What’s hot: April 2017

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

 

HOT

Conceiving while on holiday

family running on beach

Anyone who believed they conceived their baby on holiday was asked by the team at www.sunshine.co.uk whether this had happened on a UK break or while abroad, to which 76 per cent said ‘abroad’. In terms of the countries that conceptions most commonly occurred in, the Caribbean (13%), Italy (11%) and France (10%) were the top three destinations named when the relevant respondents were asked to confirm the country they had been in at the time. The research also revealed that 33% of the babies conceived on holidays were unplanned, with 54% of these parents admitting that it was as a result of them being ‘less careful’ with contraception methods while caught up in the holiday spirit.

Seeking out Suffolk

Ed Sheeran’s scenic video for his recent hit single, Castle on the Hill – which was filmed around his hometown of Framlingham – has been credited for fuelling a 25 per cent spike in Suffolk enquires since January 2017, according to Cottages.com

Prosecco party

Attention all Prosecco lovers! London’s first festival devoted to the Italian fizz has been unveiled: Prosecco Springs will be held from May 12-14 at Oval Space. Expect masterclasses, live music and, as you would expect, plenty of Prosecco tastings (plus some small plates to help line stomachs). For the full low-down, visit www.proseccosprings.com

Going to Granada

Spain is always a popular destination for Brits but this year why not move on from Madrid, give Barcelona  a break and instead, go to Granada. Arguably the most magical city in Spain, this hilly city – the capital of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain – offers snow, sun and Moorish Magic. What’s more, Granada’s allure is harder than ever to ignore as EasyJet have launched a new thrice weekly route to the Andalusian City, with returns starting from as little as £42!

Making a beeline for Big Ben

London’s iconic clock tower has been hailed by American tourists as being their favourite UK landmark in a survey conducted by Blue Chip Holidays. Stonehenge claimed second spot while the London Eye lagged behind in third place.

Stopping off at Singapore Changri

image of Singapore skyline

Singapore today © Singapore Tourism

A record 58.7 million passengers experienced Singapore Changri – aka the world’s best airport – in 2016. Changri – which has won the top award at the last four World Airport Awards – witnessed growth of 5.9 per cent in 2016, compared with 2015. And for good reason: the airport boasts a butterfly garden (expect to see around 1,000 butterflies from 40 species against a backdrop of flowering plants and a 6m waterfall) in Terminal 3 which also features a cinema, a koi pond and a 12m high slide. Elsewhere Terminal 1 houses a rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Cactus garden and Kinetic Rain art installation while at Terminal 2, travellers can look forward to a free 24-hour cinema, Xbox 360s, mosaic sculptures…. we’ll see you in Singapore.

Weighing in

After Hawaiian Airlines has won the right to weigh its passengers at check in, research has revealed that 61 per cent of Brits would also welcome these measures.
According to a poll of over 3,500 Brits, conducted by travel extras specialist HolidayExtras.com, a quarter of people were behind the plans for safety reasons and 15 per cent thought that heavier passengers should be charged extra at check in – a view that is held by almost twice as many men than women.
For the 39 per cent of people who didn’t agree with weighing passengers at check in, many respondents found it to be rude, intrusive, and unnecessary. A further 16 per cent also worried that it would lead to discrimination against larger passengers.

The North

It’s official: Scots and Northerners are hipper than Londoners. That’s according to a new index of the hippest urban neighbourhoods to visit and hang out in, recently released by TravelSupermarket. The holiday price comparison site  has partnered with self-confessed hipster travel blogger ‘Travels of Adam’ and UK travel blogger ‘The Cosy Traveller’ to create bespoke guides of the top 10 most up-and-coming hip areas to visit across Europe and the UK.
Manchester’s gritty-cool Ancoats takes the highest UK spot on TravelSupermarket’s ‘UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index’, with Edinburgh’s Leith taking second spot and Digbeth in Birmingham coming third.  60% (12) of the top 20 UK hang-outs are in the North, with areas in Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool all ranking ahead of established London hip-hubs like Peckham and Dalston.

NOT

Carry on

Hot on the heels of American Airlines and United Airlines offering ‘Basic Economy’ tickets – translation ‘cabin luggage’ is banned- Ryanair (the airline we all love to loathe and for good reason) has threatened to ban second carry-on items, saying people flouted size limitations.

Package holidays

Summer package prices are nine per cent higher than last year, according to Thomas Cook, which blames the surge on the post Brexit Sterling slump and increasing hotel tariffs in Spain.

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