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.
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 »
Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry, and I certainly do a lot of the eating part. Christmas Day seems like a challenge to see how much I can eat in one day. I’ll be munching chocolate for breakfast, lunch and even after the traditional Christmas turkey dinner. Come teatime, I’m left feeling like I could burst but do I learn my lesson and restrain from gorging… Read Article »
That’s it; Christmas is done for another year. We’re now in that awkward ‘Crimbo limbo’ between Christmas and New Year, where no one really knows what to do with themselves. It’s always quite sad when the big day is over. I mean, what is there to look forward to now? So I thought I’d try and cure your post-Christmas blues and share some beautiful beaches with you that might just… Read Article »
Has he been? Has he been?! Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, so I hope you’re all sat at home, full from your Christmas dinner, but still mustering up the energy to reach over for another box of chocolates. It’s allowed today, right? While you’re sat indulging in all the rich, festive treats, I wanted to take a minute to wish you a very ‘Merry Christmas… Read Article »
It’s no surprise that each of us wants something different from our long weekend away. Among us, there are foodies, shopaholics and culture vultures, but which destination is best for you? Our world is full of incredible cities; it’s just deciding which one you’ll love to discover the most. Shopping: Paris Just the mention of the word ‘Paris’ brings a few iconic images to mind. These probably include chic streets… Read Article »
Christmas is, without a doubt, the most wonderful time of the year and what better place to spend the holiday season than in The Big Apple itself, New York City? Whether you want to shop ‘til you drop, strap on some skates or simply want to enjoy the festivities, here are some tips on making your New York Christmas holiday as magical as it can be. Ice skating The Rockefeller… Read Article »
Menorca is visited by millions of holidaymakers each year for its gorgeous beaches (did you know it has more than Majorca and Ibiza combined?). If it’s not been on your holiday wish list before, maybe it’s because you think it’s just for families? Yes, it does have many great activities for families, but there’s plenty for couples too. Here’s the lowdown on some of Menorca’s lesser-known highlights, which may change… Read Article »
Looking for some last minute festive magic? Dreaming of that white Christmas? As the ultimate winter wonderland, Lapland offers everything you could possibly imagine, in a setting so idyllic; falling in love with it is inevitable. The incredible landscapes, the soft blanket of immaculate snow that covers them and, of course, the home of Father Christmas and his magic reindeer! But there’s much more to Lapland than just Santa and… Read Article »
I know, I know! It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m already talking about next year’s summer holidays. But it’s certainly worth thinking about now, plus, we’re all going to need something to look forward to after Christmas and New Year, aren’t we? So I thought I’d get the ball rolling for you and give you a bit of holiday inspiration for 2017. Sound good? Well, read on to see… Read Article »
From time to time you just need a break from the norm. But you don’t always want to be heading to the other side of the world to get a warm weather fix during the winter months – you just want to be there. Nice and quick. No hassle. And what’s more? If you don’t head too far away, there’ll be no unwanted jet lag, hampering either your holiday or… Read Article »
This year, I was lucky enough to visit Cuba and it’s definitely a paradise you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Cayo Coco really was the dreamiest of islands. With white sands and crystal clear waters, it felt like I was in a movie. Having never been to a Caribbean island, I was wowed at the beauty of its natural surroundings and saw things I’d never seen before. The beaches… Read Article »
Unfortunately for us UK dwellers, the month of January is said to be the most depressing of the year. The thrill and excitement of Christmas and New Year gives way to colder, darker and quieter times. So why not give yourself something to look forward to and enjoy a much-needed bit of winter sun to get your year off to a great start? ‘But where is hot in January?’ I hear… Read Article »
If your holidays are all about making big splashes and unforgettable memories in the sun, then what more could you possibly want than a hotel that features an incredible waterpark for the kids (and big kids) to enjoy? Our Aquamania resorts provide endless hours of fun for all the family. So whether you’ve got little ones looking for entertaining slides and activities or thrill-seeking teens and parents wanting extreme rides and the ultimate… Read Article »