Smileletstravel.com was set up in late 2017 as an addition to haleandbowdon.co.uk, a blog that Barbara has produced for some 12 months previous.  haleandbowdon.co.uk was initially set up to highlight lifestyle, travel, arts and local stories for predominantly followers across the North West of England.  When Tony, her husband joined the business as Group Director* his extensive network of contacts across the travel and leisure industry prompted the call for a specific travel blog – and smileletstravel.com was born.

Tony has spent many years within the travel industry, from tour operators to airlines and airports.  His vast experience and undoubted passion for travel is seen across this blog.  Barbara has also spent time within the travel industry including working with Hidden Retreats on a portfolio of the top 200 hotels across the world.

Their two sons, Alex and George are now at University however have definitely caught the bug to travel.  Alex has recently spent a year in USA , based in Madison, Wisconsin but visiting Chicago, New York, Milwaukee and Jackson Hole – to name but a few places!  George however has taken to the Far East visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.   All 4 of them now contribute to the blog highlighting everything from 5 star hotels to hostels!

*smileletstravel.com comes under the Marketing Profile Group which includes MarketingProfile.co.uk, theprofileclub.com, and haleandbowdon.co.uk