John

John

Travel Specialist

I've been extremely fortunate to have travelled extensively from a young age. Typically, my family would take me on two holidays a year. As a result of this, they stoked a desire in me to see new sights, explore new environments, and they crafted my future career. I have the fondest memories of trips to Malta, Cyprus, Austria, Spain - I can’t remember a time during my childhood that I spent Christmas in the UK. Any chance they could, my parents would take us away - something I've cherished all my life.

I have a love of travel and whilst this did not initially lead me to a career in travel (my nan persuaded me to become a solicitor instead), it ultimately has now - some of my highlights included travelling around Australia and New Zealand, safaris in South Africa and Sri Lanka and spending time in Malaysia and Japan - to name a few.

Favourite destination: USA

I've travelled around the States a lot, from beach holidays, thrill holidays, city hopping and even taking a motorhome from Miami to Los Angeles – and yet there is still so much more I have yet to enjoy. America is so diverse; the scenery and even the weather can dramatically change within the space of just a few hours of travel. It's this diversity that draws me back to the US time and again. I honestly believe there's something for everyone, whether its beautiful beaches, amazing vistas, some of the greatest National Parks, skiing in Aspen and, of course, some of the world’s most famous city skylines – there really is such an eclectic mix of different experiences.  

Favourite hotel: One&Only, Cape Town

Set in a great location, close to all the activities that the V&A Waterfront has to offer, this hotel offers a tranquil and peaceful stay within the hustle and bustle of the city.   The hotel itself is wonderfully chic and modern, yet with very distinctive nods towards its African settings. There is a beautiful, serene, and tranquil Spa Island within the grounds, which houses individual villas and a stunning pool area within what feels like a tropical rainforest oasis.   The rooms are generous and extremely comfortable, whilst the hotel staff are very attentive and see to it that you have everything you need whilst in the hotel or exploring Cape Town and its surrounds.  The food at this hotel is wonderful and be sure to book a reservation at Nobu, an exquisite option when looking for an exceptional dining experience in Cape Town.  

Service Commitment To You:

I have a passion for travel and love to talk about it just as much. With over 10 years’ experience in the industry, whether this be working in resorts overseas, or creating personalised itineraries for guests to enjoy, I simply love to help people have amazing holiday experiences from start to finish.  

Top Tips for Travellers:

• Pack a good length extension lead with multiple sockets – fewer travel adaptors are then needed, and it's surprising how often hotel sockets are never conveniently located in a room.

• Always advise if you're celebrating a special occasion. I have had some wonderfully kind gestures from hotels for birthdays and anniversaries – this is not a guarantee, but no harm in letting people know.

• Book a protected package holiday through a trusted travel company – you will get one-to-one, personalised help and guidance throughout. Whilst online retailers can seem quick and easy, I have all too often seen and experienced a complete failing of customer service whenever you need them the most.

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