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Melissa Shales

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Politics, Human Rights and the Travel Media – Can they co-exist?

Politics, human rights and the travel media are unlikely bedfellows but they regularly share a bunk! Before we can ever begin to think about the implications of the pairing, we need to ask one seemingly simple but actually fiendishly difficult question – what is travel writing? No…

Climbing Tenacious

“I’ve always wanted to climb the mast of a tall ship. You can fix it for me sometime.” Mark said this not long after we first met nearly 12 years ago… And so we met the inspirational Jubilee Sailing Trust and found ourselves heading down to Southampton, where SV Tenacious was dwarfed by the ports giant cranes and a vast freighter piled high with containers in rusty rainbow shades,

Elderly tourists in a small boat off the coast of Norway, with mountains in background

Rocking those tea shops – travel and the over-50s

A little while ago, I was asked to consult for a PR company who were pitching for a new tourist office client. One of the target markets was the over-50s. The 23-year-old who’d been tasked with coming up with a list of suitable ways of…

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