Travel company – Not Done Travelling http://notdonetravelling.com/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:44:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://notdonetravelling.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/default.png Travel company – Not Done Travelling http://notdonetravelling.com/ 32 32 ‘World-renowned’ travel agency publishes pocket guide to Newcastle and the North East https://notdonetravelling.com/world-renowned-travel-agency-publishes-pocket-guide-to-newcastle-and-the-north-east/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:44:38 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/world-renowned-travel-agency-publishes-pocket-guide-to-newcastle-and-the-north-east/ Travelers in the region will be able to lend a hand during their visit thanks to a new guide published by a world -renowned travel hub. Rough guides’ Pocket Rough Guide to Newcastle and Northumbria is only the third British guide published by the Travel Agency in 40 years of publication. It is added to […]]]>

Travelers in the region will be able to lend a hand during their visit thanks to a new guide published by a world -renowned travel hub.

Rough guides’ Pocket Rough Guide to Newcastle and Northumbria is only the third British guide published by the Travel Agency in 40 years of publication. It is added to a portfolio of more than 120 destinations in the world, aimed at helping travelers to plan their trips and find adventures off the beaten track.

The guide to our region is full of independent opinions and recommendations for activities adapted to children and routes to save time. Areas covered include Newcastle and its Quayside, Ouseburn, Gateshead, Jesmond, Tyneside and the Northumberland coast.

Read more: National Geographic is going crazy for Newcastle – here’s what the travel magazine loved

The guide’s author, Dan Stables, made several research visits to the region before the book was published, visiting not only Newcastle and Northumberland but also parts of County Durham. He says the North East was a no-brainer after an earlier Rough Guides book on Liverpool was published in 2020, and was excited to explore the area further by having friends here, with whom he had enjoyed previous visits.

Dan said: “It was part of the world I knew, I had always wanted to explore the area a bit more, especially Northumberland.

“Something that really sticks in my mind is Chillingham Castle which was really cool. I was lucky enough to spend the night there and even though they call it the most haunted castle from Great Britain, I must say that I have not experienced anything paranormal.



The ancient wild cattle in the grounds of Chillingham Castle

“And in the park they have the Chillingham Wild Cattle, I had actually written a article about them before for BBC Travel before making the guide and finding them really interesting. Kielder Forest and Observatory was also really cool, I visited during a meteor shower – although the visibility wasn’t so good, but obviously that’s not their fault!”

Dan also cited the Northumberland coast and the food as a highlight, being particularly fond of the Jolly Fisherman, which was recently named one of the best coastal walks to a pub in the UK, at Craster. And he hopes to return to the northeast to walk the full length of Hadrian’s Wall.



View from the Jolly Fisherman's beer garden
View from the Jolly Fisherman’s beer garden

He added: “I have visited some sites for the book, like Vindolanda and Segedunum, but what I really want to do is walk the full length of it. I know it transcends the borders of the North East and the The last leg of the walk through urban and built-up areas is a very different experience.”



Lesser known parts of Hadrian's Wall - the Temple of Antenociticus off Broomridge Road in Benwell
Lesser known parts of Hadrian’s Wall – the Temple of Antenociticus off Broomridge Road in Benwell

Although Dan hopes that the book works well, he said that the parents of Geordie’s friends had told him not to say too much about the region so that she remains “under the radar”.

He concluded, “It’s always a double-edged sword to write guidebooks in general, especially for the people who live there, because obviously you want to publicize a place and you hope the book sells well and that people are starting to go there, but you don’t want the place where you live to be inundated with tourists. I hope it shines a light on a part of the country that is the kind of place where ‘in the know’ people know how amazing Northumberland and Newcastle are, but it goes a little under the radar I think.”



The Tyne Bridge at sunset in Newcastle
The Tyne Bridge at sunset in Newcastle

At least this version is in slightly better circumstances than Dan’s last guide. The Pocket Rough Guide to Liverpool was launched the day before the city was plunged into level three locking restrictions in 2020.

Ian Thomas, Destination Manager at the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said: ” The guide will be a great tool in our continued support for the recovery of the region’s tourism sector as we continue to work to attract domestic and international visitors. To be recognized by such a prestigious and respected voice as Rough Guides will not only introduce Newcastle and Northumbria and the fantastic businesses here to an international audience, but will instill confidence in tours. »

Andrew Fox, Chairman of Visit Northumberland, said: ” This is a fantastic publication for Newcastle and Northumberland, not just because Rough Guides is the world’s leading travel publication, but because we are now one of the few UK destinations to have received its own pocket guide dedicated.The worldwide popularity of pocket guides provides a great opportunity for Newcastle and Northumberland to gain wide exposure and encourage new visitors to the region.”

The Pocket Rough Guide to Best British Breaks: Newcastle and Northumbria is now available from all major retailers.

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2022-06-17 | NDAQ:ALGT | Press release https://notdonetravelling.com/2022-06-17-ndaqalgt-press-release/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:00:55 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/2022-06-17-ndaqalgt-press-release/ LA VEGAS, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) today announced preliminary passenger traffic results for May 2022. “We increased capacity by nearly 16% in May compared to 2019, and ended the month with a load factor of 87%, the highest month since the start of the pandemic,” said Drew Wells, Senior Vice […]]]>

LA VEGAS, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) today announced preliminary passenger traffic results for May 2022.

“We increased capacity by nearly 16% in May compared to 2019, and ended the month with a load factor of 87%, the highest month since the start of the pandemic,” said Drew Wells, Senior Vice President, Revenue. “The strength of demand continues to persist, with forward bookings outpacing future capacity growth and continuing to increase from levels seen in 2019. Although early, off-season bookings also have a trending up from 2019. We continue to expect June loads to exceed May levels, with loads expected to be around 90% as COVID cases have begun to rise in mid-May, we saw an increase in flight cancellations due to crew availability.Due to the increase in cancellations, we expect total revenue for the quarter to be low.end of our guide previous year, up approximately 28% from 2019. In addition, we now expect total system capacity to increase approximately 11.5% for the quarter, year over year.

“The average cost per gallon of fuel in May was $4.41 and we now expect to end the quarter at an average cost per gallon of $4.30,” declared Gregory Anderson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. “This has increased the cost of fuel compared to our previous guide to $4.00 per gallon will translate to approximately $18 million in overspending throughout the quarter. We expect our CASM, excluding fuel and profit sharing, to be in our previous guidance, up about 15% from 2019. Updated Q2 guidance is included in the chart below. -below. »

Previous

Running

System ASM – one year to three year variation1

Up 9.0 to 13.0%

Up to ~11.5%

Regular service ASM – change from one year to three years¹

Up 10.0 to 14.0%

Up to ~12.5%

Total operating revenue – three-year change¹

Up from 28.0 to 32.0%

Up to ~28%

Operating CASM, excluding fuel and profit sharing – three-year change¹

Up 12.0 to 16.0%

Up to ~15%

Fuel cost per gallon

$4.00

$4.30

Regular Service – One Year to Three Year Comparison

May 2022

May 2019

To change

Passengers

1,454,779

1,269,429

14.6%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

1,309,090

1,093,781

19.7%

Seat miles available (000)

1,512,328

1,308,911

15.5%

Load factor

86.6%

83.6%

3.0pts

departures

9,779

9,086

7.6%

Average stage length (miles)

879

843

4.3%

Total System* – One-Year-Three-Year Comparison

May 2022

May 2019

To change

Passengers

1,465,823

1,281,742

14.4%

Seat miles available (000)

1,553,013

1,357,963

14.4%

departures

10,060

9,416

6.8%

Average stage length (miles)

877

844

3.9%

Scheduled Service – Year-over-Year Comparison

May 2022

May 2021

To change

Passengers

1,454,779

1,040,590

39.8%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

1,309,090

888 735

47.3%

Seat miles available (000)

1,512,328

1,293,704

16.9%

Load factor

86.6%

68.7%

17.9 points

departures

9,779

8,939

9.4%

Average stage length (miles)

879

834

5.4%

Total System* – Year-on-Year Comparison

May 2022

May 2021

To change

Passengers

1,465,823

1,046,813

40.0%

Seat miles available (000)

1,553,013

1,326,062

17.1%

departures

10,060

9,202

9.3%

Average stage length (miles)

877

831

5.5%

*Total system includes scheduled service and flat fee contract. System revenue passenger miles and system load factor are not useful statistics, as system available seat miles include both ASM flown by fixed-fare flights as well as non-generating repositioning flights revenue used for operational needs. Fixed fare flights are best measured by dollar contribution rather than operational statistics.

Preliminary financial results

$ per liter

Estimated average fuel cost per gallon in May 2022 – system

$4.41

Allegiant Travel Company

VegasAllegiant (NASDAQ:ALGT) is an integrated travel agency with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has connected travelers from small and mid-sized cities to world-class vacation destinations with nonstop flights and some of the lowest average fares in the industry. Today, the Allegiant fleet serves communities across the country, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic round-trip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF

ALGT/G

Note: This press release was accurate as of the date of publication. However, the information in the November release has changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verifying its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

For more information, please visit the company’s investor website: http://ir.allegiantair.com

Reference to the Company’s website above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information contained therein in this press release.

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Adventure travel company, Mountain IQ, sees an increase in post-Covid travel bookings https://notdonetravelling.com/adventure-travel-company-mountain-iq-sees-an-increase-in-post-covid-travel-bookings/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:08:08 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/adventure-travel-company-mountain-iq-sees-an-increase-in-post-covid-travel-bookings/ Mountain IQ is a leading adventure travel booking platform that connects travelers with local guides around the world. After seeing a major drop in travel bookings in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, the company is now reporting an increase in travel inquiries and bookings for this year. London, United Kingdom – Mountain IQ is […]]]>

Mountain IQ is a leading adventure travel booking platform that connects travelers with local guides around the world. After seeing a major drop in travel bookings in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, the company is now reporting an increase in travel inquiries and bookings for this year.

London, United Kingdom – Mountain IQ is a popular adventure travel website and booking platform for travelers looking for hiking and climbing adventures. The company specializes in connecting travelers with the best local guides around the world, eliminating middleman agents and ensuring local communities get the most out of travel activities.

Restrictions due to the Covid pandemic have all but brought travel to a halt over the past 2 years, but as most countries have now removed restrictions, Mountain IQ has seen a huge increase in inquiries and bookings.

Inquiries on the platform are up more than 1,500% from their 2020 lows and 300% from 2021, with some popular destinations seeing bookings increase tenfold. Bucket list adventure activities like climbing Kilimanjaro, hiking Machu Picchu or trekking to Everest Base Camp, were the most popular activities on the platform. Mountain IQ Kilimanjaro hiking site saw a 500% increase in bookings in 2021, with travel requests returning to 2019 levels.

Mountain IQ CEO Mark had this to say, “Covid has been incredibly difficult for the travel industry, but it’s been very encouraging to see business starting to pick up again. There are so many pent-up requests. People are eager to get out and about again, especially on trips that are unforgettable experiences like hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or climbing Mont Blanc.If the numbers for the first 6 months of 2022 continue, I am confident that we will see our annual bookings back to where they were before Covid.

About Mountain IQ:

Mountain IQ helps adventurers plan and book trips to some of the world’s most popular mountain destinations. We specialize in connecting travelers with the best local guides in each destination.

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This Travel Company Book Surprise Wilderness Adventure Holidays https://notdonetravelling.com/this-travel-company-book-surprise-wilderness-adventure-holidays/ Tue, 31 May 2022 21:13:00 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/this-travel-company-book-surprise-wilderness-adventure-holidays/ Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant explains the business model for planning luxury surprise vacations around the world, the price of these experience purchases, travel demand and rising energy prices affecting travel expenses. Video transcript DAVE BRIGGS: Well, for those of you who flew over this holiday weekend, you know travel is back, big time. Official […]]]>

Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant explains the business model for planning luxury surprise vacations around the world, the price of these experience purchases, travel demand and rising energy prices affecting travel expenses.

Video transcript

DAVE BRIGGS: Well, for those of you who flew over this holiday weekend, you know travel is back, big time. Official TSA figures show nearly half a million more air travelers this time of year than just a year ago, and just a fraction of pre-pandemic levels, despite a massive inflation at a 40-year high. Many even showed up at the airport not knowing where they were going.

Tom Marchant is the co-founder of Black Tomato Travel. Tom, I went to Charleston, SC this weekend. I don’t like surprises, but your company is for people who like big surprises. Tell us how it works.

TOM MARCHANT: Yes, I mean, we cater to people who are looking for exceptional travel experiences. And we have a service called Get Lost, where we literally lose people and help them explore their way out of the wilderness. It started a few years ago, when we saw people come and say, listen, I’m looking for a challenge. I want to do something different, something I’ve never done before. And so we asked ourselves a question: what would be both a physical challenge and perhaps a mental challenge for someone?

And that would be taking them to a remote area, giving them basic survival training, and then challenging them to explore their way out of those stunning landscapes, all the time, in the eyes of our special guides and people on site. to make sure they are always safe. But that means you manage to take people all over the world, from Morocco to Iceland, to Libya, to Utah, and give them some of the most exceptional travel experiences, I would say, of their lives. .

SEANA SMITH: Tom, this looks like a very, very intense journey, especially to people who weren’t necessarily expecting it. I’m curious, have you ever been pushed away by some of your users? Maybe they weren’t looking to be as active, or they didn’t want to go to the particular destination you chose for them. And how do you handle that?

TOM MARCHANT: That’s a very good question. I mean, the whole setup of our business is that we’re bespoke, so we’re always setup to meet the needs of our customers. But one person’s fitness, say, or appetite for adventure is very different from another.

So it’s our job to really understand what they’re looking for and to have honest and frank conversations, conversations with them. It’s the only way to have a good trip. So maybe if someone ever seems ambitious enough, we’ll ask them a few questions just to figure out if they really are that ambitious. And then we’ll work with them to give them the trip they deserve and remember forever.

DAVE BRIGGS: How much does it cost? And how many people do you see doing that? Is it growing?

TOM MARCHANT: It’s really growing. I mean, the cost ranges from $10,000 to, depending on where in the world you go and for how long with how many people, to over six figures. We’ve seen a significant increase in this type of travel since the pandemic, actually, which is quite interesting. I think during the pandemic a lot of people were planning what they were going to do when they could travel again, looking for a really epic adventure. Maybe they needed to have some kind of experience that allowed them to reset and think about what they wanted to do in the future in their lives and looking for something that would really give them all of this.

And yes, we have seen a spike of around 30% in bookings. And requests are up 80%. And we see the trend taking hold in the travel industry all over the world. So we think it’s a type of trip that will and will continue to please. It’s certainly not the only type of travel that people do or that we offer, I might add. But it certainly speaks to the sense of adventure, the sense of spirit, and the sense of doing something different that I think during COVID, when we were so frustrated locked up, people often daydreamed and decided to act and to actually bring this to life.

DAVE BRIGGS: OK, so do these people tend to be very adventurous people or, generally, overly planned and boring people who really need to shake up and wake up their lives? And if you could, tell me the most popular places.

TOM MARCHANT: That’s a very good question. I would say both types. I mean, I could think of a great client was a mother from the United States who just wanted to take a break from the — I don’t know — everyday life and shake up her life a bit and get her purpose back. And that really gave him purpose.

And other people are – other guys are, yeah, there are adventurous people looking to do something different. In terms of popularity, Iceland, you know, is the country almost like God made it for natural adventure. Morocco is very popular. In the United States, we do these kinds of adventures in places like Utah and New Mexico. And then in Southern Africa as well, areas like Namibia have the most beautiful and striking landscapes in which to experience these adventures.

SEANA SMITH: Tom, we’ve talked a lot about inflation, about rising gas prices. Obviously, this has an impact on air transport. What is the impact of inflation on your business? Are you raising the prices? And I guess, how do you see that playing out over the next two months as the White House and the Fed work to get inflation under control?

TOM MARCHANT: That’s a very good question. I think at the moment we haven’t seen that impact our business. The level of demand for the type of travel we offer and the audience we cater to is the highest ever in the company’s history. However, rising costs are part of the conversations we have with our customers. And people use the possible future impact of these to really gauge what they’re getting out of their trip.

Is that real value, which is key for us, that really proves that every dollar spent is a dollar well spent. But right now, I think a lot of people during the pandemic, we’re seeing kind of recalibrated what they wanted to do with their travel life. And we see them shifting more of their spending to one area, perhaps rather than other areas. So it’s not something we can ignore. And we are very aware of the potential impact. But right now, demand has never been higher. And we try to respond to that, but always, obviously, in all of that, we provide great value.

DAVE BRIGGS: Because of that demand that you mentioned, that Seana mentioned, that we’ve seen thousands of flights canceled just over the weekend, there’s a reported shortage of pilots in this country of over 12,000. How does it affect the whole industry?

TOM MARCHANT: This is a challenge for the whole industry. I’m talking to you about London right now. And there were huge challenges very similar to those in the UK last weekend. We see in hospitality I think we shouldn’t keep coming back to COVID because it’s great that we’re moving forward but one of the challenges being a lot of people have left the travel industry because ‘there were layoffs, because there wasn’t– the business travel industry kind of shut down for a while.

So we have to kind of bring people back into this industry, make sure that we have the right number of employees, the quality of recruitment in there, to make sure that the vacations, the trips that people dream of, can be realized. So I think it’s going to be… it’s going to be difficult. I think it’s definitely fixable. But I think what we’re starting to see are these massive returns where people can travel again and want to travel again. And the industry is doing a bit of catching up in terms of resources for that. But I hope it will catch up very soon.

SEANA SMITH: Tom, real quick, you’ve researched all the best places. I’m sure you’ve been to many of these countries before. What’s the number one place you haven’t been to that you want to go?

TOM MARCHANT: Oh my God. It’s a good question. Right now it’s probably Chile or Chile, the Atacama Desert. I really… I just like remote landscapes. And the chance to explore them, the way you feel like you’re the only person on the planet there, I think that’s probably a bit of an antidote to the busy, crazy, hectic everyday life that we lead. So that’s the top of my list. But given the job I have, this list tends to change every week. So, but right now, that’s where I’d like to be.


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Black & Abroad’s travel tips for the summer https://notdonetravelling.com/black-abroads-travel-tips-for-the-summer/ Thu, 26 May 2022 17:16:34 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/black-abroads-travel-tips-for-the-summer/ We met a black-owned cross-platform travel and lifestyle company, black and foreign, to help our readers prepare for their summer trips. The award-winning platform is transforming travel with these simple travel tips and their new launch, the first of its kind Black elevation map. The award-winning platform curates and empowers international and culturally conscious luxury […]]]>

We met a black-owned cross-platform travel and lifestyle company, black and foreign, to help our readers prepare for their summer trips. The award-winning platform is transforming travel with these simple travel tips and their new launch, the first of its kind Black elevation map.

The award-winning platform curates and empowers international and culturally conscious luxury travel and adventure moments for Black travelers. The black community spent an estimated $101.9 billion on leisure travel before the pandemic. As the number of trips is expected to increase during a post-pandemic travel boom, Black & Abroad co-founders Kent Johnson and Eric Martin discuss how to better prepare for the holidays and offer resources to guide you in your travel.

Black & Abroad is known for its award-winning “Go Back to Africa” ​​campaign. Now, the Black Elevation Map is kicking into high gear, providing an interactive, aggregated online community guide that showcases Black-owned businesses across the country to spark additional cross-community support, discovery and connection.

Find out below how to prepare for your next vacation.

1. Research and advice on how to plan

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Eric: When choosing a destination, you only have one thing to remember: keep an open mind! I always say that when planning a trip, there are 5 seasons to consider: spring, summer, fall, winter, and last but not least the shoulder season. The shoulder season is the period between high and low traffic periods for a destination. During these times, flight and hotel prices are much cheaper than usual, making it the perfect place for someone looking to relax and unwind without the hassle of the usual large crowds. Not to mention it’s a perfect way to travel during a pandemic.

You do not know where to start ? Say less. For flight deals, I typically check at least four sites: theflightdeal.com, faredealalert.com, skyscanner.com, and skiplagged.com. For deals on high-end hotels and Airbnbs, remember it’s shoulder season, so prices usually drop anyway due to lower demand.

2. Destinations that champion and celebrate the black experience and culture

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Kent: Weekends are perfect for quick getaways to places that thrive in the summer heat. For example, foodies should head to cities like New Orleans for restaurants on every corner offering Creole and Southern cuisine. Even your most popular destinations like Miami can be havens for diaspora food. Not far from the shores of Miami Beach, you’ll find Little Haiti with its multitude of restaurants to choose from, as well as restaurants throughout the city that are steeped in Afro-Cuban and islander influence due to the city’s close ties to the Caribbean.

For longer summer trips, you can’t go wrong visiting cities in Colombia (which has the 3rd largest black population outside of Africa), like Cartagena or Cali. These two cities are full of cultural experiences that speak to the many facets of the black experience.

There are also many island destinations that host carnivals in the summer, such as Bermuda. Although it is one of the youngest carnivals, it is also the fastest growing in the world, and everyone is starting to take notice. But don’t worry, the Bermuda Carnival is the perfect place to start your carnival journey as a beginner, because it’s not as daunting as the ultimate experience in Trinidad and Tobago, but just as fun. and inclusive than any other carnival experience. This week-long experience is a great way to get to know the island, which also offers plenty of opportunities to learn about the island’s black history and relaxing atmosphere.

3. Build a route

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Eric: The most enlightened route has three elements: variety, flexibility, balance. Whether you’re traveling solo or in a group, an equal mix of these ingredients in your trip can allow you to spend more time having fun and enjoying the experience. Variety is very important as it presents you with many cultural intersections. Take a map of the city, divide it into four quadrants, and make it a point to visit a restaurant, museum, historic site, beach, or club in each quadrant during your trip.

Make sure your dates and times are flexible by keeping the itinerary loose. Weather, travel times and most importantly jet lag can sometimes be unpredictable, so always allow time in the itinerary for these cases, especially if you are traveling with your team! Speaking of jet lag, it is important to also plan a few hours/days of rest in this itinerary. There’s nothing worse than not being able to remember much from the trip because you were sleepwalking throughout the experience. This is where the concept of balance comes into play. You want to go home feeling energized and refreshed, not like you just ran a marathon.

4. Airbnb versus hotel

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Eric: Of course, it all depends on the circumstances, but I’m usually the team of two. If I’m traveling with a group of good friends or family, I’m always up for a [Air]BNB. This makes the group experience much easier. Now, for solo travel, though, I’m the team hotel for several reasons. I once rented a BNB on a solo trip to a small European island and immediately realized from the reactions of the neighbors that I was the only melancholic bro this small town had seen in a long time. I ended up canceling after a few days and booked a hotel a few miles away where the guests were much more diverse. I also love that hotels have common areas where you can eat, drink and socialize with others.

5. Resources once you arrive

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Kent: If you decide to go on vacation to the United States, using our black elevation map (blackelevationmap.com) is a great way to identify things to see, eat and experience in a city. The website takes cultural data, such as data on the black population, historical markers, black-owned businesses and social media activity, and visualizes points of interest on a searchable elevation map of United States, city by city. The platform lets you bookmark and save all the places you find, create an itinerary that you can send to yourself or anyone joining your trip!

Wherever you venture, a great way to discover great places in a city is to search for hashtags on social media (eg #bestfoodinAtlanta #BlackownedChicago, etc.). We all like to share our experiences, so social media can be a great place to see how others have experienced a city as a way to plan your own visit. Platforms like Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram are great for spotting trendy or local favorites.

6. Approach the locals and understand the culture

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Eric: I would always recommend doing your research on cultural differences beforehand. For example, here in the United States, a firm handshake combined with eye contact is a sign of respect. Do that in Japan and you’re going to have a major problem where a bow is a much bigger sign of respect. You also want to dig into people’s language beforehand. You don’t have to be fluent, but I’ve found it’s still a great way to spark conversation with locals to learn more. It is also a sign of respect for them that you are willing to try to communicate with them in their native language.

Another thing to remember is how and when to use your camera, especially with locals. When taking pictures of/with them, you always want to ask permission. It might not be a big deal here in the US or Europe, but in parts of Africa I’ve seen people approach groups of kids and use them as props for a while IG. Before taking this picture, do you always ask if it would go to Europe or America? This will really help put things into perspective.

7. WFV (Holiday Work)

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Kent: Remote work has increased dramatically over the past couple of years, and for the black community, the number of professionals switching cabins for cabins has also seen an uptick. Airbnb recently conducted a remote work and vacation survey and found that 72% of Black remote professionals surveyed had lived in at least one different location since 2020 and actively planned to take better advantage of the location flexibility of the workplace in the near future.

When considering where to stay for a “workcation,” black professionals are most drawn to beach towns and larger cities above mountains or rural areas, and according to survey data, the Caribbean was the top location choice for black professionals looking to work remotely.


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Travel agency bullish on high bookings https://notdonetravelling.com/travel-agency-bullish-on-high-bookings/ Thu, 19 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/travel-agency-bullish-on-high-bookings/ Guscic said the company was cash flow positive, the online booking site was profitable throughout the year and its hotel bed division was in the black in the second half. “It’s been a remarkable rebound and the outlook for the future is very positive for the business,” he said. The Australian Financial Review. “We are […]]]>

Guscic said the company was cash flow positive, the online booking site was profitable throughout the year and its hotel bed division was in the black in the second half.

“It’s been a remarkable rebound and the outlook for the future is very positive for the business,” he said. The Australian Financial Review.

“We are in a much better position than six months ago.”

Shares in Webjet surged following an emergency pandemic fundraiser, and its wildly fluctuating stock price fell 19¢ to $5.60 in trading Thursday.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Wei-Weng Chen said the result was better than expected, but divisional performance fell short of some market expectations and business costs were worse than expected.

Those costs reached $15.6 million, which Webjet blamed on the return to higher wages after pandemic cuts and increased insurance premiums. For the next fiscal year, he projected $19 million in business costs.

Citigroup analyst Samuel Seow said positives included strong operating cash flow and hotel room booking volumes in North America surpassing pre-pandemic levels, providing a ” new leg of growth after recovery”.

But he expressed caution about a potential mismatch between travel business and earnings.

Back in the air

Webjet is stuck with booking estimates rising to pre-COVID levels between October this year and March next year. However, he declined to provide a profit forecast for the year.

Still, the notes at the end of the accounts showed management’s latest guidance pointed to a recovery in pre-COVID earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in 2024.

“The international fulfillment rate for airline reservations is well below 50% at the moment, so it would be premature for us to say that we will return to full profitability this year,” Mr. Guscic said.

One issue that caught analysts’ attention was that Webjet said it expected a $10 million to $12 million impact from reductions in volume bonuses – called waivers – and commissions on international travel. Airlines have reduced these payments during the pandemic, sparking debate among travel agencies such as Corporate Travel Management and Flight Center over the extent of the impact.

Webjet said its margins – measuring revenue against total transactions flowing through its business – would eventually be between 9% and 10% for its booking site. That margin was close to 11% in the years before the pandemic, although it was also boosted by another company that Webjet had since shut down.

Ord Minnett senior research analyst John O’Shea told clients that Webjet was a small player in the overall size of Australia’s outbound travel market. “If this is the impact of lower commissions on Webjet, imagine the impact on Flight Centre, Helloworld, etc?” he said.

Improving conditions

Website bookings were up 79% from the prior year, but remained at around 42% of pre-COVID levels as the omicron virus variant dampened travel volumes.

Guscic said cost savings were being realized at Webjet as business conditions improved. The hotel bed division, in which Webjet acted as a middleman between hotels with rooms and groups such as travel agents, aimed to be 20% more efficient at scale.

Transactions in the U.S. hotel market were double pre-pandemic levels, he said. “The vast majority of this growth is new customers that we picked up after the pandemic,” he said.

This reflects some of Webjet’s rivals that have failed during the pandemic, as well as its focus on the U.S. domestic travel market, he said.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hurt Webjet’s Nordic markets, which were the best performing areas before COVID-19. Mr Guscic said other European regions were largely unaffected.

“We are back to pre-pandemic levels without Sweden and Norway contributing substantially to this growth,” he said. That meant other markets had outperformed, he said, so any recovery in the northern regions would be an additional boost.

Executive compensation also returned, including Mr. Guscic’s statutory compensation rising from $2.4 million to $3.9 million. This includes potential long-term equity incentives worth $2.5 million. No executive received any short-term bonuses.

Mr. Guscic defended the compensation in the face of receiving government subsidies. Government grants had “enabled us to maintain a higher level of employment than would have been possible” while long-term incentives encouraged Webjet employees to excel, he said.


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Students slam travel company USIT’s lengthy J1 visa delays as a ‘shame’ https://notdonetravelling.com/students-slam-travel-company-usits-lengthy-j1-visa-delays-as-a-shame/ Thu, 12 May 2022 05:44:30 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/students-slam-travel-company-usits-lengthy-j1-visa-delays-as-a-shame/ 0 unnamed 2022 05 11t224516472.jpg College students who were due to travel to America for work over the summer have been “frustrated and stressed” by long delays and lack of communication from travel agency USIT. The company specializes in student programs and students can apply for their J1 visa through them at a cost of […]]]>
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College students who were due to travel to America for work over the summer have been “frustrated and stressed” by long delays and lack of communication from travel agency USIT.

The company specializes in student programs and students can apply for their J1 visa through them at a cost of €850.

However, students have reported long delays with applications and many have been left in limbo as summer approaches.

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Trinity student Sarah Domoney sent in her application and documentation to USIT in late January, with herself and three friends planning to be in Chicago by June 1.

Part of the process is having a phone interview with USIT, but Sarah said she was left on hold for long periods of time and was having a hard time getting through.

The student told Dublin Live that she had sent many emails asking for help in arranging a telephone interview, but received no response.

The only communication she received from the travel agency until mid-April was this requesting payment of the balance of the €850 fee.

She said: “As we had sent them a multitude of emails asking for help with the phone interview and asking if they could call us, the only emails we had received from them at the time were payment deadline emails so that was really frustrating..”

Sarah said she paid the balance and contacted USIT for the phone interview in mid-April after being put on hold for 52 minutes.

The call lasted 90 seconds and all the questions she was asked were already answered in the forms she had filled out in January.

Sarah’s application then progressed to the job offer stage and she immediately uploaded all the required forms.

She said that since the phone call last month, the only communication she has received from USIT is that she is unlikely to get her visa in time for her June 1 start date and that they recommended that he change it for the third week of June.

“We started this process on January 28, and then being told in late April that we probably won’t recover until mid-June is extremely frustrating,” Sarah said.

“Currently, we have not received any communication from USIT as to when the forms we sent will be accepted, when we will receive our DS2019 form so that we can apply for an interview with the Embassy.

“It’s USIT’s incompetence. It’s just a shame.”

She said she had friends who went with different travel agencies and received their visas without any problems.

Sarah also explained that pushing her travels back to mid-June would make it very difficult for her and her friends to find accommodation as most leases start at the beginning of the month.

UCD student Jenny is one of a group of students who have created a D1 students Twitter account to try to reach the company after many unanswered calls and emails.

She told Dublin Live that she started her application in January and all forms were sent in by February 10, but went months without any updates from USIT.

She said: “I was not getting any response from emails. Then I started getting really stressed in April.

“During all this time, I was not able to get in touch with them at all.

“Time was passing and we were doing exams and homework, we were all getting so stressed about it. It would ruin everyone’s day if brought up.

“When I finished college, I said I had to move on this.

“I still wasn’t able to reach them, so a bunch of us decided to start a Twitter page to get some attention.”

Jenny said the UCD Student Union became aware of the issue and contacted USIT on her behalf.

Following Union involvement, she received a call from USIT this week but learned that they had changed their US sponsor.

Jenny said: “She (the USIT call operator) said I would have gotten emails about it, but I haven’t gotten any emails.”

Jenny said USIT told her that her forms were sent to the sponsor on April 20, but her US employer had not received any contact from the sponsor to date.

“It’s so hard to trust what they say because they keep lying,” Jenny said.

“It’s just a bit of a joke at this point, it’s really awful.”

A USIT spokeswoman told Dublin Live that “sheer volume” is one of the reasons for the delays in applications.

She said, “Like every other business in the cultural exchange industry right now, USIT and other stakeholders in the J1 process have faced many challenges caused by the pandemic, such as high demand, illness COVID, shipping delays and staff shortages. The main difference between us and them is volume.

“There are several different stages for a J1 application, including screening, candidate interview, job matching, job interviews, US employer verification and compliance, and government interview. US Embassy, ​​so the whole process can take time as each application is processed by us and with our US sponsors.

“This may mean that those who applied at the same time as others may not be at the same stage of the process. Some of the compliance required by the program guidelines has experienced delays for a variety of reasons, including incomplete documentation, errors in documents submitted to us, etc.

The spokeswoman said USIT and the U.S. Embassy are “working closely together to expedite things.”

“We have a team of 20 agents who work tirelessly across the program to handle the high volumes of J1 queries by phone and email,” she said.

“At times, call queues can take longer to go through, especially around lunchtime. We fully acknowledge these delays and understand that this is extremely frustrating.

“We are grateful for the patience we have shown here and ask customers to contact us on one channel and never via social media so that we can keep the process as simple as possible.

“We continue to hold Zoom meetings twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. These are available to all customers to provide updates and general information. The link to the sessions is https://www.j1online.ie/events

“In addition, USIT and the U.S. Embassy are working closely to speed things up and create interview dates available earlier so students with completed paperwork can meet their departure dates.

“All of our stakeholders are aware of the delays and US employers are extremely understanding of the delayed start dates. However, if students cannot get a later start date to work for them this summer and wish to cancel the program, we will refund their USIT attendance fee and these are usually processed within 7 business days.

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Students slam travel company USIT’s lengthy J1 visa delays as a ‘shame’ https://notdonetravelling.com/students-slam-travel-company-usits-lengthy-j1-visa-delays-as-a-shame-2/ Thu, 12 May 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/students-slam-travel-company-usits-lengthy-j1-visa-delays-as-a-shame-2/ Students scheduled to travel to America for work this summer have been “frustrated and stressed” by long delays and a lack of communication from travel agency USIT. The company specializes in student programs and students can apply for their J1 visa through their self-placement program which costs €850, or their guaranteed employment program which is […]]]>

Students scheduled to travel to America for work this summer have been “frustrated and stressed” by long delays and a lack of communication from travel agency USIT.

The company specializes in student programs and students can apply for their J1 visa through their self-placement program which costs €850, or their guaranteed employment program which is €1149.

However, students have reported long delays with applications and many have been left in limbo as summer approaches.

Read more: Dublin Bus hires bus drivers with great benefits offered

Trinity student Sarah Domoney sent in her application and documentation to USIT in late January, with herself and three friends planning to be in Chicago by June 1.

Part of the process is having a phone interview with USIT, but Sarah said she was left on hold for long periods of time and was having a hard time getting through.

The student told Dublin Live that she had sent many emails asking for help in arranging a telephone interview, but received no response.

The only communication she received from the travel agency until mid-April was this requesting payment of the balance of the €850 fee.

She said: “As we had sent them a multitude of emails asking for help with the phone interview and asking if they could call us, the only emails we had received from them at the time were payment deadline emails so that was really frustrating.”

Sarah said she paid the balance and contacted USIT for the phone interview in mid-April after being put on hold for 52 minutes.

The call lasted 90 seconds and all the questions she was asked were already answered in the forms she had filled out in January.

Sarah’s application then progressed to the job offer stage and she immediately uploaded all the required forms.

She said that since the phone call last month, the only communication she has received from USIT is that she is unlikely to get her visa in time for her June 1 start date and that they recommended that he change it for the third week of June.

“We started this process on January 28, and then being told in late April that we probably won’t recover until mid-June is extremely frustrating,” Sarah said.

“Currently, we have not received any communication from USIT as to when the forms we sent will be accepted, when we will receive our DS2019 form so that we can apply for an interview with the Embassy.

“It’s USIT incompetence. It’s just a shame.”

Read more: Irish tourist warned to book flights now as prices set to soar

She said she had friends who went with different travel agencies and received their visas without any problems.

Sarah also explained that pushing her travels back to mid-June would make it very difficult for her and her friends to find accommodation as most leases start at the beginning of the month.

UCD student Jenny is one of a group of students who have created a D1 students Twitter account to try to reach the company after many unanswered calls and emails.

She told Dublin Live that she started her application in January and all forms were sent in by February 10, but went months without any updates from USIT.

She said: “I wasn’t getting any response from emails. Then I started getting really stressed in April.

“During all this time, I was not able to get in touch with them at all.

“Time was passing and we were doing exams and homework so we were all so stressed about it. It would ruin everyone’s day if it was brought up.

“When I finished college, I said I had to move on this.

“I still wasn’t able to reach them, so a bunch of us decided to start a Twitter page to get some attention.”

Jenny said the UCD Student Union became aware of the issue and contacted USIT on her behalf.

Following Union involvement, she received a call from USIT this week but learned that they had changed their US sponsor.

Jenny said, “She (the USIT call operator) said I would have gotten emails about it, but I haven’t gotten any emails.”

Jenny said USIT told her that her forms were sent to the sponsor on April 20, but her US employer had not received any contact from the sponsor to date.

“It’s so hard to trust what they say because they keep lying,” Jenny said.

“It’s just a bit of a joke at this point, it’s really awful.”

A USIT spokeswoman told Dublin Live that “volume” is one of the reasons for the delays in applications.

She said, “Like every other business in the cultural exchange industry right now, USIT and other stakeholders in the J1 process have faced many challenges caused by the pandemic, such as high demand, COVID disease, shipping delays and staff shortages.The main difference between us and them is absolute volume.

“There are several different stages for a J1 application, including screening, candidate interview, job matching, job interviews, US employer verification and compliance, and interview with the U.S. Embassy, ​​so the whole process can take time as each application is processed by us and with our U.S. sponsors.

“This may mean that those who applied at the same time as others may not be at the same stage of the process. Some of the compliance required by program guidelines has experienced delays due to a variety of reasons, including documentation incomplete, errors in documents submitted to us, etc.

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The spokeswoman said USIT and the U.S. Embassy are “working closely together to expedite things.”

“We have a team of 20 agents who work tirelessly across the program to handle the high volumes of J1 queries by phone and email,” she said.

“At times call queues can take longer to clear, particularly around lunchtime. We fully recognize these delays and appreciate that this is extremely frustrating.

“We are grateful for the patience we have shown here and ask customers to contact us through one channel and never through social media so that we can keep the process as easy as possible.

Read more: Important checklist when traveling to Spain or Portugal, after Irish tourist refused at airport

“We continue to hold Zoom meetings twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. These are available to all customers to provide updates and general information. The link to the sessions is https://www.j1online.ie/events

“In addition, USIT and the U.S. Embassy are working closely to expedite things and create interview dates available earlier so students with completed paperwork can meet their departure dates.

“All of our stakeholders are aware of the delays, and U.S. employers are extremely understanding about delayed start dates. However, if students cannot get a later start date to work for them this summer and wish to cancel the program, we We will refund their USIT participation fees and these are usually processed within 7 business days.

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Rangers fans have offered a lifeline to Sevilla as travel company charters direct flight from Glasgow https://notdonetravelling.com/rangers-fans-have-offered-a-lifeline-to-sevilla-as-travel-company-charters-direct-flight-from-glasgow/ Tue, 10 May 2022 13:54:30 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/rangers-fans-have-offered-a-lifeline-to-sevilla-as-travel-company-charters-direct-flight-from-glasgow/ Rangers fans are frantically trying to find ways to get to Sevilla. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will face Frankfurt in the Europa League final next Wednesday. And no Gers supporter wants to miss out on a historic trip to Spain. But finding a way to reach the Andalusian city was far from simple. All direct […]]]>

Rangers fans are frantically trying to find ways to get to Sevilla.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will face Frankfurt in the Europa League final next Wednesday.

And no Gers supporter wants to miss out on a historic trip to Spain.

But finding a way to reach the Andalusian city was far from simple.

All direct flights from Scotland are full with prices from other UK cities skyrocketing.

Fans planned trips to other cities like Faro, Madrid and Malaga before finding alternative routes to Seville.

But Barrhead Travel is now offering Rangers fans a direct flight from Glasgow instead of the Europa League final.

The Scottish travel agent chartered a plane for a same-day return flight to Seville.

He will leave Glasgow on Wednesday May 18 and will return the same evening after the end of the match.

The price of a ticket is £849 per person, but it is expected to sell out quickly with high demand among Ibrox club fans.

However, transportation from Seville Airport to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville is not included in the price.

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Prince Harry stars in a New Zealand advert for his travel agency Travalyst https://notdonetravelling.com/prince-harry-stars-in-a-new-zealand-advert-for-his-travel-agency-travalyst/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:45:19 +0000 https://notdonetravelling.com/prince-harry-stars-in-a-new-zealand-advert-for-his-travel-agency-travalyst/ Prince Harry showed off his acting skills in a TV advert in which he is accused of littering and Meghan’s nickname for him is heard. Prince Harry confuses Australia and New Zealand in a new advertisement for his travel agency where he can show off his acting skills. The royal, who is the father of […]]]>

Prince Harry showed off his acting skills in a TV advert in which he is accused of littering and Meghan’s nickname for him is heard.

Prince Harry confuses Australia and New Zealand in a new advertisement for his travel agency where he can show off his acting skills.

The royal, who is the father of 11-month-old baby Lilibet, wears a ‘Girl Dad’ t-shirt in the campaign for Travalyst – with the ad even making a sneaky dig at Meghan Markle’s nickname for the duke, has reported The sun.

In the clip, Harry, 37, is seen jogging in a park before Flight of the ConcThen comedian Rhys Darby chases after him, shouting “Harry! Haza! H!”

The nickname is Meghan’s nickname for Harry, with the Duchess often referring to the Duke of Sussex by the initial.

When Darby, as “rating agent”, finally catches up to sixth for the throne, he comments that he hasn’t shown up in a while.

“Did you know we invented jogging?” Darby said.

” The australians ? Harry replies, puzzled.

“No, Aotearoa – New Zealand.”

“Oh sorry,” said Harry. “I know you hate this. Kia Ora.

The five-minute advert, filmed in California on behalf of the nation, shows Harry being accused of littering during a trip to New Zealand in 2018.

The prince is unresponsive, with Darby then joking: “It may have been a confusing time, it was windy.”

Harry replies, “I don’t think it’s confusing. It was an amazing time. We had an amazing time in New Zealand. It’s nice.”

As the five-minute clip continues, the prince makes a number of Maori references, including the common greeting “kia ora” and “kei te pai”, meaning “I’m fine”.

The Duke, who looks healthy and cheerful during the advert, flexes his funny bone as he chats with the comedians.

At one point, Darby’s ratings agent tells him that his visit four years ago was only rated three out of 100 stars – before Darby reveals he was actually supposed to rate Harry Styles at the square.

The video aims to direct Kiwis to the Travalyst website, where they’ll find a vacation rating tool.

The royal launched the not-for-profit company in September 2019 with the aim of helping tourists make more sustainable choices when travelling.

In a statement, Prince Harry said: “In a world where we are tasked with assessing so much, we now ask: what if your destination assessed you?

“Starting with beautiful Aotearoa in New Zealand, we are kicking off our first campaign.

“There is a well-known Maori proverb: Ehara take toa I te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini (success is not the work of one individual, but the work of many) – we invite you to be part of of our many. ”

Harry traveled to New Zealand in 2015, when he learned the traditional haka dance in just 20 minutes and recited a speech in Maori.

This story first appeared in The sun and is reproduced with permission.

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