Pound to euro exchange rate: Fourth quarter revision is bad news for pound | Travel News | Travel

After a promising nudge higher on Wednesday, the pound is set to be hit with a further fall. Following the the UK’s latest disappointing unemployment figures, yesterday saw the pound to euro exchange rate fall from 1.1355 to 1.1317 according to the latest Bloomberg report. The fall prediction follows a revision of the GDPs fourth quarter. In a comment from currency analyst for TorFX Laura Parsons said: “There was more bad news for the pound on Thursday as the UK’s GDP estimate for the fourth quarter was negatively revised.”  As…

Read More

Cruise ship P&O to increase tipping charges onboard | Cruise | Travel

Cruise holidays are a great way to see the world without the hassle of booking flights and hotels. They can also be a pricey trip with many costing thousands of pounds. Many may not realise what the tipping etiquette is when it comes to being on a cruise ship. Do you tip on a cruise holiday or not? Tips on a cruise ship are often added onto the price, meaning passengers should offer a tip to the people working on the ship and their room steward. Cruise ship P&O Cruises…

Read More

Northern Lights in the UK tonight – How and where to watch them | Travel News | Travel

The Northern Lights, one of the most beautiful natural phenomena, are less likely to be seen than ever before. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, they are on an 11-year solar cycle which means that they will soon enter the ‘Solar Minimum’, and won’t be easily seen for the next few years. Thankfully, they are sometimes visible in the UK for Britons who want to try and spot them. But how and where will they be seen? A huge solar flare meant they were visible in the UK last week.…

Read More

All the countries in the world, 2018, listed | Travel News | Travel

The answer depends on what your definition is of a ‘country’. Here are the most common answers. According to UN there are 195 Sovereign States or countries. This is defined as place that has it’s own boarders and an independent government. There are 193 official UN members with just 2 countries, Vatican City and Palestine classified as UN Observer States. If counting all nations with partial recognition, then there are 201 in total. Taiwan, Western Sahara, Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Northern Cyrus identify as independent but are claimed as…

Read More

Cruises: Six great deals for trips to Cuba, the Mediterranean and more… | Cruise | Travel

SNOW-capped mountains, prolific wildlife including humpback whales and gigantic glaciers are just some of the things you’ll encounter in Alaska. Holland America Line (0843 374 2300 / hollandamerica.com) offers a seven-night Alaskan Explorer cruise on Eurodam from £1,597 (two sharing, full board). Set sail from Seattle on June 2, stopping ports including Juneau, Ketchikan and British Columbia. Price includes return flights from London, free hotel for one night pre-cruise and transfers. There’s a free upgrade from an inside cabin too and $300 onboard spending.  _______________________________________________________ UNPACK only once on this…

Read More

Treasure hunt: Canadian Club whisky hidden in the UK’s Loch Ness and other locations | Travel News | Travel

In 1967 whisky brand Canadian Club launched its Hide A Case campaign, hiding 25 cases of the premium liquor in remote locations over the world. There is still one up for grabs in the UK – the location has been confirmed as the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, a place synonymous with fine whisky. At the time adverts also ran, giving hunters vague clues as to where the alcohol-based treasure was hidden. Some of the more obscure locations included Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and deep below the surface of…

Read More

Cruise ship deals: This is the best time to book your next holiday | Cruise | Travel

When is the best time to book your next cruise holiday?  Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP, believes he’s got the answer to this age-old question.  For Phillips, January to March is the best time to book your next cruise holiday.  He said: “This is when most cruise lines promote and feature their best offers of the year with discounted rates, onboard upgrades and airfare credits.”   Phillips might be onto something, as there are plenty of cruise deals floating around at the moment.  For example, cruising giant Royal…

Read More

Hotel secrets reveal bedroom hack using ironing board | Travel News | Travel

Hotels are either loved or hated by holidaymakers. With buffet breakfasts and room service, they are a treat for any holiday, yet can also be a stressful experience. Making sure to pack everything that is needed is just one of the parts of going abroad. One travel expert has revealed how to make use of one item in the hotel bedroom in the case of an emergency. Travel Channel star Samantha Brown explained to Bloomberg how the hotel room can be utilised in all sorts of ways. She stated: “I…

Read More

Maldives holidays WARNING: Tourists CANCEL bookings after state of emergency declared | Travel News | Travel

Tourists have been cancelling hundreds of hotel bookings in Maldives every day since the imposition of a state of emergency last week, tour operators say.  Warnings were issued in China, India, the United States and Britain after President Abdulla Yameen imposed the emergency and arrested judges who had ordered him to free jailed opposition leaders. “We have had about 50-60 room cancellations per day and the number is consistent since it started. This is the same for all of our properties in the country,” said a spokesman for Paradise Island…

Read More

Star Princess: cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained | Cruise | Travel

PH The Star Princess line has had a luxury refit The 2,600-passenger ship is one of 17 in the Princess fleet, with new ship Sky Princess due to arrive this summer. Princess Cruises began with a single ship in 1965, sailing to Mexico, and is now the third largest cruise line in the world. It is still known for its part in the 1970s American TV series The Love Boat, when its ship Pacific Princess played the star role. STATEROOMS One of the most significant results of the recent refit…

Read More