Countries, Cruising, Flying, Food & Wine

New Year Revolutions

And as the Alt-Right tries to wage a Second American Revolution in the US a look at the revolutions we do need.

The air

United we atand

And clearly the challenge is carbon emissions where EasyJet can take a bow.

The budget airline topped a London School of Economics report in a top five which also includes Alaska Air, Qantas, my old friends at United who flew me to the Deep South and JetBlue.

The seas

Norway wood: In the Norwegian fjords

And high up for the haters in this Covid and Climate crisis are our cruise ships.

Where my old faves MSC whom I sailed with around the Norwegian fjords, Royal Caribbean who showed off their wares in the English Channel and in Barcelona.

And Celebrity Cruises who treated us all like, well Celebrities, off the coast of Florida on their $1bn state-of-the-art Edge.

A nod here to Princess Cruises who had us on board when they stopped off in Dublin on their way round Britain and Ireland.

And Paul Gauguin Cruises who drew us a picture of tantalising Tahiti who have been keeping us going through lockdown with their images and news.

The food

Food for thought: A tajine

And now more than ever we have to watch what and where we eat.

So that means avoiding markets we know little about in countries we are visiting for the first time.

So for me that was Morocco and I should have gone with the professionals.

Northern Africa and the Middle Eastern food is bright, spicy and often new for Western palates so don’t be afraid to ask.

And if you can find Zuhair, G AdventuresJordanian host extraordinaire then all the better.

All our cultures and culinary ways should be celebrated around the world and animal welfare should be central to our approach.

A joint resolution

I’ve probably already broken my own personal resolutions already so it might be presumptuous to ask my Travel pals to take on these targets.

But, in truth, we’re all in it together…

This past year’s challenges have brought opprobrium upon Travel professionals but lockdown has only reaffirmed how vital it is to us all.

So let’s build it back even better this year.

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The rebirth of Puerto Rico

Every time there is a gentle zephyr in Britain and Ireland tired headline writers trot out the old banner: ‘batten down the hatches’.

But any storm here pales into insignificance compared with the annual worries Caribbean islanders have to go through.

Maria variously conjures up images of The Sound of Music, West Side Story or a Blondie song.

But there was nothing joyful about this Maria’s visit to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in 2017.

Hurricane Maria made her presence known with winds of 155mph which ripped roofs off houses, deprived the island of electricity.

And caused nearly $100bn worth of destruction.

But worst of all nearly 3,000 people dead.

Future is bright. Photo by Reynaldo #brigworkz Brigantty on Pexels.com

That Puerto Ricans have rebuilt their island is credit to their indefatigable spirit.

And I was lucky to meet them first hand and hear about their island when I attended the American Travel Fair (IPW) in Anaheim in June.

Yes, Puerto Rico, is a US Territory. Of that much I already knew and that there was a large population in the States.

But while Americans are familiar with its many charms we as Europeans are less so, apart perhaps from Spaniards who know its Hispanic history.

For Puerto Rico boasts a rich culture with Caribbean and Spanish fusion food and music and dance at its heart.

It also has the only rainforest in the US forest system, El Yunque and three of the world’s five bioluminescent bays.

Rainforest: Photo by Molly Champion on Pexels.com

This year is a special one in the Puerto Rico calendar with the 500th anniversary of the capital San Juan.

While this autumn, or Fall, there is the opening of District San Juan, a five-acre hospitality and entertainment district.

We can help

Puerto Rico has identified tourism as a key driver in its economy.

And it should be on the list of any fan of the Caribbean.

I checked out http://www.kayak.ie and found a return flight package with Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.ie and JetBlue http://www.jetblue.ie with a layover in Newark on the way out and JFK on the way back.

Indomitable spirit. Photo by J. Rodriguez on Pexels.com

For the sample dates of September 23-30, it costs £605.96 (€670).

Visit http://www.DiscoverPuertoRico.com for more on Puerto Rico. And dip your toe in the Caribbean with these thoughts on Barbados… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/04/22/rumba-in-barbados/. And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/my-kiss-with-rihanna/.

And as Dorian blows through the Caribbean let’s all say a silent prayer that she is not as angry as Maria.