Travel is not a new thing at all. We all know that though, don’t we? In the prehistoric times man had to travel to find food and a cave to pass the night. This can only be merely associated with camping on today’s world. The prehistoric man would cover long distances walking or running, their only means of transport. Today, we would most likely drive near a forest or mountain, and then start walking. Is this natural? I don’t think so. I feel that any human development after Stonehenge, has entered somehow into a grey area of the natural cycle. We have reformatted landscapes, and earth minerals for our own uses, often destructive, and ambitions. These developments (too many to mention) have at some scale transformed our vision and way of doing things. The engine of travel, in the thousands of years of human history, has shifted from walking, animal use, the invention of the
Read More

Often I have been asked this question by many customers that are looking to secure a holiday perhaps early in the year. It’s common to wonder whether booking early is the best time to book a holiday or perhaps wait to see whether the price is going to come down. Many travel consultants will advice you to book early, but is that because they want to close a sale or because in the right mind it is the best for the customer? Before we dive into answering this it is important to understand a number of factors that are applicable under most circumstances. The main elements that will determine the best time to book a holiday are below, but perhaps what is key here is that whichever element you choose to place more importance to the easier would be to know when is the best time to book a holiday:
Read More

Travel bloggers have been an important part of the travel industry in not only sharing  their travel stories but tons of travel tips and local knowledge. Their desire to travel has driven them into destinations and places beyond the beaten path, bringing fresh travel stories to their readership communities.  In light of this many advertisers from travel companies and tourist boards have worked with travel bloggers in spreading their marketing campaigns online in reaching not only their regular readers but their massive accumulative social reach. There are big signs showing that the travel blogging is become an industry per se. The  latest effort was the Traverse13, which offered to bring together some of the experts in the field of Journalism, Photography, Social Media, Travel Blogging and PR to share their ideas and best advice. Master in Travel attended Traveerse13 and found  that beyond the networking this event was informative and
Read More

As with the other Traveler’s Handbook series the Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook is another precious travel experience of Shanon O’Donnell, volunteering around the world. Let me clear this before I go any further on this review. This book is not only for those that want to volunteer but for anyone that wants to travel and experience snapshots of other cultures on their holidays. I am a bit of a sustainable advocate and Shanon hooked me from page one, and felt that her story needs to reach all travellers out there. Why? Because is one the best examples of sustainable travelling, slow travelling, and plenty of interactions with local communities. Perhaps the most important is that she travelled with right attitude, to give something to the communities and aware of what’s acceptable or not. Here is what Shanon says about who should volunteer: “People from all walks of life seek out the
Read More

What started as a simple travel adventure evolved in this great magnificent Traveler’s (British reader please add an “l” from now on) Handbook tome. Jodi Ettenberg has created The Food Traveler’s Handbook out of simple love for food and when you read this you can see why. While many of us, including me, see our food as a form of fuel that make us go forward and occasionally really enjoy the taste it gives. Jodi managed to turn this necessity into a great catalyst in her travelling adventure. She has not only tried different dishes but turned every opportunity to eat into a social occasion. To me this summons it up: “There is a fallacy in North America and parts of Europe that cheaper food is not quality cuisine, something reinforced by an abundance of processed food choices. In much of the world a roadside meal is not only the
Read More

Who hasn’t dreamt of a luxury holiday, or indulge into the cosy, elegant and superior service of the high end hotels? I think we all have, but only a few of us can really afford to accommodate such dreams into modest holiday budgets. This often means that people would opt for a one off luxury holiday inn their lifetime, usually a honeymoon. However, Sarah & Terry Lee think otherwise and they have shown through the Luxury Traveler’s Handbook how to make luxury travel more accessible. They have demonstrated that you can get the top notch travel perks like premium flights, five star hotels, service and the ambience that comes with those. They have shared their personal stories and showed that it can be done, by making your money go further with all the perks of luxury that you opt for. Their idea of liberating luxury will give you great insights
Read More

The review of the Solo Traveler’s Handbook came not by chance, I have wanted to know more on how one can go solo and a real life example from Janice Leith Waugh could not answer any better my answers. Real life stories show that things are possible, unlike novels and other great stories out there that come from imagination, they fill you with this sense of achievement and assurance. Travelling solo is a daunting not only for female travellers but even males, and if you are male and don’t admit it at least to your inner self then you’re naive. However, the entire experience is a life changer and full of fulfilments. Going solo on a around the world trip, especially on a small budget from the start, is a daring decision that only few of us have the courage to see it through, however with the right advice and
Read More

Often our feeling of not wanting to be at work hits us and is filled by the desire of being on holiday, especially on Monday morning! We all have been there and most of us put up with it. But have you ever asked yourself why do I do it? Well when Jeffrey Jung did, or when his catalyst was initiated, it made him think of how he needed to change his lifestyle to be happy. Almost like a way out and total detachment from the workplace that goes on slightly longer than the usual holiday or time off. The Career Break Traveler’s Handbook by Jeffrey Jung is a great book to go through one of the hardest part of taking a career break, for travelling. At least on Jeffrey’s case, this was what he really wanted to do. This could not be the case for everyone as all of
Read More

Back in 2012 I remember stumbling to the WWF footprint calculator and was down for a great shock and making me think on my sustainability behaviour. I was in for a big surprise! If all of us lived like I did, we would need two more planets. What surprised me most is that I considered myself a very sustainable person, who recycled regularly, shared a car, used power and heating only when needed and cycled to most places. I could only guess what the figures would have been for those that don’t follow any of the above steps. I must confess though that most of my carbon emission came from travelling abroad, on average about three times a year. Five years ago, when I still was a student, the sustainable debate had built strongly on a framework of the Brundtland Report (1987) and Kyoto Protocol which aims at binding legally
Read More

If you are urging to get a glimpse of sun from the continuous rain and cloud covered sky in UK, read on. You probably wondering where can I get real suntan in the winter, when it has covered much of Europe, with countries like Italy showing temperature almost near to zero with plenty of showers and snow in the higher altitudes. Even the Greek Islands can be quite windy from December to March, and perhaps a risky option if you absolutely want some guaranteed sun. It may involve travelling farther or as close as possible to Ecuador, that is the latitude line, to get the real sun rays on your winter sun holiday. The nearest options to home are the Canary Islands and one in particular is the driest of all. Lanzarote’s lack of high mountains allows for the clouds to fly past, with very low chances of rain. Is
Read More

What would be my travel resolution for 2013? Hmm. 2012 was really some year and really glad we survived the prophecies. With all your respect, but the Mayan were wrong. Or were they? Maybe we wrongly calculated  their calendar cycles or misinterpreted what they meant! Perhaps they did figure out that human development will one day reach self inhalation. After all, our relationship with nature has been rather unstable in the last centuries. We have created more heat in the environment, draining more and more fossil fuels and reducing day by day the green belt. Nature has showed her anger and slapped back with a range of tsunamis, storms and unusually longer or shorter seasons. World is facing a struggle to cope with the ever increasing pressure that humans in particular are creating. It seems we are unable to establish a universal code for taking sustainability more seriously and hold responsibility for
Read More