In the micro community that I live in I met someone who not only shares my first (official) name, but, my old profession too. Two doors down is the now “inhouse” office of Henrietta Ferguson, a luxury tour company who craft experiences in extraordinary places. These are some of the things that give you a little glimpse of the wide world that is still out there…
It depends how you wish to travel and for how long.
What are some common items savvy travellers bring with them (that less-savvy travellers don’t)?
Always take a second credit card as a back up. It is taking longer now a days for credit card companies to replace stolen and lost cc on holiday. Always take a physical copy of your passport and save a copy to the cloud.
What are some things tour operators won’t tell you?
If there is a convention at the hotel/resort and if there is scaffolding around the hotel.
Where are the best places to travel alone?
Who makes the best travel bags?
Tumi – not aesthetically beautiful but durable and functional
Who is the most interesting person that you have ever been seated next to on a plane?
I have met some incredibly lovely and fascinating people on planes but probably the most interesting person was Christopher Booker, one of the founders and Editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye. He was charming, hilarious and incredibly knowledgable. The journey literally flew by!
How do you pack a suit?
1. Turn one half of the jacket inside out. Turn the shoulder completely inside out, but do not pull the sleeve through.
2. Place the jacket half that is not turned inside out carefully inside the other half, pushing it right into the inside-out shoulder.
3. The invisible, non sensitive lining of the jacket is now facing outward. Both shoulders, being one inside the other, are protected against pressure.
4. Folded once in the middle, a jacket now becomes a handy-size, non sensitive package that fits into any holdall.
What’s the best way to sleep on a plane?
In first class.
What are some of the best travel locations that most people have not heard of?
Chefchaouen, Morocco (the blue city)
Chichcastenango in Guatemala
What are the best airport hacks?
Book a VIP meet and greet. They will meet you as you leave the plane and accompany you through passport control and customs much faster and take you to your driver as you exit customs. The other option is to book the Black Service offering discerning travellers in First or Business class a seamless experience with which to enjoy air travel. All Heathrow VIP guests will have private entrance and exit to Heathrow Airport and transition through security and/or immigration occurs within our suite. Check-in and baggage processes are handled, whilst guests simply relax in individual private lounges to enjoy a food and beverage service. Private chauffeured vehicles transfer guests to and from the chosen aircraft and guests are welcomed or greeted near the aircraft door. The vehicles provided by either Mercedes V class for larger groups, or the latest BMW 7-series for smaller groups. Throughout; privacy, discretion and luxury are assured – guests do not have to queue or walk long distances as other passengers do.When it is time to board the flight, guests are driven to the aircraft by private chauffeured vehicles.
How do you get a flight upgrade?
Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met on a plane?
What’s the best city in the world?
Which airline is best?
After much debate it was decided that the best airline is Cathay Pacific
What are the most beautiful beaches in the world?
The Emerald coast and Bahia in Brazil.
What are the most beautiful places in the world?
It totally depends on your emotions and moment in time. For a single twenty something it could be exploring the beauty of some of the many extraordinary Islands of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, for a romantic couple it could be the beauty and tranquility of Mauritius or the Seychelles, for a family it could be the unbelievable scenery and lifestyle of the French Riviera and the Amalfi Coast and for the adventurous and more intrepid, the literally ice breaking moments of a cruise around the Alaska coastline. I have been fortunate to experience the beauty in many continents, including the excitement of travelling to relatively tourist free destinations. The definition of beauty is really subjective and completely beholden to the traveller and whether they are ready to appreciate their time in a destination.
What are the best apps for travel?
Where should I go now?
Stay at home and reconnect with your family and friends in the beautiful British Isles.
As luck would have it, the lovely Henrietta has a penchant for Paris. So, if you’re planning a quickie, we will leave you in her capable hands… Paris Tour
Henrietta is the Founder of Henrietta Ferguson Luxury Tours, a private luxury tour business specialising in the most sublime experiences families and private parties can enjoy during their time in the UK&I, France, Italy, Spain & The Netherlands. She is a proud Brit who was educated in Bristol but also in Madrid, which ignited her creative spirit and curiosity for international travel, culture and history. She has spent much of her professional and personal time travelling to the exotic, the offbeat, the popular and the truly bizarre locations and wonders of the world. When she is not working or exploring internationally, you can often find her and her phenomenal family creating fun & havoc in West London!