My trusty RRS turned up another great post from the Grumpy Traveller, about Solo Travelling. Its got me thinking, as too many things do!

It is of constant amazement to me that travel companies are blind to solo travellers,  I’ll admit to not having the same problems as Grumpy, but I have been unable to take advantage of some good deals from popular/well know sites for a weekend break.

I was able to book both a scuba diving course on the Great Barrier Reef and a few days on a racing yaught  around the Whitsunday Islands, both booked in Cairns from the same agent and there wasn’t an issue with be a solo traveller. I have on a few occasions (without thinking) got a group together or joined a group and booked something. It is possible that I have not tried to book the same sorts of trips, but still there are a number of agents out there who will allow solo bookings.

I’ll get back to my point, I can’t book some deals or trips for 1, but there is no limit on the number above that – 2, 3, 7, 13 take your pick – how can they be sure to fill their allotted  slots without a few singles? Have you ever been to a theme park and seen the “single rider” queues? They work like a charm, why can’t it work anywhere else. Travel companies and agents I ask you to give us solo travellers a chance to help you fill up your quotas, flights, coaches, tours and whatever else – we are (mostly) harmless and have real money we want to spend on travel! I’ll bet a few beers in some cases you won’t be able to deal with demand.

Don’t ignore us, please, please please give us a chance – solo travellers are human too!

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I caught an satellite image of Britain on the news the night before I went to Italy (I promise that trip will reported soon). I cam across it today and I know its not travel related directly but there was huge amounts of travel chaos because of it and it is a stunning image.

Frozen Britain Satellite Image

Frozen Britain Satellite Image

Long time no post – sorry about that – its been a busy a few weeks and I do have a number of longer articles in the pipeline I just haven’t had chance to write them up properly.

However I had a few thoughts last night about the pleasures of driving in modern Britain. I was very excited all those years ago when I passed my test and then I didn’t really have a car for a good few years, my money was required for travel and drinking, so I didn’t bother – I could borrow my dad’s car if I needed it for work or similar so all was good. When I finally got my first car I was because I had a real job and needed to drive to it and it served me well. My second car is a little more fun and I really enjoy driving it – even though most journeys are to work and back.

Anyway yesterday evening I was returning from a triumphant rugby match and although it wasn’t night as such at this time of the year the roads are dark enough for it to feel like night. Much more fun to drive later at night as the roads are quieter, fewer of the halfwitted chimps that seem to take their driving styles from Wacky Races, the BTCC and Stock Cars! You still get those who feel speed is essential and the more, the better…

There is obviously one big down side to night driving, no views, but I think if you are not bothered about view, you just need to get somewhere, on bigger less interesting roads then stick to driving at night.

A sign I found on the web

Happy New Year to my sister (I will suffer for this)

It’s that time of year again – the year is ending and everyone is writing lists, I wrote one in my last post, but I write many lists and they are usually travel related.

So I apologise for adding to the end of year madness and I leave you with this from one of my favourite, and in my humble opinion, one of the best TV programs ever made.

TOBY
What are you doing?
TABITHA
Crossing off the FDR Memorial, the Atrium, and the Folger Library. I like crossing off lists. It’s very satisfying. You like lists?
TOBY
Yes.
TABITHA
You like crossing things off?
TOBY
I’ll let you know if it happens.

The West Wing (The U.S. Poet Laureate) Toby Ziegler & Tabitha Fortis.

I wish all my readers (who celebrate at this time of year) a very Happy New Year and a travel filled 2010.

So with a few days left and very little else to do (except go to work) I’m thinking about travel – no surprises there!

I have been pretty tired recently (too much work and not enough sleep) – it must be affecting me as I found myself saying I would have a relaxing holiday next year – the thing is a few days later it is still on my mind.

I will be off to see my sister and her other half soon, to check out Turin and fall over on a ski slope. I have taken advantage of some sales and added a ski jacket and trousers and some decent gloves to the helmet I bought a few weeks ago. I do have gloves, but I don’t think leather leather driving gloves are going to be any good to me.

Passing over my impending injury on the Italian slopes I have been thinking ahead to other travel options this year.

  1. I would like to try will be doing some camping – probably in the Lake District, but the warmer southern coast is also an option (Somerset, Dorset and Devon) I will consult Cool Camping and more than likely do both.
  2. Europe – Baltic Coast (around Denmark, Germany and Poland)
  3. Europe – Spain, Southern France and Portugal, with a little trip over to Morocco.
  4. Europe – The Greek Islands, Crete, Cyprus that sort of thing, with a possible trip over to Turkey or the Middle East included.
  5. Europe(ish) – Adriatic Coast (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania)
  6. Eastern Block – Around and near the Black Sea.
  7. Africa – Well, just Morocco,
  8. Long Haul – A couple of my colleagues have been to Thailand recently and reminded me how great it is – but this should be more Long Shot!

The barely sub zero temperatures and promised snow around the U.K. this week caused a little panic and if the few inches that fell this January return the country will again fall into chaos. While I awaited our fate I heard the snow was piling up in Turin (reports from my sister).

Now I hear the Channel Tunnel is crippled by the weather – an amazing failure of the system, 5 trains effected by rapid temperature change which caused an electrical failure.

With power failures and sporting postponements adding to the mix its a poor reflection on my countries ability to cope, obviously the French are to take some of the Channel Tunnel blame too.

So I now await the joys of next weeks weather, I have a drive back to the family pile for a few days over Christmas and until the the perilous morning commute. I have little fear over my own abilities on ice, but as most other drivers are less than capable I worry about them. I was close to having my front onside wing remodelled by small city car who lost control on a roundabout last January. I only mention this as my wonderful country seems unable to cope with any adverse conditions and lets be fair we don’t exactly get the extremes other countries experience.

Anyway – while the winter storms batter us, one airline folds (Fly Globe Span) and British Airway‘s staff attempt to ruin Christmas for millions and ruin their employers I will wish you all well for the season and hope that everyone gets where they need to be for Christmas (even if it isn’t where they really want to be).