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When will we travel again?

Apr 6th, 2020 | By

The new advice is that any travel is advised against for an indeterminate time.



Planning for the future

Mar 26th, 2020 | By

Have these bookers second sight and know when this outbreak will cease or they are among life’s optimists?



The economic impact of the shutdown

Mar 25th, 2020 | By

The closure of so many attractions and events will have a severe economic impact on destinations, local economies and people.



On day one of the lockdown

Mar 24th, 2020 | By

Could it be that Italy has seen the peak? If so ours might be just thirteen days away.



Suspension of our events’ listings

Mar 23rd, 2020 | By

For the foreseeable future – however long that is – we are suspending our events’ column.



What next?

Mar 23rd, 2020 | By

Mass media is carrying pictures this morning of busy beaches at Bournemouth and people in groups walking up Snowden.



Going for a walk

Mar 22nd, 2020 | By

One opportunity widely available to us is to venture into our parks, (although some are closed) open-air spaces and gardens whcih are beginning to burst with new growth.



Gold winners from Visit England

Mar 20th, 2020 | By
aerial view of Waddesdon Manor

Whilst some of these places have open-air facilities, not all are open due to coronavirus so check if you are planning a visit in the next few weeks.



“I am tourism. I am hurt at the moment”

Mar 19th, 2020 | By

Here is the whole letter, rather plaintive but beautifully written that sums up what tourism is and means and how we are all hurting since we cannot be tourists today.



Don’t travel abroad

Mar 17th, 2020 | By

What this means is that if you do travel, your insurance policy will almost certainly be invalid and you will not be able to claim on it.



A St Patrick’s Day like no other

Mar 17th, 2020 | By

Whilst today is St Patrick’s Day it will be quite like any other St Patrick’s Day I have ever known.



Holidays in the open air

Mar 16th, 2020 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

Walking holidays in the UK, camping, caravanning or taking a mobile home and seeing parts that you’ve not seen before would appear to be the answer for a break.



Who’d be a travel writer!

Mar 15th, 2020 | By

It isn’t easy to travel overseas at the moment because all of the popular places have restrictions either on travelling there or because, museums, attractions and galleries have been temporarily closed.



Direct to the Faroe Islands

Mar 14th, 2020 | By
Sarah Lund and one of her famous faroe jumpers

As from June 23rd, Atlantic Airways, the Faroese national carrier, will fly direct from Gatwick to Vágar Airport.



Who’d work for an airline?

Mar 13th, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Matt’s cartoon on the front page of today’s Telegraph, as one might expect of a master of comic commentary, juxtaposes the current coronavirus crisis with the other crisis of our times – climate change.



Travel bans

Mar 12th, 2020 | By

It appears only direct flights from UK and Irish airports will be allowed.



A spot of optimism

Mar 11th, 2020 | By

For travellers and holidaymakers there isn’t a lot of good news at the moment so when any comes our way it behoves us to pass it on.



Check what the Foreign Offfice says

Mar 9th, 2020 | By

Because of the coronavirus, governments are responding almost on a daily basis so travellers and holidaymakers about to depart need to look daily at what the FCO



If there is a silver lining…

Mar 7th, 2020 | By

With ships almost idle, some cruise companies have built up goodwill by offering free cruises to volunteer firefighters in Australia to thank them for their recent efforts.



3.16am and Flybe is no more

Mar 5th, 2020 | By
image of Flybe plane

The problem is that few airlines have planes small enough to fly some of the routes on which Flybe operated.



Jan Morris is “Thinking Again”

Mar 5th, 2020 | By

Today is World Book Day and one of our most-well-known travel writers, Jan Morris, has a new book out



Cypriot heritage

Mar 4th, 2020 | By

The archaeological park of Kato Paphos welcomed the most visitors in 2019 while the Tombs of the Kings nearby was the second most popular.



Putting more magic back into flying

Mar 3rd, 2020 | By

Air New Zealand’s idea is not to adapt a seat but to create almost a train- sleeping car bunk system where passengers can shut themselves off from the rest of the passengers and get a good rest.



A hint of nervousness?

Mar 2nd, 2020 | By

Market research by onepoll suggests to me that some nervousness is creeping into the public’s mind of the coronavirus outbreak.



Blue passports from today

Mar 1st, 2020 | By

As from today it is a blue passport that you will receive instead of the burgundy coloured EU passport that we have had for the last thirty-two years



Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Feb 29th, 2020 | By

All in all, it isn’t a good time if you are in the travel industry. But it isn’t a good time for holidaymakers and travellers



Are we overreacting?

Feb 28th, 2020 | By

For us lesser mortals, each of us needs to decide whether it is hyped or not. And the answer to that will only be known after the virus disappears!



No Heathrow expansion? No airport expansion?

Feb 27th, 2020 | By

This morning the Court of Appeal ruled against the third runway plan that Heathrow Airport wants to develop.