What’s hot: January 2015

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot in the travel world



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Does your New Year’s resolution revolve around wanting to see more of the world in 2015, but you’re holding back because you don’t want to go it alone? Discover the world with tourbar.com – a new website and mobile app that aims to match like-minded travellers in search of a companion to share the journey with them. Simply download the free TourBar app to your smart phone by visiting the iTunes Store, Google Play or the Windows Phone Store, or sign up on the website tourbar.com and browse hundreds of fellow international travellers – for free!


Flying to Flores

The Indonesian island of Flores has been named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 yearbook. Flores was recognised for its picture-perfect beaches, great diving, lush tropical forests, smoking volcanoes, stunning hiking opportunities, exotic cultures and unique wildlife experiences, including the chance to get up close to Komodo dragons. In addition, Flores offers new tourist offices, cafes and guesthouses, as well as upgraded roads and newly-improved airports which receive numerous daily flights from Bali. These improvements make it even easier for UK travellers to visit.


Making a beeline for Brazil

Brazilians have longed claimed that “God is Brazilian”  – how else to account for the country’s embarrassment of riches? – and the rest of the rest of the world has finally woken up to this fact. The world’s best footballers touched down in Brazil earlier this year, and they’ll be followed by the Olympic flame in 2016. But for those who don’t boast the bank balance of a footballer, flying from Europe to Brazil can cost a fortune. Which is why we’re loving the new partnership between TAP and Brazilian GOL which means we have more affordable flights to choose from. Huzzah!


Taking to the skies on a Tuesday

Always wondered what the best day is to book flights to ensure you get a good deal? Wonder no more: a study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) says that it’s best to buy tickets on a Tuesday to take advantage of favourable rates. For domestic flights you should book around 50 to 100 days before departure, while for international flights the lowest fares can be found approximately 57 days before departure. We know what we’ll be doing next Tuesday…!


Brits not behaving quite so badly

A survey of hotel workers in the Canary Islands, France, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, the Balearics and Spain by sunshine.co.uk has revealed that British holidaymakers are seen in a much better light than they were as recently as three years ago. More than 50 per cent of those polled said that British tourists were politer while two thirds revealed that they were tipped more generously. But Brits haven’t totally cleaned up their act: half the hotel workers confessed that they thought Brits drank to excess – “putting away 10 pints before lunch” – while on their hols.


Falling for football

Do you eat, breathe, drink and sleep football? If the answer is yes then you’ll want to make for Manchester where you really can eat drink, breathe and sleep football thanks to the new Hotel Football. Situated a stone’s throw from Old Trafford – aka Manchester United’s home ground – the hotel is the brainchild of former famous Red Devils such as Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Rooms come equipped with a 40 inch-smart TV that screens Sky Sports. Other football inspired facilities include a game-themed cafe. For Man U fans at least, this is a result!


Getting high in Colorado

The American state of Colorado has become a popular tourist destination for… pot heads. Colorado legalised marihuana in May 2013 and subsequently cannabis shops have popped up all over its capital: Denver. Visitors can stay in pot friendly hotels and drink in cannabis coffee shops – a la Amsterdam – attend cannabis infused cooking classes and then work off the calories with a cannabis yoga class. Elsewhere excursions include trips to cannabis farms. Just don’t go smoking in public – it remains illegal to consume cannabis in parks and on the streets.


Shopping like a sheikh
Dubai’s annual shopping extravaganza –  the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) – starts today and runs until 1 February. This shopping celebration has  traditionally done wonders to lure in tourists in what was traditionally a lean time. During DSF, shoppers can expect discounts galore in every outlet, plus a myriad of entertainment options including live music, dance performances and other fun filled activities. Presiding over all the action is the popular yellow mascot, Modesh – which means ‘amazing’ in Arabic. For more information visit www.mydsf.com.


From Austria with love

The world’s most famous secret agent will this month start filming the 24th Bond film, Spectre, in the Austrian Tirol. Daniel Craig, will play Bond for the fourth time, embarking on his alpine adventures along with actors including Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux in the ski resorts of Sölden, in the Ӧtztal and Obertilliach, in the East Tirol region. Spectre is the largest film production ever to be made in Tirol and is sure to put the region on the travel map: the last Bond film, Skyfall, was watched by over 130 million in cinemas around the world.



The Mile High Club

Forget the famous Mile High Club – one in 10 of us has got down and dirty in an airport according to a poll by comparison website jet cost. Airport toilets were revealed to be the most popular place in which people joined the ‘airport club’ while the ‘storage area/room’ also ranked highly. And a large portion of those who owned up to having had a sexual encounter at an airport also admitted that they had been caught in the act either by members of the general public or by airport staff. “I suppose one of the reasons many people are tempted is the thrill of knowing you’re not supposed to be doing what you’re doing, where you’re doing it.”


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