What’s hot: September 2013

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, it’s good news for Norway and nudists – if not all inclusive holidays


Tweeting the FCO
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now offering travel advice – via Twitter. Tweet your question concerning passports, travel safety, visas etc to @FCOtravel and – if you’re tweeting between 9am and 6pm from Mon-Fri – expect a reply within 30 minutes from the travel consular teams.


Sleeping with a stranger
The headline may sound a tad controversial but it’s not what you’re thinking… New website, Easynest.com, enables single holidaymakers to create a profile detailing their trip dates and destinations so that they can find fellow solo travellers and share accommodation costs. “Meet new friends, build your network, create new opportunities, exchange on the city, learn…” says Easynest by way of explanation.



British tourism
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded six historic sites across Britain,£47million. The lucky recipients include the former hunting lodge of Henry V111, a 15th century medieval palace in Knole, Kent, and Hampshire’s Winchester Cathedral. “More than a quarter of all UK holiday activities undertaken by UK residents now involve heritage,” says Carole Souter, chief executive of the HLG. “These projects all offer the public the chance to explore and enjoy our rich and complex history.”


Iraq adventures
Let’s not beat around the bush: Iraq has certainly suffered in recent years. Nonetheless the country is confident of increasing its tourism by 300 per cent. Currently Iraq welcomes around two million tourists a year but with the right developments and improvements to the tourism infrastructure, that could rise to six million.


Going nude – if you’re European
Nearly a fifth of Germans have ‘fessed up to going au naturel on the beach on at least one occasion, according to a new survey by Expedia. The Danes also enjoy going nude – nearly 40 per cent of Denmark’s women sunbathe topless. Those least likely to sunbathe topless? Take a bow Malaysian and Japanese women.



Norway’s Northern Lights
The Northern Lights in Norway would be most people’s top travel experience according to a recent survey by Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. A whopping 58 per cent of readers voted the Northern Lights as the holiday they would most like to experience. The Italian island of Sicily came second with 30 per cent of the vote.



Koh Samet – one of Thailand’s most popular backpacker islands – has been damaged by an oil spill from a leaking pipeline. The spill saw tourists staying at Ao Phrao (Phrao Bay) on Koh Samet, evacuated after the waters and beaches turned black. As a result, traveller have been warned to avoid swimming in the water around the island.



The Foreign Office has said that Egypt’s Red Sea resorts are safe to visit (despite the unrest in other parts of the country) but it seems that tourists aren’t getting the memo. Travel review website, TripAdvisor, says that there has been a 20 per cent drop in traffic to reviews of accommodation in the region and easyJet et al claim that bookings to Egypt have fallen by nearly two thirds.


All inclusive deals
Tonnes of travellers opt for all inclusive holidays, believing them to be cheaper than the cost of a flight and B&B. However a recent study by Post Office Travel Money comparing the cheapest seven night B&B and all inclusive packages for two adults departing from London airports has highlighted that a trip to the Algarve in Portugal, Cyprus or Spain’s Costa Blanca is cheaper than all inclusive. The message? Forget the all inclusive and plump for a holiday that not only has character but won’t cost so much either!



Mos Espa
Star Wars fans: hankies at the ready. The site of fictional city Mos Espa – which was featured in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace of the Jedi saga – is being swallowed up by sand dunes, caused by strong winds. The site – in the Tunisian desert – was the set for the planet Tatooine in the movie and has proven a pilgrimage for Star Wars fanatics, over the years.

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