The Experienced Traveller
Welcome to the Experienced Traveller. Travel the world with us through our weekly feature. Read our hotel reviews. Try our recommendations. This online travel journal has developed from a personal website originally set up by Valery Collins to record her experiences travelling the world both as a tour leader and a solo traveller. After qualifying as a solicitor Valery took a year off to work on a freelance basis as a tour leader taking groups of solo travellers on holidays all over the world. Twenty-two years later she is still working as a tour leader and travelling solo when the opportunity arises.
Since she started travelling Valery has kept a diary and developed a love of writing combined with a growing interest in photography. For the past ten years she has employed these skills as a copy-writer, author and travel writer. Valery is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and contributes articles to other websites on a regular basis. Ultimately, her aim was to provide a resource through which her knowledge, experience and sheer joy in the delights of travel could be showcased. Enjoy.
Our News and Views
The first six months of 2019 have been hectic with trips as far apart as Kenya and Charleston in South Carolina. Kenya was a challenge as I was taking part in a conservation project and stayed in a small tent for two weeks. Every morning at 5 I had to walk 200 yards through a wooded area, in the dark, to use the toilet and have a shower in the ablutions block. Charleston was at the other end of the scale and started with a short stay on the private island of Kiawah, close to the city. It was fabulous - cycling on the beach, playing golf on a beautiful golf course and being pampered in the spa of my hotel, The Sanctuary.
I have also been very busy promoting destinations in the UK and discovering some very pretty and interesting towns in my own country, in particular Dover, Deal, Sandwich and Maidstone in Kent and the spectacular Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Sherborne in Dorset proved to be a lovely town packed with impressive historic buildings. I stayed at the lovely Eastbury Hotel and enjoyed some gorgeous food in their Seasons Restaurant.