January is almost over, so it’s time to ditch the New Year’s Resolutions, have a much-needed drink (or three), and start eating cake – again.

One thing we won’t be ditching though is our weekly travel news roundup, so fill your boots with some of the best stories from the past seven days and some deals to help chase the winter blues away…

Book a Spell in Florida

Visiting Orlando this summer? Well you’ll soon be able to enjoy a brand new attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Already home to famous landmarks from the J.K. Rowling series, such as the magical village of Hogsmeade, Hagrid’s Hut and of course, Hogwarts Castle, the park will soon be recreating the secret enchanted street of Diagon Alley. Potter fans will be able to grab a bite to eat in the Leaky Cauldron, visit the goblins in Gringotts Bank or purchase a robe from Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

Harry Potter World by Marco Becerra via Flickr

New York, New Love

A recent survey has revealed our romantic holiday habits. Unsurprisingly, the favourite destination for Brits to propose was Paris – with almost a quarter of those surveyed citing the city of love as the best place to pop the question. For those looking to tie the knot abroad, Maldives came out on top with 18% of the vote. If you’re nursing a broken heart, however, New York seems to be the place to go with 21% of people choosing the Big Apple as the ideal place to get over a breakup.

New York Times Square by Tomas Fano via Flickr

Tube-ular Tunes

It seems that travelling on the London Underground has never been more fun. Well, for Blur fans that is. Commuters at Canary Wharf station on the Jubilee Line have found that one ticket barrier sounds like the “Woo-Hoo” part of the band’s Song 2 track every time it opens. If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, apparently it’s the second gate on the right as you enter the tube. Song 3 anyone?

Sky’s the Limit

Anyone who has ever bought a first class plane ticket will no doubt have taken advantage of the complimentary food and champers in the VIP lounge. But one man in China went one step further when he used his ticket to get free meals for almost a year. After eating in the luxurious lounge, rather than boarding the plane, the man rearranged his flight for the next day, so he could use his ticket again and again. In total, the non-flying food lover postponed his flight more than 300 times. Talk about first class food.

First Class Lounge by Matt @ PEK via Flickr

Holiday Deals

Bag a bargain this weekend with one of these sunny breaks around Europe…

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Images: Tomas FanoMarco BecerraJean-Louis ZimmermannMatt @ PEK via flickr