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The Mental Health Wellness Checklist

Here is what we would recommend for keeping positive mental health and all round wellness. Everyone has their own tips that help them and we are just sharing what we know to have helped us and our drivers and others we interact with.

What does positive and good mental health mean? It means taking care of your mind and body so you can live life to the full and at your absolute best.

All too many of us in every society suffer with depression or anxiety disorders including OCD and PTSD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, eating disorders, drug/alcohol addiction- the list goes on. And even more so in the new world we find ourselves today with COVID19.

Illness is a part of being human, whether it is in our genes or created by our environment - or both. 1 in 4 of us are estimated to struggle with mental health difficulties and in truth the number is most likely higher. Medication and psychotherapy has become a regular part of daily life for many, even if not openly talked about due to stigma.

Here is what we would recommend for keeping positive mental health and all round wellness.

1) Support Network - having someone to talk to. Whether its one friend, a family member or an extended support network on or offline, talking to those you love and who care for you is vital. If you need further support there are charities like the Samaritans - who are always on hand to listen on their helpline. Mind charity are also an amazing support and resource and check out Rethink Mental Illness. All promote a non stigmatised view of mental illness and a listening ear.

If you are lucky to have a good, stable support network- utilise it. Your friends and/or family are so important at promoting happiness and keeping you well, if they in turn are a calming, stable influence.

Don't suffer in silence - Tell someone you trust how bad you are feeling. Share your thoughts.

2) Waking up earlier - Try and get up an hour earlier in the morning to kick-start your day. While easier if you are not suffering with severe depression, this has so many positive effects on your day and can promote a healthier attitude to your day if practiced regularly .

3) Get washed and dressed in the morning (even if you don't feel like it when depressed). It can alter your mood for a little while and prepare you for the day, keeping you focused so that you can get through the day.

4) Set 3 small achievable goals in your day. This can be anything from going for a walk, cooking a meal, calling a friend to securing that business deal. Remember the goals must feel achievable to you.

5) Exercise. I am not a big fan of exercise - but even moving around a little can change your mindset. Build it up slowly and if you prefer to exercise at home rather than at a gym - do so. Exercise promotes serotonin 'the natural 'happy chemical' in the brain and has a variety of health benefits.

6) Eating and resting well. Diet plays a big part in your mood. If you haven't eaten you will often feel lower or more anxious. Equally, sleep- at least 6-8 hours, is extremely important in healing your mind and soul.

7) Gratitude - Write 3 things each day that you are thankful and grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal can be extremely rewarding.

These may seem like very simple recommendations but if practiced regularly, they can go along way to helping your keep and promote a positive mindset.

Keep it REAL.

Government set to unveil full UK quarantine measures

The government is set to unveil the full extent of the UK's proposed quarantine measures, which are expected to include spot checks and fines of up to £1,000 for any arrivals who fail to comply with a new 14-day self-isolation requirement.

Home secretary Priti Patel will set out the proposals, first announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on 10 May, during the government's daily coronavirus briefing at 5pm on Friday (22 May). It is understood the measures will come into force early next month.

According to the BBC, arrivals will be asked to fill in a form with their contact details as part of the government's efforts to guard against a second wave of coronavirus in the UK.

Arrivals from the Common Travel Area, which includes all four UK nations, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, will be exempt from the quarantine measures.

Those arriving from France will not be exempt, contrary to the government's initial quarantine plan – which included a mutual exemption for people travelling between the two nations.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps earlier this week touted an "air bridge" regime, allowing those travelling to the UK from countries with lower rates of coronavirus infection to forego any quarantine requirements.

However, a spokesperson for the prime minister confirmed air bridges were an option under consideration, "but were not agreed government policy". The concept is not expected to form part of the government's initial quarantine announcement.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News on Friday (22 May) there were "no plans" for air bridges at the moment.

The UK's quarantine measures will be reviewed on a three-week basis. They will apply to anyone arriving in the UK by air, sea or rail, who will be required to provide an address where they will serve their self-isolation. The government will otherwise arrange accommodation.

Airlines have been highly critical of quarantine measures across Europe, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary branding them "unimplementable".

Carriers are in favour of more stringent health measures, such as pre-flight temperature checks, social distancing, increased sanitation and contact tracing, rather than quarantines.

Credit James Chapple www.ttgmedia.com

'We have turned on each other and we must stop'

Here we are, in the middle of a crisis that threatens the very existence of our industry, and yet, curiously, I find myself trying to avoid reading the news. And if you are reading this in the trade news, don't think I don't appreciate the irony.

We are blessed with fantastic trade media, and the information they share is particularly valuable at a time like this. But I can't bear to see our industry tearing itself apart. At a time when the whole world is in disarray, and the global travel industry is on its knees, we should be standing together, united. Yet we seem to have turned on each other. This crisis affects everyone involved in travel, from the travelling public, right through to the family that normally provides the fruit and veg to a rural lodge, and everyone in between.

We could all work together. Consumer rights experts, travel trade bodies and individual companies could look for a united solution to the cash crisis that is impacting everyone. We could collectively approach the government for a solution that works for everyone. We really could. But instead, we have consumer champions pointing the finger at the travel industry. Sectors of the industry pointing the finger at other sectors. All looking to blame someone for the crisis.

But none of these people are to blame. How can they be? The blame lies with an invisible, silent killer. A virus that none of us has any control over, which is taking lives, destroying families. Covid-19 has created a situation that was unthinkable outside of a Hollywood blockbuster. Unthinkable. Unexpected. Unplanned for. Impossible.

So why all the finger pointing? I wish I knew. I wish I understood. Some of it is frustration, I imagine. And some is born from misunderstanding. But, incredibly, some is also deliberate. Some of this comes from people looking to take advantage of a terrible situation, using the crisis to position themselves and their companies in a particular way that will allow them to benefit once travel bookings take off again; making their competitors look untrustworthy.

But some of it defies even that explanation. I've recently seen the travel industry referred to as a "ponzi scheme" because of the difficulties surrounding refunds. That's an interesting choice of phrase. It brings certain connotations with it – fraud, wrongdoing, profiteering. It's a highly emotive word. It's curious that it has been used to describe the perfectly normal business practice of having a managed cash flow and a certain level of working capital. All businesses run like that. All businesses need cash to keep flowing. When the cash stops flowing, the business stops working. That's not what a ponzi scheme is.

The next time you go to the supermarket and pay at the checkout, have a think about the money you are handing over. Is that money flowing directly to the company that manufactured the food you have right there in your trolley? Or is it paying for the food that you bought a month ago? Of course, it is being used to pay invoices for the food you, or probably someone else, bought 30, 60, or even 90 days ago. Is that a ponzi scheme? Are you complicit in helping the supermarket in defrauding the food manufacturer?

Because if that shop were to close down the following day, the food in your trolley may never be paid for. Would that make you a criminal? Part of a ponzi scheme? Or is that just how cash flow works in every business?

Right now, we stand together on the edge of a cliff, and we have a choice. I'd love to think that we can join hands, so that if one of us loses their footing, they have friends and colleagues to hold them steady. We must stand hand-in-hand, resisting the push of those few people that are trying to push us over the edge. Those that wish to divide us, those finger-pointers, those naysayers.

Let's not let the few ruin our industry. Stay safe.

Credit author Danny Callaghan - General manager of the Latin American Travel Association (Lata)
Source: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/we-have-turned-on-ea...

Coronavirus: When is a good time to book your next holiday abroad?

With international travel bans being extended, when is a good time to book your next trip?

With the UK currently in lockdown thanks to coronavirus, life's all about staying home and not spreading Covid-19 right now. But that doesn't mean we can't still dream of golden beaches and infinity pools, right? The question is, when will we experience them again?

While there are obviously bigger things at play, you'd be forgiven for dreaming of warmer climates and dipping you toes in the sea. And while all but key workers should be quarantining to their homes for now, we can definitely look to holiday plans in the future.

At the moment, holiday plans have been shelved and flights around the world have been halted, in a bid to slow down the rise of the virus. As well as easyJet's fleet temporarily grounding, Virgin Atlantic has suspended flights until at least April 26 and airlines such as Qantas say all scheduled international flights are suspended until the end of May 2020.

If restrictions begin to ease in line with Wuhan in China (the origin of Coronavirus), passenger flights could be operational again in three months, with most experts predicting early Autumn departures.

CEO of easyJet Holidays, Garry Wil-son, told Cosmopolitan UK, "We're monitoring all the relevant advice all the time and as soon as it changes, we'll be ready to start taking off. At the moment we're seeing lots of people booking and amending for later on this year, into September and October."

Early Autumn is also when Mark Hall, Director of Product at leading tour operator TUI UK, envisages customers jetting off.

"We know people will want to travel again and, whilst it's difficult to predict, we do think that Autumn and Winter getaways could prove more popular than ever as people still want their yearly holiday. We may see more late bookings as people cautiously search for the best deals."

According to Hall, popular holiday hot spots like Florida and the Canaries are still top of online searches, plus he predicts a demand for Caribbean holidays as people crave winter sun at the end of a crazy 2020.

"We know people still dream of travel and we expect people will begin to find inspiration for their future holidays and think about their travel plans for 2021 very soon."

With the Foreign Office warning us not to travel abroad indefinitely, it might feel counterintuitive to be browsing holiday websites on lockdown.

But if you are longing to escape, now could be a good time to bag a bargain for later in the year, as some airlines and tour operators are offering free changes and cancellations in a bid to get much-needed forward bookings.

This added flexibility makes buying a holiday feel less risky. If tighter restrictions are reimposed to bring the virus back under control (either here or in the country you're travelling to), you should theoretically be able to shift your holiday to 2021 for no extra cost.

easyJet Holidays has already brought forward its winter 20/21 schedule "to give everyone a little more flexibility and offer some holiday inspiration", with some deals going as inexpensively as seven nights at the five-star C Lounge resort in Turkey from £275pp, all-inclusive and including flights, in December.

British Airways has hastily installed a Book With Confidence system aimed at providing peace of mind by allowing you to buy now but change your destination OR date of travel (or both) for no extra charge. It's valid for all new bookings up to May 31 for travel between now and 31 December 2020.

If you do decide to take the plunge, make sure you book with an ATOL-protected company (look for the logo and licence number on websites), ensure you have adequate travel insurance and buy with a credit card, so you'll be fully protected if the travel company or airline goes bust before your break.

Big insurance firms such as AXA, Post Office and InsureandGo have changed their policies to not include coronavirus. A new message at the top of AXA's website reads: "If you purchase a new policy now, it will not cover any trip cancellation or disruption in relation to coronavirus."

This essentially means if you choose to book a trip now that eventually gets cancelled because of coronavirus, you would not be covered. Worth keeping in mind for your future trips, if they don't include flexible offerings.

If you are thinking of booking travel for when the COVID-19 lockdwon lifts then why not travel to and from the airport or Cruise terminal in style with one of our transfers. Book yours now and at https://realtransfers.co.uk/Booking receive a 10% discount using code RT10NEWS.

Credit www.cosmopolitan.com for this story

WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND A SUMMER’S EVENING THAN A CONCERT AT SOMERSET HOUSE

From the 6th July to 16th July spoil yourself to an unforgettable evening of music and magic whilst enjoying these live alfresco concerts in the shadow of the iconic Somerset House. International musical celebrities will be performing under the stars, each with their unique genre, making this the most incredible event in London this season. From the soothing tones of Norah Jones to the upbeat reggae of Damian Marley this summer series of concerts will surely have something for everyone!

If you need to book one of London's most trusted and reliable taxi services to get to or from Somerset House, look no further than REAL Transfers. Click here to book your London car transfer

WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND A SUMMER’S EVENING THAN A CONCERT AT SOMERSET HOUSE

From the 6th July to 16th July spoil yourself to an unforgettable evening of music and magic whilst enjoying these live alfresco concerts in the shadow of the iconic Somerset House. International musical celebrities will be performing under the stars, each with their unique genre, making this the most incredible event in London this season. From the soothing tones of Norah Jones to the upbeat reggae of Damian Marley this summer series of concerts will surely have something for everyone!

If you need to book one of London's most trusted and reliable taxi services to get to or from Somerset House, look no further than REAL Transfers. Click here to book your London car transfer

VISIT FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2017 IN REGENT’S PARK

What better way to spend a day than wandering around a beautiful garden, absorbing the form and structure of unique artistry – both contemporary and modern - all set in the heart of one of London's most iconic landmarks. From the 5th of July to the 8th October Regent's Park English garden is the venue for this splendid outdoor exhibition of sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists and is the forerunner to art fairs due to open in October.

If you fancy a glass or two of champagne or Pimms, don't want the hassle of public transport or the stress of trying to find a car parking space. Let REAL drop you off or pick you up – book you luxury car today.

ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL COMES TO LORDS

Throughout the summer, the women's cricket world cup matches will be taking place in cities across the UK. Eight of the best teams in the world including England, Australia, New Zealand and India will be competing for a place in the final which will take place at the esteemed home of cricket, Lords on the 23rd July. Australia will be hoping to hold onto their title of 'world champions' but the other teams will, unsurprisingly, be working hard to take it from them! Watch out for some exciting matches in the build up to the final.

Having taken a number of cricket superstars to and from Lords we know our way around the home of cricket. To book a car with one of London's most trusted car service providers and for the ultimate way to arrive or leave the home of cricket book a luxury car with REAL.

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT 2017

As the sun sets, why not immerse yourself in some culture, history and excitement by exploring Museums at Night. The Museum at Night festival starts on the 17th May and ends on the 20th, so why not try visiting a museum at night where you can enjoy events, tours, talks and other activities to whet your appetite for more art, history and heritage. Highlights include:

  • 17/5 'why people buy' at the museum of brands;
  • 18/5 life drawing at the Painted hall;
  • 18/5 life in Victorian London at Fulham Palace;
  • 18/5 The original Gothic experience at Strawberry Hill House;
  • 18/5 Dickens after dark at the Dickens Museum;
  • 19/5 Renaissance themed workshops at the National Gallery;
  • 19/5 Banknote and bullion experience at the Bank of England Museum;
  • 19/5 Have a '60s' experience at the National Archives;
  • 20/5 Understanding taxidermy at the Grant Museum.

REAL is a premier London luxury car transfer specialist so why not arrive in style in one of our top of the range vehicles. To get a luxury car service quote go online today.

THE 2017 CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

From the 23rd of May the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital are once again transformed into spectacular gardens as the surroundings of the hospital are transformed into the venue for the annual Flower Show. This is the event of the year for horticulturists, garden designers, florists and just plain garden lovers – join them as you stroll through the gardens savouring the spectacle (the sight and the smells) as you seek inspiration and new ideas.

Whether you are travelling on your own, with a loved one or in a group let REAL take care of all your transfer needs to and from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. To reserve your taxi or executive car to or from the Chelsea Flower show click here.

GATWICK PLANS FOR FUTURE EXPANSION

Despite the Sir Howard Davies report recommending that building a new runway at Heathrow rather than Gatwick will improve the UK's airport capacity, Gatwick, the UK's second-largest airport has announced aggressive expansion plans. The £2.5 billion investment programme announced by Gatwick heaps further pressure onto Heathrow with the Government finally expected to make its choice by the summer.

REAL is one of London's leading airport taxi specialists and though we offer a large variety of transfers from London to UK destinations, our Gatwick taxi service and Gatwick executive car service are two of our most popular. To reserve your London to Gatwick taxi or luxury car today go online and complete your booking by filling in your transfer details on the easy to use online form. If you would prefer to speak to someone in person you can call us on +44 (0) 208 240 4456 and one of our friendly and professional operators will be able to assist.

SKI LIFT AND REAL JOIN UP TOGETHER

REAL are hugely excited to announce that they will be working with Ski-Lifts to provide their clients with UK based London Airport taxis.

Ski-Lifts specialise in the provision of airport transfers to ski resorts throughout Europe and North America. They have been operating since 2003 and have just been recognised by the World Ski Awards as the World's Best Ski Transfer Operator. You can book a range of transfers, from economy to luxury, to over 200 ski resorts, from more than 20 different airports and train stations.

Ozcan Ahmet, REAL's Director, said "As both companies ethos' are closely aligned this is a fantastic opportunity for REAL and Ski-Lifts to work closely together to provide their customers the complete car transfer package. We are confident that REAL commitment to excellence, quality and customer service will mean that all their London Airport car transfer needs will be taken care of".

GATWICK OR HEATHROW – THE DEBATE CONTINUES

With the debate still raging on whether it will be Gatwick or Heathrow that will be granted permission to build a new runway both airports had their busiest March yet.

Heathrow handled 5.95 million passengers in March, a 3.4% increase on March 2014, while Gatwick's numbers rose 9.2% to 2.95 million.

ONE IN FIVE UK ADULTS HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A PLANE

A recent study conducted by the search engine Kayak has identified that a fifth of adults in Britain have never flown. The study also revealed that nearly one in ten of us have never been abroad. The top reasons for not travelling overseas included being too expensive and complicated. The study also divulged that the most popular destination is to go on safari.

This year if you are going on holiday and are flying from one of London's airports then REAL would be delighted to get you there on time and in style. Therefore, whether it is your first or thousandth trip book your London airport car transfer with us today.

A ‘REAL’ HEAD FOR POINTS COMPETITION WINNER

This month REAL joined up with Head For Points, the UK's largest frequent flyer website, to give away a competition prize of a luxury transfer to either Gatwick or Heathrow.

Congratulations to Ed Warwick the competition winner – we look forward to Ed enjoying the REAL experience.

REAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

REAL are extremely proud to announce that throughout the whole of April they achieved an average customer satisfaction rating of 4.96 out of 5. "As an organisation we pride ourselves on our high quality customer service and these scores demonstrate that the time invested choosing the right drivers, who have the desired qualities, is paying dividends", said REAL Director Ozcan Ahmet.

Just three of the many comments….

"Amazing transfer this morning thanks so much, great service, great driver would use this service again for business travels, thanks" - N.Ellul

"My new husband and I used Real transfers on the way home from Gatwick airport after our honeymoon. Not only was it lovely to be picked up after a long flight, but we were taken home in a beautiful car and they had even put bottles of water in the car for us in case we were dehydrated. We would certainly recommend them to our friends" – E.Shepherd

"Thank you to REAL Transfers for your impeccable service! Highly recommended – A.Royal

CROYDON COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE DESIGNS ON REAL TRANSFERS

REAL Transfers are delighted to announce that a number of students studying fashion at Croydon College are to design and create new driver uniforms for REAL. Director Ozcan Ahmet said, "We believe this is an extremely exciting initiative for everyone associated with our Company. We are looking forward to working closely with Croydon College to create an instantly recognisable, stylish uniform that will continue to help distinguish REAL as a unique brand".

The students have been given a design brief, incorporating the REAL Transfers brand and style. The winning design will be announced in mid-June and exhibited as part of the students' fashion show.

The Mental Health Wellness Checklist

Here is what we would recommend for keeping positive mental health and all round wellness. Everyone has their own tips that help them and we are just sharing what we know to have helped us and our drivers and others we interact with.

What does positive and good mental health mean? It means taking care of your mind and body so you can live life to the full and at your absolute best.

All too many of us in every society suffer with depression or anxiety disorders including OCD and PTSD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, eating disorders, drug/alcohol addiction- the list goes on. And even more so in the new world we find ourselves today with COVID19.

Illness is a part of being human, whether it is in our genes or created by our environment - or both. 1 in 4 of us are estimated to struggle with mental health difficulties and in truth the number is most likely higher. Medication and psychotherapy has become a regular part of daily life for many, even if not openly talked about due to stigma.

Here is what we would recommend for keeping positive mental health and all round wellness.

1) Support Network - having someone to talk to. Whether its one friend, a family member or an extended support network on or offline, talking to those you love and who care for you is vital. If you need further support there are charities like the Samaritans - who are always on hand to listen on their helpline. Mind charity are also an amazing support and resource and check out Rethink Mental Illness. All promote a non stigmatised view of mental illness and a listening ear.

If you are lucky to have a good, stable support network- utilise it. Your friends and/or family are so important at promoting happiness and keeping you well, if they in turn are a calming, stable influence.

Don't suffer in silence - Tell someone you trust how bad you are feeling. Share your thoughts.

2) Waking up earlier - Try and get up an hour earlier in the morning to kick-start your day. While easier if you are not suffering with severe depression, this has so many positive effects on your day and can promote a healthier attitude to your day if practiced regularly .

3) Get washed and dressed in the morning (even if you don't feel like it when depressed). It can alter your mood for a little while and prepare you for the day, keeping you focused so that you can get through the day.

4) Set 3 small achievable goals in your day. This can be anything from going for a walk, cooking a meal, calling a friend to securing that business deal. Remember the goals must feel achievable to you.

5) Exercise. I am not a big fan of exercise - but even moving around a little can change your mindset. Build it up slowly and if you prefer to exercise at home rather than at a gym - do so. Exercise promotes serotonin 'the natural 'happy chemical' in the brain and has a variety of health benefits.

6) Eating and resting well. Diet plays a big part in your mood. If you haven't eaten you will often feel lower or more anxious. Equally, sleep- at least 6-8 hours, is extremely important in healing your mind and soul.

7) Gratitude - Write 3 things each day that you are thankful and grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal can be extremely rewarding.

These may seem like very simple recommendations but if practiced regularly, they can go along way to helping your keep and promote a positive mindset.

Keep it REAL.

Government set to unveil full UK quarantine measures

The government is set to unveil the full extent of the UK's proposed quarantine measures, which are expected to include spot checks and fines of up to £1,000 for any arrivals who fail to comply with a new 14-day self-isolation requirement.

Home secretary Priti Patel will set out the proposals, first announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on 10 May, during the government's daily coronavirus briefing at 5pm on Friday (22 May). It is understood the measures will come into force early next month.

According to the BBC, arrivals will be asked to fill in a form with their contact details as part of the government's efforts to guard against a second wave of coronavirus in the UK.

Arrivals from the Common Travel Area, which includes all four UK nations, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, will be exempt from the quarantine measures.

Those arriving from France will not be exempt, contrary to the government's initial quarantine plan – which included a mutual exemption for people travelling between the two nations.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps earlier this week touted an "air bridge" regime, allowing those travelling to the UK from countries with lower rates of coronavirus infection to forego any quarantine requirements.

However, a spokesperson for the prime minister confirmed air bridges were an option under consideration, "but were not agreed government policy". The concept is not expected to form part of the government's initial quarantine announcement.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News on Friday (22 May) there were "no plans" for air bridges at the moment.

The UK's quarantine measures will be reviewed on a three-week basis. They will apply to anyone arriving in the UK by air, sea or rail, who will be required to provide an address where they will serve their self-isolation. The government will otherwise arrange accommodation.

Airlines have been highly critical of quarantine measures across Europe, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary branding them "unimplementable".

Carriers are in favour of more stringent health measures, such as pre-flight temperature checks, social distancing, increased sanitation and contact tracing, rather than quarantines.

Credit James Chapple www.ttgmedia.com

'We have turned on each other and we must stop'

Here we are, in the middle of a crisis that threatens the very existence of our industry, and yet, curiously, I find myself trying to avoid reading the news. And if you are reading this in the trade news, don't think I don't appreciate the irony.

We are blessed with fantastic trade media, and the information they share is particularly valuable at a time like this. But I can't bear to see our industry tearing itself apart. At a time when the whole world is in disarray, and the global travel industry is on its knees, we should be standing together, united. Yet we seem to have turned on each other. This crisis affects everyone involved in travel, from the travelling public, right through to the family that normally provides the fruit and veg to a rural lodge, and everyone in between.

We could all work together. Consumer rights experts, travel trade bodies and individual companies could look for a united solution to the cash crisis that is impacting everyone. We could collectively approach the government for a solution that works for everyone. We really could. But instead, we have consumer champions pointing the finger at the travel industry. Sectors of the industry pointing the finger at other sectors. All looking to blame someone for the crisis.

But none of these people are to blame. How can they be? The blame lies with an invisible, silent killer. A virus that none of us has any control over, which is taking lives, destroying families. Covid-19 has created a situation that was unthinkable outside of a Hollywood blockbuster. Unthinkable. Unexpected. Unplanned for. Impossible.

So why all the finger pointing? I wish I knew. I wish I understood. Some of it is frustration, I imagine. And some is born from misunderstanding. But, incredibly, some is also deliberate. Some of this comes from people looking to take advantage of a terrible situation, using the crisis to position themselves and their companies in a particular way that will allow them to benefit once travel bookings take off again; making their competitors look untrustworthy.

But some of it defies even that explanation. I've recently seen the travel industry referred to as a "ponzi scheme" because of the difficulties surrounding refunds. That's an interesting choice of phrase. It brings certain connotations with it – fraud, wrongdoing, profiteering. It's a highly emotive word. It's curious that it has been used to describe the perfectly normal business practice of having a managed cash flow and a certain level of working capital. All businesses run like that. All businesses need cash to keep flowing. When the cash stops flowing, the business stops working. That's not what a ponzi scheme is.

The next time you go to the supermarket and pay at the checkout, have a think about the money you are handing over. Is that money flowing directly to the company that manufactured the food you have right there in your trolley? Or is it paying for the food that you bought a month ago? Of course, it is being used to pay invoices for the food you, or probably someone else, bought 30, 60, or even 90 days ago. Is that a ponzi scheme? Are you complicit in helping the supermarket in defrauding the food manufacturer?

Because if that shop were to close down the following day, the food in your trolley may never be paid for. Would that make you a criminal? Part of a ponzi scheme? Or is that just how cash flow works in every business?

Right now, we stand together on the edge of a cliff, and we have a choice. I'd love to think that we can join hands, so that if one of us loses their footing, they have friends and colleagues to hold them steady. We must stand hand-in-hand, resisting the push of those few people that are trying to push us over the edge. Those that wish to divide us, those finger-pointers, those naysayers.

Let's not let the few ruin our industry. Stay safe.

Credit author Danny Callaghan - General manager of the Latin American Travel Association (Lata)
Source: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/we-have-turned-on-ea...

Coronavirus: When is a good time to book your next holiday abroad?

With international travel bans being extended, when is a good time to book your next trip?

With the UK currently in lockdown thanks to coronavirus, life's all about staying home and not spreading Covid-19 right now. But that doesn't mean we can't still dream of golden beaches and infinity pools, right? The question is, when will we experience them again?

While there are obviously bigger things at play, you'd be forgiven for dreaming of warmer climates and dipping you toes in the sea. And while all but key workers should be quarantining to their homes for now, we can definitely look to holiday plans in the future.

At the moment, holiday plans have been shelved and flights around the world have been halted, in a bid to slow down the rise of the virus. As well as easyJet's fleet temporarily grounding, Virgin Atlantic has suspended flights until at least April 26 and airlines such as Qantas say all scheduled international flights are suspended until the end of May 2020.

If restrictions begin to ease in line with Wuhan in China (the origin of Coronavirus), passenger flights could be operational again in three months, with most experts predicting early Autumn departures.

CEO of easyJet Holidays, Garry Wil-son, told Cosmopolitan UK, "We're monitoring all the relevant advice all the time and as soon as it changes, we'll be ready to start taking off. At the moment we're seeing lots of people booking and amending for later on this year, into September and October."

Early Autumn is also when Mark Hall, Director of Product at leading tour operator TUI UK, envisages customers jetting off.

"We know people will want to travel again and, whilst it's difficult to predict, we do think that Autumn and Winter getaways could prove more popular than ever as people still want their yearly holiday. We may see more late bookings as people cautiously search for the best deals."

According to Hall, popular holiday hot spots like Florida and the Canaries are still top of online searches, plus he predicts a demand for Caribbean holidays as people crave winter sun at the end of a crazy 2020.

"We know people still dream of travel and we expect people will begin to find inspiration for their future holidays and think about their travel plans for 2021 very soon."

With the Foreign Office warning us not to travel abroad indefinitely, it might feel counterintuitive to be browsing holiday websites on lockdown.

But if you are longing to escape, now could be a good time to bag a bargain for later in the year, as some airlines and tour operators are offering free changes and cancellations in a bid to get much-needed forward bookings.

This added flexibility makes buying a holiday feel less risky. If tighter restrictions are reimposed to bring the virus back under control (either here or in the country you're travelling to), you should theoretically be able to shift your holiday to 2021 for no extra cost.

easyJet Holidays has already brought forward its winter 20/21 schedule "to give everyone a little more flexibility and offer some holiday inspiration", with some deals going as inexpensively as seven nights at the five-star C Lounge resort in Turkey from £275pp, all-inclusive and including flights, in December.

British Airways has hastily installed a Book With Confidence system aimed at providing peace of mind by allowing you to buy now but change your destination OR date of travel (or both) for no extra charge. It's valid for all new bookings up to May 31 for travel between now and 31 December 2020.

If you do decide to take the plunge, make sure you book with an ATOL-protected company (look for the logo and licence number on websites), ensure you have adequate travel insurance and buy with a credit card, so you'll be fully protected if the travel company or airline goes bust before your break.

Big insurance firms such as AXA, Post Office and InsureandGo have changed their policies to not include coronavirus. A new message at the top of AXA's website reads: "If you purchase a new policy now, it will not cover any trip cancellation or disruption in relation to coronavirus."

This essentially means if you choose to book a trip now that eventually gets cancelled because of coronavirus, you would not be covered. Worth keeping in mind for your future trips, if they don't include flexible offerings.

If you are thinking of booking travel for when the COVID-19 lockdwon lifts then why not travel to and from the airport or Cruise terminal in style with one of our transfers. Book yours now and at https://realtransfers.co.uk/Booking receive a 10% discount using code RT10NEWS.

Credit www.cosmopolitan.com for this story

LONDON CITY AIRPORT £350M DEVELOPMENT EXPANSION

The 4 year £350m development expansion of London City Airport will start at the end of 2017 and complete in 2021. The expansion programme will increase the number of flights to 111,000 and increase capacity of City Airport from 4 million passengers to 6.5 million. The project will also see the expansion of the terminal, the introduction of larger aircraft stands which means bigger planes and the introduction of new flight destinations including new long-haul routes to the US, Russia and the Gulf and building more taxiing space.

As a specialist in London City Airport taxis and luxury cars book your journey today and see why we are fast becoming the number one choice for people wanting a reliable and trusted car service provider.

AT LAST THE SNOW HAS STARTED TO FALL – SO GRAB YOUR SKI’S

It has been a long time coming but to the relief of many ski enthusiasts at last the snow has started to blanket the many Ski resorts across Europe. After an unprecedented early season 'snow' drought forecasters are expecting up to 2 metres of the "white stuff" to fall across the mountains of France, Austria and Switzerland. As levels were 30-40cm lower than average this wave of fresh snow is great news for the coming ski season and means improved ski conditions till the end of the season.

Jetting off to Morzine, Val d'Isere, Chamonix or another ski resort? Then let REAL get you to the airport safely and in comfort with all your ski equipment and luggage. With a large range of 8 seater vehicles we can accommodate all of you and your group's requirements. Book your luxury car service to Heathrow, Gatwick, London City or Stansted and get 20% off all luxury car transfers.

PRIVATE LUXURY CAR SERVICE FROM LONDON TO WINDSOR CASTLE

Not only is it the Queen's favourite home, Windsor Castle, the royal residence in Berkshire, has also recently topped a UK poll as the most popular British Castle.

To see why Windsor Castle is the most popular British Castle book one of REAL's private luxury cars from London to Windsor Castle. REAL offers 16 memorable excursions meaning visiting one of the UK's top tourist attractions in your very own private, luxury vehicle has never been easier. However, if there is a specific excursion you require and it isn't on our list we would be more than happy to work with you to prepare the perfect itinerary.

REAL is currently offering £50 off all luxury car excursions. To take advantage of this great offer please call the REAL team on +44 (0) 208 240 4456 quoting REALEXC016.

A ‘REAL’ OFFER - £50 OFF REAL’S PRIVATE CAR EXCURSIONS

The sun is trying to come out, sunglasses have been taken out of the drawer and dusted off and the school holidays are fast approaching - so what better way to celebrate the start of summer by visiting one of the UK's best tourist attractions in a beautiful luxury car.

The REAL team loves the summer and would therefore like to offer all our customers £50 off one of our memorable excursions. Whether it is a car tour around London, a trip to Stonehenge or a visit to Leeds Castle, with 16 memorable excursions to choose from visiting one of the UK's top tourist attractions in your very own private, luxury vehicle has never been easier. Alternatively if you want to organise a bespoke tour of your own just let us know, and we will work with you to prepare the perfect itinerary.

To receive £50 off your luxury car excursion call the REAL team on +44 (0) 208 240 4456 quoting REALEXC016.

REAL TEAMS UP WITH THE CASUAL DINING GROUP TO LAUNCH HEATHROW RESTAURANT DISCOUNT CODES

REAL, one of London's premier taxi and luxury car transfer companies, is extremely pleased to announce they have teamed up with The Casual Dining Group, operator of some of the UK's favourite restaurant brands, to launch some great dining discounts at their Heathrow restaurants.

Get ready for some delicious food at Heathrow and receive 10% off Strada (Terminal 3), Oriel (Terminal 3), Café Rouge (Terminal 4) & Huxleys (Terminal 5) or 15% off at La Salle (Terminal 2) - with a choice of French, British & Italian food, there's something to suit everyone! To receive the discount off your bill all you need to do is present a copy of your REAL booking confirmation.

REAL is succeeding by doing it better through quality service and focusing on our customers' needs and working with great companies, such as The Casual Dining Group, to offer our passengers the ultimate transfer experience. To book your London to Heathrow taxi or luxury car, book online or call 0208 240 4456 and speak to one of REAL team.

THE BEST LONDON & SURREY LUXURY WEDDING CARS

A recent survey has revealed that the number of women getting married has fallen to a record low. Just 2.5% of women and just over 2.1% of men in England and Wales tied the knot in 2013. Data from the Office for National Statistics has shown that it is the lowest since records began in 1991 – with 240,000 marriages, a drop of 8.6 per cent in 2013.

However, even though the overall number of weddings have decreased REAL are delighted to announce that they have seen considerable growth in their luxury wedding car services in London and Surrey. Everyone at REAL is committed to ensuring we take the stress out of booking a London luxury wedding car service. All our luxury wedding car services include:

  • A highly professional, experienced and friendly driver who is absolutely focused on ensuring your day goes perfectly
  • A choice of vehicle from our luxury fleet
  • A luxury vehicle decorated with a choice of suitable ribbons to fit your wedding theme
  • A totally flexible service to fit around your special day. This includes the ability to choose different vehicles for your guests
  • Total confidence that you will arrive at your destination on time (though, as the bride you have the prerogative to turn up fashionably late!), and in style
  • Attention to detail and outstanding customer service

Whether it is a car for the bride and groom, the best man, bridesmaids, family or friends call us today on +44 (0)208 240 4456 and let us take care of all your wedding car service needs.

Real. Rates
 Real. transferreal. plusReal. extra
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Heathrow Airport T3
£50
£67
£90
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Gatwick Airport - South
£73
£90
£113
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Oxford
£135
£152
£175
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Southampton Cruise Terminal
£188
£205
£228
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
London City Airport
£55
£72
£95

what you should know

As part of our commitment to simple, clear and transparent pricing for all REAL transfers the price booked is fixed and therefore no additional charges will be levied during periods of peak activity. For Airport and Train Terminal collections we will provide 30 minutes of free waiting time although additional waiting time beyond this period may be chargeable.

 Real. transferreal. plusReal. extra
Gatwick Airport - South
London City Airport
£90
£107
£130
Gatwick Airport - South
Heathrow Airport T3
£79
£96
£119
Gatwick Airport - South
SW1 - Victoria
£80
£97
£120
Gatwick Airport - South
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
£80
£97
£120

what you should know

As part of our commitment to simple, clear and transparent pricing for all REAL transfers the price booked is fixed and therefore no additional charges will be levied during periods of peak activity. For Airport and Train Terminal collections we will provide 30 minutes of free waiting time although additional waiting time beyond this period may be chargeable.

 Real. transferreal. plusReal. extra
Heathrow Airport T3
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
£57
£74
£97
Heathrow Airport T3
London City Airport
£80
£97
£120
Heathrow Airport T3
Southampton Cruise Terminal
£148
£165
£188
Heathrow Airport T3
Gatwick Airport - South
£79
£96
£119
Heathrow Airport T3
SW1 - Victoria
£55
£72
£95

what you should know

As part of our commitment to simple, clear and transparent pricing for all REAL transfers the price booked is fixed and therefore no additional charges will be levied during periods of peak activity. For Airport and Train Terminal collections we will provide 30 minutes of free waiting time although additional waiting time beyond this period may be chargeable.

 Real. transferreal. plusReal. extra
Gatwick Airport - South
London City Airport
£90
£107
£130
Heathrow Airport T3
London City Airport
£80
£97
£120
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Gatwick Airport - South
£73
£90
£113
Heathrow Airport T3
Gatwick Airport - South
£79
£96
£119
W1 - Marble Arch / Piccadilly / Mayfair
Heathrow Airport T3
£50
£67
£90

what you should know

As part of our commitment to simple, clear and transparent pricing for all REAL transfers the price booked is fixed and therefore no additional charges will be levied during periods of peak activity. For Airport and Train Terminal collections we will provide 30 minutes of free waiting time although additional waiting time beyond this period may be chargeable.