Friday, 23 February 2018

Passport news: Who can countersign your passport? Renewal advice and rules.

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WHO IS eligible to countersign your passport? If you’re applying for a passport for the first time, replacing or renewing it or have changed your appearance drastically, you may need a counter signatory when applying for your next passport.

When applying for a passport, some forms and photos must be signed by someone else in order to prove the identity of the person applying. This is known as a ‘counter signatory’.

This means you may need your passport form and photo signed by someone else if you’re applying for your first adult or child passport, a replacement passport if lost, stolen or damaged, a renewal of a passport for children aged 11 or under, or if you’re renewing your passport and your appearance has changed to the point where it cannot be recognised from your existing passport.

Who can countersign your passport form and photo? Countersignatures must meet the follow criteria:

By Elly Blake.

Full story at Express

Thursday, 22 February 2018

After being fat-shamed on a flight, this woman dropped 71 lbs.

Kayla Martin was well aware of her weight when she arrived at Auckland, New Zealand airport wearing a puffy black jacket. The mom-of-three had become accustomed to hiding her insecurities beneath oversized pieces of clothes.

It wasn’t until boarding her Australia-bound flight that a flight attendant’s hurtful comments would change the course of her life.

Martin took to Instagram to share the words that ultimately triggered a dramatic transformation.

After struggling to reach her seatbelt around her waist, “the airline hostess found it appropriate to announce in the middle of a quiet plane that due to my size, I would need to use the seat belt extension that moms traveling [with] babies needed and maybe next time I should consider booking two seats to accommodate for my size to ensure a more ‘comfortable’ flight for myself and other passengers,” she wrote.

While the remark was incredibly hurtful, Martin found a way to turn the flight attendant’s sting into a 71 lb weight-loss triumph.

By Jessica Ankomah.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 19 February 2018

The most beautiful hotel in Brazil?

In the tranqil Brazilian town of Trancoso, designer Wilbert Das works hand in hand with local artisans on the continuing evolution of Uxua Hotel

The picturesque town of Trancoso, on Bahia's tropical coast, inspires a loyal following. Blessed with a welcoming climate and a unique, seductive charm all of its own, Trancoso draws in creative-minded people and bohemian adventurers willing to make a long journey for rich rewards. A place of infectious calm and delightful modesty, this is where worries fall away and even the teenagers leave their phones in their pockets.

No wonder that Dutch designer and hotelier Wilbert Das was hooked from his very first visit, back in 2004. Having spent 20 years as creative director of the Italian fashion brand Diesel, Wilbert has always been a traveller. Yet his first visit to Bahia was life changing and led, step by step, to the decision to open Trancoso's premier hotel, UXUA - a word that means 'wonderful' in the local Pataxó language.

By Dominic Bradbury.
Full story at House and garden.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Child Screams and Clambers Over Seats During Eight-Hour "Flight From Hell"

Toddler 'would not let up, he was running up and down the aisles, there was nothing his mother could do'

A young child was filmed repeatedly screaming during an eight-hour plane journey from Germany to New York, on what passengers have described as the “flight from hell”.

When passengers boarded a Lufthansa plane heading to Newark Liberty International Airport, some were likely planning on enjoying a nap and waking up feeling refreshed upon arrival at their destination. 

However, their dreams of a peaceful flight were disrupted by the three-year-old boy, who was filmed by Shane Townley, a passenger on the plane.

The child’s mother was reportedly overheard informing flight attendants that her son has “behavioural problems” and telling him to “calm down, honey.”

By Sabrina Barr.

Full story at Independent

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Revere Travel Invite Hosting Opening Event.

A small, family-run business offering big holiday packages to suit every holidaymaker and traveller, will soon be opening in Lisburn Square.

Mike and Sarah, the duo behind Revere Travel are inviting everyone to visit the consultancy lounge opening event on Saturday, February 17. Mike said: “Come on over, have some bubbly and talk to us about your dream holiday and don’t forget to enter our competition to win two flights to New York.”

Specialising in tailor-made luxury holidays and honeymoons, Revere Travel have thousands of air miles of knowledge and experience, visiting key destinations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Sarah said: “We take the time to understand the destinations you want, the best hotels, the top things to do, and we gather all this information together and give you what you want, without you having to compromise.

“Our company is family-run, but we have a backing of a consortium, ensuring we can offer all the top brands at competitive prices.”

Full story at NiTravel News.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Eiffel Tower closed because the stairs are too icy as snow and freezing rain hits northern France.

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The Eiffel Tower has been closed and authorities are telling drivers in the Paris region to stay at home as snow and freezing rain have hit a swathe of northern France.

The company that manages France's most-visited monument said the 19th-century Eiffel Tower will be closed all day Friday and Saturday 'to ensure the security of visitors'.

Workers with hand shovels will carefully clear snow from the intricate ironwork and de-ice stairs and platforms.

By Ted Thornhill.

Full story at Daily Mail.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

World’s safest - and least safe - airlines for 2018 REVEALED.

THE WORLD’S safest airlines has been revealed for 2018, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic being among the top 20. Among the high flyers is Qantas, who has nabbed the top spot for the fifth year in a row, making it a world leader in safety standards.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the only two UK airlines to make the top 20. 

They join other big names like Singapore Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.

A survey conducted by the safety rating website have assessed 409 major airlines in order to pick their top 20. 

Using a seven star safety criteria, the survey takes into account factors such as previous incidents, average fleet ages and audit findings from the aviation industry’s regulatory bodies. 

By Elly Blake.

Full story at Express.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Now You Can Book Hotels With Google Flights.

Google Has Introduced Updates To Its Existing "Google Flights" Service That Will Now Let Users Book A Hotel At Their Travel Destination Directly From Search.

Google has introduced updates to its existing "Google Flights" service that will now let users book a hotel at their travel destination directly from Search. Earlier, the service helped users predict flight delays and find the cheapest fare by using machine learning capabilities.

According to Engadget, the company might introduce more integration to help users with the entire travel process.
According to Google, it also added improved price filtering, easier to find information on amenities, along with the new booking feature.


Full story at Mid Day.