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June 2022 Travel News and Tips – festivities and beauty in all forms plus flip flops, barefoot dances, and wind-tousled hair …

“It is the month of June. The month of leaves and roses. When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.”


June 2022 is the first of the summer months and with it brings festivities and beauty in all forms. From Royal celebrations, Father’s Day (Sunday June 19), Juneteenth (Sunday June 19, USA), Pride Month to Summer Solstice, summer flowers and longer days for BBQ evenings. The beauty of June is to be found in the simple pleasures of flip flops, sunbathing on luxury catamaran or sand in between your toes on a vast stretch of golden or white sandy beaches. Blowing bubbles with our kids, water fountains and let’s not forget the soft serves!

As wonderful as the month of June is and we are feeling the higher temperatures and humidity of the season in London already, the heatwave has come a lot sooner than expected — it is a worrying sign of climate change that calls for everything we could do to save our Earth.

However, the Southern Hemisphere enjoys the changing colours of the season as it moves from autumn to winter. With Winter Solstice on either June 20 or 21 marking the shortest daylight hours. With cooler and fresher days, the countries in the Southern Hemisphere are a haven for those who want to escape the humidity of the Northern Hemisphere.

The month of June also tells us that these beautiful long days are gone before you know it — and soon, you shall be in the second half of the year.

Related reading: Read about the origins of June, birthstone, birthflowers, myths, legends, traditions, celebrations, superstitions along with rhymes, quotes and sayings — Presently June 2021

Welcome to Presently June 2022, our monthly e-column

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1 | JUNE 2022 AND LONDON UK

June had never looked more beautiful than it does now in London! With Union Jacks and floral colours everywhere you go in London, the charming city London is amazingly beautiful.

In the United Kingdom, June 2022 began with the 4-day bank holiday weekend (Thursday June 2 to Friday June 5, 2022) to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The long weekend offered many opportunities for us to come together to celebrate the unprecedented anniversary as well as to travel abroad or enjoy a staycation.

If you are considering travels in the coming months, you may find the following travel news useful.

2 | JUNE 2022 TRAVEL NEWS | COUNTRIES WELCOMING VISITORS

As summer gets underway, travel seems to return to some normalcy with more countries loosening their Covid-19 restrictions.

2.1 | UNITED STATES

As of June 12, 2022, all travel restrictions to and within the United States have been lifted. Travellers are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. The rules as to mask wearing are not definitive at present. For example, New York City airports such as JFK still require mask wearing indoors. Some airlines may also require mask wearing during flights. Therefore, please check for the latest guidelines offered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as regards mask wearing during flights and in public transportation.

Travelling to the USA as a Visitor

Non US citizens or non Green Card holders travelling to the USA requires that you get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. An ESTA is valid for 2 years and allows for multiple entries. Apply for your ESTA via iVisa for instant delivery or from the official website of the US Customs and Border Protection.

NB: An ESTA does not entitle you to automatic entry to the USA. You will need to go through border control at point of arrival.

Our Best Selling Activities in the USA

Outdoor and nature activities in the USA are presently popular. You may want to give the following activities a go for best experiences:

1 | Tour aboard the Boston Duck

Climb aboard a unique amphibious vehicle and discover Boston on land and on water in one non-stop journey. The World War II-style “Duck” takes you along historic streets and into the Charles River on an 80-minute tour of the city. Check availability on the Boston Duck Tour.

2 | Sightseeing Tour of Bryce Canyon National Park

Experience the difference a local guide can make — join a 3-hour small group guided tour and discover the must-see sites such as Thor’s Hammer, the Cathedral and the Natural Bridge Walk along with stone amphitheaters among towering hoodoos. Learn about the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this uniquely beautiful landscape. Check availability and book your space in this highly recommended and popular tour.

3 | Everglades National Park Airboat Tour

The Everglades National Park is a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for rare and endangered species. Take a ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther. Book your experience of the Everglades National Park.

4 | NYC Summit One Vanderbilt

Immerse in a multi-sensory art experience at every turn and enjoy vantage points of New York from the open-air terrace and indoor lounge, perched nearly 1,100 feet above Manhattan. Learn more and book your immersive experience either by day or by night for unique timeless memories.

5 | Cruise around Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride and sail within 100 metres of the world’s most famous monument, the Statue of Liberty. Cruise under the Brooklyn Bridge and over to Ellis Island. Enjoy views of Lower Manhattan from both the east and the west sides along with views of the iconic Freedom Tower. Check availability on this best selling activity for New York City.

6 | From Page: Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Explore, marvel and capture many photos of the two most famous natural formations in the world. The Lower Antelope Canyon is where the “pillars of light gleam through the cathedral-like canyon ceiling” affords plenty of picture opportunities.

Later, the tour takes you to the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend, where the river meanders around rocks creating a horse-shoe loop — views much loved by travellers. Enjoy a visit to these two attractions in half a day guided activity.

2.2 | CANADA

Canada is open to vaccinated travellers only. You do not have to provide a pre-arrival positive test. However, masks may be required in some outdoor and indoor venues.

2.3 | EUROPE

Vaccinations and pre arrival testing requirements have been removed by most European countries. Local mask mandate may still be in place in some outdoor and indoor venues.

France, Spain and Portugal still require unvaccinated travellers to have a negative entry test.

Related read: Guide to Seville TravelSanta Cruz Neighbourhood, Triana, Bohemian Seville, Plaza Espana, Real Alcazar, Seville Cathedral and more…

The Netherlands still bans unvaccinated travellers to its country.

Related read: The Complete Guide to AmsterdamAmsterdam Bucket List, Where to Stay, Dutch Culture Food, Surinamese Cuisine, Best Transport options from Airport to City Centre, and more…

OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE

1 | FRANCE: Catamaran Cruise in Cannes

Set sail aboard a modern catamaran across the Bay of Cannes from the old port of Quai Laubeuf. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d’Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided). Learn more about this activity and book your timeless experience in Cannes.

2 | PARIS: Eiffel Tour Direct Access to Summit by Elevator

For this activity, you shall meet the greeter to collect your entry tickets to Eiffel Tower Summit, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower, 1st Floor Eiffel Tour and Eiffel Tower entry ticket. Access to Eiffel Tower Summit is by elevator. Check availability and book your Eiffel Tower experience before your travels.

3 | LONDON: Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio with Transfer

Go on a magical full day trip to the Warner Brothers Studio from Central London. Dive into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and experience Platform 9 ¾, ride the Hogwarts Express as well as step onto the famous cobblestones of Diagon Alley, featuring the shopfronts of Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Check availability on this best selling activity and reserve your experience to avoid disappointment.

4 | LONDON: Tower of London and the Crown Jewels Exhibition

Explore the Tower of London at your own pace. Built by William the Conqueror in 1086 castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. See the memorial dedicated to those who were executed on the castle grounds. Visit Beauchamp Tower, White Tower, the torture chamber and the magnificent collection of Crown Jewels. No visit to London is complete without a visit to the Tower of London.

5 | HUNGARY (Budapest): Evening Sightseeing Cruise along the River Danube

Enjoy a 1-hour evening sightseeing cruise on the historic Danube River and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. During the cruise you will see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, and the Buda Castle on the hill, amongst others. The cruise will circle Margaret Island. By far the most magical sight is of the Budapest Parliament Building, glowing in gold and surreal. Audio guides in 30-languages are available. Reserve your experience of an Evening Cruise on the Danube.

Related read: Castle Hill Budapest | 30 Top Things to do in Budapest | Szentendre in One Day

2.3 | MEXICO

Mexico welcomes all travellers and does not have any entry restrictions.

2.4 | AUSTRALIA

If you are fully vaccinated, you can travel to Australia. Pre arrival tests are no longer required but you may be required to undertake tests when travelling interstate within the country.

2.5 | NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is still closed to non essential travellers but plans to relax its rules to international travellers as from July 2022. Fully vaccinated travellers with a pre departure negative test could visit New Zealand at this time.

2.6 | ASIAN COUNTRIES

Entry to most of the Asian countries for non-essential travel is relatively strict. In most cases, travellers are required to be fully vaccinated and have a negative pre arrival test.

The Philippines are open but require a negative pre arrival test.

Japan is still closed to tourists.


Related read: For countries already welcoming visitors, please refer to the previously written Presently series on Travel News 2022.


3 | How is Summer Solstice Celebrated in UK

The Summer Solstice is a popular event celebrated at the world famous neolithic monument, Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Thousands gather from the night before to watch the first sunrise on the longest day in summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Stonehenge sunrise on 21 June 2022 over the Heel Stone is watched and celebrated just as it was 5000 years ago.

Stonehenge is one of the oldest and most mysterious landmarks in the world and attracts millions of visitors each year. If you wish to experience the Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge in June 2022, contact the official website of English Heritage who manages the event and Stonehenge for Summer Solstice Open Access Information.

Important Note: At time of writing, Rail Strikes are scheduled for June 21, 23 and 25 in the UK which means travellers journey across the country will be severely affected. If you are planning on experiencing Summer Solstice at Stonehenge and/or visit Stonehenge during this time, you are best to reach the destination by car.

Recommended related read: Complete Guide to Visiting Stonehenge – A Sophisticated Architecture Not to Miss (information on how to get to Stonehenge along with a little history included)


TRAVEL OFFERS FOR JUNE 2022

An all inclusive holiday is still the trend this summer with our trusted partners coming up with great offers for single, couples, family and group travels. Look up the following providers:

Related read: 10 Benefits of Package Holiday You will Love to Know


Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Legal entry/Tourist travel Visa

Check Visa requirements with iVisa, a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals. You shall find suggestions on recommended tours sprinkled throughout TTS on each experience I write about.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


Catch up with all travel guides and tips so far written in Timeless Travel Steps


finally … June 2022 Travel News

There are virtually no restrictions these days in travelling domestically and travelling abroad is becoming easier. Masking mandates might still be present in some places and it is worth checking prior to travel. As we continue to explore more, remember to always travel consciously, safely and make small changes that add up to big differences to save Earth, our Home.

As the newly radiant sun steps forth from spring time , wrapping us in warmth and brilliant days, the sky blazes in blue with the drifting of the birdsong and steady buzz of young bees along with summertime pollen. With blooms just as pretty as they are, playing begins from the youngest to old, smiles, laughter and jokes run free. Out comes flip flops, barefoot dances, and wind-tousled hair. Jazz begins in the way we walk, eyes dance upon meeting — so whatever we do, let us make the most of the here and now of what the glorious month of June 2022 offers.

Until next time,

Georgina xoxo

June 2022


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May 2022 – Travel News and More

Now that the fresh cold winds of winter are gone, the rains of early spring make her presence known. We are told, “April showers bring May flowers” – hopefully, not all plans get rained on in May 🙂 as normalcy in travel takes pace, cautiously.


 “The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.”  — Lady Gregory


We begin the sweet month of May 2022 with May Day, a glorious 3-day weekend along with ancient celebrations of folklores, and dancing.

The month of May is known as a month of transition. We move from spring into summer, with spring flowers blooming, birds chirping and delightful warm days in the northern hemisphere. With adorable bluebells and daffodils along with Hawthorn and Lily of the Valleys adorn the grounds. Beautiful mountains and colourful meadows make it perfect for biking through those scented lush fields. Whereas in the southern hemisphere, summer is long gone, autumn winds creep in and nights get chillier. May is definitely a time of change, wherever you are in the world.

One thing for sure though, that whichever hemisphere we are at, be it spring or autumn, May breathes new hope, joy for days ahead and much fun for travel adventures as more countries ease travel conditions for travellers.

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If you have been thinking of travelling lately after these months of restrictions, it might just be the right time to do so. With none or relaxed travel entry rules, and low airline fares, along with warmer days, there seems no better time to pack a carry-on and board that flight!

Georgina: We undertook a trip to Budapest, Hungary in late March into early April 2022, and it was awesome. No PCR tests prior or post but only mask wearing during the flight, which I would do anyways. Travel was almost pre restriction times.

COUNTRIES WELCOMING VISITORS

Let’s take a look at some of the countries who are welcoming visitors with relaxed Covid entry rules as from May 2022. As rules change regularly, please ensure that you check for the most up-to-date information with the respective official government travel website before finalising your travel.

COUNTRIES IN EUROPE

1 | United Kingdom

— All travel restrictions for visitors are lifted. There is no requirement for the Passenger Locator Form, or to present a negative result upon arrival. Face masks are no longer mandatory and unvaccinated travellers no longer required to submit pre-departure tests. Check travel requirements for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


2 | Cyprus

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If you are vaccinated or have recently recovered, there is no requirement to test to enter the country. Cyprus has also got rid of passenger locator forms as from April 18. Travel Safely to Cyprus.


3 | Czech Republic

All travel restrictions including the colour-coded system for various countries have been dropped. Travelling to Czech Republic.


4 | Greece

— As from May 2, all Covid rules and mask wearing are lifted. Check Travel Greece.


5 | Sweden, along with Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Hungary

have dropped all travel restrictions. Read more: Sweden; Denmark; Latvia; Norway; Poland; Hungary.

Recommended read: 30 Very Best Things to do in Budapest, Hungary.


COUNTRIES IN ASIA

1 | India

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India has relaxed travel restrictions for tourists in light of a stable situation for cases of Covid-19. This means termination of air bubble arrangements and some travel returning to pre-Covid level of services. Before travelling to India, ensure you check:

1 | India’s current Entry Requirements and Restrictions;

2 | Coronovirus in India;

3 | If travelling as a tourist, you need to get a visa before travelling. Ensure you have a valid India Tourist e-Visa. This can be for a duration of 30 days, 1 year or 5 years depending on your needs and eligibility.

The UK Government – Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ADVISES AGAINST ALL TRAVEL TO:

1 | The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan;

2 | Jammu and Kashmir, with the EXCEPTION of travel by air to the city of Jammu and within the city of Jammu, as well as travel within the Union Territory of Ladakh.

3 | Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Learn more on safety and security in India


2 | Singapore

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Since April 26, Singapore has eased travel restrictions for visitors. Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take pre-departure tests and this includes children age 12 and under. However, unvaccinated visitors are still not welcome to the country. Read more on travel restrictions eased in Singapore.


3 | Thailand

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As from 1 May 2022, all travel restrictions related to Covid are relaxed. All fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to take a PCR test at either pre-departure or post arrival. However, you still need a Thailand Pass. Thailand Pass requires you to upload proof of vaccination along with a health insurance policy of up to $10,000. Unvaccinated travellers are no longer required to undertake a pre-departure PCR test but you need to be quarantined for five days upon arrival. On the fifth day, you need to undergo a PCR test. You are also required to show proof of hotel booking for the five days on the Thailand Pass form. Read more on Thailand entry requirements.


TRAVEL OFFERS — All-in-One Package

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There is a great advantage to booking an all-in-one package holiday. A popular style of vacationing, you get to choose the type of holidays, either low cost or high-end without the stresses of booking at multiple sites. Additionally, some tour operators of package holidays provide the added services of a representative of the tour operator at the destination.

Recommended read: A Complete Guide to 10 Benefits of a All-in-One Holiday.

If you are looking for some very special deals, you may like some of the offers by our trusted partners presently have:

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If a booking including this discount is changed/cancelled, the discount will no longer be valid on the new/amended booking. Booking Conditions apply. easyJet holidays Ltd (ABTA Y6633) is ATOL protected (11694).

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TRAVEL OFFERS — ON THINGS TO DO

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1 | English Heritage

English Heritage is the champion of some of England’s most treasured and iconic buildings and monuments. They are guardians of 400 historic places which encompass 6000 years of history. You can experience history and travel back in time at all of the 400 sites, including Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle. While you can visit each historic place individually, you would benefit much with an English Heritage Membership. An individual membership starts at £66.00 a year but it costs far less now with the English Heritage 15% off Gift & Annual Memberships code.

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With the warm weather coming our way, you can make the most of your weekends and free time exploring the priceless and historic properties in England with your membership. I was given an annual membership as a gift at Christmas and am absolutely going to enjoy the year visiting and exploring some of the 400 historic places.

Join from as little as £4.42 a month. Use code “EH2022” to redeem 15% off Gift & Annual Memberships. Code expires 31st May 2022. For use on NEW membership purchases only. 

If you are a non UK resident, you may not need an annual membership but perhaps, a discounted ticket for the duration of your visit to the UK. An Overseas Visitor Pass gives you access to 100 historic places for one price. You could select the sites and work them into your itinerary to suit without having the pressure of time to visit within a day or so.

Buy your English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass

Buy your Annual English Heritage Membership: use code ‘EH202’ – valid till May 30, 2022. Click link below:


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Recap of what has been happening since the last e-column in March

Presently May 2022

Yes, since March 🙂 I don’t really know where April went! 🙂 🙂

So, if you haven’t read TTS publication since, here they are:


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While the happy earth looks at the sky, and sings, carpets of bluebells and daffodils cover the ground. Butterflies flutter in the air, reawakening the darling buds of May. With brighter and warmer days ahead along with some extraordinarily good deals on flights and package holidays, I shall be travelling more within the UK and to Europe than previously. Whilst I hope to bring new and more travel stories to you, travelling also means less time writing 🙂 but you shall always have the best from Timeless Travel Steps.

My sincere wish is for you to enjoy our articles, and if at all you find the information helpful to your travels, use the links to book your holidays or activities. We earn a commission at zero cost to you. As always, we appreciate your continued support. You may wish to support Timeless Travel Steps in other ways also.

As normalcy returns and we embark to explore more of our beautiful planet, remember also to travel consciously and safely.

May is a special birthday month in my household and I look forward to celebrating with my family whilst embracing all that this merry month has in store. I wish you to enjoy the warmer days ahead, whatever you get up to.

Georgina xoxo

May 2022

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Presently March 2022

Travel News, Travel Offers & more …

As winter moves to spring, the month of March offers glimpses of beauty where “the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade” along with the first darling buds of daffodils to nudge above the frost covered grounds to signify that sunnier days are ahead. The beginning of Spring also offers Daylight Savings and perfect celebrations such as International Women’s Day (March 8), National Pi Day (March 14), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the official First Day of Spring (March 20), to note a few. The month of March 2022 is also special for each Piscean and Arien born during this month.

In our February’s e-column, we noted a number of countries where international travel restrictions had been eased. Travel restrictions continues to be eased in many more countries. While we look forward to better days ahead with some hope for normalcy to return, I can’t help but mention here that this past week the world had and continues to witness the devastation unfolding in #ukraine. The people of Ukraine will not know normalcy as they have known, for a very very long time to come. I am certain that Ukraine will rebuild and I shall visit one day as it is on my bucket list.

Please support the humanitarian efforts for Ukraine in any ways you can — here are some links where you could do so:

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With some travel restrictions being abolished in some countries, travel to and in the European Union and Schengen Area countries are easing for fully vaccinated travellers. Here are some countries where travel rules have been relaxed:

1 | Australia

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After almost two years of travel restrictions, Australia has opened its borders and welcoming international visitors again. Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine upon arrival but they do need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Read more on Australia’s international travel requirements.

2 | FRANCE

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Travellers who provide valid vaccination or recovery certificate can now travel to France without restrictions. Unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from a ‘Green’ country may also travel to France provided they can provide a negative test result. Read more on the rules > Travel to France.

3 | GREECE

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Travellers from EU/Schengen Area along with nationals from Australia, Canada and the USA can travel freely provided they can present a valid vaccination, recovery or a test certificate.

Travellers from other countries would still need to present a vaccination or recovery certificate plus an additional pre-entry test. Read more on Travel to Greece.

4 | Italy

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Regardless of the country of origin, all travellers are permitted entry to Italy provided they present a valid vaccination/recovery certificate or a negative test result. Learn more on Italy’s Travel Rules.


Find out more > European Union and Schengen countries travel rules.

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Travel Offers for March 2022

In this March 2022, the following travel offers have just been released by our trusted partners:

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The following were published in February:

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10 Best River Boat Trips in Seville and Water Activities

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Triana Seville | Stay Eat Explore

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The Noble Torre del Oro Seville


We would love to share our travel stories with you


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With sunny days ahead, trees in bloom and sweetness in the air, spring may be the best months for travel. If you do, always be safe and stay well.

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TRAVEL ADVICE

Due to recent global health and safety issues, please adhere to travel guidelines in the country you are travelling to. While we at TTS work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out, as some attractions may be closed due to local restrictions.

For the latest on Travel Guidelines, please go to the following Official portals:

Travel abroad from England Advise

Travel abroad from Scotland Advise

Travel abroad from Wales Advise

USA Travel Advisories

Travel between European Countries

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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I’m not just February

With winds that blow

All day, and piled-up snow;

I’m Valentine of airy grace…

With golden hearts and hearts of lace

And pretty cards that people send,

Quite as a secret, to a friend.

Though I’m short of days and small,

I’m quite a big month, after all! 


edited: poem by Annette Wynne


I could’t agree more with Annette Wynne! Let me begin by saying that February 2022 is a beautiful month for two of our favourite celebrations.

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It begins with the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year on 1 February 2022. This lunar year is the Year of the Tiger. Whether we celebrate it or not, it is certainly a time to get together with friends and family to eat dim sum, enjoy the scrumptious duck spring rolls smothered with hoi sin sauce, noodles and lots of wine! Yeap, wine, not green tea 🙂

Wishing all who celebrate, a prosperous Year of the Tiger.

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We also have Valentine’s Day on 14 February 2022. Celebrated with much love, flowers and lots of chocolates! I don’t need any excuse to indulge in chocolates but on this special day, chocolates dusted with smiles, warmth, love and care do taste extra special, if I may say so.

May I wish everyone a day of fun , splendidness and may all your desires be made special on this day.


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In my January e-column, I mentioned that future monthly columns will take a new form/content. Here it is.

Welcome to our Presently February 2022, our monthly e-column

The e-columns of past months’ formed an introduction to each month covering the stories of origin, traditions, lores and much more. If you haven’t read them yet, you can do so here.

Going forward, as of February 2022, we shall build upon this foundation and our e-column shall cover travel news, travel offers and helpful travel tips.

With the world slowly opening-up and as travellers travel safely and with confidence, we at TTS hope to support your travel adventures with helpful information to add value to your decision-making. With this objective in mind, let’s get started with what has been trending lately on Travel.

TRAVEL NEWS | FEBRUARY 2022

1 | Travels to England UK

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Rules on international travel to England is changing. There will be no Covid-19 test required for vaccinated travellers and rules for the unvaccinated travellers are streamlined.

With effect from 4 a.m. on 11 February 2022, the following applies:

1.1 | Fully vaccinated travellers to England

i | Covid-19 test is no longer required either before you travel or after your arrival in England.

ii | You do not need to quarantine upon arrival in England.

iii | A Passenger Locator Form must be completed before your travels to England.

1.2 | Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers to England

i | Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required. Such test to be completed in the two days prior to travel to England.

ii | You are required to have booked and paid for a COVID-19 PCR test to be undertaken when you arrive in England. This must be done before you travel to England.

iii | It is essential that a Passenger Locator Form is completed prior to your departure.

* There is no quarantine requirements unless you test negative upon arrival in England.

2 | Travels to EU

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Travel rules are changing across the EU Member States as of 1 February 2022. The EU Council adopted a new approach to its travel restrictions for its Member States to aide safe and free movement within its borders. The Council’s announcement comes as more and more people are getting vaccinated and remain protected with booster vaccines. The new travel restrictions focuses on two aspects. Firstly, the focus is on the individual rather than the region/country of departure and secondly, the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate is 270 days (nine months).

2.1 | Traveller-based restrictions

The new travel restrictions for EU Member States focus on the individual traveller status and not from the region of travel. Previously, the travel restrictions were based on regional level, whether the virus was circulating at a high level, thereby posing greater risks of transmission.

With the present change, a traveller need only show his/her status on the Covid-19 vaccination, test or recovery. The individual traveller status must be evidenced by a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate.

A valid EU Digital Covid Certificate requires that the individual traveller:

i | Has a vaccine certificate. A valid vaccine certificate must be dated at least 14 days prior to travel or no more than 270 days of the date of travel, showing the date of their primary vaccine or their booster vaccine;

ii | A negative PCR test in the last 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid antigen test in the 24 hours before departure;

iii | A Certificate of Recovery. A confirmation that no more than 180 days has passed since first testing positive.

** However, if the virus circulates at a high level, then the restrictions on the region of origin will be considered.

2.2 | Duration of Validity of Vaccination Certificate is reduced

Previously, each Member State of the EU had set their own limits on the validity of a vaccination certificate. This is changed now, effective 1 February 2022.

The Validity of a Vaccination Certificate is now reduced to 270 days (nine months) and it is a uniform requirement throughout the EU Member States. Every member state has now agreed to a 9-month period where an individual was last fully vaccinated. After this period of time, the individual traveller must stay protected with booster vaccines so he/she can continue to travel freely and safely within the Union.

3 | Travels to Asia

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Asia is a favourite holiday destination for Europeans and Americans and it is slowly opening up to leisure travellers. These are the countries that have recently updated their travel requirements and are welcoming international leisure travellers.

3.1 | Thailand

As from 1 February 2022, Thailand is welcoming visitors from all countries around the world provided the traveller is fully vaccinated and they test negative for Covid on the first and fifth day of their visit. Showing proof of prior payment for those two nights in a government approved hotel is essential so is a coronovirus-specific travel insurance policy for US$50,000.

Read more about Thailand’s latest guidelines for visitors as it reopens for tourism.

3.2 | Vietnam

Taking into account the Covid-19 situation, Vietnam has been welcoming leisure visitors on an approved package tour program since January 1, 2022. It requires that the individual traveller has been fully vaccinated in more than 14 days prior to travel but not more than a year. Further conditions also include a negative PCR test in the 72 hours before the flight along with a coronovirus-specific travel insurance covering liability up to US$50,000.

Read about travel guidelines to Vietnam if you are planning a visit to this exotic country.

3.3 | Philippines

Individuals can visit the Philippines for tourism purposes without a quarantine requirement as from 10 February 2022 provided you are fully vaccinated. You are also required to show a negative PCR test done in the 48 hours before your flight.

Check more on safe travel to the Philippines and what to do if you suffer from symptoms while on holiday in the Philippines.


TRAVEL OFFERS for FEBRUARY 2022

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Our Travel Partners are some of the best in the industry and as always, they bring the very best offers to our clients. With a low deposit to secure a fabulous holiday along with easy cancellation facility should circumstances change at the last minute, you as a traveller has the best of both worlds. From a beach vacation, city breaks to exploring the mountains, we have you covered. You may find the following offers tempting and hard to pass by:

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As the 2nd largest UK tour operator, Jet2 Holidays offer great value package holidays from UK bases, to over 500 resorts and 70 sun destinations. All holidays comes with ATOL protection, so you know you have peace of mind when booking a vacation with Jet2 Holidays.

In this February 2022, their offers come with a low deposit of just £60 per person. With accommodations ranging from 2 to 5 stars, you have a great choice to select one that suits your budget.

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USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS

1 | Favourite Spring Destinations

London, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, and Barcelona are our top spring destinations in Europe. I would like to add Amsterdam and Seville as well. If you are planning on exploring any of these cities, please do read our comprehensive guides before you leave. Packed with great ideas on places to stay, where to eat and things to do for memories that will stay with you for a long time.

1.1 | London

We highly recommend the following most read articles on London:

Beyond the Walls of London Fortress

St Paul’s Cathedral – What makes it special

The London Eye

Key benefits of the London Pass and Why you should buy one

2.2 | Milan, Italy

Our top articles on Milan:

The Best of Milan

A Complete Guide to Milan Cathedral

Leonardo da Vinci Tours


2.3 | Seville, Spain

The Royal Alcazar

Barrio Santa Cruz | Where to Stay, Eat and Best things to do

The majestic Seville Cathedral


>> navigate to all articles on Best of Amsterdam


2 | iVisa

In this February 2022 e-column, we would like to introduce you to iVisa, one of our trusted partners who are visa specialists. They provide customers with a simple, fast and reliable way to get their travel documents and eliminate the stress of bureaucracy and confusing government forms.


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I hope you have enjoyed reading the new form of Presently series and that it is a valuable resource for you to consider when planning your travels. I am more optimistic now than I was six months ago. With more people vaccinated and the uptake on the booster, that perhaps, we are presently experiencing the near-end of the pandemic in UK and wider Europe.

You can read all of our articles published so far by navigating to the blog page.

I shall leave you to ponder on one of my favourite poems on the month of February.

February Gems

“To wandering children in the ages old,
I’ve often heard that mystic tales were told
Of fairy lands, where oft on trees and bowers
There fell from heaven pure crystal gems in showers.
Well, I believe, and so I think must you


That myths are shadows sometimes of the true;
For going forth upon a winter morn
A wondrous glory did the day adorn,
On every tree along the city street,
What matchless splendour did my vision greet.
Pendant from silver-coated branch and stem,
In argent beauty hung a brilliant gem;
Sparkling in candescent glory bright,
Shone myriad diamonds in the morning light.
Nature from its exhaustless wealth and store,
Through every street and by-way o’er and o’er,
Prodigal alike to all the rich and poor
Had scattered rivals to the Khoinoor.”

written by: Allen R.Darrow

Take care & safe travels. Till next time xoxo

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For the latest on Travel Guidelines, please go to the following Official portals:

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Presently January 2022 | Traditions and New beginnings

Presently January 2022 | New beginnings

We are here! We are on the 2nd day in a brand new month, in a brand new year – January 2022. 2022 has tiptoed in gracefully, giving us the momentum on fresh thoughts, fresh energies and the path for new beginnings … so they say 🙂

I agree with all the positives and completely in agreement with January 2022 being the month for new beginnings but I’m not so sure about the energy part! After a month of indulgence in delicious food, roasts with all the trimmings, Christmas cake, and wine with family and friends, I am as slow as molasses on 2nd January! Now, I gotta lose all the pounds I’d piled up, but ahh, I have the 333 days or so for that, right?

Anyways, January 2022.

With January being the first of the twelve chapters, let’s take a look at what Presently January 2022 is all about …

Welcome to January 2022 e-column

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About the month of January

There is a certain magic that comes with the very first month of the year. January is the beginning of everything I want. Another year of opportunities, new dreams, the magic of new beginnings, the same me but this time with bigger goals. January 2022 means moving forward with a lot of new dreams and time to get my fitness in tow.

I imagine the month is also a time to sit back and enjoy the snow (or rain and more rain) it brings, winter’s butterflies, hot chocolate, cold nights and frosty mornings. Cozy socks, a shot of port on the side table, a book in hand with winter warm log fires (I’m old fashioned, still prefer to turn pages of a book to kindle). January is perfect to set aside time to plan ahead for the year without allowing the dismal weather along with the dark days of winter to get us down.

While we cherish the cold, frost, dark days of winter, log fires, life on the slow and the snow-lined streets, Presently January takes a brief look at the months origin, traditions and lores along with its special birthstones and flowers.

Origins of January

January was established as the beginning of the year by the Romans. The month takes its name from the god, Janus (Latin meaning ‘door’). Janus was the spirit of ‘opening’, the protector of gates and doorways, that denote the “beginnings and endings.” According to legend, Janus had two faces, which enabled him to look forwards to the year ahead for new beginnings as well as backwards to the past year for reflection and resolution.

Given his incredible ability, the Romans would offer sacrifices and made promises to Janus and exchanged good wishes. It is this custom that is said to be the origin of making New Year resolutions.

The Anglo-Saxons called the first month Wolf Monath. This is when the wolves come into villages in search of food.

Recommended read: Presently March

Festivals, Celebrations, Traditions and Lores in January

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1 | New Year’s Day — January 1

New Year’s Day is the first day of the first month of the year. It is a time to look forward and to make wishes for a good year ahead. It is also a day of holiday.

Celebrations to welcome the new year generally begins the day before, in late evening, on New Year’s Eve. The new year is generally welcomed with fireworks, singing and parties in many countries. In UK, there are extraordinary fireworks display in London, and other main cities. In Scotland, the new year is welcomed with a spirited festival called Hogmanay. As Big Ben strikes midnight, the fireworks over the Thames begins and people link arms and sing Auld Lang Syne, to remember both old and new friends.

2 | Twelfth Night — January 5

January 5th marks an old English custom and brings Christmas merrymaking to a close. In ancient times, the Celts ended their 12-day celebrations of winter solstice on this day. It is customary to mark the end of Christmas merrymaking with a toast with each other present from the wassail bowl.

3 | Epiphany — January 6

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January 6th sees the celebration of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. According to tradition, on this day, there were three wise men who brought gifts to baby Jesus. These were “gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

The word epiphany comes from the Greek word, epiphaneia which means “manifestation.”

In some countries where Epiphany is observed, it is a day of celebration where gifts are exchanged. A King Cake is baked with a lucky bean inside and the lucky bean finder is “crowned” as the king of the feast.

More popular in the UK is Epiphany Tart, originated in the Victorian era. Just a fancy name for a delicious jam tart 🙂

4 | St Hilary’s Day — January 13

In the past, January had been the coldest month of the year in UK, with plenty of frost, ice and snow. One particular day was noted due to past cold events, January 13, also known as St Hilary’s Feast Day.

January 13, 1205 is known as one of the severe winters in history. On this day, River Thames in London froze over. Ale and wine turned to ice and were sold by weight.

5 | The tradition of Wassailing

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Wassailing is an ancient English Yuletide drinking ritual that has been part of Christmas and New Year celebrations as far back as the 1400s. It is a beverage more usually drunk on Christmas Eve and on Twelfth Night.

Wassail is a drink made with hot mulled cider, or wine with spices and drunk in plentiful amounts to enjoy with others in a lively way.

6 | New Year Day Superstition

In medieval times, farmers would place a flat cake on one of the horns of a cow. They would then sing a song and dance around the cow until the cake is thrown to the ground. If the cake fell in front of the cow, it means prosperity for the year ahead and if it falls behind, it meant the opposite.

7 | Unluckiest Day

According to an old Saxon belief, January 2 was one of the unluckiest days in the year.

8 | The year’s first moon

The year’s first full moon is known as Wolf Moon and is on 17 January 2022. The name Wolf Moon originates from the Native American legends. Wolves would howl outside of Native American villages when the full moon appeared. The relation of wolves to full moon also appear in various mythologies including Scandinavian and German.

January birthstone

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January’s birthstone is the Garnet. The word “garnet” originates from the 14th century word “gernet” which means “dark red.” It is so called as it resembles the red seeds of the pomegranate.

Garnet is a symbol of love, luck, health, loyalty and friendship. It is a gem often traditionally gifted between couples on their second and eighteenth wedding anniversary

January flowers

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There are two flowers associated with the first month of the year – Carnation and Snowdrop. Both of these flowers are delicate, representing love and distinction.

January Quotes

Here are some of my favourite January quotes:

“JANUARY,
The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes.”
— Charmaine J. Forde

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” — Jean Paul

Recommended read: The BEST New Year Quotes | 91 to inspire a fresh start in travel

What to look forward to from TTS

As January 2022 has begun, so is my excitement in sharing my travel stories with you. I shall be sharing on my travels to Scotland, Seville, Milan, Venice and day trips as well as weekend breaks in England. Presently series will take a new approach and content, to be published on the first Sunday of each month. Expect to receive a once or twice weekly dose on travel inspiration and/or travel tips right to your inbox if you have subscribed. If you haven’t yet, please do so with the link below.

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Finally …

January comes around every year like a train on schedule and whatever it is we decide to do for the rest of the year, make sure we stay positive and work smart to make things happen. Stop worrying about things we cannot control. January 2022 marks a new beginning – both in business and in our personal life. Always remember that while we’d better get aboard the train, the journey is not about reaching the final destination, the end line. It is about how you get there. Take time to enjoy the ride gracefully, pausing to take in the fresher air, sunshine and the fragrance of flowers along the way.

Have a wonderful year ahead

Georgina xx

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Presently December 2021 | Winter Sparkle, Christmas & Auld Lang Syne

Presently December 2021 | Winter Sparkle, Christmas & Auld Land & Syne

I love the wrapping up of gifts till midnight, filling up Christmas stockings with little gems, indulging in hot chocolate and spiced cookies amidst a background of Christmas songs. Children delight in the magic that December brings. December is the month for Christmas movies, carolling and pantos. Time of celebrations, that brings family and friends together, a time of giving. A time for re-uniting old friends who gather around a fire, sharing tales of old over Bailey’s and ice!

As December is very much associated with Christmas, much of the month’s traditions and festivals are related to this special day in Christian calendar.

Let’s take a look at what Presently December has in store for you …

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Welcome to December e-column

About the month of December

With winter solstice officially on December 21, the month marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the time for blue skies and summer sunshine!

For most, winter means it is the time of rain, wind and snow but the icy serenade also brings out the warmth within. The purity of snow, ringing in our merriment, inviting our feet to play and the spirit to laugh. The winter wind, and the brilliant rays brings uniqueness and excitement. Sunshine and cold. Sparkle and ice. Though cold, it feels warm even when the north wind bites.

I remain cozy within a woollen hat, snuggly scarf, and cosy footsies. Of course, there are days when I stay under the warmth of a duvet, fingers wrapped around a mug of hot chocolate. Yet, there are days, when winter takes my hand, and leads me to appreciate its beauty, allowing for quiet poetry to form in my soul. It is but the dawn of spring where flowers will soon blossom.

So, while winter is here in this December month, Presently December takes a brief look at the origins of this special month, the customs and traditions at Christmas along with December’s birthstone, flowers and lores.

Origins of December

December is the twelfth and the last month of the year in Julian and Gregorian calendars but it was originally the tenth month in the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). It’s name comes from the Latin word, “decem” which means “ten.”

For the Anglo-Saxons, the month was “winter monath” or “Yule monath” because of the tradition of burning the yule log around this time. When the Anglo-Saxons embraced Christianity, they called the month “Heligh monath” or holy month because the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated in December.

December 25 marks the mass of Christ, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago.

As such, a lot of the month’s traditions relates to Christmas. December begins with the season of Advent, a time to prepare for the Christmas feast.

Festivals, Celebrations and Traditions in December

November 28 – December 24: Advent

The word “advent” means coming and it refers to the coming of or the birth of Jesus Christ. The tradition of Advent began in the 1800s.

Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas, and covers four Sundays. The four Sundays usually begins with the Sunday closest to the end of November and the period of Advent goes right through to December 24.

The Advent Wreath and Candles

The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreen laid flat to symbolise to Christians of God’s eternity and endless mercy which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath symbolises hope that Christians have in God. Hope of renewal and hope of eternal life. In it, four candles plus one is placed.

The advent candles represents to Christians the light of God, coming to the world through the birth of His son, Jesus Christ. During each of the four Sundays before Christmas, it is customary to light a candle to embrace the journey of the Christmas story, and the last one, which represents Christ, is lit on Christmas Day.

The four traditional Advent theme for the candles are:

1 | The Candle of Hope – God’s people. Christians celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ;

2 | The Candle of Peace – The Old Testament Prophets. Christians celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ;

3 | Candle of Love – John the Baptist. Christians celebrate the love we have in Jesus Christ;

4 | The Candle of Joy – Mary the Mother of Jesus. Christians celebrate the joy we find in Jesus.

The 5th candle is a symbol of the birth of Jesus Christ. As Christians light this candle on Christmas Day, it reminds us that Christ is the light of the world, and if we follow him, we will have the true light of life.

December 6 — St Nicholas Day

St Nicholas is the patron saint of children. In European countries such as the Netherlands, St Nicholas bring sweets and presents to fill stockings of well behaved children. This tradition evolved to Santa Claus in the USA and Father Christmas in the UK with gift giving rounds performed later in the month.

December 17 — Lord of Misrule

The festival of Saturnalia has its origins in ancient Roman times. This was celebrated in honour of the god of agriculture and was a day event. It eventually grew to be a 7-day feasting and merrymaking beginning December 17, blending into Christmas, and Twelfth Night.

During this festival, the slaves enjoyed a holiday. They received presents, allowed to wear informal clothes, and permitted to play gambling games. They were waited on by their masters for the duration of the festival. It then became customary to appoint a ‘master’ to oversee the celebrations. In England, this character appeared as the Lord of Misrule, who presided over the entire period, sometimes beginning from Halloween (October 31) to Candlemas (February 2).

December 21 — The Winter Solstice (1st day of Winter)

The Northern Hemisphere welcomes winter officially on or near December 21.

The celebration of Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, is one of the oldest celebrations in the world. Celebrated by the pagans, they welcome the longest night, and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. On this day, the North Pole is at its furthest point from the sun.

There are two Winter Solstice traditions worth knowing:

1 | Mistletoe and the Oak Tree

The mistletoe and the mighty oak tree are both symbolic at winter solstice. Oaks were regarded as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe that grew on them were regarded as a symbol of life during the dark wintry months. The Celtic priests would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and offer it as blessings.

2 | The Yule Log

The Druids also started a tradition with the Yule log. They thought that the sun stood still for 12 days during winter. During this time, they would lit the yule log, to conquer the darkness and to banish all evil, so good luck will come in the next year.

December 31 — New Year’s Eve

As it is the last day of the year, many sees the year out with celebrations and welcoming the new year with parties, singing, dancing, fireworks, champagne and good wishes. As the clock strikes midnight, people link their arms with each other and sing “Auld Lang Syne” — a song that reminds them of old and new friends.

Auld Lang Syne is from an old Scottish dialect and is translated to mean as “times gone by.” The song is associated with Robert Burns and is believed to be written in 1700s.

It is customary to stay up late to see the year out. There is also the tradition to open the primary door of the house at the last stroke of midnight to allow the old year out and the new year in.

Superstitions and Lores of December

December Superstitions

“The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune”

“Wearing new shoes on Christmas day will bring bad luck”

“Good luck will come to the home where a fire is kept burning throughout the Christmas season”

December weather lores and sayings

“A clear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer”

“Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green”

“If Christmas day be bright and clear;
There’ll be two winters in the year.”


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December Quotes

Enjoy December moments with these beautiful quotes:

“Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold.” — Josephine Daskam Bacon

“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory….” — John Geddes

“There’s something super special about December.” — Charmaine J. Forde


December birthstone

The gemstone for December is Turquoise. It is regarded a love charm, symbol of good fortune and success. It is believed to bestow the wearer a relaxed mind, calm, and balanced mind as well as protection from harm.

Turquoise is opaque with a blue-green colour. Bluer stones are considered more valuable.

Zircon and Tanzanite are also considered to be December birthstones.

December birth flower

December’s flowers are the Holly and the Narcissus, both symbolising Hope.

The Holly is a symbol for domestic happiness, representing luck, fertility and truth.

December plant

A popular plant at Christmas brighten-up any room! December plant is the Poinsettia. Also known as the Christmas Star, the Aztecs believed it to be a symbol of purity. It represents good cheer, success and celebration also.

All about Christmas …

If you are Christmas crazy as I am, you may enjoy these posts:

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75 Christmas Captions & Puns to Grow Instagram during the holiday season
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Best Christmas Lights in London
London's Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer
quirky things to do at Christmas
Christmas markets in London

What to look forward to from TTS

I shall be catching-up with friends I hadn’t caught-up with since two Christmas’ ago (we all know what happened last Chrsitmas!) and doing all the things I usually do at Christmas – shopping, movies, baking, planning, my yummy Christmas cake, red wine, Baileys & ice, maybe some port, reading and just chill!

I very much look forward to 2022 and am excited what it may hold for TTS as it goes/grows from strength to strength which would not be possible without your support. I am grateful for the time each of you take to read, to comment, to get in touch and share my stories with family, friends and on social media. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO TO SUPPORT TIMELESS TRAVEL STEPS and I.

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Finally …

While I love all things Christmas, and as a Christian, I am thankful for a blessed year. I am also mindful that 2021 has not been a ‘good’ year for many, challenging normalcy as we know it.

Some of us have lost loved ones, and Christmas will not be the same without them. Losses comes in many forms, not just in the passing of our dearly beloved, but also separation and break-ups. While missing someone we love is one of the hardest emotions to overcome, we must take the time we need to heal our sorrow. Take all the time we need, there is no need to hurry. We are, our “best friend” we could count on. Slowly, and surely we press on with courage, for whatever the future holds, we must trust, believe, move forwards and upwards, knowing that we are not alone and are watched over from above.

As we look to the new year, hold on to what is good. Treasure those beautiful memories. Let go of what is bad. Embrace travel — it always has answers even in silence.

We will be okay.

Georgina xoxo


Wishing ALL our family, friends, patrons, supporters and readers a “Very Special & Merry Christmas 2021” and if you do not celebrate Christmas, enjoy the “Very best of Winter Holidays with family & friends.” Have an awesome New Year’s Eve, wherever you are on our beautiful Earth.

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Presently November 2021 | Traditions, Cheerful Feasts & Holidays

Presently November 2021 | A month of traditions, cheerful feasts and holidays

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
… ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

Elizabeth Coatsworth

Yes, it is November! Already! A time where autumn blends into winter. Leaves fall to the ground, of crimson sunsets, parting birds, passionate wind and songs in the pines. Nights come early, the firsts of white snow, log fires … Coatsworth has given a perfect description of this beautiful transition month.

For now though, put the kettle on, get yourself a cuppa or pour yourself a port and settle cozy in front of log fires to read what this edition of Presently November has in store for you.

Welcome to November e-column

About the month of November

As we step closer to the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere welcomes the sun and the rising temperatures.

With the onset of winter chills, and as we settle in for the slow dance and the grace of winter time, Presently November takes a brief look at the origins of November and what it meant, festivals and celebrations that brings autumn and winter together to their feasting table, along with November’s birthstone, birth flower and lores.

Origins of November

November is the eleventh month of the year and has thirty days. For many of us, the month marks the beginning of the winter even though the winter solstice does not occur till 21st December.

The month of November takes its name from the Roman word “novem” which means “nine”. It was the nineth month in the Roman calendar.

For some, the month of November may not be pleasant! The Anglo-Saxons referred to November as “Wind monath”, reflecting the cold winds that began to blow at this time of year. They also called the month, “Blod monath” to reflect the slaughtering of cattle for winter food. Also known as the “Sombre November” by the poet, T.S. Eliot.

“November’s sky is chill and drear; November’s leaf is red and sear”

Festivals, Celebrations and Traditions in November

November 1 — All Saints’ Day

All Saints Day was previously known as All Hallows Day. ‘Hallow’ meaning ‘saint’ or a ‘holy person’. The feast day started on the previous evening, the eve of All Hallows (Hallowe’en).

All Saints Day is an important day in Catholicism. In 835 AD, the Roman Catholic Church made the day a church holiday.

November 2 — All Souls’ Day

All Souls’ Day is another important day in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a day dedicated to remembering all those who have departed. Families visit graves of their loved ones, lay flowers or have their names read out during Mass.

Tradition and ‘Souling’ on All Souls’ Day

An old known custom, which began well before the Reformation on this day, is for poor Christians to offer prayers for the wealthier dead in return for money or food. This tradition changed somewhat in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where ‘souling’ became the new custom. Similar to Caroling at Christmas, children go ‘souling’ requesting for alms or soul cakes. They would go around singing the following song:

“A soul, a soul, a soul cake.
Please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry.
Up with your kettle and down with your pans
Give us an answer, and we’ll be gone
Little Jack, Jack sat on his gate
Crying for butter to butter his cake
One for St. Peter, two for St Paul,
Three for the man who made us all.”

What is a Soul Cake?

A soul cake is a simple ‘cake’ made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour and mixed spice. It looks like a hot cross bun but has no currants or cross on top

Collectively, All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day are known as Hallowtide.


November 5 — Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night

Recommended: Read all about November 5, and its food traditions.

November 11 – St Martin’s Day or Armistice Day

Traditionally, St Martin’s Day was celebrated with fairs and bountiful feasts. Known as well as Martinmas, this day was also a day when autumn wheat seedling was completed. Farm labourers were treated to cakes and ale feast. Some farm labourers would seek new jobs for post winter.

Traditional special cakes on Feast of St Martin are Hopper Cakes and Beef makes the customary meat dish.

However, since 1918, celebratory events on November 11 had almost disappeared. Replaced with a poignant Day of Remembrance (Armistice Day) dedicated to the millions of soldiers who died in the First World War, then the Second World War and in other wars.

22 November — St Cecilia’s Day

The Legend of St Cecilia

According to legend, Cecilia was a Roman noble who was given in marriage to a pagan, Valerian. She was close to God and prayed often. She fasted, and prayed to the saints, angels and virgins to guard her virginity.

On the night of her wedding, she told her husband that she had taken a vow of virginity and she is protected by an angel. Valerian asked to see the angel. Cecilia said he would but he needed to be baptized first. Valerian was baptized by Pope Urbanus and upon his return home, he found an angel by her side. When Valerian brother, Tibertius heard of his baptism and the angel, he too wanted to be baptized. Thereafter, both brothers dedicated their lives to burying the saints who were murdered by the chief of the city, Almachius. Both brothers were eventually arrested and executed.

Cecilia spent her time preaching and converting people to Christianity. Many were baptized by Pope Urbanus. She also distributed her wealth to the poor. This enraged Almachius.

Cecilia was arrested and was ordered to be burnt but she did not die. Almachius then ordered her death by an executioneer. She was struck three times but the executioneer was unable to decapitate her. Cecilia was left bleeding and lived for three days. When she died, she was buried by Pope Urbanus and his deacons.

Her remains were exhumed in 1599 and she was found to be immaculate, draped in a silk veil and a gold embroidered dress. A sweet flower-like scent was also reported as coming from the coffin. Officials did not make any further examinations.

Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

St Cecilia’s remains were moved and placed under the high altar at the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, which was originally founded in the third century by Pope Urbanus. It is believed that the church was built on the site of the house where St Cecilia lived. This church was rebuilt in 1599 by Cardinal Paolo Emilio Sfondrati, nephew of Pope Gregory XIV.

Thanksgiving — Last Thursday in November

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the year so far. In addition, it has all the elements of a perfect holiday where families gather to enjoy a feast! Every family has their own traditions at Thanksgiving but generally, the dishes encompass roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cornbread, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. Mac and Cheese is a must-have on every Thanksgiving dinner table! There are other side dishes as well such as sweet potato casserole and glazed carrots.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. In some countries such as the US, Canada, Grenada and St Lucia, Thanksgiving day is also a national holiday.

November 30 — St Andrews Day

This day is dedicated to celebrating St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

Stir Up Sunday

The Sunday before Advent is known as ‘Stir Up Sunday.’ On this day, it is customary for every member in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst also making a wish.

About Christmas Pudding

A Christmas Pudding is traditionally made with thirteen ingredients. This is to represent Christ and his disciples.

The pudding mixture is always stirred from east to west, honouring the three wise men who visited baby Jesus. While stirring, each family member is to make a secret wish.

Often, a coin is added to the pudding mixture and cooked. It is meant to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate. Traditionally, the coin was an old silver sixpence. A ring may also be added to foretell a marriage.

Origins of ‘Stir Up Sunday’

“Stir-up, we beseech thee,
O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may of thee be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.”

Weather lores in November

As autumn blends into winter, nature prepares for the cold ahead …

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,

No longer blown hither and thither;

The last known lone aster is gone;

The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

There are a number of weather lores surrounding this transition month:

“If ducks do slide at Martinmas
At Christmas they will swim;
If ducks do swim at Martinmas
At Christmas they will slide”

“Ice before Martinmas,
Enough to bear a duck,
The rest of Winter,
Is sure to be but muck!”

“A warm November is the sign of a bad winter”

If St Martin’s Day is fair, dry and cold, the cold in winter will not last long.

If the leaves of the trees and grapevines do not fall before St Martin’s Day, a cold winter may be expected

“As high as the weeds grow,
So will the bank of snow.”

“If the geese on St Martin’s Day stand on ice, they will walk in mud on Christmas”

“There’s no better month in the year to cut wood than November”


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November Quotes

Take time to enjoy the moments this month with these beautiful November quotes:

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Lauren DeStefano

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

“November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.”

Anne Bosworth Greene

November birthstone

There are two birthstones in November. Citrine and Topaz.

Topaz

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Symbolising honour, love and affection, topaz is also believed to give the wearer increased intellect and strength. It is said to calm anger and balance emotions as well as bring wisdom and longevity.

The remarkable Topaz is generally found in igneous rocks and is colourless. However, impurities can turn it to various hues. Yellow and Amber are the traditional tones. Blue topaz is rare and the ones commonly available are often treated. The most valuable topaz is the reddish orange with pink undertones.

Citrine

Citrine comes in the form of pale yellow to dark amber. Natural citrines are rare and the ones commonly found has been treated with heat.

Similar to topaz, citrine offer the ability to stay calm. In addition, it is regarded to heal, protect against snake venom and encourage prosperity.

November birth flower

Symbolising the vibrant colours of autumn, the chrysanthemum is November’s birth flower.

Passionately known as “mums”, the name originates from the Greek word, “chrys” which means “golden” and “anthemion”, meaning “flowers”.

MUMs come in many colours and some are said to hold meanings which you may like to know:

Red mums mean “I love you”

White mums mean “innocence, purity and pure love.”


Best Astronomy events in November

There are a number of astronomical actions in November, but the Partial Lunar Eclipse is said to be best.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

The partial lunar eclipse takes place on November 19, and is visible across Western Europe and Western Africa, all of East Asia, Oceania as well as North and South America. It will begin at 07:18 UTC/GMT to 10:47 UTC/GMT.

Hopefully the skies are clear for you to enjoy best views.


What happened in October …

October was a busy month on the personal front as I get into the festive vibe! Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and Christmas baking begins! Despite this, I managed to publish a few articles. Here they are, if you had missed them:

42 Christmas movie captions | presently November
Christmas markets in London | presently November
75 Christmas Captions & Puns to Grow Instagram during the holiday season | presently November
old sligachan bridge isle of skye | presently November
haunted places on the Isle of Wight | presently November
Collie-Mackenzie monument Sligachan Isle of Skye | presently November

Finally …

Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition on Presently November, a month of traditions, cheerful feasts and holidays.

That’s a wrap from me for now, till next time. Have a wonderful month of November!

Georgina xx


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Presently October 2021| Fun folklores and traditions

Presently October 2021

In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening – no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air.”

Alexander Smith

There are all kinds of fun activities to get into in October, especially one that calls for eerie dress-ups, full moons, pumpkin patches, and autumn spiced foods. So, grab yourself a warm mug of pumpkin spiced latte, get comfortable and read on to find out all about the special presently October has in store for you.

Welcome to October e-column

About the month of October

October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, second month of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and is the second month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The month of October has thirty-one days.

The word ‘October’ comes from the Latin word, ‘Octo’ meaning “eight.” The early Roman calendar started in March, so October was the eight month. Then the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar and the year started in January, with October being the tenth month.

To the Welsh, October is ‘Hydref’ which refers to the lowing of cattle.


With autumn dressing herself in bold and vibrant homely hues, of scarlet maple and golden leaves, the season creates a sense of inner calm. Along with special birthstone and birthflower, presently October takes a look at traditions and at some important events such as Octoberfest, Daylight Saving Time, Halloween and special astronomical celebrations.

October birthstone

Pictured above is Opal, unique and distinctly in a class by themselves. They are specially delicate, require special care and popularly worn.

This exotic gemstone comes in all shapes, translucent, transparent and in rainbow colours. It is a stone of good fortune, bringing an abundance of wealth, health and happiness.

October birth flower

October birth flower is the Calendula.

There are about fifteen species to the Calendula family. The bright orange and yellow daisy-like flowers are native to Asia, Central Europe and the Mediterranean. The name has its origin in the Latin word, ‘calendae’, meaning “the first day of the month”.

Since ancient times, the Calendula plant had been used for medicinal purposes. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, often used to treat infections.


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October Traditions, Festivals, Folklores and Events

Traditions, Festivals and Folklores

1 | The “Lost in the Dark” October Bells of St Mary’s Church, Twyford, Hampshire | October 7

Back in the 18th century, one Mr William Davis was riding home to Twyford, Hampshire on the evening of October 7. He was suddenly overcome by thick fog and could not see his way home. Just then, he heard the bells of St Mary’s Church ring and realised he was heading in the wrong direction. Mr Davis guided his galloping steed towards the sounds of the bells. They arrived home safely.

Later, he found out that he was only yards away from a deeply dug quarry pit. Had he gone further, he would have been killed.

Mr Davis died in 1754. In his Will, he left a pound for a peal of bells to be rung on each anniversary of October 7 and for a feast for the bell-ringers afterwards. The money ran out a long time ago but the Church continues on with the tradition. The bell-ringers of St Mary’s Church ring the bells twice, at 6:30 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. on October 7 every year to help travellers find their direction, should they get lost in the fog.

Where: St Mary’s Church, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1NS. https://wpbells.org/twyford/

2 | Feast Day of St Keyne | October 8

A well in Cornwall is known as a ‘holy well’ and is named after a 5th century Celtic saint, Keyne (Cain Wyry, 461-505). She was the daughter of King Brychan of Brecknock. Keyne dedicated her life to Christianity. Legend has it that she planted four trees around this  well — an oak, an elm, an ash and a willow and imparted strange powers to its waters.

According to the legend, following a wedding, the first of the marriage partners to drink from well’s waters will be the dominant partner.

Robert Southey (1774-1843) wrote a poem about this Well:

A well there is in the west country,

And a clearer one never was seen,

There is not a wife in the west country

But has heard of the well of St Keyne.”

Robert Southey, An English Poet

Location: The Holy Well of St Keyne, southeast of St Keyne’s Church, St Keyne, Liskeard PL14 4RJ, Cornwall

3 | St Luke’s Day, October 18

St Luke’s Day is special in Christianity. He is the first Christian physician on record. He is the patron saint of artists, physicians, and surgeons.

However, in England, traditionally, October 18 is set aside so girls could gain an insight into their future marriage prospects. For them to see their true love, they have to adhere to some rules.

Before they get to bed, girls will have to put a mixture of spices blended with honey and vinegar on their face. When in bed, they must recite the following rhyme:

St Luke, St Luke, be kind to me;

In dreams, let me my true love see.

4 | English Pudding Season

5 | Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest has its origins as a celebration in honour of the Bavarian royal wedding in 1810. This original beer festival is celebrated in Munich, Germany. It is celebrated with traditional costumes, rides, food and lots of beer tents. The carnival style celebration begins sometime mid September and lasts till the first Sunday in October. Over the years other capital cities has adopted this celebration in recognition of their German community and is a popular event in London.

6 | Halloween

Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31. The day is said to originate in the Christian calendar, the eve of All Hallows Day. It is a day dedicated to remembering the dearly departed, the saints and martyrs. However, there are suggestions that over time, this Halloween tradition was influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Sanhaim.

Samhaim marked the end of harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year, winter. It was believed that the souls of the dead could return to Earth for one night of the year.

October – all things pumpkin and nice!

With beautiful, bright, warm and charmingly invigorating colours along with legends and Hallowee, October is also exceptional for the special aroma of spices and flavours. A unique combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice mixed together to create the tantalizing pumpkin spiced latte or pumpkin spiced cake — that little slice of heaven we, as lovers of pumpkin spice savour at this season.

Do you like pumpkin spiced latte or cake/bread? Share your views in comments below.

Quotes and Sayings in October

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves; We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn colors remind us we are all one dancing in the wind”

Lorin Morgan-Richards

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow, and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken”

Thomas Wolfe

Rain in October means wind in December

When berries are many in October; Beware a hard winter.

If the October moon comes without frost, expect no frost till the moon of November.

October astronomical events

October 8 – 9


October 20, 2021

In skylore, Hunter’s Moon is the full moon following Harvest Moon. It usually appears in October but sometimes in early November. This year, Hunter’s Moon is said to rise on October 20 for most of the world.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends for most countries in Europe and begins in Australia. The clocks go forward one hour from standard time in Australia as they enter summer time. The European countries go back one hour from standard time for winter.

In UK, remember to turn your clocks back at 02:00 a.m. on October 31.



What happened in September…

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Articles to be published in October

old sligachan bridge isle of skye
haunted places on the Isle of Wight
Halloween quotes, captions and sayings

…and hopefully more — stay tuned


That’s a wrap from me for now, till next time. Have a super awesome month of October.

Georgina xoxo


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