What’s hot

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Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

Adventure Travel

“Staring into the smouldering eyes of a tiger from the back of an elephant in India’s Kanha National Park” has been hailed as the world’s greatest travel adventure by a jury of travel luminaries including Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler, explorer Benedict Allen, and broadcaster Simon Calder.
Skiing on Asahidake in Japan was voted in at second place and diving with hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos in third. An encounter with mountain gorillas in Rwanda took fourth place while hiking the Inca Trail in Peru and exploring the Larrapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory were placed equal fifth.

Go east
A growing number of travellers are swapping Spain’s Balearics for Eastern Europe’s Baltics according to the website Cheapflights.co.uk. Latvia and Estonia are leading the two most popular destinations with over 60 percent increase in flight searches since last year.


Picture this
Calling all budding David Baileys… why not enter your standout holiday snaps in Frommer’s new competition? The winner not only gets their picture on the cover of one of Frommer’s invaluable guidebooks but also walks away with a $5,000 cheque which you can use on your next trip. To find out more about the competition which closes on March 31, visit www.frommers.com

Moscow on the cheap
Capitalising on the success of its London and Brighton branches, budget hotel group Umi hotels is set to open a property in Moscow. “Value accommodation is sorely needed in a city renowned for being expensive,” says Steve Lowy, owner of Umi hotels. Visit www.umihotels.com for the full low-down.

Affordable Oz
Always wanted to visit the land down under? It’s time to take that trip reports long haul tour operator, Travelmood. “Airlines to Australia and New Zealand are offering extremely competitive prices on 2010 flights, making the country very affordable for visiting” says Rad Soffronijevic, managing director of Travelmood. Alongside Australia, the company has also identified Thailand as a destination that is offering the best value deals in 2010.


Berlin for all budgets
The latest EasyHotel is set to open in Berlin on March 8. Located in Hackescher Mark, the 125 room orange hued hotel is offering double rooms from as little as £10 per night. Book your bargain bed at www.easyhotel.com

Trips to Taiwan
Fancy a trip to Taiwan? China Airlines will launch the first non-stop flights to Taipei from London on March 28. The new service will operate three times a week.

Phoning a friend
Oman Air will be the first airline in the world to offer full mobile phone and Wi-Fi access for passengers in board its Airbus A380 fleet. The new service will be rolled out this month.


BA’s behaviour

British Airways cabin crew could strike yet again later this year, grrrr. The union representing the airline staff said its members would vote on whether to proceed with a strike later in the year. The silver lining if you’re looking for one is that BA staff won’t strike over Easter.

Earls Court Exhibition Centre – one of London’s most famous music and exhibition venues – faces demolition in 2012after coming under increasing pressure from rivals the 02 Arena and Excel Centre. Word is that the art deco building which for more than 70 years has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts including Kylie, Madonna and Beyonce, is likely to be replaced by up to 8,000 new flats.

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