Month: July 2020

No refund if local lockdown ruins your holiday, Britons warned

Spain has introduced two local lockdowns - AFP
Spain has introduced two local lockdowns – AFP

British travellers have been warned they may be unable to claim a refund for a holiday lost to a local lockdown, regional quarantine rules or the need to self-isolate on return. 

Overseas trips will be possible once again from this weekend, after the Government revealed its plans for “travel corridors”, but with a number of countries retaining a variety of entry restrictions, Britons risk being a victim of disruption. 

Alex Neill, CEO of arbitration firm Resolver, said he does not expect to see a fall in holiday-related complaints over the summer. 

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How one woman turned a small Vermont town into an arts destination

When Kathleen Dolan started teaching music and art to young children in Woodstock, Vermont, in 2003, she was used to being a one-person operation. 

In an earlier role in Boston, she conducted music programs at child care centers, and she recalls, “I would just travel with my keyboard.”

In a span of 10 years, she went from toting her keyboard to renting a small downtown space in Vermont for classes, to owning a dynamic arts center that would give her community and others accessibility to the arts.

Her local nonprofit, ArtisTree Community Arts Center, has become a powerhouse of creativity,

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Everywhere you can go on holiday this summer

Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock
Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock

The government has announced a list of 59 countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer without quarantining.

From 10 July, those travelling from these approved destinations into England will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period imposed on all inbound arrivals.

Alongside this, the Foreign Office (FCO) has published a separate list of destinations where it has now lifted its blanket advice against all non-essential international travel.

While the lists are not the same, there is an overlap of 48 countries. For those looking to travel

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Backlash as Scots blocked from visiting Spain this summer

spain - getty
spain – getty

Travel industry bosses are hitting back over Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to leave Spain off Scotland’s list of approved travel corridors.

The First Minister said a requirement to quarantine for 14 days for any travellers arriving from the country would remain in force north of the border, even though it is being lifted in England from Friday.

Flights to Spain account for 60 per cent of leisure flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, according to Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, which owns all three; describing Spain’s absence from the list as a “glaring omission.”

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