Some may have noticed my blogs have decreased in regularity…..
Some may have noticed that I am not quite as prolific with my blogs as I once was?
Well it is true that I am doing less blogs than I was and for several reasons. First, the return of Americans (and most of my Customers are from the USA and Canada) has been particularly disappointing, post covid – even when there was near parity between the dollar and the British pound which would have meant visitors living in “dollarland” would have had their cheapest vacation to the UK in years!! And, given that my tours with Customers provide much of the material for the blogs, it follows that I have less of interest to blog about. I am also beginning to question how much more time to devote to business in the absence of Customers, when I could be focusing on other things which brings me to the final reason the blogs have been thin on the ground – I have been spending rather more time on VLOGS – videos on YouTube which I am thoroughly enjoying working on but are rather more time consuming and complex to produce!
If you are interested, check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel – RobLittleUK – https://www.youtube.com/user/RobLittleuk/videos. It costs absolutely nothing to “subscribe” and you will notice I have made literally hundreds of videos over the past 10 years or so. I may not be a top notch producer but I aim to be informative and sometimes amusing!
Outside of travel I am still in love with my local area….the Cotswolds and my old home town area of Dartmouth, in Devon, a stunning town that most Americans have never heard of but after visiting absolutely love it. I am enjoying motorcycling and regularly go out into the lanes of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire with some old mates (well we have three in our group who are over 80!) and you may have seen that I challenged myslf to a solo ride around the coastline of Ireland this past June. Its all on my channel on YouTube – 1600 miles around the Irish coast. I could have chosen my big new comfortable bike for the job but chose my little 35 year old Yamaha YB100cc “oil burner” (2-stroke) as extra penance – “Fat Man on a Tiny Bike“! And to add fuel to the fire, so to speak, I had rain for 12 of the 15 days I was torturing myself including over a week of torrential rain and howling winds…..you may find the playlist of this epic ride worth watching!!
So I am in a quandary regarding next year because I do not want to over-commit my time to tours that may well not happen when I could be doing things that I want to do – for instance, after my expedition to Ireland, I intend to experience the “NC500” – thats the North Coast 500 – a 500 mile route around the North of Scotland. That 500 miles should be pretty straightforward compared with the 600 miles actually getting to the start at Inverness…..and I plan also to do this on my little YB100. I look rediculous riding it but I just don’t care!!
Otherwise, I anticipate that more of my private tours next year will be local tours around The Cotswolds, Wiltshire and South Wales. My participation in and leadershop of longer, bespoke tours will be considered on a case by case basis.
Finally I must remind travellers of the importance of TRAVEL INSURANCE – not simply for medical emergencies but also for loss or theft of property and, essentially, the unexpected cancellation by travellers or tour operator/guides for whatever reason and I have had direct experience of the latter this year and all the financial trauma of not being comprehensively insured can bring – besides the personal upset.
Yet another “Finally” – for the past nearly 20 years since I started this business I have taken great pleasure in sending Christmas cards to friends and Customers overseas. But with postage alone costing £1.70 – £2.55 ($2-$3) for each card, I have decided to adopt the personality of Scrooge. To be honest it was all getting way out of control! Lets save the money and spend it on heating our homes!!
This has turned into a bit of an update!! Sorry its so long winded! For those of you in the USA “Happy Holidays” – have an indulgent Thanksgiving!! As for the rest of us, I was going to say that we’ll have to wait until Christmas for our turkey but with the mass slaughtering because of the serious epidemic of avien flu, the “Burger Roast” is becoming increasingly appealing! 😆
Rob (Scrooge) Little
Lets Tour England !