I’m in good company, with footballers Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Brandon Williams all fans of my honeymoon island… we’re all United for Malta I guess.
The three Manchester United players were only too happy to flag up the jewel of the Mediterannean.
With Malta the club’s official destination partner.
French World Cup winner Pogba said: ‘It’s beautiful, there aren’t a lot of people and I can go there with my family.
He picked out St Peter’s Pool in Delimara.
While Lindelof is rightly taken by Comino.
The idea is to put together a postcard (remember them) of Malta.
The jewel of the Med 26 years ago was my wee treasure… only what they don’t tell you is that gems have rough edges!
A cheeky wee Algarve
The loved-up Miss F dragged me away to the Algarve for our first summer holiday together although in truth I didn’t need much dragging.
On a budget then we were taken by the Algarve tradition of taking your litre plastic bottle down to the local wine shop in Cabanas.
Where the owner would fill it up with house wine for a few escudos (yes, it was that long ago).
As Portugal awaits the green light for us to return to its shores we welcome too the push for Algarve wines.
And what’s more they’ll even share their art with you on the Quinta dos Vales estate.
Get a three-hour induction in winemaking in the Bottle Blending Workshop from €62pp.
Even better stay the night, you’ll need it to put your boozy head down, from €75 per night.
And here’s a toast from past travels in Quinta do Lago.
Our bit for charity
Charity begins at home and seeing we’re all holed up at home let’s all do our bit.
Bike4tourism is a multi-continental charity ride which is hoping to break the Guinness world record for numbers of participants.
Register for the event, on May 30, Fees start from €18 and free for under-18s.
With part of the money raised going to an environmental cause and helping Travel companies affected by Covid-19.
Now my cycling has come on a lot since collapsing on the roadside in the Algarve way back then.
Probably the vino collapso!
And Machu more
If running, or swimming, is more your thing and you want to help out, say, the Machu Picchu porters, then join me in this challenge.
This month we’re being invited to run, swim (OK, or bike) 25 miles to help out the Machu porters who are currently packless.
Twenty-five miles is the length of the famous Peruvian trail.
And £25 provides funds to purchase one essential food parcel for a Peruvian porter and their family for a month.
If like me you’ve taken your foot off the pedal during lockdown then this is your chance to rectify that.
Or alternatively you can donate £25 to Peru 25for25. Visit the Lata Foundation.
And when you do get out to Peru then it’ll be with our old pals at G Adventures.
They are offering seven days Cusco to Cusco from £620, down from £729, Valid on November 1.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD