What’s hot: September 2019

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

Road tripping across Scotland
Love a road trip? Then seek out Scotland… The Scottish tourist board has unveiled a new road trip for visitors and locals alike: say hello to the Heart 200. Covering some 200 miles around Stirling, Perth, Highland Perthshire and the Torssachs, the route has been designed to allow travellers to explore this region which links Scotland’s two national parks – here’s looking at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms. Heart200scotland

Arctic adventures
Here’s another bucket-list road trip for you… Iceland recently launched the Arctic Coast Way (Nordurstrandarleid), the country’s first ‘official’ touring route which sees roadtrippers explore the island’s volcanic northern coast which stretches some 900km rather than its over-touristed Golden Circle. Expect to see seals lounging in icy lagoons, Instagram-worthy fishing villages, mountainous fjords and black-sand beaches.

Avoiding Vueling
It’s official: Vueling Airlines has the worst punctuality out of any airline flying from UK airports according to an investigation.
The Spanish carrier departed on average 31 minutes late last year, according to analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data. Thomas Cook Airlines had the second worst performance with flights typically 23 minutes late. Other airlines who need to pull up their punctuality socks include Wizz Air (23 minutes), Norwegian Air UK (22 minutes) and Eurowings (22 minutes).
Cathay Pacific was top of the class with aircraft typically taking off just eight minutes late.

Malta

Dive into Malta
Dive enthusiasts should make for Malta for the island has just opened eight new deep-sea wreck sites, in addition to its nearly 100 other dive sites. Many of the sites are centered on wrecks including a First World War minesweeper that lies 67m below the surface. Are you ready to get wet?

Tui takes a U-turn over brochures
The UK’s largest tour operator will no longer scrap all traditional brochures by 2020, following feedback from customers whereby Tui learned that brochures were an “important part of the customer journey.” In 2016 Tui – then Thomson – which was printing 4.7 million brochures across 58 different titles, announced plans to scrap its physical catalogues and replace them with digital copies.

Disney costs rise
Planning a trip to Disney? Be prepared to do some damage to your wallet… The entry price into Disney’s amusement resorts has reportedly risen by as much as 5,000 per cent since the parks opened.
When it opened its doors in 1955, a ticket to Disneyland California cost just $2.50. Fast forward to 2019 and entry will cost you $129 (£106). Over on the east coast, a ticket to Walt Disney World in Florida cost $3.50 in 1971 but, in 2019, will set punters back $109 says the UK blog Play Like Mum.

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Riding elephants in Cambodia
Elephants in Cambodia have been forced to endure tourists riding them around Angkor Wat for far too long. Happily change is underfoot: the Angkor Elephant Group Committee has got involved, after an elephant recently died during a tourist ride, and plans to transfer the animals to a conversation breeding centre by early 2020. We say, about time.

Cambodia

Planning a trip to Peru
Everyone knows that Machu Picchu suffers from overtourism – the sprawling Inca citadel attracted 1.5m visitors in 2017, double the number recommended by UNESCO. Now it’s the turn of Peru’s Sacred Valley to be blighted by tourists. Construction is underway for a new airport in Chinchero – gateway to the Sacred Valley – which is aimed at helping tourists land that little bit closer. However the move has sparked criticism from historians, locals and archaeologists who worry that the planes will pass too low, damaging the remote ruins.

Cruising in mid-air
“The journey, not the destination matters.” So said TS Eliot and it seems as though the giant of literature wasn’t wrong if recent research by British Airways is anything to by. As part of a project called Flight 2119 considering how air travel might look in 20 to 100 years, the airline explored the possibilities of drinking water drawn from the clouds mid-flight and commercial experiential flights that fly slowly over other areas of interest or beauty in a bid to encourage passengers to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. BA said: “other options available to passengers on an air cruise include on-board yoga, meditation or art classes.”

Heading to a Hitler bunker
Plans to renovate a bunker that was used by Adolf Hitler in eastern Poland during the Second World War have come under fire with critics claiming that turning such a site into a tourist attraction could encourage far-right pilgrimages.
The Wolf’s Lair in the Srokowo Forest was frequented by Hitler before he withdrew to a stronghold in Berlin. Local authorities want to spruce the site in an attempt to attract travellers but have been met with objections.


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