Brexit Travel Basics

We are perilously close to January 2021. To many, abandoning 2020, dubbed the worst year ever, will come with a sense of relief. However, as jabs are exchanged to combat Covid, verbal jabs are also being launched in the time-limited Brexit negotiations. With the deadline bearing down on us, will we enjoy the same, seamless… Continue reading

Another world leader falls foul of Covid

Croatia is a place of astounding natural beauty, architectural wonders, and, of course, the home of King's Landing otherwise known as Dubrovnik. Tourism has long been the backbone of the Croatian economy, which has served as a coastal holiday resort to foreigners and Yugoslavs alike for over half a century. The Croatian economy requires the… Continue reading

Travel Update: what to expect from post lockdown

'What can be expected from travel after lockdown?!' I hear the desperate online masses cry. Will there be a way to escape the cold British winter? Will there be a chance to get a change of scenery? What about visiting loved ones? Well... Trying to go abroad over the Christmas period in a vain attempt… Continue reading

When pubs become off-licenses

So, we are in the midst of Lockdown 2.0: this time it's personal. One of the notable changes from the last lockdown is takeaways getting a new, wider scope, as well as many businesses now being better set up to provide them. A significant alteration is that pubs can now provide takeaway pints, a decision… Continue reading

Escape to Istanbul (Final Part)

Flanking Istiklal on either side is a treasure trove of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs and food stands. It feels like the kind of place that you could get lost in for 100 years and still come no closer to fully seeing everything it has to offer. The cobbled streets are shadowed by old ornate… Continue reading

Escape to Istanbul (part 2)

The famous domes of Istanbul rise and fall amongst the dynamic landscape the city rest upon. It is a vast, seemingly endless, urban sprawl, lying like a gauntlet over the boundary of East and West, reaching out in either direction. It is one of Europes fastest growing cities and has a population of over 15 million people. It long… Continue reading

Staycation: Seaside Social Distancing

The natural consequence of the pandemic has been the upsurge of the 'staycation', especially as quarantine rules force people returning from abroad to isolate. Google search results to do with staycations went up by a third in March and April compared with the same time last year. However, this sudden influx of British tourists looking… Continue reading

Escape to Istanbul (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, a Covid grace period led to the lowest records of new cases and deaths since March, the world breath a premature sigh of relief, and I made my move. It was time to escape the confines of my dreary lockdown existence and visit a friend in Istanbul. At the time it felt like… Continue reading

Russian ‘Stolovaya’

Just before lockdown effectively decimated global travel, Russia had decided to make it easier for visitors to travel to St Petersburg, by giving tourists easy access visas to people looking for a short-term holiday in the Leningrad Region. The decision will eventually expose new people to a style of hospitality that only exists in Russia.… Continue reading