Travel Reviews + Breaking News

Welcome to our travel site where we write up travel news of interest, and review hotels and restaurants that we have visited in our travels. In the past we stayed in a lot of hostels and a number of these properties have changed names several times and more than a few no longer exist. We will look to cover more content around Street Art as that is one of our favourite items to find in our travels around the world.

  • Holiday Inn Lisbon Continental Review
    If you are booking a trip to Lisbon be aware that there are actually 7 Holiday Inn locations across the city. The location I stayed at is officially called Holiday Inn Lisbon – Continental but Campo Pequeno is one of the more popular locations for people doing short stop overs due to it’s proximity to the Humberto Delgado Airport. It’s just 15-20 minutes away from the airport by taxi and far enough of our town … Read more
  • Sea Spray Boutique Hotel review
    Sea Spray Brighton is a cute little boutique B&B located just off Marine Parade in Brighton. The location is a short 9 minute way to Brighton Palace Pier and just a few minutes from Brighton Seafront. The hotel is a 28 minute walk from Brighton Train station or there are several bus options that take around 20-24 minutes to get there. There is a bit of a hill up from Brighton Palace Pier so if … Read more
  • Courtyard by Marriott Parsippany review
    This 3 star Marriott property is located out in New Jersey halfway between Parsippany-Troy Hills, Denville and Mountain Lakes. The hotel is 28 miles or about 35 minutes in an uber from Newark Liberty International Airport and about 35 miles from Manhattan, NYC. The 3 story property is fairly well laid out but during the stay one of the lifts failed so you had to walk to the other side of the property if you … Read more
  • Statue of Liberty City Cruises
    I would suggest booking an early morning tour if you can as a number of people stay on the island for several hours… I had a 9am ticket which meant waiting in a massive line for airport style security checks. The whole process took at 45 minutes as I arrived at 845am and was packed aboard the boat with hundreds of other people. Remember that Statue City Cruises is the ONLY vendor authorized to provide … Read more
  • Residence Inn by Marriott New York Downtown review
    The location is great just a few minutes walk from Fulton Street station and just minutes from Wall Street. This is the 3 star property that is being reviewed located on 215 Pearl Street just next to the Four Points Sheraton New York Downtown. It’s easy to get confused with the Residence Inn by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Area which is the 4 star hotel located on 170 Broadway, New York. When … Read more
  • Niu Dairy Haarlem Review
    We stayed one night at the former dairy building now known as Niu Dairy as it was good value with rooms from under €70 and was walking distance to the main part of Haarlem. Room 405 was very quite and the hotel felt very modern with fun blue beanbag seat, small desk good enough for writing postcards and a decent sized TV compared to the scale of the room. There was also a Bluetooth speaker … Read more
  • Shu Restaurant Belfast review
    This was a lovely spot for a romantic dinner when visiting Belfast, please make sure to book a table ahead of time as the place is fairly popular. The staff were friendly and full of enthusiasm and their house bread was simply magic I almost went for a second basket. Entre was some succulent herd potato gnocchi with beetroot puree, pickled beetroot and ricotta. I asked them to leave out the spiced seeds but it … Read more
  • Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre review
    We picked Hampton by Hilton Belfast hotel as a get away spot for our Christmas present to ourselves, I also picked it for it’s close location to Great Victoria Street train station. I did forget to check that the Enterprise train from Dublin stops at Lanyon Place Station but still was only a 20 minute walk or about £7 in an uber but it was much closer than the Holiday Inn Express we stayed in … Read more
  • Gleneagles Townhouse Edinburgh
    For the first time in Gleneagles’ history, this spring they are expanding the brand beyond the Perthshire hills to open a lively new 33-room hotel right in the heart of Edinburgh. Home to some of the most vibrant eating and drinking experiences in the city, Gleneagles Townhouse will include an all-day restaurant, The Spence, and roof terrace bar, Lamplighters, with views across Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. It will also be home to a members’ club with … Read more
  • YHA New Zealand managed hostels closes
    After operations running over 89 years Coronavirus has impacted yet another global travel brand with 11 YHA New Zealand manged hostels will shut down on the 15th December 2021, while the domestic bookings rose significantly it wasn’t enough to offset the drop in internationally travellers. YHA guest bookings up to and including these dates remain in place and hostels will be operating as usual until then. YHA are cancelling and fully refunding all bookings for … Read more
  • Switzerland to require negative Covid-19 test + 10 days quarantine
    The Swiss government has started to add a number of countries to it’s risk country list. The Swiss embassy in the UK has also just advised when boarding a plane and entering Switzerland, all persons travelling from the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days. The new variant Omicron has occurred in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Egypt and Malawi. It seems a number … Read more
  • KLM will temporarily stop all long-haul flights
    Following the Dutch governments requirement for a double negative test from all travellers flying to The Netherlands, KLM has announced they will stop all long-haul and some short haul flights within Europe. The requirement for every traveller to have both negative PCR and a negative antigen test including crew has currently proved too much for KLM. KLM said the main reason was they didn’t want to risk having to leave crew members abroad due to … Read more
  • Schiphol ban all of South America, UK and South Africa flights
    The Dutch government announced on Wednesday 20th November that there will be a flight ban for air traffic from all over South America, the United Kingdom and South Africa from 23 January. This is to slow the spread of the new strains of Coronavirus from UK (B.1.1.7 variant), Brazil (mutation E484K) and South Africa (variant B.1.351). This is the first actual proactive steps made by the Dutch government to slow the spread of Coronavirus from … Read more
  • 51.3% of the South won’t change Christmas travel plans due to Coronavirus
    A survey we conducted using Google Consumer Survey platform with data from 500 US based respondents shows that 44.6% of people across the USA said No they won’t change their Christmas travel plans due to Coronavirus. But we didn’t have enough survey respondents to ensure a statically significant answer for all the regions in the USA just the Southern states The survey was started on the 23rd November 2020 and finished on the 27th November … Read more
  • Tokyo Highlights [Virtual Tour]
    Yoshi was great tour guide and fun we did this as a present for my wife as she has always wanted to travel to Japan but due to Coronavirus that wasn’t possible this year. It was also nice to get some tips from a local when we can hopefully travel to Japan in 2021. The virtual tour of Tokyo is run by Japan Wonder Travel who Yoshi and is a great ambassador for Japanese culture.-Yoshi … Read more
  • 45.9%* change Thanksgiving day travel plans due to Coronavirus?
    A survey we conducted using Google Consumer Survey platform with data from 501 out of a total planned 500 US based respondents* shows that yes 45.3% said the Coronavirus pandemic had changed their Thanksgiving day travel plans. The survey was started on the 23rd November 2020 and finished on the 28th November 2020 with our analysis was done on 383 weighted responses. It seems based on earlier smaller surveys run last week the amount of … Read more
  • 5% discount off your Airbnb booking fee
    Airbnb are ramping up their marketing activities again with a newsletter campaign offering you a 5% discount off your booking fee! The maximum coupon value is AUD$35 which is ok but is it enough for you to book your Airbnb by the 10th December 2020? This article is also available in:
  • Qantas requires Coronavirus vaccine for international travellers
    In an interview on A Current Affair on Channel 9 in Australia the CEO of Qantas Alan Joyce said they are looking at adjusting their terms & conditions to require passengers to prove they have received a Coronavirus vaccine. Social media has something of a melt down over the idea with crazy anti-vaxxers trying to get #BoycottQantas trending but Alan Joyce has made the right decision in protecting his passengers and business. It’s still to … Read more
  • Disneyland Paris closes temporarily
    With actions intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus and in line with latest direction from the French authorities, Disneyland Paris will be closing end of day on October 29th. In anticipation of celebrating the Christmas holiday season we will be taking reservations from December 19 – January 3 and hope to be open based on prevailing conditions and government guidance at that time. Disneyland Paris will be closed from January 4 through February 12. … Read more
  • The Roosevelt Hotel closes
    In what might be one of the most high profile closes due to Coronavirus, the Manhattan landmark has closed after 96 years. The NYC hotel opened on September 22nd 1924 by American politician, hotelier and lawyer Frank A Dudley and was named in honor resident Theodore Roosevelt. The hotel is one of the larger hotels in NYC with 1,025 rooms with 33 suites over 19 floors. The hotel was shut by owners Pakistan International Airlines … Read more
  • Alitalia replaced by ITA
    The heavily indebted and failing national carrier Alitalia is finally due to be replaced, with the new state owned ITA. ITA stands for Italia Trasporto Aereo (Italy Air Transport) and might be much easier for tourists to stay. One bigger hurdle for the new airline is ensuring it can be found by travellers in Google as currently it faces competition from Google’s own Matrix software Also in The Netherlands ITA stands for International Theatre Amsterdam … Read more
  • Virgin Atlantic offers pre-flight Coronavirus testing for crew
    First airline in the UK to introduce a rapid point of care pre-flight Coronavirus testing trial for their cabin crew and pilots Virgin Atlantic will ensure that the new rapid testing testing programme complements NHS Lighthouse Lab-based testing and does not compete for, nor divert, vital gold standard NHS testing resources Virgin Atlantic continues the demands for UK and US governments to introduce a pre departure testing solution to remove quarantine and minimise travel restrictions Virgin Atlantic has announced that it is the first UK airline to introduce Covid-19 pre-flight testing at its … Read more
  • Paris bars & cafes to close due to Coronavirus
    As the second wave of Coronavirus continues to hammer parts of the world, the French government have announced the capital is on maximum alert from Monday 5th October 2020. All bars and cafes in Paris will be shut for atleast 2 weeks to try and slow the rapid rise in new infections, hospitalisations and deaths in France. Over the weekend France reported almost 17k infections on Saturday 3rd October and just under 13k on Sunday … Read more
  • Train from Amsterdam to Paris Nord
    While the International train service to and from The Netherlands has largely resumed after border lockdowns. Thalys and NS rail staff do ask you to avoid crowds and to keep as much distance as possible on the train. Facemasks remain mandatory for all passengers on the train. Station staff also explicitly ask you to wear a Facemask from the moment you enter the station, also while waiting on the platforms. If you don’t wear a mask a … Read more
  • Amazon Explore livestreaming launches
    Amazon has announced a new virtual way to see the world around us, their new interactive livestreaming service is called Amazon Explore. The platform allows consumers to discover new places from the comfort of your home but also to photograph and shop at the same time. This seems to be a supercharged version of what Viator launched several months ago with Virtual Sightseeing Experiences. But sadly this is new Amazon virtual experience only available to … Read more

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David Iwanow

I have been travelling around the world since I was young and travel is in my blood. I've travelled to almost 40 countries around the world and can now be found based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I've visited over 6283 places with 12,449 checkins on Foursquare/Swarm and I'm a level 9 Google Local Guide with 497 reviews and having posted 9,133 photos which have been viewed 108 million times.