JWH TRAVEL BITS AND MORE…November 26, 2020

JWH TRAVEL BITS AND MORE…November 26, 2020

AFAR Travel Tales: Seeing the Light in Sweden
A series commissioned by AFAR magazine, about writer Stephanie Nikolopoulos' trip to Sweden to see the northern lights.

Making the Frida Kahlo mannequins
Fashion mannequins play a vital role in supporting exhibition design, and evoking a sense of the wearer. Follow Conservation Display Specialist Rachael Lee on a design journey to create a bespoke visual interpretation of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, unique to the exhibition 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up'. 

Jul 13, 2018
Victoria and Albert Museum

The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi

On the Indonesian island of Java, twenty kilometres from the fast-growing capital city Jakarta, is a malodorous, contaminated world with towering hills of half-decomposed waste, that stretches as far as the eye can see. This monstrosity is Bantar Gebang, the largest uncovered landfill site in Southeast Asia. It is also home to over 3,000 families, many with young children, who make a living amongst the garbage, scavenging what they can.

Tashkent Metro 2019 (Subway, Underground)
Tashkent metro - if you plan to visit Tashkent make sure that you schedule some time to see this awesome attraction. Tashkent has three underground metro lines (Red, Blue and Green) with total 29 stations. Each station is devoted to a different theme and tells own story using its unique architecture, ornaments and mosaics. The cost of one trip is just $0.12c (UZS 1,200) for any length of a trip. This means that you can see each station as long as you stay within the metro system. The metro works between 6 am and midnight and trains run every 4-6 minutes. 

Feb 20, 2019
BezDelnik ProDuction

Photo credit: Artur Kornakov Unsplash

10 Stews From Around the World to Make at Home This Fall
Baby, you’ve got a stew going.
As the weather turns cooler, it’s time to cozy up with something warm and hearty. But don’t just fall back on the usual—expand your horizons and try experimenting with some new recipes. This season, explore the world from the comfort of your own kitchen with these 10 stews.

Chantel Delulio | November 10, 2020

Why female Cuban professionals are leaving their careers to become artists
From hand-crafted soaps and homemade recycled paper products to stained glass jewelry and Afro-Cuban clothing, artistas Cubanas are redefining art in Cuba’s capital city.

Lonely Planet Writer
16 JUNE 2020

Photo credit: Alessio Roversi Unsplash

The Sassi of Matera have been a World Heritage Site according to Unesco since 1993, a heritage considered an expression of an ancient life from the protohistoric civilizations of the Bronze Age to the monastic communities, up to the metropolitan marginality where one of the most impressive concentrated and consumed epics of the southern peasant enslaved to the large estates of this land.

Sextantio Santo Stefano di Sessanio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo.

Matera, hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita albergo diffuso

An introduction to Smarthistory

A Renaissance dinner service for a duchess
A conversation between Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Beth Harris in front of Nicola da Urbino, armorial plate (tondino), The Story of King Midas, c. 1520–25, tin-glazed earthenware, 27.5 cm in diameter (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Smarthistory

National Geographic photographer and co-founder of SeaLegacy, Cristina Mittermeier, releases her new book this month, Amaze, published by teNeues. An intimate collection of over 25 years, Amaze combines impassioned poetic storytelling, indigenous wisdom, and an urgent plea to protect our planet. Amaze takes you on an insightful and hope-filled journey where the human spirit lifts from every page. Here is a glimpse into the book’s luminous world. Courtesy: Maptia

Meet the Creatives Behind South Africa's Cultural Energy
A wave of young, boundary-pushing creative entrepreneurs is providing even more reasons to plan a visit to South Africa.
November 13, 2020

Pull the shuttle through, under the weft. Turn. Now over. Now under. Now over again. Pull. Turn. Under. Over. Weaving is one of the oldest human skills, and in South America, the backstrap loom still used in parts of the Andes today has been around for more than 10,000 years. Now, however, this ancient process is meeting the 21st-century marketplace, as the women...Courtesy: Jungle in Paris

Context Travel was founded on the premise that travel is the ultimate form of education. Our network of scholars and specialists span nearly every cultural capital around the world, and have expertise in thousands of focus areas.
Why wait for 2021?

Last week we were thrilled to see that Travel + Leisure has selected Italy as their 2021 Destination of the Year. 

By now you know our philosophy at Context... why wait? Let's return to Italy this week with brand new seminars and several returning following glowing reviews. And be sure to check out three fascinating Italy courses starting next week! 

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Going Places! (The Travel Group) November 2020

 Some of our clients are asking if people are travelling again. Surprisingly, more people are flying places than you might expect – albeit mostly within Canada. Few are flying for the fun of it – mostly people are travelling on essential business or for urgent friends-and-family issues. That being said, many savvy travellers are taking advantage of future deals and the temporary relaxed change/cancellation policies of most travel suppliers.  
Something else motivating clients to book now is the worry that the best travel options will sell out early. Regent Cruises, for instance, had its busiest day on record last week when it launched it’s 2022 program!

For upcoming Christmas and Spring Break holidays, Mexico is the clear winner for our clients. It’s nearby, it’s open for business, and bookings are flexible in case you have to change plans. In fact, the “book with confidence” policies of most airlines, tour companies, and cruise lines have worked better than expected: they are inspiring even some of the more intrepid travellers to book early while prices are low and normal penalties waived.
Here are some takeaways from our survey:
  1. When the change fee is waived it is a “no-brainer” - book now while prices and airfares are low. They will be increasing.
  2. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity visit a destination that would normally be overrun with tourists. There will probably never be a better time to, say, view polar bears in Churchill or see Machu Picchu without the crowds.
  3. Some clients admit they like being seen as a “trailblazer;” while others tell us that simple “cabin fever” is driving them to plan an exciting trip in the future.
  4. A lot of hope has been placed on the prospect of a COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out in early 2021; but the worry is that if we delay planning a 2021/22 trip too long, all the choice spots and offerings will be sold out! For the next few years, the consensus in our industry is that demand will outpace supply.   

Since March, our consultants have been taking advantage of the slow-down to focus on education and specialization. When you re-engage with your favourite travel consultant in upcoming days we think you’ll be impressed with their new knowledge and skills.  

Some specials currently out (need more information….jenny@trvlconcepts.com)

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