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‘I was fuming, my daughter has got special needs - she was in tears because she’s lost her holiday,’ says mother
It is distressing to watch our leaders pursue a policy of travel lockdown by stealth without, it would appear, any consideration as to how the travel industry is expected to survive the fallout from all the flip-flopping.
It is one of Australia’s most beautiful locations, a remote, jungle-draped island ringed by empty beaches and virgin reefs, and home to a crab phenomena that astonished Sir David Attenborough. Yet very few tourists visit Christmas Island, a mysterious place with a dark history which is home to just 1,800 people and is so isolated it costs £600 to fly to from the Australian mainland.
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I never expected the Party of the Family to make it so difficult for a man to get married. But as Boris Johnson stood hunched at the dispatch box like a pallbearer of bad news, the wedding plans of my fiancée and I fell apart like a cheap bouquet. Who knew that the coronavirus and confetti do not go together like a horse and carriage? The announcement that such gatherings will be limited to 15 people means that our hopes of saying “I do” have now been kicked in the unmentionables for a third time. How can it be this hard to utter two syllables? An original date in May was postponed as the Beast from the East rode into town. Failing to hold our nerve at the start of summer, a second booking for August was duly scotched. Toe-punting the can down the road, we eventually settled for the final Sunday before Christmas.
“This way to beach” read a hotel lobby sign in Hurghada, Egypt. It was 2010 and, despite the area being a jumping-off point for thousands of scuba divers exploring the Red Sea’s marvellous marine life, this private stretch of beach was so thick with rubbish – from disposable nappies to plastic straws and ice-cream tubs – that I could barely see the sand. Plastic pollution is damaging the very destinations and wildlife that we travel to see around the world, and scientific research even suggests it can harm our health. It’s perverse, then, that the travel industry is such a significant contributor to the proliferation of plastics – from single-serving butter pots and milk packets to plastic plates and cutlery – polluting our planet.