Thailand bans food, drink, newspapers and magazines on domestic flights

Thailand has banned food, drink and any printed materials other than safety information cards on board domestic flights. The airlines will have to follow the regulations or could face possible penalty from their regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. This is the second time that such a move has been taken. Thailand previously banned in-flight food and drink service …

Travel to Japan during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Japan was lauded for containing the virus during the first wave but has seen a surge in cases, with a major spike in November. Entry to the country remains limited mainly to Japanese nationals and permanent residents. Japan has some of the most stringent travel restrictions in the world, with 152 countries on its prohibited list. Visitors from Australia, Brunei, …

Travel to Singapore during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Singapore has done a superb job of minimizing Covid-19. Its lockdown measures ended in June and it has since implemented strict controls to limit the spread of the virus. Most foreign travelers are not permitted entry. Currently, entry to the city state is largely limited to Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Short term tourist visits from Australia, Brunei, China, New …

The environment benefits from reduced air travel

The environment benefitted from reduced international airline travel brought about by the novel coronavirus disease pandemic. The first half of 2020 saw an 8.8% drop in carbon dioxide emissions compared with the same period in 2019, which is even bigger than the decrease during the 2008 financial crisis and the 1970s oil crisis. With passenger numbers down 67%, according to …

Pokémon plane takes off in Japan

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … Jigglypuff?Pokémon-themed airplanes are starting to appear in the skies in Japan. Solaseed Airlines, a local carrier based on the island of Kyushu, debuted a Pokémon-painted plane on December 19. The plane is part of a tourism collaboration between The Pokémon Company (which owns and licenses the characters) and various regions of …

The Italian towns perfect for social distancing: Vitorchiano

Italy went from being a tourist hotspot to a no-go zone within the space of weeks at the start of the pandemic. But offbeat spots are helping to rescue some of the country’s depopulated villages. Some 70 kilometers northwest of Rome, Vitorchiano sits on a reddish hilltop jutting-out of a deep gorge resembling a giant mushroom. Dating back to Etruscan …

2020 wasn’t all terrible. Here’s how travel benefited from a bad year

It’s fair to say 2020 was challenging for the travel industry, but it’s not been an unmitigated disaster. Pre-pandemic, overtourism became such an issue that the Oxford English Dictionary named it one of the words of the year in 2018. Officials were struggling to keep visitor numbers down at sights like Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal in a bid …

The Italian towns perfect for social distancing: Monteleone di Orvieto, Umbria

Covid-19 has at least one positive effect on Italy’s struggling tourism industry. As social distancing becomes the norm across much of the world, Italy’s under-the-radar destinations are receiving a huge boost. Located close to Rome in the region of Umbria, Monteleone di Orvieto offers one of the most stunning panoramas of central Italy. Surrounded by wild forests and streams, the …

Bonding in captivity with a child during travel quarantine

Australian Julie Earle-Levine and her son had different approaches to staying busy during quarantine upon arrival down under. Jack adapted his usual activities — kicking a tennis ball around their hotel room instead of playing soccer, and watching chess games on Twitch instead of playing against friends. Unlike the younger kids in quarantine, he was able to entertain himself, freeing …