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
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.
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.