Having travelled extensively and worked in the leisure industry for many years, I have developed a passion for exploring new landscapes and cities, so my ongoing travel blooger assignment from Viridian, travel consultants and other online travel outlets are a perfect match for my enthusiasm for adventure. . .

VIRIDIAN MEDIA

Travel tips and observations  for holidaymakers
A bi-monthly blog which helps client’s websites maintain a high ranking status through refreshed, targeted content on what is naturally a static site.

“Sam is a talented and versatile writer who understands the principles of internet marketing and search engine optimisation. Her writing style is engaging and informative; the articles she writes for us are often based on her own extensive travel experiences which gives them an interesting and relatable perspective, and she is equally adept at forming her own topics or creating content based on a predefined plan. Sam is easy to work with and completely comfortable with working autonomously, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to others.” DAN MORLEY

Journal Entries

TRAVEL BLOG 11/03/2019 With International Women’s day behind us and Mothers day looming, it seems an appropriate time to explore the opportunities available for women travelling solo in today’s holiday market. Why travel? Travel is incredibly transformative for any gender. Its benefits include reviving faith in oneself and challenging personal strength both mentally and physically. […]

TRAVEL BLOG 25/02/2019 Last year Croatia hit the headlines when holiday photos were published exposing the rubbish-strewn beaches of Vis. Previously known for being one of the most idyllic spots in Europe it was a big shock for everyone, but this is not a unique problem and one we can all help with. Where else? […]

TRAVEL BLOG 14/02/2019 The climate in the UK in February is not ideal for romance, but there are a few destinations reachable within a few hours which are perfect for declaring your love in the sun. What are the options? With a fantastic 9-10 hours of sunshine a day, Tunisia tops the winter tanning chart. […]

TRAVEL BLOG 28/01/2019 With so much snow falling recently, Austria seems to be the ideal half term destination for a family ski adventure. But there are a few more alternatives that might be worth exploring to make your money go that little bit further. Main European resorts With the exchange rate for the pound wavering […]

TRAVEL BLOG 14/01/2019 Tourist tax isn’t a new concept, but so far visitors to the UK have narrowly escaped this extra holiday cost. In October last year, some Scottish councils launched discussions to impose an additional charge on tourist accommodation. So how much does the average tourist pay now? Current rates Europe is well known […]

TRAVEL BLOG 31/12/2018 With Brexit looming in the New Year, it is surprising that some airlines have announced new destinations on their 2019 schedules from UK and Irish airports. Taking on the challenge By exploiting the unique 21-month transition window, which follows the deadline in March, Ryanair has seized the opportunity to increase its business […]

TRAVELBLOG 10/12/2018 The notion of using an assistant to plan travel itineraries, hotels, flights, car hire, even currency exchange, has been around for decades. It’s such a popular solution that a few of the big travel brand outlets still exist on the high street. However, I recently discovered at the London WTM conference that new advances […]

TRAVEL BLOG 26/11/2018 How to spend your holiday money responsibly was high on the agenda at a World Travel conference in London recently. Responsible Tourism was the buzzword coming from many of the stands. And it was evident that holiday companies realise it is now a priority for some of their customers. Unique locations We […]

TRAVEL BLOG 12/11/2018 CROATIA PART 6   Sadly after a month of fantastic sunshine, wonderfully generous people and great food, it was time to go home. I felt so at ease on the Dalmatian coast that I didn’t want to go, despite having adventures ahead of me in Majorca. As I approached the acres of […]

TRAVEL BLOG 12/11/2018 Airport currency exchange facilities in departure lounges are the perfect emergency service for holiday procrastinators. But with 24hr internet access, is there any excuse for wasting your hard earned money by leaving currency exchange until the last minute? Too busy? Procrastination is something most of us have dealt with at one time […]

TRAVEL BLOG 05/11/2018 CROATIA PART 5   If you want a super chilled holiday – as in virtually horizontal, just lazing and swimming – then Jakuirisa, near Brela is the destination for you. Located between Omis and Makarska, Brela is the closest village to Jakuirisa. You need a car to reach both hamlets as access is via […]

TRAVEL BLOG 29/10/2018 CROATIA PART 4   Makarska resembles a mini Split, all golden stone and port side elegance, but on a smaller scale. With two excellent beaches within walking distance of the main town, it’s a perfect destination to slow the pace of life down and put the sightseeing aside for a while.  Makarska […]

TRAVEL BLOG 22/10/2018 I recently walked miles through what could have easily been mistaken for a shopping mall to reach my boarding gate.  Boutiques lined my route through Rome’s Fiumicino airport, but not just the standard airport duty-free outlets. Instead, high-end emporiums such as Gucci and Hermes, interspersed with high street brands United Colors of […]

TRAVEL BLOG 22/10/2018 CROATIA – PART 3 After a few days in the city, my travels took me down the Dalmatian coast, for further adventures south of Split. The road infrastructure was good. Sensible speeds and considerate drivers made cruising easy and unusually pleasurable for a foreign country. After nearly an hour of being dazzled […]

TRAVEL BLOG 15/10/2018 CROATIA PART 2   Eating out in Split is easy. There are a fantastic variety of restaurants and cafes within a tiny area, so you can’t go far wrong. I sampled a few that definitely deserve a mention. After dropping off some of our group at the airport. A friend and I decided […]

TRAVEL BLOG 10/010/2018 CROATIA – PART 1 You can’t help getting excited about a destination when after a couple of hours, the wing of your plane dips and you plummet towards a stunning coastline guarded by towering limestone cliffs.  A manoeuvre which also provides you with the most tantalising glimpse of fantasy like islands dotted amongst […]

TRAVEL BLOG 08/10/2018 A road trip is the ultimate way to explore the bewildering beauty of any country. However, after toll charges and rental car fees, petrol costs can be one of the biggest holiday expenses. No one wants to pay more than they have to.  So being aware of the fuel prices before you […]

TRAVEL BLOG 17/09/2018 Risking life and limb on foreign high-speed toll roads isn’t the best way to start a relaxing well-earned holiday. It is also an expensive way to burn through your hard-earned budget. In an ideal world, reaching your perfect destination would involve a combination of leisurely meandering, combined with regular stops to admire stunning country or […]

TRAVEL BLOG 03/09/2018 As a British national, I’ve got used to the ease of travelling in Europe and the simple exchange rate conversion it brings with it. I’ve happily adopted the one currency that now fits a range of countries, as it makes crossing multiple borders so simple. Perhaps it is this ease of conversion […]

TRAVEL BOG 21/08/2018 Have you ever been tempted by an airline scratch card? It’s difficult not to be when you are held confined, bored and restless on a plane for at least an hour. The airlines are fully aware of this too. The sales techniques they employ to hawk their branded scratch cards are very […]