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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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Welcome to Presently May 2022, our monthly e-column

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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

DEC Ukraine Appeal

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OXFAM Ukraine Appeal

PLAN INTERNATIONAL Ukraine Appeal



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Presently October 2021| Fun folklores and traditions

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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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And then the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awaked.

Raquel Franco

… and it is the wonderful month when I welcome the fresh cool air and the fragrance of the season. Colours of scarlet and gold and their gentle playfulness in the soft light of autumn. Parks are awash with spectacular colours of foliage. Fallen leaves that looks like crusts of brown sugar and cinnamon. Those scarlet and maple leaves create more beauty than I can ask for!

The equinox marks the start of this wonderful season, and harvest celebrations to look forward to with apple picking and pumpkin carving. It’s time to gather up the harvest and prepare for the winter months ahead.

While I embrace the cooler weather, I wrap my coat around me a little tighter rather than letting it flap in the breeze – a melancholy reminder that the sun has taken a step back, allowing autumn to have her moments. I love the season and all that she brings including the showers 🙂

Welcome to September e-column

About the month of September

The month of September is the ninth month in the current Gregorian calendar and comes from the old Roman word, ‘septem’. “Septem’ means ‘seven’ because it was the seventh month in the Roman calendar.

To the Anglo-Saxons, the ninth month was called ‘Gerst monath’, meaning “barley month“. They harvested barley during this time and brewed their favourite autumn drink, barley brew. They also called the month, Haefest monath which meant Harvest month.

For the Romans, the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan. Vulcan was the god of fire and they believed September to be associated with fires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Presently in September, school term begins with the end of six-week long summer break.

A quick look at the history of September

Previous to the current Gregorian Calendar, Britain followed the Julian Calendar up until 1752. The Julian Calendar was based on the solar system – the time Earth takes to rotate around the Sun. Hence, a year was 365.25 days. Over time, the Julian calendar was considered inaccurate as it drifted away from astronomical events such as the winter solstice. Thus, Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 to correct the inaccuracies.

However, it is important to note that not all countries adopted the switch straightaway. It took more than three centuries for all the countries to implement the switch. Russia, Greece and Turkey were the last countries to adopt the switch as late as the early 20th century.

Note: The Gregorian calendar was born in 1582, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII

September birthstone

September birthstone is the sapphire, which is thought to guard against evil and poisoning.

Sapphire is typically blue, a colour caused by the combination of iron and titanium. The vivid medium blues are more valuable than the lighter and darker tones. Sapphires also appear in other colours. The popular ones are red, known as rubies.

Sapphires are said to symbolise purity, truth, trust and loyalty. They also encourage divine wisdom and protection.

September birth flower

September birth flower is the morning glory (above) and the aster. The aster is a symbol of powerful love while morning glory symbolises affection.


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September Traditions, Festivals and Folklores

Harvest festival in Britain

Traditionally, harvest begins on September 24. In medieval England, there were a number of ceremonies and some are still observed in rural England.

“Calling the Mare”

Calling the Mare was a ceremony where the farmers would gather the last sheaf of their harvest to prove that they had reaped the best crops. The would use the last sheaf of their harvest to shape a mare and send this to their neighbour, shouting “mare, mare”. This is to remind them that wild horses would come and eat their harvest if they didn’t gather it in quickly. The last farmer would have to keep the “mare” on display till the following year to signify he was the slowest farmer.

Corn dolls

The custom of making corn dolls dates back hundreds of years. Corn dolls are believed to be the spirit of the corn goddess.

It was believed that the corn goddess lived in the corn and would die when the corn was harvested. So, the farmers saved some of the corn. Corn dolls were weaved out of these last sheaves to make sure the corn goddess stayed alive and rest in until next spring sowing.

Traditions in Britain

Michaelmas Day

Michaelmas Day is celebrated on 29th September and is associated with the feast of St Michael, patron saint of the sea and maritime. Traditionally, the day also marks the last day of harvest.

Michaelmas Day is sometimes also known as Goose Day. Goose Fairs are held in some English towns but geese are no longer traded. A popular one is the Nottingham Goose Fair which is now held around October 3.

Note: “Lammas” meaning “loaf Mass” was a custom celebrated on August 1, to mark the beginning of harvest. On this day, farmers would bake loaves of bread from their new harvest and give it to the church. This custom stopped when King Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic church. Instead, harvest day is celebrated at the end of September along with Michaelmas Day.

September Taditions around the world

Moon Festival

The Moon Festival is the second largest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. This has been celebrated in the Chinese calendar for over three-thousand years and typically takes places at the end of September in the Gregorian calendar.

The Moon Festival occurs on the full moon nearest the fall equinox, when the moon is the brightest and roundest. Celebrations involve brightly coloured lanterns, dances and games. People gather together to give thanks for their families, harvest and best wishes for long life and happiness.

Sayings and Poems in September

Sayings in September

Some popular sayings for fun:

Heavy September rains bring drought;

September dries up ditches or breaks down bridges;

Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go;

Poems in September

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze. 
–  John Updike, September

“‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.”
–  Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830

“Lord, it is time.
The summer was very big.
Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose.
Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days,
press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetness into the heavenly wine.”
–  Rainer Maria Rilke


Re cap since July e-column

The following are articles published in the month of August, if you had missed them:

The Jacobite Steam Train Travel in the Scottish Highlands
day trips from Milan
the London Pass
Charming City London
The Incredible History of Britain - A tapestry of humanity
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That’s a wrap from me for the month of September.

Whatever you get up to, enjoy the fall colours and the gentle breeze. Soon, it will be time for log fires, cosy socks and hot chocolate with marshmallows 🙂

Till next time,

Georgina xoxo


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