What’s hot: May 2019

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

Pittsburgh, USA
New British Airways flights from the UK are touching down in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) which means reaching the city that the great US writer Willa Cather once described as “more vital, more creative [and] more hungry for culture than New York” is easier than ever.
Flight time is eight hours with prices from £662 return. britishairways.com

Charleston calling
Reaching the soulful South Carolina city of Charleston has just got easier thanks to British Airways. The national carrier has launched a two-per-week summer service from Heathrow, Terminal 5 that makes it the only airline to be flying direct between Europe and the southern city.
The service is operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; Boeing has a factory in Charleston where they are currently building the 787-10 Dreamliner.

Not using annual leave

Annual leave: use it or lose it

A staggering 41 per cent of Brits didn’t use up use up last year’s holiday allocation, according to YouGov research commissioned by London Stansted Airport, due to reasons such as simply “forgetting” and “I was too busy”.

The research also revealed the challenges the workplace puts on the UK’s workers, with some of the top reasons for losing annual leave including not being able to find suitable days to take off work (15 per cent) or having nobody to do their role while away (nine per cent).

London Stansted Airport’s Brand and Marketing Manager Lois Robertson said: “It’s a shame to see how many days of annual leave were lost in 2018, considering that most of us look forward to our holiday days, even if it’s just the odd day here and there.”

Older travellers still want adventure

While much ‘adventure’ travel information is aimed at young backpackers, recent research conducted by Rough Guides revealed travel is not just the domain of the young, with middle-aged Brits still working their way through a wishlist of destinations.
Rough Guides is aiming to appeal to this growing demographic with the recent launch of its new tailor-made adventure trips service. A local travel expert creates a unique trip based on the customer’s criteria, making sure it is full of new experiences and ‘off-the-beaten-track’ elements.

CEO René Frey says: “While many of our loyal readers would never travel without their Rough Guide, they perhaps want an itinerary that is a little less rough. And accommodation that’s not rough at all. So as part of our commitment to continue to serve adventurous travellers of all ages, we’re proud to launch our tailor-made trips.”


Moving to Europe, despite Brexit

We still want to move to Europe

Less than a quarter of Brits have been put off moving to Europe due to Brexit. In a YouGov survey of 1,000 people, conducted by Crown Relocations, a third said they would still move to Europe even if faced with a ‘no deal’ situation.

Brits consider Europe to be the safest destination globally. Europe was also named  the easiest destination to move to and the friendliest and cheapest destination, with traditionally good value destinations such as Asia coming much further down the list.

Andy Buckle from Crown Relocations, comments: “Despite the nation voting to leave the EU, we still consider it our closest neighbour and our number one destination for a move abroad – especially if we’re looking to retire.”

Visiting Vilnius
Brits on a budget should visit Vilnius, capital of Baltic State Lithuania, which narrowly beat Belgrade to take the top spot in the  Post Office City’s annual Costs Barometer.

At £147.35, the total cost of 12 typical spending items – including a range of drinks, an evening meal for two with wine, two nights’ three-star weekend accommodation, sightseeing charges and city transport – was down 11.1 per cent year-on-year.  

Banning strange items
Travellers have been warned to think twice when packing their bags after researchers named some of the more unusual items banned around the world. Baby walkers and chewing gum were just two of the items which some nations won’t allow to cross their borders, experts at MyBaggage.com have revealed.

They warned all travellers to research what is and isn’t allowed into their destination country and said failure to comply could result in serious legal action overseas.

Unusual banned items include baby walkers in Canada and certain masks in Saudi Arabia, due to the popularity of a particular Hollywood blockbuster.

A spokesperson from MyBaggage.com told JAT: “Prohibited items are usually down to risks to domestic citizens such as weapons, however some lawmakers abroad have taken this a step further.

“Being found with prohibited items can lead to the traveller facing hefty fines, which is the last thing anyone would want on a holiday. By spending a few minutes simply checking up on what is allowed into the particular country you’re going to, you can avoid any issues whilst travelling abroad.”

A taste of Jamaica

Breakfast with a view in Jamaica

Can’t make it to the Caribbean island of Jamaica anytime soon? You can at least enjoy a taste of the island of all right thanks to the launch of a luxury Jamaican food range in the UK.

What makes Marshall and Brown – the brainchild entrepreneur Dr. Carlton Brown, a first generation British-Jamaican with a love of Caribbean food – so unique is that most of the products are made in Jamaica using Jamaican products. They include six different flavoured Mama Brown Jamaican rum cakes, six varieties of Jerk House sauces and seasonings, a Jamaican rum punch and a range of artisan chocolates that incorporate Jamaican rum.

Holding onto our holidays

Nearly twice as many British people would sooner cut back on eating out if they needed to save money, than they would cut back on their holidays (25 percent versus 13 percent).

This is according to new research by ABTA which found people would sooner reduce the amount they spend on clothing and accessories (18 per cent) and electronic gadgets (17 per cent) over their holidays.

With 86 percent of the population saying they took a holiday either at home or abroad last year, people are still firmly committed to their holidays and many regard them as a necessity rather than a luxury.

Victoria Bacon, ABTA’s Director of Brand and Business Development, said: “We have always been a nation of people who enjoy taking holidays and it is clearly a spending priority for a lot of people, often overtaking other popular items and leisure activities”.


Taking food into the temples at Angkor

Angkor Wat

Apsara, Cambodia’s tourism authority, has forbidden tourists from eating inside Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage listed temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and one of the largest religious monuments in the world.

Apsara Authority director, Hang Pov, told the Khmer Times: “In order to preserve the precious Khmer legacy and to maintain public order and good sanitation, we ban all food, especially packed meals brought in during sunrise or sunset visits, in the temple complex.”

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