Travel news in brief and useful information for travelers.
Maldives may become Top Vacation Destination this year
The concept chosen by the Maldives - "One island - one resort", has successfully become in demand this year due to the pandemic. There is only one resort on each island, without any office buildings, shopping centers or markets. This provides a private environment and almost eliminates the possibility of getting the virus from strangers. Tourists can relax, enjoy the sea and the sun in a private setting. Wealthy people from different countries choose the Maldives for their vacation this fall.
Want to go to the Maldives? Look at the map - http://www.visit-plus.com/map/destinations
More than half of Americans plan to travel on Thanksgiving Day. What about in winter?
It looks like more than half of Americans are planning to travel on Thanksgiving despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the number of travelers is expected to be much lower than last year, millions of people will hit the road. Most of them will travel by car, but airlines are also increasing the number of flights.
Some travel lovers are planning to go to the sea and beaches (Mexico, Dominican Republic).
It is estimated that approximately 20% will live in a hotel or rent a vacation home to socially distance themselves from their loved ones.
You can book your stay here.
Please follow the safety rules during the trip. Do not gather in large groups. Wear protective masks when around other people. It would be safer to gather outdoors than indoors.
And what will happen to travel later, in winter and spring? Polls show that Americans are not planning to give up travel in winter (and at Christmas). It can be assumed that the most popular destinations will be ski resorts, natural parks and the Caribbean.
See also: winter travel.
Cyprus updated the list of low-risk countries
The Republic of Cyprus on September 21 updated the list of low-risk countries (COVID-19): Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand.
Passengers arriving from these countries are not required to present a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate or undergo quarantine.
Tourism is back with good deals
Tourism is starting to recover, at least in some countries.
Countries with the Mediterranean coast seek to manage to attract tourists.
Starting in June 2020, many countries are ready to accept tourists (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and others).
Many people in Europe are already planning a vacation in Spain.
Finland becomes available again for tourists from many countries starting July 13, 2020 (Italy, Austria, Greece, Malta, Germany, China, Japan and many others).
There are already discounts and offers for tourists.
- 🚍 Motorhome - the choice of many travel lovers this year.
- 🚗 You can get up to 20% discount on car rental if you order a car before July 5 (for some companies and locations) - look here
- 🚕 Taxis at the airport can be ordered here.
- 🏨 The hotel also has great deals for tourists (look here).
National parks and remote corners are good choices for safe travel after COVID-19
Traveling safely can mean not having contact with a large number of people. This means that: traveling in your home country is safer than traveling to another country, traveling near home is safer than going to another region, traveling in a sparsely populated place is safer than being in a big city. National Parks is the this year choice of many tourists in the United States.
Traveling in the USA remains a priority for US residents
The countries of the European Union open their borders for travelers step by step. Countries allow international travel with great care.
While tourist trips to Europe remain unavailable for US residents, you can travel around America in your car.
Choose a destination for your journey on the US map.
Choose a small hotel or holiday home this year in Spain
The Costa del Sol Hotel Entrepreneurs Association has announced its forecasts of hotel occupancy for the two most important months: 36.33 percent in July and up to 42.71 percent in August.
At the same time (from another publication) holiday homes and small hotels on the coast of Spain show high occupancy forecast from 75% to 100% in July - August.
Book in advance.
Turkey is already open for tourists
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, more than 27,000 foreign tourists visited the province of Antalya in the first week of July. More than 10,000 of them are citizens of Ukraine. Also, residents of Belarus and Kazakhstan are already coming on holiday to Turkey. Charter flights already deliver guests from 9 countries.
The Eiffel Tower will open to visitors on June 25, 2020 in Paris. The tower was closed for a long time due to the COVID -19 pandemic. We hope that we will be able to travel again soon.
Learn more about the tower (photo, description, location).
Good news for US travel enthusiasts
Universal Orlando reopens (the first of Orlando's major theme park resorts). Visit Orlando.
Hotels in Miami-Dade are reopening. (Visit Miami.)
Caribbean islands welcoming back visitors.
Ohio's amusement parks and casinos can reopen June 19.
I hope we all return to normal soon.
Choose your travel destinations.
Some events this year in Hawaii
Some events this year in Hawaii that will be interesting to visit for tourists.
April 12-18 2020 - Merrie Monarch Festival.
September 19, 2020 - Annual Waikīkī Hoʻolauleʻa.
September 26, 2020 - Waikīkī Annual Floral Parade.
October 2 - 25, 2020 - Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.
Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival.
See also a trip to Hawaii.
Cheap bus and train tickets in North America
The Omio website has made it possible to find cheap tickets in North America (USA and Canada) recently. Until this time, the service operated mainly for European countries. Compare prices and choose: train, bus and plane tickets in the USA and Canada.
It is very convenient for travel enthusiasts: the site compares the cost of plane, bus and train tickets. You just have to choose the best type of transport that suits you and buy a ticket.
(Pay attention not only to the cost, but also to the duration of the trip, time and date of departure.)
OMIOUSA promotional code can give a 15% discount on ticket purchases (except for Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, other restrictions are possible.
🚄 SNCF train company has announced it will be releasing 3 million TGV INOUI one-way tickets for €35 or less. Book tickets until January 30, 2020 and travel cheap in France. Find a cheap ticket.
Russia is trying to attract tourists with its unique nature and unusual routes
How can Russia attract tourists?
Russia cannot offer tourists the best beaches, the most interesting museums and the most comfortable weather. But this does not mean that Russia has nothing to offer tourists.
The Russian tour operator Intourist presented tours of the Trans-Siberian Railway, to Murmansk, to Lake Baikal and to Kamchatka.
In Murmansk you can observe the Northern Lights in winter and go to the North Pole on an icebreaker in the summer.
Baikal is a unique lake with clear water located in Siberia.
Kamchatka is a peninsula with unique nature and a valley of geysers.
These places will be interesting to nature lovers and lovers of unusual travels.
Unfortunately, getting to these interesting places is still difficult for foreign tourists.
Dates of winter sales in Italy 2020
Italy is one of the best countries for shopping lovers. Here you can buy the most fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories. It is most advantageous to do this during the sales period.
Periods for sales in Italian stores are regulated by law. Sales are usually held in January - February and late summer.
Winter sales 2020 in most regions of Italy will begin on January 5 and will last until the end of February or until the beginning of March.
- Lazio (Rome) - from January 5 to February 28.
- Veneto (Venice) - from January 5 to March 31.
- Lombardia (Milan) - from January 5 to March 5.
- Toscana (Florence) - from January 5 to March 15.
How to travel after Thomas Cook bankruptcy
Thomas Cook bankruptcy was an unpleasant surprise for travel lovers in many countries. How to travel now?
It is not at all difficult to organize your trip yourself. This is what millions of people do. You can: choose a travel destination, book a hotel, choose a flight and buy a ticket, order a taxi from the airport to the hotel and rent a car.
You will find many useful links here.
There will be more flights to St. Petersburg, maybe
Pulkovo Airport (St. Petersburg) wants to get the so-called "Seventh degree of freedom of airspace."
If this happens, then many foreign airlines will be able to fly to St. Petersburg.
Ryanair, EasyJet and WizzAir have already applied for flights from Pulkovo Airport. It is not yet known whether this will succeed.
These airlines can take part of their clients from Russian companies, but at the same time they will attract new tourists to St. Petersburg.
Lappeenranta Airport may also lose some customers. (St. Petersburg residents sometimes use Lappeenranta Airport to travel to Europe.
Russian visa about
Foreign tourists may find it easier to visit Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has proposed simplifying the receipt of tourist visas.
It is proposed to cancel the requirement, receive confirmation from the tour operator. (A confirmation of the hotel reservation will be sufficient.)
It is also proposed to increase the maximum permitted stay of foreign citizens (who have received a tourist visa) in Russia from one month to six months.
Reminder: from October 01, citizens of some countries will be able to receive a free, electronic visa for a trip to St. Petersburg. Such a procedure already exists for travelers heading to and from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
Idre Himmelfjäll - A new ski resort in Sweden
A new ski resort will be opened in Sweden this year. Opening of the ski resort Idre Himmelfjäll is scheduled for December 17, 2019. It is planned that the ski season will last until mid-April, but you can book a place to stay now.
Idre Himmelsfjäll ski resort is located in the west of Sweden, at a distance of about 500 kilometers from Stockholm. You can get here by train, by bus or by car.
At the first stage 18 ski slopes will be opened. Good conditions for recreation with children will be created at the ski resort.
Electronic visa to Russia
Citizens of 53 countries can get one-time electronic visas to visit the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federatio from July 1, 2019.
An electronic visa is issued free of charge for a period of 30 days and with an allowed stay in the territory of the Russian Federation up to eight days from the date of entry.
Electronic visas for visiting the Kaliningrad region are valid for entry and exit only through the following border points of the Russian Federation:
- Airport "Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)".
- Sea checkpoint (port) "Kaliningrad (sites in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)".
- Automobile checkpoints "Bagrationovsk", "Gusev", "Mamonovo (Grzekhotki)", "Mamonovo (Gronovo)", "Sea", "Pogranichny", "Sovetsk", "Chernyshevskoe".
- Railway checkpoints "Mamonovo", "Sovetsk".
Foreign citizens who have received electronic visas have the right to be and move only within the Kaliningrad region.
Tourists can get a visa on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Electronic visas to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities are planned to be introduced next year.
Citizens of 18 foreign countries can already get an electronic visa to enter
to the Russian Federation through the border checkpoints located on the territory of the Far East from August 8, 2017.
This can not be done in Rome
Useful reminder to tourists.
If you are planning to visit Rome, here are a few things you should not do in Rome (tourist information).
You can not:
Walking with a naked torso (men).
Eat food that can fall or spill in tourist places (for example ice cream).
Hang locks on bridges (as a symbol of eternal love).
Bathe in city fountains (and throw things at them, except coins).
Drag the suitcase (on wheels) along the steps of the "Spanish Steps" (do not cause damage to a popular landmark).
Bans are understandable to most people. Being a guest, do not do what you would not do at home.
New long water slide in Spain
The longest water slide in the world recently opened on the Costa Blanca in Spain. "Cyclone" is located in the "Aqualandia" water park in Benidorm. It has a length of 200 meters.
The Aqualandia water park in Benidorm is the largest in the Costa Blanca region and one of the largest in the world.
The Costa Blanca is over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, on the southeastern coast of Spain. It is popular summer holiday destination of Europe.
Learn more about Mediterranean coast of Spain.
The Eiffel Tower may look new in the future
The space around the Eiffel Tower is proposed to change in Paris. If the project is implemented, the Tower will be surrounded by a 54-hectare park, some streets will be planted with trees, and the bridge next to the tower will become a pedestrian bridge.
But for now this is only a project. http://www.visit-plus.com/node/3243
Turkey is a great place to spend holiday this year
Where to go on vacation this year? If price matters to you, then you should consider Turkey as one of the options. Turkey has long been one of the most inexpensive travel destinations, but the reduced rate of the Turkish lira made travel to Turkey even more profitable.
Learn more about Turkey (for travel enthusiasts).
Antalya wants more tourists
At a time when some cities want to limit the number of tourists (Venice, Amsterdam, Barcelona ...), Turkey wants more, much more!
In Antalya, tourists will be handing out postcards with views of the old city and other interesting places for FREE, in order to attract MORE tourists. The first circulation of cards will be 300 thousand pieces! It is believed that postcards will encourage tourists to visit new places.
The region of Antalya is the most popular region of Turkey among tourists from many countries. You will find here a warm climate, sandy beaches and the Mediterranean Sea - http://www.visit-plus.com/taxonomy/term/20
There are many good beaches in Spain
The beaches of Spain get 669 blue flags this year. This is 25 less than in 2018, but still Spain remains the first in the world in this indicator.
Most blue flags are in Valencia (150), Catalonia (120) and Galicia (107).
The Blue Flag is an international award given annually to beaches and marinas, where water meets high quality standards and is suitable for safe swimming.
Learn more about Spain.
The patio festival started in Cordoba
The patio festival started in Cordoba on May 6 (Spain). The festival will last until May 19. Tourists can visit private courtyards, which are usually closed to outsiders. Courtyards will be open to the public from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00.
Learn more about Spain top events.
41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport
41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport on May 5, 2019 in Russia. This is 40 passengers and one flight attendant. 37 people survived. Six people were hospitalized, three of them are in serious condition.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft flew from Moscow to Murmansk. After 28 minutes of flight, the crew decided to urgently return to the airport. During a hard landing, the landing gear broke down and the engines caught fire. Then the fire spread to the entire tail of the aircraft. Perhaps the plane was struck by lightning after takeoff. The firemen were able to extinguish the flames in a few minutes.
The pilots did not try to develop fuel before landing and the aircraft boarded with full tanks. All details will be known after the end of the investigation.
Granite quarry as a landmark in Finland
The granite quarry is planned to be promoted as a tourist attraction in Finland. The quarry is famous for the fact that granite was mined there for the construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. In particular, in this quarry, blanks were made for the columns of the cathedral and for the Alexander Column, which is installed on Palace Square.
The granite quarry is located near the border with Russia, in the Virolahti municipality of Kymenlaakso province. More precisely - Cape Heponiemi, near the Pyterlahti.
The quarry, in which granite was mined for famous monuments of St. Petersburg, is located near the Petersburg-Helsinki highway, immediately after the Torfyanovka/Nujamaa checkpoint. Drive here will be easy.
It is not yet clear whether the quarry will be popular with tourists. For the convenience of tourists plan to build walkways, bridges and places for recreation.
Summer season opening in Sochi
The 2019 summer season opening festival will be held in Sochi on May 25th. The holiday season will be opened by a traditional carnival. The year 2019 is named "The Year of Theater" in Russia. Therefore, the theme of the carnival will be theater. The main slogan of the event: "Take the sun with you." The event is scheduled to start at 19:00.
The carnival procession will consist of several columns that will pass along Kurortny Prospect from the circus building to the Winter Theater. Festival will continue on Theater Square. Many events will also take place in other places, for example, in the Cherry Orchard, on Flag Square and on Navaginskaya Street.
Sochi is the most popular resort region of Russia. You will find a lot of information about Sochi here.
Some interesting May events in Thailand
You can attend these events if you are planning a trip to Thailand in May.
- The Amazing Seafood Festival will be held on the Central Waterfront in Pattaya on May 10-12. This event will interest gourmets and seafood lovers.
- The annual fireworks festival will be held May 24-25, 2019 on the Central Embankment of Pattaya (Beach Road).