What’s hot: January 2017

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

Visiting Yorkshire

Yorkie - © Dominic Martin

Yorkie – © Dominic Martin

We could tell you to visit Yorkshire but we reckon you’ll prefer to watch an adorable little Yorkie wax lyrical about the region instead. That’s right: Visit Yorkshire’s latest ambassador is a russet haired Yorkshire terror who has produced a series of dog’s-eye You Tube videos, showing visitors what to see and do in the area. Check out youtube/com/visityork

Packing for Puerto Rico

The old rusted and deserted military tank of Flamenco beach on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra. Credit: ARENA Creative © Lonely Planet

The old rusted and deserted military tank of Flamenco beach on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra.
Credit: ARENA Creative © Lonely Planet

With reinstated direct flights to Puerto Rico from London Gatwick, the tropical Caribbean island has become our favourite destination for winter sun.The non-stop direct flights on board Norwegian Airline’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft, operate twice a week between London Gatwick and the Caribbean meaning the sun lashed island is now just over nine hours away for UK travellers. Bottom line? With fares from £159 one way, we’ll see you in San Juan – Puerto Rico’s capital that boasts old cathedrals, colourful architecture and beaches framed by the sparkling Caribbean Sea.  To discover more about Puerto Rico, please visit SeePuertoRico.com

Dining out in Macao

Senado Square in Macao

Senado Square in Macao

Macao has been further confirmed as one of Asia’s most exciting food destinations, with three restaurants receiving Michelin stars for the first time in the 2017 Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau. The new additions bring the total number of Michelin starred restaurants in Macao to 19, up from 16 the previous year. The three restaurants added to this year’s list, Lai Heen, Pearl Dragon and Ying have each been awarded one star for their Cantonese offering, whilst Feng Wei Ju, a Hunanese and Sichuan restaurant and Japanese restaurant Mizumi both added a second star. In total, twelve of Macao’s restaurants now hold one Michelin Star, whilst five hold two stars and Chinese restaurant The Eight along with French contemporary restaurant Robuchon au Dôme, retained their three-star status.

Going to The Golden Chippy

the O2 arena and Greenwich

the O2 arena and Greenwich

A fan of fish and chips? If you’re London bound, check out The Golden Chippy in Greenwich which has beaten London’s fine dining hotspots to be crowned the capital’s best restaurant. The fish and chip shop recently hit no one reviews website TripAdvisor, ahead of revered restaurants like The Ledbury. The Golden Chippy,  which opened 13 years ago and seats 12, serves cod and chips at £7.20 for a standard meal or £9 for large. As a result of the rave reviews, the Greenwich spot has now received a reservation from Hong Kong and has been asked about group visits of up-to 60 people.

Best book: High Flyer

Incheon airport, South Korea

Incheon airport, South Korea a perennial winner for customer service and satisfaction

Hands up if you’re passionate about travel and design? Then you’ll love The Art of the Airport – a gorgeous new coffee table tome that’s packed with architectural plans, photos and information about the planet’s most beautiful airports (take a bow Mestia airport in Georgia). The book also features first person accounts from frequent flyers and pilots. Purchase yours at www.franceslincoln.com

Flying to Chambery
image of a British Airways plane
The château town of Chambery is getting a lot of love this winter courtesy of British Airways. The UK’s largest airline restarted flights from London City to Chambery on 10 December and followed this up by launching a new route from Stansted just seven days later. The new flight operates on Saturdays and Sundays until mid April. www.ba.com

Digital pills for passengers

Last mont British Airways flew the Olymians back from Rio to Heathrow in a gold-nosed plane suggesting again that Heathrow was the airport of choice for passengers rather than Gatwick


British Airways could soon serve passengers a “digital pill” which would monitor their heart rate and stomach acidity levels. The “ingestible sensors” could work alongside in-cabin sleep monitors and data from wearables and smartphones to personalise each passenger’s “travel environment” so that customers can change their in-flight dining options accordingly.
The aim is to create technology that will determine a “timeline for the passenger’s optimal wellness”, and fight jet-lag by controlling their sleep, eating and exercise patterns. A BA spokeswoman said: “We are always looking to deliver new innovations for our customers, whether it be in design or digital transformation. As such, we develop many ideas and submit many patents.”

Say hello to Huggle
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Travelling solo? Then it’s time to down-load Huggle – a social-networking app that lets you discover and connect with people who go to the same places as you. It’s the perfect way to meet new people when moving to a new city or traveling alone. In a nutshell, Huggle works by automatically picking up your locations and then adds them to your list of places. When you can click on a location from your list, Huggle will show you who goes there too and how many places you have in common with these people. The perfect social app for travellers!

Colombia calling
Bogota Colombia
Colombia – for a long time shunned by all but the most intrepid travellers due to instability and violence – is truly beginning to open up to tourism in the face of the FCO’s reviewed travel guidelines following the ceasefire with the country’s FARC rebels. This, combined with a number of new luxury hotel options, an emerging foody scene and improved transport links has led Colombia to become a hotspot for 2017.Need proof? Look to Lonely Planet. The travel bible has hailed Colombia  the second best country to visit in 2017. And for good reason: 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of 100 Years of Solitude – the seminal novel by author and godfather of magical realism, Gabriel Garcίa Márquez, known as one of Colombia’s greatest writers. Meanwhile the famed Vallenato Legend festival, one of the most important cultural events in the Colombian calendar, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April 2017, with a four day extravaganza of traditional Vallenato folk music characterised by the sounds of accordion, caja vallenata and the guacharaca.

NOT

Brits behaving badly in hotels
austin hotel
New research by the team behind www.sunshine.co.uk has revealed Britons’ confessions about their time spent staying in hotels, with admissions ranging from engaging in illegal behaviour and vandalising rooms to sneaking more people into the room than had paid to stay. The poll also discovered more about how the behaviour of hotel guests differs from their home life…64% of the respondents taking part classed themselves as ‘tidy’ people, in the sense that they kept their home neat and orderly. However the overwhelming majority of these very same people, 88%, admitted to being ‘very messy’ during their hotel stays. When asked why, 36% said it was because hotel staff were ‘paid to tidy’ for them.

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