About Us

No News No Shoes is a UK based Tour Operator organising specialist holidays to the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia. It is owned and managed by Christine Aldridge who is passionate about travel. Together with her husband and two sons, Chris has travelled to many areas of the world in addition to the places that we promote. This is very much a small, family business where personal service and attention to detail really do matter. No News No Shoes is a business born out of a passion for these wonderful countries. Our aim is to provide you with the best quality, personalised holiday that will leave you with the same passion for these fabulous destinations.

Sustainable and Responsible Tourism

Here at No News No shoes we are committed to responsible/sustainable tourism and fair trade. We are proud that most of the accommodation we use follows sustainable practices (eg solar power, recycling and plastic bottle avoidance). Many have very strong environmental policies and have won ‘green’ awards (eg CGH Earth, Malabar House Escapes, The Dune group etc). Our fair trade policies include paying our suppliers promptly and not blocking rooms in the hope that we will get bookings and then releasing them at short notice.

Meet the team

Christine Alrdridge
Director

Travel has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I founded No News No Shoes in 2004 and became a specialist in Maldives holidays, experiencing almost 100 resorts first-hand over the years. We soon expanded to cover India which I fell in love with, and later added Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bangladesh to our portfolio after exploring these wonderful destinations ourselves. I love experiencing places off the beaten track and meeting local people. Snorkeling is my passion in the Maldives.

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Philip Alrdridge
Director

I was an industrial biotechnologist and chartered engineer but am now following my passion for travel. As a founding director of No News No Shoes I have been involved in sales, website development and strategy development. I undertake special projects and enjoy checking out new destinations, especially those involving snorkelling and diving.

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Maria Fonde
Travel Administrator

I joined NNNS in May 2017 and previously worked in event planning in museums and galleries. I get to experience our clients wonderfully diverse holidays from charismatic festivals in India, wildlife spotting in Sri Lanka or total relaxation on idyllic Maldives islands, as I put together a detailed pack of travel documents and itineraries to fabulous destinations. Each day is planned perfectly so all you have to do is enjoy your holiday!

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Chloe Holmes
Digital Marketing Apprentice

I am a relatively new member of the NNNS team, only joining in 2023, with the role of digital marketing apprentice. I will be the face behind all of our social media channels that includes, Facebook and Instagram. As well as designing and keeping our website up to date with all the latest information, to help you come up with ideas for your next or first tailor-made holiday. 

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Amit Kumar Singh
Sales Associate

Meet me, a true explorer at heart, born, raised and living in India. From the vibrant landscapes of India to global holiday destinations, my passion for travel knows no bounds.Crafting unique experiences for our clients is not just a job – it's my joy. As a part of NNNS, I turn my passion into personalised, memorable holidays. Join me in creating cherished memories and discovering new stories at every destination.

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Doug Robson
Travel Coordinator

I joined the NNNS team as the Travel Coordinator in August 2023, and I have loved every minute of it. To have the responsibility of shaping someone’s dream holiday is a great feeling. I am learning more and more every day about the amazing cultures of the countries we provide, whilst also implementing that newfound knowledge to assist our clients. I will let you know of any schedule changes, additions you would like, or anything that comes up after your booking is made.

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Nathan Steele
Travel Consultant

Hello! I am a bit obsessed with India and the subcontinent generally. I studied Indian Religious Studies but have pretty much always worked in travel – having lived, worked & travelled all over India I’ve been lucky enough to explore almost every corner of India & Sri Lanka. I love all the history and the food and people and everything. I (try to) speak and occasionally sing in Hindi. For the last few years I’ve been really getting into the Maldives - my most recent trip was to the far south of the country to explore the remote islands of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll - amazing. It may sound weird but I really love spending my days designing trips for people to these special places 😊

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Gary Tree
Travel Consultant

I have worked in the travel industry since 1997 and joined Kerala Connections in August 2007.  No News No Shoes took over Kerala Connections and India Connections in 2020. As soon as I visited India I fell in love with this  fascinating country – its diverse scenery, fantastic architecture, the wonderful people and of course the delicious cuisine.  As a keen photographer India is an absolute paradise, wherever you turn there is a photographic opportunity.

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Why Choose No News No shoes?

Fully tailor-made trips crafted to your individual requirements. Virtually all of our suggestions are based on our own personal experiences of places that we have been to, loved, and are happy to recommend. We’ve included a range of suggested tours on our website to give you an idea of what is possible – please treat this as a starting point and talk to us about what needs adjusting.

We are genuinely passionate about the destinations that we offer and the people that live there. We have traveled extensively throughout all of these countries and love using our experience, passion and strive for perfection, to craft amazing itineraries for our clients.

We deliver a bespoke, high quality service at competitive prices compared to companies of a similar nature.

We are supported in country by a team of local experts that we have worked with for several years and can rely on to ensure your trip runs smoothly. We have a small team of staff in the UK who will support you at every stage and at a time to suit you – we genuinely strive to deliver the best holiday experience you have ever had.

For those who prefer to travel in the company of others, we organise a few small group tours to selected places in India. Our group size is always small, around 10-15 people and will include an element of off the beaten track experiences in addition to classic sightseeing locations. Let us know if the trip you want isn’t featured and we’ll try and set it up!

We believe that to really understand a destination, you need to go beyond the major sightseeing attractions and experience the soul of the place. That’s why our itineries will always include an experience or activity that we feel connects you with the place and people.

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