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.
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 »
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 »
As if you needed any more reasons to visit the glamorous Greek island of Mykonos! Check out these tips (and dreamy pics) from our favourite travel Instagrammers Interviews: Nione Meakin In the past few years, Mykonos has made a name for itself as one of the Med’s party playgrounds, and is it any wonder? This sun-drenched Aegean island, with its sapphire-blue seas, golden beaches and white-washed, sugar-cube houses, attracts the… Read Article »
There are two types of people in the world; those who love New York and those who dream about visiting it. If you’re one of the latter, I thought you’d like to experience a first-hand view of the city, thanks to Hannah and Jake. They visited the Big Apple earlier on this year and want to take you along on their journey with them. From Times Square to Central Park,… Read Article »
The stunning island of Sicily is one of our newest destinations for summer 2017, and it’s certainly one of the most charming too. With its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture and picturesque piazzas, what’s not to fall in love with? It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, but is it somewhere you’ve ever thought of visiting? As it’s a new destination for us, you might not know too much about it…. Read Article »
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the USA, one of the places that tends to be on the top of people’s wish list is the City of Angels, or Los Angeles, as we all know it better. There’s a reason why people love LA. In fact, there are quite a few. It’s got year-round sunshine, fabulous beaches, incredible shopping and it’s home to the world’s rich and famous. You’ll never… Read Article »
You’re on holiday in Egypt’s popular resort of Hurghada and it’s another hot and sunny day. But you feel the need to explore, see some of this unique country and meet the locals. Here are my top four things to do for a day out in and around Hurghada. 1) Luxor Sitting at the heart of the Nile, Luxor is just a four hour road transfer away from Hurghada and… Read Article »
Now, let’s just get one thing straight; you don’t have to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Las Vegas just because you don’t gamble! There’s so much more to Vegas than just gambling. In fact, if you were to manage to fit everything in on one trip, there’d barely be any time left for the casinos anyway. Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. It’s a colourful and… Read Article »
All too often we assume that when booking a family holiday, you have to sacrifice the life of luxury that you maybe grew accustomed to ‘BK’ (before kids). But that really isn’t the case. If you love nothing more than lavish hotels and first-class facilities, but you want somewhere that your little ones will love and be entertained too, then I have some incredible options for you. Read on to… Read Article »
Of Spain’s seven Canary Islands, there are four in particular that really draw the visitors. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are some of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers to head to, during both the summer and winter months. Each individual in its own right; they all boast great beaches, beautiful volcanic landscapes and perfect year-round sunshine. So which is the best Canary Island for you to visit?… Read Article »
The USA has a great variety of amazing sights to see, so I don’t blame you if you’re spoiled for choice on where to travel. From seeing Mickey Mouse in Orlando to partying to Calvin Harris in Vegas; you can’t deny there’s a destination for everyone. But sometimes it can be hard to decide on the place that’s right for you; where you’ll get the most out of your USA… Read Article »
It’s this year’s Virgin London Marathon on Sunday and I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch it, it gives me the urge to get involved with something similar myself. I was actually lucky enough (I’m not entirely sure that’s the term I’m looking for…) to run the London Marathon back in 2010, so now I want something a bit different. World-famous city marathons such as those in Boston,… Read Article »
For many of us, holidays are all about letting your hair down and indulging in all the good things in life; food, drink, sun and, of course, plenty of relaxation. But equally, many of us who have a regular fitness routine at home know all too well how difficult it can be to get back into it post-holiday. So for some, the idea of maintaining your fitness on holiday whilst… Read Article »
When looking for next year’s holiday, I know it can be hard to decide where to go, especially if you feel you’re lacking a bit of inspiration. Luckily, there are lots of new destinations to choose from, which range from sunny family favourites to the far flung and exotic. There’s something for everyone in this new line-up for 2018, and whether it’s sand and sea or culture and history you’re… Read Article »
I’ll be totally honest with you; it’s going to be hard for me to write this without sounding biased, because I absolutely love Singapore. But hey, is that such a bad thing? Many people only really see Singapore as a stopover point to destinations further afield, but there’s so much more to this island state than that. I thought I’d break the ‘stopover’ stereotype that’s been given to it and… Read Article »
A sun-kissed island in the middle of the Mediterranean; Malta is a popular choice for your summer holiday destination. But things such as your age, tastes and passions will determine which resort in Malta is right for you. There are a variety of different areas to visit or choose as the base for your holiday, so I thought I’d break down each one and help you decide on the best… Read Article »
Universal’s Volcano Bay™ is the brand new water theme park opening at Universal Orlando Resort™ in May. Billed as being the world’s best water park, it celebrates the mantra that ‘Water is Life. Life is Joy.’ We don’t know a great deal of details about it just yet, but I think what we do know sounds really exciting. I’ve put together a fun little quiz for you to see just how… Read Article »
When choosing the perfect holiday destination, I know it’s always nice to try and get the opinion of someone who has first-hand knowledge of a place. So I thought you’d like to hear from some of our experts here at Thomas Cook, which is why I’ve asked Brendan McGarry, Assistant Product Manager for Cape Verde, to give you the lowdown on all that you need to know about these stunning African… Read Article »
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 »