I happened to catch this song on the radio recently. Radio Two, if you must know. The first thing I did when I got home was to find the track on my iPod and remind myself why it’s a one of my favourite songs of all time. Not the frivolous remake version as recorded by the scarily renovated Cher, but the original by Marc Cohn. His haunting and powerful voice and the simple yet evocative lyric always transport me to one of my favourite cities in The South, Memphis. Continue reading “Walking in Memphis”
I passed a milestone birthday recently. I am not going to say how old I am but let’s just say it has a five in the number and leave it at that, shall we? And being of a certain age I find myself regularly caught in the generational language gap;
“Album?!” my children would say with a sneering tone, “Isn’t that what you put pictures in?” Continue reading The Album That Everybody Owned…..
Born To Be Wild! Travelling Route 66 On A Harley
Since Billy Connolly and his greasy pony tail cruised along Route 66 on the popular ITV series in 2010, the bike- riding British public simply cannot get enough of Harley Holidays . We recently arranged a Route 66 Harley Holiday for a terrific group of guys from the UK and Phil Colman did a great job of blogging about the trip: He’s kindly agreed to let us publish his account of the adventure. Over to you Phil……(far right)
Day 1: May 2012. Getting there.
OK, so the day had finally come – all packed and ready, say goodbye (and happy birthday to Melanie my wife) with lots of ‘be carefuls’ being offered. Continue reading Route 66 – Escorted Harley Tour
Theresa Young is Bon Voyage’s own resident American and our Business Development Manager. She has lived in the UK for 15 years and this is her perspective on the Queen’s Jubilee………with, of course, a Yankee twist!
I have to start with an apology as I believe this blog may be lost on 87% of the UK public, to whom the name Al Roker will mean nothing . For the other 13% and various Americans who might stumble on this, you will know Al as the affable weatherman/co-host on NBC’s Today Show. And, for the past few years, Al has had his own show on the Weather Channel too. Continue reading The Day I stalked Al Roker
We’ve been a bit grumpy this week and have to admit – it’s all down to this lovely spring weather we are having…or not! BUT, instead of complaining, we’ve got the power to book ourselves somewhere sunny. And you are invited to come with us!
Here are two different view points on Las Vegas. One from the Bon Voyage Product Manager, Karen, who adores Las Vegas and another from Alan, the Managing Director, who is clearly less of a fan!
Loathing Las Vegas………..
Welcome to Las Vegas – prepare to be “stripped” of your cash! Continue reading Love or Loathe Las Vegas?
It’s a bit early in the year to be declaring a winner, but the current leader of the pack for top American holiday pick for seasoned travellers for 2014 is a Route 66 roadtrip. In this video our very own Theresa Young, American-in-residence at Bon Voyage and Route 66 expert talks about the Route itself, where it goes and what there is to see along the way.
So will you be making 2015 the year of the Great American Route 66 Roadtrip?
Alan Wilson, here, Managing Director of Bon Voyage. I wanted to bring you up to date
on some of the new ideas and happenings for holidays this year to the USA and Canada.
Our Route 66 holidays go from strength to strength. Since the Billy Connolly TV series last year we have been inundated with people wishing to make this most famous of all American road trips from Chicago to Los Angeles. For me one of the great attractions of the trip is that it begins in the great city of Chicago, with its music influences, chequered history and amazing architecture and finishes in the fabulous California beach resort of Santa Monica, of Baywatch fame. Add to the mix the nostalgia of the sights and scenes along the way, the opportunity to take detours to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas and it has all the makings of a truly wonderful adventure.
For many, a road trip is all about your wheels and this is where we have exciting news. For the first time we’re able to offer the iconic Ford Mustang convertible as a guaranteed option on Route 66. I should emphasise that the Mustang is a two person experience but there’s nothing quite like an open top on the open road. Well I say there’s nothing like it but actually our next option is Route 66 on a Harley Davidson motorbike, or even a trike like the one Billy Connolly rode in the TV series. We will tailor-make your own journey or we can arrange for you to join a group departure. Give us a call for all the details and prices.
Other new or nearly new thoughts for your next Bon Voyage holiday include a bicycling tour in New England, log cabin stays in the Great Smoky Mountains or maybe one of the great North American rail journeys. For me there is nothing to beat the thrill of a trip like the Coast Starlight journey all the way from Southern California and up through Oregon and into Washington State. There are the dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Having feasted on the views by day and dined well you retire to your very comfortable sleeping car and awake to the drama of Puget Sound and arrival into the superb city of Seattle. Magical.
Finally let me mention some important information for those of you planning a holiday to North America in the near future. Right now and until close of business next Tuesday 24th January our prices are based on air fares that have been reduced by up to £200 per person.
In order to get the New Year off to a great start we negotiated these lower rates
for British Airways, Virgin, United, American – in fact almost all the big TransAtlantic airlines.
To take advantage of the reduced prices we have to have your booking in by next
Tuesday. I don’t want to rush you into anything if you’re at the early stages of planning a
trip but if you have reached or are close to deciding your travel plans for this year, it will make sense to speak to us in the next few days.
The team are waiting to help so call us free on 0800 980 7091 or email Bon Voyage.
Happy New Year to you from everyone at Bon Voyage.
Bon Voyage Director, Phil Newcombe, revisits Washington D.C. for the first time in more than a decade to see what all the fuss is about. He discovers that things certainly “ain’t what the used to be”.
OK. Hands up all those who knew what an outstanding city Washington DC has become. Anyone? Just a few of you then – thanks for keeping that little nugget to yourselves! Continue reading A Weekend in Washington
Bon Voyage Managing Director, Alan Wilson, reflects on a busy few days at Bon Voyage HQ in Southampton.
How was your Bank Holiday weekend? Hopefully you didn’t spend too much of the last Bank Holiday until Christmas stuck in motorways queues or dodging the showers. We had a fairly eventful few days here at Bon Voyage headquarters in Southampton, not so much dodging showers as trying to help our customers to dodge a hurricane. Continue reading Come on, Irene!