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Introducing Gary Manners, your Canal St travel Expert.Online booking has changed the industry tremendously, but the personal touch can always provide added confidence together with many added value aspects to your trip.

Contact him today and ask about your plans.Happy to oblige and share many years of experience.

https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Fancy a short break to Amsterdam?Read our recent review;We all...


Fancy a short break to Amsterdam?

Read our recent review;

We all know that Amsterdam is a city famous for it’s canals, cheese and clogs, and that for many decades it has also been a trailblazer for the European sex industry.
But it is all changing.
Recent changes in licencing laws regarding the presence of dark rooms in bars, aswell as global affect of online apps reducing the ‘need’ for meeting others in bars and restaurants, has led to a decline in the overall number of venues in the last 5 years.
Gone is the Argos, Cockring and the legendary Thermos men’s sauna (the latter due to fire and not being re-opened), as have several of the smaller, less well know locations across the city centre.
Amsterdam however, is still in good hands via new venues such as NZ sauna, Taboo and erstwhiles Spiker Bar, Dirty Dicks and their own Eagle Bar.
NZ was opened some 5 years ago by owners Elard and partner Richard, both longtime strong supporters of the LGBT community and although considerably smaller than Thermos, its friendly team including Alberto and Cheraldo ensure a warm welcome and super service.
The bar is a lovely area and is well stocked, they also provide a varied and popular menu.
Facilities are clean and well maintained and at £21 the entry price includes a drink too.
They have also introduced a 'Gender Fluid’ event (something not heard of before in a male sauna)which has already proved highly popular with the next one due in late January 2019.
The owners have long operated one of Amsterdam’s most famous clubs The Church.
Now 10 years old, it boast busy kinky theme nights Tues- Fri with weekends changing  format on a regular basis.
Beyond these venues, Dirty Dicks, Web and Eagle remain the male only sex clubs they have always been.
Spiker bar ( Manchester owned and operated by Paul),still packs them in with it’s legendary pool table, large bar, screens and upstairs 'facilities.
The team here, includes the helpful and friendly Dennis and caters for a regular clientele 7 days a week.Women are welcome and a healthy Trans customer base is in evidence.

Taboo is relatively new and offers a largely younger crowd DJ’s, rotating screens and operates on 2 levels.The place really buzzes and is frequntly one of the busiest venues in town.
A women’s scene has historically been hard to find, with most Girl gatherings being at private parties/events, but Cafe ’t Mandje (around since 1927) and Saarein fly the flag these days, with the latter forming many years ago as a collective.
Both are intimate and majorly female, with men welcome as guests.
Click here for more https://www.amsterdam.info/gay/lesbian-bars/

Other recommendations include;
Hotel Mozart: Beautifully located just off the Leidseplein and close to the famous American Hotel and several bars/clubs mentioned above.
Saturnino: Long established Italian restaurant just off Leidseplein and close to the famous Flower Market.Again, close to Taboo bar on same street. Gay friendly and always ask for legendary manager/waiter Marcello.
Cafe Kobalt: Lovely, atmospheric bar and brunch venue with friendly, efficient service.Close to Central Station and NZ Sauna. Gay friendly.

Our travel expert Gary Manners has selected a couple of special offers to help you enjoy the delights of this great, LGBT city;

14th March 2019 – 3nts

Manchester / Amsterdam

Blue Mansion Hotel , Amsterdam

Including breakfast baggage and private transfers

Prices from £399 per person

Many other Central Hotel available

Ferry/Coach Sightseeing Visits from Hull to Rotterdam / daily departures

Including Cabin/ Transfer Coaches and up to 8 hours in Amsterdam

Jan/Feb/March 2019 – 2nts prices from £115 per person

Can also extend extra nights in Amsterdam from £50 per person

Contact Gary via T 0161 826 7430 E gary.manners@travelcounsellors.com and remember to ask about his unique benefits for @canalstcard holders too.

Published on - Sat, 12 Jan 2019

Gary takes a look at some beach options this year..

Take a look at our favourite beaches on east and west coasts of the USA, uncover the tiny Greek islands that are perfect for a relaxing getaway and make sure you don’t miss the incredible savings on a gorgeous Caribbean escape in the Sandals’ Big Sale. There are also some fantastic offers to choose from, including an exclusive villa stay in Crete and a short break in the Big Apple.

As always, if you don’t quite find what you’re looking for, get in touch to discuss a tailored experience that will exceed your every expectation.

https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gb/leisure/explore/the-usa-s-best-beaches/

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Published on - Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Digital detox holidays for beginners. Read more about this interesting option..

Do you feel that your eyes are constantly affixed to a screen? Are you glued to Google and smitten with Snapchat? Are your fingers twitching because you haven’t checked your notifications for 10 minutes? Digital detox holidays are becoming increasingly popular among travellers who are looking to swap technology for quality time and escape the stresses of everyday life. Here are some things to think about if you’re considering a digital detox.

What is a digital detox holiday?

Reading this blog is likely to be one of the 2,617 estimated interactions you’ll have with gadgets and gizmos today, according to a study by dscout. That’s over 10,000 uses a week, and whether it’s using a mobile phone, computer or games console, heavy use of technology can be overwhelming.

One way of tackling this modern excess is a digital detox holiday, a way of giving up life’s vices for a short amount of time. This doesn’t have to be cold turkey, it can be blocking out social media for a few days or choosing a real book over Facebook. There are also dedicated trips you can go on where you can leave the electronics at home and go for a tranquil, technology-free retreat.

The benefits

A digital detox adventure can have wide-ranging benefits. It puts you back in control, opening up a new window of opportunity for your brain to adopt new habits and rewire your relationship with your gadgets, forcing you to live in the moment, rather than having your head buried in your phone.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to leave your work behind, with mobiles and laptops being a way of staying connected with your work life while travelling. But a holiday is a time to enjoy a destination, and totally switching off from your work will help you achieve this, reduce stress levels and have a more relaxing time.

Where can you go on a digital detox holiday?

Jurmala, Estonia: The green seaside resort of Jurmala is rich in natural resources and combines pine forests with mineral waters, mud baths, white-sand dunes and beaches. Here, technology isn’t a worry, and your mind can be stimulated with a coastal cycle, the historical charm of its romantic streets or the Jurmala SPA, where you can recharge your batteries.

Skagafjordur, Iceland: Skagafjordur is a sustainable tourism destination, offering a wide variety of activities in beautiful surroundings. Go white-water rafting down foaming glacial rivers, go horse-riding across the dramatic landscapes of northern Iceland, relax in a natural hot spring or enjoy the magic of the Northern Lights.

Healthouse Las Dunas, Spain: Just 20 minutes from Marbella, Healthouse Las Dunas is where your health, wellbeing and comfort are taken care of. Your phone is kept at reception on arrival, and your sea-view accommodation has no television. Your trip will include time in the spa, a consultation with a nutritionist and activities including Nordic walking and windsurfing.

How can you stay tech-free on holiday?

Practice makes perfect: Try practising some detox techniques when you’re at home, such as leaving your phone behind when you go shopping or asking your family to put their phones in a box before you eat.

Manage your updates: Switch off push notifications on your phone and set it to do not disturb, removing the temptation to compulsively check your phone every few minutes.

Throwback Thursday: If you don’t want to go completely off the grid, purchase a phone that doesn’t have the bells and whistles of today’s iPhones and Androids. The reissued Nokia 3310 is an example of a modern phone with few capabilities beyond calling and texting, meaning you can still keep in contact without being distracted by a multitude of apps.

If you want to book a digital detox holiday, contact Gary on 0161 826 7430 to fully dettox .

Remember to ask about the unique benefits for #canalstcard holders

Published on - Fri, 28 Dec 2018

Gary takes a look at Four fantastic sporting holidays for fitness fanatics

Jetting off on holiday doesn’t have to entail lounging around on a beach or by a pool, stuffing your face with as much food and drink as possible or taking it easy. There are plenty of options for those who want to maintain or improve upon their health and wellbeing and going on a sporting holiday is one of the best ways to do it. We’ve selected a variety of our favourite active holidays.

Just two and a half hours from the UK by plane, this region is the perfect place for a short-haul racquet retreat. Quinta do Lago, a famous Algarvian golf resort, caters well to those looking to improve their backhand. There’s also The Campus, a new tennis academy that aims to provide professional-level training to both residents and guests, with tournaments, cardio sessions, dedicated adults’ and kids’ classes and coaching in padel, a fun variant of tennis.

Meanwhile, Pine Cliffs Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, with five floodlit courts – two clay, three hard courts and one padel court – and a wide selection of coaching courses for both adults and children of all ages and skill levels.

“We stayed at the Dunas Douradas Beach Club over the Easter holidays and the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy was only a five-minute drive away, which was great as we could go for a game when it suited. We had perfect weather as it was warm enough to be pleasant, but not so hot that playing would have been uncomfortable.”

Tennis: Algarve, Portugal

Just two and a half hours from the UK by plane, this region is the perfect place for a short-haul racquet retreat. Quinta do Lago, a famous Algarvian golf resort, caters well to those looking to improve their backhand. There’s also The Campus, a new tennis academy that aims to provide professional-level training to both residents and guests, with tournaments, cardio sessions, dedicated adults’ and kids’ classes and coaching in padel, a fun variant of tennis.

Meanwhile, Pine Cliffs Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, with five floodlit courts – two clay, three hard courts and one padel court – and a wide selection of coaching courses for both adults and children of all ages and skill levels.

“We stayed at the Dunas Douradas Beach Club over the Easter holidays and the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy was only a five-minute drive away, which was great as we could go for a game when it suited. We had perfect weather as it was warm enough to be pleasant, but not so hot that playing would have been uncomfortable.”

Golf: Florida, USA

With over 1,200 places to play and stay in Florida, the choice can be overwhelming. This golfing treasure chest’s great year-round weather is a vital component of a great golfing holiday and four major international airports mean that all the state’s courses are no more than a short drive away.

Golfers of all skill levels are catered to, with public and semi-private courses available to play on including the PGA National and TPC Sawgrass. You can also combine your trip with a visit to St Augustine, where the World Golf Hall of Fame is located.

Muay Thai: Phuket, Thailand

A gruelling training camp may not sound like the typical holiday experience, but in the Thai resort of Phuket, the world-renowned Tiger Muay Thai welcomes people from all over the world to learn various martial arts at their destination gym.

While the facility hosts some of the world’s most elite and dominant athletes, they have experiences suitable for all levels of fitness and fight experience, whether you are there for a vacation or you’re a fitness enthusiast

Cycling: Gran Canaria, Spain

Year-round warm temperatures, well-maintained roads and stunning scenery make Gran Canaria one of the world’s best destinations for a cycling holiday.

The island is also used by many professional cyclists during the winter including former World and Olympic champions Fabian Cancellara, who says: “There is nowhere better in Europe for a winter cycling training holiday than beautiful and versatile Gran Canaria.” The Gran Canaria Cycling Festival also takes place in December each year and provides an excellent chance to get some winter sunshine and take part in a fun and fast cycling event.

If you would like to book your sporting break, contact Gary Manners 0161 826 7430 -  your Travel Counsellor https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Published on - Wed, 19 Dec 2018