What’s hot: December 2011
CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, we’ll be booking the bus to Scotland while crossing our fingers that the situation improves quickly in Cairo
Sleeping to Scotland
Britain’s first every budget sleeper bus is now running from London to Glasgow, with fares starting from a bargainous £1! Even better? The Stagecoach vehicles are super swish: customers get their own berth, complete with reading light, curtains, a duvet , blanket and pillow plus an overnight pack with toothbrush, toothpaste, eye mask and a bottle of water. One word: result!
Word has reached CD-Traveller towers, that thousands of skiing holidays are being discounted heavily. Why? One reason is that many schools are returning as early as January 3, preventing families from enjoying a decent amount of time on the slopes, after Christmas has come and gone. Then there’s the fact that Christmas and New Year both land on a weekend this year. But for those who don’t mind ringing in 2012 up in the air, there are some amazing discounts to be had.
Chief executive, Michael O’Leary, plans to make the budget airline one of the biggest airlines in the world: new routes are planned for Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Scandinavia. Subsequently Ryanair should see passenger numbers soar to 120 million in the next decade.
Poland and Ukraine
To date neither Poland or Ukraine have featured high on the ‘hit list’ of British travellers, but 2012 should change that. The two nations will jointly host Euro 2012 and both football mad England and the Republic of Ireland, have qualified for the tournament. The draw for the finals of Europe’s biggest football tournament took place at 5pm last Friday.
Putting passengers first
A new bill promising to put passengers’ needs first, has been published by the Government. If the legislation – put forward by Britain’s transport secretary Justine Greening is approved, Britain’s aviation regulator will be given the ability to fine airports for poor performance.
A quarter of women under 30 have admitted that it takes between five and 10 attempts to achieve, what they consider a ‘passable’ passport picture. Please! It’s a passport picture – not a Vogue cover!
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning Britons to avoid certain areas of downtown Cairo, following fresh clashes between protesters and the Military. “We strongly advise that British nationals stay away from Tahrir Square, including the Egyptian Museum and the Downtown area of Cairo including Maspero and the Interior Ministry. British nationals should avoid all crowds and demonstrations,” urges the FCO.
Fog delaying flights
A thick blanket of fog caused flights to be cancelled at Heathrow Airport at the end of last month. Manchester, Glasgow, Brussels, Stockholm, Cologne, Nice and Amsterdam were among the destinations affected. Still, we’d happily put up with the fog, if it means avoiding a freezing winter.
Skiing in Europe
Yes, I know we urged you to take to the slopes in the ‘What’s hot’ section above, but book carefully: many European ski resorts remain stubbornly green, with no snow on the horizon. For sure fire snow in Europe, you need to book resorts with high-altitude ski areas. Alternatively head to North America: Whistler and Vail have both experienced an excellent start to the season.