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No, This Isn’t the End of Travel

No, This Isn’t the End of Travel

At the time I'm writing this, it is so quiet around here. Most of us are under house arrest thanks to this virus and even though we live close to a flight path, even the number of planes going overhead is greatly reduced. And internet 'commentators' are saying that...

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Airbnb Hosts: So Now What?

Airbnb Hosts: So Now What?

Of course, it's still too early to tell. But the signals are all there that people who provide short term rental accommodation are going to have a pretty hard time in the next few months ... or more. Hosts are already bleating about how their 'businesses' have been...

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Varosha, Cyprus

Just look at the sparkling ocean. Wouldn't you love to swim in the clear, warm Mediterranean water? There's a lovely beach too, of course, and in days gone by this resort was popular with the rich and famous. It wouldn't have been unusual back in the day to see...

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Kennington Road, London

If you're visiting London and have had your fill of the usual tourist attractions, then head to Kennington Road where you'll find the site of a gory murder, the childhood home of Charlie Chaplin, a war museum, a one-time residence of Vincent van Gogh and an excellent...

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Will America Now Change Its Toilet Habits?

If I were to go to the shops now in search of a few rolls of toilet paper, the chances are I'd be disappointed. You know why - the current situation with the coronavirus has sent the US population panic buying. And the item that they mostly bought in their panic was...

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The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya

It must be very difficult these days to create new buildings and structures, bearing in mind the ecological pressures brought to bear upon architects. But the local people of northeastern India discovered many years ago that you don't necessarily need building...

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Middlesbrough & The 1898 Smallpox Epidemic

Believe it or not, there are actually several good reasons to go to Middlesbrough. You may have the impression, as I did, that this is a pretty ugly old industrial town. Okay, it is. But there are still many things to see and do there. There are a handful of stately...

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Visiting the UK: The Museum of Timekeeping

Clocks - marvellous things. Strangely, clocks and watches are still popular, despite the fact that we have digital readouts on our phones, laptops, car dashboards, cookers, microwaves and so on. True, clocks are more likely to be decor items these days and watches are...

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Craco, Italy: Ghost Town

Considering that it's a completely abandoned ghost town, Craco has seen a good amount of activity in recent years thanks to film & TV companies, occasional religious festivals and of course, visiting travellers. As you can see from the map below, it's located in...

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The Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant in the World

I never really think of Switzerland as being a pioneer in vegetarian cuisine. Yet the world's oldest vegetarian restaurant is in Zurich - the Hiltl Restaurant which opened in 1897. It's still in business today - in fact, there are several locations now throughout...

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What’s All the Fuss About Sustainable Travel?

Okay, feel free to completely ignore this because it's just a rant. But in the news at the moment is a story about the recently disgraced Prince Harry giving a lecture about his new company / initiative to encourage sustainable travel. I, and Price Harry's father who...

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Cueva de las Manos, Argentina

At first glance, they look modern don't they? As though someone got a can of spray paint and directed it towards they hand to make a silhouette? That's what I thought anyway but these cave paitings are actually thousands odf years old - between 9000 and 13000 years....

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The Original High Fiver – Palette

A travel product has to be pretty good to amaze me. So often they are a waste of suitcase space or they are something that can easily be adapted from another product or even DIYed at home. But the Palette impresses me. I usually muddle along with those travel-size...

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The Edinburgh Floral Clock

They can be found all over the world now, these floral clocks. Indeed. there was even one at Michael Jackson's Neverland home. But the tradition began in Edinburgh in Scotland well over a hundred years ago. Over the years I must have walked past dozens, if not...

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What are Alberghi Diffusi?

What is an albergho diffuso? If you're looking for a vacation experience with a difference then these accommodations in Italy might be just what you're looking for.Almost thirty years before Airbnb made famous its 'live like a local' concept and slogan, that's exactly...

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Why Do Brazilians Speak Portuguese?

Brazil is only one of ten countries that have Portuguese as their official language. Portuguese is one of the top ten spoken languages in the world (it's difficult to get an exact figure) and yet Portugal, like England that spawned one of the most used languages in...

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Talbot House, Belgium

Now you might have heard the expression 'as dim as a Toc H lamp' or you could be familiar with a track called Pow R. Toc H.from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. So it may be that you've heard of Toc H but do you know what it means? It's a fascination story and yes,...

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