We’ve got a pretty widespread travel news update this week with news bites from France to Turkey to Laos. It’s revealed that most travellers actually love the airport experience we all pretend to hate, aircraft offerings open up and popular Laos gets a facelift. Fancy swimming through an aircraft or seeing a magical floating waterfall? Browse through our top travel news titbits from this month to find out how!
Bargains, luxury and excitement…why half of us secretly love the airport
A recent study by Priority Pass has found that instead of the boring and stressful chore we imagine it to be, 53% of holiday-makers enjoy the airport process! 64% of travellers like the duty free bargains, while 59% of frequent flyers say the airport lounge is like a sanctuary. Other popular airport processes included digital boarding passes and luxurious products. Move over grumpy queues and lost luggage, being at the airport is the excitement-filled start to the holiday!
A floating waterfall
This week saw the opening of a trio of water features in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The attraction stealing the limelight though is definitely the central waterfall that seems to float mid-air. The waterfall is in fact an attempt to revive the vision of the head gardener for King Louis XIV, definitely safe to say it’s fit for a king then!
The exits are here, here and here, and your goggles can be found under your seat
The world is going mad for airplanes this month, with Turkish tourist resorts sinking decommissioned aircraft to create man-made reefs. Turkey is renowned for its beautiful scuba diving spots, and it’s hoped these planes will attract divers, with the chance to explore the planes underwater, as the ecosystem claims it over the years.
Laos cleaning up its act
With an infamous reputation for drinking and debauchery, the popular backpacker’s destination, Vang Vieng in Laos is rebranding itself. No longer a boozy holiday location but the peaceful and active holiday spot it used to be. You can still get buckets of vodka, but today tourists visit Vang Vieng for its caving, abseiling and relaxing by the river as well.