This year was supposed to be a headliner for Japan’s tourism industry. With the media glow of the 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup in September last year now fading, 2020 would shine a spotlight on Japan once again with the Summer Tokyo Olympics. Instead in April, which would normally see a huge influx of tourists for the famed cherry blossom season,...
The British have long had a love affair with Florida. Theme parks, relatively cheap prices, tropical weather and amazing beaches market themselves, but that doesn't stop Florida businesses spending millions to encourage even more Brits to visit. In fact 1.4 million Britons visited pre-Covid with an estimated further half a million Brits calling Florida home. For those staring out of...
What is it like to jump off a cliff into the sea? Quite fun actually! This new adventure sport which combines elements of rock climbing, wild swimming and cliff jumping is starting to make waves around the world. On a particularly moody Sunday morning in February 2014, my friend Nick and I drove down to a small village in North...
Undecided where to visit next in the UK? Why not experience the best of both worlds by visiting some of our fascinating border towns. By Elis Williams With the threat of COVID-19 forming a shadow over the international tourism sector for the time being more and more people are looking closer to home for their travelling fix. Some of the best locations...
Wanting to visit Edinburgh, but can't because of lockdown restrictions? Fear not, there are several ways you can visit Scotland's capital from the comfort of your own armchair.. By Bev Cleary Stuck in ‘lockdown’ wishing you had already made that trip to the second most visited city in the UK as you had always planned? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the...
Dark Tourism, where people choose to vacation in places associated with death and killing, has become much more visible on social media. It can range from genocide (Auschwitz and the Killing Fields), nuclear disasters (Chernobyl), to bubonic plague catacombs (Paris). Why are more tourists going to these sites and what should you be mindful of when visiting? By Phil Taylor The...
Is the all-inclusive model broke or is it here to stay? By Philip Kirilov For a long time the all-inclusive (AI) resorts have been a major source of income for the areas where they are located. At first there were mainly hotels, villas, just places to stay within the resorts. With time they started becoming more modernized – people started seeking...
Dubai’s popularity as a tourist destination has increased exponentially over the past decade, but with this growth comes an increase in the number of Brits being arrested. The clash of cultures has sparked outrage in the UK, but who is really to blame? By Marion Eele Until around 30 years ago, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was considered a relative backwater,...
Travel need not just be about the 'sights' of a country. For blind travellers, there are certainly obstacles to overcome, but with a little planning, a wonderful sensory holiday experience is not only possibility, it is a reality for many blind travellers and adventurers! By Jordan Hambleton Whenever we think of travel, we think about the places we’ve always wanted to...
Finland is a unique country in many ways. Its beautiful landscape and traditions attract millions of tourists every year. Finland is also home to some unique experience and events that make it an even more special place to visit. #1 Ice Swimming Sampo, the world’s only icebreaker that operates specifically for tourism purposes, sails the Gulf of Bothnia along the stretches of...