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What is bivvying? How to have a night of adventure – without a tent

Armed with long experience, our writer gives the lowdown on getting there, the best equipment and picking your spot for a great night in the wildWhen I bivvy I’m not in search of sleep. I know I’ll wake up frequently, feeling restricted by my sleeping bag. Bivvying is camping at its simplest: sleeping outside without a tent and minimal gear.It isn’t about a comfortable night’s rest. It’s about squeezing an adventure into a humdrum week; it’s about being in nature, hearing hedgehogs snuffling and...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Bournemouth, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Green travel, Adventure Travel, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays

Straight story? The YouTuber taking a direct route to success

Tom Davies has 925,000 subscribers who watch his attempts to cross countries without making a turnWhen Tom Davies and his stepbrother, Greg, were growing up on the edge of Aldridge, a town in the West Midlands, they would pick a point in the distance, a TV mast for instance, and make their way straight there, even if it meant clambering through quarries, sneaking across railway tracks and running away from angry farmers.Now Davies has channelled this childhood taste for adventure into a YouTube ...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Youtube, Scotland, UK News, Digital Media, Norway, West Midlands, Adventure Travel, Greg, Davies, Aldridge, Tom Davies

"at your library" in the north island eagle: book lists: travel the world by book

Book Lists: Travel the World by BookIn my last column, I promised you lists of books on various topics. I’ll highlight ten books in each column. You might want to clip and save them!TraveloguesThe pandemic put all our travel plans on hold, but we can always travel through reading. In the books on this list, talented writers tell amazing stories about the places they visit, and they invite you to come along.Title: My 25 Years in ProvenceAuthor: Peter Mayle, a British writer who lived in FranceWhe...
Tags: Travel, London, Scotland, Pacific, Sam Heughan, Wise, Vancouver Island, Stephen Fabes, William Atkins, Peter Mayle, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Europe North Africa, Bruce Kirkby, My Writing

Future Bookings Data Heralds Edinburgh Hotels' Post-Lockdown Lift

While much of Europe remains moderately locked down, the U.K. has reopened, led by Scotland where hotel stays have been allowed since April 26.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Scotland, Edinburgh Hotels Post Lockdown Lift

#Dubai Reit faces fight ahead of Islamic bond restructuring vote | Financial Times

Dubai Reit faces fight ahead of Islamic bond restructuring vote | Financial Times A group of international lenders is battling for greater transparency and governance changes at a major Dubai real estate investment trust ahead of a crunch vote on its restructuring plans on Monday, marking a rare case of investor activism in the Gulf.  Emirates REIT, the largest sharia-compliant Reit in the United Arab Emirates, faces resistance from a group of debtholders as it seeks to restructure...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, Uae, NMC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Nasdaq Dubai, VonTobel, Aberdeen Standard Investments, | Financial Times, Gulf Emirates, Sylvain Vieujot

Europe Hotel Transactions Bulletin - Week Ending 28 May 2021

HVS Hodges Ward Elliott acts on the sale of the Castelfalfi Estate, Italy, TUI Group sells 49% stake in RIU Hotels, Marathon acquires UK portfolio of 17 IHG hotels from Cerberus, Hotel Brooklyn in Manchester sold by Marshall CDP, UK hotel Bredbury Hall sold out of administration to Vine Hotels, Channel Islands hotel portfolio sold to Hand Picked Hotels, Highland Coast Hotels acquires four hotels in Scotland, Inn Collection Group acquires the Carlton Hotel in Lytham St Annes, UK.
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Scotland, Manchester, Ihg, Marshall, Carlton Hotel, HVS Hodges Ward Elliott, Castelfalfi Estate Italy TUI Group, RIU Hotels Marathon, Cerberus Hotel Brooklyn, Bredbury Hall, Vine Hotels Channel Islands, Hand Picked Hotels Highland Coast Hotels, Inn Collection Group

Park Bagger – Adventures in Canada’s National Parks

British mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro used the term “peak bagger” in the 1890s to describe climbers who set out to summit all of the highest peaks in Scotland. “Munro bagging,” which morphed into the term “Peak bagging,” later migrated to North America, where today it’s used by nature-lovers like author and conservationist Marlis Butcher, who proudly calls herself a “park bagger.”  Butcher has led the way for outdoorsy folks who aim to visit all 48 national parks of Canada, and that’s the gist of h...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Book Reviews, Toronto, Earth, Canada, National Parks, Arctic, North America, Calgary, Arctic Circle, Parks Canada, Thule, Labrador, BAGGER, Sitka

10 off-the-beaten-track adventures in Scotland

Scotland will be a first choice for the many Brits holidaying in the UK this year, but these active breaks avoid the country’s famous Highland and island honeypotsTravellers have for years hurtled past the Scottish Borders, eyes on the prize that is the heart-stopping Highlands. But with UK holidaymakers swamping the traditional hotspots, it’s time to check out the southern hinterlands. The Borders mat not have the mighty Munros, but its softly rounded hills, wooded valleys, sleepy towns and ivy...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Road Trips, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Glamping, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Swimming Holidays, Scotland Holidays, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highland, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays

UK Covid news: India added to England’s travel red list with rules coming into force at 4am on Friday

Latest updates: India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafeOxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfectionBritons working at home spend more time on job in Covid crisis, ONS findsCoronavirus – latest global updates 4.59pm BST 4.57pm BST In the Commons Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary,...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, India, Race, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology

UK's Covid traffic light travel plan too simplistic, say scientists

Idea raises concerns among some scientists who say it could fail to stop new variants entering countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePotential plans to introduce a traffic light scheme for travel abroad have prompted concerns among scientists that the approach is too simplistic and could fail to prevent new variants from entering the UK.At present, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays, with foreign travel only allowed in specific circumstances. Those who do tr...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Coronavirus

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Spotlight Voyages

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Spotlight Voyages Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveils a new collection of 13 spotlight voyages. And each voyage is filled with one-of-a-kind onboard and shoreside experiences. Before we get started, you should know that Regent is one of our ‘go-to” luxury cruise lines. To learn more about our favorite ocean cruise line brands, please  CLICK HERE . Ok.  Let’s get to the announcement: Regent’s 13 Spotlight Voyages  Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cr...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, London, Featured, Bali, California, Mexico, Scotland, Southeast Asia, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Barcelona, Rome

Guided Land Tours

Land Tours: Guided and Private Land tours, be they guided or private, are a popular way to travel and see the world. Ocean and river cruises offer travelers a floating luxury hotel along with the convenience of packing and unpacking once. However, a land journey offers the more intrepid traveler the ability to enjoy a more immersive experience. I have long stated that visiting Italy by land versus poking at it on a cruise ship from the ocean offers a far more enriching experience. TUSCAN SUNRI...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Scotland, Ireland, Ocean, Italy, Tuscany, Tauck, Italy Ireland, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Guided Land Tours, Abercrombie Kent Connections, Abercrombie Kent Luxury Small Groups

Ancient "Plain of Jars" in Laos has been dated

The Plain of Jars consists of over 90 sites containing thousands of jars scattered across Laos. According to new research, these jars were constructed sometime between 1240 and 660 BCE.In 2019, UNESCO named a cluster of 11 regions as a World Heritage Site. The stone jar sites scattered around Laos are considered the most unique and important archaeological finds in all of Southeast Asia. In total, over 90 sites have been identified, with each site containing between one and 400 jars, some of w...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, England, Scotland, Southeast Asia, Religion, Unesco, Innovation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Laos, Usaf, World Heritage Site, Derek, University of Melbourne

Mysterious "Plain of Jars" in Laos has been dated

The Plain of Jars consists of over 90 sites containing thousands of jars scattered across Laos. According to new research, these jars were constructed sometime between 1240 and 660 BCE.In 2019, UNESCO named a cluster of 11 regions as a World Heritage Site. The stone jar sites scattered around Laos are considered the most unique and important archaeological finds in all of Southeast Asia. In total, over 90 sites have been identified, with each site containing between one and 400 jars, some of w...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, England, Scotland, Southeast Asia, Religion, Unesco, Innovation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Laos, Usaf, World Heritage Site, Derek, University of Melbourne

The Crazy Evolution Of Mini Golf

Reading Time:  3 minutes - The recreational activity of Mini Golf has existed for over a hundred years, since 1915. It’s amazing to think how an activity went from something so simple became the elaborate and intricate courses we have today. Here’s a look into the crazy and zany history of mini golf! Ladies Putting Club 1894 at St. Andrew’s Links in Scotland Mini golf started off in Scotland in 1867 with the “Ladie’s Putting Club”. While golfers waited to play a round, t...
Tags: Travel, Entertainment, Scotland, America, Canada, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Lists, North Carolina, Taylor, Joe, Carter, Toronto Ontario, St Andrew, Fairyland Inn, Lookout Mountain

Finding the middle of nowhere: hiking to Scotland's great wilderness

Memories of a winter trip to the most remote spot in Britain are a reminder of the raw beauty of the HighlandsIt started with a warning: “Weaklings and novices must expect to perish.” Guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright didn’t mince his words when describing the glacially scoured tract of land known as Fisherfield in Scotland’s far north-west Highlands, between the tiny townships of Kinlochewe to the south and Dundonnell to the north.It has earned the reputation of Scotland’s “great wilderness” a...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Scotland, Britain, Walking, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highlands Holidays, Alfred Wainwright, Dundonnell, Kinlochewe, Fisherfield

Losing our marbles over Stonehenge | Brief letters

Judiciary | Queen’s leases | Travel plans | Ancient showroom | StonehengeDonald Trump’s acquittal in the US Senate (Report, 14 February) surely provides the best possible evidence for never allowing politicians to get involved in judicial decision-making. Their priorities lie in other directions. Les Baker Fordingbridge, Hampshire• The Queen gets £220m a year for seabed lease options for windfarms (Queen’s property chief delays sale of Scottish seabed windfarm plots, 12 February). Really? Perhap...
Tags: | Travel, Energy, Law, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Renewable Energy, Energy industry, US politics, Heritage, Wind Power, Queen, Monarchy, Judiciary, US Senate

Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail terms, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures as Scottish government announces even stricter plansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravellers arriving from coronavirus hotspots could face £10,000 fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years under a package of measures designed to stop new variants entering Britain.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said people who travelled to England from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in government-design...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Air transport, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus

Whitbread Set to Open Four More Premier Inn Hotels in Scotland

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, is gearing itself up for a successful summer of staycations in Scotland with four new hotels due to open in the coming months.
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Whitbread, Premier Inn

Life in hotel quarantine: 'I'm on day two. It's around day 11 things get difficult'

Ian Samson, originally from Edinburgh, describes his experience of Hong Kong’s strict isolation rules for travellersI have a pile of 20 bananas in my hotel room here in Hong Kong, a spin bike I’ve had delivered and some rapidly dying flowers that the hotel gave me on the first day as a morbid reminder of how little sunlight I would be getting for the next 21 days. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Scotland, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Edinburgh, Ian Samson, Coronavirus

Spotta flies into 2021 with new products, new markets and larger team

SPOTTA KNOWS 'PEST': SMART PEST SYSTEM COMPANY FLIES INTO 2021 WITH NEW PRODUCTS, NEW MARKETS & LARGER TEAM Team size doubles after successful first twelve months of commercial operations Product diversification: systems for Pine Weevils and Palm Weevils in development Company extends reach into European and North American markets Spotta Smart Pest Systems has capped a strong first year of commercial operations with accelerated product development and market reach for 2021. To support...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Middle East, Jordan, North America, Cto, France Germany, UK Europe, Spotta, Pine Weevils, Palm Weevils, Pest Controllers, Scandinavia Product, Red Palm Weevils, Hanting Qin

'We cannot take chances' with South African Covid variant, says Grant Shapps – video

The transport secretary said fears that vaccines would not work against the new South African coronavirus strain prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland. 'There are concerns ... about how effective the vaccine would be against it, so we simply cannot take chances,' Shapps saidFears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbsUK coronavirus live Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, England, Scotland, UK News, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Wealthy Brits are fleeing the UK in private jets to avoid new lockdowns ahead of Christmas while Londoners are trapped in their city

Private jet travelers. Erickson Stock/Shutterstock Private aviation firms are reporting an increase in bookings from over the weekend out of London as the UK government imposes new lockdowns. A new strain of coronavirus prompted the government to shut down most of London and South East England.  Over 40 countries have closed borders with the UK or implemented stricter entry restrictions, leading airlines to cancel flights. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Londoners fl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, UK, London, News, Air Travel, Scotland, Planes, US, Trends, Spain, Bbc, Features, Flying

Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations to go online with a virtual Hogmanay

Three spectacular films involving choreographed LED drones will be streamed on 29, 30 and 31 December to replace the usual fun and fireworksTorchlit processions, fireworks, lasers, concerts, cannons and ceilidhs … Edinburgh’s annual new year celebrations are some of the biggest in the world. They span several crowded, fun-packed days and nights and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city’s streets for a series of giant parties. This year, however, Hogmanay is going online for the firs...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Life and style, UK News, Edinburgh, New Year, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Christmas And New Year Holidays, Edinburgh Holidays, Charlie Wood, Ed Bartlam

Guest Post: Laurie-Annya Linfoot 

  Since I could not decide on my story, so I am giving you vignettes of my 69 years.      ​​ Annya and her son Jackson  My daughter Annya was one of the last babies born in the Yosemite National Park hospital, called Lewis and Memorial. When it came time to deliver my baby, we had to drive from the southern area of the park called Wawona (4,000 ft elevation), up and over a mountain pass of 6000 ft to get to Yosemite Valley where the hospital was located. It was the firs...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, France, Scotland, Wikipedia, Canada, Alaska, Connecticut, Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, White, Robert Burns, Nancy Drew, Lewis, Ian

World Golf Awards a major success for Turfgrass Consultancy

Hoiana Shores, Vietnam. Photo Credit Gary Lisbon  Irish clubs, hotels and industry leaders did well at the 7th  World Golf Awards but there was also success for an element of the game that often gets overlooked — the agronomists.It’s little wonder that  Turfgrass Consultancy, an Irish company founded by John Clarkin, was thrilled to see four of its re...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Scotland, Sport, Architecture, Ireland, Tourism, Italy, Golf, Henrik Stenson, Dubai, Stockholm, South East Asia, Stockholm Sweden, Perugia, Robert Trent Jones

Will Scotland become the new ski destination?

With British skiers nervous about booking holidays in Europe, travel specialists are predicting an exodus to the northCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Scottish mountains may be an unlikely beneficiary of the Covid-19 pandemic. With British skiers nervous about committing to a package holiday with a tour operator in one of the main European destinations, travel specialists are predicting the rise of the DIY ski trip, which could be good news for the Cairngorms.“Ther...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Scotland, Sport, UK News, World news, Skiing, Cairngorms, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Skiing Holidays, Winter Sports Holidays, Rob Stewart, Coronavirus, Ski Press PR

England, Scotland, Ireland Tour

CLICK FOR LARGE VIEW England, Scotland, Ireland Tour This 24-day England, Scotland, and Ireland Tour will take you to all of the most sought-after destinations in England and Ireland. From our friends at Insight Vacations, this tour is available in a classic group (up to 50 people) or a small group (up to 24 people). If these destinations have been sitting idle on your bucket list, then this is a wonderful way to check them off in one fell swoop. This epic adventure illuminates the hidd...
Tags: Travel, England, Featured, Scotland, Blog, Ireland, Don, England Scotland, Britain Ireland, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Travel Corporation, England Scotland Ireland, Insight Vacations, Isles Along, Pricing Britain Ireland

Trump is selling his iconic $7 million helicopter that was a frequent guest on 'The Apprentice' and the campaign trail — see inside

Donald Trump's personal Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty President Donald Trump's personal Sikorsky S-76 VIP helicopter is currently for sale. The $7 million helicopter was acquired by Trump in 2010 and its cabin outfitted by designer Eric Roth, according to CNBC.  It was a frequent sight on "The Apprentice" and on the campaign trail from 2015 to 2016 before Trump became president. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can now buy President Donald Trump...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, England, New York, News, Air Travel, California, Washington, Scotland, Planes, New York City, Time, US, Trends, Features

I followed the magic of Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture into Fingal's Cave | Nayantara Dutta

‘Listening to music in lockdown helps me see the world in a deeper way, and reminds me of my adventure to the Isle of Staffa’In lockdown, I’ve been traveling in a different way. I listen to music and close my eyes, revisiting songs that bring back memories. Listening to playlists and records is my way of remembering the different chapters of my life and what they have meant to me. I’ve grown up all over the world, moving countries every few years – from India to Hong Kong to Vietnam to the US. N...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Scotland, India, US, Atlantic, Heritage, Vietnam, Cultural Trips, Mumbai, Adventure Travel, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Felix Mendelssohn, Mendelssohn, Staffa

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