Days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, and this can only mean one thing - Halloween is creeping up on us. So, to get you into the Halloween spirit, we’ve created a terrifying treat for all the fright seekers out there! From the ghost town of Pripyat, to the island inhabited by 4,000 deadly snakes, this list will certainly leave you quaking in your boots.

Travelling is all about experiencing new culture and exposing your senses to new sights, sounds, smells, and most importantly, TASTE! Trying a new delicious recipe or type of food is a moment to be savoured and is always a memorable part of the holiday experience. So, to celebrate #WorldFoodDay, we've put together a list of the most amazing Food Festivals from around the world. Whatever food you are into, there's certainly a Food Festival out there for you!

They are peaceful, active and insightful. It's no wonder more and more people are leaning towards a walking holiday each year. But with so many stunning routes and locations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go. So, we've done the work for you and put together a list of European walking destinations you must visit!

With the school holidays officially over, milder temperatures and cheaper off-peak prices, October is a great time to plan a holiday. Here are a couple reasons to book a holiday in October along with some destination recommendations to chase the last of the summer sun.

Advice for travellers before and after the Brexit deadline day on 31st October

Officially, the UK is due to leave the EU on 31st October 2019. Whether we leave with or without a deal is still yet to be confirmed and naturally holidaymakers and business travellers have questions about what Brexit will mean for travelling to EU countries. While the situation is evolving rapidly, ABTA has put together advice, answering common questions and explaining any steps travellers may need to take to avoid any unnecessary disruption due to a no-deal exit.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 was released last week, ranking 200 cities based on how many international overnight visitors they're set to receive this year, based on actual 2019 monthly data and the weighted average of national-level tourism forecasts. We have listed the top 20 below for you, can you guess which city is number one?

Have a December to remember with our top Christmas holiday ideas. Whether you want to indulge in the festivities of the season, seek snowy adventures or escape the winter weather and fly to somewhere warm; there are plenty of different ways to spend Christmas away from home with your loved ones.

City break holidays are the perfect way to escape everyday life for a few days and immerse yourself in new adventures and cultures. Whether you are travelling solo, as a group or going on a romantic getaway there are so many incredible cities to explore, each offering something different. Being based in Europe we have a host of great city break options reachable in under 4 hours. However, If you're willing to travel a little further there are some fantastic cities with affordable flight options that won't break the bank.

 

To make your next city break destination choice a little easier we have compiled a list of our favourite and 'must visit' cities for a city break holiday

Today (5th June 2019) is World Environment Day and the launch of ABTA's Make Holidays Greener Campaign. This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. Managing our carbon footprint here at Norad Travel is a core part of the company's CSR commitments.

We are conscious about how we as a business can play an active role to reduce emissions and improve energy usage to ensure that we provide a continued safe and strong environment for our children and their children's children.

Working in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company, the UK's leading climate change company, we assist our corporate customers to offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by their domestic and international travel by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable projects around the world.

We recycle all paper matter, cardboard and plastics and ensure these are taken away by specialists. We also supply every Norad staff member with a reusable water bottle to discourage the use of single-use plastics in the work place.

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The theme for 2019's Make Holidays Greener campaign is Reduce, Reuse, Reycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is not a new concept, but it is more relevant than ever. Where possible we should all reduce and reuse environmentally costly resources as much as possible before recycling. These resources include everything from plastic to food waste and building materials to water.

How can I get involved?

This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. To get involved all you need to do is take a look at the infographic below and make a pledge to make a difference. Click here to make a pledge on the Make Holidays Greener website and enter a prize draw to win a carry-on bag by sustainability leaders Patagonia.

Share your actions and get involved to help to ensure that people, wildlife and landscapes in your favourite destinations benefit from tourism as much holidaymakers do.

 

How to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Holiday

Click here to download a high res version of the infographic 

Norad Travel Group, the Hampshire-based travel agency, hosted their annual company conference at Hilton St. Anne’s Manor in Wokingham on Saturday 27th April.

The conference theme was ‘Getting to Know You: Reflections of an Industry’ with an agenda to further understand the industry and the company’s trusted suppliers. Several airlines and tour operators were invited as attendees to help stimulate industry discussion and supplier relationships throughout the day.

The trusted suppliers in attendance at the Norad Annual Conference were: African Pride, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, Kuoni, Lufthansa Group, Lusso, Travel 2 and United Airlines. All Norad staff attended the weekend event, in which Group Managing Director, Linda Foote outlined the conference theme together with an update on the business, which included congratulating Operations Director, Anna McGurk, on her recent appointment to the Norad board of Directors.

Norad Staff at Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Company Chairman Mick Gibbs was unable to attend but left the following message for conference attendees: “As a Board we have always believed in what we do, not what others would have us believe and making those hard decisions when required. Choosing trusted partners along that journey is also another reason as to our success and this conference is the next step as we tackle the challenges ahead. I hope that each of you are proud of our collective achievements and that as we all work as a Group we start to really unleash the incredible acumen we hold as a team to deliver day in, day out the ultimate in customer services and travel related solutions.”

The supplier panel featured Kevin Young - Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group, Matt Lane – Key Account Manager TMC at Etihad Airways, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride and Gareth Hulmston – Sales Director at Lusso. The panel discussed topics around supplier relationship building and each panelist described what a successful supplier relationship looked like to them, together with the challenges they face within the ever-changing travel industry.

Supplier Panel | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Speaking after the panel, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride said, “We have worked with the Norad Travel Group for a number of years and enjoy a mutually successful and beneficial relationship. The opportunity to be involved in their annual conference and engage with staff across all departments was too good to miss.”

David Holland and Team African Pride | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Kevin Young – Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group was pleased with the outcomes of the conference and added “Working with the Norad Travel Group is a true partnership in so many ways. The openness and exchange from all members of the Norad Team is fantastic. Being asked to support and attend the 2019 Conference was an immediate ‘ Yes ‘  from myside. The theme of the conference ‘ Getting to Know You ‘ was absolutely perfect and the organization was seamless. I really got to know the Norad Team throughout the Conference, especially during the fun filled activities of the afternoon and evening! Great job Norad and thank you for allowing me to be part of your day.” 

The conference concluded with an annual raffle prize draw in which Norad staff won numerous prizes thanks to generous donations from our trusted partners, key hotel partners and the Directors of Norad.

Winning Team | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Group Finance Director Tara Foy was delighted with the results of the conference, which concluded with an evening dinner and party. “It’s truly energising to see our people so engaged with our brand vision and have the opportunity to be able to build personal and business relationships with some of our most trusted suppliers.”

Trusted Partners and Directors | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019