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Mallorca, Los Angeles, Harrogate?!


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HELLO old friends! Here we find ourselves (once again) in the month of JUNE, which can only mean one thing! It's the first edition of our blog for 2024!


We hope you're all keeping well and warm, whilst enjoying the baltic Yorkshire summer out there. Glorious isn't it?!


We committed the ultimate travel sin this year. We managed to keep our passport pages 'stamp free' for 4 months and 23 days (not that we were counting...AT ALL). But worry not, we had a gentle word with ourselves and have freshly returned from Mallorca & Los Angeles.


First-up, we we're very lucky to be invited to experience first-hand the brand new Ikos Porto Petro in Mallorca. As your dedicated Harrogate 'Ikos Prestige Club & Sani Ambassador' travel agent, it's in our best interest to be armed with all the latest facts and developments within the Ikos & Sani brands. Ikos Porto Petro is impressive (perfect for families with children of all ages) but very different to the other Ikos resorts. We would of course be delighted to talk you through all the pro's and con's of the resort, as experienced by yours truly, that way we can ascertain your best match within the Ikos portfolio - just drop us an email or give us a call - we love to chat!


PLEASE REMEMBER: VIP status - including benefits and amenities are only rewarded to guests booked via an 'Ikos Prestige Club & Sani Ambassador' travel agent. This combined with our Jet2 Holidays price match promise makes booking Ikos & Sani thru The Travel Journal a complete no-brainer!!!


Hot off the heels of Mallorca (some 12hrs later) we took flight to Los Angeles. It's been a long 15 years since Ben was last out in Los Angeles. California is a hot favourite for our clients, so we felt it important to venture back out Stateside to update our local knowledge and recommendations, so you guys are kept up to date with all the latest trends!


Our Californian escapade took us to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, & Palm Springs. The trip was iconic and perfect in proportion/ contrast. Copious amounts of Mexican food, happy hours, and $ bills were consumed/ spent along the way...but, oh boy, what a trip! SO many cool new hotels, superb culinary options, amazing shopping, and a nightlife that revolved around DAY DRINKING?! Who'd have thought 'going out' in Palm Springs was only hip and cool between the hours of 2pm and 8pm?! Perfect, now we're in our 40's and like to burn the candle both ends, whilst also craving a decent nights kip!


Are you thinking of a Californian road trip later this year? Then give us a call and let us inspire, guide, and suggest the perfect trip based on your own individual wish-list and requirements.


Finally, (as we're conscious to keep you reading for too long) let's talk summer 2024! Hearsay from several key travel gods within the industry are currently predicting that 60% of holidaymakers are yet to get booked for summer 2024. If this applies to you, then please get in touch, and as always, we will try our best to find you a suitable travel match. No one deserves a washout UK summer and it's certainly looking like a high probability based on current weather trends and predictions!


Have a great (wet) weekend.


Over and out...


The TJ.














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