Christmas ideas for staff

Hi.  How are you rewarding your staff this Christmas?  A bottle of wine or chocolates?  How about something that will make them realise how much you appreciate them?

I’ve got plenty of suggestions for you:christmas-card-574742_640

  • Makeover and photoshoot
  • Boutique hotel and deluxe B&B break
  • Spa days
  • Comedy night experience
  • Meerkat experience (the real ones, not the ones off the TV!)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Race day experience and behind the scenes

Maybe these ideas would be good for some teambuilding as well.

  • 007 powerboat adventure day.
  • Paintballing
  • Abseiling
  • Driving experiences – a wide variety of cars and other vehicles

Give your staff something to remember and incentivise them for the coming year.

Many more experiences available.  This is just a small selection

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WTM Global Trends

According to the latest report, released to coincide with the World Travel Market in London this week, the big trend in Europe is for Hipster Holidays. The rise of AirBnb helps here, but also these travellers like vegan restaurants, pop up cafes, independent shops and craft galleries.  Many European cities have hipster neighbourhoods – namely Berlin, Budapest and Riga.

Also consider visiting Barcelona, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Madrid and Amsterdam.  If you don’t want to AirBnb, I can help you find boutique or quirky hotels in the right neighbourhoods, advise on what to see.  Maybe a foodie tour of a city, rather than the historic views.  Use public transport or bikes, rather than guided tours.  Lots of ideas to make your holiday trendy!

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A 20 Year Old’s Notes on Driving on the Continent:

My guest blogger this week is my son, Joe

In June, one of my friends (who can’t drive) and I took off on a big road trip around Western Europe, hitting France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. As the only driver, going 2500 miles in a little over 2 weeks was a little daunting as my first time driving outside of England, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. Here’s what I learned, country by country:
• France – the French are all mental drivers and I’m glad we chose to stay outside of Paris, taking the train into the city instead. From trying to kill us by slowly moving into our lane, to overtaking at 70mph on winding Alpine roads, we had our fair share of close calls. France did have the most fun roads to drive on; having got lost looking for our camp site by the Swiss border, we got to spend an hour driving in circles in a beautiful valley.

There are worse places to get lost!

There are worse places to get lost!

• Italy – We entered Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel (not intentional, we just couldn’t navigate well) into the Aosta Valley, just in time to see a fleet of supercars heading in the opposite direction. After grabbing a bite to eat, we headed for Milan and straight into a huge thunderstorm that brought everything to a standstill up in the mountains – at times we couldn’t see anything at all due to the torrential rain.

• Germany – Our journey to Germany went via the Austrian Alps, late in the evening so the roads were empty, which was an awesome little experience on the way.

Snow in June?

Snow in June?

If you want help planning a road trip in Europe or further away, just get in touch with me.  I love helping clients plan their trips to maximise their enjoyment!

We act as The Global Travel Group Ltd in connection with the sale of travel products.  Unless specified as the operator, The Global Travel Group Ltd is the agent of ATOLProtected Tour Operators and other principals.  Agency refere S0466