Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world
Up in the Air
Juno’s Jason Reitman directs the big screen adaptation of the 2001 novel Up in the Air. Already showered with Golden Globe nominations, the film stars (and we mean stars) George Clooney as Ryan Bing – a corporate downsizing expert, drafted in by companies to fire their staff. He travels across America, living out of a suitcase and loving every minute of it. But when he falls for fellow traveler Alex (Vera Farmiga) and finds his job under threat, Ryan is forced to face up to what it might be like to live a ‘grounded’ life. If you see one Clooney film this year, make it this one.
Thumbs up to Thomson and First Choice
Why? Because these two tour operators are offering free redundancy cover for any summer 2010 holidays booked in Thomson and First Choice shops, around the UK. The redundancy protection cover is valid for departures between May 1, 2010, and April 30, 2011, but breaks must be booked by February 28, 2010.
Keeping up with the Jones
Is there no stopping Nick Jones? The man behind some of the coolest clubs in the country (Soho House, Babington House et al), is back with a new venture: Dean Street Townhouse – a bar and restaurant with bedrooms that has already played host to Gwyneth and Chris. The man with the Midas touch will be opening Soho House Berlin, Soho House West Hollywood, and Soho Beach Miami later this year. See www.sohohouse.com for more.
Make way for the mancation
Sod the staycation. Thanks to the hit Hollywood film The Hangover, 2010 is all about the man-cation. More and more hotels and resorts are offering all-male bonding holiday packages while man-friendly destinations like Las Vegas, Amsterdam, and Riga have also reported a surge in popularity.
Air New Zealand certainly is having been named Airline of the Year for 2010 by Air Transport World – the leading monthly magazine covering the global airline industry. The Auckland based airline won praise for its superb commitment to safety and operational, its groundbreaking customer service and environmental record.
Take a trip to Troncones –
To ensure full holiday bragging rights book a break to Troncones, Mexico pronto. Why? Because according to TripAdvisor’s TravelCast – which identifies up and coming destinations based on site data – Troncones is the top destination for 2010. Nairn in Scotland, El Chalten in Patagonia, Patara in Turkey and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany round up the top five.
Planning a mini break in Devon? Visit Devon has launched a new guide to the region’s attractions and events. To view the hotlist – which amongst other suggestions includes a private beach hut with its own hot tub and Europe’s first surfing museum – check out www.visitdevon.co.uk.
Trinidad and Tobago
The Caribbean islands have been hailed as “one of the most dangerous places on the planet” according to researchers studying global gun crime. There were 502 murders in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 – akin to one killing every 18 hours. The Foreign Office is urging visitors to “be aware that there are high levels of violent crime, especially shootings and kidnappings. British nationals have been victims of violent attacks, particularly in Tobago where law enforcement is weak.”
Blackpool Pleasure Beach – one of Britain’s best-loved seaside attractions – has been seriously hit by the recession, recording a £3.9 million loss in 2009 compared with a £4 million profit in 2008. The amusement park – famed for its rollercoaster rides Avalanched and Infusion – said 2009 had been “the worst summer for many years.”
The unexpected ‘snow-lidays’ were fun at first but now we’re all thoroughly fed up of the big freeze. White skies, crisp twigs that snap underfoot and air so cold you can see your breath might sound terribly romantic but the reality – travel hell, extra heating costs etc – is otherwise. Roll on spring.