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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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Presently March 2022

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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:

DEC Ukraine Appeal

UNICEF Ukraine Appeal

OXFAM Ukraine Appeal

PLAN INTERNATIONAL Ukraine Appeal

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Welcome to Presently March 2022, our monthly e-column

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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

March 2022 News

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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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:

1 | Jet2 Holidays

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.

Your all-in-one package holidays includes return flights, a massive 22kg baggage allowance per person and return transfers.

Learn more about the benefits of booking a holiday with Jet2 Holidays and enjoy your getaway. Have peace of mind travelling during these uncertain times while enjoying the benefits of an all-in-one package holidays.


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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

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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With Spring officially onboard as of March 1st, it comes with a gentle spirit, warming up slowly with longer days and brighter skies. The flowers come, one by one with uplifting confidence. While snowdrops and crocuses carpet the ground, there is none so pretty that rises from the earth, standing up bright and commands the playfulness in nature than the narcissus.

March birth flower

March and we see the budding buds of the daffodils come to bloom, embodying Spring like none other. Affectionately known as March’s birth flower, the cheerful yellow daffodils represent rebirth and new beginnings as it is the first to bloom after the winter frost. Though these beautiful spring buds also come in white and orange, it is the yellow hues that brings much brightness and cheer to the gardens and parks.

Widely cultivated in Holland and in Britain, the daffodils has its origins in the Mediterranean where it was grown by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Known as Narcissus in Latin, the flower was named after a character in Greek mythology, the son of the river god who was celebrated for his beauty. It has been said that he loved himself too much and his arrogance led him to his own death where he fell into the river and drowned while staring at his own reflection. The flowers growing along the river were named after him. For this reason, daffodils are sometimes known to symbolise vanity.

In England, daffodils are also referred to as ‘Lent Lillies’ or ‘Lenten Lillies’. The term is adopted from a poem written by A.E. Housman because they typically bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

Beyond representing rebirth, new beginnings and as a symbol of vanity, the March flower hold different meanings to different cultures as well. For the Chinese, the daffodils represent good luck and prosperity as they bloom around Chinese New Year. In Wales, daffodils are the national flower, representing faithfulness as it reblooms year after year. The cancer care society, Marie Curie uses daffodil as its symbol to represent hope for a cure. Above all, the daffodils are said to symbolise unequalled love, so giving this cheerful, bright flowers to someone would symbolise deep love that cannot be imitated.

What else about March in UK

March Equinox

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Sunrise over Stonehenge, Salisbury, England

While according to the meteorological calendar, spring will always start on March 1 and end on May 31, the astronomical calendar marks the first day of spring on March 20, the spring equinox. The spring equinox is also known as March equinox or vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. With the Northern Hemisphere welcoming spring, the Southern Hemisphere welcomes autumn.

Each year, Spring Equinox is celebrated at Stonehenge by the Druids and Pagans. They gather very early in the morning to see the sunrise above the stones. This moment is special because day and night are of equal length all over the world, hence the word “equinox” which means equal night.

The Spring Equinox celebration 2021 is cancelled as England is under a lockdown at the moment.

If you wish to visit Stonehenge, English Heritage will re-open its doors on April 12. Tickets are available to book. You could also take up an annual membership for £48.00 and have unlimited access to Stonehenge as well as to over 400 historic properties for great days out.

Read > Stonehenge – A sophisticated architecture which includes a complete guide on how to get to this remarkable wonder

UK – Notable dates and events in March

St Piran’s Day – March 5

St Piran’s Day is the national day of Cornwall, the southern most corner of mainland UK. St Piran is an Irish saint that came to Cornwall and discovered tin.

Legend has it that he sailed to Cornwall on a millstone that was actually tied around his neck when he was cast into the Atlantic sea by people who were jealous of his work miracles. He was thrown off the cliff but as he reached the sea, the sun came out and he was seen seated on the millstone, floating on the waters which took him safely across to Cornwall. He landed between Newquay and Perranporth at Perran Beach which bears his name. St Piran built himself a small chapel in Penhale sands. His first disciples? > a badger, a fox and a bear.

International Women’s Day > March 8

“This year’s International Women’s Day is a rallying cry for Generation Equality, to act for an equal future for all. The Generation Equality Forum, the most important convening for gender equality investment and actions, kicks off in Mexico City from 29 – 31 March, and culminates in Paris in June 2021. It will draw leaders, visionaries, and activists from around the world, safely on a virtual platform, to push for transformative and lasting change for generations to come” > UNWomen

Mother’s Day 2021 in UK is on March 14

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Mother’s Day is a celebration of mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds. It is celebrated on various days across the world but in the UK it typically falls on the third Sunday before Easter. In 2021, Mothering Sunday in UK falls on March 14.

Simnel Sunday – March 14

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Easter Simnel Cake | Image: Supergolden Bakes

Usually the third Sunday before Easter and it coincides with Mothering Sunday. On this day, Simnel cake is eaten. Simnel cake has its origins in medieval times and is a light fruitcake, similar to the one eaten at Christmas but this one is specially reserved for Lent. This cake comes with two layers of marzipan, one in the middle and the other on top. The cake is then topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ (less one – Judas).

St Patrick’s Day 2021 – Wednesday 17 > Patron Saint of Ireland

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Irish coffee, St Patrick’s Day | Image: Pixabay

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 each year. It is a celebration of Irish culture and religious holiday with events of parades, dances, music and special food celebrated globally by the Irish community. It commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

The story of St Patrick’s Day

Celebrated for over a century, the legend has it that Saint Patrick, born in Roman Britain was captured at the age of sixteen and enslaved in Ireland in the 4th century. He managed to escape, and later returning to Ireland, bringing Christianity to the Irish and converting a large number of the Irish people from paganism to Christianity. Following the death of Saint Patrick, the day has become an important part of Irish culture and not just for its Christian roots.

In London, St Patrick’s Day is one of the largest celebration and is a pinnacle event in London’s cultural calendar. In 2021, the celebration of St Patrick’s Day is a digital event – an evening of culture, conversation and community fun. It’s a free event and takes place between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm. For more information, head over to London Events.

Lady Day > March 25

Lady Day or the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Mary takes place on March 25 each year. The feast day commemorates when Virgin Mary was told by Angel Gabriel that she was to conceive Jesus. This day remained special and in 1155, March 25 was marked as the beginning of the New Year in England. To the Tudors, the holiday was called “Lady Day”. Lady Day was exactly nine months before December 25, the birth of Christ.

Lady Day was also the first of the four quarterly dates in English calendar. In order, these quarterly dates were, Lady Day on March 25, Midsummer Day on June 24, Michaelmas Day on September 29 and Christmas Day on December 25. On these dates, school terms would begin, servants would return to work and rents were due.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Lady Day was the start of the New Year in Tudor times. and as a result, the dates on the brass memorial of Thomas Boleyn which gives the date of his death as March 12 1538 is actually March 12 1539 because we take the year as starting from January 1.

The ‘new’ style calendar which begins on January 1 was changed in 1752.

Palm Sunday > March 28

Palm Sunday is a special day for Christians. It is the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of the Holy Week, remembering Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem and the waving of palm branches.

Oranges and Lemons > March 31

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It is said that once upon a time when the River Thames in London was much wider than it is now, it allowed the swift flow of barges carrying oranges and lemons to dock just below the churchyard of St Clements Dane. On the last day in March, school children would gather at the church and recite a famous nursery rhyme while playing the tune on hand bells. At the end of the service, the children were presented with an orange and a lemon. The famous nursery rhyme begins > “Oranges and lemons; Say the bells of St Clement’s” You can read all about this nursery rhyme here.

Other stories, sayings and lores about March

> The word ‘March’ is said to originate from the Roman word ‘Martius’ which was the first month of the Roman calendar, named after Mars, the god of war.

> The Anglo-Saxons referred to March as Hlyd monath which meant Stormy month.

>The traditional games played throughout March are skipping and marbles. The games were stopped at twelve noon on Good Friday.

>The last three days of March borrowed from April:

” March said to April,

I see 3 hoggs (hoggets, sheep) upon a hill;

And if you’ll lend me dayes 3

I’ll find a way to make them dee (die).

The first o’ them wus wind and weet,

The second o’ them wus snaw and sleet,

The third o’ them wus sic a freeze

It froze the birds’ nebs (noses) to the trees.

When the 3 days were past and gane

The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling (limping) hame.”

>There are many weather lores about March and here are just three:

“When March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb”

“A dry March and a wet May, fill barns and bays with corn and hay”

“March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers”

> Popular Anniversaries in March

March 3 – Alexander Bell was born in 1847 – inventor of telephone.

March 15 – ‘Ides of March’ in the Roman calendar where the day on which the month was divided into two equal parts.

March 22 – English football league was formed in 1888

March 25 – Heathrow Airport opened in 1948

March 29th – Coca-cola was introduced in 1886

March 31 – Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened in 1889

With March well underway, I’d like to share with you a little of what went on in February since my last monthly column.

What went on in February…

I began the month with plans to write on past travels to Morocco, Dubai and Italy, but I realised that sometimes, the universe may set a different course for you. So, I set aside my plans for writing and focused on what came my way. One of the changes was the change of domain name from ‘my timeless footsteps’ to ‘timeless travel steps.’ Along with this change, comes also updates and edits to implement which is time consuming to say the least. I am ploughing through patiently.

In my February column, I mentioned that I remain hopeful that travel will be possible by autumn. Today, as I write this column, I continue to remain hopeful as more of us in the UK are receiving our vaccinations. I look forward to travelling even within our borders if not abroad by the end of the year.

February was also a month where a number of articles were published as ‘Easy Sunday Read’, continuing on with the History of Britain:

> Forgotten stories of 3 royal prisoners at Queen’s House in the Tower;

> Anne Boleyn The most magnetic and enduring of Tudor Queens;

>The Boleyn Family | Who were they and What happened to them after Anne’s death;

>Interesting books on the Boleyns | Recommended;

>The magnificent Hever Castle | Anne Boleyn’s Childhood home;

I hope to continue with Easy Sunday Read articles throughout the month of March.

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Feeling…

I feel blessed as every day is a new day, a new beginning to endless opportunities and days of hope for better things to come. While March is a special month for me as it is my birthday month, it had also proved to be a little challenging on the health front but I am glad that all is well now. I look forward to sharing more travel stories and travel offers in the coming weeks.

That’s my roundup of news in Presently March 2021 at Timeless Travel Steps. What has presently been going on with you?

Georgina xx

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Presently February 2021

February 2021 has come around too quickly, I think. As I reflect over the month of January, not a lot had happened. In fact, not a lot had happened in the last eleven months since we began adjusting to a new way of life. Yet, a lot has happened as well…vaccines are being rolled out and people are being vaccinated. There is Hope. Lockdown…it is what it is. I am an optimistic person so I’d say that it has not been too bad. Yes, I miss travel. The excitement of planning and packing for an adventure that awaits is indescribable. As well, I miss the outdoors immensely but time has afforded me opportunities to catch up on activities that I would not otherwise do, and in that respect, January has been a good month.

What went on in January…

Following a slow Christmas and New Year as we were still under lockdown, I ‘cruised’ into January :), catching up on television series. I had been wanting to watch the TV series, ‘A Discovery of Witches’ and was able to do this in January. I enjoyed it so much, I watched both seasons back-to-back. Vampires, witches, time-travel and Elizabethan England – what else can I ask for, right! The handsome Matthew Goode as Matthew Clairmont plays a scientist vampire and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop is a historian and a reluctant witch. They time travel in search of the ‘Book of Life’ – a fantasy television series based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

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A fantasy television series based on All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

If you prefer to read the trilogy, these come into stock at Amazon UK on 8 February 2021. For USA Readers, you can purchase the boxed set from Amazon using this link

Download the complete set on Kindle Store

If you are into fantasy, you might like it also. I look forward to the third season.

As well, watching television also meant watching events unfold on January 6 at the Capitol. It was like watching a movie, unbelievable and sadly it was reality of what happened. Every so often I shake my head, wondering of this great nation and the future of this world. There were also many moments of hope. The eve of the inauguration was a beautiful dedication to those lost to the pandemic. I tuned in to the inauguration and watched the whole process. I was moved with the great reminder of ‘This land is your land’ by Jennifer Lopez but the one who stole the show is Amanda Gorman and her touching poetry, ‘The hill we climb’ Then, there was the swearing in of the 46th President of USA, Joseph R Biden and he placed his hand on a 127 year old Bible – what a remarkable history and ancestry. There is Hope.

Much time was spent on reading and downtime on social media. As anyone who knows me well will also know that besides travel, food, and red wine, I love history. I love the complexities of the past and the intriguing tales that draws me in. It makes me seek further and sometimes question the truthfulness of events, for some are truly beyond comprehension! How could any-one do such a thing? I had been reading on the many sources available now on the enduring queen Anne Boleyn whose voice now speaks after half a millennial. I was much saddened to read about some of the ‘forgotten royal prisoners’ in British history along with the rise and fall of one of the most powerful families in British aristocracies. The history of Britain during the Tudors, the Elizabethan and the Victorian era are truly remarkable, and of course it all began a thousand years ago with William the Conqueror and the Tower of London.

My original article on Tower of London was published in September 2019 as part of my retracing my footsteps series but reading about the history of Britain during the Tudor era inspired me to write more on and about the Tower. There is much to share with all of you on certain aspects of history that relates to the Tower. There were five articles published in January – The Bloody Tower on Sir Walter Raleigh and the missing princes as well as a great selection of books and Kindle download to support readers who wish to delve deeper into the mysteries that surrounds the missing princes at the Bloody Tower. Some selections can be downloaded for free on Audible. I also wrote on the Magnificent Crown Jewels at the Tower, bringing you beautiful pictures of the most treasure Jewels of the British Monarch on display and the history behind them-an easy read to inspire you to visit the Tower, if you haven’t already. I followed up with two more articles. One on the Beauchamp Tower, a place for high ranking prisoners in a building nestled away across the green from the main buildings of the Tower of London. In here you will find graffiti left behind by some of the prisoners so they will not be forgotten. At the end of January, I simply had to share a little background to Bonfire Night that is widely celebrated on 5 November. Sincerely hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as, if not more as I had enjoyed writing them.

What to expect in February

In February, stay tuned for more on what went on behind the fortress during the Tudor era as well as articles on my previous travels to Morocco, Dubai, Italy and Scotland which I hope, time allows me to write. I intend to continue reading on British history and will share with you in future articles.

I remain hopeful – more so now than in December that travel will be possible and at some point soon, perhaps as early as Autumn, we will take to the skies again albeit adhering to precautions in place.

I have published a page on remarkable places to stay around the globe, a comprehensive page bringing you choices on hotels in cities around the globe – I am still updating the list on each city and hope to bring more on this in March column.

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Feeling

There’s a part of me that is really excited over the ray of hope on taking to the skies again by fall but I am also too afraid to plan ahead for it. In the absence of travelling abroad, I have taken to exploring local – my travel to Scotland was beautiful and there’s much to see still. I am likely to return to the land of the magical myths as soon as travel becomes normal again within our borders.

If you haven’t yet…

I was in a super mood to write in January and here are the links if you had missed them:


I hope to bring you more on the history of Britain as an Easy Sunday Read, travel offers on Tuesday News and Thursday Travel Inspiration – subject to time permitting.

That’s my roundup of news in our first monthly column, Presently February 2021 at mytimelessfootsteps. What has presently been going on with you?

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