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Letter from France: August 2017

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Frederic presents his monthly summary of what we should see in France.

Drinking on planes and at airports


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Surely the first thing is to establish which flights, which time of day, which airlines and which airports are involved and then apply appropriate measures.

Taking a book on holiday?


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Bookshelf of unread books

I make no bones about it. I prefer proper books to electronic ones.

Would you fly on a plane with no pilot?


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passenger flight delay compensation

Technically it is feasible. From a practical standpoint, I don’t think the world is ready for this.

Ryanair to have new seating


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ryanair new seats

If new Ryanair planes will all sport a 32inch seat pitch, then that will be – says seatguru – three inches shorter than some of the planes they currently operate!

The biggest “hotel” chain in the world


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It took hoteliers decades to become as big as they have become. It has taken Airbnb less than ten years to achieve this success.

Saturday snippets: August 12th 2017


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PortAventura aquatic park

The wet weather has caused a last minute rush for holidays abroad and we say goodbye to Klaus Lohmann as he returns to Germany and Dennis Cleveland-Peck who sadly died recently.

Royal gifts at Buckingham Palace


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Russian samovar

Natasha visits the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to see this year’s exhibition.

Do you check-in online?


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an airport queue at Gatwick

Given the pressure by airlines for us, it seems surprising that 48% of us aren’t checking in online for one reason or another.

Why Croatia appeals


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Tvrdava sv. Ivan, Dubrovnik

I have speculated as to how long Croatia can continue to see the double digit growth in British holidaymakers. But the growth just grows and grows.

The Turkish revival has started


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poster of Turkey saying expect more

Britons feel more comfortable about holidaying in Turkey again and by the end of 2019, it wouldn’t surprise many if a British surge had occurred.

The rise and rise of Dubai


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We are still attracted by the attractions of Dubai which saw a 4% increase in the number of Britons travelling there in the first six months of the year.

Rock paintings found


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rock painting of a hand

According to the ABC, a huge find of aboriginal rock paintings in the Wardekken area of Arnhem Land has been made. And by huge I mean an estimated 30,000!

International volunteering: an overview


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Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travellers and build your skills? It’s time to consider international volunteering…

What’s hot: August 2017


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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot in the travel world

The realities of travel writing


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So you want to be a travel writer? Here’s the reality…

Hot in the city



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When summer hits, London comes alive like nowhere else on earth. Make this one your best summer yet with JAT’s guide to the capital’s coolest new spots