The perfect Valentine’s gift ideas for the travel lover

  • 26 Jan, 2017
  • Franki Napolitano
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Regardless of how we feel about Valentine’s Day, we have to admit that giving a little gift to your partner or admirer is pretty cute.

However, if you’re bored of buying the same old roses, aftershave or chocolate for your significant other, you need to keep reading.

Whether your beau loves to travel, casually dips their toe in every now and then or is ready to start an adventure, we know they’ll love these gift ideas! (not to mention be grateful for something different!) Read More

Travel and tourism statistics for 2016

  • 20 Jan, 2017
  • Will Davies
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Travel Statistics 2017
Here at Airport Parking Shop, we are interested in all things travel, so we were very keen to have a look over the travel and tourism statistics for 2016. We looked at the most visited cities in 2016, the economic impact of travel and tourism, travel trends and looked into what the future could hold for the industry. Enjoy!

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Top 10 travel destinations for 2017

  • 13 Jan, 2017
  • Will Davies
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Popular travel destinations for 2017
Looking for some travel inspiration for the year ahead? You’re in the right place.

Take a look at the top 10 travel destinations for 2017 below …

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7 ugly truths about Over Tourism

  • 06 Jan, 2017
  • Franki Napolitano
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The 7 ugly truths of over tourism include film, alcohol and animal cruelty

You may think a negative tourism blog seems a bit odd coming from a travel based website, but we can’t always paint it in a “rainbows and sunshine” way.

We attended the World Travel Market in November 2016 and a recurring theme throughout the day was “Over Tourism”; the negative effects that travel has on certain beauty spots and even whole countries. This typically means that the ever-growing influx of tourism is causing havoc and angering the local residents of several cities. Examples of this can be seen in Venice where their beloved city hosts more tourists per day than the permanent residents, Amsterdam are cracking down on the activities tourists can do, and it’s even resulting in the closures of Thai islands, with Koh Tachai now permanently closed to tourists.

How has it come to this? How has the once biggest and fastest growing industry in the world turned ugly? We had a look into seven of the main ways tourism is having a negative impact around the world. Read More

Copenhagen vs Bruges – a Christmas weekend away

  • 20 Dec, 2016
  • Alice Fowler
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Copenhagen Vs Bruges

It’s December and even in the UK Christmas Markets are popping up everywhere you look in towns and city centres, but there’s nothing quite like popping across to the mainland and finding some real Christmas infused locations to visit for a weekend. There are so many choices however, we’ve picked two of the popular ones and pitched them against each other – let’s find out which one’s the winner!

Members of our team visited both places on the same weekend for a festive getaway, and picked out some key highlights and things to know so you get the most out of your weekend away.

Christmas Markets

Well, it’s the main reason you’ve come, isn’t it?

Christmas markets in Copenhagen and Bruges

Copenhagen

The city has plenty to choose from, however, our opinion was that if you want something a little different head down to Christiana where amongst the normal eclectic markets available there’s also an indoors one where plenty of goods can be found, not just Christmas themed. From hats handmade in Nepal, to locally made produce and beautiful Christmas ornaments, it’s easy to spend an hour or two browsing! Just be careful of the opening hours and be prepared to queue as there is a limited capacity inside. If you want something a bit more standard, head across the new pedestrian bridge near Papiroen and browse the markets at Nyhavn, where you’ll find gløgg and treats galore.

Bruges

There are fewer Markets in Bruges but the aptly named Market Square has a good-sized market with lots of options of food and drink, and there is also an ice skating rink if you fancy a bit of exercise to work off all that glühwein and chocolate! Read More