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
2018 started with an amazing trip in Finland to celebrate the New Year. Six days of playing in the snow was followed by a two-week skiing holiday in Madonna de Campiglio a chic resort in the Italian Dolomites. A good variety of well-groomed slopes peppered with good quality restaurants always guarantees a great holiday. So good Valery will be returning to the Italian Dolomites in March to lead two ski holidays, the first in Folgaria and the second in Madonna di Campiglio.
February has involved several visits to the New Forest, a magical area in England full of history, ancient customs, pretty villages and roaming animals. It is easy to forget that our own country has many beautiful and interesting places. I stayed in Brockenhurst and from there I took the bus to Lymington and Lyndhurst for some lovely days out.