International Travel

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What does Boris Johnson’s lockdown delay announcement mean for travel and holidays?

Just as the end was in sight, the prime minister has announced that the final proposed unlocking date – 21 June – will be delayed by another month in England.Boris Johnson revealed the move at a press conference on Monday, following a surge in new infections across the UK caused by the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant.The push back means the reopening of nightclubs will be postponed, along with being able to meet up with more than six people indoors, although an exemption will be made for wedding ceremonies.But what does the delay mean for travel? Here’s what we know...
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Public HealthCNBC

Airport screenings top 2 million a day for first time in pandemic

TSA screenings at U.S. airports topped 2 million people a day on Friday and Sunday. A surge in travel demand this spring has buoyed airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2 million people at U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since...
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Epidemiologist questions ‘confusing logic’ of UK travel restrictions

An esteemed epidemiologist has questioned the “logic” of the UK’s international travel restrictions, saying he is “confused” by them.Tim Spector OBE, principal investigator of the PREDICT studies and the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app, said he didn’t understand why the government is restricting travel to lower risk countries when the UK is on course to have one of the highest coronavirus rates in Europe in the next few days.He also took issue with the current rules which dictate that even fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK must still pay for multiple Covid tests.Sharing a graph from Our World In...

International Travel as a Gender Non-Conforming Person is Tricky

It’s Pride Month! We’re kicking off this joyous, meaningful month with a collection of features completely dedicated to LGBTQ+ travelers. Follow along on a gay writer’s adventures at Pride around the world; read about a bisexual woman’s journey to The Gambia to visit her staunchly religious family; and hear from a non-gender-conforming traveler about unexpected challenges and triumphs on the road. Then, find inspiration for your future trips with our guides to the best LGBTQ+ hidden gem attractions in every state, amazing national park sites with LGBTQ+ history, and actor Jonathan Bennett’s new travel venture. However you make your way through the features, we’re glad you’re here with us to celebrate the beauty and importance of inclusivity and representation within the travel space and beyond.
LifestyleTravel Weekly

More details of June 23 Travel Day of Action announced

The trade is to call on the UK government to allow international travel to return safely and bring forward a package of tailored financial support on its Travel Day of Action. Abta confirmed details of the Save Future Travel Coalition’s plans for June 23, when trade bodies from across the travel and aviation sector will come together to put pressure on the government to allow travel to restart for the peak summer period.
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Covid rules: What restrictions will stay in place after 21 June?

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay to the final easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, which had been planned for June 21.Scientists have become increasingly alarmed in recent weeks by a sharp rise in cases due to the Delta variant of Covid-19, first identified in India, that is now responsible for 96 per cent of new cases across England.And despite the much heralded success of the vaccine rollout, just half of all adults in England are not yet fully vaccinated with two doses of a jab.This will likely prompt the prime minister to delay scrapping restrictions for the...
Aerospace &

WestJet Launches New Boeing 787 Amsterdam Flights

Little by little re-expanding its international network, WestJet said today that from August 5th, the airline’s customers would be able to enjoy a new transatlantic Dreamliner service between Calgary and Amsterdam. Partnering with Dutch flag carrier KLM will provide easily accessible connections to other major European destinations. Flights will commence...

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Are Driving Summer Travel Demand

NEEDHAM, Massachusetts—A new travel trends research paper by Tripadvisor reveals that vaccine rollouts globally are driving an increasing demand for summer vacations, with vaccinated travelers more likely to stay longer and spend more on their trips than unvaccinated travelers. The report, entitled “A Shot in The Arm for Travel? Examining...
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EasyJet cancels hundreds of flights but fails to inform passengers of all options

With no sign of tough rules on international travel easing before the summer peak, Britain’s biggest budget airline is cancelling hundreds of flights in July.But easyJet is failing to tell disappointed passengers of their full range of options – which include a replacement flight on a different airline.After the government decided to tighten rather than ease travel restrictions on 3 June, many flights on a wide range of airlines have been cancelled. In the email telling passengers their planned trip has been axed, easyJet says there are “three options that are available to you”: rebooking for a different...

Taking Creativity for a Walk

I often advise clients to “take a walk by the lake,” by which I mean “get out of the house” and “get out of your head.” There’s just about no better way to solve a creative problem or to incubate a new idea than to take a walk. Many of our great geniuses penciled in a daily walk every day of their lives, knowing its benefits both as a mind cleanser and a mind activator. That’s the theme of today’s post, from creativity coach Sarah Salway: the idea of taking your creativity for a walk.

The short-term rental industry is booming – but will it last?

Compared to other sectors of the travel industry, the short-term rental market has prospered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the United States officially recovering demand above 2019 levels as of April 2021. Many major alternative accommodations platforms are preparing for what they view as a record travel rebound on the...

Is Canada warming up to “vaccine passports”?

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across Canada, the idea of easing some pandemic restrictions based on immunity or vaccination status appears to be gaining traction. A recent Leger poll of 1529 Canadians found that 61% agreed that governments should implement “vaccine passports” or proof of immunization policies allowing people who are vaccinated to attend public events and gatherings. Up to three in five also believed certain businesses such as spas and gyms have a right to require proof of vaccination.