Posts for Travel

First UK cases of Omicron variant

After overnight genome sequencing, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529 have been identified in the UK. The individuals that have tested positive, and all members of their households, are being re-tested and told to self-isolate while further testing […]

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Travel and the new Covid variant

The government is taking precautionary action against a new COVID-19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday today (Friday 26 November). It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency […]

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Autumn rush on roads expected for half-term

From RAC: The arrival of the October half term in England and Wales will spark an ‘autumn rush’ on the roads with drivers taking an estimated 19.4m separate leisure trips between Friday and Sunday, according to research by RAC Breakdown. The survey of 1,400 drivers suggests that Saturday will be the […]

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How the pandemic has changed holidaymaking in Britain

Daniel Gale/Shutterstock Anya Chapman, Bournemouth University Restrictions on foreign travel have had a big impact on British holidaymakers over the last 18 months. In the first quarter of 2021, outbound international flights taken by UK tourists were down 94% compared to the year before, while UK cruise passengers fell from […]

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How the Victorians invented the ‘staycation’

The expansion of railways meant more people could travel around the country for seaside getaways. Gordon Samson/Alamy Joan Passey, University of Bristol Holidays feel like an important tonic after such a tough year. While international travel is possible, it’s not exactly easy, so many are choosing to stay closer to […]

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Overseas travel and tourism Jan-Mar

Interestingly, if you remember, England entered another lockdown on 6th January, 2021. Here is a lockdown timeline. Today, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published figures which show a huge decrease in air travel to and from the UK in the first quarter of the year, as one might […]

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Quarantine needed for arrivals from France

From the Government: Anyone arriving from France to England must continue to quarantine for 10 days, at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. From Monday 19 July, UK residents arriving from amber countries who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine, […]

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A busy bank holiday on the roads expected …

From RAC: Motorists are being urged to plan ahead for possible delays over the May bank holiday as new RAC Breakdown research suggests nearly 15m separate leisure trips will be made by car between Friday and Monday, the highest number since 2016. Despite the perhaps predictable arrival of what the Met […]

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National Geographic Photography Competition

We have some amazing photographers in and around Bude, so why not check this out? Seeking to highlight the best in travel photography, this prestigious annual competition, celebrating its 10th year and sponsored by Nikon, is open to entrants from across the UK and Ireland. Photographers of all levels are […]

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Tough new enforcement measures for travellers

From the Government: Tough new enforcement measures – from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment – have been introduced, as the Health and Social Care Secretary set out details of the government’s new quarantine measures. Under the changes announced, from 15 February all arrivals at English ports will be required to undertake […]

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