“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.
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It was with reticence that I started browsing flights to Oman; 3,500 miles felt a little too far away from our midwife as my wife’s pregnancy entered the home straight.
Testing will be compulsory for cruise passengers prior to boarding as the major operators look to restart sailing in the USA.
Usually I’d be three coffees in by now – one in the room, two more at breakfast – before I’d even consider setting foot outside my hotel door. So the arrangement at our hotel here in Syros, where breakfast means crossing the road to a tiny bakery to pick up a pastry, then popping next door to the local coffee shop, seems like an effort so early in the morning.
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The Black Pride activist on street parties in St Lucia and saving up for a safari My family and my work life in London are pretty full-on There’s always something happening, whether it’s Black Lives Matter, Grenfell or Windrush. But travelling provides me with respite and self-care, just to go somewhere where I can relax and unwind. Before lockdown, I was travelling every month for my work for the Kaleidoscope Trust The trust works in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Pacific and parts of Europe. There are some laws that exist in Commonwealth countries that mean people are being criminalised just because of who they love. I’ve also travelled extensively to Pride and Black Pride events around the world. I went to Botswana last year to celebrate the fact that it had decriminalised homosexuality It’s a beautiful country, so now I’m trying to save for the next year or two in order to go for a luxury safari in Botswana or Kenya. When I go to St Lucia, I usually stay in Gros Islet There is this wonderful tradition called Fish Fry Friday. It feels a bit like a carnival but it’s a street party. There is loads of food, including different types of fish, such as lobster and snapper, with wonderful creole sauce. There’s just something about being in St Lucia – the sun, the sea, and the people are so friendly.