“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
I often get asked by my clients where is my favorite place or type of holiday? This is a fairly impossible question to answer, as every time I travel I discover somewhere new and just like a fledgling romance I often get that giddy feeling of excitement inside of me.
My travels over the years have taken me to far flung places in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australasia, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and closer to home the Med, and Europe.
My personal bucket list achievements to name drop a few include a hot air balloon flight over the Arizona desert, whale watching by light aircraft, fly-fishing amongst the hungry hippos of Tanzania, a helicopter Champagne picnic on a New Zealand glacier, and a luxury Halong bay cruise in Vietnam!
My journal is always being extended with adventures to new and exciting destinations and I'm very excited to have you all along for the journey.
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
THE WHITE STUFF
Powdery white, nude, or muscle...who doesn't love a good beach? From Anguilla to Zanzibar, I'm quite the beach connoisseur...afterall life is better in flip flops!
Cities. An ever changing skyline of architectural splendor. The buzz, the culture, the people watching... a city stay will excite and awaken your senses.
Follow in the wake of Yorkshire treasure Jane Macdonald and cruise the seven seas. Sea sickness put you off? Then how about a cruise on an exquisitely appointed river cruise ship.
You are either born a skier or born for the après...for me personally it's all about the après! My little black book of luxury ski hotels and chalets is a crowd pleaser. Northern lights? I know just the place.
FAMILY IN TOW
A safari isn't a holiday; it's an experience unlike any other. Africa will warm your soul and leave you feeling inspired. Want to share breakfast with a giraffe or trek in search of gorillas? Africa is the greatest show on Earth.
Live like an A-lister. My villa portfolio includes some of the most exclusive addresses in real estate. Privacy vetted and amenity wish-lists granted. Fancy Christmas dinner dished up beachside in the Caribbean? I have a chef that can cook that up for you!
Minimoon or honeymoon, short haul or long haul? Booking your romantic escape shouldn't become just another 'to-do' wedding chore. Let me take the stress out of the process with my wealth of knowledge and inspiration.
Family holidays have evolved so much over the years. Yes, a fly and flop premium all inclusive holiday can be just the tonic for ease but experiential travel is opening the doors to families craving new experiences and cultures. Afterall families that play together, stay together!
WHO IS BEN POOLE
& WHAT CAN THE TRAVEL JOURNAL OFFER YOU?
Your Personal Travel Agent
2020 will mark my 21st year working in the travel industry (time flies when you're having fun!) All of that time has been spent working for independent family-run businesses but this year will see the birth of my very own independent travel agency 'The Travel Journal' #excited!
My career in travel has seen lots of big changes over the years and I personally believe that there has never been a better time to introduce you to the magic of my personal 1 to 1 travel service.
Whatever time of day I'm personally on call, not a lot of other agencies can merit that.
My bespoke travel service includes a complimentary concierge experience which can assist with the likes of restaurant recommendations/reservations, secret city tours, VIP ground handling, and the sourcing of VIP event/ attraction tickets to name but a few.
All travel booked through The Travel Journal is financially protected and packages include full ATOL protection as standard.
Finally, I am very proud of my little black book of travel contacts that I have built up over the years and it's these amazing people that I have on speed dial to enhance your travel experience. Gone of the days of the cut throat discounts, I am a great believer in added value.
5 Fun facts about Ben...
'Bajan Ben' is a nickname I have become very fond of over the years. I hear you ask why? 20 Barbados stamps in my passport and I still keep going back for more! I'm a sucker for the beach, rum, and fish fry!
I'm also known by my ultra ego aka 'The Bearded Explorer' and Instagrammers can follow me @thebearded_explorer for a bit of lighthearted entertainment!
I was born with a beard. Not entirely true, but I cannot ever imagine life without one now.
I have slept in the same villa that the Obama's stayed in during their New Zealand tour - not exactly ménage à trois, these were completely separate occasions!
Once upon a time I sang on stage with Westlife at Sheffield arena - scraping the barrel with that one?!