Travel rumblings

The glamorous day of a travel writer

Jan 19th, 2018 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

If pushed, and only if pushed, I will admit to others that I am a travel writer.



Are bed taxes fair and just?

Jan 14th, 2018 | By

Before any city seriously considers an accommodation tax, the fairness of it and the effect on both tourism and locals needs to be assessed.



Passenger compensation for airline failure

Jan 11th, 2018 | By
Image of a Monarch plane

The time has come for air passengers to be treated like those who buy holidays and for them to be provided with protection.



Is Club 55 worth it?

Jan 10th, 2018 | By

This is the time of the year when railway companies introduce their promotions like Club 55 to encourage us to fill those empty seats on trains.



Restrictions on “smart” luggage

Jan 8th, 2018 | By

Monday January 15th is a red-letter day for international travellers and it is now just one week away.



The rise of bleisure

Jan 7th, 2018 | By
cartoon of passenger rushing to catch a flight

For many years it has been known that business travellers will relax on their business trip and possibly visit a gallery, a museum, the theatre or even undertake a two- hour tour of their destination.



Flying to Europe after Brexit

Dec 31st, 2017 | By
the south rreminal at Gatwick

Did the EU issue this “clarification” because it felt that such discussions aren’t progressing and it was a spur to start the ball rolling?



Truth and lies in the Cayman Islands

Dec 26th, 2017 | By

There is a mismatch between the popular myths and the reality, when it comes to the Cayman Islands



Bangor Winter Wonderland

Dec 18th, 2017 | By
pop-up ice rinks

Why is it that seemingly every year a winter attractions is closed because it cannot deliver?



A traveller’s tale of Heathrow

Dec 12th, 2017 | By

Sarah tells the story of a 2.5 hour flight that lasted eleven hours. And all because Heathrow was full



Being UK Capital of Culture

Dec 11th, 2017 | By

Now that Coventry has been awarded the title what impact can the award bring to the city?



Rail fare increases

Dec 5th, 2017 | By

From January rail fares will go up by 3.4% except we all know that isn’t the real story. Some will rise by more and some by less.



Do airlines want your business?

Nov 28th, 2017 | By

More and more I am getting the feeling that some airlines would rather I took my business elsewhere.



What about the rest of the UK?

Nov 26th, 2017 | By

Too often the promotion by destinations is centred on one place. What about the rest of us?



Christmas on the Champs-Élysées

Nov 24th, 2017 | By

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the council decided not to allow the Christmas market on the Champs-Élysées this year claiming that it was tacky and overpriced.



Brexit and being European Capital of Culture 2023

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By

Brexit means we leave the EU in 2019. So why did five UK cities think that they could enter the European Capital of Culture 2023 competition?



Up Mt Kenya (and down again)

Nov 20th, 2017 | By

If the role of a tourism minister is to promote tourism and to be seen to promote it, it is time that they left their offices one in a while and started some PR offensives like Mr Balala did.



How much do we love our overseas holidays?

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Algarve -beach vista

In the words of the ETC, “a weakened pound failed to deter British holidaymakers to travel internationally.”



Alcohol and air travel

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By

In all, over half of all of us drink more than a pint before we fly and not far short of a quarter of us drink over three pints and then fly.



Protecting Heathrow’s passengers

Oct 29th, 2017 | By

This morning the Sunday Mirror carried a story of the discovery by an unemployed man of a USB stick containing documents about Heathrow’s security may be alarming for passengers.



Investigating hotel comparison sites

Oct 27th, 2017 | By

Just about Travel has commented about the problems with hotel comparison website, welcomes the CMA investigation and urges readers to submot comments to the CMA.



Is my laptop dangerous?

Oct 24th, 2017 | By

My problem is that having known about the potential problems with lithium batteries before why haven’t aerospace safety agencies carried out this testing before?



Is Airbnb changing?

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

Airbnb has signed a deal with a property developer for Airbnb branded sites. Is it now becomein a property developer? Or a quasi-hotelier?



Is your holiday destination growing at 6%?

Oct 15th, 2017 | By
panoramic view of Dubrovnik

Tourism figures for the first 6 months of 2017 grew by 6% compared to the same period last year.



The uncaring tourist

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

It appears that visitors don’t bother to clean up after their dogs but take the attitude that because they are away from home they can treat the countryside and beaches as though it was someone else’s responsibility.



Can we trust travel companies to know?

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

In the light of the Which Holiday? report, is it time for the CAA to do spot checks on those who are ATOL bonded to compile its own statistics on how companies train their staff?



Where’s the customer service?

Oct 10th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

Next year as the World Travel Awards reach their silver anniversary maybe the organisers could remember the missing feature and the person on whom the travel industry relies for its very existence – the passenger, traveller and holidaymaker!



Does terrrorism deter holidaymakers?

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

A country perceived as being dangerous may not be as dangerous as we think.