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Dinosaurs Unleashed

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

Last Monday a new “attraction” opened at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Designed to appeal to the young and the inquisitive, the idea behind “Dinosaurs Unleashed” is that it will turn visitors into explorers.

Cabin baggage rules

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
If nothing else, it will persuade us to take less luggage. © Dan Sperrin

Christine provides the current cabin baggage limts and sizes for the 22 airlines you are likely to use if you are holidaying abroad this summer.

Road signage is not fit for purpose

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
a barely visible sign on the A40

Apart from the fact that the council will repair “sins” and deal with the horrible spectre of “waring” signs, their proof reading seems as sloppy as the road signage inspections!

The only games that matter

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
Llanwrtyd Wells

Yes, I know that something is happening in Glasgow but it may not be as exciting, as trhilling, as muscular or as daredevil as one event coming up.

Forget taxes on hotel guests

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

Plans by the French government to increase tourism taxes on hotel guests have been criticised by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

London calling: Kaye Holland

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
TOTT group

Ahead of the two year anniversary of the Olympic Games, London based journalist and co-founder of Talk of the Town, Kaye Holland, opens her little black book to reveal the best places to eat, shop and play in London Town


Jul 17th, 2014 | By

The Cote d’Azur Tourist Board recently the COTEDAZUR-Card,® a pass which gives its holders access to 115 activities throughout the entire area.

Brittany’s Glastonbury – and other festivals

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Les Vieilles Charrues is Glastonbury’s Gallic cousin and it begins today. Lots of Brits will have taken the ferries across in readiness.

Nuits Romanes

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

Running until the 13th September in Poitou-Charentes the 10th Nuits Romanes brings to life over 170  monuments and buildings throughout the region highlighting the many architectural legacies found in the region. Evening events – over 250 shows – means that you see  heritage in a completely different way.  The shows and events offer an exceptional free and up-close cultural experience to a vast audience. Every evening, shows designed to match a venue’s architectural heritage will see artists of national and international repute thrill audiences with  [...]

The passenger comes first

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

In India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided that airlines, airports and the whole process of air travel should be made more passenger friendly. Hurrah!

Our love of cruising

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

The big sea-change (forgive the pun) in holidays over the last few years has been the spectacular growth in our taking cruise holidays

Forgetting to pack underwear

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

Yet another survey finding that makes you wonder about life has been published. This one, from Teletext Holidays and Swimwear 365 suggests that we aren’t that good at packing.

Charge all electronic devices before you fly

Jul 9th, 2014 | By
my phone works on a plane but does the emergency oxygen supply?

Last week we told you about the new rules regarding carrying electronic devices on planes. Yesterday the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, announced that they could apply to ANY flight into or out of the UK.

The high cost of travel

Jul 9th, 2014 | By
Will Norwegian's entry into the ong haul market last week result in  cheaper transatlantic fares?

The Office of National Statistics revealed that rail fares had risen sharply, yet motoring and air travel costs had declined.

Yet to the passenger this doesn’t seem right.

Copycat passport application sites

Jul 7th, 2014 | By
UK passport

Five people have been arrested in connection with running websites that charge you more than the government does for applying you for a passport

Ninety-six words that say too little

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

This is the count of words in which the US Department of Homeland Security says that there will be extra security checks regarding electronic equipment.

Movie Montana

Jul 6th, 2014 | By
Gary Cooper in High Noon

Here you’ll find the site of Little Big Hon where Colonel Custer met his fate at the hands of Sitting Bull and the state capital- Helena – where one of Hollywood’s most famous cowboys, Gary Cooper, was born.

Philip Stevens, Heathrow and BA

Jul 6th, 2014 | By

Over the weekend, Philip Stevens had a story in the Financial Times about Heathrow. Here at Just about Travel we are fond of a rant and Stephens provides one.

New Turkish regulations for visitors

Jul 5th, 2014 | By

If you are holidaying in Turkey this summer don’t get caught out by the new regulations that have just been introduced.

National Day of the American Cowboy

Jul 4th, 2014 | By
getting ready for National Day of the American Cowboy

Special events include hay stacking, a cattle drive, a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest, a rib-eating contest and a contest for the most worn-out boots!

In Old Arizona

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

That was the name given to one of the early western talkies which was the first film to be filmed outside and went on to win its star only the second ever best actor award at the 1928/29 oscars.

“Safety in Paradise”

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
Air Nz has a tradition of being different. Like a hobbit aircraft

This is the name given to the new air passenger safety video that Air New Zealand has been using. Now the airline has removed it as some consider it to be offensive.

“Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine”

Jun 30th, 2014 | By
Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine

More than 690 years ago in Dusseldorf, a local shooting club started celebrating its patron saint’s day. Today, the event, Düsseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine,” is also one of the biggest outdoor celebrations in Germany.

And the gold award for service goes to…

Jun 29th, 2014 | By
the new labels to look out for

Last month the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) announced the introduction of a National Cyprus Tourism Quality scheme. But, for this coming summer, you will be unlikely to use it to select your hotel as it is still being trialled.

The Jakobskreuz

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
© Kitzbüheler Alpen Marketing GmbH

At the end of July, the Jakobskreuz, a 29m cross at the summit of the Buchsteinwand in Austria’s Tyrol will open to visitors with five viewing platforms in all directions.

Air traffic control strikes. Summer must be here!

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
arriving plane

Update: 26th June 2014. The strike has ended earlier than anyone expected.

Maya Biosphere Reserve

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By
Peten region of Guatemala

This reserve, the largest protected area in Guatemala occupying 19% of the national territory, as well as important Maya sites like Tikal, isn’t as well-known as some Guatemalan visitor attractions.

And the award for putting their foot in it goes to…

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

There is also a lot to be said for competence, honesty and planning, none of which the government has exhibited a great deal of in the last week.