What’s hot: December 2015

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

Weighing in
Following the news that Uzbekistan Airways is set to introduce special passenger weighing machines at departure gates, a new poll has revealed that the majority of Brits (58%) would not object to the same measures being introduced on the airlines that they use.
Despite recent grumblings over changes to hand luggage restrictions on a number of airlines, it appears that UK travellers are also far more open to charging extra according to weight than might have been expected. When asked how they would respond if an airline started charging extra based on weight, 45% of British holidaymakers said that it would make no difference to them, and a further 6% even claimed the measures would actively encourage them to use an airline more often. Just 21% of those polled declared that the measures would force them to boycott an airline.

Fancy in-flight meals
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One for discerning travellers… Love the idea of having fabulous, made to order food delivered direct to your plane without the hassle of emails, phone calls, faxes and differing time zones? Then you’ll want to download Absolute Taste’s new in-flight app.  Free to download on smartphones and iPads, it  has been designed to make life a little simpler for the elite travellers and their crews.
The app acts like a menu – you’ll get to browse the menus and photo gallery, make your selection and pay for the order online, all in a moment. Customers also have the option to add individual menu preferences and compile a list of favourite dishes to make the ordering process even easier on their next trip.

Being Wow-ed by America

Wow Air – Iceland’s low-cost carrier – will start flying to the US West Coast as of summer 2016. Flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco have been confirmed and will run all year round, connecting daily flights to Keflavik from Gatwick. The LA and San Fran routes will be the airline’s fifth and sixth destinations in North America, having recently launched flights to Boston, Washington DC, Montreal and Toronto. Tickets go on sale next month at www.wowair.co.uk

Flying on Friday 13th
According to recent research, superstitions could be a thing of the past, as 90% claimed that they would have no concerns at all about going on holiday on Friday 13th. Despite this, the poll  – by Holiday Extras – of 1,401 holidaymakers revealed that women are more superstitious than men, with 94% of men being unaffected by the thought of going on holiday on Friday 13th, compared to 87% of women. Just five per cent of those polled admitted to feeling uncomfortable about going on holiday on Friday 13th, with a further four per cent saying that they actively avoid starting holidays on those dates. Another one per cent claimed that they’re only comfortable doing so if they take a lucky charm with them or perform a ritual in advance.

Schlepping to Sri Lanka

It can be hard to keep up with openings in Sri Lanka as the country reinvents itself as a luxury destination. The island’s first sustainable design hotel, Tri, will open on the banks of Lake Koggala later this month and elsewhere, Ceylon Tea Trails  will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February with the opening of Dunkeld, the property’s fifth bungalow with a private ‘Owner’s Cottage’. The country will also be welcoming its first wellness destination resort, Santani in April 2016 and for wildlife lovers, Wild Coast Camp from Resplendent Ceylon (owners of Tea Trails and also Cape Weligama) is set to open in October 2016 with 28 luxurious tented suites on a beautiful beach in Yala National Park.

A taste of Ireland

 a simpler promotion; green sheep for St Patrick's Day

Missing the Emerald Island? Bite into Baileys – the original Irish cream liqueurs – new chocolate truffles. Say hello to Crunchy hazelnut, Popping candy and the sweet and salty avenues of liquorice. Infused with the smooth and creamy taste of Baileys, these new flavours are not only a treat for your tastebuds – they’re guaranteed to transport you across the Irish Sea. The new flavours, and original Baileys truffles, come in three new festive collections – take a bow the Baileys Shimmering star, the Baileys Golden Christmas Tree and the Baileys Glittering Collection Box – and are available at all major retailers

Escaping with easyJet
Everyone’s favourite low cost carrier has launched a record number of flights and routes for Spring 2016.  Over 136,000 additional flights are set to take place across easyJet’s network between 21 March 2016 and 26 June 2016 providing more than 22.5 million seats. Customers can look forward to a number of routes to destinations such as Bristol to Barcelona (from £22.24), Belfast to Amsterdam (from £25.49), Inverness to Luton (from £12.49), Southend to Malaga (from £28.24), Gatwick to Copenhagen (from £30.24) and Luton to Malaga (from £30.24). easyJet holidays have also gone on sale with a special offer of £40 per booking off the new season’s holidays.

Paris by Private Jet

The Eiffel Tower - an iconic symbol of Paris

New airline, Le Jet, is offering travellers a one-way trip from London to Paris aboard a luxury private jet for as little as £365. Passengers will be taken to Biggin Hill airfield in Bromley in Mercedes people carriers, before boarding the eight seater jet. Following the 45 minute fight, they will be picked up and taken to their final destination. Founder Christophe Ducluzeau came up with the idea when he was forced to fork out £7,000 for a private jet from Paris to Nice during an air strike. He says: “Travel by private jet was once only for the super rich but Le Jet plans to open this market to a whole new audience. The business community will welcome our rates and our service will also allow people to take friends and family to Paris for special trips at affordable prices. We are looking to democratise private jet travel, making it considerably more affordable.”

Best book: The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Bestselling author, Bill Bryson, is back with his first travel book for 15 years – a hilarious and brand new journey around Britain. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognise anymore. Once again with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today that is sure to capture the Christmas market.

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