I know. I'm hopeless at doing my blog. Guess it's something to do with not understanding why anyone would be interested in what I've been up to. But here goes anyway.
Since last talking with you I've had another super trip to St Helena and South Africa - one of my all-time favourites. The island is definitely changing now that the airport construction is in full swing but it still retains its charm and beauty. They say that the airport will open in 2016 but quite honestly I have my doubts. Probably the construction will be finished by then but so much needs to be done in terms of infrastructure that I can't see commercial flights commencing by then. At the time of writing we don't even know if the flights will be from Europe or Africa let alone who will operate them which makes planning for those of us in the travel trade not a little challenging. But meanwhile we just rattle on - my next guided tour is in October next year but we can always arrange independent travel as well. This last group, to a man (and woman) said the holiday exceeded their expectations (which were high) and you can't say fairer than that. It's what we like to hear.
Talking about future tours to St Helena, how do you fancy doing a tour which includes a couple of mornings working on a coffee plantation - probably picking? I think it would be tremendous fun and the couple who own the place are super. I'm going to be working on that over next few weeks and hopefully it will be included in my January newsletter. If you'd like to sign up to said "publication" you can do so via our website.
So now it's back to the office with plenty to keep me out of mischief. We've just sorted out dates for our Cuba tour in 2015 (2014 is fully booked) and also for Scilly in May and October of that year. Planning so far ahead feels like wishing your life away but for some people it's essential so we need to be prepared. Another tour which has already filled is our new one to Orkney in June so we've put on a second departure which I'll guide for the first two days, handing over to Andy Mitchell for the rest of the week. It will be lovely to get back to those super islands which I haven't visited for a couple of years.
So that's where I'm at at the moment. I'm also working on an exciting new tour for South Africa but will hold off telling you about that till it's finalised. Through it and similar tours over the next few years we're hoping to be able to make a substantial financial contribution to some incredible conservation work with rhinos and elephants. So watch this space.