The Travel Architect on safari

At this time of year I enjoy travelling to South Africa. My first stop on my current trip was a 50 minute flight to Skukuza airport from Johannesburg and 20 minutes later I was settled in at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge in Kruger National Park.

Tinga Lodge is part of the Lion Sands Game Reserve and I had a fantastic 2 night stay in a luxury suite.

We were really looked after by Francois and his team with our expert ranger Mark and tracker Emanuel and his amazing sight.

Out on one of our game drives we spotted a white rhino in the distance but we could not drive off road to it so under Marks guidance we walked to it – an exciting sighting and a first for me

On our last evening the team organised a dinner on our decking area for us which was very special 

What does leaving the EU mean for travellers ?

‘No immediate changes’ to travel regulations after EU vote, says Abta

No immediate change in European regulations is expected in the face of the UK vote to exit the European Union, according to Abta.

The association said: “It cannot be doubted that we are now moving into a period of uncertainty, although in regulatory terms we will not see any immediate changes.

“Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining member states will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship.

“This period can also be extended if all parties agree. Until this process is resolved, everything will remain as it is now.”

Abta added that its role was to help keep members informed, to help consumers remain confident in travelling, “and to help government to understand and prioritise those matters that are important to our members and our industry”.

“Abta will be working proactively with government to raise awareness of the priorities for travel businesses, and UK travellers, as they negotiate a future trading relationship,” Abta said.

“We started this process some months ago, with a programme of engagement with ‘leave’ campaigners in Westminster, and we have prepared a detailed list of policy and regulatory priorities that we will be discussing with leading policymakers in the coming weeks.

“It will also be important to ensure that the industry’s domestic agenda is not neglected, and Abta will continue to press for action on airport capacity, Atol reform, which remains relevant whatever the future of the Package Travel Directive, and Air Passenger Duty.”

Edinburgh Airport 23-26 June

As the 2016 Royal Highland Show gets underway, a wee reminder to passengers planning on flying between 23-26 June to be prepared and allow extra time to get to Edinburgh airport.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the showground which means roads around the airport will be much busier than usual.

Along with an ongoing rail strike traffic around the airport as well as getting to the airport will take a little longer than normal

For passengers coming from beyond Edinburgh be prepared to add on a couple of hours before your check-in time.

For passengers in Edinburgh and surrounding areas we advise using the Citylink bus & tram service from Waverley or Haymarket.

More information can be found at or using the hashtag #RHStravel on Twitter



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A busy week for The Travel Architect 

It’s been a busy week for me this week as I spent 2 days in London at World Travel Market. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet up and network with old and new friends and is a great learning curve as suppliers, tourist boards,airlines and hoteliers from all over the world arrive in London.

The next evening I attended the prestigious SPAA awards ball in Glasgow where I was delighted to receive the award for “best homeworker in Scotland ” This is the second time I have received this award since it was first introduced 4 years ago and it’s now sitting proudly in my office !