This week… monastery, Mad Max and movies

January is always a quiet month in the travel industry and especially so right now. The new year is proving slow to ramp up as we face the challenges of living through a pandemic. So I’m pleased that this week, invitations have started to trickle into my inbox. In addition to grocery deliveries and Zoom coffee mornings, I begin adding conferences and virtual events to my diary, and suddenly 2021 offers possibilities to connect with the world at large over the coming weeks.

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New Year’s Eve. Let’s party!

Polaris Festival, Switzerland. Photo Nikita.

Let’s say Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021! in style. The party has gone online and you can join in the celebrations around the globe. Get friends and family together – safely or virtually – put on your sparkly gladrags, open a bottle of bubbly, and party the night away. From Edinburgh to Dubai, Iceland to London, Nashville to Times Square, New York, and Switzerland to Sydney, there’s a party going on. Check out the details for Virtual New Year’s Eve 2020 Celebrations just published.

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This week… baobab trees, cod fish and tiaras.

The annual World Travel Market London went virtual and the buzz was all about the future of travel, what the future holds for the industry, how it is adapting and the trends (sustainability, travel with meaning and authentic experiences, thanks for asking). Personally, I think this is what we’re all seeking in every aspect of our lives but it’s not so simple in a troubled world. I don’t have the answers either, but here’s my quick round-up of six things that have made me smile this week.

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This week … calm to chaos and cold showers

Here we are at the first of November in a year that has exceeded any previous year for me in terms of challenges, and I’ve had more than a few personal ones over the years. Who hasn’t? That’s an integral part of life. As we re-enter national lockdown in the UK in the next few days, I try to reassure myself that I know the drill. Keep busy, practice self care, stay in regular touch with family and friends. Added to the list now though is ‘try not to think too much about what I’m missing’. It’s a tough call.

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This week… ode to autumn

Autumn is in the air. You can feel it first thing in the morning and late at night. There’s a particular earthy smell in the cool breeze. Leaves are beginning to turn here and there as the sap falls, and the trees prepare for hibernation once again. I’m hopeful that there will be one or two more days of sunshine but they will be fleeting dog days.

The seasons for me are marked in part by food, and at this time of year my taste buds change. Instead of eating unseasonal salads, this week I begin to make rich vegetable soups and spicy curries. I’m looking forward to English apples cooked with cider and cinammon, and fresh green walnuts.

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