Travel rumblings

Kyoto and tourism pollution

Nov 8th, 2018 | By
Kyoto cherry blossom

It is concerned about the behaviour of visitors in the Gion-Shinbashi area of the city where relations between visitors and locals has reached the point where a committee of locals has been set up to encourage more courteous behaviour.



My data and me

Oct 26th, 2018 | By

At Edinburgh airport this week, I bought a meal deal. At the self-service checkout the reader wanted to scan the barcode on my boarding card. Why?



Airline alcohol prices

Oct 25th, 2018 | By

I think that I shall remain teetotal on flights. The cabin crew may not like it but my wallet will!



Dealing with unruly passengers

Oct 22nd, 2018 | By
Ryanair

Just as airlines have adopted a no-tolerance policy towards over-drinking and flying, the same attitude should be taken to this sort of behaviour.



A right Russian rigmarole

Oct 2nd, 2018 | By

Russian visa applications are notoriously complex but the pay off is worth it, writes Kaye Holland



Has the aviation industry gone too far?

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

As more and more airports introduce charges for just dropping off passengers is this man’s attitude an indication that passengers might be reaching the limits of the patience with the way that the aviation industry is fleecing passengers at every opportunity?



Brexit overload

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

It all seems like one long drawn-out East Enders plot with everybody lurching from one mess to another with none of the cheery win-through attitudes. Come to think of it East Enders doesn’t have that either!



How long will we remember?

Sep 17th, 2018 | By

How long will it take international visitors to forget this unusual spasm of bad weather and once again put any of these destination on the list of future holidays?



Goodbyes are never easy

Sep 6th, 2018 | By

Manchester has shown the world (you’d be surprised at how widely this story has been picked up) that it isn’t a pleasant place to visit.



Are we surprised air journeys take longer?

Sep 3rd, 2018 | By

Are crowded skies making journeys longer?



An autumn bank holiday

Aug 29th, 2018 | By

Whatever date might be chosen a holiday between August and December 25th would boost spirits through the long and dank weather that we usually experience in the autumn and early winter.



Ryanair says – Fit your hand lugagge under the seat or pay

Aug 27th, 2018 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

From November 1st the airline will operate a new hand luggage policy that it says will reduce delays in boarding.



A family day out

Aug 25th, 2018 | By
Minnie & Micky Mouse

Adrian looks at information provided by My Voucher Codes as to how expensive some theme parks and attractions really are.



Finding a toilet

Aug 16th, 2018 | By

BBC research that was released earlier this week, suggests that there are a greater number of closures than many might have believed.



Air fare promotions

Aug 9th, 2018 | By

Some airlines have adopted the habit of listing the price of a ticket as being only that price when two people travel together. Is this being transparent?



Wales is “standing still”

Aug 6th, 2018 | By

For Wales to grow by 0.5% is lamentable and there is little evidence that Visit Wales or the Welsh government understands that it has a problem let alone knowing how to solve it.



It’s too hot to holiday in southern Europe

Aug 5th, 2018 | By

Are Britons – a majority of which are normally sun-lovers – not holidaying in Spain, Portugal and Italy because it is too hot?



Where now for Cuban tourism?

Aug 2nd, 2018 | By
Cuban street

Fears that many had about the typical Cuban ambience of the present won’t be subsumed into international tourism beige for a few more years.



#PlasticPatrol

Jul 30th, 2018 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

Whilst #PlasticPatrol, Surfers Against Sewage and others work hard to remove litter the problem is that litter louts still do it and nothing the government or experts have considered so far seems to deter them.



The rise and rise of tourism beige

Jul 28th, 2018 | By
hotel room

These days to get some individuality, some colour into your holiday you need to go to one of the specialists and even then you may not be successful. Could this be why I have “packaged” my own holidays over the last decade or more?



Enjoying the sun without “nanny” interfering

Jul 25th, 2018 | By
Bournemouth beach

Let’s just sit back and – mindful of problems that too much sun on our bodies can bring – make the most of it because we probably won’t get such a wonderful summer again for a few years.



Lidl is just too depressing

Jul 22nd, 2018 | By

Let’s have a campaign to ban adverts about returning to school until at least half way through the holidays.



Solving tourism pollution.

Jul 18th, 2018 | By

The suggestion by ne expert that all those involved should get together to resolve the problem in a particular destination seems “pie-in-the-sky” given the number of competing claims.



“Making a Splash”

Jul 13th, 2018 | By

The Ceredigon Museum should be thanked for reminding us what many might consider to be a bygone age.



Do you know this man?

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

Neither Cameron nor May has given any of the culture secretaries or tourism ministers long enough to understand their brief.



Planning for tourists – parking and Glenfinnan

Jul 8th, 2018 | By
Glenfinnan viaduct

The parking problem has been growing for some time so the unanswered question must be why didn’t the local authority plan earlier?



Strikes galore!

Jul 5th, 2018 | By

Strikes in France and Italy on Friday and the weekend continue a long series of disruption that travellers have had to put up with for months.



Will Tesco bring us a taste of France?

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By

Is this a ploy by the tourist boards of France and the UK to widen our eating habits by introducing us to the cuisine of each other’s countries?