As much of the country takes its summer holidays, we’ve had our noses to the grindstone putting together our brand new 2016 brochure... and we’re really proud of it! Not only does the new catalogue showcase our fantastic range of escorted holidays for the mature single traveller, but we’re introducing several new destinations in 2016.
Our really big news is that we’re offering cruises in our main programme for the first time. Our 2015 winter cruise sold out in only three weeks, so we’re introducing four new cruises for 2016. We pride ourselves on the attention to detail we put into all our holidays and our new range of cruises is no exception. Our spring departures will take in the breath-taking scenery of Norway’s fjords, while late-autumn sailings will cover Portugal, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.
We know that big cruise ships can be intimidating places, so we’ve partnered with Fred. Olsen and will be on board their small, friendly ships – you won’t be lost on board a floating tower block. Like everything else we do, our new cruises have been put together with mature single travellers in mind, including a dedicated Tour Manager, pre-dinner drinks parties each evening, an area for afternoon tea and a coach for excursions exclusively for One Traveller guests. Even though some cruise ships offer a “singles get-together” a few times on each cruise, One Traveller staff research shows that often its pot luck whether there are any other single passengers on board! One Traveller cruises also include a limousine service from front door to gangway, outside double cabins for single occupancy, all on-board drinks, meals and entertainment and excursions in each port.
We’re also offering UK breaks for the first time. When planning holidays, it’s often easy to forget the amazing landscapes here on our own doorstep. Whizzing past countryside on the way to work or to visit family, we rarely get time to visit and appreciate our own national treasures. Our new selection of UK breaks will hopefully give our guests the chance to reacquaint themselves with our own great nation. Our Wye Valley holiday includes visits to Royal Bath, Tredegar House and Ross on Wye. Meanwhile, our Yorkshire holiday, based in York, includes excursions to Harewood House and Castle Howard. Our third UK holiday is all about the Cotswolds, one of the genuinely unspoiled parts of England. It’s hard not to fall in love with the Cotswolds’ combination of unique, rich history and natural beauty of limestone villages. As well as visits to Stratford-upon-Avon and Charlecote Park, our holiday also includes a stay in a 16th century manor house!
Another new page in the One Traveller atlas is Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot. This area of the country is relatively undiscovered, yet is home to amazing food, stunning scenery and outstanding architecture. We base our holiday in two beautiful towns: Ostuni and Lecce, “the Florence of the south”. We’re really excited about one of our specially researched day trips: olive oil tasting and a home-produced meal at a working Pugliese farmhouse. We’ve also arranged dinner in a spectacular sea-facing cavern.
For the first time, we’re offering our guests the chance to spend time in Barcelona, Catalonia’s buzzing capital. Where else in Europe combines Gaudi’s unique architecture, the bars and restaurants of the tree-lined Las Ramblas, the amazing smells and tastes in La Boqueria market and a beach?
Finally, we’re so excited to be offering a tour of India. Visiting this incredible country is often described as “a life-changing experience”, and we hope that our holiday will provide this for our guests. As well as the iconic Taj Mahal and “pink city” of Jaipur, our guests will get the chance to visit Mumbai, Delhi and many of India’s national parks – including the chance to see Royal Bengal tigers. Back in the office, we’re thrilled to introduce three new members of staff to our team. Our new Product Manager is Nicky, who recently moved to Norfolk from Northamptonshire. Appropriately enough, Nicky is well-travelled, and her holidaying highlights include St Petersburg, Mauritius and a trip to the Arctic Circle to see the midnight sun. Nicky has joined our research team, planning and developing new and exciting holidays to make sure our guests have nothing but the best holiday experience. Nicky is an experienced Tour Manager and has worked both on land and on cruises.
We’ve also taken on two new Office bods to help us keep on top of all the new bookings we’ve been receiving! Amanda started with us as a temp at the end of last year and she was so good we asked her to stay. Amanda worked for years in London but is now thoroughly embracing the more relaxed Norfolk way of life... not that our busy office is always relaxed! Amanda is loving her role with us, especially the rewards and challenges that every day brings.
Sue is our other new Office Administrator and would you believe she stumbled on One Traveller by chance? Sue is a stickler for detail – which we really appreciate! Sue’s main role is to look after the administration that goes on in the office and she’s keen to learn as much as possible about the travel industry. Of course, working for a family-run company such as One Traveller, Sue really gets a chance to demonstrate her dedication to providing a high level of satisfaction to all our guests. She enjoys listening to our guests’ experiences of their travels and looks forward to helping them choose their next adventure.
And while we’re on the subject of new additions to the One Traveller family... one final piece of news. Ian, our MD, and his wife Emma (One Traveller’s Company Secretary) are expecting their first baby in the autumn.
From new arrivals to new departures, it’s all going on at One Traveller!