How Low Cost Carriers can improve access to Austrian and Slovenian Airports

When national newspapers and travel periodicals post reviews of a particular Austrian or Slovenian resort, or a certain aspect of one such as a new hut to hut trail or multi-peak walk, articles are usually concluded with where the author stayed, and how he or she arrived. Although a London-centric media will invariably seek to…

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Aviation: My 2023 Wish List

To simply use the word 'aviation' is as vague as can be. Furthermore, my ideal scenarios for 2023 in this sector relates to how it affects me, and not the vast majority of frequent flyers. Nevertheless, there are many UK-based travellers who would benefit from my wish list, whilst such a set of hypothetical requests…

Blackpool FC: My 2023 wish list

The following is written without much expectation that any of it will come to pass but for what it is worth, this is what I would like to see take place at Blackpool FC as I enter my fortieth year of watching the often not-so-mighty tangerines: Some humility from the club's owner Simon Sadler, the…

Pitztal-Oetztal: What it could and should mean for future winter sports projects

The cancelling of a proposed connection between the Tirol's Pitztal and Oetztal valleys has become something of a line in the sand for future 'marriage' proposals between municipalities whose reliance upon tourism and in particular winter sports has become excessive. It was perhaps surprising that opposition to the connection which was to include new lifts…

Obergurgl must blend ancient and modern to avoid becoming a monotonous tourist village

Overdevelopment of and within the European Alps is nothing new, and by my definition is the excessively intense building of any edifice(s) and infrastructure common to mountainous regions that impacts upon their aesthetic beauty and undermines the very reason they are visited. These may be sympathetically designed and sited or their antithesis, quite simply through…

Why you should visit Maribor Porhorje

In the final part of a mini-series of blogs detailing the locations in Europe where I focus my alpine attentions, we turn to the least well known of the areas chronicled, Slovenia's second city Maribor and its Pohorje massif: Pros: One of my trio of stays in Maribor was at the Hotel Orel, perfectly situated…

Exploiting Climate Change is a Double-Edged Sword

It has been said that Russia's 'Special Military Operation' in Ukraine was the precursor to the UK's energy market heading into a tailspin, exposing a short-sighted eggs-in-one-basket approach that failed to learn from the Kremlin's 'previous' of invading Georgia and in 2014 the Crimea and Donbas. If the West doesn't like Russia's behaviour in Ukraine,…

North Wales – a coastline of heritage, stunning natural assets, and a microcosm of social upheaval

It is a toss-up between North Wales and Shropshire as to which is my favourite area of the UK. Whilst both share some topographical characteristics and are the seats of wonderful historical buildings (and ruins), the coastline of the former and its varied and eventually steepling hinterland just about gives it the edge over landlocked…

Blackpool FC stand on a precipice as injury crisis as inadequate replacement of star players starts to bite

The transfer window was a painful and protracted experience for Blackpool Football Club. Deals for players with whom they had been linked continually fell at the final hurdle or the mere rumours of certain tie ups alerted rival clubs, who invariably could offer more attractive terms and realistically a greater chance of playing in the…