What’s hot: December: 2019

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


Miami Vice
Miami has been named the sexiest city in the world by Big 7 Travel with Paris, Denver, Copenagen and Cape Town also making the top five. The study by Big 7 Travel, ranked the metropolises on “sexual searches”, the levels of sexual activities and the best cities for single people. For the low-down on America’s magic city, check out our guide: http://www.justabouttravel.net/2009/03/04/miami-nice/

Miami Nice

Wetherspoon’s budget hotel rooms are the best
Wetherspoon has been rated, together Premier Inn, the best large hotel chain in the UK, according to a recent survey. The study by consumer group Which? asked guests to rank their stays based on several categories including bed comfort, cleanliness, food, service and value. Wetherspoon was praised for its “huge stylish rooms” and excellent value: stays start at £39 a night.

Aberdeen is on the up
Aberdeen is one of the destinations earmarked for a boom in tourism in the new year, according to figures from Airbnb.
The world’s biggest accommodation-sharing site has revealed the towns and cities that have seen the largest percentage increase in inquiries – and Aberdeen has seen a rise of 119 per cent. Maastricht in the Netherlands (55 per cent) and Kerala (95 per cent) also saw rises. Meanwhile Milwaukee which will host the Democratic National Convention in 2020, saw a 729 per cent increase.

Aberdeen is having a moment

Hair of the dog
Chalet group Consensio has introduced apres ski for dogs. Yes, really. Your furry four-legged friends can lapg up the life of luxury in one of Consensio’s chalets, from early morning snow runs, being chauffeured to meet the humans off the slopes and, home cooked meals. Pampered pooches can also partake in apres ski and now Consensio has created the pawfect afternoon treat, a chance for your pampered pooch to enjoy a part of the day, which has become synonymous with skiing, Après Ski. While owner indulge in homemade canapes and cakes, accompanied by a crisp glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne, dogs can join in with a cup of Lapdog Souchong, Earl Greyhound , Bark Jeeling,  or alcohol free Cham Paws champers. Paw-fect!

Antarctic explorer Scott’s letters go on display
Lost letters and maps from great explorers including Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott have been unearthed during the historic move of Covent Garden bookshop Stanfords.
They have been included in a new exhibition put on by iconic travel bookshop Stanfords, alongside a missive which runs in a small room at 10 Langley Street until January 3.
The lost letters shed light on the fierce rivalry between Scott and Ernest Shackleton, another major figure in Antarctic exploration. Scott is affronted that the farthest point south on a map of the Antarctic regions was inscribed “Scott and Shackleton. Scott wrote that marking the point with both men’s names “implies dual leadership” and is “not in accordance with fact”.

Wizz Air is buzzing
Hungarian airline, Wizz, has been revealed as the third largest budget carrier in Europe behind easyJet and Ryanair.
Figures released by Cirium show that the airline – which connects British airports with central and eastern European destinations – registered the second largest growth, behind only Russian airline Pobeda.
Wizz, which turned 16 earlier this year, has announced new routes to both Romania and Russia.

All hail England
England has been hailed as one of the best countries in the world to visit next year by Lonely Planet in its Best in Travel 2020  book.
The legendary travel publisher named England the world’s second best tourist destination for 2020 due to its “timeless treasures”. The entry for England states: “Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for: the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside.”
England was beaten only by Bhutan which took the title of best country to visit in 2020.

England is where it’s at for 2020

Travel with Arc’teryx
The adventure-gear brand Arc’teryx has become the latest brand to launch group holidays.
Led by professional guides, the trips  — which will run from June 2020 – include climbing in Chamonix,  trail running from the Matterhorn to Grindelwald, hiking in the Dolomites and mountaineering in the Grand Tetons.
Groups will be intimates with sizes ranging from four to 12 and include women-only holidays.(trips.arcteryx.com).

Try before you buy
If you’re one of the alleged four-in-ten nervous flyers who miss out on exotic holidays because their phobia is so severe – then help could be at hand courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. The cruise operator is throwing open the doors to its Anthem of the Seas ship while it’s docked in Southampton next May, to give the public a preview of what their next holiday could look like. And the first 50 visitors who can prove they have a genuine fear of flying will also receive a complimentary lunch at one of the onboard restaurants.
Royal Caribbean is running the ‘try before they buy’ service between May – September 2020. To be one of the lucky 50, simply email: trybeforeyoubuy@wcommunications.co.uk. 

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Nights at the circus
Cirque du Soleil recently opened their first new production in Las Vegas in six years. Showing inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino, R.U.N has been billed as a “live action thriller.”
The Montreal born circus school has shunned contortionists and clowns for its new show and woven stunts and special effects into a storyline written by Robert Rodriguez, aka the director of Sin City, which involves two rival gangs facing off in LA’s underground world.
The show’s price tag exceeds $60 million,  making R.U.N”one of the company’s most expensive Vegas shows.cirquedusoleil.com/run


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