I cannot believe I am writing this so soon – where has the year gone?
As a quick update for you all – this has been one hell of a year. I could not have done this without my amazing customers, who I prefer to call friends, you have all been stars – thank you so much for the recommendations – I am almost at the stage now where there is no need for me to advertise, as you guys seem to be like my very own sales team.
January started on such a high – the busiest month in Sales and I managed to break the record for the most sales in one month totalling £186’000 – I was busy. I am looking forward next month already – with enquiries already starting to pile in..
As I had just turned 50 – it was a BIG trip planned with friends – a few days in Hong Kong – one of favourite cities, and then to Da’Nang in Vietnam, my first ever Spa Inclusive Hotel at the Fusion Mia which has won the award several times for Best Spa Hotel in Asia – and we loved it…
February I rewarded myself with a little weekend in Paris – one of my favourite places to go for a few days, staying at the wonderful Hotel Josephine and of course a visit to La Duree where they sell the best macarons in the World!
March – any year isn’t a year without a short break to Cascais just outside of Lisbon, I just love this place and with our favourite restaurant just steps away from the amazing Farol Design Hotel this is the place where we return to each year – although nothing booked so far… Hint Hint Georges!!!
April was one of the Franchise Retreats in Marbella The Travel franchise assisting the new recruits on how to run their business and hopefully catch me up in Sales!
May – and my first trip to the Caribbean of the year and a Stay at Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica. Its pretty good writing ‘my first trip of the year to the caribbean” almost sounds like I am showing off. I loved it here – so much that I have booked to go back in 2017 already.
June – and as I said – my second trip to the Caribbean – another Sandals trip to see ALL the hotels in St Lucia and then Antigua, which I absolutely loved. I have become one of Sandal’s Top Sellers as a result of my trips now, and find it really easy to select the right resort for people. I love my job!
July – We went to Italy for a long weekend to the Christening of a friends beautiful daughter, then up to Lake Como the North of Milan, Villa D’Est has to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, in the most stunning of locations.
It was weird waking up on our last day in Italy thinking to ourselves – yeah – we’re going on holiday tomorrow!! As the day after we got back from Italy we went to Madeira for the first time ever. I loved it. Was really surprised at the high level of accommodation and amazed myself at the quality of the food. That won’t be my last trip to Madeira for sure.
August – a weekend in Budapest. We were lucky to be there for St Steven’s day and saw the most incredible Firework Display. I fell in love with Budapest too.
September – a weekend trip to Amsterdam – staying centrally and doing our usual SegWay city tour. We managed as we usually do in many cities, to track down a Lebanese Restaurant and loved it. We really enjoyed the city and of course the food in general.
I also went to Crete with friends for a fly n flop – staying in Malia – we rented a Villa with stunning views of the Mediterranean in a Hotel Complex which was to Die for – complete rest and relaxation, with the usual space you get with a villa, but with room service and of course cleaned three ties a day! Bargain!
October – this was the only month other than January where I did not actually go away! Although I did attend another retreat in Marbella in September which ran into the 1st of October so maybe we can count this?
November – saw me heading off to Mauritius for 12 days of hotel visits. I now feel as if I am the total expert on Mauritius having visited all the coasts and really got to experience many of the hotels here. What an amazing trip that was? Mauritius suites just everyone, families, friends or couples wanting a bit of spoiling and romance – there are a few hotels on my personal list i shall be going back to for sure.
December – wow you have come round quickly – When I got back from Mauritius I flew up to Scotland to the Trump Turnberry for the UK Travel Awards – where I only went and got the Winner of Winners Award for being the Best UK Travel Agent… I was shocked!!
I am heading to Lapland this week to see Santa and the day after we get back, we fly to Puerto Rico for a weeks relaxation – after all this traveling I am certainly go to need it..
I have had the most amazing year and as I said – I have just the best customers in the world that I send all over the world. Thank you to you all – may you have a great Christmas and New Year, I know lots of you are already away celebrating – I will raise a glass to you all wherever you are in the world.
Already booked for 2017 we have Copenhagen, Geneva, The Bahamas and Jamaica… So I need to get plenty more trips in to beat this year…
Thank you Thank you Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year and I look forward to helping you all allover again in 2017..
If someone is reading this that is not yet a customer – then feel free to contact me on +44 (0) 7990 018 018 or drop me an email at David@thetravelsnob.co.uk