Traveling to Great Britain will be easier: From today, there is no quarantine obligation for corona vaccinated people from the EU and the USA – with the exception of France. However, a test is required no later than the second day after entry.
Fully vaccinated travelers and minors from Germany, almost all EU countries and the USA no longer have to be in corona quarantine after their arrival in Great Britain. From today onwards, a corona test is required no later than the second day after entry. According to the British government, travelers from France are not subject to the new regulation because of the spread of the beta variant of the corona virus there.
According to the authorities, the exemption from the quarantine obligation applies to everyone who has been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the US FDA.
So far, only people who had received the vaccine in the UK were exempt from the quarantine rules.
Traffic light system is to be changed
However, according to information from various media, the government plans to change the traffic light system with which the travel rules for countries are displayed. Accordingly, there are considerations to create an additional category that shows which countries are at risk of slipping onto the “red list” because of the corona situation there. That would mean that travelers would have to pay up to 1750 pounds (2050 euros) per person after their return to hotel quarantine. Popular travel destinations such as Spain, Italy and Greece are also candidates for this category.
“The yellow category is already a red rag for travelers,” said the head of the UK Airlines Association, Tim Alderslade, to Times Radio. This is completely sufficient as an “unmistakable warning sign”.
Bookings for flights to the USA have risen by 300 percent since the announcement, despite the restrictions there, said the Alderslade. At the same time he called on the government to put more countries on the “green list”. Anyone entering the UK from there does not have to be quarantined, even if they are not vaccinated.
Opposition: travel and border chaos
There is opposition to the plans in the government and in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak is said to have urged the head of government in a formal letter not to implement the new category. Such a move would hit the UK economy and leave the country behind in the competition for tourists. The opposition accuses the government of causing travel and border chaos.… Read the rest
The decision to travel the world has been made and planning begins. But how far in advance should you start planning and when should you tackle which planning step?
On our overview page of world travel planning you will already find the most important planning points for your own world trip. Here we want to give you a rough overview of when and how far in advance you should tackle which planning point of the preparation so that nothing stands in the way of your world trip.
Of course, planning a trip around the world is also possible in less time, but we think that a year in advance is a very good basis for planning and preparing everything in a relaxed manner in addition to your job or study. At each planning point you will also find our corresponding article for more details.
12 MONTHS UNTIL THE WORLD TOUR
You noticed that you are drawn to the world and the decision to travel the world has been made. Now it is time to start the first planning steps:
CALCULATION OF THE WORLD TRIP COSTS AND SAVINGS:
Of course, at the beginning you want to know what you are getting yourself into, what such a trip around the world costs and what amount you have to reckon with for your break. And on the point of “saving” we are certainly in agreement: You can’t start early enough!
- Calculate costs for the world trip and save!
- Save again and feed the world travel fund!
DECISION: QUIT, SABBATICAL OR TIME OFF AFTER GRADUATION
If you are planning a trip around the world after your studies or school, the point is quickly ticked off. If you are in an employment relationship, you should think at the beginning of the planning whether you want to quit your job for the world trip or maybe negotiate a sabbatical. In the event of termination, you should of course observe your notice period and, in the event of a sabbatical, follow up early enough.
TERMINATION OF CURRENT CONTRACTS
Go through: Which contracts can you cancel? What are the notice periods? Do you still have the gym subscription? Magazine subscriptions? What do you do with the internet connection? Take your time through and make a list of all of these things and by when you should quit.
6 MONTHS UNTIL THE WORLD TRIP
Half a year until your world tour begins. It’s not the “hot phase” yet, but at the latest now you should start to take care of the first major organizational issues of the world trip or at least initiate them.
SUBLETTING, TERMINATING OR SELLING AN APARTMENT
There are various options for your apartment during the world tour. You can sublet, terminate or even sell them. Here, of course, you have to keep an eye on the notice period, clarify with the landlord whether subletting is permitted during the world tour and whether any renovation work is pending or furniture has to be sold / stored before it starts.
DE-REGISTER OR SELL A CAR
If you don’t have a car, jump straight to the next point. Otherwise, you should clarify whether you want to sell your car before the trip around the world and let your travel budget grow, leave it to a friend or family or simply cancel it and store it somewhere.
We already mentioned the point above. But by now you should really take a look at your contracts and shut down everything as early as possible that you will not use or need during the world trip.
Of course, this is always a personal decision as to whether to resort to vaccination or not. If you want to
OUR DECISION TO TRAVEL THE WORLD
We wrote this article before our trip around the world. Actually, we always update all of our articles on world travel planning . But we leave this one exactly as we wrote it – with a few comments afterwards. So have fun reading in our heads before the trip around the world:
In our first travelogue we wrote about Vietnam and the famous culture shock that everyone is talking about only that it wasn’t waiting for us there, but back in Germany – that’s the sentence with which the travelogue ends. And it basically goes on like this:
So after 3 weeks in Vietnam last year we were at Düsseldorf Airport, got on the bus and drove home. Our own four walls welcomed us, our own bed, our own bathroom, at home. Knowing: In a few days work and university will resume.
We put our backpacks in the apartment. And somehow the air seemed tense. We were very quiet (which we are seldom) sat down, looked around, as if we were thinking at the same time: “Hm. So here we are. Return. At home. ”Emotionless.
No thought of “Well, wash your clothes first! Have a shower! And we have to shop for the week! What do we have in the fridge? ”
We just sat on the chairs at the table. At the bottom of the jeans there was still sand from the Vietnamese island. Like refusing to understand that we’re back. Friends would often say “Yes, it’s always like that after the vacation!” That was different. Completely different. And much more intensely.
Now we know: what was in the air was simply the beginning of understanding what we really want.
We have started to uncover our deep desire, buried under everyday life, and to take it seriously: We want to travel the world. Thank god we got that!
YOU ARE CRAZY!
People are different.
A short sentence.
That says everything.
It is important to make this clear to yourself again so as not to let the thought get to you in the first place: “You are crazy. Better find a job, then you’ll have peace of mind, a smooth résumé and live a more relaxed life! ”Such sentences are unnecessarily discouraging. Just because the majority thinks that way doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.
There are people who have the “Finally! At home! ”- feeling. Be happy that life is back to normal. And that’s exactly why you’re so satisfied. Just like there are people who would not give anything to come home after work in the evening, to have a secure income and thus to enjoy their evening carefree.
And then there are those who would give away exactly that – for a trip around the world. Because they are plagued by wanderlust every day and get goose bumps at the idea of camping by the lake with the mountains in the background and cooking their canned food over a fireplace in Iceland! We belong to that.
Oh yeah, and then there are guys like baseball player Daniel Norris . Who earns millions and still prefers to live in his VW bus. Great guy!
Do you have a guess that you’re the kind of guy we are?
Regardless of whether you are currently studying or already in the middle of your job.
Do you long for the world and traveling?
That you are afraid to regret never daring?
THEN THIS WILL SURELY SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU:
“Is that really supposed to be the only point of work? So that at some point I will get a pension, then have the free time, but may no longer be able to fulfill my true dreams? … Read the rest
If you travel to Cuba, you cannot avoid the capital Havana. I also started my 3-week round trip through Cuba in “La Habana” . I recommend you plan at least two, preferably three days for Havana. I was in Havana for three days.
Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean with a population of 2.1 million. Every fifth Cuban lives here and Havana is also five times bigger than the second largest city in the country: Santiago de Cuba .
In Havana I explored the old town Habana Viejo , which is under UNESCO World Heritage protection. I visited the Havana Rum Museum , Hemingway’s favorite bars high up in the air , strolled along the Malécon promenade to name just a few places.
Havana is like an exciting book. You start to run and you don’t want to stop getting lost in this city. There is no shortage of sights in this city and I could stay here forever.
History buffs as well as classic car fans get their money’s worth in the third largest Caribbean metropolis. There is something interesting to discover on every corner.
At the end of the article you will find tips on what you can do in Havana in 3 days, a note about our accommodation and other impressions from Havana.
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Havana – city of contrasts
This grandiose architecture at first sight and the decay of the buildings behind the showcase façades make me sad. Just like the stark difference between our life as tourists and that of the Cubans. Despite poverty, nowhere else (except in Africa) have I met such a proud and cheerful people.
Nowhere else do so many shops open to tourists with tourist currency (peso convertible) and lock out locals with national currency. A negative phenomenon that many tourists turn a blind eye to or not even notice.
We have the privilege of enjoying our mojitos in fancy bars while locals line up next door with food stamps for rationed goods.
Street names and signs
In Habana Vieja and Centro Habana there are often alleys that either have no street signs or two: one old and one new. Sometimes only the new street names are written on, but Habaneros still use the old ones.
So if you ever need to ask for directions, find out what name is given to you. But you can get along quite well with a city map.
Habana Vieja – the old town of Havana
Habana Vieja (Spanish for Old Havana) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many buildings have been falling into disrepair since the Cuban Revolution. Some have been reconstructed and restored. Many have now been evacuated due to the risk of collapse.
You should do that
Discover the old town on your own. Walk through the alleys and discover hidden places and corners. Even at night you can move around the old town without having to be afraid. Don’t always believe travel guides. The old town is really safe.
This picture is not exactly picturesque. I still love it and I can proudly say that it was featured as a double page in the 2nd German issue of Lonely Traveler magazine:
The picture shows the mixture of beauty and decay very well.… Read the rest