What is non-essential travel? The latest official coronavirus advice

What is non-essential travel? The latest official coronavirus advice

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has advised Britons against “all but essential travel” for at least the next 30 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus. There have been more than 194,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with 1,950 in the UK, at the latest count. It is the first time that the FCO has issued such […]
What our insane obsession with loo roll says about Western society

What our insane obsession with loo roll says about Western society

The sort of items we are hoarding in the face of a pandemic differs from country to country – here’s what our first world fixation with bog roll actually means  There’s nothing like an impending doomsday scenario to bring out the crazies. It is tempting to peer...
Witnessing the coronavirus crisis take hold on a luxury yacht

Witnessing the coronavirus crisis take hold on a luxury yacht

During a 30–plus year career as a specialist cruise writer my seagoing adventures have included encounters with hurricanes and walls of water, being grounded on a sandbank, as well as sailing through pirate-infested waters escorted by the Royal Navy, but never have I...
Does travel insurance cover coronavirus? And can I cancel my trip?

Does travel insurance cover coronavirus? And can I cancel my trip?

Coronavirus is now a pandemic, having taken hold the world over.  With the illness now impacting a majority of popular holiday destinations, more and more travellers are concerned about the implications for their easter, and summer, holidays. For example, the Foreign...