A Negative Covid-19 Test result is now required when entering Scotland and England. This may also be applied to the rest of the UK however it has not yet been announced.
'People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travellers "can't board... without having that negative test". But even with a negative test, arrivals from countries not on the travel corridor list must still quarantine.'
Excerpt taken from the BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55582116
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The Travel Industry, along with many others, has taken a huge knock in 2020! (and that is a big understatement!)
I think this year people have realised how important it is to book travel with a REAL travel agent.
We have helped all of our clients, along with many new people who needed some assistance, get refunds, make cancellations, postpone trips and give help and advice when they needed it. We have been available 24/7 and believe that this is the best and only way to operate as a responsible Travel Agent.
We know how difficult, upsetting and worrying this year has been for people and have taken the 'travel' stress away from people, sorting everything out for them.
Let us know if we can help you with anything.
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So 2020 has been a crazy year so far and I think we can all agree that we need to look to the future and what better way than to write a 'Travel Bucket List'!
Now your list can be as long or a short as you want it to be, it can also keep on growing and changing as nothing is set in stone!
To help you visualise it here is the empty bucket ready to be filled with all your amazing thoughts and ideas of; places to go, things to do, people to meet, sights to see, meals to eat, drinks to drink, I could go on forever there is so much to get excited about.
Best not to do this when you are at work!
Or maybe it is if you are having a tough day!
Get comfortable, sit back with your favourite drink and start dreaming. I forgot to also mention not to think about how much it will cost while you fill your bucket as this is a 'wish list' and once you have all those amazing ideas in your bucket (metaphorically speaking) then you can start to prioritise them and then comes the exciting bit - START PLANNING!!!!!!
If you could go anywhere in the World where would that be? Write all those ideas down with as much detail as you can. Whether it is the other side of the World or just 10 miles away from your own home, it really doesn't matter. This is your Bucket so you put whatever you want in there. I have.
To help you with a few Bucket List ideas:
It is a very therapeutic thing to do and also extremely exciting!!
Now you should have a BIG SMILE on your face.
All those incredibly wonderful things in your Bucket.
Can you fit some more in? Of course you can, go on write it down, it's not that whacky and once it's written down you are on your way to going there/ getting it done!
The next thing is to start thinking about when you want to go, this year, Next Year, 5 years from now? Write it down and get planning. Split your bucket into different months or years as it can help when planning it all in. You are going to be busy and in an amazingly great way.
If we can help, of course we are here to make sure you stay as excited as you are right now and make those Bucket List dreams become a reality!
Get in touch and let us know what's in your bucket and if you are ready let us help you plan and book that trip ( or trips!) you've always wanted to do.
The Travel Company Edinburgh
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Following on from our blog posted in April 'Holiday 'Window' Shopping Increases as People Stay at Home!'
We have seen that as the lock-down is starting to ease, people are getting hopeful about Summer holidays and searching for this summer. Many countries are starting to invite tourists back and once we are able to travel on holiday again we will be booking that long awaited break.
There are still restrictions in place for traveling within the UK and abroad and it is still unclear when people will be able to travel on holiday. The situation in constantly changing and being updated by the UK Government on traveling.
How we travel will change, stays in hotels and resorts will be different with social distancing and special measures being brought in to keep everyone safe. It will still be fantastic to go on holiday again just a little different.
The number of searches increasing is great to see and it shows that we are all feeling positive and still want to have the lovely holiday somewhere special.
We have very similar findings are Travelsupermarket who state:
Searches for holidays between July 1 and October 31 2020 have seen an increase of:
The top country searches have been:
We are seeing that people are being optimistic about a break this year and we are keeping on top of all the developments and advising our customers on the destinations they are researching.
If you would like some holiday inspiration, whether it is for this year or next, take a look at our holiday website and start dreaming and planning.
Get intouch with our team on +44 131 467 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from our previous blog post on Private Jets and with the possibility of travel restrictions being lifted in the near future, we have seen an increase in enquiries from people about using a private jet or a private helicopter to avoid being in an enclosed space with other people.
This is something that you may not have thought about before due to the ease of 'normal' travel on commercial airlines or maybe even the thought that it would be far too expensive.
A private jet of course is thought of as a luxury in 'normal' times however is it becoming more important now with what is going on in the world?
We have been working with private jet and helicopter companies for many years and believe that if you are able to it is a great way to travel. A very important point to mention is that flying with the people you want to fly with rather than strangers has the added peace of mind that you know all the people in the plane, a commercial airline can not give you that comfort.
The flexibility is great as you can fly into smaller airports as well as the larger ones therefore get closer to your final destination.
It really is something to think about when you are looking to book your next trip.
One of our suppliers Pretium Jet & helicopter says:
"Chartering a private aircraft gives you the freedom to travel your way. You can fly where you want, when you want and in the comfort and privacy of your own aircraft. You'll have flexibility and greater control over your schedule and spend less time travelling and sitting in airports; you'll make the most of your time away."
If you would like us to help you look into it then just get intouch on:
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Thinking about the future and getting excited!
At some point in the future we will be saying:
When the above actually happens where will you go to in the United Kingdom?
Have you been to all the countries in the UK yet?
I bet there are so many places that you haven't been and fantastic and different experiences to have. You can; see all the historic sites, eat delicious cuisines, enjoy local and international drinks, go hiking in the countryside, go cruising on the canals and lakes or lochs, have an adventure packed break, visit all the amazing cities, travel around the local villages, soak up the local atmosphere and so much more.
Below is a summary of the MANY Reasons to holiday in The UK
The 'Staycation' is something to seriously think about and start planning as it is good to have something to look forward to.
Get intouch if you would like ideas for your future holiday and help in planning that exciting UK holiday!
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Image credits to KODAK
Just WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! This is a challenge and a half!!!!!
Kodak have come out with a fabulous puzzle here! It is 1.9m high, 8.6m long and weighs a MASSIVE 18.5KG!!! To put that into perspective that's:
What an amazing idea! we can't travel the world right now, however we can create hours of Fun putting it together. They estimate it will take around 3 weeks to complete it. This will keep you going through the lockdown for sure, drive everyone crazy and take up a lot of space but what an achievement when you have done it!
It features 27 of the World's landmarks and cities, how much fun would it be to pick the cities in order of where you want to go next and then construct the puzzle in that order? I would choose Prague, Czech Republic first! I love it there! What order would you choose?
They have made it a bit easier than it first sounds by splitting it into each of the 27 destinations with 1900 puzzle pieces per destination so in effect you have 27 puzzles to do and then connect them together!
I have to ask the question once done would you then:
I have to say it would be 2 for me as I do not have a wall big enough to put it on and you never know I might be the next one to do it all over again!!!
Let us know what you would do!
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It has been a very difficult time for everyone over the last few months and the Travel Industry has suffered a dramatic downturn due to this awful Coronovirus that has effected so many people Globally. There have been numerous cancellations and postponements of people's travel plans with all the different restrictions that each country has put into place for everyone's safety to combat this horrendous virus.
The 'Stay at Home' Measures that The Government have put in place are extremely important and have just been extended by 3 weeks. We take this very seriously and all our team are at home staying safe so that we can get back to the the office sometime in the near future. Working from home is OK however we all miss the office banter!
One thing that we have noticed over this time is that people are feeling optimistic about their future holidays. We have seen a large increase in people browsing our website www.ttceholidays.com looking at different destinations and getting ideas of where they may want to go when we can all travel again!
We love dreaming about holidays and where to go to next and now more than ever I think we all need those holiday ideas giving us something exciting to look forward to!
We have added an overview of almost 100 lovely holiday destinations for you have browse through while you are staying at home. We want to give you some ideas of where you may want to go with the top destinations and average temperatures etc.
Stay safe and well and we look forward to being able to help you with any travel plans in the future!
If we can help with anything you can call us on +44131 467 7000 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo kindly provided by Pretium Jet & Helicopter Charter
Flying by private jet is normally seen as a luxury and a very expensive mode of transport, although there is lots of benefits to consider which we have listed for you below:
Why fly by private jet?
You are in charge of your schedule
You travel safe and sound
Saves time and money
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Productive while travelling
You are in charge of your schedule
The truth is that the real luxury when you fly private is the ability to reschedule your flight according to your needs. Business jets can even let you arrange your take off times as you go about your day, making it even more convenient to reach your destination when a meeting runs late or you can even change your arrival point while travelling in the air.
You travel safe and sound
Private aircrafts provide a safe and comfortable environment while travelling. When hiring a private jet, the safety checks are much more thorough than flying on a commercial airline, giving you a better picture of who you are sharing the aircraft with. It also protects you from any illnesses you could obtain from being on a commercial aircraft, as you won’t be sharing the circulated air with hundreds of people who could be potentially carrying any viruses or illnesses.
Saves time and money
When business executives and their colleagues fly private, the biggest benefit is the time they save – for both their employees and any third parties involved. Instead of arriving to the airport hours early to check in and wait in long security lines, you can arrive just before take-off. This also saves time at the other end, saving having to wait for baggage. In a scenario where executives need to visit multiple cities for meetings, private travel can provide incredible cost-saving advantages. Rather than flying commercial and taking multiple days to travel back and forth, private travel can reduce this trip to a single day. Instead of paying for multiple nights at hotels and multiple meals for the entire team, all meetings can happen in one day.
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Travelling on private jet allows you access to smaller, local airports, over 10,000 to be exact!! Giving you the freedom and flexibility to fly right to the heart of your destination or take off from closer to home, saving you time and money. Flying on a luxury jet allows you to travel non-stop to your preferred destination, avoiding unwanted road trips and lengthy layovers in places you don’t want to be.
Productive while travelling
Prepping for a big business meeting or trying to catch up on your emails? This may seem impossible on a commercial aircraft, with people listening in to private conversations and the background noise and buzz. Renting a private jet provides you with complete privacy from the minute you take off until touchdown, giving you peace and quiet to catch up on work or discuss the company strategy. Comfort is another major benefit to flying private, with spacious, walkable cabins featuring lavish, plush interiors and many comforts for a more relaxed flight.
Travelling by private jet can be more cost effective than you think. Call 0131 467 7000 today to receive a no obligation quote.
Citizens of the world, global businesses and Government are watching, monitoring and adapting plans as the Coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. In travel, we’ve been through many a destination crisis, from Caribbean storms, Icelandic volcanos and the previous SARS outbreak, amongst others. However, the rapid spread of Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise.
At The Travel Company Edinburgh, we understand and appreciate the concerns of our customers, who are unsure if they should travel, as well as our trade partners who are facing heightened corporate pressures as well as concern for their customers and loved ones.
As the situation unfolds, there are lots of questions on cancellation fees, how insurers are approaching force majeure and the Foreign Office’s advice to travel. A lot of the answers are as yet unknown, but we will communicate new information when we have it.
We don’t intend to make any impulsive reactions here and will be following destination tourism advice as well as our own Government’s action plans to protect our customers and partners. Trade associations and bodies continue to aggregate and share news and issue guidance, which will inform our position too.
We are hopeful that like SARS, which spread rapidly and then all but disappeared, the Coronavirus outbreak will be temporary, and we can return to creating incredible, stress-free holidays. In the meantime, we suggest that for those of us who are well, it’s business as usual for ourselves and our clients.
The world should keep on travelling where it’s safe to do so. And the over-riding view of the industry is that most of the world is safe. We advise to take common sense steps to protect from illness, at home and on your travels. Good hand hygiene, self-isolation if unwell and reporting any travel to infected areas. If you are booked to travel to an infected area, rather than cancel your trip we recommend that you postpone it or switch destination.
At The Travel Company Edinburgh, we reassure that we stand by our customers, partners and employees over the next few unknown months. Together, we’ll find our way through this crisis, whilst standing together and preserving the beautiful experience of world travel and the industries that support it.
If you have any questions on imminent travel to an affected region, get in touch with us on our dedicated hotline on 0131 467 7000.
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