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Couple sell everything and quit their jobs to travel the world in a campervan

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This Leeds couple sold everything to buy a motor home and travel the world, and to be honest I feel like doing the same. 

Tina and Kevin Waddle have now been living in their motor home for three years, in a bid to pursue their passion for travelling.

The couple, who have been married for 35 years, actually did the thing we all threaten to do. They sold their home in Morley and headed out on the road in their new campervan to travel the world.

So far they’ve been to France, Spain and Portugal, as well as travelling around England and Wales.

To head out and explore, Tina, 54, quit her job as a PA in the NHS and Kevin, 62, sold his Telecommunications business, which they both say they do not regret at all!

Tina, a mother of two, told Yorkshire Live: “We’d always loved travelling and wanted to make every minute count but we’d never had a motorhome or ever been in one. We put our house on the market and we sold the home in November 2016.

“We quit our jobs and purchased a smaller home that we can rent out.

“We were scared and excited. Scared because we didn’t know if we’d enjoy it but excited because it was something new.

“As we shut the door at our home, I said I’m not leaving anything behind, all the memories are in my head. We’ve not regretted it at all. I don’t miss the house, to be honest.

“Our son thought we were bonkers for selling the house because we used to host a lot of family gatherings but he was never a big fan of travelling.

“Our daughter was sceptical at first but when she came with us for the first time for a weekend she didn’t want to leave by the end.”

The couple document their travels on an Instagram account called full_time_motorhome, which has over 500 followers. 

Speaking on how they afford their travels, Tina said: “We do it all frugally. Even in the motorhome I cook most nights and the places we stay are mostly free. There’s a campsite where you don’t have to pay.

“We stay around beaches, castles and rivers, and we never have to cut grass.

“We don’t have that many plans for the week, we take each day as it comes.

“We’re impulsive and we really don’t care what people think, we just live our lives how we want to live and we enjoy our life.”

The travelling duo are currently stuck in Greece – I can think of worse places to be stuck – due to the coronavirus pandemic, and have been travelling around the country. 

You can keep up to date with their travels over on their Facebook page, blog and Instagram

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You can get return flights to NYC for as little as £280 this Black Friday

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Virgin Atlantic has launched an epic Black Friday sale with return flights to NYC for as little as £280. 

New York isn’t the only destination on the list of cheap flights either! There’s also deals on flights to Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando! 

Return flights from London to New York in January and February next year start at just £280 per person. Flights in April from Manchester will set you back just £288.

In April you can fly to LA for £321, a round trip to San Francisco will set you back £324 and Vegas and Orlando are £326.

There’s also deals to be had on some winter sun with discounts on flights to the Caribbean in January and March. You can fly to Barbados from £345, or Jamaica from £395.

The airline has handily separated their deals into sections including Winter Sun, Easter Getaways, Visit Friends & Relatives, West Coast USA, East Coast USA, Caribbean, Premium, Upper Class and Our Best Prices.

You will need to check the current restrictions to flying as well as any quarantine restrictions that might be in place at the end of travel! 

Virgin Atlantic is offering a free Covid-19 cover worth £500,000 which gives you flexible booking, enhanced hygiene measures, free amenity kits including mask and hand sanitisers plus other perks.

Check out more here.

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Holidaymaker arrested and jailed after giving hotel a bad review on Tripadvisor

He fell foul of strict local laws.

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A holidaymaker left a bad review of a hotel on Tripadvisor, leading to his arrest.

US citizen Wesley Barnes left a series of harsh reviews of the Sea View Resort in Thailand via Tripadvisor, but the hotel then pursued legal action against Mr Barnes.

It resulted in him being detained and charged under the country’s strict defamation laws.

He faced a two-year prison sentence and was released only after issuing a public apology.

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Mr Barnes accused the resort of ‘modern-day slavery’. The hotel said the harsh criticism was untrue and damaging to its reputation.

The incident occurred at the resort on the island of Koh Chang earlier this year, and was triggered by an argument over Mr Barnes wanting to bring his own bottle into the hotel’s restaurant.

The hotel said he refused to pay a corkage fee and ’caused a commotion’.

After leaving, he left a negative review after which the hotel sued him for defamation. He subsequently was detained and spent two nights in prison before being released on bail.

He was found guilty of breaking the country’s notorious anti-defamation laws. The hotel said the reviews were ‘fabricated, recurrent and malicious’.

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Now, Tripadvisor has left a warning on the hotel’s page urging travellers to be mindful of the local laws in the country, the MEN reports

The warning reads: “This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveller writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.”

Tripadvisor added that they believe in ‘the right of every traveller to write about their first-hand travelling experiences – good or bad’.

The travel site said: “TripAdvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”

The hotel has hit back at the review site, telling the New York Times they were ‘deeply disappointed’, adding that ‘the warning message from TripAdvisor is extremely misleading and lacks complete information’.

The hotel claims they initially tried to contact Mr Barnes to remove the reviews, but he didn’t respond, and they filed the complaint as the negative comments led to them losing bookings. 

After he was arrested and spent two days in jail the case was eventually dropped, as Mr Barnes admitted the reviews were ‘fabricated, recurrent, and malicious’ and gave a full public apology – as per the terms of the settlement between the two parties. 

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Benidorm launches cheap seven-night package holiday scheme including food and drink for just £180

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You can stay for a week in Benidorm with food included for just £180 in the new scheme. 

The ban on travel throughout the lockdown has caused the popular holiday destination to suffer, enhanced by the 14-day quarantine after travelling. 

The new scheme in the resorts, starting on October 14th, gives tourists a choice of where to stay and where to eat in the seven-night deal.

The only thing you’ll have to arrange on your own is your flights out to Benidorm, but deals start at £200 a return ticket. 

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The scheme has been launched by two trade associations, Abreca and Cobreca representing bars and restaurants plus Rosemberg Real Estate Agency and the Nicaragua Apartments.

They said in a statement: “This project is the result of the essential synergy between all the business sectors of the city and it will be a pioneer in Europe offering visitors to enjoy all the gastronomic offer of our city.

“The tourist will have a complete experience of Benidorm, being able to stay in apartments of Real Estate Rosemberg or Apartments Nicaragua and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in any bar, restaurant and cafeteria member of Abreca and Cobreca and adhered to this project.

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Benidorm could also be launching the new ‘Benidorm Island’ scheme which hopes to create an effective ‘island’ on mainland Spain.

It will encourage Brits to the resort, offering testing and new safety features like a ‘safe’ coach that transfers holidaymakers directly to their holiday accommodation from the airport. 

In the day a ‘Hospitality Team’ would monitor the tourist’s health.

Currently Brits must self-isolate for two weeks after returning from Spain plus other countries on the list.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay confirmed the new measures that will include swabbing at the airport.

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Mr Barclay explained: ““I am expecting Grant Shapps and Matt Hancock to say more about this in the coming days.

“If we look, for example, at some of the German states, which are using testing to then release earlier from some of the restrictions.”

The current two-week quarantine period could be reduced to four days with two mandatory tests. 

This week, a duo from Ashton-under-Lyne returned from Spain and refused to isolate and were both lumped with £1,000 fines

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