The Writing's on My Bathroom Wall - travel news 4th August 2017

33 Stopover for 'free' and for longer in Lisbon or Porto

To celebrate the first anniversary of TAP Air Portugal's stopover programme, the airline is to increase the duration of possible stopovers from three to five days, plus will allow a break in the journey on one-way fares too. Stopover packages are offered by several airlines and allow you to break a long-haul journey with a stop on the way for no extra air fare charge. TAP's new rules start in September.

  For more info see TAP Portugal Stopover
33 New boutique hotel opens in the Sri Lankan Highlands

The Sri Lankan Highlands are a gorgeously atmospheric blend of misty hills, historic settlements, and tea plantations. The new 5-room Camellia Hills, overlooking the Castlereigh Reservoir, has fine views, a swimming pool, and top notch service that includes a personalised butler, all meals, afternoon tea and other drinks. It's either a six-hour drive from Colombo, or a 30-minute scenic flight on a Cinnamon Air seaplane - see MyBathroomWall for a guide to seaplane flying.


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Canberra 5th Australian destination for Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is to become the second airline to offer a long haul service from Australia's capital, Canberra, after Singapore Airlines, which flies there from Singapore. The daily Qatar Airways flights from Canberra to Doha touchdown in Sydney en route and will run from the 13th of February 2018.

It will save time and hassle on the route, as the Qatar Boeing 777 will stay on the ground in Sydney for just an hour, as against the next fastest 2-3 hours if - as now - you have to change planes.


See Qatar Airways and Visit Canberra

33 Old airport terminal - one careful owner - going cheap

Heathrow Airport is selling off Terminal 1 check-in desk by check-in desk. The venerable terminal opened in 1968, closed in 2015, and the sale includes everything from large chunks of terminal infrastructure (baggage carousels, travelators or a jetty anyone?), to the distinctive BAA yellow and black signage and London-themed artwork that was formerly displayed in the T1.

It's likely that some smaller airports may grab a baggage belt bargain, but don't be too surprised if your Shoreditch barber sits you at a check-in desk later in the year.


See the catalogue here

34 Travel armageddon looming?

Additional security checks at European airports are causing huge immigration delays for passengers, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) predict a 3.7% rise in air fares and hotel rates, and the Ryanair boss, Michael O'Leary, has crept from under his bushel to warn of no flights operating to or from the UK for a period post Brexit.