And and Harold’s Travel Agency is run by Ann and Harold Pinter from North London. The agency has been around since 1979, and has seen a lot of chance. On this page you will find out a little bit more about Ann and Harold and their little agency.
We started travelling back in the 1970’s, and back then our interest was mainly in Inda. We don’t really know why, it just seemed like a very interesting country. So different from England. And so we went. In those days there wasn’t a lot of information about travelling like today, so in many ways you had to be really adventourous. Of course, you could talk to people and ask them, and that’s exactly what we did. One day in the autumn of 1978, a friend of ours had just arrived from a 7 month trip to India and we met him in the pub down the road just as he came back. The trip was done all overland, which means that he didn’t take a single airplane or boat, all was done in a bus. These things started to get quite popular around that time, and we both decided that this was something that we really wanted to do.
So we did it.
We met a lot of difficulties along the journey, but our friend has given us some really great tips, and if it hadn’t been for him we surely would not have made it. And when we got back from that first trip we thought to ourselves that perhaps it would be nice to start a small newsletter in order to explain to people what to do?
And so we did.
Now, you must remember that in those days, a newsletter was not sent by email. Back then we didn’t even have a computer. No, we wrote it all up on a typewriter photocopied it, placed in envelopes, glued on stamps and shipped them off at the post office. First we sent them off to friends, but we took some money from our savings account and placed an ad in a newspaper, and that really gave some wonderful results. After three ads were placed over the course of a month we suddenly had 1200 people interested. And that’s when we thought that it would be nice to start a travel agency.
So we did 🙂