Travel Dog Blog

Dogs & Me (& Travel Dog PR)

Up until the age of 44 I had a terrible, irrational fear of dogs, a proper, full-on phobia. I don’t know how it started, but I do remember being terrified, as a very young child, when my piano teacher’s dog jumped up at me when we were in a room alone together. Maybe that’s where it started.

My phobia was that […]

Marrakech Marmite? I love it!

We have stayed at Riad Africa in Marrakech on many occasions (booked through excellent Morocco operator and Travel Dog client Fleewinter) and I promised to leave a brief review on Trip Advisor after our recent visit in early December; we went with friends, Sara and David, who had never been to Morocco, and never stayed in a riad […]

From Cradle to Grave in the New Forest

Well of course I hope to be many years from the grave, but this is an expression which I could easily attach to my lifelong love affair with the New Forest, which is now just a 45-minute drive from where my wife Debbie and I live in Hampshire.

It all started in the late 1960’s, when my parents would drive my […]

Carry On Travelling

Although I have covered this subject in previous blogs, most recently following the shootings in Paris on 13 November 2015 (my wife Debbie and I were there, and staying close to the Bataclan), I felt compelled to re-visit it after a conversation with a friend whilst we were out walking our dogs last night.

We were telling each other about our […]

To Use Public Transport (or not)

Taxi in london traffic

As someone who didn’t pass his driving test until the ripe old age of 38, I have always championed public transport.  I failed two tests as a teenager and didn’t bother after that, I lived in London and simply didn’t need to drive (and had girlfriends who did!).

We all have […]

In or out of the EU? The Big Question!

I have always believed that a person’s greatest strength is knowing his own limitations and I am certainly aware of my shortcomings!

So are we really qualified to make such a gargantuan decision with regards to staying in or leaving the EU?  I’m not sure that we are.

As soon as the ink had dried on the date that David […]

An Unforgettable Weekend in Paris: Friday 13 November, 2015


I lost my mother to cancer in January 2014 and decided to join a group charity bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for Macmillan in her memory. We set off from Blackheath on 1 July 2015 (the hottest July day on record!) arriving in Paris four days later; I raised over £3700.

I had not been to […]

To Be or Not to Be Dog Friendly

Everyone knows that the brits are bonkers about dogs and many people choose to holiday in the UK just so that they can have their beloved family pet with them.

Of course the introduction of dog passports massively broadened the options for those who want to go away with their dog, France being the easiest overseas destination to get to.

But […]

The Thing about Travel Dog

When I started the Travel Dog Blog, my intention was to write them all myself. However, completely unprompted, one of my lovely clients, Christina Simons, owner of New Forest Hotel Cottage Lodge sent the below as my first ‘guest blog’.

The Thing about Travel Dog
PR is a funny thing. It can’t be measured accurately. You […]

The ‘C’ Word

I was torn between calling this blog the ‘C’ word, for ‘cruising’, or the ‘P’ word, for ‘preconceived’. Naturally I went for the ‘C’ word because I wanted your attention!

In fact they go hand in hand as the ‘P’ word is what prevents people from trying something – like the ‘C’ word – that they have already decided they won’t […]