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Rental Car with Upholstery for Kids to Color On During Road Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2017, 12:00 AM

On long car trips, many parents end up becoming the highway equivalent of cruise directors, arranging an endless program of games and activities designed to keep their restless passengers from staging a mutiny. Hertz UK is helping out those beleaguered drivers with a brand-new offering: a rental car with special upholstery for kids to color on. Dubbed the Colouring-In Car (complete with superfluo...

New, Lower Train Fare Between UK and Continental Europe for Eurail Pass Holders

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2017, 5:00 AM

Britain isn't always keen on linking up with the rest of Europe, but here's a rare exception that could benefit budget-conscious travelers.  Eurostar, which offers high-speed passenger service between the UK and the European continent via the Channel Tunnel, has been added to Eurail, a network connecting 28 different member countries, each of them accessible with one of Eurail's passes. ...

Mystery Cruise Leaves Passengers in the Dark About the Itinerary

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

For those who think travel no longer feels like an adventure into the unknown, the U.K.'s Bolsover Cruise Club is offering a 16-night luxury cruise on which passengers will have no clue where they're going.  Purchase the company's Secret Sailaway for £12,339 (US$15,000) per person, and you'll be told only the departure and return dates of the trip, as well as info on where to board the ves...

UK Received Record Tourism Surge in Immediate Wake of Brexit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

In July, the United Kingdom received the most international tourists in a single month since people started keeping track. According to new figures released by the UK's tourism agency, a record 3.8 million visitors poured into Britain that month to take advantage of a slump in the pound following the voter-approved referendum to leave the European Union.  Thanks to Brexit, the UK's cur...

Brexit Could Soon Make It Harder on Brits to Travel Within Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2016, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Brexit—Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union—people from the U.K. may soon encounter new headaches when they travel within Europe.  At the moment, Brits can go anywhere in the E.U. as long as they've got valid passports. But Brexit puts Britain in the "third country" category referring to those who aren't from the place they're traveling to or passing through.  ...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

UK Airports to Crack Down on Alcohol Sales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 12:00 PM

After a string of news stories involving drunken Brits behaving badly on flights, the United Kingdom's new aviation minister, Tariq Ahmad, is reviewing ways to restrict the sale of alcohol at airports. Ahmad and his team say they will first conduct an investigation into how booze is sold at airport bars, restaurants, and duty-free shops. An outright ban seems unlikely, but the eventual mea...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

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