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The BGTW in the sixties

It was meant to herald a year of celebration. A time to fly the flag for reaching our 60th anniversary and an even brighter future. Now, crushed by the cruelty of Covid 19, the Guild looks fearfully into the unknown world facing tourism in all its shapes and sizes. Which is not all that dissimilar…

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No slow down in lockdown: New BGTW members

At the BGTW EGM this week, former Guild Chair Mary Moore Mason made the very valid point that it was hard to keep track of the people had joined the Guild during lockdown, because we hadn’t had the chance to meet them properly at a social event. This list answers that question! These are all…

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Three generations take a trip to Denmark

How do whales breathe? (Through a blowhole). How did Bluetooth get its name? (From a rune stone). What does the word ‘lego’ mean? (Play well). These are just some of the unusual facts that we learned on an action-packed family trip to Denmark. With me, two daughters and two grandchildren under 10, making an age…

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Paradise with stilts on

The atoll of islands the Maldives bashes every travel writing cliché into touch. Talcum powder sand, azure bath warm waters, one of the best (if not the best) diving and snorkelling experiences in the world (extra cudos I am told if you take your PADI here). Resorts with beach villas with open air bathrooms, showering…

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Grand tour of Imperial cities

The ticket collector looks very young; his uniform is too big and swamps him. He seems happy working on the train which, he says, is what he would like to do when he grows up. His name is Levi and if I had to guess I’d put him at maybe twelve years old – which…

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Sake, dogs and Community

With a sudden tug, Henry sends a slug of sake over my hand. Blame it on the toy poodle in the distance. Or me for trying to hold a one-cup sake with his lead wrapped around my drinking hand. In fairness, it wouldn’t be a one-cup if I didn’t spill a bit. The pull-tab lids…

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The best New Year fireworks in the world: Vivid Sydney

Sarah Tucker takes a trip down under to Sydney’s winter and the annual drama that is the Vivid Festival. Sydney becomes a living firework for three weeks during the Vivid Festival (vividfestival.com) due to celebrate its 12th anniversary in 2020. Known for the best New Year fireworks in the world over Sydney bridge, the festival…

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Travel: the unclear shape of things to come

What will the world of travel look like when the COVID-19 crisis is over, wonders Roger Bray? How many travel companies will survive the economic storm? And how will those that are left persuade anxious consumers to stump up money in advance again for expensive holidays? We may not have to wait too long for…

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A message from the BGTW Board

The BGTW board responds to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on travel Travel is changing in ways that were unimaginable just a few weeks ago because of coronavirus. Every day brings more news of the drastic changes to the business, the experience of travellers, how and where we can go, and the precautions we…

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Mindfulness in the mountains

You are walking along a path. It is covered in snow. The sky is blue and all you can hear are birds tweeting. You look down. The snow is glistening in the morning light and you hear the crunch of the snow under your boots. You turn and notice a stream running past you. And…