What’s hot: April 2015

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

Holidaying during term time

Fowey Hall

Headteachers are hoping to alter term dates so as to allow families to enjoy more affordable holidays. A study by Boston Consulting Group reveals that an impressive 70 per cent are planning to implement the change in September, when they will be granted power to set holiday schedules.

An affordable way of getting to the airport

Luton Airport - we know it won't be this empty but why scare us by exaggerating?

London based travellers rejoice! A new minicab service is offering dwellers in the capital a comfortable yet cheap (yes, you read right) way to reach Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted by sharing the ride. The company – aptly called Splitcab – claims that a seat in one of it’s cars to Heathrow will set you back as little as £10. The one negative? The journey will take a third longer than usual. Sign up at www.splitcab.co.uk

Going to Greece?
Skint yet in search of sunnier climes? We hear ya and our response is: go to Greece. The country’s currency has fallen to a seven year low against the pound as the nation prepares for the Grexit (aka an exit from the Euro). We’ll see you there!

Cheap travel
Huzzah! A combination of falling oil prices, the government’s scrapping of air passenger duty (APD) for children and the strength of the pound looks set to reduce the cost of travelling in 2015. According to luxury tour operator, ITC Luxury Travel, these factors have combined with a general upturn in consumer confidence to see more passengers heading abroad than ever before.  Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO at the International Air Transport Association, commented: “Stronger industry performance is good news for all. It’s a highly competitive industry and consumers – travellers as well as shippers – will see lower costs in 2015 as the impact of lower oil prices kick in.”

The light fantastic

the lights from Luleå

Yet to see the Northern Lights? Book a seat on Icelandair’s new Northern Lights-themed plane! The airline’s Boeing 757 – named Helka Aurora – has been kitted out with LED lighting designed to resemble the colours and patterns of the Aurora Borealis. Elsewhere its exterior is a glorious green and blue, much like the heavenly spectacle. The one off design – part of the airline’s new Stopover campaign – will make appearances over the next few months on an array of routes across the Icelandair’s network. Check their website for details.

Peru permits
Want to tick Machu Piccu off your bucket list? Join the club. Hiking the ancient Inka Trail is incredibly popular – so much so that permits for Peru’s iconic trek are sold out up until August. As a way to preserve the ancient trail, the Peruvian Government has strict regulations regarding the number of travellers that can hike the trail (only 500 permits are issued each day). Bottom line? Book at least six months in advance in order to ensure you secure your place.

Using Tourbar to find a travelling companion
TourBar Home Page
Hands up if you’re a travel lover looking to get away this Easter, who happens to be single? If that’s you – and you’re worried about taking the plunge alone – turn to Tourbar.com. This new website and app aims to match like-minded solo travellers from across the globe with a partner to join them on a trip. Whether you choose to find a companion that lives in your favoured destination to act as a guide or are simply looking to meet someone who’s also wants to explore a new destination, TourBar allows its members to specify what they’re looking for in a future travel partner. Sign up at www.tourbar.com

Taking time out in Tenerife

Time for a trip to Tenerife?

The north of Tenerife is now more accessible than ever for UK travellers, following the recent launch of a new flight route from Iberia Express that operates three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) departing from London Heathrow to Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). The new direct flights – which began on 29 March 2015 – means that key attractions such as Santa Cruz, Anaga Rural Park, La Laguna and Pirámides de Güímar and the northern wineries, volcanic sand beaches and picturesque towns are now within easy reach.


Currency mishaps
New research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed that 14 per cent of British holidaymakers have accidentally taken the wrong currency away with them on a break. The research also showed that the countries most Britons tend to (accidentally) take the wrong currency to are Egypt, Turkey, Canada and Croatia. The team at www.sunshine.co.uk conducted the study as part of ongoing research into the holiday experiences of Britons.


The Eiffel Tower - an iconic symbol of Paris

A survey conducted by luxury travel website, VeryFirstTo.com, has revealed that Venice is now deemed a more romantic destination than Paris. The Italian city received close to twice as many votes as the French capital which claimed second spot. Santorini (Greece), The Maldives (Republic of The Maldives), Florence (Italy) Kauai (Hawaii, USA), Rome (Italy), Saint Lucia (Caribbean), Koh Samui (Thailand) and St Moritz (Switzerland) all earned a place in the top 10 ‘Most romantic destinations’ league table.



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