Travel talk: where the experts holiday

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In the first of a new series, CD-Traveller spoke to Bob Schumacher, Senior Director UK and Ireland at Continental Airlines – who recently unveiled its new fully flat-bed Business First seat – about the three C’s in his life: Canada, cruising and, of course, Continental Airlines


 Bob Schumacher, Continental's senior director UK and Ireland

Bob Schumacher

What do you like to do on holiday?
I like to cruise the Caribbean and watch the world go by. On an Eastern Caribbean cruise, ports of call typically include the Bahamas, St Thomas, St John, Puerto Rico, and perhaps St Maarten.  A Western Caribbean itinerary tends to take in Cozumel or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Key West in Florida, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Belize and occasionally Costa Rica.  Whichever direction you sail in, you’re guaranteed blue seas and sunny beaches; in short pure bliss.
If I am in a more active mood, then I go ski-ing. Where do I like to ski? Well my wife is Canadian, so it’s always Canada.

Where did you last go on holiday?
It was to the Caribbean on a cruise. Cruising is great; the entertainment is fantastic, the food is superb, and you get to visit an array of islands as opposed to just one.

Do you know where you’re going next year?
My wife and I are planning a house swap with a couple we met on our Caribbean cruise earlier this year. Swapping homes is a type of holiday that has hugely increased in popularity since the recession hit. Accommodation is free which is fabulous, but what we are really looking forward to is experiencing a new town in a way that we wouldn’t if we stayed in a sterile hotel. We got to know the couple who will be taking over our home on the Caribbean cruise and got on great, so it’s not as though we are handing over our house to complete strangers.

Continental's new  fully flat-bed Business First seat

Continental's new fully flat-bed Business First seat

Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why?
That’s a tough one.  I love Thailand for the food – Thai is my favourite cuisine in the whole world. I guess I would single out the States for its overall holiday package – whether you want a self-drive tour of the great national parks, a Canadian Rockies holiday, a week in Walt Disney World Resort, a New England fly drive, a California holiday or an Alaskan tour, America delivers – and the Caribbean for its beaches which truly are the stuff of dreams.

Which destination do you wish to travel to but haven’t been?
New Zealand.  I am desperate to travel there – the scenery is so dramatic.  The country, especially the south island, also strikes me as being an oasis of calm in a mad, mad world.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
Central Wales – it’s wonderful. This is where you should go to escape the rat race and recharge.


A Caribbean cruise ticks all the boxes for Bob

A Caribbean cruise ticks all the boxes for Bob

How often do you go away?
Two to three times a year without fail.

Who do you travel with?
My family.

How do you travel?
As a family, we fly with Continental to the States, naturally, but within Europe we use low cost carriers.

Thanks Bob! To find out more about the fully flat-bed Business First seat and Continental Airlines visit Next time we put the questions to Patrick Gihana-Mulenga, Commercial Attache at the Embassy of Rwanda



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