What’s hot: October 2015

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot in the travel world right now

Costa Rica calling

A costa Rican beach - one of the attractions for visitors from North America

Reaching Costa Rica is about to get easier thanks to BA’s latest announcement of its new direct flight from London Gatwick. Starting on 4 May 2016, the twice-weekly service to the capital, San Jose, will increase to three times a week next winter. BA is not the only airline to give the destination a thumbs-up. Thomson Airways will be starting a new weekly service from London Gatwick in November this year. All told Costa Rica looks set to be a hot destination for 2016.


Packing for Peru
Peru is another popular South American destination that is set to become more accessible. As of 4 May 2016, travellers will be able to fly non stop from London to Lima with British Airways. The country’s coastal capital is famed for its fine dining restaurants (don’t miss Central Restaurante by Virgilio Martinez – the man behind London’s Lima and Lima Floral), but most visitors make straight for Machu Picchu. Hiking the Inca Trail is a strenuous affair that takes several days, but a stay at the Hacienda Urubamba – one of the Inkaterra’s new high end properties – pre hike should help get you into the great outdoors.

Best book: Can We Live Here?
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Having spent most of her life in London, author Sarah Alderson quit her job in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where inspiration struck for Sarah whose vocation as a writer began to flourish. Her blog ‘Can We Live Here?’ was begun, and soon captured the attention of many eager for escapism and useful information on living in a vastly different culture as well as charting Sarah’s four-year journey of personal growth. This book of the same name make starting a new life more than just a dream, but a real possibility. Check out our interview with Sarah here.

Philadelphia freedom
The Jewish Museum
Following by a highly-anticipated Papal visit, which saw Pope Francis deliver a Papal Mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on 27 September to a crowd of two million spectators, Philadelphia is most definitely having a moment and emerging from the shadows of its neighbours, New York and Washington DC. When English Quaker William Penn founded Philadelphia, he envisioned a “City of Brotherly Love” that would be open to people of all faiths. People of many different religions came to settle in the city, bringing their traditions and cuisines, founding houses of worship and continuing Penn’s legacy of religious freedom. For more information on Philadelphia’s religious sites, click here.

Make for Magdas

Vienna was voted the number one place to live

Want to help the word while you sleep? If you’re planning on visiting Vienna this autumn, check into Magdas  where 70 per cent of staff are former refugees. Other migrant focused projects in Europe include Grandhotel Cosmopolis in Augsburg, Germany, and the Mazimas pop ups in London. The latter are manned by migrant chefs. Bottom line? There’s no excuse for not helping others when we travel.

Go slow

Chianti in Tuscany

Fancy taking it nice and easy in Tuscany this October? Well now you can… October 9-11 will see The Slow Travel Fest – a new three day experience all about enjoying good food and nature – take over the tiny medieval Tuscan hamlet of Monteriggioni (near Siena). Expect classical concerts, a photo exhibition, dawn and leisurely walks along the Via Francigena – part of the pilgrim walk that once linked Rome to Canterbury. Further information on the festival – which is free to attend – can be found here.

Glamping in Japan

Glamping aka glamorous camping

Japan’s first luxury camping resort, Hoshinoya Fuji, will open close to Mount Fuji later this month. Designed in typical slick minimal Japanese style, the 40 guest cabins will overlook Lake Kawaguchiko – one of the Fuji Five Lakes that sits at the northern base of Japan’s famous mountain – offering views of cherry trees in full bloom in spring, vibrant green trees in summer, rich red leaves in autumn and Mt. Fuji covered with a crown of white snow in winter. The resort will also house a campfire terrace, grill restaurant, yoga terrace and library cafe.

Falling in love with Kissimmee
Facebook users have fallen for Kissimmee…. the central Florida destination’s Facebook page now has more than one million fans – an accomplishment only a handful of destination marketing organisations in America can claim. Visit Las Vegas, Visit Myrtle Beach and Discover Los Angeles are the other destination marketing organisations (DMOs) who have reached this landmark.
A resource for visitors from around the globe, the Experience Kissimmee Facebook page provides information on the best way to enjoy a Kissimmee holiday, including upcoming events, wildlife experiences, dining opportunities, attraction news and features and more. Fans also use it to share their own Central Florida experiences and recommend their favourite things to do.

Get appy at airports

flight delays

Hands up if you hate airports? That’s most of us then. Sadly travel is now anything but glamorous. Airports are crowded with scruffily dressed people lugging pull ons, usually with a screaming kid or two in tow…However those nice guys at Flio want to take the pain out of our airport experience. Their nifty app stores your details giving you one click access across 30 airports meaning you can avoid the hassle of having to complete time consuming forms to access Wi-fi in every single airport. The app also offers top tips such as the quickest route between your gate and the bathroom and where to charge your laptop. Download the app here

Going to the Great Barrier Reef
Queenland’s Great Barrier Reef – described by David Attenborough as “the most exciting natural history museum in the world” – is set to hit the small screen in January 2016. As part of a three part documentary for the BBC, Attenborough returns to the Aussie state of Queensland to showcase the world’s largest coral reef system. If the naturalist doesn’t convince you to schlepp Down Under, this sobering fact might: the reef, as we know it, may not be around for much longer. As travel bible Lonely Planet explains: “Rising sea temperatures have been bleaching and killing the coral, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. But for now, the reef is a psychedelic underwater playground for divers and snorkellers. Even above the surface, this vital ecosystem enthrals all who visit, with abundant bird life and countless tropical islands and beaches”.


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