What’s hot: November 2017

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


Flying with Air New Zealand

Sitting down for 24 hours has just become a little more appealing thanks to Air New Zealand’s revamp of its premium economy seats. The airline is set to ditch its Dreamliner seats and install luxury leather seats, spending a cool £55 million. For the full low-down, visit www.airnewzealand.com

Mompos on the map

Sleepy Mompos in northern Colombia has emerged as the country’s new tourism hotspot owing to the launch of the seven room Casa San Rafael later this month. The town has been described as “Cartagena 30 years ago” and is where the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, spent several spells. Bottom line? It’s time to make for Mompos.

Keeping up with Klagenfurt

As of December, easyJet will be offering weekly Gatwick to Klagenfurt flights with single fares from £32.49. The Austrian city boasts a beautiful Old Town that’s home to a myriad of museums and galleries.  Most tourists flock to Klagenfurt in the summer, owing to its location on Worthersee – aka one of Europe’s warmest lakes. However ski bunnies will appreciate the fact that Klagenfurt – the capital of Carinthia – is only an hour away from several ski resorts including Bad Kleinkirchheim, one of Austria’s largest ski areas with over 60 mies of pistes.

Checking out the Louvre Abu Dhabi

After years of delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open its doors to the public on November 11th. It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.
The opening celebrations will include a wide range of public programmes, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists. Tickets for the museum will cost 60 AED for general admission and 30 AED for ages between 13 and 22.  For the full low-down, visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Jakarta-London made easy

Garuda Indonesia
 has started flying direct from Jakarta to London between the UK and Indonesia.
The Indonesian flag carrier launched a new, three-times-per-week direct flight from Soekarno-Hatta to Heathrow on October 3 – cutting out the previous stopover at Singapore Changi Airport.
It also makes Garuda Indonesia the only airline operating non-stop flights on the route both inbound and outbound.

Dining in locals’ homes

Gastronomic tourism is on the rise in the UK as more travellers seek out authentic dining experiences, including eating in locals’ homes, a new report from credit card provider MBNA suggests.
86% of the 2000 people surveyed  said food plays an important role in their holiday experience, with 40% seeking authenticity above anything else when it comes to foreign cuisine. The data gathered reveals travellers want to go beyond just eating at restaurants while they are abroad, opting for a more immersive experience. One in five (21%) say they have visited locals’ homes to dine with them, while 49% have visited a food festival or market, and 20% have visited a farm or orchard.

Introducing Joon

Air France has launched a new airline aimed at millennials whose “lifestyles revolve around digital technology.” 
The carrier said in a statement: “This new brand has been entirely designed to meet their requirements and aspirations.”
The planes will feature Joon’s ‘youthful’ branding  while the uniform of Joon’s flight attendants will be inspired by the new fashion codes, basic and chic. 
Joon commenced medium-haul flights from its base at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport earlier this autumn and will launch long-haul operations next summer.

Time out in Tenerife
Time for a trip to Tenerife?

The largest Canary Island has always been accessible from Gatwick but can now be reached from Heathrow as well. BA launched new winter flights from Heathrow at the end of October, with return fares from £98. Factor in November temperatures of around 20C and you’ve got a prime holiday hotspot.


New research into packing habits has revealed that Brits routinely overpack their luggage – wasting money on unnecessary excess charges. When surveyed, over eight out of 10 were found to pack items in their hold luggage that they didn’t end up using while abroad. This then resulted in a waste of money as four in 10 Brits reportedly paid excess baggage charges instead of packing more efficiently.
The study, conducted by discount voucher website, MyVoucherCodes, found that the items most commonly unused when packed include excess toiletries (36%), books (27%), board / card games (21%), after sun (20%), extra shoes / trainers (18%) and a waterproof coat (18%).

Late boarders
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Holidaymakers flying from UK airports have no time for latecomers, according to new research. Over a third (39 per cent) of Brits state that late-boarders are so infuriating that they deserve some form of penalty.
In the survey by HolidayExtras.com, more than one in 10 people claimed zero tolerance for poor timekeepers, stating that they should be fined for disruption and flight delays. A further 11 per cent went a step further, saying that they should be removed from the flight altogether. However, 16 per cent of those irritated by late boarders were more forgiving, stating that these tardy individuals deserved a dirty look rather than a stricter penalty.
The research follows a BBC report, analysing delayed flights from the UK to popular holiday destinations, revealing that one in five flights are delayed by more than 30 minutes.



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