Travelling? 5 Total Game Changers for Holidaymakers

From exploring virtual reality hotel rooms to a free 20 minute holiday in London, here’s what holidaymakers can soon take advantage of…

1. Vodafone scrapped roaming charges to 40 European countries

Never pay extra for calls, texts or data when holidaying in 40 European countries – if you’re a new Vodafone customer on the Roam Free deal, from Thursday 15th June 2017. Not only does that leave you more money for souvenirs, but you can call you mates from Croatia, add them to Facebook in Austria or text them from Turkey at no extra charge. That’s right, even non-EU states are included in Vodafone’s deal, such as Norway, Iceland and Turkey. Check if your next holiday spot is included by reading the full map of destinations here.

Unlike Three, who also offer free roaming in 42 countries on advanced plans, Vodafone let you call numbers in the country of travel and UK numbers for no extra charge. Ultimately, USwitch say one in four travellers are hit with an average £52 roaming charge when they get home from their jollies. If you want to brag about your trip without forking out for roaming charges, call Vodafone to swap your phone contract today.

2. Explore Expedia’s Virtual Reality hotel rooms


Have you found the perfect hotel? Have a look around before you book. Expedia are creating Virtual Reality hotel rooms that are incredibly interactive – all you need is a VR compatible headset to slide open hotel doors with your controllers to walk around your room, into your ensuite and out onto your balcony. You could soon explore ships before booking a cruise too, making sure your holiday is packed with the right kind of surprises.

3. Fly from Vienna to Los Angeles for the first time ever


You can now fly nonstop between Vienna and Los Angeles with Austrian Airlines. The 9,900km route is the airline’s longest. So you could go from munching Wiener Schnitzel in Austria’s capital to walking down Sunset Boulevard after a 12 hour 30 minute flight. You can fly out any day except Tuesday and Sunday, and from Tuesday 13th June 2017, flights will leave six times a week.

4. Bag a free 20 minute holiday to France’s most romantic coast


You don’t need your passport to enjoy the sights, sounds and love stories of one of France’s most glamourous coastal regions. Leave London’s streets behind you this May, by stepping aboard an EasyJet plane for an immersive theatrical experience, ‘Un Voyage sur la Côte d’Azur’. It won’t cost you a bean, because tickets are free.

Film buffs can see the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival, before throwing yourself into the carnival of Nice and walking the white sand beaches of Antibes on France’s south coast. Fans of La La Land or Carry Grant’s classic, ‘To Cath A Thief’ will love the magic and splendour of EasyJet’s immersive travel experience. Who knows, perhaps it’ll inspire you to experience the real deal?

Claim your free ticket here today. And search #FeelCotedAzur on Twitter to see the action, if you can’t make it to London.

EasyJet’s ‘Un Voyage sur la d’Azur’ experience is between Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May 2017 – run from 4.30pm on Friday and 11.30am on Saturday, performances last 20 minutes.

5. Take advantage of Emirates’ tablet loan service


Flying to the States from the Middle East, North Africa or Turkey with Emirates’? You can’t fly with an electronic device bigger than a smartphone, thanks to President Trump’s ban.

But Emirates are the first airline to offer a work around. You can use your laptop or tablet right up until you board the plane, although you have to hand it over, you’ll get it back when you land. Not only can your smartphone connect to the inflight WiFi, but you can now bring power banks and power supply units to charge your mobile mid-flight.

Emirates Premium customers on all non-stop flights from Dubai to America can loan a Microsoft Surface tablet, complete with Microsoft Office 2016, for no extra cost. When you’re finished, simply download your work onto a USB – which you can now bring aboard your flight.

Carnival photograph copyright Debb Collins, licensed for use under Creative Commons.