What’s hot: November 2018

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


Make time for Tampa

Tucked in the Gulf flank, Tampa tends to be overlooked in favour of its sunshine state siblings Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but not for much longer if Norwegian Airlines has its way. The low cost airline commenced flights from London Gatwick to the Big Guava on 31 October 2018.

Accesible Aarhus

sled in Aarhus

If you didn’t make it to Aarhus last year when Denmark’s second city spent 12 months as one of the European Capitals of Culture, fret not. As of tomorrow (2 November), easyJet will be flying to Aarhus twice-weekly, while Ryanair continue to fly to Aarhus daily from Stansted.

Doing Durban

While Brits have always been able to fly directly to South African hotspots such as Cape Town, with its captivating waterfront and Table Mountain in the backdrop, and hipster JoBurg, reaching Durban has always required a second flight.
But that was then and this is now. BA has launched a three times weekly connection meaning that cosmopolitan Durban– a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, stunning beaches, warm year-round climate and friendly people – is more do-able than ever.

Getting high in Vegas…

Sin City just got a little more, erm, sinful owing to the opening of Cannabition– the world’s first interactive museum celebrating all things cannabis.
Expect to see the world’s largest bong, together with cuddly fake marijuana buds.


Costa Rica calling

Image © Costa Rica Tourism Board

After being closed for 16 months, Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park has just re-opened to the public. Featuring a new online booking system and new safety measures, the park aims to reclaim its position as one of the country’s most visited natural marvels.
Poás Volcano National Park is one of Costa Rica’s must-see wonders, covering 16,000 acres of nature in the province of Alajuela, just 30 miles north of the capital city of San José. The park’s main volcano, 8,900-ft-high Poás, is one of the country’s six active volcanoes and it features an incredible crater lake near the summit. A variety of walking trails, surrounded by cloud forests the sound of hummingbirds, adds to the park’s attractiveness.


Car free Paris
Eiffel Tower enveloped in smog
The City of Lights is going car free for the first Sunday of every month in a bid to improve air quality and share public spaces more fairly. The initiative is part of the Paris Respire movement, spearheaded by the French capital’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Parts of the city have been car free for a while but the campaign has now been rolled out to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Only pedestrians and those on bikes, scooters and rollerblades will be permitted into the city centre between the hours of 10am and 6pm.


Relocating to Singapore

The Lion City roars for expats according to thousands of people living overseas who answered the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey. Marking its 11thyear, more than 22,000 people who have made the move to live abroad were questioned about their new life. Singapore was rated the best destination for the fourth year in a row, packing everything a budding expat could want into one of the world’s smallest territories.
New inhabitants sing Singapore’s praises, as they throw themselves into the social scene. Almost all (95 per cent) of those asked in Singapore consider locals to be part of their social circle and 69 per cent settle in less than a year. The Lion City inspires more than just friendship, too. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring vertical gardens or seafront theatre, just under half (45 per cent) find lasting love in the city.

Looking for adventure in London

London Bridge City Summer Festival

London takes the top spot at the most adventurous city in the UK, with one in 20 Londoners admitting that they have an ‘extremely adventurous’ personality and 49 percent stating they are ‘somewhat adventurous’. But, are they really as adventurous as they think?
To see if the city slickers were living up to their self proclaimed reputation, On The Go Tours asked them what adventurous activities they’d taken part in, and the results didn’t disappoint.  The city has the most respondents having done bungee jumping (16 percent), jet skiing (22 percent), ATV driving (31 percent) and a hot air balloon ride (19 percent).
Londoners also admitted wanting to try, shark cage diving (33 percent), white water rafting (42 percent) and cliff jumping (27 percent) alongside being the second highest respondents for skydiving (10 percent), rock climbing (35 percent), snowboarding (15 percent) and climbing a mountain (29 percent). No surprise the city took the top spot, right?

Boracay is back

The Philippines

The Filipino  island of Boracay has reopened to tourists after the Philippines’ president, Duterte, shut the popular tourist destination down for six months having declared it a “cesspool” due to rampant over-tourism.
However the island now offers tourists a different type of holiday experience. “No more party island 24/7 and loud music,” said secretary of the department of tourism, Berna Romulo-Puyat. “No smoking and drinking by the beach and as a matter of policy, only environment friendly and safety compliant facilities will be allowed to operate on the island.”

Going solo

More and more people are choosing to take a holiday by themselves, because they don’t want to compromise on where they go and what they do. The trend for solo holidays has been growing in recent years with more than one in six people (15 per cent) choosing to go on holiday by themselves in the past 12 months, up from 12 per cent in 2017 and almost three times as many as those in 2011 (six per cent), according to ABTA’s 2018 Holiday Habits report.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: Whether they’re single or just want some ’me time’, people now have an incredible choice of holidays and destinations to choose from and it has become so much easier to explore the world. Travel companies have responded to demand by offering a diverse range of options for people booking by themselves.”


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