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.
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 »
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 »
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 »