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  1. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I'm on plan c: Islay. I'm not going to see anything new on the wildlife front but it is an island that I've only every driven through. The last couple of years certainly not the 'Africa fest' I was hoping for.
  2. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    Not looking great for British birders wishing to travel. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56467813
  3. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I'm not optimistic for travel to a lot of places. Europe is lagging badly behind with vaccinations but I would suspect most of that will be open by the summer, although it's far from certain. I've just emailed the car hire company in Uganda - who arranged our gorilla permits- to see if they can...
  4. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I don't blame you at all. In fact I am envious.
  5. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I enjoyed Namibia but it's not top of places to go back to - though don't get me wrong I'd rather be there now than here by a very long way, but there's a living to earn and a daughter to educate. Getting to Uganda to use my gorilla permits is not looking likely. I know private clinics - where...
  6. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I'd be happy to pay for a test. Not keen on being shoved in a hotel for 10 days though. Even without the cost, it's not an option.
  7. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I'm not sure for things are much clearer for those of us wanting to go abroad. Africa is possibly looking the worst continent to want to visit. I suspect Europe/other affluent areas are probably a reasonable bet.
  8. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I think you've got a good chance with North Uist. In the days when I still tried to make a living out of birds, I had a great couple of months surveying waders up there. Very pleasant.
  9. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I have to admit a UK holiday is not appealing. I think prices will go right up as suggested above and it's just too crowded at the best of times. With fewer people going abroad it's really going to be packed. My few UK trips in the last 20 years have mainly been at Easter to Snowdonia when the...
  10. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I think lodges no longer being there is a real issue. Especially in places like east Africa which are so reliant on foreign tourists. Probably a good reminder to people like me that my trips are buggered whereas their livelihoods are.
  11. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    We chose the wrong time to plan a trip to Uganda as the US$700 + booking fee each had to be paid in advance and no refunds otherwise I'd very much be playing it by ear too. My other trip planned for last year was Tanzania. Not sure when I'll be going there as they're refusing the vaccine and...
  12. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I don't use guides etc apart from obviously with the gorillas but that is paid for already due to cancelled trip. I'm doing Uganda independently. Lodge booking and hire car a bit of an issue. If it wasn't for the paid gorillas permits being rearranged for this year I'd be tempted to just give...
  13. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    If even European travel is not permitted I'm not sure what to do. I suspect the UK will be even more crowded than usual. I may go for Shetland as that's unlikely to be packed. I do think Europe should be likely but last year I dashed to France and then got the two week self-isolation which I am...
  14. Steve Babbs

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I'm presently planning two trips, although I'm not booking anything yet. One to Uganda - fairly easy to plan as I should have gone there last year, and my gorilla permits have been moved to this year - and one to France, if Uganda isn't possible/sensible, complete with itineraries. so if it does...
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