More accessible Indonesia: Garuda will be launching a new direct service from LHR to akarta in Spring 2014. This will open up a whole range of possibilities for travel to the many islands of Indonesia, and with the obvious snappy connections to Bali being a real boon, we should also see some great development of tourism in the rest of the country. Expect to see more people heading to Sumatra and Java for exploration, hiking and great coffee!
Edinburgh air expansion: Scotland’s largest airport continues to grow and will see more services in 2014 to the USA with services to Chicago and Philadelphia starting in the spring, as well as Qatar Airways starting a five times weekly services from Edinburgh to Doha.
Learn a new skill as you travel: A new arrival for 2014, STA Travel’s ‘Volunteer, Work, Learn’ programme now has new ‘learn a skill’ options. This include: learn to surf, dive or sail, plus courses on how to become a ski instructor, surf instructor, how to sail or become a game ranger. Learn to surf courses start from £85 for a three-night course in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa; learn to dive courses from £561 for a five-day PADI Open Water course in Cairns, Australia. For more info, click here.
Extend your youth: STA Travel has expanded its array of carriers who now allow their exclusive Youth tickets to be issued to persons under 31, a five-year increase from the previous 26! This opens up lots of doors to its exclusive student youth airfares.
Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch has reinvented itself since the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake. The city has become a hub for young entrepreneurs and creativebusinesses, as well as a new host of bars and restaurants opening regularly. For more NZ news, click here.
Adelaide, Australia: The first phase of the Adelaide Oval’s innovative AUD$535 million redevelopment programme is nearing completion. The famed cricket grounds will be reborn as a multi-function sports and entertainment facility and will be opened by the Rolling Stones on March 22, 2014. There’ll also be a host of hotel developments in the city centre – Adelaide’s 1930’s heritage listed Colonial Mutual Life building, located in the heart of the city, is being transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel, due to open in January 2014.
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