This week has seen The Shard turning one, the notorious Tube strikes across London and as of today, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are underway.

From travel trials and tribulations to the most popular places to go, here’s our travel news round up from the past seven days.

Sleeping on the Cash

People might flock to the Gulf’s oil-rich countries for its tax free status, but rumour has it that on March 31st, Dubai will be introducing a tourist tax. The tariff, which will help fund the 2020 World Expo convention, will charge visitors a small fee (between £1-£3 per night) when booking a room at any of the city’s hotels, apartments or holiday homes.

Vietnam via flickr by dancingqueen27


More Brits are visiting Vietnam than ever before, and last month’s UK bookings went through the roof compared with recent years. Travel experts have put the spike in sales down to the availability of direct flights from London, and because it’s a relatively cheap place to go.

restaurant via flickr by tonyhall

Bye-Bye to Sky-High Wi-Fi

According to a new survey, a lack of free Wi-Fi is the thing we find most annoying on holiday. Around 45% of people claim having to pay for it puts a dampener on their holiday. It’s estimated that the average holiday goer spends about an hour a day surfing the web on their mobile while away.

istanbul via flickr by greenwich photography

The Gravy Goes Further in Turkey

If you’re thinking of heading to Turkey this summer, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s 35% cheaper to visit than last year thanks to the strongest pound in years against the lira. From lower hotel rates to more spending money while you’re there, this is just one of the destinations you can visit for under £200pp.

waves on sunset via flickr by steve.m

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 Images: travel our planet,  dancingqueen27,  tonyhallGreenwich Photography