Deborah O’Donoghue is a British-Irish writer who has lived in the UK, France and Belgium. She has travelled all over the world and worked in car body repairs, in the best fish ‘n’ chip shop in Brighton, and been a gopher in a comedy club, as well as a teacher. She’s a past winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize. Her début novel, Sea of Bones, was published by Legend Press in 2019 and comes out in Germany in 2021. Follow Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.

9 October 2023

Naples prepares for evacuations in case of super volcano eruption

Italy is bracing itself for the eruption of Camp Flegrei, a super volcano in the Naples region. Plans have been put in place for evacuations, as […]
8 October 2023

What do Israel attacks mean for travel?

One of the bloodiest weekends in Israel’s recent history has unfolded, with hundreds dead and thousands injured following a coordinated mass Hamas attack during a Jewish […]
5 October 2023

Israel launches €2.6 million FOMO based tourism campaign

The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has launched a €2.6 million advertising campaign for attracting visitors the upcoming winter season. The campaign is based on the growing […]
3 October 2023

What does a US government shutdown mean for travel and tourism?

Not for the first time, the US faced a partial government shutdown at the start of this month as Congress debated over passing funding legislation for […]
2 October 2023

Tourist faces prison in Türkiye after attempting to take stones back to Belgium

Kimberly Mergits, a Belgian from Antwerp, has been detained in Türkiye and is facing a prison sentence after attempting to bring home 3 stones she had […]
2 October 2023

Is Schengen slowly disappearing?

Created in 1995, the Schengen Area is now a flagship pillar of the European Union, called by the European Commission a “crown jewel of European integration” […]
2 October 2023

Netherlands announces end of golden visa scheme starting 2024

In a move that signals a significant shift in its immigration policy, the Netherlands has announced the impending termination of its golden visa scheme, effective January […]
28 September 2023

European Parliament wants to put an end to charges on carry-on luggage

Air passengers are on to something good as the European Parliament will vote on a resolution to end charges on carry-on luggage. The Parliament’s Committee on […]
26 September 2023

Biggest US hot air balloon to soar up to nearly 11,000 meters

The biggest hot air balloon ever designed and built is set to soar to altitudes of 10,668 meters or more in support of the US veteran […]
26 September 2023

European Commission blocks Booking acquisition of eTraveli

The European Commission has blocked the acquisition of air booking specialist eTraveli by Booking Holdings, under the EU Merger Regulation, as the merger would have allowed […]
25 September 2023

UK visa costs set to rise for wide range of visitors and students

Visa fees for international visitors and students entering the UK are set to rise steeply from 4 October 2023. Vital funding Following warnings in July that […]
25 September 2023

What to expect from UNWTO’s General Assembly in Samarkand this October

Samarkand is preparing to host the 25th United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, which will take place 16- 20 October 2023. Uzbekistan was chosen […]
25 September 2023

Peru in state of emergency with new travel advice issued

Peru has announced a 60-day state of emergency in two parts of the country, as ongoing political unrest and a spike in crime cause fear and […]
25 September 2023

Singapore Airport to offer seamless passport-free travel by 2024

Singapore’s Changi Airport is set to join the small number of world airports where passengers benefit from automated border clearance. No need for boarding passes and […]
22 September 2023

International tourism reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels in first half of 2023

International tourism is continuing its steady recovery after coming to an almost complete standstill during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first half of 2023, it reached […]
21 September 2023

Over a third of Brits “don’t know exchange rate” when spending abroad, says HSBC

35% of British people say they do not know what the exchange rate is when they travel and spend abroad, a survey by one of the […]