Best Travel Destinations for 2015

cuba-201357_960_720Skyscanner, the global travel search engine, has released its predictions of the destinations to watch for this coming year. The data included the analysis of millions of Skyscanner flight searches for the last three years in the UK, looking at the locations that had increased in interest the most dramatically.

The winner is Ponta Delgada in Portugal where the interest has increased 63% in recent years. Havana was the second one with a 33% increase in interest, while Tokyo came in number three with a 25% increase. Copenhagen was the fourth with a 21% increase and Cape Verde was number five with a 14% increase.

Cat McGloin, the Skyscanner travel editor, said “With 50 million searches to the site every month from all over the world, our search data gives us some really robust insight in to these trends. It’s interesting to see how people’s travel interests are changing and what these destinations are offering to become even more appealing.”

Summer Safety Tips in the Car

With the summer upon us, more people will be on the road taking those great summer trips. It’s imperative, when you buckle the kids in and get ready to go, that you do so safely. This video reminds you of the importance of baby seats and car seats and gives you tips to make sure that you are using them correctly.

Make sure, as well, never to leave a child or animal unattended in a hot car.

Never Lose Your Luggage Again…

luggage-356733_640Everyone knows the frustration of losing your luggage on the way to a great vacation. Now, Delsey has come to the rescue with the Pluggage that they showcased at the CES Innovation awards this month in the US. What makes this suitcase so different is that it can charge your mobile phone and let you know if your suitcase made it onto the flight with you.l

In addition, if you want to know if your luggage is overweight, you can synch your case with a smartphone app that can tell you how heavy the case is. Similarly, by synching with your app, you can get a notification if your suitcase has made it to the plane.

Other options are still up for discussion including an inside lighting system that will switch on when the suitcase opens, a fingerprint ID that protects you and more. They are also discussing a check lock facility that can tell you if the suitcase has been opened without your knowledge and an app weather forecast that tells you what type of weather to expect at your destination.

Step Into the Void

Picture by Alexis Moro
Picture by Alexis Moro

This location is not for the faint of heart. If you love adventure, then you will want to get to the Aiguille du Midi in the MontBlanc range of France. This attraction was built next to the tallest peak in Europe – Mont Blanc. You can go up to the glass box which is 12,604 feet above ground and feel what it feels like to be on top of the world.

When standing in this box, you feel like there is nothing below you and you can feel the vast landscape of the Alps. It took three entire years to build the skywalk and it opened on December 21, 2013. It’s called the Step Into the Void.



Barbie Lover’s Oasis

barbie1This is a little girl’s dream (and perhaps an adult’s nightmare). It’s the Barbie Dreamhouse hotel room that is available for rental at the Hilton Buenos Aires. You, too, can stay here for $179 a night with prices that rise to more like $569 during the peak periods. The room opened in September, after extensive consultations with the toymaker Mattel. It’s available year-round but it’s already fully booked until the start of 2015.

The room, at number 136, has a 32 inch television that runs non-stop with Barbie films, a marble bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe and all sorts of Barbie dolls and items in the room.

Guests actually go through a separate check-in specifically designed for kids before being sent in VIP-style up the private staircase to the room.

For parents who just can’t handle this much Barbie – they can book a normal adjoining room with a connecting door.