About Me

I’m Roy: thank you for reading my page. I live near York, with my wife, daughter, her partner and our grandson, not to mention three cats – one of whom is a bit mad – and a whippet! I very wide range of interests which – unsurprisingly – include travel.

I may well be the oldest working travel agent in the country, having joined BOAC (now British Airways) when I was 18, way back in 1960! But I’m very fit for my age and retain a youthful enthusiasm for giving the best, impartial advice and making the finest possible arrangements for my clients. I’ve worked for airlines and tour operators, as well as travel agencies, and am delighted to be part of the team at Designer Travel where I have the opportunity to do what I love doing on a daily basis: booking flights and holidays.

Needless to say, I have acquired an enormous amount of knowledge about many destinations, over the years, and I look forward to sharing that with you. My main areas of expertise are the Indian subcontinent – over 40 trips – and the Far East, where I have visited almost every major country at least once (and Thailand a lot more) over 20 trips all told. In November 2015, I visited Kenya and now have personal knowledge of wonderful game lodges in Masai Mara National Park and some of the superb beach resorts on the coast.

Nearer to home, I”m a great enthusiast for Italy and Greece (where my photo was taken) and the Portuguese island of Madeira. I’m also more than competent at putting carefully made itineraries together for Australia/N Z, South Africa, North and South America.

Like everyone at Designer Travel, I make a special point of finding out as much as I can about your travel preferences (along with the sometimes less obvious dislikes) to ensure that you enjoy your perfect journey and travel experience.

I look forward to hearing from you.

My Articles

Kenya Blog Part 1, London...

One of the extraordinary privileges of being in the travel business is that, occasionally, you get to go to amazing places as guests of tour operators, airlines and tourist boards, with other travel agents. Being of an older persuasion, I had reached the stage of not expecting to go on...

One Night in Bangkok and…!

You exit from the Sala Daeng Sky Train station and, with the Central Department Store behind you, cross the bridge, turn left down the stairs then walk along Silom Road, until you come to one end of Patpong and the world famous Night Market. Alternatively, as they are not expensive...

Time Travel in Sri Lanka

After a couple of days in Colombo, Sri Lanka's pleasant capital, we visited the ancient Buddhist sites at Anuradhapura (staying in a wonderful old colonial guest house) and Polonnaruwa, as well as the Elephant Orphange at Pinnawala, the wonderful Botanical gardens at Perideniya, before arriving at the hill town of...

My Testimonials

An amazing trip was planned...

Fully recommend you Roy, an amazing trip was planned for us last year by you.  😄felt spoilt from the minute we arrived at the airport. Everything we asked for was executed to the highest level of detail letting us really chill and enjoy our holiday.

Budapest trip

Our Budapest trip was fabulous, both hotels excellent but the Prestige Hotel really took the biscuit!  Absolutely gorgeous - and full service. Wish we would have booked all nights there!!!!  Everything went smoothly, so thanks very much for your help in sorting it all!

It was down to you...

It was down to you that we had such wonderful time!!!!! Thank you for introducing us to this lovely lovely island! My husband is quite hooked!!! We loved Villa Stathis the village of Vamos! Everything!! This year we would like a property with a seaview so we can see some sunsets....

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