Bank Holiday aggravation for staycation nation
Chalkmarks: Slow down in Sardinia

Good morning. This is what happened in the world of travel this week: Friday 26th August 2022

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Last weekend away: Ahead of the last national bank holiday before Christmas, the AA has put out an amber traffic alert warning that 15 million journeys are expected to be made between Friday and Monday. They estimate that 45 per cent of drivers will take to the roads. It expects the worst traffic tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. The AA man said: “Routes to and from coastal resorts and beauty spots will be among the busiest, so drivers should plan ahead for the journey and check your car before you go.” Sky News has the traffic hotspots.

On the rails: There’s no picket line to join at train stations this weekend but there’s plenty of engineering works across the network resulting in slow services and reduced schedules. Network Rail told us which routes will be affected from Saturday to Monday.

Here we go again: Another week and another load of British Airways flights have been cancelled. The airline announced this week it would cut flights well into spring next year. This is the consequence of Heathrow’s extension of its 100,000 daily passenger cap, which we wrote about last week. We know the cap will be in place into the winter months (29th October) and we also know it’s possible to hire more staff by March 2023? Surely? At least this warning comes much earlier than previous cancellations. It will though push up the price of air fares. The BBC has the story.

In numbers: BA’s plan is to cut 629 short-haul round trips from Heathrow until the 29th October. Then there’s 5,000 short-haul flights being pulled from Heathrow, Gatwick and City until March 2023. According to MailOnline that adds up to 1 million seats axed over the next six months.

BA said: “We’re protecting key holiday destinations over half term. We’ll be offering customers affected by any of these changes an alternative flight with British Airways or another airline or the option of a refund.”

Tweet of the week. Ryanair shared its thoughts on BA’s cancellations at Heathrow. “Hopeless,” said Michael O’Leary. He then announced his budget airline had opened up 1 million extra seats this winter from Stansted. The Sun had the story.

Under the sea: On Tuesday night Sky News brought us the first reports of train passengers having to walk through the Channel Tunnel when their Eurotunnel Le Shuttle service from Calais to Folkestone broke down. As they stepped into the dimly-lit tunnel one traveller said she heard a woman crying and another having a panic attack. She likened the experience to being in a “disaster movie”. Footage emerged of hundreds of people walking through the emergency tunnel to reach a replacement train. It took them more than five hours to get out. Eurotunnel apologised.

Found this little place: We’ve been to Sardinia and we just loved it. So why they are paying people to go there is anyones guess. Yesterday LBC reported the Italian government is offering £12,700 for people to move to the Med’s second biggest island to live la dolce vita and to help rejuvenate its rural towns. The money comes as a grant for those wanting to purchase a home in a village of fewer than 3,000 people.

This is why you go to Sardinia: Sometimes you just need to sit down and do nothing for a little while to help slow life down. And sometimes you just need to feel the sand between your toes and dive into the sea to help you realise how good life is (see main pic above). As well as being a chilled Italian island, you’ll find some of the oldest people on the planet there. Many live to be 100 – documentaries have been made about them. But these centenarians aren’t frail. They’re youthful and their bodies are beautiful. The secret is in the food – the olive oil and the the red wine. Live longer here.

It’s back: Ladies and gents the Notting Hill Carnival returns after two years away. And this August Bank Holiday it’s not just back for its usual two-day street party but for a three-day festival that starts tomorrow and ends on Monday. Having begun in 1966 with 50 people celebrating Caribbean culture, the Carnival now attracts crowds in their millions. Expect steel pans, dancing, colourful costumes, jerk chicken, pepper pot and roti. Yay, go Trini! Don’t forget there’s a bus strike too. Time Out has everything you need to know to get there on time. 

Deal of the week: From now until 4th September the London’s West End is offering cheap tickets on more than 50 shows including The Book of Mormon, Back to the Future, The Lion King, Frozen, Mamma Mia and Magic Mike. It includes new shows too such as Eureka Day and 2:22 A Ghost Story. Tickets start from £15. The Evening Standard has more.

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