Monday List: Beer Fests, Cheap Fares, & More

Photo by photovienna
Photo by photovienna

What’s coming up and closing out?

1. Flycheapo tells us that Spanish low-cost carrier Clickair is set to get rid of check-in altogether. Don’t tell the FAA.

2. The Czech Tourist Authority reminds us that a plethora of beer festivals pop up all over the Czech Republic every summer, most stretching from mid-August through October. For those looking for a beer fest break before August, the Rokytnice nad Jizerou beer festival runs July 20 to 22.

3. You’ve got just one more day to take advantage of Iceland Express’ summer Icebreaker fares. Good for travel through August 31, promotional fares are as inexpensive as €151 (or £102 or SEK1420 among other currencies) per roundtrip, including taxes. The fares are good for travel to Reykjavík from Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Hahn, Gothenberg, Oslo, Paris, and Stockholm. We just did our customary fare check and found many available fares just slightly more expensive than the Icebreaker promo fares.

4. EasyJet introduces a new airplane prototype that will emit considerably less carbon dioxide. Right on.

5. Is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (see above) about to have a moment? This past weekend in the FT, Bertrand Benoit writes a little ode to the eastern German state. Benoit waxes on about Schwerin and Heiligendamm, the latter recently in the news as the location of this year’s G8 summit. Despite a fab general cost index, Germany’s east tends to get ignored despite the fact, as Benoit points out, that Meck-Pomm has now surpassed Bavaria as Germany’s top domestic holiday destination.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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