What’s hot: October 2018

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


Bespoke Big Apple

montage of New York

Big Apple bound and after a bespoke experience? Look to Localike, a travel service that’s constantly being updates by its roving scouts. All you need to do is enter information re your personality and interests and then sit back and wait for a customised itinerary to arrive in your in-box. The service costs from £60 per day including maps and personalised tips. localike-newyork.com


Venturing to Victoria Falls in style

The Victoria Falls reserve is set to get its first boutique hotel: step forward the Stanley & Livingstone. Due to open its doors in November, a safari vibe prevails throughout the 16-suite lodge. Factor is a first class restaurant, swimming pool overlooking the reserve’s watering hole and the chance to be able to book adrenaline pumping experiences such as a Flying Fox zip-line into the Batoka Gorge and a helicopter flip over the falls and you have a great boutique base when in Victoria Falls.


Direct flights to Durban

British Airways’ new direct service between Durban and London Heathrow, starting on 29 October 2018, is great news for those wishing to explore South Africa’s self confessed playground.
Traditionally Durban tends to be overshadowed by Cape Town with its captivating waterfront and Table Mountain in the backdrop and hipster JoBurg. But Durban isn’t South Africa’s most popular inbound destination for no reason: owing to its melting pot of cultures and cuisines, stunning beaches, warm year-round climate and friendly people, cosmopolitan Durban doesn’t disappoint.


Take a trip to Turin for a coffee break

Italian coffee brand Lavazza, the fourth largest coffee company in the world, has opened a new coffee museum in Turin, Italy.
The museum tells the story of Lavazza through five different themes: Casa Lavazza, the Fabbrica, the Piazza, the Atelier and the Universo.
Visitors can also enjoy one complimentary classic drink, like an espresso, and one speciality drink, such as coffee cocktail.
Entry costs €10 for adults (with concessions available for visitors under 26 or over 65), a small price to pay for dedicated caffeine lovers.


Earn space from your case

A light traveller? Why not share some space in your suitcase and earn some cash while you’re at it, via AirWayBill. The Spanish company that’s based in Paris -pairs holidaymakers with people who want to buy particular items but don’t want to fly to the countries where they’re available.
Sounds good? The first step is to check the app for demand from where you are travelling. While the traveller buys the item, the shopper pays 110 per cent of its high street value to AirWayBill. Once the item has been delivered, AirWayBill refunds the traveller for the item – and gives them an additional eight per cent of its value, with the app keeping 10 percent.
Plane bonkers or brilliant?


Holiday hounds

It’s no wonder so many Brits are swapping their partners for pooches when heading away on short breaks. New research from Best Western Great Britain, has found that one in seven (14 per cent) UK dog owners would rather go on holiday with their dog than their other half.
The popularity of this opinion varies quite substantially across the country, with those in the North East the most likely to choose a dog-friendly getaway. Over a quarter (26 per cent) of dog owners in this region would prefer a holiday with their pet than a trip away as a couple – more than five times the figure for Northern Ireland (five per cent).
On average, UK dog owners would be prepared to pay an additional £15.96 on top of their hotel cost to be allowed to bring their pet with them on holiday.


Diving in Aqaba

From this November divers will be able to escape for a winter sun diving adventure to Aqaba in Jordan more easily than ever before, with the advent of new easyJet weekly flights from London Gatwick – the first direct flights from the UK.
The Red Sea resort of Aqaba, home to treasures both above and underwater, is one of the world’s finest dive destinations offering everything from wreck diving, snorkelling and sandy beaches to the nearby UNESCO-protected Wadi Rum and Petra.

Hometown glory

Recent research by Carphone Warehouse has revealed that a whopping 21 million Brits share photos of their hometown at least once a week, with two thirds (64 per cent) saying that they feel proud to see other people sharing pictures of their town or city too.
When asked about what makes them proud of where they live, 2,000 UK adults named the food offering (38 per cent), people (37 per cent) and views (28 per cent) as their favourite aspects.
The majority of respondents in the survey said that they would most like to live in their current hometown over any other, demonstrating their hometown loyalty.

Oh, Vienna!

Austria’s charismatic capital has been hailed the most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit.|This is the first time the city ranked as the most liveable on the list, knocking Melbourne off the top spot.
Just About Travel isn’t surprised by Vienna’s triumph. Whether you want to cram in culture or while away hours in a traditional cafe, the Austrian capital will win you over. Check out our Vienna article here 



British Airways has announced it has terminated its service between Heathrow and Iran. Britain’s flag carrier’s decision to axe flights to Iran follows in the footsteps of KLM. The Dutch airline suspended its service between Amsterdam and Tehran over the summer.

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