It’s been a busy old week.

Not only did Twitter’s favourite astronaut-turned-Bowie-impersonator make his way back to Earth (meaning no more amazing photos like the one above), but there were sleep pods in Abu Dhabi, Whitney renditions on a plane and football fans in the canal.

Confused? Don’t be. Here’s our round-up of this week’s travel news.

Rest Easy in Abu Dhabi Airport

If you’re headed to the UAE, look out for the brand new sleeping pods that were introduced in Abu Dhabi Airport last week. Not only do they give you a comfy place to rest with internet access, but there’s also somewhere to store your luggage and plug in gadgets while you recharge your batteries.


Houston, We Have a Problem

When you next take a flight be sure to leave your vocals at home. On Monday 13th May, a woman was kicked off an LA – New York flight for disrupting her fellow passengers after she continuously belted out some Whitney Houston ballads. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Kansas City where she was briskly escorted off the aircraft – unfortunately there was no Bodyguard-style romance present in this saga. Watch it here:


Mind the Canal

The UEFA Europa League final took place in Amsterdam last night and saw Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1. Here’s a picture of a rather tired and emotional Chelsea fan that fell into a canal:

chelsea fan in the canal

Credit: @CasualUltra_


Daydream For Sale

If you’re in the market for your own private island, this one off the coast of Australia just went on sale for a whopping £75 million. Situated in the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island is a tropical haven, with rainforests and the world’s biggest manmade coral lagoon.

Daydream Island, Australia

Credit: deburca via Flickr creative commons

What’s On This Weekend?

Friday 17th May: Today is Norway’s national day. Even if you’re not Scandinavian, there are plenty of parades and celebrations going on around the world, so prepare yourself for herds of merry Norwegians proudly waving their flags, much like the snap below from last year’s parade in London’s Southwark Park.

Credit: lemsipmatt Image via Creative Commons

Credit: lemsipmatt Image via Creative Commons

Saturday 18th May: A good day for rugby fans: the Heineken Cup Final is kicking off at 5pm in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

And if that doesn’t tickle you,  perhaps the Eurovision Song Contest will. Coming at us from Malmö in Sweden, this year’s participating countries include Moldova, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Belarus, Denmark, Russia, Belgium, Ukraine and the Netherlands in addition to the UK, France, Germany and Spain, which all automatically go through each year. We’re, err, excited.

Image: rob_rob2001 via Flickr

 And finally…

A recent poll from TripAdvisor shows that 60 per cent of the 10,000 Brits surveyed would be put off visiting a destination if alcohol was off the menu. If you’re one of them, you’ll love our print-out-and-keep cocktail recipe ideas – now available in our brand new Downloads section on the blog.

Would a tee-total trip stop you from travelling? Let us know in the comment box below.