Amazing visit to Ireland and Chesterfield

Your son phones from Berlin and announces he has just gotten engaged and will be marrying in England in the northern summer. What to do? Contact Maverick Travel and begin planning a holiday around the wedding. That’s what to do. The wedding was to be held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire so Garry and I settled on […]

CLIA Masters and Cruise on Carnival Spirit by Martyn Chapman

I have just been lucky enough to have taken my Cruise Masters course on board Carnival Spirit with an 8-day cruise to the Pacific Islands. Poor old I had to work for 5 of my 8 days but I still got to see and use the facilities of the ship and so here are my […]

Trafalgar Coach tour by Howard Elmes – part 2

Prague is too complex a destination to do credit to in just a few sentences, so I will sum it up as simply a place well worth visiting. Following a second night in Prague, the coach moved on into Slovakia and a lunch time stopover in its capital Bratislava. Once again, free time is allowed […]

Trafalgar Coach tour by Howard Elmes – part 1

We have recently returned from a guided coach tour in Europe. This is the second such tour we have done in Europe but with an interval of almost 18 years in between. I recall before the first tour having some doubts about the whole concept of guided tours in general, as opposed to “Eurorailing” or […]

The Day My Imagination Ran Riot in Ravello by Margaret Sims

It started like any other day in Italy. We were waiting for an open-top bus to take us from Amalfi to the hill-top town of Ravello. I was looking forward to this day – a beautiful town and a scenic walk back. It was Sunday. The bus drove up crowded, narrow roads and stopped outside […]

Antarctica (final part) by Betty Fielding

Our adventure continued on like this with 2 to 3 zodiac landings and excursions every day. At every landing we were greeted by a chorus of penguins – adelie, gentoo and chinstraps – you never tire of watching these playful creatures. As it was nesting season we managed to see lots a chicks – so […]

South America – (part 4) by Betty Fielding

Passing very, very close to a snow capped mountain range made our flight into Ushuaia very exciting and took us closer to our Antarctic dream – so glad the pilot knew what he was doing because I have never flown that close to mountains just outside my window! Ushuaia is located on the southern coast […]

South America – (part 3) by Betty Fielding

A catamaran took us across Lake Titicaca to Isla del Sol where we did a lot of step climbing up to see the Shaman for a blessing. Climbing at high altitudes certainly “takes your breath away”. Mind you, the climb was worth it as the vista across the lake to the snow capped Andes was […]

Princess Cruise Tour Alaska By Vicki Macpherson

The US paid 7.2 million for Alaska in 1867, buying it from the Russians. Twice the size of Texas, it is USA’s largest state, but sparsely populated. On our Princess cruise-tour of SW Alaska, many of the people that served, drove, rowed, flew or guided us through this precious place, called it home between Apr […]

South America – (part 2) by Betty Fielding

After experiencing the heat and humidity in the Amazon it was off to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where the altitude made things a lot cooler and drier. Here in the Andes there is no shortage of Incan ruins and artefacts. The mountain way of life is fascinating and the people are thoroughly charming. […]