2018’s best destinations, Scottish woman takes “private jet” for $60 and €2,000 to move to an Italian village. This week in travel was a wild ride
Information is power, and an informed traveller is a happy traveller. That’s why we have picked up the most important news from the past week, and it was a real rollercoaster from start to finish.
Lonely Planet chooses best destinations for 2018
If you wonder which place you should visit next, Lonely Planet has a few recommendations for you. In their annual selection of Best in Travel, they have chosen world’s finest destinations for 2018 in four different categories
The Top 10 countries were headed by Chile: “a nation, isolated from the rest of South America, by the Andes to the east, the vast Pacific Ocean to the west, the bone-dry Atacama Desert up north and the impenetrable wilds of Patagonia down south”. Second and third place belonged to South Korea and Portugal.
The best city for next year’s travels is Spanish Sevilla followed by, a bit surprisingly, Detroit that is motoring again after decades of decline. Young enthusiasts have started to rebuild the abandoned factories and transform them into distilleries, bike shops and galleries. Australian capital Canberra holds the thirds place in this category
Game of Thrones mania must have influenced the jury, and frankly, we don’t blame them, as Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland were selected as the best region on the planet, leaving Alaska and Slovenian Julian Alps in second and third place. Give them a try when the winter is gone!
Scottish woman was the only passenger on a plane to Greece. For $60
Karon Grieve, an author from Scotland became one of the luckiest people ever to board a plane. When she bought her ticket from Glasgow to Crete with Jet2 she expected the usual crowds of people fighting for the final bits of personal space.
She couldn’t have been more surprised when she realised she was the only passenger on the plane.
“The crew arrived – the pilot, first officer and the air stewards. And they all knew my name,” Karon told CNN. “They all came on and said, ‘Hi Karon, how are you?’ They were all laughing and saying I’ve got my own private jet,” she said.
She described the journey as “totally surreal” as she even received a security instruction from a stewardess.
“The girl stood up and was doing the whole thing and she said she had to do it, it’s a legal requirement,” Grieve said.
“I couldn’t stop laughing. I just keeled over laughing.”
Mayor of an Italian village offers €2,000 to new residents
A village in Italy has decided to fight against the decline of its population. Nicola Gatta, mayor of Candela in the region of Puglia, offers €2,000 to anyone who wants to become a new resident.
In the 1990s the village had 8,000 inhabitants. Now, it is down to 2,700 which the mayor considers dangerous, and he hopes the incentive will help as it did in other Italian places such as Lazio, Civita di Bagnoregio, that after becoming an Instagram hit grew to 800,000 residents from an initial… twelve.
If you ever thought of expatriation, now might be the right time.
Afraid to speak foreign languages? Drink up, study says
A little bit of liquid courage can do miracles. A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that low portions of alcoholic drinks can improve our pronunciation of foreign languages.
The researchers compared 50 Germans speaking Dutch and observed that people who took a sip of a drink spoke better than the sober individuals.
However, we strongly encourage you not to overestimate what low portions mean!
Flynas launch 10 per cent discount on flights till the end of December
Saudi Arabia’s first ever low-cost carrier is running a 10 per cent discount on and adult base fare for the flights in Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia until 31 December.
For Lebanon the discounted flight is from Riyadh to Beirut, Kuwaiti from Jeddah to Kuwait and Ta’if to Kuwait. Egyptian routes are Jeddah to Assiut, Riyadh to Assiut, Riyadh to Sohag and Jeddah to Sohag.