Travel news

The biggest “hotel” chain in the world

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

It took hoteliers decades to become as big as they have become. It has taken Airbnb less than ten years to achieve this success.

Saturday snippets: August 12th 2017

Aug 12th, 2017 | By
PortAventura aquatic park

The wet weather has caused a last minute rush for holidays abroad and we say goodbye to Klaus Lohmann as he returns to Germany and Dennis Cleveland-Peck who sadly died recently.

Royal gifts at Buckingham Palace

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
Russian samovar

Natasha visits the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to see this year’s exhibition.

Do you check-in online?

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
an airport queue at Gatwick

Given the pressure by airlines for us, it seems surprising that 48% of us aren’t checking in online for one reason or another.

Anti-tourist feeling in Spain

Aug 8th, 2017 | By

It would seem that tourists in certain destinations will have to put up with this annoyance which isn’t anti-British just anti-tourist.

Saturday snippets: August 5th 2017

Aug 5th, 2017 | By

in some places tourism is causing problems like the Isle of Skye. In others such as the Cook Islands a new marine reserve may attract many more. They are part of Adrian’s look at some of the tourism stories of the week.

Fancy grilled lionfish?

Aug 4th, 2017 | By

Is this too adventurous for me? Should I stick to cod and chips from my local chippie!

How big should an airline seat be?

Aug 1st, 2017 | By

Should minimum seat sizes be mandatory and decided by medical staff rather than bean counters or aircraft designers?

Saturday snippets: July 29th 2017

Jul 29th, 2017 | By

With the summer holidays underway, Adian looks at where we are going, some of the problems and ends with Jet 2, the only travel company in the top 50 for customer satisfaction according to the ICS.

Primera: a low-cost, transatlantic entrant

Jul 27th, 2017 | By

Primera, another Scandinavian airline is entering the low-cost transatlantic market next April to join Norwegian.

Tunisia is open for British visitors

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
tunisian stand at Manchester Destinations show

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office lifted the ban on travel to most parts of Tunisia this afternoon.

Meeting Kermit and Miss Piggy

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

There are 47 puppets on view including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favourites.

Saturday snippets: July 22nd 2017

Jul 22nd, 2017 | By

As new security measures are introduced on flights to the US, Adrian also looks forward to the end of credit card charges whilst wondering if airfares and holidays will increase in price next year.

The busiest day of the year

Jul 21st, 2017 | By
queues at Heathrow

You may not have heard of NATS but for every holidaymaker flying out of UK air space they are vital as they are the provider of air traffic control services. And today they say that it will be the busiest day ever in the skies above the UK. They expect to handle a record breaking 8,800 flights in and out of the country just today. During the summer NATS expects to handle more than 770,000 flights, an increase by 40,000 from last year. That 5.2%
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The mobile library in the sky

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

The airline is making books available to its younger passengers because the airline says that parents of 8-14 year-olds believe that children are reading less than when they were kids.

Ae you a “champer?”

Jul 16th, 2017 | By
Inside of a church with beds for champing

Champing is overnight camping in a church. Not just any church. You can’t pop into Westminster Abbey or York Minster and ask the rates for camping overnight.

Saturday snippets: July 15th 2017

Jul 15th, 2017 | By
mamite jar in bag for liquid items inspection

Adrian looks at the importance of Marmite in the travel industry and taking the wrong currency on holiday – amongst other things!

Thomas Cook wins in travel sickness case

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

In dismissing the court action, the judge accused them of “fundamental dishonesty.” He ordered the couple to pay costs of £3,744.

Free bus travel at weekends

Jul 9th, 2017 | By
trawscymru bus

Don’t all get excited. You can, if you live in Wales for that is where the Welsh government is trying an experiment. Even in Wales, enthusiasm shouldn’t be widespread because the free fares apply only to eight particular routes, the routes that make up the TrawsCymru (it means cross Wales) network. But the routes are long distance ones so you can, for example, travel from Bangor to Cardiff by linking two services together. You don’t have to be a Welsh resident to take advantage of
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Saturday snippets: July 8th 2017

Jul 8th, 2017 | By

Snowball fights, canoeing in tunnels, a stuffed baby elephant and five copies of Stephen Fry’s autobiography attract Adrian’s attention this week.

It’s the museum everyone would dream of having on their doorstep

Jul 7th, 2017 | By
back of Hepworth

With those words, the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 was announced to be The Hepworth Wakefield.

Will we holiday overseas this summer?

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
beach in Cuba

TUI, Thomas Cook, Jet 2, Expedia, Cosmos and all the other tour operators will be hoping that the DFDS survey results are accurate.

More on travel insurance fraud

Jul 4th, 2017 | By

Why are UK citizens making fraudulent claims and citizens of other European countries don’t appear to be doing so? What does that say about our legal system? Or the people involved in it or on the sidelines?

Saturday snippets: July 1st 2017

Jul 1st, 2017 | By

In a busy week, the BA cabin crew strike begins but. on the plus side. there are the 4th of July celebrations and the London Korea Festival is on next Saturday.

I live in another world

Jun 28th, 2017 | By
labelled suitcase

According to a survey, adults set off on a holiday with more than £3,000 worth of personal electronic devices, toiletries, clothes and all the other stuff regarded as being essential for a holiday.

Saturday snippets: June 24th 2017

Jun 24th, 2017 | By
Antiguan beach

In a busy week, a beaututiful garden re-opens in Spain, a museum in London is open for just tomorrow and yet more news about travel insurance fraud.

Tourism and the Queen’s Speech

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By

The government announced that there will be a Travel Protection Bill which, it says, will improve protection for holidaymakers by updating the UK’s financial protection scheme for holidays.

The Harry Potter anniversary

Jun 18th, 2017 | By
Goathland station on the NYMR

Apart from the fact that heritage railways are popular in their own right, a link to the Harry Potter stories makes them doubly interesting as visitor attractions so the railway is celebrating the anniversary as well.