As holidays approach, California unveils new rules on family gatherings, social events

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 9, 2018: Motorists cruise Santa Rosa Avenue, better known as Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena, California to view the 0.7 mile of deodar cedar trees that have been lit by community volunteers annually since 1920. In 1990, the lane was designated as California Historical Landmark No. 990. (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Motorists cruise Santa Rosa Avenue, better known as Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena in 2018. (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

With the holiday season approaching, California last week released new guidelines for socializing that prohibit gatherings among more than three households.

While coronavirus cases are dipping — and hospitalizations and deaths are at their lowest levels in months — officials are emphasizing the importance of maintaining health safety measures.

“We are entering into the holidays, but also we’re entering into the part of the year when things cool down and people are more likely to congregate … in settings that put their physical proximity and likelihood of transmitting disease at higher risk,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

“Don’t be misled that this disease is any less deadly. Quite the contrary — it is as deadly as it’s ever been in the context of those that are high risk.”

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P&O Cruises welcomes new cruise ship in British ‘first’ ahead of holidays 2021 | Travel News | Travel

P&O Cruises now has a new cruise ship to add to its fleet. The Iona joined last week at an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, in the latest cruise news. She is the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

The area is a tranquil pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night.

Here, guests can expect specially commissioned aerial entertainment shows under the stars when the Iona sets sail.

Holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy craft individual gins at the first-ever gin distillery at sea or unwind in the Oasis spa featuring a range of destination-themed treatments.

Iona will have eight speciality restaurants including yet-to-be-unveiled concepts.

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There will also be 13 entertainment venues, four swimming pools – including a spectacular infinity pool at the aft of the ship – and 16 whirlpools.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow,

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Thai holidays to boost domestic travel

BANGKOK, 12 October 2020: Thailand will add two long weekend
holidays before the end of the year to boost domestic travel.

The government confirmed a long weekend holiday from 19 to
22 November and again 10 to 13 December. The long weekend in December starts
with Constitution Day on 10 December and continues due to the transfer of a
substitution holiday for the Father Day (5 December) to 11 December. When
combined with the weekend 12 and 13 December Thais can look forward to a
four-day holiday.

During October there are two holidays. The country marks the
passing of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on Tuesday 13 October and
the Memorial Day for the Late King Chulalongkorn the Great 23 October.

TTR Weekly will not issues a daily alert on 13 October but will resume its daily news on 14 October as usual.

Domestic tourism is the sole

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Holidays: How to book a holiday as quarantine list chops & changes – expert travel advice | Travel News | Travel

Holidays are pretty difficult to organise at the moment with travel restrictions rife and constantly changing. The latest changes to the quarantine list were announced on Thursday – but it was a mixed bag. The good news is that the Greek islands Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos have now been moved to the travel corridor list.

Anyone travelling back from these four islands and mainland Greece will not have to quarantine any more. Only Mykonos and Crete still come with quarantine requirements.

However the bad news is that entry restrictions for Italy have been ramped up.

A negative COVID test is now required when you arrive in Italy from the UK. You’ll be asked to show evidence that you tested negative in a test administered in the 72 hours before your travel.

In short, going abroad is a complex business. Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Craig Ashford, Director at TravelUp for

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Cruise: Scenic to offer unique excursions set to transform future holidays | Cruise | Travel

Regardless of which option cruisers choose, Ms Maher encourages travellers to get off the boat and explore.

“The best way to make the most of a river cruise and its excursions is to include a range of different activities and to make the most of your free time,” she said.

“Excursions are what makes the river cruise so memorable for many of our guests. There is no better way to visit a region than with a local, which is why we use local expert guides on all of our Scenic river cruises.

“They offer the perfect balance of interesting and informative tales about the places being visited, as well as insider knowledge that can’t be found in any guide books.”

Of course, in order to satisfy all wants and needs, it takes some planning.

That is where Ms Maher and her team come in, however they couldn’t do it without

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Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays

In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans — and yet to buy airline tickets — may not be forced to pay for their delay.

The usual rise in holiday airfare prices may look more like a bunny hill than a black-diamond peak this year.

“Airlines are not being as punitive with fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s. Fares are higher, depending on days you fly on, but not as egregious as it has been in years past,” said Kyle Potter, executive editor at Thrifty Traveler.

In addition to the generally lower fares for the upcoming holidays, airlines might not hike prices as high as is typical for those who make flight arrangements late.

Potter said that for years, airlines have penalized customers who book three to

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The Washington Post has a great interactive guide for traveling safe during the holidays



a body of water with a city in the background: A man sits on a nearly empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. After a summer marked by a surge of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, officials plan to reboot the tourism based economy later this month despite concerns about the state’s pre-travel testing program.


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A man sits on a nearly empty Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. After a summer marked by a surge of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, officials plan to reboot the tourism based economy later this month despite concerns about the state’s pre-travel testing program.

The Washington Post recently published an interactive guide for how to travel safely during the holidays this year.

The coronavirus pandemic will surely impact the way we travel. Some may not travel at all during the holidays. Others may be a little more interested in traveling across the country to see their family.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that traveling increases your risk of getting the novel coronavirus. Staying home remains the best way to stay safe from COVID-19.

The Washington Post helps you make sense of all the guidelines. Head over to the guide. You’ll

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Holidays: Simon Calder shares travel advice and bookings tips for Italy, Greece and beyond | Travel News | Travel

Holidays are at the mercy of the shrinking travel corridor list. Every week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps shares the latest updates to the ‘safe’ list of where Britons can go without having to quarantine. And every week, more destinations are removed – and it’s feared more will be axed later today.

“We just don’t know,” Calder said.

Italy and Greece are currently among a handful of countries Britons can travel to without any restrictions at all.

However, rising cases could see the two hotspots moved to the quarantine list this week.

“It’s entirely possible the Greek mainland might be put on the no-go list tonight, or Italy, we just don’t know,” said Calder.

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“We don’t know exactly what the government’s grounds are for putting places on but no go list,” the expert continued.

“We do know that it’s much tougher to get off the no go less than

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‘Book Your Bubble’ holidays are all the rage for family and friend travel

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A recent G Adventures panel survey looking at travel trends post-pandemic has indicated that 32 percent of travellers across the UK and Ireland intend to take their next trip with multiple friends or family members.

In response to this growing trend for travellers wanting to travel with people they know, G Adventures released the Book Your Bubble Collection that consists of 80 tours that provide additional benefits for private small group travel.

The new ‘Book Your Bubble Collection’ allows travellers to reconnect with their loved ones and their love of travel at the same time while social distancing with their loved ones.

Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, says the Book Your Bubble Collection aims to help travellers build confidence to travel again.

“We want to ensure travelling is made as attractive as possible

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Jet2 cancels holidays to Tenerife, Lanzarote & Gran Canaria until November

JET2 has cancelled more holidays to the Spanish islands as the country remains on the UK quarantine list.

Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura have all been affected by the cancellations.

Jet2 has cancelled holidays and flights to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria

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Jet2 has cancelled holidays and flights to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran CanariaCredit: Alamy Live News

The tour operator announced the cancellations are until November 1, due to the ongoing travel restrictions.

They announced in a statement on social media: “Due to the current government travel advice, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays to the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria) up to and including October 31st.

“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after them and we will be automatically cancelling affected bookings with a full refund.”

They added: “We know how much customers want

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