I confess. I am one of those Christmas-enthusiasts. There is something about sparkling lights and the smell of pine (ok, and maybe eggnog) that restores marvel to my soul. While I deeply honor that this is a tradition tied to the birth of Jesus Christ, I also honor the magic that the holiday season brings in the imagination of our hearts.
This summer, we decided to do a road trip around the UK. Jake hopped in the back of the car, all of us prepared to rough it in a tent; we had no idea that so many hotels were dog friendly - our "working" dog ended up living the high life at some of the UK's finest hotels! It got me thinking: given the choice, where would dogs go on holiday?
Forget the Grinch stealing Christmas. This year, it is a cute little penguin called Monty that not only steals the show, but also the hearts and minds of the UK populace (and softies everywhere). British department store John Lewis has done it again, with a £1 million commercial (US$ 1.5m) that tells the story of a boy and his penguin pal, on the search for a flippered mate.
Yet despite this, hotels still say it is not a priority, according to our study. 76 per cent of venues are convinced that customers care far more about quality of service and facilities than WiFi, and as many as 43 per cent believe customers think poor or non-existent wireless access is a price worth paying for the overall experience on offer.
Many years passed before I realised you can "travel" in your own country, that we are actually surrounded by exotic locations, places we've never seen and dialects we don't understand... I'm visiting England's second biggest city precisely because it's not somewhere a visitor to the UK would normally visit.
Nearly half of the UK's office workers are suffering from 'Infobesity', the over-consumption of information. It's making us unhappy, is bad for our health, and hurts our productivity... There must be something wrong with the office culture in many companies when 45% of workers feel that they should reply to work email instantly - no matter where they are or what they're doing.
As the beginning of summer approaches, people all over the world are making plans for a holiday. The digital age has certainly revolutionised travel booking - a task that used to require the marrying of information from many disparate sources into a single itinerary is now accomplished in just a few clicks.
When we think of summer we immediately think festivals, camping and road trip fun and the fact we are now parents have not changed that at all and we have been taking our son to festivals since he was 2yrs old and he loves every element of it from the packing to pitching the tent to the morning routine of making coffee on the camping stove.