What’s hot: November 2012

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Switzerland and Sweden are on our radar, while faking a disability to get ahead at the airport gets a big thumbs down


Themed fun in Kent
Paramount Pictures has announced that it will spend £2 billion transforming a Kent industrial site into a theme park to rival Disney’s forays in Florida and Paris. Rumour has it that the park will be twice the size of the Olympic Park in east London and will boast roller coasters based on box office hits such as Iron Man, Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres and cinemas creating 27,000 jobs. The park, if approved, will open in 2018.

The Berkshire market town of Wokingham – the home town of pop star, Will Young – has been named the best town in England and Wales to bring up a family, according to a study commissioned by Family Investments. The town, which has a population of 30,000 and is located 33 miles from London, is praised for its private and state schools, art galleries and good transport links.

A night at the musuem
Haven’t had your fiill of Halloween themed fun? Make for the Museum of London whose new exhibition – Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection – puts 19th century body snatchers under the spotlight. Skeletal remains discovered in 2006 at a Royal London Hospital burial ground will be part of the exhibit.

Will Young: Wokingham's most famous son

Taking a trip to the Egyptian tombs
The Serapeum at Saqqara – an ancient Egyptian necropolis situated 19 miles south of Cairo – has reopened, having been closed to the public in 2001 following an earthquake. The network of tunnels was first discovered in 1851 by French Egyptologist, Auguste Mariette. Egyptian tourism officials will no doubt be hoping that that the reopening will help revive Egypt’s tourism industry.

Chillaxing at Heathrow T5
Up-to 1.5 million passengers can relax at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 until 4 November thanks a pop up park. Even better? Admission to the indoor park which boasts artificial turf, park benches and real aromatic rosemary and lavender bushes is free.

Speeding into Switzerland
Eurostar has announced a high speed rail service from London to leading Swiss ski resorts such as Saas Free, Gstaad, Verbier and Zermatt. The service will start on December 22, run until 13 April and take less than eight hours. Return tickets start at £189.

Venturing abroad with Vango
As editor of CD-Traveller, I’m lucky in that I get to travel a lot for work but am always worried about whether my laptop will arrive safely at my destination du jour. Happily I have found the solution to my laptop fears: take a bow the Vango Elixir rucksac (£35). The Elixir is not only stylish yet super comfortable but it has excellent storage options meaning you can store not only your laptop but camera, clothing, guidebooks, maps and much more. The perfect Christmas gift for long haul travellers and day trippers alike.

Gimme Gimme Gimme… an Abba museum
Abba fans rejoice! A museum dedicated to the group will open on the island of Djurgarden, next May. “I am happy to be able to state that, at long last, there will be an Abba museum,” said the guitarist Bjorn Ylvaeus. Visitors to Abba: The Museum will be able to blast out the bands hits, alongside 3D images of the group

Forgetting things

A new survey by lastminute.com has revealed exactly what hotel guests absent mindedly leave behind on check out. Alongside the usual suspects (think iPads, laptops and the like), US$10,000 was found hidden in a hotel room in Washington DC, while a wedding dress was discovered in the Big Apple!

Faking disabilities to queue jump

The Sunday Times has revealed that some travellers are faking disabilities to jump airport queues at check-in, security and departure gates. American Airlines flight attendant, Kelly Skyles, told The Times that “Miracle flights” – when passengers arrive in wheelchairs and leave on foot, are so common they have become a standing joke”. Only this joke isn;t funny: the scams are shameful and such abuse shouldn’t be tolerated says CD-Traveller.


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