What’s hot: February 2020

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


Sky high
This is the year that Nasa is allowing tourists to visit the International Space Station but, at £27,500 (US$35,000) per night, trips aren’t cheap.
According to Robyn Gatens, deputy director of the ISS, there will be up to two private astronaut missions per year, each one lasting 30 minutes.

Voluntourism in the Faroe Islands
Tucked between Norway and Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands will once again be closed to tourists from the 16-17 April. Instead of tourists, this self-governed group of 18 volcanic islands will be welcoming 100 volunteers who will receive free accommodation, food and transport in exchange for helping preserve the islands’ legendary beauty.

Get appy
There’s a new app in town that every self-respecting traveller will want to download pronto!
Allow JAT to introduce you to Bimble (bimble.com) which lets you create personalised travel lists of the places you discover while on the road – perhaps a cute cafe in Buenos Aires or boutique in Belgrade – and then share them with friends, family and like-minded Bimblers. We approve. 

Japan’s Mt Fuji

Skiing in Japan
The Land of the Rising Sun has long been synonymous with sushi and sumo wrestling but less known is the fact that Japan has the planet’s best powder (snow) over on the island of Hokkaido in resorts such as Niseko and Rusutsu. Ski aficionados will therefore be in seventh heaven to learn that Finnair has launched twice weekly flights to Sapporo, the capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with fares from £600 return. finnair.com

Celebrate mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs
Desert meets mountain vistas, year round sunshine, swanky bars and celebrity appeal help make Palm Springs an inviting destination at any time of year but February – when the Rat Pack’s favourite hangout – hosts Modernism Week, is a particularly great time to visit.
Now in its 15th year, the festival allows attendees to get an insight into how designers in the desert have fully embraced modernist architecture – expect kidney shaped swimming pools, curved roofs, rectangular pavilions and floor to ceiling glass walls.

Palm Springs

Pampered pooches
Want to make your pup feel important? Sign your four legged friend up to Priority Paws, the new VIP members’ club from PetsPyjamas, an award-winning lifestyle destination specialising in pet-friendly travel across the UK & Europe. Once you’ve made a dog-friendly holiday booking, your canine will get their own VIP concierge, complimentary 24/7 vet advice, discounts and exclusive deals.

Work hard anywhere
Fancy basing yourself in Bogota? You’re not alone for the Colombian city has topped the list as the city that has seen the most growth in personality among British digital nomads, according to new booking data from Airbnb for Work.
Istanbul (Turkey), Bratislava (Slovakia), Malaga (Spain) and Lima (Peru) rounded out Airbnb for Work’s list of top five emerging cities for digital nomads. Time to start practising your Spanish…

Bogota will take your breath away. Literally

Jammin in Jamaica
If you’re a fan of Bob Marley, aka Jamaica’s most famous son, then now is the time to visit the Caribbean island as February is Reggae month. Expect a series of concerts and  events all around the island highlighting Jamaica’s musical history and heritage. Whatever you do, don’t miss Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday Celebration on the 6 February.

We’re going on a paycation
Almost half (44 per cent) of parents “always pick up the bill” with £740 being the average amount forked out for each ‘kidult’, according to a new study by Royal Caribbean International. The findings found over two fifths (42 per cent) of British adults, aged 25 and over, still go away on holiday with their parents. Parents fork out the most for sons (£870), while daughters come in £260 cheaper at £610 a pop. The most expensive adult-children that still holiday with their parents are aged 25-34, with 23 per cent costing parents an eye watering £890 each on average.

Explore Bob Marley’s beautiful home in Kingston. Credit: Kaye Holland


Holidaying Down Under
British visitors to Australia are being warned to follow the advice of local authorities as the country continues to battle widespread bush fires.
“Australia continues to battle serious bushfires across multiple regions with authorities in some regions declaring a State of Emergency and ordering road closures and evacuations,” says the UK Foreign Office. “If you are in or near an affected area or planning any travel, stay safe, monitor TV news, radio and social media channels for updates, and follow the instructions and advice of local authorities.”
The UK Foreign Office added:“Bushfires can start and change direction with little or no notice.”

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