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A journey begins with a single step

If travel is not on your list of new year resolutions then it definitely should be! For me, there is nothing more invigorating and healthy than to travel – experiencing new cultures, new foods, new sensations and getting some valuable perspective on the world. Lorna and I have our favourite places, and we do go back to them, time and again – Val Thorens in the French Alps where we are at the moment, and beautiful Beaulieu sur Mer on the French Riviera where we keep our boat – but we also enjoy exploring places that surprise us and keep us on our toes. I am always on the look out for interesting trips to take – and as the owner of a luxury travel company I keep an eye firmly on travel trends and up-and-coming destinations. So, before you make your travel plans for 2016 take a look at my hot tips for the new year around the world …and then maybe change them!

Where will you go this year? Get some more inspiration on my Pinterest board, find me on Facebook or tweet and tell me @normanpeires!

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African dreams

As a South African by birth I have a great attachment to my home country. I don’t think I am being biased to say it has stunning scenery, wonderful weather, interesting cities and great food and wine. South Africa, and in fact, Africa in general, is, in my opinion, only just really beginning to fulfil its potential in tourism. So I am always really interested to read about people’s experiences there. This week I have been doing a little wish list compilation on places to go and things to see and do on the continent on some of my favourite travel blogs. If you need inspiration to visit, then one of my top five posts will definitely get you booking your ticket to explore.

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(Short) break the mould…

Summer might have bowed out now for another year – in the UK, where I live at least – but there’s definitely time for an autumn/fall break before the ski season starts (no rest, it’s a big world to explore….!) Reading some of my favourite travel blogs recently I’ve been getting some great ideas for a short trip for Lorna and I before winter sets in – my only stipulation is that there has to be the outside chance of blue skies and a great mix of interest and relaxation on offer. I’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist of five destinations that inspire me. Hopefully they will inspire you too….and if you have any great suggestions of your own I’d love to hear them. Tweet me your tips on @normanpeiresContinue reading

Step off the beaten track

I’m an avid traveller, and one of the things I love about globetrotting is the chance it gives you to surprise yourself with new things – whether places, experiences, food or people. Which is why I like to explore destinations I might not have even thought of going to. I’m a big reader of travel blogs – both as an interested travel blogger myself and as a travel enthusiast – and I take inspiration from them as to where to go next. Planning our next break, I’ve been inspired by some unusual ideas away from the typical seaside and sun lounger mix. Here are my five top suggestions for summer breaks with a difference, from some of the internet’s top travel blogs…where would you recommend? Tweet me your tips on @normanpeires…

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Why family is so important to me

I’m a family man first and foremost. Although I’ve worked hard in life to make a success of my business ventures, none of it matters compared to the love I have for my wife Lorna, my children and grandchildren.

You can’t put a price on family and, as they grow so fast, it’s so vital to make the most of every precious moment. Often work takes us away from the one’s we care about, especially in my field, but it’s important to keep our priorities straight and recognise what counts before it’s too late! Continue reading

Travelling as a couple – why experiencing new places together is so important

They say that couples “…. who travel together, stay together” and I believe this to be true! Lorna and I love to take trips, explore new countries and share experiences. I believe it’s made our relationship stronger.

When we married, it was not the first time for either of us; in the past I had often spent long periods of time away from partner and family in order to make a success of my business. I know from first-hand experience that this is not good for a relationship’s success or longevity.

Lorna and I in Paris

Lorna and I on a trip to Paris

Lorna and I have made a concerted effort to spend most of our leisure time together. During trips to our place in the South of France, we enjoy walking, swimming and relaxing together.

We relish exploring new places too; there’s nothing like finding a little local restaurant where you can share a romantic dinner together, browsing a craft market for a trinket from your trip or meeting colourful local characters. Continue reading

The African travel trend

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Although I no longer work in the travel industry, I still take particular interest in what’s happening in the sector. I think it’s obvious now that Africa will soon be THE place to holiday. At the moment there’s still a bit of fear surrounding travel to Africa, because much of what we hear about the continent is negative – wars, droughts, pirates etc. But, in having lived there for much of my life, and now having invested there, I think it’s one of the most beautiful, interesting, cultural and exciting continents in the world. Continue reading

South Africa does it again

I know I’ve said it before, but South Africa is a really beautiful country. And it has pulled out all of the stops for us since we arrived. Anyone reading this from England will no doubt want to hear about the weather (as it’s always a popular topic), so I’ll let you know that it’s been nothing but sunny and warm since we landed.

Cape Town 2

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The one place you need to go when you’re in South Africa

Despite its troubles, South Africa is a beautiful country. It has hundreds of great places to visit and has some of the most fantastic scenery and wildlife in the world. But, there is one place above anywhere else that you need to visit if you’re going to South Africa – the Londolozi Game Reserve. Continue reading