Travel Dog Blog

Are We the World’s Meanest Tippers?

Nations have reputations for all sorts of things; the Germans for their love of all things technical, the French for romance (and garlic!) and the Brits for their sense of humour. But we also have a reputation for being amongst the meanest tippers in the world. But is it fair?

Conversely, the Americans have a reputation for being one of the […]

Keeping an Eye on Your Dog with the New Furbo and Saying Farewell to Billie (promoted blog)

Having a business name such as Travel Dog PR means that all sorts of people get in touch with me on a wide variety of subjects (usually trying to sell me something).

One such instance was before Christmas, when a company in Germany promoting a new, digital camera called Furbo, which is for remotely keeping an eye on your dog in […]

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 […]