About

In 1997, after several years as a reporter and sub-editor on my local newspaper,  the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa Advertiser (and a very brief stint at the Bournemouth Echo), I started work with the Birmingham Post & Mail. Most of my time there has been spent on the production of features pages for the newspapers and for the past few years I have been the print features editor.

I began accepting invitations from hotels, travel companies and tourist boards etc in 2001. The accommodation or the travel or the tickets (or a combination of these) are complimentary or part-paid for. The older features on this website were all published first in the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post or the Sunday Mercury and, since 2013,  my features have also been shared with many other regional and local newspapers in the ever growing Reach group (formerly Trinity Mirror). For example, the feature on Croyde Bay has appeared in no less than 40 newspapers. I have also started adding reviews to Tripadvisor.

I set up this website in 2017. The earlier reports, apart from the website links, have not been updated and I would welcome any comments from those in the travel and hospitality industries. I would also  welcome comments from readers who have been to any of the places featured. And I would be happy to try to answer any questions readers may have regarding destinations.

Thanks for visiting.

Adrian

@holidayinghack

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Recent testimonials

Wow, this is amazing! Thank you for such a lovely review. It has  has appeared everywhere, and the team at Parkdean Resorts are thrilled with it. 

We are  absolutely overwhelmed by your support and the coverage generated. Thank you so very very much. (Celtic Escapes)

Thank you so, so much for the lovely write up – the coverage is incredible. The general manager is chuffed! (Novotel)

Thank you so much for such a lovely piece! It’s perfect! (Station House)

Wow – what an amazing piece! Thanks Adrian & thank you so much for sharing it too. (Rudding Park)

Coverage has been pouring in for your St Ives piece, which is great. Thanks a lot. Everyone is delighted. (Cornish Horizons)

It’s a fantastic piece and thrilled to see it got picked up in so many of the regional newspapers.  (Paultons Park)

Thank you so much Adrian, this is fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed your trip and we hope you come back to Liverpool to see us soon. (Visit Liverpool)

Fantastic, really great to see all the coverage off the back of the trip. Would be great to arrange another trip with you for this year. (Haven)

Thanks Adrian. That’s really useful! We’d love to see you again in Cornwall soon so please let me know! (Cornish Horizons)

Thank you for sharing this, such a lovely review! I’m glad you had a lovely time at Riverside! (Verdant Leisure)

Many thanks for the amazing coverage over the weekend. Thanks for adding the piece to your own site too (Siblu)

Many thanks Adrian, fantastic to see that the piece has gone far and wide. (Kidzania)