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Forget cross country skiing. Try melon skiing instead

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
melon skiing in Chinchilla

I could have been squelching – along with 18,000 other people – through 20 tonnes of melons last weekend if I had only known about it.

Chinese new year in New York

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
Sunset Park

I didn’t know there were three Chinatowns in New York thinking that the Manhattan one was the only area to fly the flag of Chinese life.

Are you a “Passionate sun-seeker?”

Feb 19th, 2015 | By
ruska time in Finland

From Visit Finland comes a bit of fun called Finnscope. It is a microsite encouraging people to discover their Finnish horoscope.

Dublin for £30

Feb 18th, 2015 | By
Temple Bar in Dublin

The Dublin Pass has undergone a makeover. Is it worth the cash?

Wilpatu National Park

Feb 17th, 2015 | By

This is a new wildlife destination for visitors to Sri Lanka which is home to significant populations of leopards, sloth bears.

The Cairngorms for non-skiers

Feb 16th, 2015 | By
Feeding the reindeer

For much of January, it seems, snow fell in the Scottish Cairngorms. But if you aren’t a skier, what is there available to see and do at the moment?

Airport queueing relieves stress

Feb 15th, 2015 | By
queues at Heathrow

Some startling news has landed in my in-tray. Research says that we have had enough of waiting in line at airports.

Spring almond blossom

Feb 15th, 2015 | By
almond blossom marking out the German wine route

Many times, Just about Travel has mentioned the annual, spring cherry blossom extravaganza’s that can be seen in various parts of the world. But how about almond blossom?

Another broken record

Feb 12th, 2015 | By
Guess where?

Like a broken record each, the marketing company for the city, NYC & Company, says the same thing each year. More visitors than ever before.

Nanuya Island in Fiji

Feb 11th, 2015 | By

The Yasawa Island ground – of which Nanuya is just one of twenty – are off the north west coast of the Fijian Islands. They are as you might dream of a south sea island; crystal clear waters with palm-fringed white sandy beaches, tempting lagoons and colourful coral reefs. That doesn’t tell you the whole story though of how the locals live and the amenities they have. But on Nanuya, the new owners of the resort – an Australian couple called Val and Ivan Parker
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The best currency deals this half term

Feb 10th, 2015 | By

According to the International Currency Exchange, the best currency deals at the moment suggest that Hungary is the destination you should visit.

Visit The Philippines Year

Feb 8th, 2015 | By
Manila is the capital of fun, part of an ongoing tourism campaign

Last November Just about Travel mentioned that the Philippines Department of Tourism would be launching a campaign to persuade more of us to holiday there. The campaign has begun!

Countryside is “Great.”

Feb 6th, 2015 | By
the Pembrokeshire Coast at Marloes

In the first year of the campaign, attention will be paid to Scottish Highlands, Peak District, Cotswolds, Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, North Wales, Warwickshire, Lake District and Yorkshire.

Italian art exhibitions 2015

Feb 5th, 2015 | By
where else but Venice but the galleries have plenty of ehibitions to attract you too!

With the assistance – as usual – of the Italian National Tourist Board, we list here the main art exhibitions that will be showing in Italy this year.


Feb 4th, 2015 | By
record British visitors to Holland. And some will go to Keukenhof in March and April

Think San Francisco and gardens or tulips are not the first things that will spring to your mind.

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By
festival time in Tenerife

One of the great reasons to visit Tenerife in February is that it is carnival time.

Amazon and travel

Feb 2nd, 2015 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

It appears that Amazon, better known as a bookseller, has decided to enter the travel market.

Seeing Vienna with a pass.

Feb 1st, 2015 | By
At the Spanish Riding School© Rene van Bakel

In mid-January the Vienna Pass was launched with prices starting at €69. Is it good value for the city-break visitor?

The Bob Marley birthday weekend

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
Bob Marley

Next week, Jamaica will celebrate what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday.

Does the Treasury run tourism?

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
Loch Ness monster

Danny Alexander at the Treasury and not the tourism minister was the announcer of £2 million to promote the Loch Ness area over the next four years.

Aer Lingus to become part of IAG?

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

What imact will the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by BA owner, IAG, have for passengers?

Eating at the laundry

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
A horse at the Herb Garden

With twenty six washing machine drums stacked in a pyramid and a wooden horse on roller skates dressed in leg warmers is it any wonder that The Herb Garden Pizza Kitchen in Newcastle is a bit of a tourist lure?

Malawi is open for business

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
Malawi in calmer times

Malawi’s tourist infrastructure and lodges remain unaffected by the recent rains and floods and you should still book that once-in-a lifetime holiday to this beautiful country.

Where the experts travel: Gwen Keating

Jan 24th, 2015 | By
Gwen Keating

Gwen Keating – a confirmed Novocastrian and a green badge guide explains how she plans her travel and where she likes to go.

More holiday tips

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
How Zimbabwe promotes itself

Since I wrote the last tips from tour operators, three more companies have sent lists of suggestions in, Al Fresco, Exsus and On the Beach.

Vibrant Harlem

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
Apollo Theatre in Harlem

Harlem, historically one of the most vibrant areas of New York is the choice of the city’s promotion company as the first highlighted neighbourhood of 2015.

Think Tahiti

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
tahiti - as Gauguin often say it and which still colours our view of it today

Think Tahiti and images of perfect sandy beaches baked in sunshine, pearling luggers serenely and gently sailing through the archipelagos and sarongs spring to mind. It isn’t quite like that.

The week that never was

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
empty deckchair

This week is World Travel Week. In an era of “special” days or weeks for almost anything you could care to mention, is this of any relevance?