Anyone who regularly reads my blog will know that I am obsessed with travel. Before our two little ladies came along, any extra money we had would be saved towards our next weekend away or holiday. I even decided after university that I wanted to work in the travel industry, specialising in online marketing for a large online hotel reservations website for six years until I had Mads.
As such I have been lucky enough to travel to a fair few places in this big wide world of ours- Thailand, New York, Barbados and Mexico being just a few of them. However there is one thing that you might not know about me- I really don't like flying! It wouldn't ever stop me going away but I have never particularly enjoyed it and since I had the girls I have got worse. I really am not a good flyer at all- I feel uncomfortable in the air and get anxious before I am due to travel.
Therefore when Thomson Airways invited me to go on a day trip to Palma in Majorca on their new 787 Dreamliner, I originally jumped at the chance to experience it. But as the time drew nearer I wondered whether two flights in a day might not be the best thing for someone who isn't particuarly keen on flying. I need not have worried, I had the most amazing day courtesy of Thomson, and they actually have helped me with my flying nerves a little as well.
Here are some phone photos of our fantastic day to Palma, I so wish I had bought my big camera...
We were greeted in Gatwick airport by some of the Thomson team- and were excited to get aboard the 787 Dreamliner, alongside a few other bloggers and some journalists. Thomson were one of the first companies in the UK to fly the jet- a state of the art plane that is changing the future of travel.
The weather in the UK was particularly horrendous on Wednesday last week- it made our adventure seem even more special!
We were in premium economy on board the Dreamliner, but all passengers can expect some wonderful features on board- including bigger seats, a quieter flight (so much quieter!), more oxygen, and a fantastic entertainment package. I only wish I wasn't feeling poorly so I could have indulged in a morning glass of champagne!
The Dreamliner has mood lighting, which means it can be in tune with your body clock for day and dusk. But it also can do a pretty cool special effects lighting show too. It's like a disco on a plane!
Best plane breakfast ever! While eating the delicious breakfasts in the air, we learnt all about Thomson Airway's plans for the future of holiday travel. Some exciting features in the pipeline including family zone seating, (similar to that on a train with a table in the middle) couple pods, specially trained kids club flight attendants and a beach bar for premium economy passengers. All the ideas sound incredibly exciting and I can't wait to see them in action.
My lovely seat partner, the gorgeous Xanthe.
We got a chance to go in the cockpit which was exciting (like when you were allowed to years ago!) and we got plenty of time to chat to the MD of Thomson Airways, Captain John Murphy, who was really passionate about their upcoming plans. It was also great to chat to him about flying, and it was really interesting to chat to him about the Dreamliner and Thomson in general.
An amazing flight on the Dreamliner and we were greeted by blue skies on arrival in Palma. Such a welcome change from the rain back home.
Not a bad place to go for lunch- we went to a lovely restaurant overlooking Palma harbour.
It was great chatting to the people on my table over lunch and getting to know more about TUI and their respective brands.
Lunch was amazing, I had perfectly cooked steak for my main course and I may have eaten one of each of these desserts. If you are in Palma then the restaurant Ca n'eduardo is well worth visiting.
After lunch we had some time to wander around Palma for a bit- myself and lovely Alison headed down to the Marina with some of the other ladies. It was so nice to feel the sun on our shoulders and Palma really is a beautiful city- I wish there had been longer to explore.
It was so lovely to spend some quality time with this lady. I would definitely recommend going to the harbour if you go as it was great seeing all the big yachts and fishing boats side by side.
It was so nice to get in the sun, even for a few hours, especially as the weather has been so horrible here the last few days.
Back on board the Dreamliner with the other bloggers on our trip- Alison, Nicky from Thomson, Xanthe, Poppy, Daisy and Joelle.
As part of their premium economy service Thomson offer a delicious warm cookie, a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and a REAL duvet which was an absolute treat. The flight home was a lot quieter with not so much chatting, and as I snuggled down I realised it is the most relaxed I have felt on a flight in years. I really felt calm and actually enjoyed my time in the air.
All in all it was a fantastic day, such an adventure and I loved every minute of it. Thomson have some really impressive plans ahead for the future and have a five year plan to become 'the holiday airline.' From flying to new destinations, such as Costa Rica and parts of the Caribbean such as Antigua and St Lucia, (yes please!) to a completely personalised service with an iPad enabled crew, the plans definitely seem exciting, especially for parents travelling with children.
It's certainly not every day you fly over 1000 miles away for lunch, but it was such a treat from start to finish. A massive thanks to Thomson for a truly wonderful day with some great people.
NB. I wasn't asked to write about our time in Palma but I had such a great time I just had to share!