Issue #21 - Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2021 View online
Mark Stachiew Travels Friday Five

Welcome to this week's issue of the Friday Five, a quick collection of the most interesting travel stories that I found in the past week and have shared on Mark Stachiew Travels. This week's stories uncover some new trends, some old ones and some looks towards the future.

First class flyer slams "fake it 'til you make it' culture

It's nice to fly first class, but why does everyone have to brag about it online? This frequent flyer slams the nauseating practice. Anyway, the truly rich are flying on private jets! (DMARGE)

Camping in churches has a record year as UK staycations boom

A record numbers of British holidaymakers have gone “champing” – camping in churches – this year. The Airbnb-style service for redundant churches, which was started to bring new people into the empty buildings and help fund their upkeep, is usually very popular with international visitors, but now local people are discovering them. (The Guardian)

Latest Paris attraction drives tourists into the Seine

Usually Montreal copies Paris, but this time it's the other way round as the French capital now has an amphibious tourist bus that takes visitors down the Seine. (Reuters)

IATA calls for EU Digital COVID Certificate to become global standard

While governments around the world reinvent the wheel for digital COVID vaccination documentation, IATA is urging them to adopt the EU's Digital COVID certificate as a standard to follow. (Business Traveller)

The Independent is putting sustainability front and centre in its travel coverage

The Independent’s new travel editor is conscious of how tourism can be a force for good – or for evil – when it comes to people and planet. She explains why the British newspaper is pledging to do things differently from now on (The Independent)

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Have a great weekend!



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