I have been in hospitality almost all of my adult working life. This would naturally mean it is passion, yes?
I love to travel, explore and seek to understand differing cultures, peoples and beliefs to that of my own. Not to mention all the different types of food… and coffee!
That is what the hospitality trade is. It is more than serving food and drinks, possibly accommodation. It is getting to know your guests. Striving to learn more about them. What brought them here? What fascinates them? What entertains them? Some of the answers however, do perplex me. But hey, I asked!
Travel amongst hospitality is a huge passion of mine, as is it for many. Like Marmite… you either love it, or hate it. Discovering a new place is incredible. Experiencing local life of the far ends of what I could imagine push myself to question. I believe those questions, the wandering thoughts; the ‘what if’s’, make the difference in a generation growing and changing. If we as a human race, were never to explore beyond the borders of our own homes, how would we know in what to grow? In what is required? In the adventure that flourishes beyond our own imagination or ‘ability to hope’?
A small yet very significant example, is that of living in South Africa. Born and bred here, but raised and educated in England I had heard the news of what was happening before I returned. I had heard the horrors of the mass poverty and strain on the tourism economy so I started to believe what I had no idea about. It was only when I decided to travel back to South Africa I learnt the truth and got to explore the adventures and experience the fun of travel and hospitality from a different light.
Travel with hospitality is something that can and will, make a difference. It is a way to show the truth and share the love to a group of people swayed by bias opinion.
But to experience this exact thing, don’t think for one minute a plane ticket or international trip is required. Most of the time, a quick jump in the car and a spontaneous ‘google maps’ is all you need.
Previously writing a blog on Tips and tricks for a family holiday I came to think of the families. The families that are not so able to travel, explore and get away. Even for a date night. It is a hard truth for many families. So how do you get around it? Take a loan? Save and save and save, hoping one day you will have enough for that dream getaway?
Maybe quite simply, you just make a commitment to do something small, once a month. Something not to break the bank but something to build a memory.
Santos Express Train, can make that happen. We provide a budget, family friendly environment. Whether sleeping on our genuine train is a dream or merely having the ability to play with the kids on the beach below our sun deck, whilst the fathers indulge in a beer or two. More often than not, it is the smaller experiences that make the bigger impact on a family. We strive to grow for the importance of our families at The Train. Providing night life for the date nights & music lovers, events venues for those all important family reunions, pub games and in-house entertainment or simply a safe and fun environment to catch up on the news with the kids.
We do more. We care more. Cliche? Possibly, but what is so bad if it is true.
Jazz Festival. Meet & Greet with Dr Victor. Quiz night. Bingo night. Cocktails. Rugby World Cup.
What we offer and continue to explore is never ending.
Not only can all the entertainment a family require be in one establishment, our menu is made for families. With kids options. Platters. Snacks and combos to share. It is AWESOME! (If I may! )
Our non smoking deck and restaurant is at the foot of incredible jaw dropping mountainous ranges, a blue flag swimming beach and only a hop-skip-&-jump into the town of Mossel Bay.
Mossel Bay may be a small fishing town, but there is always something happening. Checking out the Lamborghini’s or exploring the St Blaize Trail ending with a classic car show- Mossel Bay is small but mighty!
So the next time you find yourself pondering over how to keep the kids and the family entertained; your one stop shop; The Train welcomes you.
Till next time