Who doesn't want to stay in luxury? On a train? Falling asleep to the clickety-clackety sound as you speed through darkened countryside, awaking to a rich breakfast served by liveried staff members on silver trays... HOLD ON - that's the Orient Express. The Caledonian Sleeper is a different kind of luxury: practical comfort. Let me … Continue reading Caledonian Sleeper – Luxury Hotel Train – Classic Room FULL Review! London to Glasgow
You may wonder why I'm showing you a picture of my (dusty) VW Golf. Indeed and you'd be right. This is just opposite my office at Queen's University in Belfast. I've gotten sick of paying WAY over the odds for a car parking space at Belfast City Airport. When you're away for a couple of … Continue reading Back to Belfast Hotels – Ibis Queens Quarter – a homely hotel at a humble price!
The entirety of the green/amber/red list travel regulations can be a mysterious faff. Here's why: The rules change at short notice (updated at least every 3 weeks in the UK)The rules are slightly different in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales. You need to gather together information from a range of different sources (your government, … Continue reading Green List Travel Guide: This man’s experience…
I had a sixth sense moment. After I was successful in using the 'Class UP' system to get upgraded on my first part of my trip to Iceland (from London Heathrow to Reykjavik - see that report here), I thought it might work out that I'd get a similar upgrade on the way back. To … Continue reading Icelandair – The Grand Return on a Boeing 767 in Saga Premium (Business Class)
The Golden Circle is the must-do, gotta-see, one-day, snap-it and go tour of Iceland that buys you moody shots of the seat of this ancient democracy, its roaring falls and a heart-stoppingly unexpected gasp of the geyser, Geysir! (Really, it's Strokkur, but that's another story...) No judgment. Got a day? Do it. You can book … Continue reading Iceland Golden Circle – Top 3 Things you have to see – Self-Drive with Drone
Lor' blimey, this video took a bit of effort to make! I was sitting up late in my Reykjavik hotel room last night tweaking voiceovers and bits of this and soundtracks of that. But I love making these. It's a lark. Plus: a. I'm on the road (gotta love that)b. I am a total nosebag … Continue reading Icelandair BUSINESS (Saga Premium) – LHR-KEF [green list] – Class UP bidding system SUCCESS
The travel landscape is shifting, and quickly, in response to vaccine roll-out, variants, people's concerns and governmental controls differing from state to state. The politics of that I will leave to one side, or your comments on my Instagram or Twitter! Yesterday, I posted about wanting to re-visit Iceland, which is a 'green list' country … Continue reading Can I get into Iceland?
This was *such* a fun trip to take and vlog to make. I have been posting some travel videos over the past few years and the timing and content was (cough) *ramshackle! They've been for fun and that's cool. When I watch something, I do appreciate some structure, some speaking and some quiet moments, so … Continue reading British Airways E190SR – first post-lockdown flight! Belfast City to London City – Trip Report!
I have been walking a little-known trail between Newry and Warrenpoint in County Down for the past couple of months. It gets traffic only from hikers, ambitious dog-walkers and mountain and trail bikers making the most of the steep slopes, great trails and slippy downhill tracks. Folly in Big Wood Imagine my shock when out … Continue reading Secret Castle: Big Wood, Warrenpoint, N Ireland
So is travel resuming or not after Covid? It's hard to predict and depends on where you live. I have to admit I travelled into the Republic of Ireland as soon as permitted (and because I'm fully vaccinated) but I might have been slower to travel if I hadn't had the jab just yet or … Continue reading Travel Resumes after Covid?