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.
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 »
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 »
I don’t know about you, but I love to make a splash on holiday; whether it’s a quick dip in the sea or just chilling in the pool with my new inflatable flamingo. One thing I enjoy even more is a splash-tastic waterpark. When I get to a park, I’m always trying to decide what my favourite slide is and repeatedly go on it until my skin goes all wrinkly!… Read Article »
If you’re thinking about going on holiday to Lanzarote, you can be fairly certain that sun, sand and sea are on the cards. As one of the Canary Islands, it’s become a firm favourite in recent years for its warm weather, beautiful beaches and rugged, volcanic landscape. We Brits love it, mainly because it’s got all the home comforts of a Spanish resort with bags of exotic, natural beauty. If… Read Article »
While Cancun is blessed with pristine, white beaches, superb restaurants, and high-end hotels, it’s probably best known for its rip-roaring nightlife. Take a tour of the Cancun clubs and you’ll find queues snaking along the streets, made up of people who want the best tunes, the best live shows, and the best parties. While you might have to wait a while to get inside, the general consensus is that it’s… Read Article »
Planning your dream holiday can often be just as exciting as actually going on it, so we want to make sure you can find the perfect getaway for you and your loved one. I know that sometimes it can be a bit harder to choose the right place to go, so I thought I’d tell you about some of the best LGBTQ-friendly holiday destinations that you can go to. Whether… Read Article »
We’re currently right in the midst of two of the most popular events in the world’s sporting calendar. Being a big tennis fan, I’m loving watching Wimbledon at the minute. And I’m sure many of you have been glued to the TV, following the Tour de France too. Watching sport from the comfort of your own home is all well and good, but there’s nothing quite like being a spectator,… Read Article »
I’m sure we all saw how Snapchat’s new feature, ‘Snap Maps’, broke the internet last weekend, right? If you haven’t seen how it works, it allows you to share your location with your Snapchat friends and fellow Snapchatters, adding your snaps to a world map. Long gone are the days you can just see your friends’ stories; you can now see stories from people all around the globe too. All… Read Article »
A recent study we carried out shows that Turkey is the third most popular holiday destination for British holidaymakers and it’s easy to see why. It’s definitely one of my favourite places to visit; I’ve been back a couple of times and normally swear I’ll never go to a place more than once! But I’d still happily go again in a heartbeat. I’m well aware that some people might take… Read Article »
This week, the BBC shared the results of an NHS and Met Office study which revealed that one third of parents believe it’s healthy for a child to turn brown in the sun. What’s even more shocking is that a quarter of the parents who took part in the study have actually encouraged their children to tan, some even allowing their children to use sun beds. And what’s even worse?… Read Article »
I know, if I could, I’d go on holiday all the time. Life would be one big holiday. I’m sure you’d agree, right? But if there’s one thing that stops us all from doing that, it’s money. We all know money doesn’t grow on trees, but maybe there are ways that we can save more, making our holiday budget more manageable. Every little helps, so here are my top money… Read Article »
There’s no denying it; Croatia is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been. I absolutely love it there. But it’s still very much an up and coming destination, so many of you might not be too familiar with it yourself. If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go on your next holiday, then I can highly recommend visiting this breathtakingly beautiful country. Aside from gazing in awe at… Read Article »
No doubt if you’re not already hooked yourself, you can’t go anywhere at the minute without hearing people talking about Love Island. Love Island, this… Love Island, that… But apart from all the sun, sea and scandal, one question that’s on everybody’s mind is just where is Love Island 2017 filmed? Well, I have the answer for you. And what’s more? You can easily go there yourself. So where is… Read Article »
The stunning Cape Verde islands are continuing to grow in popularity and it’s easy to see why. With their spectacular beaches and beautiful year-round weather, it’s no wonder that we can’t get enough of them. But if you’re one of those people who struggle to stay still on holiday, the idea of relaxing on a beach all day might not make Cape Verde sound too appealing to you. So I… Read Article »
Father’s Day is just around the corner (but you knew that, right?), so we’re celebrating our favourite #DadMoments and we want you to get involved too. Dads can be hilarious at the best of times, but there’s nothing better than watching our dads set their usual routine aside and really let their hair down on holiday. And these are the moments we want to see… I’m talking dad-dancing at the… Read Article »
We’ve all seen that incredible opening scene in the last James Bond film, Spectre, right? And no doubt, after watching, you were intrigued to find out more about where it was shot. (By the way, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I highly recommend you give it a watch). For those of you who aren’t familiar with what was being celebrated in the film, it was Mexico’s world… Read Article »
When we think of Amsterdam city breaks, there are often a certain number of stereotypes that spring to mind. Well, I don’t know if you were following my recent Instagram Stories on the Thomas Cook City Escapes account? But, after my first trip to Amsterdam, I’m here to quash those rumours. There’s far more to this beautiful city than what people think. It’s hard to know where to start in… Read Article »
Would you believe it’s been 25 years since Disney’s most-beloved characters came to life for the first time in Europe!? For their big anniversary, Disneyland Paris has gone all out, and whether you’ve been before or this is your first time, it’ll definitely exceed your expectations. In April, I spent a wonderful two days at Disneyland Paris and every moment of it was filled with laughter. My trip began aboard… Read Article »
Now, I don’t want to jinx things, but it’s really beginning to feel like summer might actually be here! (Give or take the odd torrential downpour.) With the great weather and all the feel-good tunes hitting the charts, you can’t help but get the urge to head off on holiday and experience some summer vibes in a whole new destination. But where’s the best place to go for a clubbing… Read Article »
We’ve all got a holiday wish list, right? All those amazing things we’d love to do while we still can. I for one would love to cruise the Norwegian Fjords, go horse riding on an Australian beach and travel in a Thai tuk-tuk. But when you have kids, it all seems that bit less realistic. Only, what if it isn’t? Some of those things on your bucket list could well… Read Article »