What’s hot: November 2013

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CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, it’s a great time to visit Poland or the pandas in Chengdu, but Botswana is being boycotted


Passionate about pandas? The best place to see a baby panda is Chengdu – to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Even better? It’s easier than ever to reach the Chinese city thanks to British Airways new flight which departs from Heathrow three times a week. Returns start at around £587.

Now is time to make that trip to Poland that you’ve been planning. Hotel prices in Warsaw have dropped by 26 per cent, according to hotels.com, and a night in Poland’s capital now costs $102 (£63).

Hapag Lloyd’s Europa 2
The 2014 Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships guide has crowned Hapag Lloyd’s Europa 2 the best cruise ship on earth. Europa is on a roll: they’ve won the award for the past 14 years. To purchase the 2014 guide, click here

Gourmet Australia

Tourism Australia has announced a new culinary marketing campaign aimed at luring foodies down under to experience Oz’s gourmet delights. Tourism Australia hopes that the new focus on food will provide a great boost for Australia’s economy.

Jamaican dope tours
Jamaican farmers are offering visitors to the Caribbean island, tours of marijuana farms. Travellers can tour Jamaica’s plantations and even sample strains. The tours are illegal – not that this is deterring anyone to date.

Business as usual in Kenya
Travellers to Kenya have been told it’s business as normal in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on a central shopping centre. “The attack was a despicable act of cowardice intended to instill fear among Kenyans and our visitors but the attackers must never be allowed to have their way,” said Kenyan cabinet secretary for tourism Phyllis Kandie. “We are hereby therefore affirming that normal activities are going on in all parts of the country.”

Travelling from England to Amsterdam with ease

Eurostar has announced a new direct route between England and Amsterdam. The route which is due to launch at the end of 2016 will cut the journey time down by an hour in addition to eliminating the possibility of getting stranded in Brussels. The best bit? The price of a ticket – £99 return – is reported to be the same.

Tourists are being urged to boycott Botswana as a travel destination due to the government’s treatment of the country’s Bushmen tribal group. The government is stopping the Bushmen from hunting and forces them to apply for permits to access their ancestral land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). Travelpickr and Horizonte Paralelo are two of the tour operators who have cancelled their trips to the region as a result.

Changing personality while away

Research by TravelSupermarket has revealed that more than half of British tourists say they experience personality changes while on their hols, with a whopping 42 per cent observing a shift in their partner’s character when abroad. A third of those quizzed said they were surprised by how their relationship changed once they’d jetted off and over 25 per cent said they argued more than normal with their travel companion.


Mention the Maldives and most people think of paradise. However the idyllic holiday destination has been hit by protests over the cancellation of the presidential election. Consequently visitors to the capital, Male, have been warned to “take care, seek up-to-date information and stay away from demonstrations.”

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