September Newsletter

September 15 Newsletter No 2

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Leeds August 15

My Travel To You

September Newsletter 

Welcome to MyTravel to You newsletter no. 2, an extension of my blogs, facebook and twitter posts, anecdotes, travel news, events, my latest travels and pictures and some useful tips.

LEEDS

Probably not where you would expect me to go or where you would immediately think of for a holiday but I don’t just visit or sell exotic and glamorous places. Sometimes I go much closer to home and the UK is in fact my top destination by passenger numbers. You might want to go somewhere like Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. for a variety of reasons, perhaps for similar reasons I have over the years. Kids at university, to see friends and family, a family occasion such as a wedding or christening, perhaps a business trip, a meeting or a conference, a hen or stag weekend, to see your football or rugby team or just a weekend away.

Leeds is a great hub in the North East, easy to get to from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle by train. Easy to drive on M1, easy access to Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports  and there are plenty of buses too. York is only a short distance away and you could visit the famous  cathedral, the railway museum and walk through time and enjoy York’s rich history. Harrogate is also very close and you can visit the beautiful gardens and tea rooms

Leeds itself is a lively student town with plenty of good shopping in old and new shopping arcades, lovely Victorian architecture and some decent bars and restaurants including Akbar’s, famous for their enormous naan breads (don’t order more than one unless there are at least 10 of you!)  http://www.akbars.co.uk/leeds-eastgate

TOP TIP

  • The best way to get round Leeds is to walk or take a taxi. The city centre is quite small and partly pedestrianised.
  • Cab fares compare well with buses
  • Hotel prices are much more expensive on Saturday nights or when there is a concert.
  • A really good place to shop with everything from Leeds Market and Poundland to top designer labels in a small walkable area
THIS MONTH

Working flexible hours means being on hand to work across time zones and there have been several occasions in the last few weeks that I’ve been challenged by various events beyond my control, the bomb in Bangkok, tropical storms in the Caribbean, cancelled trains in Italy.

I’ve also been busy finding Christmas and New Year deals. As I keep being reminded on facebook, four times today alone, countdown has begun and its only a few months away now. I also have a few enquiries trickling in for next year and as I would expect at this time of year, a few little weekend breaks. The most challenging things for this month were a 4-centre holiday for Sri Lanka and India and flights to several destinations in Central America

  • Why not think about a Christmas Market break or a cheeky winter break in mid December when you can get some really great deals
  • Even over Christmas there are some good deals as long as you are home before the New Year
  • Book early for next year.
  • There are a few seat sales on right now so a great time to plan ahead.
Where shall we go?

September can be another difficult month. Greece, Turkey and Croatia are lovely in September. Looking further afield, a good month to go to California and Hawaii

DO

  • Take advantage of a late summer break without the kids
  • Read the latest FCO advice
  • Check your vaccinations are up to date
  • Renew your passport if it is due to run out over the next 9 months
THIS MONTH’S NEWS

SUMMER 16 SCHEDULES

BA is released to late July 16 . Easyjet released early summer until 27th June on 10th September and the remainder will be on sale in early October

NEW ROUTES

Norwegian Air plans to increase its longhaul networks so watch this space for more routes

Westjet will start services on 6 routes between Gatwick and Canada

Wizzair will fly from the UK to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova

New routes for Flybe between Edinburgh and Liverpool, Southampton and Dusseldorf, Exeter and Glasgow

Finnair to introduce a summer service between Edinbirgh and Helsinki

CRUISE NEWS

Following the increasing popularity of river cruises, Shearings are introducing 21 new itineraries

Fred Olsen will have a 13 night Agatha Christie cruise to celebrate her 125th anniversary

PASSPORT AND VISA NEWS

Vietnam is visa free for one year for UK passports

St Lucia now requires 6 months validity upon departure

NEXT MONTH

I will be writing an article on my forthcoming French river cruise from Paris to Rouen on the brand new Tapestry II on Avalon Waterways.

CATHIE O’DEA TRAVEL COUNSELLOR

020 7432 4740

cathie.odea@travelcounsellors.com

http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/cathie.odea

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