News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Europe are all going ahead as scheduled

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient when contacting us,  we are a small company of only two staff

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website or agent who are ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

See our flight button

Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place. The Post Office Travel Insurance includes cover fro Covid.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Passport You will now need at least three months validity left on your passport when travelling to an EU country and probably 6 months for further afield. Be especially careful if you renewed your passport early last time you renewed as this does not include the extra time on your passport between the actual renewal date and the date it was due for renewal. Follow this link, click on the country you are travelling to and then click on Entry Requirements

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays

My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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Jyoti Pai (Harvey)

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Jyoti Pai Hatha Yoga

I found yoga (or yoga found me in 1999) when on a quest to study more about my roots (my father is from India and my mother is from England). This quest took me travelling around India on my own for 6 months.

Although I had been visiting India regularly from the age of 3, I had not really grasped the yoga culture or even its practice…despite my half Indian origins.

Whilst travelling around India, I stumbled across a yoga school in the far south and loved it… qualified as a teacher, stayed a further 2 years in the ashram to hone my skills, then taught on a nearby touristy beach for a further 3 years.

On my return to the UK I started teaching classes in Winchester (Hampshire).


In 2020 Covid hit and so many yoga teachers were forced online, I absolutely loved teaching online classes and have stayed teaching online ever since …

I have a very good tech set up (surprising as am not at all techy) which means I use a good quality web cam to beam my classes out to your laptop/tablet or phone and I also have a very large monitor to keep a watchful eye on your practise and gently verbally correct where necessary. This set up can be seen in the “Zoom set up and classes” section of my Gallery.

I teach gently, with some humour thrown in and love to connect with my students at start of class. We especially like to involve the pets… they love a bit of yoga and if they can sit on your mat/ chair to make yoga slightly more challenging then that’s what they like to do! They are very much part of our yoga family.


I realised the moment I started practising yoga in the ashram in India in 1999 that it was a practise I connected with deeply and immediately wanted to share the multiple benefits I was experiencing.

I chose to carry on learning and teaching yoga in the yoga school daily for 2 years after qualifying to get as much experience and knowledge as I could, in fact I would attend further Teacher training classes whilst there, just to make sure the knowledge sunk in!

This constant urge to share has kept me teaching for almost 24 years.

I went to Rishikesh , (Northern India) in 2006 for 4 months to learn in the “Yoga City” of India.

It’s been important to me to also gain more yoga knowledge along the way and I have studied many forms and styles of yoga from various masters of yoga in many countries including India, Egypt, Turkey, Spain and Italy.

I am also Birthlight pregnancy yoga trained, have studied first aid for yoga teachers and in 2020 I studied under Alanna Kaivalya to experience a  contemporary 200Hr Yoga teaching program to keep me  fresh in my field.  I intend to always acquire yoga experience to share with my students.