Travel tips & opinions

Partying – a thing of the past?

Aug 30th, 2020 | By

Mixing with other humans seems to be the cause of many of the increases in COVID -19 cases that are being seen around the world.



The rise and fall of Southend Airport

Aug 25th, 2020 | By

There is quite a lot for the owners and managers at Southend to ponder. As will other owners at smaller airports where larger competition is nearby.



The last summer bank holiday

Aug 24th, 2020 | By

If you aren’t tempted to go abroad for bank holiday weekend then explore nearby and keep your eyes open. It may surprise you!



Does DCMS do anything for tourism?

Aug 23rd, 2020 | By

The time has come to create a tourism and travel department which incudes the travel advisory service and passport departments from the FCO and the Home Office.



Travelling to France, Malta or the Netherlands?

Aug 15th, 2020 | By

The key thing is to talk to whoever is supplying what you bought.



Chugging along the canals

Aug 12th, 2020 | By

Those who operate canal boats, narrow boats and barges, houseboats and anything that floats have been quietly giving thanks.



Cruise companies need some luck

Aug 9th, 2020 | By

What cruise companies really need now is a couple of months of cruises with absolutely not one case of coronavirus on-board. Only then will some people begin to get confidence in this type of holiday.



Will there be a change in travel insurance?

Aug 8th, 2020 | By

In the future there could be more destination backed travel insurance schemes.



Close a country or a region?

Aug 5th, 2020 | By

Both Spain and Portugal have expressed annoyance due to British advice against visiting both countries.



Spotting green shoots

Aug 4th, 2020 | By
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This morning easyJet gave a badly needed fillip to the travel industry by announcing that it flew in July with 85% of seats filled.



Just when you thought you could take a cruise…

Aug 4th, 2020 | By

The question cruise ship bosses will be asking themselves is whether these outbreaks will have any effect on the future for cruises.



What’s a person to do?

Jul 30th, 2020 | By

Some medical experts have urged people to use their own transport rather than public transport so what’s a person to do?



Looking after us in flight

Jul 21st, 2020 | By

The question is whether all airlines have such detailed plans.



Will it stay busy?

Jul 18th, 2020 | By

Since the re-opening, many will tell you that their phones haven’t stopped ringing. Some gleefully boast that they are busy until the end of August.



Where can we holiday?

Jul 17th, 2020 | By

Not all countries want to see us yet and even if they do, there are obstacles making travel difficult.



Unfair on traders?

Jul 15th, 2020 | By

Something substantial and almost over-the-top needs to be done to remind these louts that they have a responsibility for the health of people living where they visit



Protecting our past

Jul 13th, 2020 | By

Many sites have been destroyed come by man and some the elements for all time leaving just photographs of what we once could enjoy.



FCO says no to cruises

Jul 10th, 2020 | By

I suspect that the advice will stay in place all summer and may be relaxed in September when the major cruise lines start up again.



So much for air bridges

Jul 2nd, 2020 | By

No wonder the travel industry and us holiday makers don’t know if we are coming or going.



Forget ocean cruises this summer?

Jun 30th, 2020 | By

If you are affected most cruise lines are offering credits against future sailings of 125% which should be a sufficient cushion against price rises in the short term.



Will there be a boom?

Jun 27th, 2020 | By

Unless the Bournemouth guinea pigs cause a second wave and the EU withdraws its air bridges agreement, there will be a summer holiday season after all.



Overseas holidays – yes or no?

Jun 14th, 2020 | By

I have talked myself around to saying there will be a summer international tourism season but It might exclude places such as those where the numbers are still increasing.



Advice on flying

Jun 13th, 2020 | By

Of course all this advice is immaterial at the moment since we are advised not to fly! Unless the government is planning on letting us fly soon.



Global travel is a cause of the virus spread

Jun 12th, 2020 | By

How does tourism develop after the virus yet not plunge the world into a second wave?



Will volunteers return?

Jun 2nd, 2020 | By

Making those returning volunteers feel safe and looking after their welfare will be something that organisations will have to carefully consider.



How Thailand considered attracting tourists

May 31st, 2020 | By
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Four years ago, one of the measures Thailand was reported as discussing was to issue free travel insurance to all those visiting.



Travel expectations

May 27th, 2020 | By

Whereas a few weeks ago I was pessimistic about whether there would be much overseas travel from the UK this year. Now I am beginning to waver



Another bank holiday?

May 25th, 2020 | By

Having an October bank holiday and calling it NHS Day would be a worthy celebration of the achievements of key workers during the pandemic