What’s hot: May
CD Traveller tells you what’s hot in the travel world. This month the Turks and Caicos, camping and the Spanish Costas are all having a moment while sleeping pilots and towel thieves get the red arrow
The tiny island of Provienciales in the Turks and Caicos has been voted the best beach destination in the world by Trip Advisor. “White-sand beaches, calm clear water and a bountiful barrier reef make the Turks and Caicos island of Providenciales a hot spot for families, snorkellers and divers,” says the free travel guide and research website. “Some call rock-free Grace Bay Beach the best in the world. For an unusual experience, divers can walk along the ocean floor at Smith’s Reef, where underwater signs describe the reef’s ecosystem”. Additional destinations include Iguana Island (home of endangered rock iguanas), the country’s only golf course, art galleries and a casino.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is no longer advising against all but essential travel to Tokyo. The decision will be a welcome one for Japan; the ‘land of the rising sun’ has so far posted the economic price tag for its series of disasters at £122billion.
Carry on camping
In this age of austerity, camping has never been more popular: the Office of National Statistics reports that the number of UK camping trips rose by 20 per cent last year to 5.43 million. Robert Louden, director general of the Camping and Caravanning Club, isn’t surprised: “Holidaying in Britain is more attractive than ever, with camping in particular allowing families to drop their stressful day-to-day routine and spend some quality time together.”
If you don’t fancy the idea of holidaying at home, but don’t want to spend a small fortune either, seek out the Spanish Costas which have been voted the most affordable destination in Europe according to the poll by Post Office Travel Money. But it might be a destination only for those with strong stomachs (see below)….
David Cameron’s decision to fly Ryan air
Last month the PM and his wife flew from Stansted to Spain (to celebrate Samantha’s 40th) with Ryanair. You might think CD Traveller would be commending the Camerons for ‘keeping it real’ but you’d be wrong. Does anyone really think any more of Dave for flying with the low cost airline? He’s the prime minister for goodness sake and with his salary of £120k a year, could have and should have flown with BA. We’re sure Samantha, on the occasion of her 40th birthday, was tickled pink with Dave’s latest ‘man of the people’ act.
A staggering one in five pilots have admitted to falling asleep while on duty in the cockpit! The study, by easyjet, of 492 pilots showed that one in five felt fatigued at least once a week while almost 50 per cent of those surveyed said they were suffering from significant fatigue. Eeek.
Stomachs in Spain
Many holidaymakers expect to fall ill in ‘exotic’ destinations like India and Egypt. Surprisingly, however, the destination where most Brits experience an upset stomach is in fact Spain. The poll, conducted by the company behind Bimuno Travelaid, revealed that approximately one third of Britons had experienced an upset tummy in Spain. Greece came a close second while France took third spot.
Stealing hotel towels
Seen the episode of Friends where Ross (David Schwimmer) shoves toiletries and towels into his suitcase before checking out of his hotel room in a bid to get value for money? Anyone thinking of following in his footsteps should think again. Hotels in the States are deploying new technology (washable radio-frequency tags are stitched into towels and trigger an alarm if removed from the premises) to catch towel thieves and word is that the anti theft system could soon be arriving in the UK.