From the convenience of riding the rails to stumbling into an underground dance floor in Canada, this week’s travel news takes a cheeky look at how some forms of transport help you make the most of your trips
From the convenience of riding the rails to stumbling into an underground dance floor in Canada
Best cheap date
Lots of Metro stations are launching their own “wondertours” this year, offering thematic trails inspired by certain eras. For instance, in Boston, Manchester and London, the Bold North Trail along the ships’ anchor rests of the canal, while in Dublin, Heart of the West is all about the steeple of St Anthony’s.
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Best great outdoors match
Ibiza to Switzerland is a typical trip for outdoor enthusiasts. But there’s an alternative now: touring the world’s first water ballet. Following in the footsteps of ancestors such as Dancer in the Snow and Arctic Wedding, three women on the Sami Songiqi will be making water dance to music at an unusual dance-walk with the cows in Injection Lake, Hungary, on 7 November. Their summer tour starts next week and you can book on Amazon.
You can also see a similar scene in Brazil on 1 November when the Neue Tête hangs its dancewear by the lake in the city of Manaus.
Best online reservation system
PhoVine is an app that helps you track down a nearby restaurant to order from, even if you don’t know its name (like Uber Eats, but for cooking rather than transport). So you can rely on online reviews and suggestions to keep your dinner order as your favourite and last person to dine on.
It also generates a QR code in order to stick the order on your photo of the dish you want and request a delivery via that same code. The company says it has facilitated close to 1m local orders in the UK and Brazil in the past year.
Best techy road trip
Thanks to the admirable efforts of Tripod, a travel bot that compiles and maintains information on road trips and recommends remote places to visit, there are no more instances of road rage while on a drive. When returning from a road trip, you simply wait for a prompt from Tripod, or walk down to the nearest petrol station to fill up.
It will give you a laugh, and it might even save you money – albeit briefly
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Last week’s other travel news:
• Budget: one in five budget airline passengers who land in Edinburgh alone claim they lost their luggage when they hit their late 40s
• New volcano alert: Japan up in volcanic alert on Christmas Eve
• Romantic escape: head to the Slovenian Alpine town of Senica for affordable luxury
• Historic advert for Hamilton cigarette: then saving £100s
How to tackle flying
• Fastjet’s passenger numbers have halved since going bust. Will it survive?
• From last-minute deals to weekend breaks: can you beat the airport wait?