Where to go and what to know

1. Cuba road epic

Fly-drive trips to the  Caribbean’s largest island are easier than ever. Over the next four weeks, Simon Calder will be making an on-screen tour of some of Cuba’s highlights, from Trinidad to Cayo Santa Maria.


2. Chic on peak

Luxury fashion website Net-A-Porter has added ski clothing to its sportswear site, Net-A-Sporter. The collection includes a range of jackets from Swedish outdoor brand Peak Performance, a new addition to the website, alongside ski-wear from high-end designers such as Fendi.


3. City quicker

Flybe has launched six  new routes from London City Airport, opening  up connections between the capital’s financial district and several parts  of the UK and Ireland.  The flights, which began  on 27 October, serve  Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Exeter,  Inverness and Dublin.



4. On your bike

Most visitors to India’s west coast tend get around by train, but a new trip with World Expeditions will let you explore the region on two wheels. The two-week cycle trip will take you from the beaches of Goa through the pilgrimage towns of Gokarna and Udupi and on to tropical Kerala. Prices start at £1,490 excluding flights, with departures at least once a month until April 2015.


5. BA to Bilbao

British Airways will start a new double-daily service from Heathrow to Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque region, on 29 March 2015. Spanish carrier Vueling, meanwhile, is moving its four -times-a-week service from Heathrow to Gatwick.


6. Canada link

Edmonton is difficult to reach compared with other major Canadian cities, but the journey will become easier from 3 May next year. KLM is launching a four-times-a-week non-stop link from its Amsterdam hub, giving travellers one-stop connections to Edmonton from a dozen UK airports.


7. Slumber spray

Help is at hand for jet-lagged travellers who would rather not pop a sleeping pill. Sleep Plus Pillow Spray is an aromatherapeutic remedy made from natural ingredients including lavender and patchouli. Simply spray it directly on  to your pillow and (hopefully) drift into an uninterrupted night’s sleep. £16.


8. Making tracks

Children can travel free of charge on the Heathrow Express until the end of  the year. The promotion, valid for up to two children under the age of 15 travelling with a paying adult, is for tickets booked online and, only until tomorrow,  at ticket offices and through Heathrow Express sales advisors. Tickets usually cost upwards of  £17 return for children.