Memories, like the corner of my mind For those who have ever experienced a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience — like riding a hot air balloon as the sun rises in the distance, or sipping a perfect glass of wine while the ocean breeze gently brushes your face — what wouldn’t you do to relive the moment, even if only for a second? Well, if you lived any of those experiences in New Zealand, we have good news. New Zealand Tourism is offering a chance to win a holiday for two if you share a captioned photo of your favourite N.Z. memory on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #NZMustDo, tagging the person you’d love to visit the country with again, and you’ll qualify for a full do-over. The prize includes two return airfare tickets, seven nights’ accommodation, activities and transfers.
London calling Maybe the Olympics were a good thing after all? In 2014, London reportedly welcomed more international visitors than ever before, partly thanks to a surge in visitors inspired by the 2012 Games. The new figures show that there were 17.4 million visits to the city in 2014, up 3.5 per cent from the previous city record of 16.8 million visits in 2013. “Our status as the number one destination in the world is surely beyond any doubt, and with incredible attractions like the Rugby World Cup heading our way we look forward to welcoming many thousands more visitors to London,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said.
Hipsters on the high seas The next time you head to the shuffleboard court on your favourite cruise line (if that sort of thing appeals to you), don’t be surprised to see a bearded dude in plaid shorts sipping a Pabst Blue Ribbon. A new study by the U.K.-based Amadeus research firm reveals that millennial travellers are increasingly open to cruises, a form of travel previously thought to be closed to the much-coveted demographic. But with new on-ship technology, and the option of custom-crafting an ocean-ized vacation to one’s unique preferences, those cool kids just might be hitting the water. “Defying outdated pre-conceptions about cruise travel will continue to be a crucial success factor in how the industry engages with modern travellers and particularly with the growing proportion of millennials willing to try a cruise holiday,” said Rose Fernandez, director of marketing for Amadeus U.K. and Ireland. All aboard!