What’s hot: April 2013

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot in the travel world, right now

British Airways
A hand luggage only, type of traveller? Then you’ll love BA: the airline is introducing new low fares to Genoa, Glasgow, Venice, Barcelona and Nice for passengers who don’t want to check in baggage.

Just Jakarta
Indonesian airline, Garuda, has announced that it will be launching a nonstop service from Gatwick to Jakarta from October. The flight, which will take 15 hours and departs six time per week, is the first (and only) direct flight from Britain to Indonesia.

Wizard cruises

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fanatics can enjoy a Harry Potter themed wizard cruise from November. The four night cruise is being offered by Princess Cruises and can be booked via the website whimsicalley.com. Prices start at £415 per person (excluding flights).

Loving Lotil

Fed up of packing separate bottles of holiday essentials every time you travel? Us too, which is why we’re loving Lotil. This rich hydrating cream has to be the ultimate travellers essential. Lotil’s anti bacterial and antiseptic qualities mean that it acts as an all in one for healing bites, as it takes out the sting, soothes sun burn and also aids the healing of small wounds, scratches and rashes. Bottom line? Make your luggage lighter and take Lotil the cream that solves it all. Lotil is available from Boots and Independent Pharmacies, priced at £3.08.

The White Horse
Travel writer and TV presenter, Michael Palin, has chosen the prehistoric chalk horse in Oxfordshire as his top spot in England.  “The White Horse at Uffington is at the heart of a very fine walk, taking in not just the horse itself but the ancient hill fort of Uffington Castle, a stretch of the oldest road in the country and the hill on which, according to legend, St George slew the dragon,” commented Palin.

Capital views

The View from the Shard

The View from the Shard (Image copyright http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/)

London boasts the most expensive city view: tickets for the observation desk of the Shard, which has welcomed around 5,000 visitors per day since it opened on 1 February, are on sale for £100 each! While most people will pay £24.95 or £29.95 to ascend the 1,016ft tower, there are a small number of £100 tickets for those who want to be whisked straight to the top rather than stand in line. The £100 tickets make the Shard the most expensive sightseeing tower in the world.

The Dubai Eye
The UAE’s most ambitious emirate, Dubai, has unveiled plans to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Named the ‘Dubai Eye’, the wheel will be a whopping 690ft tall upon its completion in 2015. The developers are hoping it will attract more than three million visitors a year, once it’s completed.

Read all about it

Looking for your next great book? Try The Globetrotter Diaries by Michael Clinton – the president and publishing Director of Hearst Magazines who is known for his world travels (and committing them to paper in his books of photography). Here Clinton takes a writer’s approach and shares some of  his exploits as an international traveler for more than 25 years. Funny and touching by turns, this is a book that entertains while providing insight to any budding traveller or Bedouin at heart.

Holidaying in Iraq?
Dreaming of a break in Baghdad? Nope, us neither. However adventurous types can travel to Iraq from London- following Iraqi Airways decision to restore air services to the UK. Iraqi’s national carrier now flies three times a week between Gatwick and Baghdad International, having stopped the service in 1990 at the offset of the Gulf War.

New look for iconic Copacabana Palace
Copacabana Palace, a Rio landmark for almost 90 years, has completed a $20 million refurbishment and, CD-Traveller can reveal following a recent tour of the property, it’s spectacular. All rooms and suites in the main building of the hotel, which is characterised by its renowned neo-classicist dazzling white façade, have been re-designed and given a new lease of life with new fabrics and furniture throughout. Meanwhile the majority of bathrooms now boast beautifully designed porcelain enamel bathtubs and marble counter tops with dual basins.  Copacabana Palace has also introduced two new boutiques selling a range of lust have swimwear and accessories.


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