News Release

January 6th, 2021



Five New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2021

- award-winning author provides inspiration to current armchair travellers -


Seasoned travel writer Vitali Vitaliev identifies five resolutions for travellers during lockdown.  

Ahead of the launch of his new book The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels, journalist and professional globetrotter Vitali Vitaliev suggests satisfying current wanderlust by reminiscing and virtually revisiting previous destinations. When it comes to planning that next real-life trip, Vitali has five ideas and themes to get travellers inspired. 

Vitali Vitaliev’s Travel Resolutions for 2021

1. Get the best of both worlds on a trip

You don’t have to decide between beaches, culture-packed cities or scenic countryside. Have a trip which combines different elements and even cultures.

Inspiration from the book:

* “Schizophrenic” Tasmania rolls many global destinations into one island. You can visit ‘England’, ‘Italy’, ‘Switzerland’, ‘Germany’ and ‘America’ all in its capital of Hobart. Sample a Devonshire tea and visit the Swiss village of Grindelwald complete with chateaux, chalets and rosti-serving restaurants.

* “There are few better things in this life than Venice – this unique old city on 117 islands in the Adriatic Sea.” Whilst Vitali loves Venice for its renowned art, culture, architecture and ambience, the romantic city also boasts many beaches both easily accessible and a little off the beaten track.

2. Take a train

Railway journeys always have lots of surprises waiting on the track and can reveal a lot about a place’s history and culture.
Inspiration from the book:

* Cairngorm Mountain Railway is the highest railway in the United Kingdom. The funicular serves the Cairngorm Mountain ski resort in the Highlands of Scotland. Go and see the spring snow.

* The tiny and beautiful island of St Kitts boasts the ‘last and only’ railway in the West Indies. Take an 18-mile journey on the unique double-decker narrow-gauge railway through the spectacular tropical landscape.

* Experience the Victorian ambience of the steam passenger trains on the Isle of Man or travel the electrical Sóller trains and trams of Majorca. If you want a masterclass in train travel head to Switzerland; where else in the world can you pre-order sushi and fondue or travel in ‘family carriages’ equipped with mini-playgrounds? 

3. Visit three places in the UK

There are experiences to be had on the doorstep.

Inspiration from the book:

* Ely Place - a dislocated little lane; a bit of Cambridgeshire in the centre of London; a London street that is not in London...

* Tiree (outermost island of the Inner Hebrides) - a stress-free island of low-built thatched cottages where postmen still enter unlocked houses and leave mail on kitchen tables; a meditation that comes to life.

* Stornoway (on Sunday) – the deafening silence dwells in the capital of Scottish island Lewis and Harris.  

4. Plan a faraway trip

Have a far-off destination in mind as a long-term goal. Plan and virtually immerse yourself in the culture of the place.  

Inspiration from the book (Vitali’s faraway favourites):

* Alaska

* South Korea

* The small Caribbean island of Nevis  

5. Follow in the footsteps of an icon

Use a favourite actor, writer or comedian as the inspiration for your travel. Do your research and go on a cultural trail visiting the locations significant to them.

Inspiration from the book:

* Kafka’s Prague – “There’s something unmistakably Kafkaesque about Prague... A visitor to the Czech capital can go on a ‘Kafka’s Prague’ tour, the highlight of which is the Franz Kafka Museum.”

* Oscar Wilde – “While in Dublin, I always felt surrounded by Oscar.” Visit his birthplace on 21 Westland Row; 1 Merrion Square where the poet and playwright spent his formative years (it now accommodates Dublin’s ‘American College’) and the memorial – an exceptionally brilliant sculpture of him by Danny Osborne. Not forgetting the Dublin Writers Museum in Parnell Square.

“It’s wonderful to think about the next journey, but it is also joyous to reminisce about previous travels. Armchair travelling can provide great inspiration and help in planning the subsequent great adventure,” said Vitali Vitaliev. “Current restrictions are making us appreciate travel more than ever; let’s hope we’ll soon be able to enjoy unrestricted real-life travels as well as those of the mind.”

Whilst grounded, would-be-travellers can journey vicariously with Vitali. The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels – 30 Years of Globe-Trotting will be available in paperback and for the Kindle through Amazon UK and Amazon US from February 1st, 2021.

To request an advance reader copy of the book or an interview with Vitali, please contact Francesca De Franco at:

Notes to editors

Kindle Edition:

* Publisher: Thrust Books

* Sold by: Amazon Kindle Store 

* Language: English

* ISBN: 978-1-912741-08-3


Paperback Edition:

* Publisher: Thrust Books

* Sold by: Amazon Store 

* Language: English

* ISBN:L 978-1-912741-09-0

Author information    

Vitali Vitaliev is a multi-award-winning international journalist, broadcaster and author of thirteen books. He has lived and worked in Russia, England, Scotland, Australia and Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Literary Fund.


Vitali was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the then Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organised crime and the all-permeating corruption in the collapsing country. His fearless stance ultimately led to his defection in 1990. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI and has contributed to newspapers and magazines all over the world.

His books include cult classics such as Passport to Enclavia and Borders Up!  

Vitali has recently won the Gold TABBIE Award for the Best Regular Column. The judges said: "Vitali Vitaliev is a brilliant writer, with a huge depth and breadth of knowledge and is on top of his game in this column format where he uses his storytelling skills superbly. You cannot put his columns down until you have soaked up every word."


Praise for Vitali

‘Vitali Vitaliev is a star in the making.’ TIME MAGAZINE

‘Vitaliev has an irrepressible sense of humour.’ THE GUARDIAN

‘With the charm of Michael Palin, the wit of Clive Anderson, this man is adorable.’ TIME OUT

‘Vitali Vitaliev is that rare thing: a comic writer who is also serious... He is a great traveling companion.’ DOUGLAS KENNEDY

‘Vitaliev transcends his genre, producing a new travel writing of the soul, a journey with lessons about what really matters in life. That makes it literature.’ LITERARY REVIEW

‘Vitaliev is a genial companion. His tone is immensely likeable... I was sorry when the journey ended, and wanted to start the rolling, rocking ride all over again.’ INDEPENDENT