Holidays & Travel

Passport panic!

After a 2-year travelling hiatus, Britons have been itching to get abroad for the summer of '22. But many holidaymakers' plans have been foiled by a simple administrative hurdle. Cue the bureaucratic nightmare that is renewing your passport!

Unsurprisingly, in the wake of Covid and the fallout from Brexit, the Passport Office has been swamped with passport applications. The reason: many of us did not contemplate travelling during the pandemic. Since we have emerged from lockdown, some 5 million people realised that they needed to renew their passports!

In theory, the non...

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Flights in the UK

The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world in unexpected ways and no one was prepared for the disruption that followed. Every industry had its share of the impact of the pandemic and the aviation sector was not excluded. This resulted in impromptu cancelled flights globally while agencies like Flightright constantly worked to ensure that passengers get compensated properly.

Flight disruptions are not new and have always happened in terms of delays and cancellations but what happens when it is a result of a global pandemic? A report as of January 2021 shows scheduled flights worldwide...

New entry requirements for Spain: What you need to know

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 01/31/2022 - 11:43pm

Anyone traveling to Spain by air or sea (including children under the age of 12) must complete and sign an online Health Control Form and will need to check whether they need to obtain a visa to visit Spain. Visit www.spainvisa.eu for up to date information. You must present the QR code (hardcopy or digital) issued when you complete the online Health Control Form when you arrive in Spanish ports and airports.

Spain does not permit entry from Omicron-affected areas

Due to the COVID-19 Omicron strain, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced that arrivals from seven...

What are the best road trips in the UK and Ireland?

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 01/27/2022 - 5:35pm

Domestic holidays have seen a boom in interest in recent years, as UK holiday-goers slowly reject the rigours and expense of international travel in favour of something a little closer to home. The UK and Ireland have so much to offer the intrepid explorer, and there are a number of road trip routes which prove that exact point.

The Coniston Loop

The Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the North-West of England, home to England’s largest natural lake in the form of Lake Windermere. There are myriad routes through this expansive land of lakes and...

5 Reasons to buy a holiday home out in Portugal

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:29am

One of the common responses to a holiday abroad is ‘wouldn’t it be lovely to live here’. For most of us, upping sticks and moving to our dream location is not an option, we have careers, children in school and social networks to consider, but buying a holiday home is a great half-way choice. A holiday home gives you a permanent base and the option of long or short stays whenever you are able. You can take advantage of cheap flights, without the worry of not being able to find accommodation, and you can stay in peak season without paying peak season prices. A holiday home is somewhere that...

5 Best beaches of Gran Canaria

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Fri, 01/14/2022 - 9:59am

In Gran Canaria you can find all kinds of beautiful beaches, from urban beaches to unspoilt bays, with both black and golden sands, calm or wild waters, and countless more. Where you can recharge your batteries, or celebrate a holiday with your friends, family or partner, as well as enjoy a water sport.

In addition, we can say that Gran Canaria is blessed with a wonderful climate, which allows you to enjoy the beach at any time of the year.

What are the best beaches in Gran Canaria?

Among the most attractive and popular beaches in Gran Canaria are the following:

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7 Best things to do in Gran Canaria

This beautiful island presents its visitors with a wide range of options for entertainment and enjoyment of a few wonderful days of relaxation, allowing them to disconnect from daily routines and the stress of work.

Its spectacular beaches and its privileged climate at any time of the year, allow for the practice of water sports and various activities.

On this occasion, we present a series of recommendations on the best activities to enjoy in Gran Canaria.

1. Water sports

If there is one thing you can do in Gran Canaria, it is to practice a wide variety of water...

Nautical but nice: first look at luxury Devon floating lodges

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:54pm

Clawford Lakes Resort and Spa , a new, luxury holiday destination based in Devon, has today released new imagery and details about its ‘floating lodges’ which are now available to book from April 2022.

The brand-new floating lodges are the latest in a series of unique accommodation options created by Clawford Lakes after their lake pods were announced in November. The lodges are securely moored within a lake setting, allowing guests to wake up every day to the shimmer of water lapping soothingly around them in the tranquillity of Devonshire countryside.

Perfect for...

New Devon retreat venue to offer ‘rewilding burnout breaks’

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/07/2022 - 10:34pm

A new venue is to open in April hosting mindfulness retreats specifically for deepening a connection to nature and tackling the effects of stress and burnout.

Retreats incorporating nature’s ability to comfort and heal will take place at The Coach House on The Sharpham Estate , world-renowned for its high-quality cheeses and wine, making a stunning setting beside the River Dart near Totnes, South Devon.

Part of the estate is being rewilded and Coach House retreatants will be invited to uniquely experience and explore the fields being restored to nature, performing...

Five activities in Mallorca not to be missed

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 01/03/2022 - 7:05am

Some of the best activities in Mallorca have nothing to do with sun, sea and sand. There are many things to do besides go to the beach. Mallorca is a very popular holiday destination and there are many things for visitors of all ages: families, couples or groups of friends. If you are planning to go on holiday to Mallorca, here is a selection with some great recommendations that really should not be missed.

The best boat trips in Mallorca

Being a Mediterranean island and surrounded by sea, there are a great many boat trips and catamaran excursion to secluded coves and beautiful...

The impact of COVID on immigrant visa prioritisation

Authored by Frank Parker
Posted: Sun, 01/02/2022 - 11:25am

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply affected the world’s immigration process, causing a lot of hindrances like travel bans, lockdowns, quarantines, restrictions, local conditions, and longer waiting times on processing papers and other necessary information. There is also the presence of anxiety and fear as this virus can and could be anywhere. This outbreak has caused the Department of State’s capacity to immediately process and work on immigrant visa applications. Longer delays and a stricter approach have been taken into account when it comes to processing immigrant visa applications....

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