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Our favourite things: February 2019

Editors’ picks: each month we bring you a few of our favourite things

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 9 Apr 2019, 00:20 BST, Updated 19 Jul 2021, 14:18 BST
Standford bookshop
Stanford bookshop

Team spirit

A modern-day Wacky Races? The Global Scavenger Hunt takes contestants through 10 mystery destinations over 23 days between 12 April and 4 May, with the opportunity to win $50,000 (£38,300). Entry costs $25,000 (£19,150) per team, including all international airfare, hotels, discounted meals and special gear.

Maria Pieri


All aboard!

While commuters in the UK grumble over another train fare hike, those in Luxembourg are feeling much happier about their public transport. From this summer, the nation will become the first to make train and tram travel free of charge.

Connor McGovern

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Musical milestones

Reggae: The genre has gained UNESCO recognition and Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest turns 27. 14-20 July.

Jazz: In the home of jazz, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a packed lineup of local and international acts. 25 April-2 May.

Rock: Fifty years after Woodstock, an anniversary festival is to be held at the original site in New York State, featuring over 60 artists. 16-18 August.

Tamsin Wressell

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In numbers: Standford bookshop

9,000: Books and maps for sale at the famous Covent Garden travel bookstore, which recently moved from Long Acre to Mercer Street

6: The number of months an exhibition will last, starting this spring. On display will be material that resurfaced during the move, including letters from Captain Scott and Florence Nightingale

1901: The year the original store opened

Farida Zeynalova

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Cut it out

Plastic cutlery with your in-flight meal could soon be a thing of the past. Later this year, Portuguese airline Hi Fly plans to become the first to go ‘plastic-free’, using compostable alternatives. Let’s hope other airlines are on board with the idea and fly with it. 

Nicola Trup

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Published in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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