal-clear seas, it’s no wonder Mauritius is so high up on people’s bucket list; mine included! But with somewhere seemingly so beautiful, how exactly do you choose which one of its many beaches (over 160km’s worth, to be precise) to spend your time on? Each one is as unique and stunning as the next, so I’ve broken down a list of some… Read Article »
We all want to stay safe on holiday, right? So, I think you’ll want to hear about this. I want to tell you all about a brand new independent charity that we’re supporting; the Safer Tourism Foundation. Who’ll benefit from the Safer Tourism Foundation? If you’re planning on going on holiday, you’ll benefit from the Safer Tourism Foundation; whether you’re a solo traveller, travelling as a couple or going away… Read Article »
I don’t know about you, but for me, part of the enjoyment and excitement of going on holiday is the journey to get there. I’m in holiday mode right from the moment I set foot out my front door. Then of course, the flight to my chosen destination is full of anticipation and energy; with everyone looking forward to arriving on the getaway they’ve been planning for so long. When… Read Article »
Once a small fishing village, Cancun has blossomed into one of Mexico’s most popular holiday hotspots. With 13 miles of golden, sun-splashed beaches lapped by the clear Caribbean waters, amazing ancient Mayan ruins, and some of the best nightlife on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday. However, it’s got one added extra that really sets this resort apart from the others: Cancun has… Read Article »
If you ask me, there’s nothing more exciting than booking a holiday and counting down the days in anticipation. You’ve put all that effort into choosing the perfect destination, the right resort and the best hotel; the last thing you want is to arrive and be put in a room that’s not quite right for your needs. But now, with Thomas Cook giving you the option to Choose Your Room… Read Article »
If the thought of diving into your winter wardrobe seems depressing, and you’re dreaming of next year’s summer holiday already, then take a moment to consider a holiday to Malta. This charming island in the heart of the Mediterranean has year-round sunshine, just the right amount of things to do, and is only a short three hour flight from the UK. If that isn’t reason enough to get your suitcases… Read Article »
You’ll be forgiven if you don’t know very much about our new Croatia destination, Dubrovnik Coast. Its combination of beautiful countryside, quiet seaside and bustling city life means that Croatia holidays to this part of the country provide something for everyone. You’ve probably heard about the historic city within this region but hopefully, I’m also going to introduce you to some new things to do in Dubrovnik and the surrounding… Read Article »
I’m sure we all agree that a day in the sun can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re exploring a city during a break, or lying on the beach, the warmth of the sun can make you feel totally relaxed. But exposure to the sun’s rays can leave your skin feeling dry, dull and above all, damaged from sunburn, which none of us want to experience. So, to… Read Article »
So, in July I did something crazy… I only went and got married. Your wedding day is, without a doubt, one of the biggest days of your life, which it absolutely was for me. But with a wedding comes a honeymoon. And THAT, for me, was something to get excited about. Here’s hoping we’ll only get married once, so for that reason, my other half and I wanted to go… Read Article »
It’s been over a year now since I first introduced you to the incredible Casa Cook Rhodes on the blog. This unique and alternative paradise proved to be so popular with you all that we’ve now opened our second Casa Cook hotel; this time, on the beautiful Greek island of Kos. Casa Cook Kos brings the same familiar style and vibe as its predecessor in Rhodes, but with its own individual… Read Article »
Holidays are all about sun, sea and sand. Although, I don’t know about you, but one of the biggies for me is…food. I love being on holiday and feeling like I can get away with eating whatever I want, whenever I want. There’s nothing better than seeking out some of the best local restaurants and indulging in traditional dishes and sipping on a lovely glass of red. If you’re planning… Read Article »
So you’ve decided that you definitely do need a holiday this summer and you fancy heading to Greece. That’s, with a doubt, a great decision. But I have to say, it’s a pretty vague one too, considering you’ve got the mainland and all the incredible and varied Greek islands to choose from. So let me tell you a bit more about one particular island and see if it helps in… Read Article »
Another horn beeps, another Tuk tuk flies by, a man from across the busy street calls, ‘taxi, taxi?’ then a cow strolls by. This is Goa holidays. If you haven’t heard of Goa, it’s a popular destination for winter sun holidays on the west coast of India. I’d always wanted to visit India so couldn’t wait to start my ten-day holiday to Candolim. Here’s my experience of this incredible destination,… Read Article »
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, dominated by the dormant volcano Mount Teide, and I’ve recently been lucky enough to visit. This was my first holiday away from my parents, so I was looking forward to doing things my way. Before I went, I’d been told all about Tenerife holidays and all of the beautiful black sand beaches. But after spending 12 days on the island, I was… Read Article »
If you’re anything like me, the hot weather we had in July made a swimming pool in my garden top of my wish list, perfect for a quick dip, or just relaxing alongside, with a glass of something cooling in hand. Until that lottery win happens, I’ll have to make do with a kids’ paddling pool when we get those scorching summer days, and just dream of visiting some of… Read Article »
I love the Italian lifestyle, but having discovered Venice and ticked-off Rome, I was on the hunt for something new. After being enchanted by Lake Garda’s small-town spirit, with its colourful houses and cobbled streets, it didn’t take much convincing for me to visit the similarly charming Sorrento. If dramatic coastlines and historic hotspots are your thing, this is the place for you. Perfect for couples looking for a chilled-out… Read Article »
Costa Adeje is widely considered to be the most prestigious area in southern Tenerife. Blessed with golden, sun-bleached beaches, exclusive hotels, upmarket restaurants, and a nightlife to rival the Playa de las Americas, it’s easy to see why it’s become a holiday hotspot among those in the know. But if you’re looking for some retail therapy then shopping in Costa Adeje offers some great opportunities to grab a bargain. In… Read Article »
We may be in the middle of summer, but thanks to our unreliable British weather, there’s always a good excuse to be dreaming of some sun. Many of us love to go on holiday later in the year to cure our winter blues, and a holiday to Cuba might be just the ticket. If a powder soft, white beach sounds more your thing than a white Christmas, let me convince… Read Article »
What makes a great holiday for you? For some a sun-soaked beach is enough; others want to explore interesting places, or get right into local life. And if food’s your big thing, travel takes on a whole new dimension. Of course, if that’s you, you already knew that. But did you also know that holidays for foodies aren’t just about swanky city restaurants? Many of our sunniest holiday destinations and… Read Article »
I returned from my trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida just a couple of weeks ago, and the smile still hasn’t left my face. That place is just so special. You can’t help but get swept up in all the magic that encapsulates it. I’m 31 years old and have no children, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how they cater… Read Article »
If you get easily excited like me, then you’ll love what Dubai Parks has to offer. It’s a brand new theme park and, if the name didn’t give it away, it’s in Dubai! Dubai Parks is made up of three incredible theme parks and to top it off, a waterpark too. The resort is spread across an amazing 30.5 million square feet and is the region’s largest integrated entertainment destination…. Read Article »