World Travel Market 2017: The Long Shadow Of Brexit & Catalonia:

Have you decided yet where you will be going on holiday in 2018? If you have already chosen Italy, then you are among the 60% of UK residents for whom that country will be the preferred destination next year – ahead of the USA (54%), Greece (48%) and Cuba (24%). These statistics were published in the […]

Filed under: Travel | Posted on November 14th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Language Show Live 2017: A New Venue, Fewer Visitors & Some Unhappy Exhibitors – So Back To Olympia Next Year:

Would you like to become an interpreter or translator? If this idea appeals to you, then now might be the ideal moment to consider making a career in this sector. As the Financial Times columnist, Michael Skapinker, pointed out on March 22nd, British companies will need to recruit many more linguists if they wish to […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on November 1st, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Did You Have A Good Flight? Perhaps Not, If You Used A Low Fares Airline:

You might find this difficult to believe, but travelling by plane used to be fun. At least, that’s according to the AOL Lifestyle columnist, Rebecca Dolan, in an article captioned “Remembering the Good Old Days of Flying”. Once upon a time, she wrote wistfully, flight attendants were dressed in high fashion, leg room was included […]

Filed under: Travel | Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Don’Take Me To A Cattery! What To Do With Your Pet When You Go On Holiday:

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) – quoted in The Guardian on 22nd July – a record of 2.4 million British holidaymakers will go abroad this year. This means that over the weekend of 21st – 23rd July, more than 500,000 passengers were expected to fly from Heathrow airport, 335,000 from Gatwick […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on July 24th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Language Show Live 2016: The UK Will Need Many More Linguists After Brexit:

How many languages do you speak? Anyone reading the Spanish version of this article and living in Britain, is likely to have at least two – their own and English, as well as probably being able to maintain a conversation in Portuguese and Italian. According to the British Council’s (BC) “Language Trends Survey” published in […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on November 1st, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Back To Work: But Did You Really “Get Away From It All”? :

“The worst thing about going on holiday is having to come back to work”. This was apparently the opinion of many respondents questioned during a survey conducted by “LondonOffices.com”. Whether you share this view will probably depend on whether your vacation was a success or disaster and how much you like or hate your job. […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on September 7th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Too Heavy To Fly? Counting The Cost Of The Extra Kilos:

This will annoy many air travellers: The cabin bag you carefully chose for your holiday flight could soon become obsolete. The maximum size currently stipulated by Easyjet and British Airways is 56cm x 45 x 25, including wheels & handles. For Ryanair it’s 55 cm x 40 x 20: They do now allow a second […]

Filed under: Travel | Posted on August 28th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Brussels In The Driving Seat: The Abolition Of The UK’s Paper Licences:

“Power will be repatriated back to the Westminster Parliament”. This was one of the key commitments made by the Conservative Party during their election campaign. Yet, just a few days after British Prime Minister David Cameron, with his renewed mandate, returned from touring European capitals to elicit support for changes to the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on June 5th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Just In Time For Christmas: Scotland Leads The Way On Drink-Driving Limits:

“Water is the only drink for a wise man”. This was the view once expressed by the 19th Century American philosopher and poet, Henry David Thoreau. Although the manufacturers of brands such as Volvic, Perrier and Evian are likely to concur with this opinion, if strictly followed it would in effect rule out the consumption […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society, Travel | Posted on December 14th, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

“There’s No Escape From Your Smartphone”: The Intrusion Of Technology Into The Modern Holiday:

Did you know that Wednesday 24th September was “Go Home on Time Day” in the UK? Perhaps not. But even if you were aware of it, statistics obtained by Lana Clement of “Yahoo! Finance” from the “Working Families” charity indicate that you probably anyway stayed late at the office (if you have a job) or […]

Filed under: Society, Travel | Posted on October 10th, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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