Travel rumblings

Drinking on planes and at airports

Aug 15th, 2017 | By

Surely the first thing is to establish which flights, which time of day, which airlines and which airports are involved and then apply appropriate measures.



Taking a book on holiday?

Aug 13th, 2017 | By
Bookshelf of unread books

I make no bones about it. I prefer proper books to electronic ones.



Would you fly on a plane with no pilot?

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
passenger flight delay compensation

Technically it is feasible. From a practical standpoint, I don’t think the world is ready for this.



Ryanair to have new seating

Aug 6th, 2017 | By
ryanair new seats

If new Ryanair planes will all sport a 32inch seat pitch, then that will be – says seatguru – three inches shorter than some of the planes they currently operate!



Where’s the planning?

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
an airport queue at Gatwick

Passengers will accept additional security measures as necessary. What they won’t accept are delays when the authorities should have known about the likelihood of delays and planned accordingly.



Holiday or helliday?


Jul 30th, 2017 | By

Holidays can mean lots of extra stress and pressure…



Are we the bad guys?

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

No Ms Carne, you are wrong. Tourism and tourists are valuable for destinations and the tourists themselves.



Using TripAdvisor

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By

If the company has less confidence in reviews then surely it is now only another online booking engine, one of many.



Meet Trainy McTrainface

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

It goes to show that sometimes the general public can be a sandwich short of a picnic or, to put it a little bluntly, daft.



Time for a sea change?

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

It behoves all these bodies whose role is to represent consumers to stand up and condemn fraudulent travel sickness claims and uphold the fact that they aim for “best practice” in their industries but something seems amiss.



“We make millions of dreams”

Jul 2nd, 2017 | By

If VivaColombia’s founder and head man, William Shaw, had his way passengers travelling on his airline could pay less by standing all the way.



The end of the road

Jun 29th, 2017 | By

I have been mulling over the implications of the case of Jon Platt, the father who took his daughter away on holiday in term time and who has fought a long and hard battle.



Diary of a travel journalist



Jun 29th, 2017 | By

A glimpse into the life of a travel writer



Taking pesto as hand luggage

Jun 25th, 2017 | By
jar of Genovese pesto

Apparently, pesto, can be taken through customs as hand luggage even though it exceeds the 100ml limit set by the EU.



Bye bye Britain

Jun 25th, 2017 | By

Torturous Brexit negotiations, four terrorist attacks in a month, the Grenfell Tower tragedy, a coalition of chaos… it’s time to escape for the summer, says Kaye Holland



Air Departure Tax: Who Benefits?

Jun 21st, 2017 | By

Yet again we have a report that rehashes old ideas, presents few new ones preferring to rely on hoary old arguments instead.



Working holidays

Jun 16th, 2017 | By

Could some of charities and organisations be on the verge of competing with small, niche holiday companies?



Who do you believe?

Jun 14th, 2017 | By

It all goes to show that there is no standard way of deciding “best” or “worst.” Passengers will remain confused whilst so many organisations provide conflicting results.



Is tourism slowing?

Jun 12th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

In the first quarter of 2017, there was a worldwide increase of just 1.8% international visitors. Why so little an increase?



Enough is enough

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

With these words the UK prime minister, Theresa May, might be indicating a response to the terrorist attacks that the UK has faced over the last three months.



Today is UNESCO World Heritage Day

Jun 4th, 2017 | By

Today is UNESCO World Heritage Day. Given the destruction by ISIS at Palmyra and at other Middle Eastern sites it is important to remember what we have lost and give thanks for what we still have and still have to discover.



Is the “Mail on Sunday” scaremongering?

May 29th, 2017 | By

Rather the Mail on Sunday should have said that any country was a potential target and urge its readers to be vigilant and careful when the holiday wherever they go.



When IT fails…

May 28th, 2017 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

I suspect that a problem of the size that occurred yesterday can never be adequately handled by training and customer service manuals. Passengers will never be totally satisfied when a problem of this magnitude occurs.



In support of Manchester

May 23rd, 2017 | By

Today, Cory Jobe – the Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism – sent out his weekly tourism newsletter. He began, not by noting something about Chicago or Illinois, but by reference to the cowardly attack on children, teenagers and their parents at the Manchester Arena yesterday evening.



Meet the roamers

May 21st, 2017 | By

More and more people are moving from country to country for both personal and professional pursuits. JAT reports on the rise of the roamers



Being “squashed” in airline seats

May 18th, 2017 | By

If Mr Taylor’s case is successful it mmight make the airlines think again and give us sufficient room for health reasons as well as comfort.



Banning personal electric devices in hand baggage

May 16th, 2017 | By

Update: 18 May 2017: At a meeting between the EU and USA officials it was decided NOT to introduce a ban on carrying PED’s as hand language. However other measures may be considered.



Are attractions too pricey for the family?

Apr 30th, 2017 | By
Windsor Castle

Future Thinking says that families are the most frequent visitors with an average of 21 trips to visitor attractions or art performances planned this year. But maybe not to heritage sites unless they are to our national museums which are free!