– Written by Victoria Philpott
That’s it then. A quarter of 2012 has gone by in a flash. Means we’re one month closer to the summer holidays though – brilliant! Our favourite travel bloggers have pretty much been on heat this month, we’ve got brilliant blog posts coming out of our earholes. Must be the spring time excitement/autumn closing in…
Let’s start with the top budget travel news from March 2012 first:
- EasyJet are joining Ryanair in charging for choosing a seat. It’s a tiered system, depending on how good your seat is, but it’ll start at £3. Would you rather pay to avoid the panic scrum for seats at check in, or has £3 just blown your budget? Let me know in the comments box below.
- Air Passenger Duty in the UK has also gone up, meaning you’ll soon be paying more for flights – never a better time to check out long distance train travel or other ways of reaching your destination.
Which reminds me, the recent talk on the Future of Tourism by The Planeterra Foundation in association with G Adventures revealed a welcome trend in how travellers, tour companies and holiday enterprises are starting to look at how they can travel better. This is for all you fact lovers…
- Travel supports 10% of all economic activity globally.
- And 8% of all global improvement.
- 47% of all international tourists choose developing countries for travel.
- No other sector spreads wealth like travel does.
- 1 in 12 jobs globally is related to travel and tourism.
If you want to keep your travel eco check out this post by Kaleidoscopic Wandering on what makes a hostel or hotel eco and check out our top eco hostels too. And remember to turn your lights off tomorrow (31 March) for World Earth Day too.
Blogger of the Month
We love Pamela Naughton from spunkygirlmonologues.com here at HostelBookers. She’s a brave one – travelling on her own to Thailand, Malaysia, China, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to name a few.
We’re giving her big props this month thanks to her dedication to the Mongol Rally. On 14 July 2012 she’ll be driving through Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and into Mongolia with Charlie and DJ.
Team Stowaway are one of the few all female teams in the rally. We’re so behind her, we’ve sorted them a few hostels here and there.
5 more reasons why we love her…
- Love her crafty tips for curing your itchy feet … 5 Steps for Creating a Funky Map Board
- She’s an independent and inspirational solo traveller… Ladies, You CAN Do It! You CAN Embrace Your Travel Fears!
- Useful insightful posts come as standard… Health Check-Ups Before and After a Trip
- Top tips for other bloggers… Bloggers, Travel Consumer Shows Are Worth Your Time!
- She genuinely cares about people… Photolanthropy, My Bangkok Project
March’s best articles
INDIA: Janice Waugh from the Solo Traveler Blog has written her 32 Tips You Need to Know about Travelling Solo in India. It’s genuinely a really insightful and useful list with quite a few hot tips I haven’t heard of before. Definitely one to print off and study thoroughly!
AMSTERDAM: Nathan and Sofia from aswetravel.com reveal The Best Festivals in Amsterdam for 2012. I’m hoping to make it over for Queen’s Day this year, but if not, it’s good to know there are plenty more festivals to choose from.
URUGUAY: Another country that doesn’t get nearly enough coverage. Uruguay is often overlooked because of its flashier and more well-known neighbours. Stephanie from Twenty-Something Travel is looking to change that with her Things You Didn’t Know About Uruguay post. Did you know they’re the biggest consumers of meat worldwide?
JAMAICA: Ever wondered what the biggest Tourist Attractions in Jamaicaare? The stunning paradise is well-known for it’s laidback people and reggae atmosphere, but this post by Mushegh Hakobjanyan explains exactly what it is you can do there.
What about us?
After years or research and observation I’ve come up with 21 Signs You’re a Real Backpacker. Check it out and let me know how you score…
Easter’s just around the corner – have you booked your holiday yet? We’ve got some top tips and advice on family-friendly city breaks, family adventure, family beach breaks and best UK Easter holidays.
And finally, what with all the Olympics excitement and the Queen’s Jubilee there’ll be an influx of tourists to London this summer. While you’re over here make sure you investigate the rest of our little island too, here’s a few tips on how to visit the rest of England on a budget.
One last blog post of joy…
WORLD: Alcohol and Adrenaline: A Match Made in Heaven by BootsnAll is my kind of blog post. They’ve worked out how you can mix up your holidays for the perfect mix of extreme sports and boozing in exotic locations. My top choice would have to be the Burlington, Vermont: Breweries and skiing option… hmm, or maybe Cape Winelands, South Africa: Wine tasting and shark-cage diving?
Thanks to stefanedberg for the images from Flickr. Please note all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.