Summer holiday summary
Posted on August 28, 2011
Well, as I sit here on a somewhat ‘cool’ and windy bank holiday weekend, reviewing progress so far I can safely say that I’m glad the summer holidays are almost over, I’ve not had a day off since Easter! It’s been a hectic July and August, with this website being launched and hundreds of pages of copy being written, plus lots of last minute travellers seeking a late escape to sunnier destinations! With various airport strikes and another couple of major tour operators collapsing, plus earthquakes and now a hurricane, there’s been plenty to keep us on our toes in the travel industry.
Favourite destinations this summer have seen the Greek islands and Sardinia featuring highly and many requests have come in for holidays to Australia and New Zealand with many of you opting to escape down under in the coming winter – I don’t blame you! One of the most asked for natural wonders sights has been the Northern Lights and a few of you have already booked with me to see this amazing sight this winter.
The first month of my new website has proved hugely successful, all our work on SEO and content has quickly been found by search engines and enquiries have been received from all over the world for travel all over the world, thank you! It’s always difficult when starting out to hit the right target market and more pages are being added all the time with new destinations and suggested things to see and do, so keep checking regularly for holiday inspiration. I have been contacted by various publications and news groups who have found my website, so I will post on Twitter and Facebook whenever Travel With Jules hits the press!
Recently added destinations on the site include Burma, Laos, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan in Asia, Gambia, Cape Verde and Senegal in West Africa and European and Arctic destinations of Greenland, Germany, Hungary and Russia. New tours and itineraries now featured include Nile Cruises, Everest Base Camp, Route 66, Finland’s Wildlife, the Trans-Siberian train, Orient-Express and a cruise around the coast of Britain. Types of holidays proving popular include self-drives, city breaks and cruises and family travel has been highlighted with ideas for October half term and winter breaks.
Over the summer there have been some great travel documentaries on the TV such as Rick Stein’s travels around foodie Spain and the awesome ‘Oceans Giants’ programmes, following whales and dolphins around the world. I have put together a page featuring some of these TV destinations, so if you are inspired by anything you see from your sofa, get in touch to find out how you can go there yourself!
Some changes in the last month to the set up of this site include the addition of a search engine and categorising the ever growing list of experiences! You will also see now that on the experience pages not only do you have the option to enquire and book, but a reminder that if that page is not quite what you were looking for, please don’t go away – get in touch as everything can be tailored to exactly what you want.
The site is constantly evolving as the business grows, please do let me know if there is something you are looking for that you cannot find here or if you think something needs changing, feedback is always welcomed!