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Santa is on his way! One more Newsletter to go and then the Silly season begins. My diary is starting to fill up with Christmas parties, a 60th birthday and camping in the Victorian Alps. What are you up to? 

The photos were all taken in Nepal on my cycling trip last month.

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"Haste Ye Back"

US airline caught up in a new dragging scandal

Oh hell no, here we go again. Another airline has been caught on film having a passenger wrestled and, some might say ‘dragged’, off a flight. colinthescot

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The Ultimate North Pole Flight

North Pole Deluxe takes you to the top of the world in style and comfort. Two jet flights, two helicopter flights and a night at Barneo Ice Camp give you the deluxe version of North Pole travel. And only 18,000 euros from Svalbard. Colinthescot

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Vehicles one sees in Vietnam.

Dubai builds giant 'floating Venice' Hotel

First it recreated the earth, then it built the world’s tallest building. Next on Dubai’s agenda? A Venice-themed luxury hotel. Colinthescot

This Video Of Scotland Will Leave You In Awe


Travellers Choice has just entered a ground breaking partnership!

TripADeal creates competitively-priced, bucket list travel packages, which it promotes aggressively through national digital and print channels.

Since its launch in 2011, the company has firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading online travel agents. Under the new preferred arrangement, consumers can choose to book and pay for a TripADeal package through any Travellers Choice store (yes I am a member).

In addition, TripADeal will develop bespoke packages to key destinations exclusively for sale through Travellers Choice members. To make a booking or for more details. Colinthescot

Air France 'millennial' airline is a "rooftop bar" and more..

Earlier this year, Air France launched Joon, an airline especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials, whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology.

Joon starts operating medium-haul flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle this autumn (Europe season), followed by long-haul flights in 2018.

“We wanted to create a direct, friendly and authentic brand,” said Caroline Fontaine, Global Brand VP at Air France.

“The choice of this electric blue immediately illustrates this strong identity. All these elements, this innovative spirit, are portrayed in a film that introduces Joon’s brand territory. More at colinthescot

Iceland celebrates its ridiculous language

Iceland is not afraid of poking fun at itself through wacky tourism campaigns, and its latest is no different. Colinthescot

Movie of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Virgin plane collides with rabbit-carrying eagle!!

A Virgin Australia plane was headed for Brisbane on Friday, but shortly after take-off from Tullamarine airport flew straight into an eagle, carrying a rabbit in its talons.

According to AVGeekery, the eagle collided with the plane’s landing gear, forcing the pilot to radio control towers and make a report of engine problems. More at Colinthescot

What will we sacrifice for travel?

A recent study by 'Compare the Market'  has revealed just how much Aussies are willing to give up day-to-day to save for a trip, and honestly, we’re not at all surprised. The survey of 1155 Australian adults, found that if the increase in utility bills and health insurance premiums placed too great a burden on household budgets, just 9 per cent of respondents would not go on a holiday in the next 12 months. Colinthescot

Join me in Scotland next year

I am looking at leading a tour to Scotland next year but not a walking one. Well not walking all the time. A more relaxed tour visiting some of my favourite haunts, some distilleries along with some walking and cycling thrown in. September next year. Contact me if you are interested.  Colinthescot

Lonely Planet reveals top destinations for 2018

The results are in, Lonely Planet’s top destinations to visit next year are here, and some may just come as a surprise. (*Hint hint* one of our cities has made an appearance, and no it isn’t Melbourne or Sydney!)

Being the largest travel guide publisher in the globe, Lonely Planet carries a pretty high authority when it comes to what’s what in travel.

Should there be child-free areas on planes?

In this guest piece, Stephanie Yip – Travel Expert at, reveals the interesting new statistics around Aussie travellers and their desires for child-free zones.

The results are in and while the margin is, well, marginal, it sounds like more Australians would prefer to keep kids as far away from them as possible when flying.  Colinthescot

Rejoice! Cathay Pacific is introducing inflight Wi-Fi!

Can’t go more than three hours without checking your phone? We’ve got good news. Flights with onboard broadband connectivity are becoming more and more common, and the Cathay Pacific Group is set to be the latest airline to join the ranks. Joining the likes of Air China, Jet Blue, China Southern and Emirates, Cathay Pacific will be the first major airline in Asia to have satellite-based broadband inflight. Colinthescot

And finally

British Airways has come under fire for its new boarding system, where passengers in the cheapest seats will board last. But others think it’s brilliant. colinthescot

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