What’s hot: January 2013
CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month Peckham and Virginia are making waves, but there’s criticism for cruise ships and the Chancellor’s increase of APD
Christie’s in South Kensington will be hosting its annual Ski Sale, at 1pm on 23 January. The auction will sell off 160 lots of vintage travel posters, in addition to antique Louis Vuitton travelling trunks and luggage. For the full low-down, visit www.christies.com
Peckham is, apparently, the new Shoreditch. While SE15 was once synonymous with crime, it is now associated with art and culture. Case in point? German arts magazine, Sleek, recently featured Peckham on its cover and profiled the area’s trendy bars, pubs and galleries in a lengthy article, inside.
Come June there will be no need to get stuck in a traffic jam on the M5 or A303, en-route to Cornwall owing to Easyjet. The budget orange hued airline is to launch flights from Southend and Liverpool to Newquay airport on 20 June, with return fares from £82.
Venturing to Virginia
The US state of Virginia is very much on the CD-Traveller radar this month, with the highly anticipated UK release of Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln on 25 January. To coincide with the film’s launch, the state of Virginia has produced a movie trail that visits key sites linked to the president (virginia.org/Lincoln).
The land of the long white cloud is also near the top of the CD-Traveller winter wish list, having recently watched The Hobbit (which hit UK screens last month). The critically acclaimed film was shot in Middle Earth locations from Taupo to Rotorua, Coromandel, Wellington and Auckland.
Full length films
Love watching films on flights but hate having your film of choice turned off 20 minutes before you arrive at your destination? Us too. Happily BA passengers can now watch their favourite films and TV shows during takeoff and landing, following a ruling by the Civil Aviation Authority that this would not interfere with aircraft operation. One word: result!
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgina Atlantic airline have teamed up with the world’s biggest airline, Delta, after Singapore Airlines agreed to sell its 40 per cent in Virgin Atlantic to the US giant. The code sharing partnership (much like BA’s tie-up with American Airline) will offer passengers more frequent connections on key routes, like London-New York.
Roll on Rio
If you only book one flight this month, make it to Rio in February – which is when the world’s greatest party, aka the Rio Carnival, takes place (February 8-12). Those who get stuck at home, only have themselves to blame…
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is to rise again in 2013. Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced an increase in APD on long haul flights, which means any flight of 2,000 miles or more, will cost an extra £2. Ouch. Economy travellers on short-haul flights, however, are unaffected: the charge will remain at £13 per person, per flight.
Early bird cruise deals
The early bird catches the worm, right? Not so when it comes to booking cruise holidays in advance, as a recent investigation by The Sunday Times shows. Readers James and Margery Smith, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, booked an 80 night Indian Ocean trip on Fred Olsen’s Black Watch through Cruising Coast2Coast for £20,480. Six weeks after booking, the Smith’s discovered the same holiday retailing for £10,098. The message? Early booking isn’t always better.