What’s hot: September 2017

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

 

HOT

Buenos Aires on a budget

The first long-haul, low cost flight between Britain and Buenos Aires – Argentina’s charismatic capital – will start on 14 February 2017. The Norwegian Airlines service will link London’s Gatwick airport with Buenos Aires, with flights talking about 14 hours. One way fares will start from £299. To book and for more information, please visit www.norwegian.com

 

Machu Picchu made easy

Peruvian authorities have introduced timed tickets at Machu Picchu to help ease overcrowding in the Inca Citadel. Visits are now limited to either 6am to 12 midday or 12 midday to 5.30pm. Furthermore visitors must be accompanied by an official guide and should arrange tickets in advance through their tour operator or direct from the website ( www.machupicchu.gob.pe)

 

Descending upon Dubai
The dazzling desert kingdom has been declared one of the most fascinating places on earth, according to a new global study.
The latest travel rankings by the US News and World Report ranked Dubai as the tenth best destination in the world – ahead of tourism hotspots such as Hawaii, Santorini, Machu Picchu and Phuket – and number one place to visit in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The ambitious UAE emirate was also the only place in the Arab world to have made the cut, owing to its “gorgeous cream-colored [Arabian] Gulf shoreline, international culinary scene and larger-than-life attractions [….] including the Dubai Mall – one of the world’s largest shopping centres – and the indoor Ski Dubai.”

Fingerprint Boarding Passes

A system which replaces boarding passes with fingerprint recognition is being trialled at Atlanta and Denver airports. Biometric technology is also being tested at Logan in Boston where passengers for selected Jetblue flights have been able to board an iris scan. “Just look into the camera and you’re on your way,” the airline said.

 

Wandering to Wales

Wales is having its moment in the sun. 2017 is the Celtic nation’s Year of Legends celebrating is history, storytelling traditiom, natural attractions and creative minds from Dylan Thomas to Gillian Clarke and Roald Dahl. Meanwhile Lonely Planet has named North Wales as one of the top regions to visit in 2017 – the only part of the UK to earn a spot on the coveted list. We’ll see you in Wales?


Solo YOLO!
The number of women travelling on their own continues to rise… and rise… and rise. So much so that one US travel company claims that 80 per cent of its solo customers are female. Futhermore, research shows that solo travel in general – be it for both men and women, singletons or smugly coupled up – is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism. The message? We’re waking up to the fact that me-time is a must. JAT says: go ahead and blaze your own trail!

Remarkable Rwanda

Image ©Rwanda Development Board

Rwanda – an African country whose name will always be tinged with tragedy – may not have previously figured on your bucket list but it should. Itl has some of the world’s most wonderful wildlife (Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where you can still find mountain gorillas in the wild, and is the leader when it comes to their conservation) and a particularly progressive capital in Kigali. Make no mistake: Rwanda’s capital city is safe (violent crime is near non-existent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda) and spotless (thanks to Umuganda, a monthly street clean-up). What’s more, now that RwandAir flies direct from London Gatwick to Kigali three times a week, reaching Rwanda has never been more accessible or affordable. Bottom line: isn’t it time you got on board?

Beijing set for new mega airport

The late, great architect and ‘queen of the curve’ Zaha Hadid designed the Beijing New Airport terminal building which will open in the southern Daxing district in 2019.
The 700,000 sqm terminal will accommodate 45 million passengers a year, rising to around 75 million by 2025 and will be almost double the size of Heathrow Terminal 5. When the entire development is completed, the total passenger capacity is expected to reach up to 100 million passengers a year.

Colombia calling

Coffee time, Colombia style


2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Gabriel Garvia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude while travel bible Lonely Planet has hailed Colombia the second best country (behind Canada) to visit in 2017. And for good reason for, while the media may have focused on the fracas and fighting in recent years, there is more – so much more – to Colombia than the legacy of drug lord Pablo Escobar and civil war.  Today Colombia is as safe as any South American destination, accessible (in only two weeks you can revel in an overload of experiences from pristine Caribbean beaches to lush rainforests, Insta-perfect colonial towns, world class coffee plantations), utterly invigorating and full of friendly locals who will extend a welcome as warm as the weather to help you. Better still, your budget will go a long way here – Colombia is remarkably cheap when compared to many of its South American cousins – even in Bogota, the capital city.

NOT

All inclusive holidays

All inclusive holidays

All-inclusive holidays could soon become a thing of the past because so many Britons are faking food poisoning claims. The all-inclusive deals are vulnerable because holidaymakers can say they only ate at onsite restaurants. Industry body ABTA said claims – typically worth £3,00-£5,000 have increased more than 500 per cent since 2013 while a report estimated that £42 million had been ‘fleeced’ by Britons in 18 months.

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