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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?

A family triathlon

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
a pristine beach in Antigua undamaged exertion of a sporting kind - yet!

Antigua and Barbuda are known as a family holiday destination but now they are trying to move away from the sun, sand and relaxation image to encourage those of a more energetic nature.

Where the experts holiday: Ray Steward of Tauck Tours

Jan 16th, 2015 | By
Ray Steward

As it enters the UK market, Ray Steward has become the first UK manager of Tauck Tours, the oldest tour operator in the United States

Second-hand travel companies for sale

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
Alfred Kuoni - the founder - and how Kuoni still uses his drive

Kuoni has decided to sell its tour operating business. Aer Lingus is in play and Cyprus Airways has gone to the wall.

Skiing in Lebanon

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
Mzaar and the Intercontinental Hotel

It’s hard to think of Middle East countries being blanketed by snow but Lebanon is the one country that makes you re-think your prejudice.

The Olympics Effect

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
Tower Bridge with Olympic rings

I’m not convinced that the government really understands how very important tourism is to economic growth.

Liberation in the Channel Isles

Jan 10th, 2015 | By

This year, the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles that was captured by the Germans during WWII, celebrates its liberation.

Sleeping in cells

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
YHA Fremantle

YHA, is a one-of-a-kind hostel where you can sleep in actual 19th century prison cells. But “hostel” is surely the wrong word to describe this accommodation.

Is it due to improved customer service?

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

The success of Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” customer programme is partly due to why they carried more passengers.

Thorrablot and Dark Music Days

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
the Harpa venue

Thorrablot marks the midwinter feasting time in Iceland.

Avoiding train increases – if you are over 55

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
discount rail travel

Club 55 is back for Arriva Trains Wales and Scot Rail.

Brum appeal

Jan 2nd, 2015 | By
Brindley Place, Birmingham

Birmingham saw record visitor numbers last year with 34 million travelling to the area and spending more than £5 billion.

A curry and a doze

Dec 31st, 2014 | By

However you plan to spend new year, may we all at Just about Travel, wish you a joyous new year and a very happy and successful 2015 wherever you are.

Madesimo Canalone

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

In the last few years, Madesimo has performed well as a resort managing good snow fall at the lower level and over five metres on the higher slopes. That led to many more visitors last season and – if the snow forecasts are good – even more this season.

Cuba and Croatia: Out tips for 2015

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
Cuba. Will it lose its charm as more tourists arrive?

Cuba and Croatia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Namibia, Atlanta and the Daintree rainforest win our totally unscientific poll as the main overseas tips of our writers for 2015.

Being anti-social in Magaluf

Dec 28th, 2014 | By
the beach at Magaluf - not a whiff f anti-scoial behaviour. And that's how it should be.

The incidents that took place last summer in Magaluf have resulted in new anti-social behaviour regulations that holidaymeakers should know.

More industry tips for 2015

Dec 27th, 2014 | By
Puerta Vallarta in Mexico

Just about Travel has received more crystal-ball gazing so, before we run our thoughts in two days’ time, here is a round-up from some other organisations.

Houseboat to Hobart

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Step forward Danielle Ovenden, a yabby farmer from Lake Macquarie who has turned her houseboat back into a racing yacht.

Happy Christmas

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
Beach Christmas

To all our readers wherevere you may be and that includes those in Afghanistan, (we have 8) Finland (14 but probably not the famous resident of lapland) and even those in Barnsley (an in-house joke) we hope you have a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable time today and right throughout the festive period.

A Spanish Christmas

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By
the nativity in Madrid

Amongst all the celebrations there are two special Spanish ones not to be missed: the New Year’s Eve fiesta and the Feast of the Three Kings.

Winter wonderland attractions

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
reindeer in Lapland

Am I too cynical in suggesting that people should be wary about this type of attraction? Is it coincidental that two have been slated for poor value for money?

Having the patience to wait.

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
Think of the time I could save by not queueing to go up the Spanish Steps

The launch of a new website called Wait a Moment which provides peak waiting times would help me decide what and when I should see attractions in the destinations I visit.

Nevada County: where skiing and drinking mix

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
Nevada County-Pilot Peak

In Nevada County in California, you can combine the two in almost a twin-centre holiday because here are the vineyards of the Sierra Vintners wine region.

The Pearl of the Adriatic

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is the name often given to Dubrovnik in Croatia, one of the destinations that Brits that enthusiastically headed for this year.