All the destinations TPG UK staffers will go after coronavirus ends
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No matter who you are or where you live, you will have been affected in some way by the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. We’re being forced to spend more time at home than ever before, and our travel has been heavily restricted or more likely, cancelled altogether.
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If you’re like us, travel is at the core of who we are and what we do. While we’re spending a lot more time on the ground than we usually do, it’s not all bad. In between keeping you up-to-date with coronavirus news, we’ve also got some time on our hands to plan how we’re going to get back into the travel game once this is all over.
Our excitement is already building at the prospect of that first sip of Champagne on boarding. With some of us already having booked trips for the end of the year, and others just in the planning phases, here are the destinations we’re most keen on visiting once the world gets back to normal.
Jean Arnas, Head of UK Video
“I am already dreaming of my next trip, which won’t be a cheeky weekend getaway to Albania or Vienna. I think my next trip for when this is all done has to be something big. Not necessarily expensive or luxurious, but something significantly “travel”. Somewhere that I have not been and that is very different from my tiny room in Bethnal Green.
I am thinking of Madagascar to see the monkeys and those thick trees that you can only see over there. Or Uyuni, the biggest salt desert in the world in Bolivia, which alone takes days to reach. Or maybe a very zen trip to the Himalayas? Nepal with endless hikes? It will probably not be a beach. It will also not be a city. I miss the wildlife. Maybe Galapagos?”
Hayley Coyle, Features Editor
“Before all this kicked off, I was planning to go to my family’s house in Andalucia, Spain, to spend some time with my dad and brothers. Spain is one of my favourite countries, I really feel at home there. I love the food, the music, the weather (obviously) and the lifestyle. So certainly, when it is safe to travel I plan to go out with my family and husband and renovate our house.
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I was also going to fly to Sofia in Bulgaria for my first-ever Tier Point run this month, so I’ll re-arrange that as soon as I can. I’ve always wanted to visit Bulgaria and hopefully, the weather will be warmer when I get to go so I can stray longer and head to the coast, too. There’s an enormous water park, which will make me very happy.”
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Nicky Kelvin, Director of Content
“I’ve had my eye on some incredible deals and I hit the button on a couple of tickets for the end of August. The first is for 24 hours in Honolulu and secures my Virgin Atlantic Gold status for another year.
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I also have my eyes firmly set on Australia and have alerts set up for award seats to Sydney. I have been to Western Australia, but the East Coast is high up on my bucket list and it feels like the end of 2020 will be my time.”
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Christian Kramer, General Manager TPG UK
“Like many of us currently feeling very grounded, I am mentally planning and dreaming about being able to travel again. I ticked four destinations from my bucket list in 2019 and the current situation is making me want to see new places even more. I want to make either Vietnam (or that region of Asia) or Chile (or South America in general) happen in 2020.
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I also have two trips already booked that I really hope will go ahead: I am due to fly to Portland, Oregon, in July and am planning on driving down the coast to San Francisco — one of my favourite cities — to visit friends. I also have a trip booked to New Orleans in early September. And I had a few long weekends in Spain planned, which I’d like to make happen.
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The current situation is also making me want to explore more of the U.K. for sure!”
Emily McNutt, Global News Editor
“I declared 2020 the year of the bucket list. And to kick things off, last year, I booked a trip to one of the highest destinations on my list: Mauritius. I have a trip booked for early June and am holding out the slightest bit of hope that still might happen. If not, I’ll definitely be re-booking to a later date and that will be the first place I set my sights on for post-coronavirus travels.
If anything, looking at the crystal clear blue waters, lush landscape and endless white sand beaches on Instagram is giving me the wanderlust inspiration during this lockdown period.”
Daniel Ross, Writer
“I have two big events at the end of the year, so I thought 2020 would be the perfect year to use up all my miles and travel to new destinations. The first is my friends’ wedding in Port Douglas, Australia, and the second is my big three-oh in October. Australia is booked — at least the outbound leg. I’ll be flying Cathay business class from Paris (CDG) to Melbourne (MEL) via Hong Kong (HKG). Finding availability all the way to Australia can be difficult, so I was flexible with my departure city and with the help of ExpertFlyer, which is owned by TPG’s parent company Red Ventures, I managed to find one seat left on the exact date that I wanted.
For my thirtieth, I want to relax somewhere warm and sunny with not too much jet lag, so I’m thinking of heading to South Africa. A few days in Cape Town and maybe even a safari would certainly make for a birthday to remember!”
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Ben Smithson, Senior Writer
“About the only positive aspect of social distancing is I’m finding that I’m saving loads of money by not leaving the house. Once this is all over, I want to go for a fancy meal somewhere truly special to celebrate life returning to normal. One of my favourite restaurants in the world is Radio in Copenhagen, which is also one of my favourite European cities, so I’d love to use Avios to book a Reward Flight Saver to take my partner to Denmark for dinner!”
Liam Spencer, Social Media Editor
“As soon as the travel ban is lifted I’m planning on two destinations that have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember: Japan and Argentina.
I’ve never been to South America before, and Buenos Aires has been recommended to me by countless friends and coworkers.”
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