Tag Archives: Travel

Food tripping

You’ve been ‘good’ all week. Soups, salads and only one sneaky chocolate. Now it’s the weekend and you’re off on a road trip. When hunger hits, you don’t have many options apart from refuelling on filthy burgers and fried chicken. But, my friends, it doesn’t have to be that way (much as we may like the excuse to indulge on the road).

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Flat pack hotels

IKEA’s real estate branch Inter Hospitality and Marriott International Inc have partnered to create and launch a brand new economy-class hotel brand called MOXY.

Surprisingly, the hotels won’t be stocked with IKEA furniture – but the company has developed a number of innovative construction techniques to keep costs down. Created for the ‘next generation traveller’, the hotels will be popping up in or around office parks, airports and train stations, many of them featuring a neutral ‘eco-style’ theme.

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Bloc bookings

The BLOC hotel philosophy seems to good to be true. By carefully sourcing furniture, bedding and other essential items from around the world, the hotel is able to offer the very best in design and facilities at an affordable price. And by the best facilities, they mean everything from a sophisticated climate control system developed by the Scandinavian Sleep Institute to Italian-tiled wet rooms with powerful drench showers and Egyptian cotton sheets. Bliss.

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Tracks on the tracks

Music is an excellent travelling companion, and a new selection of music from the Gatwick Express train service aims to give riders a musical description of their journey.

The Gatwick Express train travels nonstop between London’s Victoria Station and Gatwick Airport in about 30 minutes. Now, offered exclusively to online ticket buyers, the free tracks include three custom-recorded musical interpretations of the journey from recording artists Philip Sheppard, Benga, and The Milk.

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Health hotel

The InterContinental Hotels Group has launched EVEN, a new brand of hotels for guests seeking a healthier stay. Each room is designed for working out, with details like a luggage rack that doubles as a sit-up bench and extra floor space for yoga. EVEN Hotels will also have large gyms and menus full of nutritional options.

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Meet and seat

KLM are reportedly developing a ‘Meet and Seat’ service where passengers can choose who they sit next to by accessing the LinkedIn and Facebook pages of fellow travellers during check-in. (Cheers Alex.)

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Absolut premium

After a decade of development, super premium vodka, Absolut Elyx, has launched in the global duty-free market. The launch is backed by a powerful 360-degree marketing campaign targeting a global audience of advanced and sophisticated urban trendsetters and opinion leaders.

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Deluxe unplugged

Marriott’s Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is helping people unplug and recharge with their “Zen and the Art of Detox” weekend package.

At check-in, participating guests surrender their laptop, iPhone and other digital devices for safekeeping until departure. Literary classics and other forms of analog entertainment fill the digital void inside deluxe king rooms. Package rates vary between $199 – 399 per night.

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Pipe pod hotel


Tubohotel is a 20-room pod hotel made from recycled concrete pipes. Inspired by Germany’s dasparkhotel, Tubohotel has built on the concept by stacking pipes to form two mini pyramids with ladders to access the upper level. Each room is furnished with a queen-sized bed, desk and fan, with storage space under the bed. There are two communal bathhouses onsite with private showers. Located 45 minutes south of Mexico City, the project took three months to build.

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Room for culture

Melbourne’s Lost & Found Hotel Room is the antidote for faceless hotel chains. Designed by local architect firm Six Degrees, this one of a kind room gives guests a unique Melbourne experience by showcasing the city’s creativity.

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