The busiest winter day in history for UK travelers is forecast for Friday 22 December.
All the big British airports are expecting their busiest-ever Christmas and New Year. But on the railways, the festive season is complicated by no fewer than 10 strikes planned up to the end of the year.
Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, is expecting almost a quarter of a million people to pass through on 22 December, with 130,000 departing – a rate of almost two per second during the airport’s opening hours.
Passport control at Heathrow will be most stretched on Tuesday 2 January, with 127,000 arrivals.
At Gatwick, the outbound crowds will be also biggest on Friday 22 December, with almost 67,000 passengers expected to jet off from the airport – equivalent to 46 per minute, around the clock.
Manchester airport will be extremely busy on both of next two Fridays: 22 and 29 December. Top destinations include Dublin, Dubai and Amsterdam. But the airport, Britain’s third busiest, has received criticism for its security queues.
Located in Gwynedd, Wales, UK Zip World Titan’s “Bounce Below” offers an unusual and somewhat psychedelic experience. Zip World Titan is calling it “the world’s first subterranean play ground of its kind”.
Inside a disused Victorian-era slate mine visitors can enjoy 930 square meters of bouncy nets linked together by tunnels and slides where visitors are free to jump, climb and bounce and “release their inner child.” Its something like a live action chutes and ladders, but inside a cavern lit up in a technicolor light display which reveals (in vibrant color) the remains of the Victorian slate mine.
However, Bounce Below isn’t the only subterranean adventure to come about in the past few years. Zip Below Extreme, also located in a slate mine in Wales, offers the thrill of the world’s deepest zip ride.
The Salina Tundra in, of all places, Transylvania, Romania offers an elevator ride 120 meters below the surface to a cavern below in which visitors can participate in such activities as miniature golf and bowling!
Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is perhaps better known as “Poland’s Underground Salt Cathedral,” where visitors can tour some 22 chambers, including intricate chapels, statues and chandeliers all carved out of rock salt by miners over the centuries.
All of these underground attractions are quite awe inspiring and would make for great stops for anyone whose travels take them near by!
Jody wanted to find out more about the hot destinations for 2013 so he started at the top of the list and checked out Scotland.
Weather and climate.
Scottish climate varies from one region to another.
The western Highlands are wet and windy because it so mountainous and winds come in from the Atlantic Ocean. The eastern side of the country have annual rainfall similar to New York.
Because of the high latitude, winter days are short and summer days are very long; there is no complete darkness in Scotland’s far north. Snowfall averages 15-20 days in Scotland while in the mountains, the average number of snowfall days is 100.
January and February are the coldest months. Daytime temperatures ranges 41° to 45° F. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures that average 66° F.
Scotland has several ski centers for snowboarding and skiing. Strong winds that come in from the Atlantic and North Sea make the Outer Hebrides and Sutherland great for windsurfers. During the summer, long daylight hours mean you can play golf at midnight. If you do happen to go when it rains, there is a range of galleries, museums, and other attractions you can see or do.