‘Are We There Yet?’ – An Edinburgh father who dropped everything to travel the world with his family has released a book on their experience

Jessica Wong

After more than three years in the works, ‘Are We There Yet?’, a book about the year an Edinburgh family travelled the world, is available to buy from today.

Ian, Anne, Rory and Roonagh in New Zealand in 2008.
Ian, Anne, Rory and Roonagh in New Zealand in 2008.

The author Ian Pilbeam, an Edinburgh based HR director, hopes his words will offer some much needed escapism to people who are feeling the effects of being stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

The book centres around the Pilbeam family, Ian, now 54, his wife Anne and their children Rory and Roonagh,

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BBC – Travel – Can Hanli Prinsloo help South Africa reclaim its oceans?

Jessica Wong

Growing up on a horse farm outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo dreamed of being a mermaid – never mind that the closest ocean was a 10-hour drive away. After a friend introduced her to freediving at university, Prinsloo turned her childhood dreams into reality, plunging 60m into the ocean’s depths and holding her breath for six minutes while breaking 11 South African freediving records.

50 Reasons to Love the World – 2021

Why do you love the world?

“Because just before the world got turned on its head, I spent a week in blue water with wild dolphins at

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Is It Ethical To Travel Internationally Before The World Is Vaccinated?

Jessica Wong

Many Americans are longing for the days when they could take a dream vacation to Paris, Bali, or even just over the border to Toronto. As vaccine availability increases in the U.S., people are feeling a glimmer of hope that international travel will be back on the table soon.

But even as more people get vaccinated and countries open up to American tourists, traveling abroad may remain inadvisable for a time, especially to places with less widespread vaccine access. As we move forward and start planning trips again, there are important factors to consider before grabbing our passports and jetting

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Travel The World With Wine, No Passport Necessary: Chile Edition

Jessica Wong

The opening scene of my forthcoming travel book references one of the earliest trips I took as an adult: Chile. My sister had taken a year off from school in Wisconsin to teach English in Santiago. Seizing the opportunity, I convinced my dad and youngest sister to reunite down there. Sitting around a table, drinking local beer, we plotted a route on a paper map. We’d fly to San Pedro de Atacama in the north, cross the desert that inspired Dali in a Jeep, head into Bolivia to photograph

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Cruise ship-style ‘space hotel’ set to open in 2027

Jessica Wong

CNN – Your next vacation could be out of this world — literally.

In 2019, a company in California called the Gateway Foundation released plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that would float above Earth’s atmosphere.

The hotel would be made up of 24 modules connected by elevator shafts that make up a rotating wheel orbiting Earth. Previously called the Von Braun Station, it was scheduled to be fully operational by 2027.

A few years later, the hotel has been renamed as the ‘Voyager Station.’ It will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation, which is a new construction company run

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