This Week in Travel: You’ll Want to Visit Spike Island in Ireland After Reading This

#1 Hotel and Dash: Man Caught Climbing Out of Room

Who: An unnamed hotel guest.

Where: A Hotel in Panzhou, Guizhou in China.

What: This was a plan doomed to fail from the beginning. In an attempt to avoid paying his hotel bill, the man climbed out of his 19th-floor room with the intention of getting to the next building on… telephone wires. To no one’s surprise, it wasn’t a task easily accomplished and the man was safely rescued by officers — and arrested immediately.

#2 Indonesia Welcomed Two Adorable Giant Pandas

Who: Cai Tao and Hu Chun.

Where: Taman Safari in Cisarua, Bogor in Indonesia.

What: Touchdown for the pandas at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport! Cai Tao and Hu Chun now call the park their new home, a “palace” that resembles a three-tier temple and comes with an elevator, sleeping area, medical facilities, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. Panda fanatics will have to wait at least a month before the public can visit them.

#3 Europe’s Greatest Attraction Isn’t The Louvre! 

Who: As voted by travellers.

Where: Spike Island in Ireland.

What: A former prison has knocked the famous Louvre museum in Paris off the top spot of Europe’s leading tourist attraction. The 2017 World Travel Awards has named the former monastic settlement the best this year, described as Ireland’s own Alcatraz dating back to 1178. More than USD 6 million was spent on turning the island into a tourist attraction — clearly a great investment!

#4 Etihad Airway Announced Flight Instalment Payment Plans

Who: Cash-strapped travellers.

Where: Around the world (or at least where flights are available).

What: Who can blame you for wanting to travel the world, even when you can’t always afford it? Now you can select to pay off flights and upgrades with instalment schemes from three to 60 months. But before you get too excited, the new payment scheme is only available for customers of 17 selected banks. More banks will be added to the fly list in the coming months!

#5 Take the Trip: Samui at 40% Off!

Who: Stylish wanderlusters.

Where: Villa Skyfall in Koh Samui, Thailand

What: This is a deal definitely worth bragging about. The huge clifftop private pool villa has 3 bars, a private theatre, as well as music and lighting controlled wirelessly from an iPad.With both modern Thai and antique Asian furniture perfectly complementing one another, it’s an interior designer’s dream.  The discount is applicable on reservations for 7 and 8 bedrooms until 21st December 2017.

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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