What’s hot: June 2011

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CD Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

What’s hot

Canada has been rated as the foreign country Britons would most like to live in. The country was seen as having the best quality of life in a survey of 1430 UK expats worldwide by NatWest International Personal Banking (NatWest IPB). “Canada’s excellent working conditions, financial security and peaceful reputation have pushed it into this year’s pole position. It seems the pull of the beautiful Rockies, the Mounties and the marvellous taste of maple syrup is a real sticking point for British expats,” said Dave Isley, Natwest PIB head.


The Seychelles
The archipelago in the Indian Ocean has always featured high on the holiday hit list – with its promise of warm weather and white-sand beaches. However this year the Seychelles are hotter than ever, thanks to the new Duke and Duchess who spent 10 days honeymooning there last month, in a £4,000-a-night villa. It’s not the fist time that William and Kate have visited the Seychelles; the couple spent a week-long break in August 2007 on the island of Desroches.

Smart packing
Heading off on your hols? Pack for a purpose (www.packforapurpose.org) will appeal to travellers who’d like to give something back on their holidays. Visit the site before departure to see what is needed locally from pens to medical supplies and make space in your case for that something extra.

Hanoi Elegance Diamond Hotel
Heading to Hanoi? Check into Hanoi Elegance Diamond Hotel which was recently voted the top boutique hotel under US$200 by Trip Advisor members. Trip Advisor isn’t the only one to rave about Hanoi Elegance.

Going surfing
Rather be shopping for a holiday than stuck at a PC? We know the feeling so why not log onto new travel site pocketvillage.com – which boasts 11,000 unusual options for the holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re searching for an eco-friendly trip scuba diving with whale sharks in Thailand, a visit to an Arctic ice hotel, a tree house in the Indian jungle or even a Venetian ghost tour, this is the place to find it. Your most weird and wonderful dreams could be about to come true…



Time for tea
Cast aside that cappuccino. Leave the latte alone. Tea is brewing up a storm. Yes, the charming, relaxed ritual of afternoon tea is back in fashion – so much so that many of London’s leading hotels are putting on six sittings a day to cope with demand!. ‘’What’s been happening in the last five to six years, is that tea has become incredibly popular again. Hotels in London have really started to take afternoon tea seriously. Demand for afternoon tea is colossal and it’s a big earner.”

If you thought that staycations were a thing of the past, think again. It’s believed that nearly a third of British travellers are expected to holiday at home this year (a combination of the weak pound and the unusually warm start to the year), which is great news for the British tourism industry. Cornwall, Devon, London, Edinburgh and Cardiff look set to be big draws, in addition to seaside resorts such as Blackpool, Brighton, Scarborough, Eastbourne and Bournemouth.

What’s not


Famed for its sun-scorched scenery, year-round warmth and desert terrain, Arizona found itself under a dusting of early summer snow last month. The American National Weather Service said that a storm system had brought an inclement mixture of snow and hail to the Grand Canyon region. The popular tourist stop of Flagstaff even broke a century-old town record, after 1.6 inches fell.

Holidays for pensioners
Over 65 and hoping to holiday abroad this summer? You might encounter a few obstacles… A report by Which? has revealed that pensioners are finding it increasingly difficult to take out travel insurance, with over a quarter of firms including Swiftcover – whose advertising campaign is fronted by veteran rocker, Iggy Pop – refusing to cover new customers aged 65 or over.

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