How about headphones you can hear over the roar of the jets, a discreet gadget to recharge your phone or a smart suitcase to travel with, or even a toothbrush to make sure travel doesn’t ruin your dental health regime? Wireless headphones are convenient and liberating thanks to the lack of cables, but most are useless on an airplane when you want to listen to the in-flight entertainment. The AirFly plugs into the plane’s headphone jack as normal but then connects wirelessly to your Bluetooth headphones.
Europe’s two leading airline bosses have demanded an end to “lethargy and inaction” from the European Commission in tackling air-traffic control strikes in France and elsewhere. Michael O’Leary of Ryanair and Willie Walsh of IAG, British Airways’ parent company, argued that by not adequately protecting flights over France, EU law is infringed. The two chief executives were speaking in Brussels after a meeting with Europe’s transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc.
Disney World in Florida has gone to extensive lengths to ensure mosquitos don’t kill the buzz for its 20 million plus annual visitors. More than just a pest, the insects can carry diseases such as Zika, the West Nile Virus and encephalitis. Not one to do things by halves, Disney World has a dedicated Mosquito Surveillance Programme.
A Call Me By Your Name themed tour visiting the iconic locations in the Oscar nominated film released last year is being offered by the first LGBT tour operator in Italy, QUIIKY. Wild swimming, romantic bike rides and perpetual sunshine characterise this beautiful film which was primarily filmed throughout northern Italy. The nine-day tour includes eight nights’ accommodation, B&B, the services of a tour guide and car rental and takes in the cities and towns of Milan, Crema, Lake Garda, Verona, Venice and Bergamo.
Dubbed the “Polish Manchester”, Lodz (pronounced “Woodge”) has undergone a dramatic makeover in the past decade – and there are still a few layers of slap to come. Poland’s third-biggest city was a 19th-century industrial powerhouse before falling into a post-war slump, known as Grey Lodz. Lodz is a real bargain.
Brooklyn has changed infinitely over the last 10 years, but it continues to entice New York tourists over the water. About as far from the grandiose world of Manhattan museums as you could get, The City Reliquary (cityreliquary.org) is a teeny Williamsburg storefront filled to the brim with New York trinkets and oddities. You’ll find vintage seltzer bottles, baseball cards and Lady Liberty statuettes on display, and events like movie screenings and intimate gigs regularly taking place.