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Mar 2017

Milton Executive Cars, does Red Nose Day!

Diane is Dr.Nose, Kat is Snuffles, Claire is Norse Nose and Gabrielle is Nose-It-All……. Gosh, they’re almost like fortune cookies! so fitting ;). Have a great day of fundraising everyone!

Feb 2017

Milton Executive Cars, Finalist in the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards

Milton Executive Cars are proud to announce we have been selected as finalists across all three categories in the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards. A huge thank you to all our wonderful drivers and the team behind the scenes in the office. You all made this possible and should be very proud of your hard work.

Jan 2017

Milton Executive Cars to help Young Carer achieve their dreams

In support of Young Carers Awareness Day we have decided to sponsor one Young Carer for 12 months in a way that helps them reach their dreams or potential. If you would like to get involved or would like more information on how to apply, please email gabrielle@miltonexecutivecars.com. Please note the deadline for applications is Feb 10th 2017.

Dec 2016

Joining together with Ely Foodbank throughout December

Our staff have pulled together this Christmas, in partnership with Ely Foodbank to ensure no one goes hungry. Not only are we offering many hampers of food/drinks but we are also donating our time and vehicles to ensure that even those that usually struggle with transportation can access this fantastic service.

Read the Ely Standard article here...

Charity donation to Home-Start, Cambridgeshire

Our office ladies have been out and bought wonderful gifts to donate to Home-Start Cambridgeshire. This will contribute to the Christmas presents they give to the many families they support. If you would like to donate some gifts, please contact your local Home-Start branch.

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Oct 2016

Halloween

Happy Halloween from our office team, and a big welcome to our newest member Kathryn. Kathryn has joined our growing office to take over the logistical booking process and she looks forward to making all your journeys run smoothly.

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Milton Executive Cars is also pleased to announce our new services, these include free WIFI in all vehicles, multi-lingual drivers and close protection upon request. For all your transfer and chauffeur services, contact us and guarantee the best service at a competitive price.

Sept 2016

Seychelles in September

It might sound like a cliché, but the Seychelles are just about as close to paradise as you can get. Once you’ve felt Seychelles sand between your toes, any other beach holiday won’t ever compare.
They’re made up of 115 tropical islands in total and are a destination where white, sandy beaches are as pure as snow and frothy turquoise waters harbour colourful coral reefs and bountiful marine life. The secret coves allow you to have your own Robinson Crusoe moments with only the birds and tortoises for company.
The weather is one of the many things that makes the Seychelles such a special destination any time of year.
The average temperature is 27°C, and it rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C so it’s never too hot and almost always perfect weather for the beach.
Of course, it does rain – like anywhere in the tropics, but showers are usually brief, lasting just a couple of hours, and are often localised to one island or even just one part of an island.
During the year the driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather in November, December and January – but even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.
Given the Seychelles’ year round good weather, the shortest answer to ‘when is the best time to visit’ is ‘as soon you can’! With wonderful weather all year round, glorious warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies, there’s no bad time to be there.
Mahé is the biggest and the busiest of the islands, but it has its fair share of secluded bays, which are accessible only by yacht, motorboat or on foot. Together with its sister islands Praslin and La Digue, it attracts the lion’s share of tourists.
However, more adventurous travellers may prefer to take a flying boat to more remote islands such as Fregate or Bird Island and enjoy secluded beaches all to themselves. These islands are especially popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers, due to their abundance of wildlife.
The absence of people on many of the islands means that rare plant life has thrived on this Indian Ocean archipelago. Tropical life abounds below the waves, too. This is best viewed by going scuba diving or snorkelling, experiences which are made all the more memorable thanks to the crystalline seas.
It’s not all about nature, though. The Seychelles are a variable melting pot of cultures: its inhabitants descend from African, Asian and European immigrants, who have brought their customs and traditions with them to the islands. This mix is particularly pleasing on the palate thanks to the archipelago’s fabulous fusion food.
The Seychelles sure is a seductive destination, and one that’s guaranteed to whet your appetite for a return trip.

Aug 2016

Africa in August?

Visiting Africa in August? Well between May and October Africa has its dry season, with the weather getting hotter towards the end of the season. Although Africa’s hottest months are in through October to April, August days are warm clear and sunny. With 100’s of places of visit in Africa you can find any holiday that suits you best.
If you’re looking for a sunny beach holiday then the east coast of Africa with tropical islands is your best bet. If fresh water is your thing, visiting Lake Malawi is the perfect place, with opportunities for snorkelers and divers to see the amazing Rift Valley and enjoy many of the other water sports available. You’ll find many different lodges which offer a range of water activities to help and guide you whether you are an experienced diver or just a beginner. It’s also a great place if you enjoy fishing, if you’re not up for any activities, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the views!
Alternatively the beach holidays of Namibia aren’t your typical beach holiday. With bitterly cold water and the weather being often chilly and sometimes even foggy, this isn’t your place for sunbathing and getting a tan. However! In Africa’s dry season animals congregate at waterholes and vegetation is sparse which means that it’s so much easier to see wildlife. This makes Namibia an excellent place to start if a sightseeing holiday is what you’re after.
The sandy beaches, clear water and scenic views of the Kenyan cost offer the perfect place to relax and put your feet up right before or right after a safari. Just like Lake Malawi, there are tons of opportunities for activities both in and out of the water, whatever takes your fancy! Tanzania also offers some of Africa’s best beaches ranging from inexpensive and more budget friendly locations and resorts, to very high quality luxury holidays- so you can afford to visit Africa no matter what kind of holiday you’re after. In addition to these the coastlines and the islands of Mozambique are also well known for their amazing beach holiday and Zanzibar cannot be forgotten with its endless stretches of white beaches and crystal clear waters.
You’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing to visit Africa, with many countries and many opportunities for different types of holidays, whatever appeals to you more!
Health
During august the risk of malaria is at its lowest however it’s still important to take all the necessary steps to avoid getting ill abroad. It is recommended that you talk to your GP 6-8 weeks before traveling to get the best advice for your travels. Taking precautions are essential and you are often given medicine to take before and during your holiday. Take extra precautions by covering up around sunset and using insect repellent.
Travel Tips
The currency in varies in different contraries in Africa. The places mentioned above use currencies such as the Kenyan shilling, the Malawian kwacha, the Namibian dollar and the Mozambican metical.
Flying to African countries can be expensive but there are ways to save by booking mid-week flights and in advance. Using European airlines such as Air France or British Airway or Ethiopia airlines will help you find good and well-priced flights
There is no dominant language in Africa, but if you are visiting west or central Africa French is widely used and understood, English is also understood in many countries. If you are unsure its best to have a backup language such as French, allowing you to use French phrases that residents will understand.
It’s important to check you are not traveling with any prohibited items to and from Africa, with the risk some pretty hefty penalties or even jail time for serious offences. Products such as animal products are banned, especially those from endangered species. Double check that any medication you have brought aboard is allowed to travel back with you, certain drugs such as diphenhydramine are considered a ‘controlled substance’ in Africa although legal in the UK and USA

July 2016

Jamaica for July?

Perhaps not! Because apparently the best time to visit Jamaica is when the weather is at its worst and coldest in the UK, between December and April. In Jamaica, this is the driest season. However, this also means that prices are at their highest this time of year, so some might want to consider the shoulder season, which takes us right up until July! Hotel prices go down by as much as a third during this season and the weather is much the same. The summer months are extremely hot, and the incredible humidity is something most of us won’t have experienced before and won’t find terribly comfortable. And you’ll definitely want to avoid September and October as there’s a high risk of hurricanes during this time. November is rainy season, so you might want to side step that one too!

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Jamaica is the most captivating, most compelling and the liveliest island in the English-speaking Caribbean. And in my opinion, it’s among the most beautiful too. It’s got the beaches and the hotels, but it also has culture in its history, art and of course its music, which gives it more depth. The Caribbean experience is stronger here than any of the other islands – Jamaica takes familiar strains from around the Caribbean and amplifies them.
The island is exceptionally beautiful, so switch on Irie FM (105.5 and 107.7) and listen to some easy reggae as the countryside gently passes by you.

What you should know before you go

  •  Flight time – London to Jamaica takes between nine and 10 hours.
  •  Currency – The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar, or ‘J’, which floats on the international exchange. However, many people use the US dollar (hotel bills are quoted in this currency). You should check the rate and make the calculations to see what exchange rate you are being offered.
  • Foreign Office Advice – The British High Commission is in New Kingston at 28 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.
  • Emergency numbers/contacts – Ambulance and Fire: 110 Police: 119
  • The international dialling code for Jamaica from the UK is 00 1 876
  • There are accident and emergency departments in the hospitals in the main towns. For medical emergencies your first point of call should be your hotel reception.

Local laws and etiquette

Personal safety is an issue on several islands around the Caribbean. Never leave valuables unattended on the beach or in the car. Do not walk in the remote areas of the main towns or on remote beaches, particularly at night. If in doubt ask advice from your hotel reception. For the most part, the Jamaicans are charming and if you stop to ask them advice or directions they are delighted to help. However, you should be careful if you are approached and consider what you would do at home if approached by someone you didn’t know. Act in a similar manner. There is detailed advice on personal security on the gov.uk website. Currently there are no recommended restrictions on travel to Jamaica.

 

June 2016

Jaipur for June?

The Indian state of Rajasthan is known as the land of the royals and is a truly beautiful tourist destination. The capital city of the region is Jaipur, it is home to stunning architecture and rich history in the form of its incredible ancient palaces and forts.

Amber Fort

Take a drive out of the city to this 16th-century fort which sits on top of a hill looking over Maota Lake. This fort was once the home of the Rajasthani royalty as the yellow and pink sandstone building is mainly a royal palace, they resided there until the construction of Jaipur began. You can make your way up to the palace either on foot, by jeep or take an elephant ride up the hill, keep in mind that demand for elephant rides are high and are only available until 11:30am so make sure you get there early!

“Hawa Mahal” Palace of the Winds

This palace was constructed in 1799 and is most probably the most iconic and recognised building in the whole of Jaipur. Its pink sandstone colour contributes to the naming of the Old City as the ‘Pink City’ as this colour is quite prominent throughout the area. The palace received the name ‘Palace of the Winds’ because the number of small windows that spanned the palace’s 5-floor façade once allowed the wind to flow through, however, most of the windows and openings have now been sealed shut.

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Monkey Temple

This Hindu temple can be found situated in between 2 granite cliffs and is part of a larger temple complex with sacred pools. This pool, in particular, has been taken over by thousands of monkeys who now bathe and relax there, the monkeys generally love to be fed and are usually friendly. If you decide to visit be aware that there are unfortunately people in the area who pretend to be priests to coerce money from tourists, so don’t be fooled. All it takes to get to this interesting temple is a rickshaw to the eastern side of the city and a walk up the hill to the white Sun Temple.

 

May 2016

Top Solo Travelling Tips 

Being single shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on travelling abroad, more and more people have decided to become a solo traveller enjoying their own schedule and indulging in their own interests. So, if you are planning a solo trip then here are our top 5 tips for the independent traveller:

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  1. Download apps

Before you visit a country, it’s important to research their culture, language and currency, but by downloading useful apps on your phone before you go such as GPS, a language translator, a travel guide and a currency converter you’ll be able to translate when you are out and about.

  1. Staying in contact

Skype and WhatsApp are both totally free social tools that will allow you to stay in contact with your friends and family whilst you’re away from home – just make sure you have access to the internet!

  1. Trust your gut

If a situation doesn’t feel right then get up and leave, you instincts are normally right, so don’t ignore them!

  1. Embrace dining alone

Whether you like the idea or not, you have to eat, and dining alone is something that gets easier over time. Try and pick places that are local, were the waiters will help you order and they may even have communal tables. Remember to take a book with you to avoid feeling too lonely, it will also display the message that ‘I’m eating alone’ meaning people are more likely to come and talk to you!

  1. Book organised tours

By booking onto a tour group you’ll be able to enjoy the company of others for a couple of hours, letting someone else worry about the details.

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April 2016

Let’s Go Airbnb in April?

Airbnb offer some of the most unique holiday rentals, from deserted islands to tree top cabins, there really is accommodation to suit everyone. Although the company started as just a cheap accommodation alternative to hotels, it has soon become the place to find one-of-a-kind places to stay.  Take a look at our top 3 accommodation picks around the world!

1. The Modern Lakeside Cabin, Akureyri, Iceland

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Stay at the idyllic cabin for just £83 per night. Book here.

2. Cubehouse,Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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You can stay the night at this unique cubehouse for £112 per night. Book here

3. Casa Arbol, San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua

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You can wake up to this jungle view for just £135 per night! Book here.

All images sourced from www.airbnb.com

 

March 2016

Morocco for March?

With temperatures staring around 18 degrees, soaring up to around 25 degrees, Morocco could be the answers for many of you who would like a bit of sunshine over the Easter break. From tall mountains, miles of sweeping desert, rugged coastline to ancient medina cities and souqs, this country offers most of the most-diverse activity list that any intrepid traveller would dream of.

Marrakesh

When visiting the capital city Marrakesh you must visit the Menara gardens. Take a calèche ride from the Djemaa-El-Fnaa towards the west of the city, you’ll see the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. There is an artificial lake which surrounds the gardens, growing an assortment of fruit and olives. After all the hustle and bustle if Medina, why not visit one of the Djemaa-El-Fnaa’s roof-top cafés and sip on a cup of sweet Moroccan mint-tea as you inhale the powerful aromas wafting from the food market below – a true Moroccan experience! The Bahia Palace is an architectural wonder, formed in the nineteenth century, this palace is a perfect example of Arab and Islamic traditional styles. Elaborately painted ceilings, stained glass windows and colourful floor tiles flow thorough the palace so make sure you pack your camera! The entrance fees is 30 Moroccan dirhams (which is approximately only £2!)

Experience the Sahara

Staying in Marrakesh will you allow you to experience the best of both worlds! From the city you can take a day trip to explore the Sahara, or why not spend a few nights? By day you can explore the dunes by camel, dune buggy or 4×4 and by night you can set up bedouin tents, tipis or even opt to stay in a luxury tent where you can experience a BBQ under the stars.

Fez Medina

The Fez Medina is the ultimate shopping experience, but the only way to experience this intense maze of stalls is to plunge in head first. This adventure will show you the medieval world of hidden squares, enormous studded doors and colours souqs. If you do get lost then either pay a local guide to show you the way or just follow the flow of people to take you back to the main zone.

Have you been to Morocco? What are your must-see activities? Tweet us @MiltonExecCars

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February 2016

Finland for February?

Finland has lots to offer, especially if you’re looking to snap up a romantic break this Valentine’s Day (hint hint!), the capital Helsinki offers a range of boutique spas, hotels, museums, shopping and Michelin star restaurants to make that weekend break extra special. With February being a winter month in Finland, you will get the opportunity to stay in an ice igloo, rent snowmobiles, go for a husky dogsledding, chase the Northern Lights and even have a go at reindeer sledding. If you fancy an authentic stay, then we would recommend hiring a log cabin with a real fire, there is nothing more romantic than an evening spent in front of a roaring fire. The city also has a timeless nautical character, with its location on the Baltic Sea offering views of the bay filled with boats and dozens of tiny islands. There’s a cosmopolitan side to Helsinki too, with remarkable architecture, street art and cocktail bars for as far as the eye can see.

Out and about

If you aren’t the adventure type, then why not take the chance to explore Helsinki, book a ticket to visit the Temppeliaukio Kirkko, also known as the Rock Church! The church was designed by architects in 1969, the church itself is built directly into the solid rock and is bathed in natural light which enters through the skylight around the copper dome roof. If you’re a history buff, then you can’t miss visiting the Fortress of Suomenlinna, often referred to as the ‘Castle of Finland’, there is no entry fee but you may need to pay a small fee for a ferry ride over to the island. On the UNESCO World Heritage site, there is a church, theatre, tea room, galleries and over 6 onsite museums – so plenty to keep you busy for the day!

 Have you visited Finland or are planning too? Let us know what your trip highlights were! Tweet us @MiltonExecCars

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January 2016

Jersey for January?

If cold, crisp, sunny walks amongst historical heritage is your thing then you’ll love Jersey. The island lies in the Bay of Mont St Michel, and is the largest of the Channel Islands, which has been floating for over 8,000 years, so it’s full of historical quirks to explore.

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Here lies a Neolithic burial mound that dates back over 5,500 years, the tomb is steeped in history and has been excavated so you can visit the passage grave itself. Two chapels sit on top of the mounds, located between geology and archaeology galleries. Allow half a day to explore this

Mount Orgueil Castle
The castle was built in the 13th century and since then the castle has protected Jersey from French invasion. Visit the castle and explore the spiral staircases, sky high towers and secret rooms in the turrets. This day out is interactive and great for all ages, just make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you would expect, as the ground is quite uneven. Bathed in sunshine and with 360-degree views of Jersey, crashing blue waves and the nearby French coast (only 29km away), the ramparts of Mont Orgueil are a wonderful place to sit quietly and enjoy the view.

The War Tunnels
The Jersey War Tunnels were built in 1941, originally used as artillery barrack and ammunition stores. However, later in the decade they were converted into a bomb-proof casualty station on the island. You can explore these tunnels nearly all year round, depending on the weather, make sure you check with the museum directly to check opening times and entrance fees.

Where to stay
From 5 star hotels to glamping in the countryside, this country really does a bit of everything, so depending on your needs you’ll be able to find the right place. For those who just fancy a weekend away, Jersey is an ideal destination, with close links to Britain and Northern Europe, the island is only a short plane ride away, with flights from as little as £28! So really, there’s no excuse not to book yourself a little weekend, grab your tickets and go and explore!

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December 2015

Dominican Republic for December?

The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation, and offers year-round sun, sand, sea, cocktails and relaxation. With average temperatures of 28°C in December, you can pack your bikini and explore the full spectrum of beaches, lagoons and waterfalls.

Should you ever get bored of sipping cocktails (if you can?) by the pool or swimming in the clear Caribbean waters, there are many day trips worthy of your time and money. The islands of Catalina and Saona are well served by boat charters and both offer postcard-perfect beaches. Take a boat trip to Gri Gri Lagoon and a cable car will whisk you to the top of Mount Isabel del Torres to see the beautiful scenery at the top – see how many islands you can spot! Don’t panic, if you are the adventure type who will easily get bored on a beach holiday then there are plenty of opportunities for white-water rafting, canoeing and rock climbing around the Dominican Republic too.

Celebrate Christmas

Dip your toes in the warm waters of the Dominican Republic this December without spending your life savings! Cost is one of the major advantages when considering December travel to the Dominican Republic. Not only are flights and hotels cheaper but airport transfers are also lower in price too, so why not take advantage? Going away for Christmas can seem like an alien adventure, but there are plenty of churches which hold midnight mass, and most if the all-inclusive resorts offer Christmas and New Year dinners, where you can experience extra special dining (don’t worry, turkey will be on offer too!) to really get you into the Christmas spirit. Are you experiencing an alternative Christmas holiday this year? If so tell us where you’re going to!

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November 2015

Nepal for November?

This month the spotlight is shining on the country of Nepal. It is unquestionably one of the world’s most alluring countries for the adventurous traveller, whether you like trekking up mountains, walking around cobbled streets or seeing some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet – this place is for you. November and December are ideal times to visit the country, with the monsoon season having just finished, the lush-green countryside is at its peak and clear skies are ready for climbing. Here are just some of the top things to do in Nepal:

Gokyo Lakes

Treks in and around the Gokyo Lakes provide a truly memorable experience, with views of Mt Everest and the beautiful alpine camp-sites, these spectacular panoramas are not to be missed. From day trips to week long expeditions, you can be really flexible with how long you want to spend exploring here.

The Garden of Dreams

The beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha is one of the most serene areas in central Thamel, with dozens of gardens, fountains and ponds, you can spend most of the afternoon exploring the 1.6 hectares of beautiful landscape, why not bring a picnic and a book and get lost in the beauty of the tranquil gardens.

Reach the dizzy heights of Everest Base Camp

You can’t visit Nepal, without seeing Mount Everest. Not everyone can climb all the way to the top of almighty Everest, but the next best achievement is reaching Everest Base Camp. Get a glimpse of the Gokyo Lake and Kala Patter along the trek, which provide magnificent photo opportunities of Everest and views reaching as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000m peak Cho Oyu to the north. It is truly an unforgettable experience and well worth the effort, time and money.

So, what are you waiting for?

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October 2015

Orlando for October

You can say Orlando without thinking about The Walt Disney World Resort. Offering attractions, shows, dining and shopping on land twice the size of Manhattan. First time visitors usually underestimate how truly massive it really is.
It’s the quintessential American holiday and an experience like no other. And with Universal Studios, Sea World and Busch Gardens Tampa, there’s more than enough to keep you busy.

But there’s more to Orlando than theme parks, especially if you want to experience life as a local.
Cocoa Beach is only a 45-minute drive from the city on the Atlantic Coast. Free parking is available at Ron Jon Surf Shop. While you’re there, you can go skydiving at Sky Dive Space Centre, one of the highest drops in the world at 18,000 feet.

“Old Florida” is a term that is used to describe Florida in the 1950’s, before the theme parks arrived. Roadside Americana reigned supreme. Few attractions still remain today, but the ones that do are some of the best.

Gatorland is the Alligator Capitol of the World. Adventurous types can zip line over a pool of hungry gators. If you’re up for a drive, Weeki Wachee Springs gives you the chance to see real life mermaids.

For the astronaut in you, the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor’s Complex gives you a glimpse into America’s Space Program. Be sure to sign up for the guided tour which takes you all around the facility and in the near future, one of the retired space shuttles will be on display.

At night, check out the Silver Moon Drive-In, one of the few remaining Drive-In Movie Theatres around. For $4 per person you get a double-feature of first-run films from the comfort of your car.

For a slower change of pace, visit Mount Dora, a charming town north of Orlando. They are known for their annual craft festivals each year and locally-owned shops. You’ll be sure to find a friend here.

At the centre of the city is Lake Eola, a nearly one-mile (1.9km) lake that is the focal point of the city. At night, the iconic fountain is lit up in a rainbow of colours and on select night, a fountain show synchronized to music will play.
You can almost guarantee that when the rest of the country (and the world for that matter) are bundling up to keep warm, Orlando is experiencing sunshine and perfect weather all year round.

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September 2015

Sweden For September?

As we head into winter, many of us will start to be planning city breaks for the pre-Christmas period. Your summer holiday seems so long ago now, your feet are itching to travel somewhere new, and where better to take a few days out than Sweden? A city break is a great way to get away from the pressures of everyday life and discover somewhere new. There are many excellent European destinations, and Sweden is up there with the best!

Stockholm

The capital and cultural centre is the uber-trendy Stockholm. You don’t get much cooler than this city, if you’re a fan of fashion, arts, cute cafes and history then this is the destination for you. It’s best to try and stay for at least 3 nights in order to soak up as much as the city’s atmosphere as possible. You’ll soon be drawn into the minimalist vibes the Swedes have to offer, and shopping is an absolute must as you’ll discover some of the city’s gems, after all they created H&M! Stockholm at Christmas is a particularly lovely time to visit, with traditional Christmas markets lining the city streets. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Stockholm at New Year’s Eve you can witness an explosion of fireworks over the city skies.

Gothenburg

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and is renowned for its world-class food! You’ll be spoilt for choice with restaurants, cafes and street food options. If you’re a foodie then this is the place for you. This city is also bustling with culture and there are plenty of things to do to keep you occupied in-between dining! There are endless art galleries and museums for cultural types, and for those that need their dose of retail therapy, the shops certainly won’t disappoint! Why not end your visit with a relaxing trip to a Swedish spa? Gothenburg has many, and the Arken Hotel & Garden spa is situated with a particularly stunning ocean view.

It’s also worth noting that you can get a train from Stockholm to Gothenburg relatively cheaply, with a single ticket starting at around £25. It takes three-four hours but you’ll get to see some stunning views as you journey from one side of Sweden to the other.

Malmo

If you want to shop until you drop then Malmo might just be the place for you, home to ‘Emporia’ one of the biggest shopping malls in the Nordic region! There’s plenty of stunning architecture, museums, parks and restaurants to keep you going in Sweden’s third largest city. Don’t miss the Orseund Bridge if you’re visiting, it’s a 15 minute drive from the city centre and a structural masterpiece connecting Sweden to Denmark.

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You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting Sweden! This country has so much to offer in terms of culture so make sure you soak it all up and have a wonderful time!

July 2015

Jordan For July?

Although the Middle East isn’t always presumed as the safest place to visit, Jordan is on friendly terms with everyone that surrounds them, making it one of the safest destination to travel to in the Middle East. It is often a misconception to where Jordan is actually located, however it borders Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Israel. The weather is a guaranteed luxury at this time of year, with soaring heat of about 35 degrees – hot enough for you sun tan lovers? Well apart from the lovely weather, here are just some of the plenty reasons why you should take a trip to Jordan this July:

World Class Cuisine

If you like Mediterranean food, then you will love Jordan; olives, falafel and hummus are their speciality! If you do visit then make sure you don’t miss out on their national dish of rice and lamb, covered in yoghurt sauce, called mansef. As it is a communal eating experience, you are supposed to eat the meal with your hands, but once you have the hang of rolling the rice, lamb and sauce together into a bite sized piece, it does become quite an addicting meal.

The Dead Sea

Everyone has heard of the Dead Sea, but how many of us have actually been in it? The Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water on Earth and it is also the lowest point on Earth, not to mention the fact that because of the high salt content – you actually float in the water! There is so much salt in the water that nothing can actually live in the water itself, hence the name, the Dead Sea.

Petra

We couldn’t write about Jordan and not mention Petra really, it is one of the best reasons to visit Jordan. Have you seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Well this incredible city was carved out more than a thousand years ago from the red stone of the Desert Mountains. It was built by the Nabateans in the 1st century BC and the city is still a magnificent sight today. You have the opportunity

You can do a Petra by night tour, were there are hundreds of candles illuminating the mile long trail through the Siq area. This is a canyon that connects the city of Petra with the outside world. It is a famous walk and no wonder why, you can walk over the ancient cobblestones and see the curved rock valley up close and personal. If you look close enough you’ll actually see traces of ancient water channels used by the Nabateans to provide the city with fresh water.

So what are you waiting for? Go and jump on a plane, and explore Jordan!

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June 2015

Japan For June?

June may be the rainy season in Japan but don’t let that stop you, this beautiful country will be much quieter with short sharp showers, but don’t panic, it will still be mid 20 degrees and very humid! Tokyo nightlife doesn’t lose and momentum and the other positive aspect of visiting Japan in June is that it’s a low season for travel and prices are amongst the lowest of the year. Not to mention the fact that Japanese school children are still in school term and attractions aren’t nearly as busy as at the height of summer. So grab an umbrella and come and explore, here are the top events that are being held this June:

1. Yosakoi Soran Festival

From June 10 to June 14 in Sapporo, the Yosakoi Soran Festival is a dance festival presenting over 300 teams and 30,000 dancers. Although most of the teams who enter are university and college teams, they come from all over Japan and come to perform, so you won’t be short of entertainment! Also, don’t worry too much about the weather because Sapporo is on the northern island of Hokkaido, so they don’t have a rainy season, it will still be very hot here, stay here for a few days to explore the sites and top up your tan.

2. Hokkaido Shrine Festival

A standard Japanese festival with mikoshi, a float parade and festival food. Northern cities have a special enthusiasm for spring and the locals jump at a chance to put on yukata and spend time outside in June. The festival attracts over 1 million people, representing about half the population of the city – it is really a special celebration of culture that cannot be missed.

3. Sanno Festival

This runs from the June 7 to June 17 in the heart of Tokyo, the parade spans a whopping 25 kilometres through the central streets. With street food, dancing, shows and drinking, this great festival is world famous!

Oh and whilst you’re there…don’t forget to visit The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, The Himeji Castle (it considered to be the best Japanese castle because of its amazing architecture!), the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and of course, who can go to Japan and not see Mount Fuji? We just know that you are going to love Japan.

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May 2015

Mexico For May?

With an average temperature of 27°C throughout May, with peaks of 31°C…who could refuse? You might think you know Cancun – 14 miles of pristine white beaches with crystal clear waters and late nights sipping on the perfect Blue Lagoon, heaven right?

Mexico not only receives the near perfect weather, the natural environment and easy access from most airports. Cancun is one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico as it offers so much variety! It once was a tiny fishing village has now bloomed into a popular tropical paradise loved by many.

1. Cancun can offer nearly 15 miles of pristine white beaches, local bars, restaurants and shops for both the day time explorers and night time relaxers.

2. Cancun is world renowned for its wild party night life, with some of the world top clubs right on the door step. It is isn’t all party, with many visitors happy with an evening stroll down the promenade dipping there toes into the cold water, or gambling it all away in a local casino.

3. Incredible food – from fast-food diners to fine dining establishments that serve gourmet cuisine, there really is something for everyone. Make sure you try some of the traditional Mexican food they serve, but be prepared for the spice, as they don’t tend to keep it cool over there!

4. Tequila! It is of course the drink of Mexico and you’ll find it flowing freely in every bar in Cancun. So grab the salt and lime and dance the night away.

5. What to see some of the history whilst your there too? Then make sure you book yourself on a day trip to see the ancient ruins of Mayan, these sites date back to thousands years old, they really are a must see on the trip check-list.

Action and Adventure

If you are a sports fanatic then don’t worry, there is plenty for you too! If lying on a beach relaxing isn’t your thing then about golf, snorkelling, scuba diving, sport fishing and even jungle tours! This holiday destination really has plenty to offer, the only issues is perhaps you won’t have time to explore it all!

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April 2015

Argentina For April?

Fancy a mid-year get away? Well I don’t know about you but I’d never thought of Argentina as a holiday destination before a friend recently went. With an average temperature around 20 degrees in April, it’s got the sun and the city factor. So where to go and what to visit? I’ve rounded up the very best that Argentina has to offer – from fishing, to dancing, mountaineering, skiing, clubbing and architecture!

Out and about

With the Andes stretching nearly the whole length of Argentina’s western edge, this incredible mountain range offers high deserts, picturesque lakes, adventurous hiking routes as well as the continent’s highest peak, Cerro Aconcagua. There are great adventures for hiking and even the avid climber. The beauty that can be found in breath-taking and you can pick and choose where in Argentina to see them depending on your tastes.

Now we have all heard of Nigeria Falls, but how many of you have heard of the Iguazu Falls? (I know I hadn’t!) Niagara Falls is very popular in the states and heavily publicized around the world but they do not compare to the Iguazu Falls. There are a whopping 275 waterfalls throughout the national park protected by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay – the trip is a whole day visit so make sure you pack your hiking boots and the rain mack!

Top tips:

– Try their beef! You must try Argentina’s most famous food. Now it can be a bit confusing when you look at the menu but here a quick guide on what to order:

• bife de chorizo – sirloin; a thick, juicy and popular cut – if nothing else try to remember this prime cut!
• bife de costilla – T-bone; a cut close to the bone
• bife de lomo – tenderloin; it tends to be thinly cut and very tender
• cuadril – rump steak; often a thin cut

– To Tango! Go on, give it a try – this sexy dance is guaranteed to get you all hot under the collar! For a truly unique outdoor dance experience, then head down to the bandstand at the Barrancas de Belgrano Park in Buenos Aires, the dancing takes place on Sunday evenings at around 8pm (and free tango lessons are given earlier in the evening!)

Enjoy this wonderful country, it has so much to see and do, try their cuisine and immerse yourself in their culture!

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March 2015

Malta For March?

Now Malta isn’t exactly the traditional place to go for a city break…however, don’t let that put you off, there really is plenty to see and do in this beautiful city, whether you want to top up your tan for the weekend or take in some culture and really explore the city.

Be a Beach Bum

Forget miles of sand… Malta’s beaches are famous for producing golden sand in cosy inlets and bays, for that intimate and secluded feel. I’d recommend beach-hopping! Most of the sandy beaches are to be found at the north of the island. Try Mellieha Bay, with its shallow waters its ideal for families, and the cosy Paradise Bay overlooking Gozo. Malta’s rocky beaches are also worth exploring and ideal for snorkelling. We particularly like St Peter’s Pool which is located a bit further south of the island, providing the most inviting water imaginable.

The Blue Lagoon

Yes The Blue Lagoon is in Malta, I’m not lying! It is in fact Comino’s biggest attraction, it is a sheltered cove between the western end of the island and the uninhabited islet of Cominotto. It’s incredibly beautiful and inviting white-sandy seabed and clear waters. The blue is so intense it’s as said to be picture perfect. The southern end of the lagoon is roped off to keep boats out; there is top-notch swimming and snorkelling here, plus you can swim over to Cominotto – don’t forget to stop for an ice-cream in a nearby beach bar and then your adventure is almost complete! Take care in the unrelenting summer heat – there is no shade here, and most sunbathing is done on the exposed rocky ledges surrounding the cove.

Fancy trying a taste of Malta? Well then you must visit Marsaxlokk’s colourful Sunday Fish Market, you can admire the riches of the Med before they’re whisked off to Malta’s top hotels and restaurants (rest assured: you’ll find the tourist tat here, too). The market starts early in the morning and the best stuff is long gone by afternoon, go don’t wait around.

Soak in the Culture

Still not enough culture for you? Well then try this…

St John’s Co-Cathedral, it is by far Malta’s most impressive church and dates from 1573 – it housed the Knights of Malta, where they would meet and pray. This activity is rated one of the highest in Malta, and it’s not hard to see why, from stained glass windows, to the antique wooden pews – indulge in the history.

Or if you fancy something a little more pre-historic then try the oldest known freestanding temples in the world! Located in Ggantija and dating back to 3,600 BC, there are five temples to see and they are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, don’t forget to explore the underground temple of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum!

For the evenings

Trying the catch of the day, under the Mediterranean sky with the warm air tickling your face is what life is all about right? Well Malta has got its fair share of fine dining restaurants, relax at dinner and then why not try your luck at one of the many casino’s, clubs or bars! The younger generation will enjoy the thriving clubbing scene and the multitude of bustling venues around St. Julian’s and Bugibba. So pack your bags, book a flight and grab a lift to the airport, what are you waiting for?

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February 2015

France For February?

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us but there are still plenty of last minute deals to be had! It’s dubbed the city of love and there are plenty of reasons why – fancy whisking your loved one away this valentine’s day? Men, if you are reading this then get a note pad and pen…what’s written below will unlock a world of love…

Treat her

ALL girls love it – yes they do. And where better to shop than in Pairs? I appreciate that you may have already spent a lot on this weekend away – but try and set some money aside for just a small shopping spree, you don’t have to go mad, but if you see her longing looking at a new handbag then you want to be able to treat her! Window shopping can be just as fun, all the glamour and celebrity atmosphere will be enough to keep her on cloud 9 – P.s. treat her to an ice cream or a cream tea for lunch in a quaint café to make her feel like she really is experiencing the French atmosphere.

Bed in a Boutique

Now it doesn’t have to be the fanciest, most expensive hotel, just try and find something traditionally French and romantic! Try and go for a central hotel to avoid extra money of taxis like the Champs-Elysées Friedland at approximately £130 or you can even find a Holiday Inn for under £90 a night – what a bargain!

The Love lock bridge

Yes men – I know that you know what the love lock bridge is, and if you don’t then Google it! However cringy you may think this is – I can guarantee your special lady will LOVE it! Buy a padlock, write your initials/names on it in sharpie (permanent maker pen) and place the lock on the bridge – tada…you can kiss her now!

So gentlemen it’s as easy as that to woo you lady this valentine’s day – P.s for extra brownie points download a French for beginner’s audio book for the plane!

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January 2015

Jamaica For January?

Idyllic, empty sandy beaches, magical rainforests, food that tantalises your taste buds, 9 hours a day of sunshine and temperatures soaring to 28°C – is January the perfect time to visit Jamaica? For a long time Jamaica has been a jewel in the Caribbean tourism industry crown, but there’s far more to discover than just beaches and all-inclusive resorts.

The Locals

Jamaican cuisine is world famous! How many of us have tried to replicate some of the dishes at home? From jerk chicken to sorrel fruit cake! Traditional jerk is cooked in a pit with hot coals, the meat is wrapped in pimento leaves and cooked slowly for 6-8 hours.

Aside from flavourful jerk chicken many menus are dominated by hearty meals that draw on local ingredients, with an abundance of fresh fish, including red snapper and lobster. A local favourite is known as escoveitch fish, or fried fish served with a sauce made of vinegar, onions and hot peppers.

Side dishes rely heavily on big flavoured veggies and callaloo is a leafy green similar to collard greens or spinach, it is best served with fish. Don’t forget about the fried plantains and rice stewed with beans, they are too other traditional sides.

Despite the warm weather, locals are fans of hearty hot soups. The pepper pot soup is packed with leafy green callaloo while creamy pumpkin soup has a more delicate taste. If you are after heart-warming food then try brown chicken stew, conch stew or oxtail soup. Before you leave don’t forget to taste Jamaica with fresh coconut water.

From swimming with dolphins to river rafting to hiking up the Blue Mountain, there are actives for all- from active people to those who just want a beach to lay on for a week. With prices for flights around £500, it begs the question why not? You’d pay the same to get to Mainland Spain peak season! Remember to go in style to the airport and relax with a chauffeur service in Peterborough, Luton, Cambridge and other areas of East England! So what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and book your flight and airport transfer and get going!

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December 2014

Denmark For December? 

It’s here! Christmas is on its way…have you thought about getting away this Christmas and experiencing other cultures? Why not live the Danish way this Christmas; a season steeped in unique traditions and truly magical experiences. As the weather gets colder, the atmosphere heats up in Denmark, with the festive season gearing up to go, Danish Christmas Markets are a must see!

Go shopping for culinary delicacies in the cosy atmosphere oozing with fairy lights and Christmas spirit. Every Christmas special events open just for the sake of the season. Especially the open air ice skating rinks and the world-famous Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market are visited by both locals and visitors.

Christmas in Tivoli is a dear tradition amongst Copenhageners. If you are in Copenhagen during the months of November and December, do not miss Tivoli’s Christmas lights, market and entertainment for the world. For the 21st time, Tivoli launches this year’s Christmas celebrations on 15 November 2014. Father Christmas will be there to welcome you to the 27 fun rides in an area coving 1200 square metres! There are plenty of things to enjoy, from The Nutcracker Ballet at the Tivoli Concert Hall, an Alp village with snow! To stalls selling delicious snacks and warm drinks – a true Nordic Christmas for the entire family to enjoy.

In Denmark, children believe that their presents are brought by the ‘Julemanden’ (which spells ‘Christmas Man’). He looks very similar to Father Christmas and also travels with a sleigh and reindeer! However, he lives in Greenland, likes rice pudding and is helped by ‘nisser’ which are like elves. If you decide to visit Denmark, don’t forget to start practising the phrase; ‘Glædelig Jul’ which means Merry Christmas in Danish.

The other important item is the Christmas tradition is, believe it or not, the rice pudding, which can be served warm as a starter or cold as rice à l’impératrice with cherry sauce as a dessert. In this connection, it is important that there is one whole almond in either the warm or cold pudding. The person who gets the almond receives the so-called almond present! It used to be a marzipan pig – yum!

So why not start planning your Christmas holiday in Denmark now. Getting to Denmark from UK is easy with 6 different airlines flying more than 250 times a week – pick up a return flight from £96 to Copenhagen! What are you waiting for? Give the family the special Christmas they deserve!

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November 2014

New Zealand For November? 

We are almost mid-way through November but there is still time for a quick getaway, for less than you think! New Zealand comes alive in the winter with skiing, walking, camping and hiking by the handful – you really will be spoilt for choice. The country is split into the North and South Island – with over 4 million in population they can’t be wrong. Here are a few of our favourite places, tried and tested, to visit!

Walk the walk

As already mentioned, the stunning scenery of New Zealand makes walking one of the country’s top activities! There’s no better place than the Fiordland National Park – you will be taken aback by its beauty! You can walk independently or part of a guided group, the tour lasts from half a day – to a three day hike – booking is essential with this popular pastime! The heritage area is rich with birdlife, beautiful rivers, spectacular lakes, stretching mountain views with an abundance of wildlife. It is the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, locates on the South Island covering an area over 12,000 km². (Personally, we’d recommend the Routeburn track, it’s slightly shorter but has so much more to see!)

Bed down at Blanket Bay

New Zealand has a wide range of luxury lodges, but Blanket Bay is one of the finest, a magnificent retreat situated on Lake Wakatipu on a 65,000-acre high country farm with the South Island Lake and mountain sights. There are guest rooms, suites and chalets – swimming pools, steam rooms, games rooms, wine caves, Jacuzzis and an extensive selection of all different types’ adventures and excursions for all you thrill seekers out there – why not make Christmas special this year? Go wild and hire one of their many jet skis and take it for a spin on the lake with gorgeous mountain views as your backdrop.

…Or Stick to Skiing

New Zealand adapts all year round, temperate and climate wise, those place where you once hiking you will now be skiing down. The Southern Alps offer a variety of resorts, whether you are a beginner or an expert! Why not try your hand at backcountry heli-skiing…yes you heard that right heli-skiing!!! You are flown by helicopter (I might add!) to exclusive spots where you can off-peak ski in the best areas!

Whatever the Weather

Temperatures are similar to the UK! With winter temperatures reaching a mild 10°C and in the summer it can reach highs of 25°C for most of the country. So it may even be warmer there than here! With return flights from London airports from under £555, what are you waiting for? Treat you and your partner to the early Christmas present you’ve both be waiting for!

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March 2013

We are recruiting!

Milton Executive Cars are recruiting chauffeurs to undertake primarily airport transfers for our corporate clients.

Do you love driving and meeting new people?  Are you smart, reliable and conscientious?

E-mail us your CV or contact us for an informal chat.

February 2013

PDA Car tracking lauched!

Your airport transfers just became even more streamlined!  With our new PDA’s being launched you will now receive a text message from your driver informing you of their arrival and giving you the car registration, colour and make.

You can also view your journey in real time.  Simply log in to your booking through the web based programme and see where your driver is and how many minutes from the pick up they are.  Our corporate clients are finding this a valuable tool when they have interviewees flying in – they know exactly when they will be with them!

January 2013

Milton Executive Cars joins Twitter!

Milton Executive Cars have embraced the world of social media and are now on Twitter.  Follow us @MiltonExecCars to keep up to date with what we doing!

December 2012

Happy Christmas!

From all of us here at Milton Executive Cars, we want to wish all our clients a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your continued support and loyalty in 2012 and we look forward to looking after all you airport transfer and chauffering needs in 2013!

October 2012

Our new website is here!

A lot of work has gone in to creating our new website and company branding.  Our new website gives you quick access to our web booker and details all the services we provide.

We hope you enjoy looking around the site and like the new look!

Our new booking system is launched!

After months of hard work, training, background set up and testing we are proud to launch our new booking system.

State of the art, this booking system, will revolutionise the way you book your airport transfers and executive chauffeur services.

Take a look at the web booker and start making your bookings today!

September 2012

All the office staff are busy embedding our new booking system.

Constantly striving to bring you the best technology to support you and save you time and money booking your airport transfers, Milton Executive Cars Limited have invested in a state of the art booking system that allows you to book online in seconds.

The main benefits to you:

  • Passenger recognition – book for certain people regularly?   Type in their mobile number and the system remembers their address.  Never type it again!
  • Shortcuts – going to Heathrow Terminal 1?  Type T1 or select from the drop down box!
  • Need a return?  Click the return button and the system automatically reverses the journey – all you need to do is to type the return date and time.  You can make a return booking is less than a minute.
  • Your booking is automatically made and you have a confirmation number immediately.
  • You have a clear preview of all the jobs you have booked.
  • Check the status of your booking – see the chauffeur that has been allocated, the car they are driving and where they are en route on a real time map.  All at the click of a button.

Start using the Web booker today or organise a demonstration of the system.  We guarantee that this system is the leading technology in the country and Milton Executive Cars Limited are the only executive chauffeur service using it in this area.