Planning in Progress – Accommodation

Both sides of the Atlantic are seeing prices on many essential day to day items go through the roof. Recession is a word that is prominent in the media as well as the question about fuel prices not dropping as fast as they rise. The pound/dollar exchange rate definitely favours a visit from America to the UK or elsewhere in Europe.  It was with great … Continue reading Planning in Progress – Accommodation

Route 66 – OK (46th) will be my 45th

The long wait is over, well almost. In October I fly into Austin and collect my car for a 9 night road trip. Tip: It was better value to include the car with the flight than separately. First night will be in Waco followed by two nights in Dallas. In Dallas I am going to make use of the hotel’s airport shuttle and take the … Continue reading Route 66 – OK (46th) will be my 45th

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