Whether you’re staycation-ing or vacationing, CD-Traveller tells you what’s happening in the travel world
Thought you’d seen the last of the staycation? Think again. New travel research by BRC Continental has shown that a staggering 70 percent of people are likely to book a UK holiday during 2010. The continuing strength of the euro and a growing feeling of disillusion with air travel are being cited as reasons for increased interest.
Rock n Roll
Fancy laying down you own track at the ultra-exclusive Wendyhouse Production studio before retreating to the K West Hotel in London for a night of pampering? It’s all part of their new Rock ‘n’ Roll package. Prices start at £529 for two people. Visit www.k-west.co.uk to find out more.
Not content to stick to clothes, Missoni has turned its attention to hotels. The Italian fashion label has already raised the fashion stakes in Edinburgh: Kuwait, Cape Town, Ilha de Cajaiba in Brazil and Oman are to follow.
Make for Marrakech
Marrakech look s set to be the holiday spot of 2010 since Carrie and co decamped to there to film the Sex and The City sequel (out May 28). And where the SATC girls lead, the rest of us follow: get the Red City while it’s hot.
Holiday and help
Sense, the national charity for deaf and blind people, is offering free volunteering holidays in the British countryside for those willing to spend time helping children and adults who have a combination of sight and hearing impediments. To find out more or sign up, see sense.org.uk.
Saying hello to Honduras
Following an ease of political tensions in Honduras, the Foreign Office has withdrawn its warning against travel to the Central American country and the CD-Traveller team are celebrating for along with Mayan ruins, tropical jungle, and great beaches, Honduras boasts a chain of reefs second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef.
All aboard the Trans-Sib
Hands up who has dreamed of riding the Trans-Siberian but never had the cash or time to actually get on board? That’s all of us then.
Thankfully the world’s most famous train journey just got that little bit more accessible thanks to Google Russia and Russian Railways, who have launched a new website that takes you on a virtual tour of the 5752-mile route from Moscow to Vladivostok.
The multi-platform portal features six days of video footage of the view out of the window as the train pushes steadily eastward.You can also choose your own sounds – from the clattering of train wheels to the dulcet tones of a balalaika or even listen to Russian readings of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. All this while watching the locomotive’s progress on a Google map, a satellite view or tracking the terrain and mountains. See google.ru/int/ru/landing/transsib/en.html.
Holidays being hit by strikes
After the dark, dismal weather of the past few months, you’d be forgiven for wanting to escape to sunnier climes. But with BA planning to strike and Lufthansa already on strike combined with French air traffic control action and a nationwide halt to business in Greece and international travel isn’t easy.
Moscow has the most expensive rooms in the world for business travelers, according to the annual hotel survey by corporate travel services company, Hogg Robinson Group. British business travelers paid an average of £266.56 for a hotel room in the Russian capital in 2009 compared to £151.56 in London.
In the wake of the severe rain and mudslides that killed 20 people last month, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are likely to remain closed until April.