What’s hot: January 2020

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


Concerns over Amazonian fires and climate change have given birth to a new buzz word. Take a bow ‘rewilding’  – an approach to conservation that lets nature return areas of land to a wild state.
Case in point? Wilderness Scotland’s clients can visit revived forests where it’s hoped lynx can return while Unique Home Stays are making a donation to Rewilding Britain after each booking.

Spend a night in the cells
The former Scotland Yard  – long synonymous with crime solving – has been turned into a five-star hotel by Indian billionaire Yusuff Ali.
The Great Scotland Yard hotel, which also served as inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the site where Lord Kitchener famously told World War I recruits ‘Your Country Needs You’, features 152 guest rooms including 15 suites decorated in a neutral color palette, a standalone townhouse, and several bars and restaurants. hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/england-united-kingdom/great-scotland-yard/lhrub

Eiffel Tower
Would Paris be one of your choices?

Say oui to Paris
Paris is always a good idea, but even more this year with the arrival of Bulgari Hotel Paris in the salubrious Triangle d’Or and the Cheval Blanc Paris which will be situated in the former La Samaritaine department store on the Seine. Should you managed to drag yourself away from said hotels, be sure to visit the new Francois Pinault owned US$17 million Bourse De Commerce – Pinault Collection modern art museum. 

Making for Marrakech
The Red City, one of Morocco’s most iconic cities, has been crowned as the first African Capital of Culture 2020 in recognition of Marrakesh’s architectural, artistic and cultural legacy. What’s more, reaching Marrakech is easier than ever thanks to Turkish Airlines’ launch of new flights to the city. 

Magical Marrakech

Follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale
The World Health Organisation has officially designated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of Florence Nightingale’s 200th anniversary meaning there’s never been a better time to get to know the founder of modern nursing. Go on a Blue Badge Guide-lef Nightingale walking tour through London, spend a night at Lea Hurst, her childhood home in the Peak District, and join the bicentenary celebrations at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Time out in Tokyo
Tokyo will continue to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in 2020 ahead of its Olympic Games hosting duties. Sport aside, Tokyo offers everything from temples to to bustling neon neighbourhoods, sushi, super-sized shopping and sumo. Sure Japan’s capital might now be to everyone’s taste but if you don’t go, you’ll never know…

Bright lights: Tokyo

Paying tribute to Charles Dickens
A nationwide spread of events will mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death in 1870. Britain’s most celebrated novelist was born in Portsmouth, lived in London and Kent and tirelessly toured the UK (and the world) with his work. From industrial Manchester to a quiet little church in Cooling, Kent, there’s no part of the country untouched by Dickens.

Sleep tight at Heathrow
Does your next flight depart at dawn from Heathrow? Help is at hand thanks to the opening of Aerotel, the first and only hotel that’s located inside Heathrow Terminal 3. Expect 
82 stylish rooms, which can be booked in blocks of six, nine or 12 hours with round the clock check-in available. There’s also the Library Lounge, which has free Wi-Fi and serves food and drink. myaerotel.com/en-uk

Airbnb goes luxe
Airbnb, the accommodation platform that has long specialised in cheap sleeps,  has launched a new luxury arm. Here’s looking at Airbnb Luxe which offers elite  travellers “spectacular properties with dedicated trip designers.” Each home has to meet 300 different criteria – including spaces to accommodate groups and restaurant-quality kitchen appliances. airbnb.co.uk

Learn a new language with Busuu
Ahead of your next trip why not try learning a language in 10 minutes a day with Busuu, an AI-powered learning app loaded with 12 languages including Italian, Spanish and even Japanese.
The platform has a huge focus on community, meaning your language learning efforts will be marked by a native speaker, furthering your chances of becoming fluent even quicker.
Bottom line? It’s time to ditch the “Brit abroad” stereotype and order your Côtes de Provence Rosé like a natural. busuu.com

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