Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD Traveller tells you what’s happening in the travel world
Forget the stay-cation: this year it’s all about the change-cation. Over half of all life changing decisions are made on holiday and turned into reality the minute we clear customs, according to a new survey by luxury travel experts Kuoni. These findings have given birth to a new trend; the ‘changecation’ – holidays taken in order to make big decisions be it changing jobs or relationships.
No hassle travel
No.1 Group has launched a new journey planner service to help your holiday get off to the best possible start. No1traveller.com will organise everything you’ll need before you leave the UK from a chauffeur-driven Merc to pick you up, access to the airport club lounges, and they’ll even check in for you! Sounds like the perfect excuse to book that break…
The top 50 most searched for destinations from UK airports for trips in 2010 were revealed last month with Spain remaining the top holiday destinations for us Brits.
Malaga took pole position, closely followed by Tenerife and Alicante according to Skyscanner.
Orlando is a new entry in the top 10, while Melbourne and Hong Kong entered the top 50.
Destinations dropping most in search volume are London and Fuerteventura.
If you’re heading to Yosemite National Park in California, new rules could restrict your access to one of its iconic attractions: the 4,500ft Half Dome. Alarmed by overcrowding and four fatalities in as many years on the perilous cable footpath, park authorities are to halve hiker numbers by introducing permits which must be booked in advance at a cost of £1 ($1.50). Permits for weekends in May and June have already sold out – tickets for July and August will go on sale on April 1, and are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service.
Best foot forward
Passengers departing from American airports will no longer be required to remove footwear, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to introduce shoe-scanning devices in security lanes. Letting travellers keep shoes on “would help checkpoints run more smoothly and allow our officers to focus on other aspects of security”, the TSA said. Michael Goldberg of the scanner manufacturer IDO Security warned that no shoe scanner would ever be wholly effective: “There is no technology today that can test for all explosives.”
Cruising to Alaska
Alaska has been named the world’s greatest cruise destination by a jury of the UK’s leading cruise writers and industry experts.
Alaska’s incredible bays, dazzling glaciers and exotic wildlife make it the ultimate cruise destination, just ahead of other nature lovers’ favourites the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic and Antarctic Peninsula.
All four destinations were selected by a panel of 13 experts at The Cruise Show – the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to cruise travel – that took place at London Olympia last month.
The Eye’s the limit
The London Eye – originally intended to stand for five years – will carry on dominating the capital’s skyline into the 22nd century. The success of the attraction, which celebrated its 10th birthday last month, means there is now no reason for it not to mark its centenary in 2100. The 32 capsule observation wheel, the highest of its kind in the world at 135m, has carried some 36 million people since its delayed opening on 9 March 2000.
Grrrrrr. BA cabin crew are planning to take strike action at the end of March in a move that could affect more than half a million travellers. For more information see www.ba.com.
The World Cup
Fewer foreign footy fans will travel to South Africa to watch the World Cup than expected, according to FIFA. The football body revealed that only 2.1 million of the 2.9 million match tickets have been sold so far. Fear of crime, costly ticket prices and the recession have been blamed for poor sales.
For nearly two centuries, runners and spectators have gathered on a steep Cotswolds Hill for the Whitsun cheese rolling – an eccentric event which sees daredevil competitors chase a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester down the 200 yard incline.
But not in 2010…organisers have been forced to cancel this year’s event (which was due to take place on May 31) because of health and safety fears. Organisers say the cheese rolling will return in a revised form next year.