What’s hot: July 2018

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

 

HOT

Making for Majorca


Holidaymakers are following in television viewers footsteps and coming down with Love Island fever.
Bookings for escapes to Majorca, where the ITV2 show is filmed, are soaring according to travel agents. There’s been a 23 per cent increase in bookings to Majorca compared with last year, online agent eDreams said. The Balearic island jumped six spots to second place in its top 10 most popular locations.
Meanwhile jet2.com said it has increased the number of flights to Majorca by 13 per cent due to “huge demand” from Brits. The airline has 116 weekly flights to the island on sale this summer, compared to 79 last year.

 

Dundee

The Scottish city of Dundee has been included in a list of top European destinations to visit in 2018.
Scotland’s fourth largest city was included in the top 10 places to go by Lonely Planet. Dundee was singled out for its growing cultural scene, at the heart of which is a new branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum, set to open on 15 September. The Scottish coastal city is the only UK entry on the list from guide book publisher.

 

Barbers becoming barmen


Fancy a tipple while your tresses are being treated? No problem: simply look to the new wave of hair salons and barber shops slash bars. The Tussy Lounge in Berlin serves beverages in a vintage tearoom, while the hairdressers show your locks some love upstairs. Over in Amsterdam, Cut Throat are at it while in London there’s Blade Soho and Sharps. JAT approves: there’s no occasion that isn’t improved by a stiff drink.


China calling

Connections with China have been boosted with two new direct routes from Heathrow to cities in the Middle Kingdom.
China Southern launched flights to the fast growing city of Wuhan last month and will start flying to Sanya (dubbed the Hawaii of the East) from 12 July.
China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, welcomed the launch of the routes, saying: “I sincerely hope that these new routes will become bridges of mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples, facilitating travels and exchanges between our two countries and giving fresh impetus to the Golden Era of China-UK relationship.”

 

Heading to Heathrow

Heathrow

The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex led to Heathrow Airport recording its busiest May. Some 6.7 million passengers travelled through the airport in May, up 3.1 per cent on May 2017. Wedding watchers from the US going to Windsor, pushed passenger numbers on North American flights up five per cent. Domestic routes also saw an uplift, with a 5.5 per cent increase led by Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leeds flights.

 

Packing for Portugal

There’s a new music festival on the horizon: step forward RPMM in Porto. The new two-day party will take place in various venues across the Portuguese city, including the 12th century Alfandega building on the Douro River, from 28-29 July 2018.
When you’re partied out, check out laid-back Porto whose sloping streets are full of beautiful bookstores like Livraria Lello and charming cafes selling creamy custard tarts.

 

Hiking

Hiking in Asheville, North Carolina

Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift who keep fit by hiking in the Hollywood hills are being credited with a rise on the popularity of walking holidays.
According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), 54 per cent of 25,000 respondents said they were interested in walking on holiday. The AITO Travel Insights research revealed walking as the third most popular type of holiday behind city breaks and culture tours.
AITO head, Kate Kenward, said: “The big surge for young people aged 25-35 is for walking holidays and things like that. Walking, adventuring, anything that is not sitting on the beach. I think it is to do with wellness and people being more interested in their health.”

 

Summer by the River

London Bridge City Summer Festival

Can’t decide whether to vacation or staycation? London Bridge City’s summer long spectacular – Summer by the River – could persuade you to stay put.
Running until Sunday 2 September with stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, Summer by the River is the largest free outdoor festival in London. Expect outdoor cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports (including Wimbledon, Ascot and the cricket), live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and a host of events to let your hair down on a Friday.
Of course no festival would be complete without a delicious array of food and drink on offer and this year, Summer by the River has joined up with the amazing teams at Flat Iron Square and Look Mum No Hands to offer a constantly changing choice of some of the Capital’s finest street food housed in stunning country garden themed pop-ups.
For the full low-down, visit www.londonbridgecity.co.uk


NOT

Club 18-30 holidays


Club 18-30 holidays are set for the departure lounge because its target audience is increasingly basing its vacation choices on their Instagram worthiness and shying away from holidays revolving around sex and booze.
Travel operator, Thomas Cook, said in a statement: “We… intend to discontinue the UK market’s Club 18-30 holiday brand after summer 2018 as a result of the continued strategic review of our differentiated holiday offer.”
During the Club 18-30 peak it unashamedly boasted of its reputation for casual sex and drunkenness with the slogan: “It’s go big or go home and only the legendary will do.”

 

No-frills airlines
Ryanair plane ascending

The huge extra costs that can be incurred when booking add-ons with low cost airlines have been revealed by new research. The survey, carried out by the price comparison site KAYAK.co.uk, looked into the various costs of extras including name or flight changes, seat reservation and putting luggage in the hold. The findings show that while low-cost airlines can save British travellers huge amounts of money, adding extras may entail a steep rise in costs, sometimes up-to 26 times the original cost of the flight.

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