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Founder of Bemused Backpacker, the UKs leading travel blog. Professional adventurer, travel writer, qualified nurse, published author of 7 bestselling books.

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Joined Twitter 12/3/12


@adventoura Of course I got back on. Then fell in again! 😂 @adventoura Experience of faceplanting the water! 😂 @miffypepz @roryboland Okay, it's obvious you don't really have a grasp on things so we'll leave it at that. @miffypepz @roryboland If someone books a holiday and the country they book is low risk and the airlines are flying… https://t.co/km3zI02bPh @miffypepz @roryboland No we are returning to normal, which is exactly what this is a very small part of. @miffypepz @roryboland Because it has nothing to do with securing holidaymakers refunds? 🙄You are just conflating a… https://t.co/GAlau1MEe3 @miffypepz @roryboland Because it's the same situation that has always been in place. There's a list of low to no r… https://t.co/2xopIkYaLH @miffypepz @roryboland Hardly, it's just common sense really. Granted I know that is generally in short supply but… https://t.co/bxAavFKz6j
7/3
2020
Make your plans to enjoy a safe socially distant 4th of July this weekend! https://t.co/PgVA3iRvU4
Retweeted by Bemused BackpackerI miss travel, I can't wait to travel again, but not so much that I'd consider airport hell an experience! No one m… https://t.co/7YSnNmIkrDGet me to the top of the mountain I'm rubbish at paddle boarding! 😂 https://t.co/GTRUHH3ZA8 @annvannart Well apparently so. No one has a clue what is going on any more! @HighStShop @visitthevale If any local business in Barry want a shout out on SM let me know, always happy to help @lisburnett @CllrKing @Barrybados @bay5coffee It will! Miss this view! https://t.co/LJUBEoowTn @lisburnett @CllrKing @Barrybados @bay5coffee Jealous! We are itching to get to Barry! @vpdd Can't wait to come back!Whilst you’ve been waiting patiently, so have we ☺️ But now it’s time to welcome you back 💜 Our businesses have bee… https://t.co/XKpC4zazCE
Retweeted by Bemused BackpackerHealth is wealth on One happy island 🧘. Venture into the powder white dunes of Aruba’s northern coast for a sociall… https://t.co/BqaIvDxOjs
Retweeted by Bemused Backpacker @TheUncorkedLib @pint_pound_pate You'll probably be better off in the long run. Honestly think people put way to mu… https://t.co/vdiHlYbIC0First the waste-of-time quarantine rules.Then air bridges. Now it's all about a "quarantine exemption list".What an… https://t.co/DNCx1sjLqU
Retweeted by Bemused Backpacker @timleffel Love Malaysia! Definitely in my top 3 places to live if I ever had to choose!Huntsville has two of the top nine hikes in the state. https://t.co/5nhsx9AKTa
Retweeted by Bemused Backpacker @_nerdytraveler @Frommers By the way, most people in the UK and Europe aren't wearing masks either, I'd say we are doing fairly well. @_nerdytraveler @Frommers To give you another example of stupid forced policies, Manchester airport tried making gl… https://t.co/eODgDxTGHz @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Frankly I don't give a shit about your politics your president or anything else. I'm talk… https://t.co/nvivzpwYBS @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Not when the authoritarianism goes against the evidence. Just look at ANY clinical infect… https://t.co/4rxQn5nxzu @journeymaxx True, very true. @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Okay, let me explain. Masks DO stop germs if you cough or sneeze when wearing one. True.… https://t.co/w4Kf5wRPnn @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Oh jesus, that is NOT why they are doing 'poorly'! Let's ignore all the other physical an… https://t.co/a1fpEtwCQd @journeymaxx Oh damn it! You are right! Wasted all that time at uni! https://t.co/NtdQkLsnzV @_nerdytraveler @Frommers To an extent I would agree with that, but when that 'knife' spreads more germs that it is… https://t.co/A25aK4tdrg @DanteHarker @Travelnpack Not really a debate, the evidence is all there, but this is what happens when people scre… https://t.co/6e5dK5q8hgWhy is it people can't handle evidence based fact and science anymore? @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Wear one if you like, but my 'anti mask sentiment' is more about the enforced authoritari… https://t.co/aVFBGD03B6 @_nerdytraveler @Frommers Because it goes against all infection control training I have ever had, the evidence is n… https://t.co/EkmwMIDcq3 @Travelnpack @DanteHarker There was no one else on the entire train. Not even a conductor came near me. @susie_parker @thejaxblog Lower still when taken into account it is suspected non symptomatic cases are significant… https://t.co/8VZqANkGNL @susie_parker @thejaxblog I'm not wrong, but it's hardly surprising you pluck any random tweet out as proof. I sugg… https://t.co/PyUJ99gCNl @DanteHarker Just to the local seaside, (with no mask on the train, naughty me!) @susie_parker @thejaxblog Yes, it's called evidence based fact. @susie_parker @thejaxblog And? There have been half a dozen PHEICs in the last decade alone and we still travelled… https://t.co/wwbiMGs5JuAwesome news! https://t.co/oXdub5RQQ2 @thejaxblog Thanks, and same to you! When we can both actually travel again! 😉 @TravellingTom @thejaxblog You also have the elements of some people just being to afraid to travel regardless of t… https://t.co/tBKavZp4kw @TravellingTom @thejaxblog Well current and timely aren't things the FCO are known for (not for calming fear anyway… https://t.co/zY6S7Xf0Kg @thejaxblog No worries, I'm not an engineer but basically the air filters on planes are High Grade Particle Extract… https://t.co/6MemWJMW8x @thejaxblog And that is your choice. I'm ready to fly right now with no fear and minimised risk. @thejaxblog Both. And that is fear speaking, not fact. Airlines use HEPA filters for any particulates and the risk… https://t.co/fnZcmrn0hw @thejaxblog Yes we can cope. Using the UK for example the NHS was protected very well, the nightingale hospitals ba… https://t.co/jO7GXwqkBE @thejaxblog That is why the US is a 'red' on the traffic light system, for now. 😉 UK is much better. And no I don't… https://t.co/4USsXM1h5s @TravellingTom @thejaxblog Oh c'mon the onus has always been on pax to check visa rules etc @thejaxblog Why would it be bad? @TravellingTom Very true, but that should be common sense really. It's fine to classify a country as low or no risk… https://t.co/Ix7PV9XTX0 @TravellingTom So all the hassle of travel, without the travel? https://t.co/l1EntZvd4PAbout damn time, drop the restrictions, drop the advisory and let's get moving again! Now stop talking and make it… https://t.co/8qyFBSfFPK @aTravelCompanio @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker You do that. I'll trust my own training and qualifications above the… https://t.co/zraaHga7lD @rosie_panter @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker And put is this way I will only wear them in clinical areas because wea… https://t.co/SdGXg9Rhu2 @CeecesTravel @dealchecker UK at the moment, until they lift this blanket advisory 😉 @rosie_panter @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker That definitely helps. 😁 There are plenty of tutorials on aseptic PPE t… https://t.co/2LRqVKozM3 @dealchecker A6 It has just shown me I hate being in one place too long! But I already knew that! 😂 #DCTravChat @rosie_panter @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker I mean wear a mask if you like, if you cough or sneeze it WILL stop tho… https://t.co/75K2TiAqST @aTravelCompanio @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Ridiculous articles like this are designed to spread fear and get cl… https://t.co/R29LBFmZW1 @aTravelCompanio @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Shock horror, same as everywhere else then. Disinfecting areas and w… https://t.co/X0cFPSQC8w @rosie_panter @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker As long as you aren't coughing, spitting, spluttering and sneezing over… https://t.co/3TrgIxpH8f @rosie_panter @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Kind of, but not really. Masks are still mostly a placebo designed to c… https://t.co/rRzIE2qXti @aTravelCompanio @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Of course it is impossible, but it isn't as important as other measu… https://t.co/9cUFAYQaUy @GlobalGrapevine @travelexx @dealchecker And if people are at risk, are afraid and are worried, fine, stay home. No… https://t.co/kcFhxScOny @travelexx @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Exactly. Just do what you've always done! Avoiding those flu ridden germ m… https://t.co/U1oRR0pJ4x @GlobalGrapevine @travelexx @dealchecker No there isn't hence all the fearmongering, people believing it and 'rules… https://t.co/A6uxBBQFOA @dealchecker A5 To a reasonable extent. I will disinfect any surface I will be near for a while and can't avoid lik… https://t.co/Nx8zIUuRv0 @travelexx @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Unless they sneeze and cough directly onto your face, and you avoid any su… https://t.co/Nxdq1NYle1 @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Wrong. @GlobalGrapevine @aTravelCompanio @dealchecker No I'm just a qualified medical professional who understands infecti… https://t.co/oyj76L0KXv @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Assume they don't, but if you sanitize your immediate long term areas (ie seat trays)… https://t.co/AyGBmI8AFx @aTravelCompanio @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Why? The risk is very low, all studies and advice show that, and wit… https://t.co/h60xroKCSO @dealchecker A4 Until everyone has the same idea 😂 #DCTravChat @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker Yes there is and yes it can, but if you are in such a high risk group you wouldn't re… https://t.co/CfAUayFLdY @dealchecker Sure, and none involve mandatory masks 😂 https://t.co/5MGAj5oahT #DCTravChat @TravelProCobham @dealchecker One small glimmer of sense amongst all this! 😂 #DCTravChat @strayidler @dealchecker Of course they can. Unfortunately those who can and are willing are being curtailed by peoples fears. @GlobalGrapevine @dealchecker The risk is very low, as it has always been. All the advice and studies show that. Al… https://t.co/dJ6LG5yqFL @rosie_panter Not controversial at all. The risk in most places is now pretty low. #DCTravChat @dealchecker A2 I'd stay in both because as a nurse and someone qualified in infection control I can tell you stayi… https://t.co/4JufdjP1Hr @TravelProCobham @dealchecker It's more about the traffic light system now, green being low to no risk, amber meani… https://t.co/PVVnJQ6Mum @strayidler @dealchecker You don't have to be 20 to be a backpacker! Plenty of professional aged career breakers, m… https://t.co/OursH6kWww @dealchecker A1 Either way will definitely be heading to .@VisitSwanseaBay and @visitthevale and @_BARRYISLAND_ ASAP #DCTravChat @dealchecker A1 Hopefully both. Just waiting for the advisory to come down. The health risk for international trave… https://t.co/NNZS6Bjba7 @Kaleidoskope_ @Frommers Nope, wrong on every point. 'We must ask'?? Who is asking exactly? On what authority? Based on what science? @Frommers No!!! If people want to wear them to make themselves feel better then fine, because outside of clinical u… https://t.co/gcnXx3LqmR
7/2
2020
I spoke to @NewsweekUK about how Budget Air solved its refund problem. It turned off the phones. A fantastic exam… https://t.co/aUlSVTIFLM
Retweeted by Bemused Backpacker @roryboland Airlines have been flouting the law on this and customer treatment for YEARS and the useless .@UK_CAA h… https://t.co/6oUTehNj6W @Frommers That's why insurance is essential @VisitSG_UK I love the Chinese and Japanese gardens! https://t.co/UEiwgCXlbr @laurenpears_ Now. Right now. Just get rid of these restrictions and 'rules' @journeymaxx https://t.co/JjdphOvwfv @travchats I've had better days! @journeymaxx Haha plastic scouser, someone from outside of Liverpool like Birkenhead! 😂 @journeymaxx How very dare you call me plazzy! 😂 @journeymaxx I'm a scouser, it's 50/50 at the best of times 😂 @travchats A5 I got dengue in India once but more extreme than that I got altitude sickness in the Himalayas!… https://t.co/R1shptgeHD
7/1
2020

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