Travel rumblings

Visiting museums in the future

Apr 10th, 2017 | By
interior of the National Museum

What is needed is a figure to show how much revenue having a museum brings to the local economy. In that way it would be easier to justify, increase spend on museums, galleries and other attractions.

Would you visit a zoo?

Apr 6th, 2017 | By

This week, Responsible Travel, based in Brighton which specialises in wildlife holidays has dropped visits to zoos as part of its tours. The reason? It says that zoos are “… relics of the past.”

Classifying hotels by how secure they are

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
-security scanners at Movenpick Hotel, Gammarth

Three weeks ago, Travelzoo suggested that hotels could also be classified by how secure and safe they were.

Bringing our heritage to a wider audience

Mar 26th, 2017 | By
Bodelwyddan Castle entrance

For nearly thirty years works from the National Portrait Gallery in London have been able to be seen at Bodelwyddan Castle, near Rhyl in North Wales. But no more.

Tourism week celebrations

Mar 16th, 2017 | By

What is that we want from tourism? What do we want from the travel trade and politicians? Do we want more tourist information centres, more transparency about pricing, more public toilets and better grading of accommodation? Something else?

Toys dressed up as customer satisfaction

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

I must look in Hamley’s or ToysRUs to see if there is an age recommendation before I buy one for my grandchildren to play with next Christmas.

Do holidaymakers’ complaints get listened to?

Mar 1st, 2017 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

there is a claim that holidaymakers believe that only about half of complaints come to the attention of anyone who can make a difference.

Are museums and galleries losing their appeal to schools?

Feb 28th, 2017 | By

Why aren’t schools taking pupils to museums in the numbers they once were?

In defence of Airbnb

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

Following the criticism of Airbnb on this site last week, Kaye Holland flocks to the online marketplace and hospitality service’s defence

Airbnb and the future of tourist accommodation

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By
hotel bathroom

Local government and tourism organisation are trying to decide how to live and exploiy Airbnb without damaging the tradition tourist economy accommodation providers.

Making a dream come true

Feb 17th, 2017 | By
northern lights

The organisers of the dog sledding not only provided exemplorary customer service but went above and beyond making that holiday one really to remember.

London life

Feb 12th, 2017 | By

I’d love to see you, but you live too far away says Kaye Holland

Airports are shopping malls

Feb 5th, 2017 | By
Heathrow - Terminal 5

In the Far East, airports still seem to be for passengers. In the UK, you feel that an airport is for retailing.

Will you be criminalised?

Feb 3rd, 2017 | By
Sandown beach

It is asking a lot for the Supreme Court to uphold such a stringent view and make criminals out of hundreds of thousands of parents?

What are the most common holiday complaints?

Jan 30th, 2017 | By

Is customer service improving? You might not think so judging from the complaints that this watchdog received.

Sadiq Khan’s recycled idea

Jan 29th, 2017 | By
the front of Buckingham Palace

I may be maligning Sadiq Khan but is this the time to consider hitting visitors to London? And if London were to be given these powers would not other tourist-attracting cities not want to follow?

Supporting galleries and museums

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
exterior of New Art Gallery, Walsall

There is just a fortnight left before the New Art Gallery in Walsall must submit its Arts Council request for funding for the next four years.

easyJet and the bacon butty

Jan 17th, 2017 | By

Stories like the one that I am about to tell you make a very welcome entry into my in-box because it renews your faith in the absurd.

Beverley Garland Day

Jan 15th, 2017 | By
LA decides to hold a Beverley Garland Day

British destinations should copy that ingenuity that Americans bring to the tourist industry.

Hotel cleanliness

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
hotel bathroom

The point of the story as far as I was concerned is that some hotels still don’t have their staff undertake the deep cleaning that most people would want.

Happy new year

Jan 1st, 2017 | By

To all our readers, a happy new year from all of us at Just about Travel.

Knit while you fly

Dec 28th, 2016 | By
using knitting needles during a flight

Before she flew she rang the airline, Eurowings, and Manchester Airport and was told that taking her wooden knitting needles as hand luggage was fine. The bamboo knitting needles were used openly during the flight as the image here suggests.

Merry Christmas from the JustAboutTravel Team!

Dec 25th, 2016 | By
cartoon of beach and Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Just about Travel, have a very Merry Christmas wherever you are. Enjoy the sight of St Nicholas flying over the Hamburg Christmas Market this year!

Ryanair and EU261

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

“In an effort to prevent customers being misled and ‘scammed’ in this manner, Ryanair has offered to pay Flight Delays the €25 admin fee it charges customers for every claim settled, on condition they do not deduct any fees from the compensation paid to customers.

The best gift? A memorable experience

Dec 20th, 2016 | By

Experimental gifts – take a bow travel – are proving more popular than clothing and cook books writes a pleased Kaye Holland

The gods aren’t smiling on travellers this Christmas

Dec 17th, 2016 | By

It isn’t looking good for those of us who are planning on travelling over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Ryanair acts illegally; others airlines practice dirty tactics

Dec 13th, 2016 | By

Is it not time for the CAA to read the riot act to all airlines, remind them of their responsibilities and order them to pay legitimate claims in a speedier manner?

Catching Gatwick trains

Dec 13th, 2016 | By
Gatwick Exress train

Visitors, passengers and commuters feel that nothing is happening. It’s time they were shown that somebody was attempting to resolve this debacle.