Week in travel: Brighton named world’s most hipster city

EasyJet and Air France-KLM bidding to buy Alitalia, while drunk tourist accidentally climbs a mountain, and a 9-year-old gets an upgrade to business class because of an adorable letter

Struggling Italian carrier Alitalia could soon have new owners as a consortium comprising easyJet, Cerberus Capital Management and Air France-KLM have reportedly made a bid for an acquisition.

Easyjet plans to acquire a troubled Italian carrier Alitalia — rzoze19 / Shutterstock Brighton hipster Hove
Easyjet plans to acquire a troubled Italian carrier Alitalia — rzoze19 / Shutterstock

“EasyJet has today submitted a revised expression of interest for a restructured Alitalia, together as part of a consortium, consistent with easyJet’s existing strategy for Italy,” easyJet announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“There is no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed and easyJet will provide a further update in due course if and when appropriate.”

A spokesman for Air France declined to comment, while a representative of Cerberus could not provide a statement immediately.

An acquisition of Alitalia would follow easyJet’s successful bid for defunct Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel Airport.

Drunk tourist wants to go back to his hotel but climbs a mountain instead

An Estonian holidaymaker was apparently having way too much fun during his vacation at Cervinia, a resort in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta.

Instead of returning to his hotel room when he decided to call it a night after an evening of drinking, he ended up unintentionally climbing a mountain.

A drunk tourist from Estonia accidentally climbed a mountain in Italy — Shutterstock Hove Brighton hipster
A drunk tourist from Estonia accidentally climbed a mountain in Italy — Shutterstock

According to Italian newspaper La Stampa, the 30-year-old man named Pavel seemed not to notice that he had taken a wrong turn.

By 2 am in the morning, Pavel was still climbing and he realised that he had made a huge mistake.

Luckily, at an altitude of 2,400 metres, he stumbled upon a closed restaurant and bar called Igloo, which he broke into.

Pavel was discovered by the bar’s staff in the morning, passed out on an improvised bed made out of a bench and a few pillows, surrounded by empty water bottles to soothe his hangover.

Police said he would be fined for the incident, but he isn’t facing any charges.

9-year-old gets upgrade to business class for an adorable letter

A little boy from Australia, who has a strong passion for planes, had his wish fulfilled after writing a lovable letter to Jetstar Airways.

Nine-year-old Jasper Francis, who aims to become the world’s youngest pilot one day, was so excited about his upcoming trip to Bangkok that he wrote to the airline to see if it would be possible to get better seating without additional charge.

“My name is Jasper Francis and I am 9 years old and live an hour outside of Melbourne,” he wrote.

“I was just wondering whether kids are allowed to fly business class by themself? I am saving my pocket money to get an upgrade on our flight: MEL-BKK on your Boeing 787 Dreamliner. So far I have saved $85, how much more do I need to save?”

20 members of Jetstar staff were so touched by the note, sent in an aptly decorated envelope, they pooled the $50 gift vouchers they had each received at Christmas to make his dream come true.

As Jasper can’t fly on his own in business class, the staff also covered an upgrade for his dad. They both will take off to Bangkok from Melbourne in June.

Youngest man to visit every country on Earth launches Tinder for travellers

Twenty-nine-year-old James Asquith had travelled to all 196 countries in the world before reaching the age of 24.

Now the London-based baker has decided to launch a Tinder-like service for fellow travellers, Holiday Swap, that allows them to find a shelter for $1 a night.

“You have a picture of a property and you swipe,” Asquith told Business Insider. “A lot of people who’ve used it said, ‘I feel like I’m on Tinder’.”

The app also allows the users to filter “for things like, ‘I want a place with a good atmosphere or a young crowd’, by country or whatever”.

When you get a “match” with someone, you get a notification and a pin added to your map. You can also chat with users through the platform or see their availability calendar.

“Then you basically have that connection,” Asquith said. “Say you’re going away for a week – you might look at your map [and] have 30 cool places but the people as well.”

The app currently covers 40 countries across six continents.

Tune your beards: Brighton and Hove named world’s most hipster cities

Even though the whole hipster thing is suffering an apparent decline these days, there are still some places that fulfil the subculture’s description more than others.

In a recent ranking, MoveHub examined various factors that are associated with the bearded and inked coffee-drinkers and created a list of most hipster cities in the world – and Brighton came out on top.

Brighton and Hove were named the most hipster cities in the world  — Shutterstock
Brighton and Hove were named the most hipster cities in the world — Shutterstock

“Our new, improved, alternative Hipster Index combines five data points: the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents,” MoveHub said.

“Combined and weighted they produce a Hipster Index score out of ten for each city. To prevent inflated numbers — and preserve our sanity — we excluded cities with populations below 150,000.”

With the highest score of 8.1632 in total, the city of Brighton and Hove in the United Kingdom bears the title of the most hipster city on earth.

Brighton was closely followed by the Portland in the United States, with 8.1631, making the first three positions pretty tight.

Salt Lake City and Seattle were third and fourth, while Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, ended fifth with 6.9437 points.