What’s hot: November 2014

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world right now


Travelling with technology

A survey by Royal Caribbean International has revealed that more than half (51 per cent) of us can’t get through a holiday without gadgets and 52 per cent say that their holiday experience is enhanced by technology and keeping connected to people back home.
Every day while on holiday a family will on average send four texts, two personal emails, two work emails, one Vine, two Snapchats, four Instagrams, three tweets, four images on Pinterest and four Facebook updates – totalling close to 200 social media updates every week! JAT says: it’s time for a digital detox!

Out of this world holidays
In 2024 we’ll all be taking trips into space – or so says Skyscanner. The holiday search giant believes space travel will be big news and we’ll all want to fork out GBP40,000 for a few minutes of weightlessness. Skyscanner also thinks that Underwater hotels will prove to be a big trend. The world’s first underwater hotel – the Water Discus Hotel in Dubai – is due to open its doors next year. Situated nine metres below sea level, it will compromise 21 suites and a sunbathing deck.

Going to the Gallipoli Peninsula
The Gallipoli Peninsula has claimed the number one spot for regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015, highlighting the region as a must-see for the coming year, in time for the centenary of the World War I battle fought there.
The year 2015 marks the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli with the area around the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu) holding special significance for Turkey, UK, New Zealand and Australia.


Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Blighty is on course for another record year of foreign tourism. Figures reveal 19.8 million people visited Britain during the first seven months of this year, spending GBP 11.3 million suggesting that Britain is still basking in the success of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of VisitBritain, wants tourism numbers to hit 40 million by 2020. To this end the tourism agency is starting a GBP 1.6 million marketing campaign in China.

Skiing in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City in the American state of Utah has launched a $1.8 million bid to lure skiers from Colorado – it’s neighbouring state which attracts three times as many snow enthusiasts each year. The campaign – called ‘Ski City USA’ – aims to make people aware that Salt Lake City is within easy access of the esteemed Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude resorts as well as promoting the Ski City Super Pass which promises discounts on daily lift passes and ski rental.

easyJet gets an…A
easyJet has been voted Best Low-Cost Airline at the 2014 Business Traveller Awards. The airline’s low fares and industry-leading punctuality have both been important factors in helping the airline to both attract and retain new business customers.
easyJet was one of the first in the low cost sector to make its inventory available to business travel bookers through GDS partners in 2007. The GDS partnerships easyJet has built have meant it has been able to successfully grow its presence in the business travel market. The airline has also signed a large number of corporate contracts in the past two years.

Visiting Indonesia

31-Indonesia - lake Bratan

Visiting Indonesia – aka the world’s largest archipelago – from the UK is a whole lot easier thanks to three airlines: take a bow Royal Brunei Airlines, Garuda Indonesia Airlines and Oman Air.
Royal Brunei Airlines recently launched a service from London Heathrow offering four flights to Bali a week on-board an Airbus A319 narrow body aircraft and, as of December 2014, Oman Air will be expanding its service into Asia with the introduction of its new London Heathrow to Jakarta via Muscat route. The message? Indonesia is in!

Picnic on a plane
Heathrow Airport is now offering an on board picnic option allowing passengers to bring a bespoke food hamper aboard flights. Sounds good? Simply order your food at any of the 49 food brands across the airport’s five terminals and 15 minutes later it will be ready – in thermal packaging to help keep food hot or cold – for you to takeaway. If your purse strings are suffering, plump for Pret a Manger but if you’re feeling flush, you could choose the Caviar House.


Holidaying with the family
Just three per cent of Brits like to holiday with in-laws according to a survey by travel brand, momondo.co.uk. And of this three per cent, almost two thirds were male, compared to just over a third female suggesting that even fewer women like travelling with their in-laws, than do men.
In contrast, 64 per cent of Brits surveyed prefer to travel with their partner or spouse – which was roughly the same for men and women across the board. And 30 per cent of Brits questioned prefer to travel with their children. Friends were also preferred travel companions for 29 per cent of Brits questioned by momondo. However, more women preferred holidaying with their buddies than men, at 34 per cent against 25 per cent respectively.



The Voice coach proved to be a first class diva when he missed a recent flight to China with American carrier, United. Will.i.am lost his seat because he turned up late to the airport, allowing himself just 45 minutes to squeeze through security. The music maestro took to Twitter to vent his frustration. “Make sure when you fly to China via @united you get to the airport 1 day before because they’ll give your seats away.” But his Tweet backfired when Twitter users turned to the social media account to condemn the star for demanding special treatment.

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