I love discussing the expectations of clients holidays and matching their requirements - then hearing all about their trip when they return.
To take a self-drive car tour of Cuba. Having had plans spoiled by the pandemic this is still to do. From the vibrant and eclectic city of Havana to the beaches of Varadero, UNESCO World Heritage sights and National Parks it would be the most fascinating of places to visit and travel around.
Trekking in Nepal or Patagonia. Walking and mountains being passions, this would tick all the boxes. The drama of these destinations and their wildness would be just incredible to experience on foot with the support of the wonderful local Sherpas and guides.
Skiing in Canada. Being a keen skier this would be a departure from the wonderful slopes of Italy or France, but would be the most fantastic destination offering a totally different ski experience.
The opportunities for affordable travel when I was growing up were far, far less than they are now so we tended to stay in the UK. Norfolk Broads holidays were always a favourite and we once went to Oostende in Belgium - very glamorous! Although perhaps we didn't go far, it was always an adventure and the thrill of the journey itself was every bit as exciting as the destination. That joy of travel, however modest it was at that time has stayed with me since.
1) Running trainers (the joy of running abroad in the early mornings is quite wonderful - especially in cities where you can see them come to life and you pass through the streets)
2) Local travel guide (in print - to make notes, highlight pages)
3) Travel binoculars (to see beyond the immediate)
1) Understand where you are going and try to learn a little about the local life and people and, it all possible a few local words.
2) Take your patience with you and be calm if things don't always go quite to plan - especially if you are going a little off the beaten track.
3) Have really good travel insurance to give you total piece of mind. Chances are you won't need it but in the worst case, you know you are in the best possible hands to help you resolve anything your adventure decides to throw at you.
1) Choose your ship and your itinerary wisely. With the huge choice now available you have literally a World of choice. That's where the experts at Fred. Olsen can really help to make sure you make the best possible decision.
2) Don't forget there are river cruises as well as sea cruises. The boats are smaller and there are plenty of options if you prefer a more active holiday.
3) If you really want to explore - consider the expedition cruising such as to the Artic and Antarctica. Some even have helipads and submarines for the ultimate in exploration.