Tripadvisor reveals world’s best experiences for 2020

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience, with a pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse in second place.

They have both been honoured in the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Experiences awards, with the Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claiming the top spot in the UK ranking and the Chicago Architecture River Cruise snaring the same accolade in the U.S.

The top-ranked Dubai experience, which costs from £46 ($59), is a half-day tour where guests can take part in sandboarding and dune bashing. The day is rounded off with dinner and a live performance, with previous guests describing the experience as a ‘fab day out’ and ‘the best tour ever’.

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience in the world 

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The rest of the top five experiences in the world ranking comprises an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat (third), the Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour (fourth) and the Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip from Dublin, which includes a visit to Giant’s Causeway (fifth).

The top-ranked UK experience sees muggles taken to the real-life London locations that inspired Harry Potter film sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic. One reviewer rated the £18 ($23) tour as ‘fantastic’ while another said it was ‘highly entertaining’.

Scottish experiences claim three out of the top five spots in the UK ranking with the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh in second place, the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends in third and the Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour coming fourth. In fifth spot is the Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020 

The world

1. Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp – Dubai from £46

2. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse – Florence from £64

3. Luxury Small-Group Canal Cruise in Open-Air Boat – Amsterdam from £16

4. Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour – from £9

5. Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant’s Causeway from Dublin – from £60

 The UK

1. Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London – from £18

2. Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh – from £48

3. Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends – from £13

4. Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour – from £35

5. Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide – from £18

Source: Tripadvisor 

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking 

Meanwhile, in the U.S, the top-ranked Chicago cruise sees guests taken by boat along the Chicago River while learning about the city’s most famous buildings, including the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Prices for the tour start from £28 ($36), with one reviewer writing ‘I cannot say enough about how amazing this was’ while another called it an ‘awesome experience’.

The rest of the top five U.S Tripadvisor experiences list comprises the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour (second), the New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour (third), Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour (fourth) and the Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour (fifth).

There were also gongs for amusement parks and water parks.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST U.S TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020

1. Chicago Architecture River Cruise – from $36

2. Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour – from $52

3. New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour – from $93

4. Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour – from $35

5. Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas – from $433

6. Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Beaches and More – from $93

7. DC At Dusk Night Tour – from $60

8. Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour, Seattle – from $30

9. New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour – from $57

10. Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago – from $27

Source: Tripadvisor  

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city's most famous buildings

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city’s most famous buildings

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking 

Scooping the title for best amusement park is Florida’s Magic Kingdom, with historical theme park Puy du Fou, in western France, in second place.

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World, with The Milky Way Adventure Park in Clovelly, Devon, the runner-up.

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of the best water park in the world and the best in Europe.

Speaking about the awards – which are determined using an algorithm that analyses a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the past year – Ben Drew, president of Viator, the platform that powers Tripadvisor’s bookable experiences, said: ‘Viator’s global partnership with Tripadvisor ensures that more of the incredible experiences bookable on our site are also available to the world.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST AMUSEMENT AND WATER PARKS 2020 

 Best amusement parks in the world

1. Magic Kingdom Park – Orlando, Florida

2. Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France

3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

5. Universal Studios Florida

Best amusement parks in the UK

1. Paultons Park – Romsey

2. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, Devon

3. Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea

4. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, Nottinghamshire

5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach 

 Best water parks in the world

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia

3. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai

4. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

5. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

Best water parks in Europe

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

3. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

4. Aqualand Corfu Water Park – Greece

5. Water Park – Rhodes, Greece  

Source: Tripadvisor 

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida's Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida’s Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World 

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

‘No one simply travels to a destination to stay in their hotel room and calls it memorable.

‘Viator and Tripadvisor give more travellers the opportunity to experience the richness that a destination can offer, making memories that will last a lifetime – whether you’re sandboarding in the Arabian desert, or making pizza in a Tuscan farmhouse.

‘This year’s winners illustrate travellers’ appreciation for experiences that are truly unforgettable, and that they’ll remember and talk about for years to come.’

Tripadvisor reveals the best experiences for 2020 from a Dubai desert BBQ to a Harry Potter tour

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience, with a pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse in second place.

They have both been honoured in the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Experiences awards, with the Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claiming the top spot in the UK ranking and the Chicago Architecture River Cruise snaring the same accolade in the U.S.

The top-ranked Dubai experience, which costs from £46 ($59), is a half-day tour where guests can take part in sandboarding and dune bashing. The day is rounded off with dinner and a live performance, with previous guests describing the experience as a ‘fab day out’ and ‘the best tour ever’.

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience in the world 

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The rest of the top five experiences in the world ranking comprises an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat (third), the Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour (fourth) and the Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip from Dublin, which includes a visit to Giant’s Causeway (fifth).

The top-ranked UK experience sees muggles taken to the real-life London locations that inspired Harry Potter film sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic. One reviewer rated the £18 ($23) tour as ‘fantastic’ while another said it was ‘highly entertaining’.

Scottish experiences claim three out of the top five spots in the UK ranking with the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh in second place, the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends in third and the Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour coming fourth. In fifth spot is the Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020 

The world

1. Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp – Dubai from £46

2. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse – Florence from £64

3. Luxury Small-Group Canal Cruise in Open-Air Boat – Amsterdam from £16

4. Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour – from £9

5. Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant’s Causeway from Dublin – from £60

 The UK

1. Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London – from £18

2. Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh – from £48

3. Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends – from £13

4. Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour – from £35

5. Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide – from £18

Source: Tripadvisor 

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking 

Meanwhile, in the U.S, the top-ranked Chicago cruise sees guests taken by boat along the Chicago River while learning about the city’s most famous buildings, including the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Prices for the tour start from £28 ($36), with one reviewer writing ‘I cannot say enough about how amazing this was’ while another called it an ‘awesome experience’.

The rest of the top five U.S Tripadvisor experiences list comprises the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour (second), the New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour (third), Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour (fourth) and the Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour (fifth).

There were also gongs for amusement parks and water parks.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST U.S TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020

1. Chicago Architecture River Cruise – from $36

2. Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour – from $52

3. New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour – from $93

4. Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour – from $35

5. Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas – from $433

6. Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Beaches and More – from $93

7. DC At Dusk Night Tour – from $60

8. Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour, Seattle – from $30

9. New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour – from $57

10. Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago – from $27

Source: Tripadvisor  

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city's most famous buildings

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city’s most famous buildings

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking 

Scooping the title for best amusement park is Florida’s Magic Kingdom, with historical theme park Puy du Fou, in western France, in second place.

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World, with The Milky Way Adventure Park in Clovelly, Devon, the runner-up.

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of the best water park in the world and the best in Europe.

Speaking about the awards – which are determined using an algorithm that analyses a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the past year – Ben Drew, president of Viator, the platform that powers Tripadvisor’s bookable experiences, said: ‘Viator’s global partnership with Tripadvisor ensures that more of the incredible experiences bookable on our site are also available to the world.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST AMUSEMENT AND WATER PARKS 2020 

 Best amusement parks in the world

1. Magic Kingdom Park – Orlando, Florida

2. Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France

3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

5. Universal Studios Florida

Best amusement parks in the UK

1. Paultons Park – Romsey

2. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, Devon

3. Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea

4. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, Nottinghamshire

5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach 

 Best water parks in the world

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia

3. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai

4. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

5. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

Best water parks in Europe

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

3. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

4. Aqualand Corfu Water Park – Greece

5. Water Park – Rhodes, Greece  

Source: Tripadvisor 

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida's Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida’s Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World 

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

‘No one simply travels to a destination to stay in their hotel room and calls it memorable.

‘Viator and Tripadvisor give more travellers the opportunity to experience the richness that a destination can offer, making memories that will last a lifetime – whether you’re sandboarding in the Arabian desert, or making pizza in a Tuscan farmhouse.

‘This year’s winners illustrate travellers’ appreciation for experiences that are truly unforgettable, and that they’ll remember and talk about for years to come.’

Tripadvisor reveals most popular experiences for 2020 from a Dubai desert BBQ to a Harry Potter tour

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience, with a pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse in second place.

They have both been honoured in the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Experiences awards, with the Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claiming the top spot in the UK ranking and the Chicago Architecture River Cruise snaring the same accolade in the U.S.

The top-ranked Dubai experience, which costs from £46 ($59), is a half-day tour where guests can take part in sandboarding and dune bashing. The day is rounded off with dinner and a live performance, with previous guests describing the experience as a ‘fab day out’ and ‘the best tour ever’.

A Dubai desert barbecue and camel ride trip has been named by Tripadvisor as its No1 experience in the world 

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London claims the top spot in the Tripadvisor UK ranking of the best travel experiences

The rest of the top five experiences in the world ranking comprises an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat (third), the Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour (fourth) and the Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip from Dublin, which includes a visit to Giant’s Causeway (fifth).

The top-ranked UK experience sees muggles taken to the real-life London locations that inspired Harry Potter film sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic. One reviewer rated the £18 ($23) tour as ‘fantastic’ while another said it was ‘highly entertaining’.

Scottish experiences claim three out of the top five spots in the UK ranking with the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh in second place, the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends in third and the Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour coming fourth. In fifth spot is the Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020 

The world

1. Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp – Dubai from £46

2. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse – Florence from £64

3. Luxury Small-Group Canal Cruise in Open-Air Boat – Amsterdam from £16

4. Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour – from £9

5. Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant’s Causeway from Dublin – from £60

 The UK

1. Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles in London – from £18

2. Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh – from £48

3. Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends – from £13

4. Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour – from £35

5. Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide – from £18

Source: Tripadvisor 

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

A pizza and gelato cooking class in a Tuscan farmhouse claims second place in the worldwide ranking

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

The third best travel experience in the world has been named as an Amsterdam canal cruise in a luxury open boat

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Tripadvisor says the second-best experience in the UK is the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking

The Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends is third in the UK experiences ranking 

Meanwhile, in the U.S, the top-ranked Chicago cruise sees guests taken by boat along the Chicago River while learning about the city’s most famous buildings, including the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Prices for the tour start from £28 ($36), with one reviewer writing ‘I cannot say enough about how amazing this was’ while another called it an ‘awesome experience’.

The rest of the top five U.S Tripadvisor experiences list comprises the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour (second), the New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour (third), Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour (fourth) and the Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour (fifth).

There were also gongs for amusement parks and water parks.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST U.S TRAVEL EXPERIENCES 2020

1. Chicago Architecture River Cruise – from $36

2. Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour – from $52

3. New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour – from $93

4. Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour – from $35

5. Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas – from $433

6. Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Beaches and More – from $93

7. DC At Dusk Night Tour – from $60

8. Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour, Seattle – from $30

9. New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour – from $57

10. Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago – from $27

Source: Tripadvisor  

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city's most famous buildings

The top-ranked travel experience in the U.S is the Chicago Architecture River Cruise, where guests learn about the city’s most famous buildings

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

Second in the U.S ranking is the Skip-Line Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking

The New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour is third in the U.S ranking 

Scooping the title for best amusement park is Florida’s Magic Kingdom, with historical theme park Puy du Fou, in western France, in second place.

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World, with The Milky Way Adventure Park in Clovelly, Devon, the runner-up.

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of the best water park in the world and the best in Europe.

Speaking about the awards – which are determined using an algorithm that analyses a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the past year – Ben Drew, president of Viator, the platform that powers Tripadvisor’s bookable experiences, said: ‘Viator’s global partnership with Tripadvisor ensures that more of the incredible experiences bookable on our site are also available to the world.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST AMUSEMENT AND WATER PARKS 2020 

 Best amusement parks in the world

1. Magic Kingdom Park – Orlando, Florida

2. Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France

3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

5. Universal Studios Florida

Best amusement parks in the UK

1. Paultons Park – Romsey

2. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, Devon

3. Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea

4. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, Nottinghamshire

5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach 

 Best water parks in the world

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia

3. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai

4. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

5. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

Best water parks in Europe

1. Siam Park – Tenerife

2. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

3. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia

4. Aqualand Corfu Water Park – Greece

5. Water Park – Rhodes, Greece  

Source: Tripadvisor 

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida's Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Scooping the title for best amusement park in the world is Florida’s Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World 

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Top spot on the UK amusement park podium is occupied by Paultons Park in Romsey, home of Peppa Pig World

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

Siam Park in Tenerife wins the title of best water park in the world and the best in Europe

‘No one simply travels to a destination to stay in their hotel room and calls it memorable.

‘Viator and Tripadvisor give more travellers the opportunity to experience the richness that a destination can offer, making memories that will last a lifetime – whether you’re sandboarding in the Arabian desert, or making pizza in a Tuscan farmhouse.

‘This year’s winners illustrate travellers’ appreciation for experiences that are truly unforgettable, and that they’ll remember and talk about for years to come.’

The plane cabin with seats that change colour when they’ve been cleaned to show they’re germ-free

Revealed: The pandemic-friendly aircraft cabin with dividers, business class ‘rooms’ and seats that change colour when they’ve been cleaned to reassure passengers they’re germ-free

  • London-based cabin design studio PriestmanGoode has unveiled a striking cabin concept – called ‘Pure Skies’
  • It features seats with photochromic and thermochromic ink that reacts to cleaning and changes colour
  • Business class passengers would enjoy a ‘fully enclosed personal space, partitioned by full-height curtains’ 

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Colour psychology could be used in the aircraft cabins of the future to reassure passengers that they are germ-free.

That’s if the vision of London-based cabin design studio PriestmanGoode comes to fruition.

It has unveiled a striking cabin concept – called ‘Pure Skies’ – that features seats with ink that reacts to cleaning processes and changes colour, to show passengers that they’ve been cleaned.

PriestmanGoode has unveiled a striking cabin concept – ‘Pure Skies’. It features seats with ink that changes colour after cleaning and dividers every other row

Pure Skies economy seats would not have entertainment screens or trays – because they often harbour high concentrations of germs

Pure Skies economy seats would not have entertainment screens or trays – because they often harbour high concentrations of germs

Trays would be available but would be clipped on from a supply kept on the service trolley

Trays would be available but would be clipped on from a supply kept on the service trolley

Other notable pandemic-friendly features include dividing screens and gapless seat shells in economy to eliminate dirt traps.

To raise hygiene levels even further economy seats would not have entertainment screens or trays, or seat pockets – because they often harbour high concentrations of germs.

PriestmanGoode divides its new cabin into two areas – Pure Skies Rooms (business class) and Pure Skies Zones (economy class).

PriestmanGoode divides its new cabin into two areas – Pure Skies Rooms (business class, pictured) and Pure Skies Zones (economy class)

PriestmanGoode divides its new cabin into two areas – Pure Skies Rooms (business class, pictured) and Pure Skies Zones (economy class)

Those forking out for a 'Rooms' seat would find themselves in a 'fully enclosed personal space, partitioned by full-height curtains'

Those forking out for a ‘Rooms’ seat would find themselves in a ‘fully enclosed personal space, partitioned by full-height curtains’

The dividing screens in the zones section are every other row and the seats staggered to ‘maximise the feeling of personal space’.

And while entertainment screens are absent, PriestmanGoode says this presents ‘additional commercial opportunities’ – airlines could hire out devices.

Trays, too, would be available but would be clipped on from a supply kept on the service trolley.

And instead of seat pockets, passengers could opt for a removable bag or clip-on their own.  

Those forking out for a ‘Rooms’ seat would find themselves in a ‘fully enclosed personal space, partitioned by full-height curtains’ – and in seats with ‘minimal split lines and seam-welded fabrics’.

The 'Rooms' suites have seats with 'minimal split lines and seam-welded fabrics'

The ‘Rooms’ suites have seats with ‘minimal split lines and seam-welded fabrics’

PriestmanGoode said that lighting could be used to calm passengers by transitioning from purple during the 'cleaning process' to peach and yellow once the flight is underway

PriestmanGoode said that lighting could be used to calm passengers by transitioning from purple during the ‘cleaning process’ to peach and yellow once the flight is underway

Instead of seat pockets, passengers could opt for a removable bag or clip-on their own

Instead of seat pockets, passengers could opt for a removable bag or clip-on their own

The entertainment system would be fully synchronised with personal devices.

The ‘smart’ seat ink, meanwhile, would be used throughout.

Maria Kafel-Bentkowska, PriestmanGoode’s Head of CMF (colour, material and finish), explained: ‘We’ve taken hygiene to a whole new level by leveraging the latest developments in CMF and completely re-thinking the seat cover construction.

 By using photochromic and thermochromic inks that would react to cleaning methods, a message of reassurance can be seen on the fabric surface

Maria Kafel-Bentkowska, PriestmanGoode’s Head of CMF

‘We’ve eliminated all but the essential seat breaks needed for functionality. Other split lines have been treated with heat-welded tape that eliminates places for the virus to hide. However, as the virus is invisible, we’ve taken into consideration passengers’ needs for reassurance while boarding.

‘We have introduced the idea of UVC light and heat cleaning to the cabin. And, by using existing technologies such as photochromic and thermochromic inks that would react to the new cleaning methods, a message of reassurance can be seen on the fabric surface while boarding but then disappears once the passenger is settled.

‘Turning the invisible visible and creating a graphic interface to communicate a message of reassurance supports the airlines’ brand messages around hygiene and safety.’

PriestmanGoode said that on top of this, lighting could be used to calm passengers further, by transitioning from purple during the ‘cleaning process’ to peach and yellow once the flight is underway.

Nigel Goode, Co-founding Director at PriestmanGoode, said: ‘This latest work from the studio represents pragmatic innovation. With the benefit of over 30 years’ experience, we know how to harness design to achieve long-term positive change. We’ve looked ahead to imagine future scenarios and taken into account new passenger behaviours driven by the global pandemic to ensure our designs can be implemented within a few years and will meet user and airline requirements for many years ahead.’

The USA is the top destination for Britons looking to move abroad followed by Canada and Spain

America is the top expat destination for Britons looking to move abroad, a study has revealed.

The contenders were the United Nation’s ten most popular destinations among UK expats – Australia, USA, Canada, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Germany and Italy. And 15 key ‘liveability’ characteristics that define a popular expat destination were analysed for each country.

The USA comes top with a score of 9.42 out of a possible 15, followed by Canada with a score of 9.27, then Spain with a score of 9.02. France rounds off the top ten with the lowest total score of 6.76 out of 15.

A new study has revealed that the USA is the top destination for Britons looking to move abroad

Canada is ranked as the second-best place for Britons to move to. Pictured is the city of Vancouver

Canada is ranked as the second-best place for Britons to move to. Pictured is the city of Vancouver

The 15 liveability categories analysed in the study, by door-to-door luggage delivery service Send My Bag – were cost of living, GDP per capita, happiness, average flight time to the UK, unemployment rate, average annual wage, average house price, weather, crime, pollution, cost of rent, difficulty of language, cost of McDonald’s meal, cost of a pint, and cost of shipping luggage.

Here’s a breakdown of which countries excel in some of the areas…

Cost of housing

Spain comes third in the ranking overall and is rated as the second cheapest place to buy property. Pictured is the capital, Madrid

Spain comes third in the ranking overall and is rated as the second cheapest place to buy property. Pictured is the capital, Madrid 

LIVEABILITY RANKING OF BEST DESTINATIONS FOR BRITONS TO LIVE IN

1. USA – 9.42 out of 15 

2. Canada – 9.27 

3. Spain – 9.02 

4. Germany – 8.76

5. Ireland – 8.64 

6. Australia – 8.31 

7. New Zealand – 7.53 

8. South Africa – 7.41 

9. Italy – 7.3 

10. France – 6.76 

Source: Send My Bag 

According to the study, South Africa is the cheapest option for both renters and buyers, with house prices costing an average of £676.41 per square metre, while rental prices are 49 per cent less than the UK.

The second cheapest country to buy a house is Spain, Send My Bag says, where house prices are an average of £2,322.41 per square metre. For rent, the second cheapest country is Italy, where researchers found that prices are 26 per cent cheaper than the British market.

The study found the most expensive country to buy a property in is France, where house prices are £5,128 per square metre on average. Ireland, meanwhile, is most costly for rent, with prices 48 per cent higher than the UK average.

Job prospects

When it comes to job opportunities, Germany is rated as the best. It comes fourth overall in the ranking

When it comes to job opportunities, Germany is rated as the best. It comes fourth overall in the ranking 

Looking at employment opportunities in pre-Covid-19 conditions, Send My Bag says Germany has the most job prospects, with an unemployment rate of 3.2 per cent.

This is followed by the USA, where unemployment was at 3.87 per cent when the study was conducted.

Send My Bag says job opportunities in the US also seemed to be the most lucrative, with a purchasing power parity (PPP) of $63,093, ahead of Australia in second with a PPP of $53,349.

The study also revealed that South Africa has the poorest job prospects, with unemployment at 27.32 per cent before the pandemic and the lowest PPP at $13,840. Spain had the second-worst unemployment rate (14.7 per cent) and PPP ($38,761).

Sunshine

Ireland is fifth overall in the ranking, but has the least amount of sunshine out of all 10 countries. Pictured is the town of Cobh

Ireland is fifth overall in the ranking, but has the least amount of sunshine out of all 10 countries. Pictured is the town of Cobh  

For sunseekers, Send My Bag says South Africa is the leading expat destination with an average of 3,141 hours of sunshine per year across major cities nationally.

The study found that Australia and the USA are the second and third sunniest destinations respectively, with an average of 2,836 hours and 2,804 hours of sunshine each year.

Ireland and Germany are the least sunny countries in the top ten list, according to the research, with 1,453 and 1,644 hours of sunshine per year on average each.

Cost of living

Australia is rated as the sixth-best place for Britons to relocate to, although it is third most expensive for cost of living

Australia is rated as the sixth-best place for Britons to relocate to, although it is third most expensive for cost of living 

Overall, the cost of living is cheapest in South Africa, the research reveals, with prices 43 per cent lower than the UK across a range of common products and services.

At 17 per cent cheaper than the UK, Spain is the second cheapest expat destination for cost of living, Send My Bag says.

In comparison, Ireland ranks as the most expensive expat destination at 17 per cent higher than the market rate in the UK, followed by France (15 per cent) and Australia (14 per cent).

The researchers found that South Africa is the cheapest place for a pint (£1.41), followed by Spain (£2.23), and that the cheapest McDonald’s meal can also be found in South Africa (£2.81), followed by Canada (£5.88).

Cost of shipping luggage

Coming bottom of the top 10 ranking is France. However, it is among the cheapest of the 10 destinations for shipping luggage to from the UK

Coming bottom of the top 10 ranking is France. However, it is among the cheapest of the 10 destinations for shipping luggage to from the UK 

The most expensive destinations to ship belongings to from the UK are, perhaps not surprisingly, New Zealand and South Africa at £174 per 30kg, says Send My Bag.

Sending belongings to Ireland is far cheaper – £26.76 per 30kg. And getting them over to Germany and France is similarly reasonable, £31 per 30kg, according to the research.

Adam Ewart, CEO and founder of Send My Bag, said: ‘Since the government announced air bridges allowing unfettered travel to several popular European destinations, consumers have understandably been eager to start travelling again and holiday bookings abroad are on the rise.

A table showing how each of the 10 countries scored in all 15 categories they were assessed on

A table showing how each of the 10 countries scored in all 15 categories they were assessed on 

‘It seems some normality is resuming in air travel and there is renewed hope that Britons may once again be able to move abroad, joining the five million current UK expats worldwide.

‘This inaugural Expat Index aims to help people considering relocating or considering a holiday home, by pitting the top 10 most popular global destinations against each other for the first time.

‘The 15 decisive categories take out some of the subjectivity from the decision, but there are options to suit everyone’s priorities.’