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The Experienced Traveller

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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.

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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.

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I started the winter 2018/2019 winter season in early December with a skiing holiday in my favourite resort, Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites.  My two good friends Sim and Martin joined me there and we had a wonderful week.  The snow was good and the sun shone every day.  Our skiing was interspersed with leisurely coffee breaks and long, good lunches.  It was great fun.

I spent Christmas working as a tour leader in Windsor - a lovely place to spend the festive season.  This was followed by a week in Tuscany also working as a tour leader to celebrate the New Year.  We visited the beautiful towns of Siena, Florence and Lucca and dined and danced in style on New Year's Eve.

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Looking ahead, I am returning to the Italian Dolomites in January leading two skiing holidays.  The first is based in Folgarida/Marilleva and the second in Folgaria.  Both are resorts that are familiar to me so It will be a pleasure to return to these spectaclar mountains.

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