Travel tips & opinions

Destinations time

Jan 17th, 2019 | By

January brings the consumer travel shows and they kick off today at Manchester’s Event City with Destinations.



Being wary

Jan 6th, 2019 | By

Check to see if the organisation offering the holiday let is a member of any trade association. If it looks to be so, check that the trade association exists in the country concerned.



Time to book that holiday?

Jan 3rd, 2019 | By
ATOL

Deal with a company that is bonded so that you don’t lose it if a problem concerns. Buy your trip on a credit card (not a debit card or with cash) so that you have redress in case of an issue and perhaps, most importantly, take out travel insurance.



Where the experts holiday: Vivian McCarthy, director of Acacia Africa

Dec 28th, 2018 | By

Vivian McCarthy, director of Acacia Africa (adventure tours experts specialising in overland African travel) shares his travel highs and lows with Just About Travel readers…



Hot tips for 2019

Dec 26th, 2018 | By

We start our survey of what the industry “experts” suggest by looking at ABTA, the main trade body for the British travel industry, and what it thinks will be the top twelve destinations to watch over the coming year.



Happy Christmas

Dec 25th, 2018 | By

Happy Christmas to all our readers wherever you are in the world.



Remember the “One Too Many” campaign

Dec 21st, 2018 | By
Bottle shaped One Too Many campaign

The campaign has been re-ignited to remind us that irresponsible passenger behaviour can exist at any time with Christmas being no exception.



Packing presents for a flight

Dec 20th, 2018 | By

Should you or should you not wrap Christmas presents if you are flying out of the country?



We’ve seen the Eiffel Tower but not Stonehenge

Dec 18th, 2018 | By
image of Stonehenge

There must be attractions that don’t appeal to everybody. Stonehenge and Blackpool Tower could be two of them in which case no amount of clever marketing by the local tourist board would persuade some to travel there.



Getting off the touristed path

Dec 14th, 2018 | By

It’s no secret that some of the world’s most amazing destinations are feeling the tourism squeeze. But that’s no reason to stay put: as communities cope with travellers’ all-too-loving embrace, being a good tourist just means getting strategic about where to go and when



How was 2018?

Dec 10th, 2018 | By

It appears that tourism this year wasn’t quite as good as in 2017. Having said that it looks like growth will be up by about 5%.



It’s panto time. Why do you go?

Dec 9th, 2018 | By

Do you visit pantos for the “names” or the stalwarts who make the shows hum? It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy them. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without visitig at least one.



Best new openings

Dec 7th, 2018 | By
image of the statue of liberty

Just because you’re a seasoned traveller doesn’t mean you have any reason to get jaded in 2019. There are plenty of exciting new openings coming next year to inspire you to plan your next trip…



Should you book with Thomas Cook?

Dec 6th, 2018 | By

Despite what trendy management gurus say, there is still a big demand for package holidays – it is just not as big as it was.



Will the Starwood hack make us sit up and take notice?

Dec 2nd, 2018 | By

If the big companies, those with huge IT budgets cannot manage to keep our data secure should we continue to trust them with our information?



What’s hot: December 2018

Dec 1st, 2018 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot (and what’s not) in the travel world right now



Biometrics and the airline passenger

Nov 24th, 2018 | By
UK passport

The ultimate gaol is that no-ne will be interviewed by a border officer. We will all go through automated booths



How others see us

Nov 22nd, 2018 | By

It always fascinates me when I am abroad to flick through the travel pages of newspapers to see if there is anything written about the UK and Ireland.



Scrooge is 175

Nov 19th, 2018 | By

Before Dickens, the word “scrooge” did not exist. Find me anyone today who is unaware of what a scrooge is?



The end of the Great War

Nov 11th, 2018 | By

Today being both Remembrance Sunday and the day that the war finally ended 100 years ago, there will be many services around the world although no veterans of the war are still alive.



The influence of television

Nov 6th, 2018 | By
Michael Palin

According to research by World Travel Market, more than three million of us booked a holiday after being influenced by a television programme.



What’s hot: November 2018

Nov 1st, 2018 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot (and what’s not) in the travel world, right now



Changing tree colour

Oct 29th, 2018 | By

The change from green to tan in the UK is every bit as pronounced and as attractive as you can see in many other countries.



Going to Ecuador? Eight things travellers should know first

Oct 28th, 2018 | By

Here are eight things you should know before you go



Putting the decision off

Oct 21st, 2018 | By

It seems that some of us are concerned about Brexit and are waiting before booking EU holidays next year.



Staycations decline

Oct 11th, 2018 | By
Blackpool Tower

I suggested that people might be taking both an overseas holiday and a short breaks in the UK. But Holiday Habits suggests that the number of Britons taking a holiday in the UK has fallen from an average of 2.1 to 1.8.



Holidaying abroad but spending less

Oct 10th, 2018 | By

The report tells us that Spain and Portugal remained popular which will surprise absolutely no-one. But holidays in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria became much more popular.



Post-tsunami volunteering

Oct 9th, 2018 | By

Stephen Phelan shares a memorable experience from the road