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Steam on the mainline

May 2nd, 2019 | By
Windsor Castle

In truth, this isn’t really a return to scheduled steam journeys but a steam day out. But why shouldn’t steam trains journey on some of our lines?

Holidaying in Saudi Arabia

May 1st, 2019 | By
Holy Mosque

Saudi Arabia is making a concerted effort to encourage us to holiday in the country.

Holidays outside the eurozone

Apr 30th, 2019 | By

It is non-EU countries like Turkey and Tunisia which are proving popular, along with all-inclusive deals as customers “lock-in” costs

We’ll pay you to visit!

Apr 29th, 2019 | By

Reports circulating in Thailand and confirmed by the Ministry of Tourism suggest that there is a proposal being considered cash is given to tourists so that they visit less well-known places.

The nominees for the Museum of the Year

Apr 28th, 2019 | By

The nominees this year are the new V&A in Dundee, St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff, HMS Caroline in Belfast, the Nottingham Contemporary and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

Only travel if you have a booked seat

Apr 26th, 2019 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The headline grabbing proposal Virgin makes that every seat must be bookable on long distance services has some benefits.

Don’t holiday in Sri Lanka

Apr 25th, 2019 | By

In essence that is the advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It doesn’t actually say “don’t go” that but dresses it up.

The Dippy Effect

Apr 24th, 2019 | By

Who would have thought that a skeleton of a prehistoric monster would be such a big visitor attraction?

Why bother with St George’s Day?

Apr 23rd, 2019 | By

If so little interest is being paid to the day maybe we should question whether we need a patron saint’s day for England at all?

Holidaying in Sri Lanka

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

Whatever organisation is behind this outrage needs to be told that visitors will still holiday in Sri Lanka.

Listen to what customers really want

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

The company says that the survey found that only 8% are booking their holidays through the same package holiday company every time and that this, demonstrated a distinct lack of brand loyalty.

Do airlines and passengers want hubs?

Apr 21st, 2019 | By

Istanbul must be hoping that there is still a future for big hubs despite current aviation trends.

Anybody seen a wife?

Apr 20th, 2019 | By

If you lost something – after checking you had been in the last couple of hours – what would you do? Report it to the police?

Forget hot weather; we want good restaurants

Apr 19th, 2019 | By

According to James Villas which has commissioned some independent research, a good, local restaurant is our top priority

Taking an Easter break?

Apr 18th, 2019 | By
Gwithian Beach in Cornwall

Whilst a lot of us will be flying abroad this Easter, it might be the Easter of the staycation if figures from Visit England’s “Trip Tracker” survey are to be believed.

Cometh holiday time, cometh a strike

Apr 17th, 2019 | By
a beach in the Canary islands

This time it is Spanish airport and rail staff staff that are striking.

Where are you going this Easter?

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

Popular destinations closer to home include Majorca, Turkey, mainland Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Cyprus, Malta, Madeira and that perennial favourite – the Canary Islands.

Chihuly at Kew Gardens

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

This exhibition by Dale Chihuly, called Reflections on Nature, features a number of works some of which are new and some which are technically very difficult to create.

This is our history and it’s burning

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

Notre Dame will be rebuilt. And it will still remain an iconic site and a tourist attraction.

Game of Thrones’ locations

Apr 15th, 2019 | By

Rest assured, readers, I am not going to give away any plot or character details largely because I didn’t stay up, preferring to sleep the night through.

Vilnius in 1,969 steps

Apr 14th, 2019 | By

Apparently, according to the local tourist board, it only takes 1,969 steps to take in the main sightseeing attractions of the old town in Vilnius!

It’s Brexit day! Except it isn’t.

Apr 12th, 2019 | By

At the time of my writing this, everything looks fine for overseas Easter breaks and, if there is no exiting the EU until October 31st, summer holidays should be unaffected.

Gender balance in art exhibitions

Apr 11th, 2019 | By

The question is whether there many women artists of stature to attract huge crowds?

Enough to make you blush!

Apr 11th, 2019 | By

This was the phrase used by the president of JetBlue to describe the premium-priced airline ticket prices between London and the US cities of New York and Boston.

Visiting our national parks

Apr 10th, 2019 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

Visitors will head to the national parks on both sunny and inclement days for the walking, the scenery, the enjoyment and the opportunity to just clear the mind’s cobwebs!

Where does our money go?

Apr 9th, 2019 | By

Over €216 million has been raised which has been channelled into 156 projects in the Balearic isles.

Portugal welcomes Britons

Apr 8th, 2019 | By

Portugal has a website reminding Britons that there will be a welcome for them in Portugal entitled Brelcome.

Keep calm and ski on

Apr 5th, 2019 | By

All we might say to our British clients is: ‘Keep calm and ski on!’