We discover the top honeymoon travel tips with the founder of the Turquoise Holiday Company, James Bell. Here’s The Wedding Editions 9 Questions with James Bell.
I love working in the travel industry because….
I love the people and the places! No other industry facilitates the opportunity to see this wonderful world and all of the fabulous characters which inhabit it.
I’m best known for…
A sense of fun and imagination (I hope!). I believe Turquoise is a company that’s chic, rustic and seen as innovators with a dash of style.
My top three tips for any couple planning their honeymoon would be…
- Don’t plan too much – slow down as less is definitely more.
- Talk to a travel expert. It doesn’t have to be us but I would love it to be.
- Always remembers it’s who you’re with, not where you are that’s important.
The current travel trends I’m loving are…
Islands are so in vogue and I love every tiny speck on the map. Simply put, an island is an escape. Travellers will be more considerate with their choices, staying in small hotels with a sense of place and giving back without taking anything away from the destinations they visit.
My favourite boutique hotel is…
Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa. It is named after HMS Birkenhead, the doomed ship where the code of conduct ‘women and children first!’ was originally coined.
My favourite destination for winter sun is….
Petit St. Vincent in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Four items I never travel without are…
A jacket, otherwise I mislay my passport and wallet.
My Bobbies shoes – they’re so comfortable!
My antique suitcase, it’s expandable at the hinges.
Lastly but definitely not least, my wife’s permission!
My favourite place in the world to skip the crowds is…
It’s got to be Fanjove Island, off the coast of Tanzania and near Zanzibar.
And finally, what’s next for The Turquoise Holiday Company ….
Travel has restarted thank goodness! This will make our retail experience totally unique, especially for honeymooners. We’ll be adding more islands to our European programme, including Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily, and hopefully a ski programme. Watch this space!
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