Renato Fantoni from HPS Hotels is writing a travel guide and is calling for members of the travel trade to share their advice, stories and checklists to help simplify the planning process and deal with the unexpected.
Fantoni said: "How to Travel will be a travel guide with colourful snapshot descriptions plus expert tips and checklists to make organising a piece of cake.
I’ve worked in tourism for over 25 years and have visited some fantastic locations. I’ve also been to some unpleasant places and looking back, those experiences are equally as valuable because having ‘survived’ them I believe that experiencing the world is a greater achievement than enjoying it in luxury.
"From when I began as a porter in a London hotel and a colleague told me ‘All the big places are small, understand them and you’ll own them’ to when, as a tour guide I lost a bus load of holidaymakers in Pompeii after collapsing having twisted my ankle in the amphitheatre, travel has always been there. The allure is that journeys are a step towards what’s mysterious and unknown. A conversation to eavesdrop, an obscure corner to turn or the locals’ bar, all offer little to lose and much to gain. Walls can talk if you listen hard enough and it doesn’t matter where you go, so long as it is ‘away from here’.
"How To Travel will explore both the creativity of travel and confront the paradox that as we anticipate a journey we can also find it daunting. This in turn makes us anxious and it dilutes our adventurous spirit."
Members of the travel industry interested who are interested in contributing should email firstname.lastname@example.org