What’s hot, what’s not

By | Category: Travel tips & opinions

Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD- traveller tells you what’s happening in the travel world

What’s hot

Road trips
Thanks to Back Roads, a new series of driving guides from DK Eyewitness Travel. The guides, which explore France, Spain, Italy, the UK and Ireland from behind the wheel, suggest drives ranging from one to seven days, taking in a Kaleidoscope of landscapes and themes.

Wimbledon
Blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson is swapping sunny California for SW19. The 42 year old star, best known for her role as CJ Parker in Baywatch, is set to tread the boards at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre. Anderson will appear on stage as the Genie  from Sunday December 13 to Sunday December 27 before handing over the reins to chat show host Paul O Grady…

Ex Baywatch babe, Pamela Anderson, is heading to Wimbledon

Ex Baywatch babe, Pamela Anderson, is heading to Wimbledon

Disney in the Far East
Disney is to open a theme park in Shanghai after China’s planning agency approved a scheme for  “a Magic Kingdom style theme park with characteristics tailored to the Shanghai region”  in the Pudong district.  The Shanghai theme park marks Disney’s second foray into Asia; a Hong Kong Disney park opened in 2005.

Ice as nice
When London’s ice rinks start to open, you know that Christmas is almost upon us. You can get your skates on all over the capital but the 1050 sq metre rink at the Natural History Museum is arguably the most picturesque. There’s also a bar, cafe and carousel.  The rink is open until January 17, nearest tube: South Kensington. For more information, visit www.nhm.ac.uk

Sol-idays
The number of people choosing to holiday alone is on the up. Online travel firm, ebookers, says as many as 15 per cent of its customers travelled solo over the last 12 months. Leading the trend are professional Londoners aged 40-60 who have separated or divorced. Others say that they are flying solo as friends couldn’t join them owing to the recession. An ebooker.com poll of 4,000 adults found men twice as likely as women to travel alone with Australia and China emerging as the top destinations.

Disney is to set up shop in Shanghai

Disney is to set up shop in Shanghai

Viva Las Vegas
Mad about the Mandarin Oriental? The 47 storey Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, designed by award winning architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox, opens on the iconic strip on Friday 4 December. For unrivalled views over Vegas, be sure to sip a cocktail in the ‘Sky Lobby’ on the 23rd floor. Furthermore, getting there has just gotten a whole lot easier: British Airways has just launched a daily service from Heathrow to Las Vegas.

Falling in love with Lebanon
Three years on from the Israeli bombing, the Lebanese capital, Beirut, is back on the map. Don’t believe us? Just ask Gordan Campbell Gray (of One Aldwych) who has opened his latest hotel, Le Gray, in the city’s central Martyrs’ Square. It’s the city’s chicest, sexiest sleep but not, perhaps, for long: later this month the Four Seasons Beirut opens on the Corniche.

Saving the sites
TripAdvisor has launched a campaign to support the Unesco World Heritage Centre by calling on its members to help protect the places around the world that matter. The initiative encourages the travel community to provide online reviews and opinions about the condition of World Heritage Sites so that they may be better protected.

Oxford Circus is no longer a nightmare for pedestrians

Oxford Circus is no longer a nightmare for pedestrians

Holiday help
Stuck for suggestions on where to go on your next break? Let new website www.worldtravelguide.net/inspiration do the hard work for you. The site suggests travel options and destinations based on the time of year and style of holidays you like.

Oxford Circus Diagonals
The crowded chaos that plagues Oxford Circus – one of the English capital’s busiest crossroads(a quarter of a million people use the Oxford Circus Underground station in London every day) is no more! Engineering and design consultancy Atkins, has taken inspiration from Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing and removed barriers, doubled the size of the pavements and re phased the traffic lights so that traffic stops from all directions allowing 5,000 people to cross the junction at once. Christmas shopping on Oxford Street just got much more bearable…

What’s not

Air Miles: use them or lose them

Air Miles: use them or lose them

Air miles
Tonnes of travellers are having their air miles and frequent flyer points cancelled owing to new ‘use it or lose it’ expiry regulations. Under the new rules, members of the Airmiles Company (www.airmiles.co.uk) need to redeem their miles within two years or else risk losing them forever.  Sounds strict? It is but schemes in Europe are nowhere near as harsh as those over in America.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
Tags: