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Changes to Eurail in 2019

Long before WOW and Norwegian Air had $99 airfares luring young people across the pond, there was Eurail, the post-World-War-II, trans-European train network that offered dirt cheap, all-you-can-ride passes for intrepid Americans looking to explore a region just recovering from the most destructive war in history. What resulted was the first iteration of the Euro-trip, a rite-of-passage trip for young adults in the summers between college spent riding the rails in a place that, at the time, c...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, London, Greece, Global, Marseille, Paris, Italy, Lithuania, Great Britain, All, Baby Boomer, Piraeus, Ekaterina Pokrovsky Shutterstock

Bluesfest Adds Four More Artists to the 30th Anniversary Celebration

With just over 90 days to go until the gates of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm swing open for Bluesfest 2019, we are proud to announce the following artists will be joining the 30th Anniversary Celebration: TASH SULTANA SIX60 OCEAN ALLEY AMARU TRIBE With more artists yet to be announced… With tickets selling faster than any other Bluesfest in history, we are heading for a spectacular celebration and sell-out festival this April. Festival Director Peter Noble is getting excited about the 30th Anniversary...
Tags: Travel, London, Featured, News, Australia, California, US, Norah Jones, Kurt Vile, Culture, David Bowie, Sydney, New Zealand, Argentina, Bob Marley, Jack White

How many home exchanges did you do last year?

The following article was sent in to us by Marguerite, a long time member and experienced home swapper. Marguerite describes her home swap experiences during the last year and looks forward to many more swaps during 2019.  "This morning someone asked me 'how many home exchanges did you do last year?'. So I counted, and, to my surprise, the number was eight! Eight home swaps in 2018, starting with Dublin in early Spring, and ending in Suffolk in December. Rome, France, Pembrokeshire, Cornwall...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Best, Cornwall, Dublin, Jack, Suffolk, North Wales, Marguerite, La Rochelle, View Marguerite, Harrogate Yorkshire Swap, Rome France Pembrokeshire Cornwall North Wales, Mithraic Temple, Walbrook Street Rome

WOW Air Sale $49 to Europe January 2019 — But Should You Take Advantage of It?

WOW Air is offering flights from Boston, Detroit, Newark and Baltimore to Iceland — or you can travel onwards to Dublin, Brussels, Frankfurt and London — starting at $49.00 one way from Monday, January 21, 2019 through Monday, March 11, 2019... ...but you must... The post WOW Air Sale $49 to Europe January 2019 — But Should You Take Advantage of It? appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Europe, London, Airlines, Iceland, Baltimore, Promotions, Discounts And Coupons, Boston Detroit Newark, Dublin Brussels Frankfurt

Trading Divorce for Travel

Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the “official” signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, London, Featured, Australia, California, Relationships, China, India, New York City, Africa, Taiwan, Harvard, Hawaii, Italy

#Dubai hotels report lower occupancy, room rates in December

Dubai hotels report lower occupancy, room rates in December:The entry of new keys in Dubai’s hotel market pressured occupancy and room rates in December, preliminary data from industry monitor STR show.“The story remains the same for Dubai. Demand (room nights sold) continues to grow, but an influx of new inventory is pressuring occupancy and ADR levels,” the London-based group said.For the month, average occupancy rate in Dubai hotels dipped 2.7 percent to 79.2 percent while average daily rate ...
Tags: Travel, London, Dubai, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Bird Flew in Singapore Airlines Business Class to London

A bird was discovered in business class twelve hours into flight SQ322 from Singapore to London on January 7th. The bird continued to fly around and when the plane touched down it was “handed over to animal quarantine authorities.” Naturally when the Mynah arrived at London Heathrow it declared, "boy are my arms tired." Continue reading Bird Flew in Singapore Airlines Business Class to London...
Tags: Travel, London, Advice, Singapore, London Heathrow

STR: Preliminary December data for London hotels

STR's preliminary December 2018 data for London, England, indicates higher performance levels. Based on daily data from the month, London reported the following in year-over-year comparisons:
Tags: Travel, London, London England

Travel Photographer Of The Year TPOTY 2018 Winners Are Revealed

One of the winners of Faces, People and Cultures category, Robin Yong from Malaysia. The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants. I’ve been following TPOTY awards since year 2010 and have had visited one of its winning photos gallery exhibitions in London. Even though I didn’t take part in this year awards, I wish to congratula...
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, London, China, Malaysia, Italy, Middle East, Dubai, Mali, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Photography Tips, Guatemala, Mauritius, London Bridge

Voices in the wilderness: a singing retreat in rural France

Teaching singing and meditation isn’t an obvious calling for a former punk rocker, but this one helps our participant hit the high notes on a break in the remote Massif Central‘Get that gob open, Liz,” says Peter. “I’m not seeing any teeth.” I obey, stretching my jaw wide as we’d done in an earlier “howling wolf” exercise, and find that not only can I hit a top F# without squeaking, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.When I booked a three-day singing retreat at Peter Evans’s farmhouse in rural Franc...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Learning Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Liz, Peter, Peter Evans

Planning a trip to Europe? Avoid these 10 costly mistakes

Planning a trip to Europe this year and deep in the list-making process? Now’s a great time to quickly review your itinerary and “trip strategy” to make sure that you’re not about to make any common mistakes that will add unnecessarily to your travel costs. From hotels to flights, rental cars, and train tickets, there are several things to keep in mind before you hit “book”. Regular readers might recognize a few of these tips from posts in previous years (including “10 Ways to Save Before Leavin...
Tags: Travel, Verizon, Europe, London, France, Advice, Germany, Berlin, Atlanta, Barcelona, Rome, Munich, Paris, Italy, Amsterdam, Portugal

Most family-friendly European cities

When we think of European travel, we might picture a couple holding hands on Paris’s Pont des Arts or adult friends partying until dawn in Barcelona. But Europe is also a fantastic place to take the kids. Cities from Berlin to Prague are packed with parks, castles, and museums tailormade for little ones. They’re also geared to parents, placing playgrounds next to beer gardens and cafes, so every family member can actually have fun. Here are the most kid-friendly cities in Europe to check out ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Sweden, Berlin, US, Barcelona, Lego, Prague, Paris, Luxembourg, Harry Potter, Denmark, Natural History Museum, Copenhagen, Parks

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

If you are looking for the best restaurants in Brussels, Belgium, look no farther. We’ve rounded up our top picks from 15 years of dining in Brussels to bring you those with staying power. Don’t read while hungry! The Brussels restaurant scene is always changing. New hot spots appear and disappear seemingly overnight, especially in hip neighbourhoods like St. Gilles and Ixelles. While we love taste testing what’s new and popular, for us, the best restaurants in Brussels are those with staying ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, London, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Tokyo, Michelin, Brussels, Tripadvisor, Alison, Waterloo, Best Restaurants

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick

RateGain Announces Launch of DataSure; A new Update for Optima to Ensure upto 99% Data Sufficiency

London, RateGain, the leader in providing innovative price intelligence and revenue management solutions for travel and hospitality industries, today announced the release of DataSure, a unique machine learning-enabled data quality and data profiling framework that speedily identifies, learns and fixes data sufficiency issues for each and every report generated. The launch of DataSure would improve and enhance the accuracy level of the data which will be delivered to RateGain's partner ho...
Tags: Travel, London

Our favorite budget hotels in Dublin for 2019

Cheers to Dublin! While prices have increased across the board in the last few years — in fact, it was recently declared more expensive than London! — it is still possible to enjoy the Irish capital while sticking to a budget. From pubs to museums, there is plenty of Cheapo-friendly things to do in Dublin. But what about accommodations? More Dublin travel tips: • 5 Free museums in Dublin • 5 Easy ways to save on dining in Dublin • Hotels in Dublin under $100 per night Best budget hotels in Dub...
Tags: Travel, London, Dublin, Dublin Hotels, Dailycheapo, Cheapo, Ashfield, Hazelbrook House, Ashfield House Ashfield Hostel, Temple Bar Trinity College Doubles, Ashfield Hostel, Dergvale Hotel Dergvale Hotel, Dergvale Hotel, Anchor Guesthouse

No Trousers Tube Ride is coming back

With or without an organized event, this phenomenon probably happens in many subway systems around the world on a daily basis. But in London it’s an annual, official tradition. The 10th annual “No Trousers on the Tube Day” is back this weekend, and you can bet bare-legged commuters will be lining up in droves to ride the rails. For every Londoner who finds the practice distasteful, there are likely dozens of others eager to ride the tube with a renewed sense of freedom. The first “No Trousers...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Jerusalem, Dallas, All, No Pants Subway Ride

Saudis Lure Investors to $7.5 Billion Debt After Khashoggi - Bloomberg

Saudis Lure Investors to $7.5 Billion Debt After Khashoggi - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia sold $7.5 billion of international bonds on Wednesday in the first test of how much damage the brutal killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has inflicted on investor appetite.Only three months have passed since global investors — along with some of the banks managing the deal — skipped a major economic forum in Riyadh amid broad condemnation over the murder, which some blame on Crown Prince Mohamme...
Tags: Travel, London, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Tim Ash, Jamal Khashoggi, Khashoggi Bloomberg, BlueBay Asset Management LLC

OTA Insight Expands Partnership with NH Hotel Group

New York and London - One of the world's leading hotel chains is unlocking the power of data intelligence to deliver higher RevPAR. OTA Insight, the cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry, today announced an expanded global partnership with NH Hotel Group across 330 of its hotels throughout Europe, America and Africa. In today's competitive landscape, NH Hotel Group will have an edge with the adoption of Parity Insight in addition to its current reliance on Ra...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Africa, NH Hotel Group, Europe America

What Slump? #Dubai Finance Hub Plans Canary Wharf-Sized Expansion - Bloomberg

What Slump? Dubai Finance Hub Plans Canary Wharf-Sized Expansion - Bloomberg:Dubai plans to triple the size of its financial district, adding an area almost the size of London’s Canary Wharf, even as the emirate faces slower growth and rising competition from neighboring banking hubs.The expansion, dubbed DIFC 2.0, will add 13 million square feet (1.2 million square meters) to the center over several phases, with a focus on fintech and innovation, the district’s operator said. It’ll include 6.4 ...
Tags: Travel, London, Canary Wharf, Dubai, East London, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase Co, Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Brent Above $60 as Trade Talks Buoy Longest Rally Since 2017 - Bloomberg

Brent Above $60 as Trade Talks Buoy Longest Rally Since 2017 - Bloomberg:Brent oil extended its longest rally in a year and a half, rebounding above $60 a barrel, on hopes of a resolution in the U.S.-China trade dispute.Futures in London -- which last traded over $60 in December -- are up for an eighth session, recovering from a 35 percent collapse in the last quarter of 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump is said to be eager to strike a deal with China soon to perk up financial markets that have ...
Tags: Travel, London, China, Russia, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

As Low as 32,000 SkyMiles Round Trip To or From London: Delta Monthly SkyMiles Award Sale January 2019

Redeem as few as 32,000 SkyMiles for round-trip flights on Delta Air Lines — plus $142.00 to $185.00 in taxes and fees — for travel between the 48 contiguous United States and London in Asia between Friday, February 1, 2019 and Tuesday, April 30, 2019, when all travel must be completed… …but you must... The post As Low as 32,000 SkyMiles Round Trip To or From London: Delta Monthly SkyMiles Award Sale January 2019 appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Asia, London, United States, Airlines, Promotions, Delta Air Lines, Discounts And Coupons, Loyalty Programs

Best alcohol-free retreats

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of overindulgence over Christmas, but as the new year dawns, we often find ourselves looking for something to help us re-energize. Cutting out alcohol is one of the best ways to feel instantly refreshed. Going teetotal increases energy levels, improves sleep, reduces depression, and revives lackluster skin and hair. But signing up for a “dry January” can be difficult without some encouragement and motivation. These alcohol-free trips will help you stick to you...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Asia, England, London, Thailand, Michelin, Kent, Sri Lanka, Bangalore, Suffolk, All, Koh Samui, Retreats, Wellness Retreats, Alcohol Free

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today at 7 PM Eastern, I am leaving on a jet plane for Mumbai via London. Flight plan: IAD to LHR to BOM. Track flight from IAD to LHR: Virgin VS 22. Track flight from LHR to BOM: Jet Airways 9W 119. Bye for now.
Tags: Travel, London, Virgin, Mumbai, Jet Airways, Travelling Places

How I Ended Up On My First Solo Trip

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie. I met Jackie recently at a Blog conference and she so nicely said to me, “you inspired me to travel solo!” I was so touched as I heard her story of her hearing me speak at the New York Times Travel Show and her first solo trip! I asked her to share that experience on my blog since I think so many women out there can relate to overcoming the fears to travelling solo! I hope you enj...
Tags: Travel, London, NYC, Southeast Asia, New York City, Thailand, Malaysia, Santiago, Chile, Guest Post, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Jackie, Borneo, Samantha Brown

Off the chart: the big comeback of paper maps

As Stanfords travel bookshop moves into new London premises after 118 years, its cartographer explains how the ability to tailor-make any map is keeping their magic aliveWhen I was living in Yemen during the 1980s, someone gave me a battered old map. Information was scarce then, and accurate maps were extremely hard to come by. So departing expatriates tended to pass on any treasures to new arrivals. As he did so, my benefactor paused. “Be careful,” he said, “You don’t want to get caught with th...
Tags: Travel, Books, Maps, Technology, London, Travel websites, Yemen, Adventure Travel, Mapping technologies, London Martin, Martin Greenaway, Long Acre, Mercer Walk

Ryanair passengers bus to Greece

When you’ve just landed after a long-haul flight, the last thing you want is to board a bus for another leg of travel. Imagine how the passengers of this Ryanair flight felt when their plane from London, bound for Greece, landed in Romania instead and were told to catch a bus the rest of the way to Greece. The plane was supposed to arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece, by 10:00 PM, but fog at the airport caused a diversion. Normally the plane would land in Skopje, the nearby Macedonian capital, but...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, News, Greece, Ryanair, Romania, Ryan Air, Flight Delay, Budget Airline, Skopje, Christina, Thessaloniki, London Stansted, Timisoara, THESSALONIKI Greece

Mindfulness events 2019

The theory of mindfulness has been around for some time now, encouraging lots of us to stay focused on the present moment. Useful in combating mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, or addiction, finding a permanent place for this practice in our lives should be given priority or at least exploration. If you’re looking for some guidance in this field here are some festivals, retreats, and events across the world to help you expand your mindfulness in the new year. 1. Club Soda Mindful D...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, London, Mexico, Mindfulness, Thailand, Poland, All, Buddhist, London England, Dan Siegel, Retreats, Wim Hof, Wellness Retreats, Mindfulness Events, Club Soda UK Facebook

Former Barclays bosses face London trial over Qatari cash call | Reuters

Former Barclays bosses face London trial over Qatari cash call | Reuters:The most senior bankers to face criminal charges in Britain over conduct during the financial crisis are preparing to appear before a London jury in a trial that will test the mettle of the Serious Fraud Office.Former Barclays (BARC.L) CEO John Varley and three one-time colleagues stand charged over deals with Qatari investors to secure cash injections that allowed the bank, that can trace its origins back to around 1690, t...
Tags: Travel, London, Britain, Barclays, Reuters, John Varley, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Serious Fraud Office Former Barclays BARC

Norwegian sale one-way Europe

On the heels of rumors that the airline was about to shut down entirely, Norwegian Air is offering one-way fares for as low as $99 to a variety of European destinations from the US. Flights are available from several major US cities, including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Boston. A full list of fare options is available on the official sale site, but here are a few of our favorites: New York to Guadeloupe for $59 New York to Edinburgh and Dublin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, London, Boston, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Guadeloupe, Oslo, All, Fort Lauderdale, Flight Deals

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