Holiday Window Shopping with… Helen

As we’re all cooped up indoors, safely abiding by the lockdown rules, none of us are travelling anywhere. As keen travel lovers, we’ve found it cheering to imagine travel during this time a little like winning the lottery – without any restrictions on budget and time. With that in mind, we’re hosting weekly interviews with team members to understand what their dream holiday would look like, in the hope that in turn this can help to inspire you.

Introducing… Our Email Marketing Manager, Helen. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world now (and Covid-19 was not a thing), where would you go?

“I would jump on a plane to New Zealand. My best friend is travelling out there at the moment and I really miss her. This lockdown has also made me realise how much of the world I have yet to see. I’ve never actually left Europe, so my new goal is to travel more often and to more long-haul destinations. New Zealand looks beautiful and whenever people go there they come back having loved their visit, so now I’m really keen to see it for myself.”


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Is there a hotel on your travel bucket list?

“For me, the hotel is not the most important part of a trip – if it’s a great location, you’d hope you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time there. However, if I was looking to splash out I’d love to stay at Le Sirenuse, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, it’s absolutely stunning. The building is nestled in the hills and used to be privately owned houses. The decor is traditional mediterranean, with a collection of antique furniture and artwork. Breakfast is served on your room’s balcony overlooking the sea and there is the in-house Michelin-starred restaurant La Sponda for dinner.”


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If money was no object, where would you eat?

“If money was no object, I’d have to go to the best, which is Mirazur in France, a French restaurant with an Argentinian chef. It has three Michelin stars and is situated on the French Riviera which is one of my favourite holiday destinations. The view alone looks well worth the trip as it overlooks the water from its location in the mountains. The food menu changes every day and is made using fresh ingredients from their own gardens. Although I cannot understand most of what is listed on the menu, I’ve never tried food like this and I’d love to try it just once.”


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Combining your favourite parts of previous holidays, what would your dream holiday look like?

“I would like some amazing views to take in, probably near the coast as there’s nothing better than walking along the beach watching the sunset as you make your way back to your hotel; this is one of my fondest memories of my trips to Nice.

There would need to be delicious authentic local foods to try (anything i’ve had during my trips to Italy applies here), as well as some fun night spots to visit after dinner. I quite often find it’s hard to know what to do in the evening when you’re on holiday, so a bustling nightlife is definitely what I would prefer to a sleepy town where everything shuts after 6pm. Barcelona offered us some great entertainment from traditional flamenco performances to huge nightclubs.

I would also like either an art gallery or some historical sights to visit as I get restless after a few days of relaxing and need something to go and do. I also like to learn a bit about the places I am visiting. Amsterdam was full of museums and art galleries, my only regret was that we didn’t get to see them all.”


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Who would your ideal holiday partner be?

“This really depends on the holiday, however I mostly choose to travel with a few of my close friends. I like to go away with just one or two people, as it’s a great way to get to know each other better and create some lasting memories. Keeping it small also keeps organisational stress to a minimum.”

Are there any festivals or nightclubs on your bucket list?

“My ultimate festival is very close to home, as Glastonbury has always been the festival I’ve dreamt of going to. It’s really the mother of all modern festivals and I would hate to miss out on the experience and atmosphere which people who have been always rave about. I love watching the Sunday legends slot on TV – my favorite was Dolly Parton back in 2014. Unfortunately, I have not yet managed to beat the queue for tickets.”


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When it comes to transport, are you craving first class travel or lusting after long train journeys?

“I have always fancied experiencing the first class lounge on a trip. However, I wouldn’t want to waste it on a short-haul. I’d wait for a long trip so I could lie in a first class pod and get the full experience – and maybe even spot a celeb.”

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