ETIAS – European ESTA to be Introduced 2023

As this blog gets more views from North America than anywhere else in the world I thought it helpful in advising North American visitors to Europe the latest announcement to impact future travel plans. The European Union has announced that arrivals from outside the block including UK travellers will need to arrange an ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation. The introduction of this new … Continue reading ETIAS – European ESTA to be Introduced 2023

Road Trip Planning in Progress

After a three year hiatus from flying I have spent the last few weeks planning and perfecting my next adventure on visiting my missing States. Followers of my early posts might remember that I have yet to set foot in – Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Hawaii. The most logical and economical research has put Austin as the arrival airport. Virgin Atlantic … Continue reading Road Trip Planning in Progress

Washington D.C – Lincoln Memorial is 100

At the far end of the National Mall in Washington D.C with the Potomac River flowing behind it is the  Lincoln Memorial. On 30 May it was 100 years since it was dedicated. It honours the 16th President of the United States who defended democracy and is styled after the Parthenon in Athens being the birthplace of democracy. Each of the 36 States that existed … Continue reading Washington D.C – Lincoln Memorial is 100

US ESTA – Price Increase

US Customs and Border Protection has announced that the price for an US ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) for countries allowed to use the US Visa Waiver system is increasing from $14.00 to $21.00. This includes the $4.00 handling fee. The price will remain at that level until September 2027. The validity of the ESTA still remains at two years. For earlier posts regarding … Continue reading US ESTA – Price Increase

Walt Disney World – Finding Nemo – Animal Kingdom

Opening the summer of 2022 is Finding Nemo – ‘The Big Blue …. and Beyond!’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A re-imagined show with puppets, singers and other performers set in the underwater world of Pixar and Disney’s Finding Nemo. The show was launched back in 2007 and the opportunity to update it was taken during the park’s closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is … Continue reading Walt Disney World – Finding Nemo – Animal Kingdom

Amtrak – New Summer Service – New York to The Berkshires

Something you don’t see very often from Amtrak is the unveiling of a new route. Specifically aimed at New Yorkers’ wanting to get away for a weekend, the new ‘Berkshire Flyer’ will start it’s operations from 08 July and run between New York’s Penn Station, NY and Pittsfield, MA. Departing Penn Station at 15.16 and arriving at 19.12 in Pittsfield. I would recommend that your … Continue reading Amtrak – New Summer Service – New York to The Berkshires

Coronavirus – Masks on Mass Transport

Airlines across the skies announced that the wearing of masks whilst on board have been relaxed and it now a choice. A Federal Judge struck down President Joe Biden’s mask mandate and for the time being whilst the White House works out how to respond to the ruling it has allowed airline operators and train operators to announce that mask wearing is no longer mandatory. … Continue reading Coronavirus – Masks on Mass Transport

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind @ Epcot

Epcot at Disney World Florida has announced the opening date of Disney’s latest story coaster ride. The announced date is 27 May 2022 in the newly named World Discovery Neighbourhood. The launch of Guardians of the Galaxy@ Cosmic Rewind will be Ecpot’s first rollercoaster. Located where the old energy pavilion of Epcot and where the popular Ellen’s Energy Adventure was. This new family attraction features … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind @ Epcot