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tips, advice and essentials you need to pack

Travel is different now – and so is packing. Masks might be the most obvious visual change in the pandemic era of travel, but there’s now a lot more to think about when going abroad. 



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Travelling during COVID-19: tips, advice and essentials you need to pack

Firstly, if you’re not well, don’t travel. It’s possible to spread COVID-19 even if you don’t have symptoms, so even if you’re fit and well you still need masks, sanitiser, frequent hand-washing and social distancing. You also need airline apps and a well-packed cabin bag. 

Given that the UK government strongly encourages travellers to check-in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage, here’s how to get prepared for travel during COVID-19, what you need to think about, and what you need to pack. 

Do I need to have a test before I travel or self-isolate upon arrival?

That totally depends on where you’re going. Before you buy any flights, know your destination’s entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements, which might make travel impractical or even impossible. Sign-up for travel advice email alerts for your destination and read the guidance for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

What if my flight gets cancelled? 

If the airline cancels your flight you’ll normally be offered either a full refund or a voucher for travel in the future. It’s up to you which you accept; technically you’re due a full refund within seven days, but

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21 tips and tricks that will make your first cruise go smoothly



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Cruising is easy. Or so cruisers will tell you.

For starters, you only have to unpack once, even as you travel from place to place. You also don’t have to go hunting for a restaurant every night. There usually are a bunch just steps away from your cabin, and they have tables waiting for you. And you’ll have no trouble finding entertainment.

But even in its simplicity, cruising still can be daunting for a first-timer. What should you bring? What should you plan on doing in ports? What is the best way to book?

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As The Points Guy’s cruise writer, I get these sorts of questions all the time.

Which brings me to the tips below. If you’ve read this far, you are likely a first-time cruiser looking for advice for an upcoming trip, and that’s exactly what this story is meant to offer. It contains my list of 21 ways to make the first sailing go more smoothly.

It’s a list drawn not just from my own experience over 20-plus years of cruising but the observations of more than 100 cruising fans who shared their tips with TPG in a lively conversation on the topic at the TPG Lounge on Facebook. If

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Eight of the UK’s best wildlife reserves: readers’ travel tips | Parks and green spaces

Winning tip: Soup of biodiversity, Gwent

Occupying the last remaining piece of fenland on the Gwent Levels is Magor Marsh nature reserve. This is low-lying land, bordering the urban spread of Chepstow and Newport, and is a special place for wildlife, with big skies overhead and miles of waterways that are not only a soup of biodiversity but protect the area from Severn estuary floods. At Magor Marsh you can walk along boardwalks near where monks once worked to reclaim the land from the sea, through reed beds with Cetti’s warblers singing wildly, water voles dashing off, the sound of distant cuckoos floating on the air and plenty of waterfowl. If you are really lucky you may catch the splash of an otter or, by peering into the ancient reeds, spot a magnificent diving beetle glistening in the water.
Free to enter, no dogs permitted, gwentwildlife.org
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Croydon butterflies

A newly emerged Glanville Fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey.
A newly emerged Glanville fritillary butterfly at Hutchinson’s Bank, Surrey. Photograph: Stephan Morris Photography/Alamy

Croydon may be the last place you’d expect to find a wildlife paradise but if you head south-east of the town into the North Downs and Hutchinson’s Bank, you won’t be disappointed. Off Featherbed Lane in New Addington, the reserve is home to 40 of the UK’s 59 butterfly species, several varieties of orchid and a host of other invertebrates and wildflowers. It is a true green-space gem. Paths (some quite steep) crisscross the dry valley over the chalk grassland meadows and along woodland

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CheapOair Offers Tips and Safety Tricks for Planning a Fall Solo Trip

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As summer winds down, many are starting to consider their fall travel plans, even in these uncertain times. In fact, as travel norms shift in the wake of COVID-19, a lot of people are opting to travel alone. CheapOair, the vacation planning specialists, weighs in on how traveling alone this fall can be safe, fun, and affordable.” data-reactid=”12″NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As summer winds down, many are starting to consider their fall travel plans, even in these uncertain times. In fact, as travel norms shift in the wake of COVID-19, a lot of people are opting to travel alone. CheapOair, the vacation planning specialists, weighs in on how traveling alone this fall can be safe, fun, and affordable.

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One of clearest benefits of traveling alone is the amount of money saved. This rings especially true for anyone traveling in the fall which is well-known for being one of the cheapest times of year to travel.

Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.” data-reactid=”30″”Usually as summer reaches its end, ticket prices nationwide take a dip and stay low until around October when people start making their holiday plans. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks to grab a cheap flight for a fall getaway,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

While traveling

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10 Tips for Avoiding Germs on Flights

The continued spread of the coronavirus pandemic raises valid concerns for domestic and international travel. As the number of cases keeps increasing in some parts of the world, travel restrictions won’t be relaxed anytime soon. Airlines are postponing and canceling flights globally, but for many individuals, travel remains an essential function.

Some people have already put their plans on hold to reduce the risk of infection, but if you absolutely need to travel by air, here are several helpful tips to avoid germs at the airport and inside the airplane.

1. Use the online check-in before arriving at the airport.

Skip the line at the airport counter and avoid unnecessary contact by checking in to your flight online. Many airlines allow passengers to check in up to 24 hours before their flight’s departure. It’s the safest and most comfortable option, and you’ll also steer clear of the germs on self-service check-in kiosks.

2. Choose a window seat on the plane.

When reserving your seat during the ticket-buying or check-in process, the one you choose makes a difference in your potential exposure to germs. Some airlines have chosen to leave the middle seats empty, leaving you with two other options in a typical medium-sized plane. Passengers in window seats are exposed to the fewest people during an average flight, so that’s your best bet. Avoid booking the aisle seats, which pose the highest risk of contact with multiple people.

3. Wear a face mask.

Properly wearing face masks and cloth

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