2015 seems to have been my year of Iceland (and Japan). Here is an article I wrote on the beautiful and remote east of the country, which will be easier to get to from this month when new nonstop flights start from Gatwick.




Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London
Applicants can begin scheduling interviews now through the GOES website

 WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a Global Entry enrollment center at the U.S. Embassy in London for 60 days beginning on September 26. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants can now register for an interview with a CBP officer at the London location on the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

 The enrollment center will be open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CBP officers will only interview Global Entry applicants with appointments. The U.S. Embassy is located at 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ.

CBP announced in December 2015 that UK citizens could apply for Global Entry following a successful pilot program that began in 2011. More than 8,800 UK citizens are currently enrolled in Global Entry. Nearly five million Britons visited the United States in Fiscal Year 2015 and more than 125,000 of those visitors traveled to the United States four or more times.

Currently available at 49 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers. Global Entry members bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. The program has enrolled more than 3 million members, and CBP receives approximately 100,000 new applications for Global Entry each month. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™expedited screening program.

To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a £42 processing fee. If the applicant passes the UK vetting process, they will receive a “UK Access Code,” which applicants will need to enter when applying for Global Entry through CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with the applicant and then make a final eligibility determination.

While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, no traveler is guaranteed expedited screening and members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.

U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the United Kingdom’s trusted traveler program, Registered Traveller. Members enrolled in Registered Traveller may use E-gates at airports in the United Kingdom. The service costs £70 to apply and an additional £50 a year thereafter. If the application is unsuccessful, the applicant will receive £50 back. To qualify for Registered Traveller, a U.S. citizen must make 4 trips to the UK per year.

July 27, 2016
Contact: CBP Public Affairs
(202) 344-1780


U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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Foodie Cape Town

July 16th, 2016 | Posted by Willhide in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This is an article I wrote for the July edition of Discovery, the inflight magazine of Cathay Pacific. Bet you didn’t know my Cantonese was so good…me neither! (Click on each page to enlarge)

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Feeling blue in Berlin

July 11th, 2016 | Posted by Willhide in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here is an article I wrote for the Sunday Times that appeared last weekend, on a new bike tour with a twist in Berlin

(Click to enlarge. So to speak).

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Yes, the eagle-eyed will notice the full article isn’t here…that’s because Sunday Times content is behind a paywall and you have to subscribe to see the full thing. I was told off by the powers that be for posting “full” articles before, so I’m afraid you only get this 2/3 taster.

This is a piece I wrote for the Independent on some of the great places there to eat in Chicago, but I don’t think I even really scratched the surface.

Click on Independent, above, to read the full piece

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This is also an article I wrote recently for National Geographic Traveller on what to do in Reykjavik (click on the pages to enlarge).

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Indy Wales

The paper edition of the Independent newspaper is no more but it lives on online, especially its very popular travel section.

Here is a piece that appeared recently about a fishing trip I did in Wales based in the lovely town of Llandeilo

Tap on the word TOWY here to see the full piece

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Daily Telegraph: Dubai

May 13th, 2016 | Posted by Willhide in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I was recently in Dubai having a nosy round five new(ish) hotels for the Telegraph.

You can read what I thought of the Four Seasons DIFC, Palazzo Versace, St Regis, Oberoi and Taj by clicking on each of them.

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I recently wrote a guide to the US capital that has appeared in this month’s National Geographic Traveller magazine (click to enlarge).



Keep on running

April 27th, 2016 | Posted by Willhide in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here’s an article I had in the most recent edition of the magazine that goes in all Belmond hotel rooms worldwide.

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