10 things we didn't know last month
1. Flying tonight? Why McDonalds is serving plane food
This disused plane in Taupo, New Zealand, seats 20 customers
Forget the drive through. In Taupo, New Zealand there's a 'fly through' McDonalds inside a decommissioned DC3. The disused plane had sat next to the already established McDonalds for 24 years when the owners decided to extend their seating by converting the plane and painting it in the fast food giants signature red colour.
2. The 10 airlines that make the most from extra charges
Everyone hates all those add ons when booking a flight but they are now a major part of an airline's profitability as you'll see from our list.
1. United (£4.77bn)
2. Delta (£3.96bn)
3. American (£3.76bn)
4. Southwest (£2.17bn)
5. Air France/KLM (£1.61bn)
6. Ryanair (£1.52bn)
7. EasyJet (£1.04bn)
8. Lufthansa (£1.04bn)
9. Qantas (£912mn)
10. Air Canada (£904mn)
3. Cheaper flights to the Scottish islands
A price war between airlines serving Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides has slashed the cost of flights between the mainland and some of the UK's most remote islands. One way fares between Glasgow and Stornoway on Lewis, typically top £300 in high season, making the one hour journey one of the most expensive routes per mile in the world. But they are now on sale for just £50 with Flybe and Eastern Airways who have agreed an alliance and code share arrangement.
4. Visitors 'see through' the Azure Window
Before and after Malta's Azure Window collapses into the sea
Holidaymakers are leaving only one star reviews of Malta's Azure Window on TripAdvisor after being taken to the island's coastal site by tour guides only to find that the famous rock formation has been lost to the waves. The limestone arch collapsed in March after a storm but tour buses still stop there. "Went to where it was but there are few attractions other than the sea. Nature wins", wrote one visitor on the travel website. "Don't waste your time going there", posted another.
5. Better protection for travellers
The ATOL scheme - which protects holidaymakers in the event of their travel company going bust - is to be extended to all travellers, not just those who book a package or a bundle of flights, accommodation and other services from the same firm. Anyone who books flights with one company and a hotel with another will now also be covered. More than 16,500 British tourists were repatriated or refunded under the scheme last year at a cost of £14.7m.
6. The gain is in Spain
Not surprisingly, Spain has once again been our favourite holiday destination so far this year, with 3.3m Britons visiting before June 24, up 270,000 on the same period in 2016. Greece is the nearest competitor, with 1.1m visitors, up by 96,000. Turkey is the biggest loser, with visitors down 70,000 to 420,000. Numbers are also down in France, Egypt and America.
7. No more clambering up those temples
A ban on climbing the pagodas at the archaeological site of Began in Myanmar is to be reinstated. The authorities prohibited tourists from scaling the iconic temples last year, but back tracked on the ban after tour operators expressed concerns that it would be bad for business. The latest about-turn is thought to have been motivated by Bagan's bid to become a Unesco world heritage site - in order to qualify for such a status, the authorities must show they are taking sufficient measures to protect the monuments.
8. Beer at eye-watering prices
Beer prices start at more than £9.31 for a litre
It's one of the most hotly anticipated events in the European calendar, but Munich's popular Oktoberfest is becoming an increasingly expensive proposition, with the cheapest beer at this year's festival set to cost an eye-watering £9.31 per litre. Even more outrageous, according to local media, teetotallers will pay an average of £7.67 for a litre of water.
9. Promise to behave yourself in Iceland
Iceland is aiming to improve the behaviour of its visitors by encouraging all tourists to sign up to a pledge of eight rules. The island's soaring popularity in recent years has led to concerns over how parts of the country's infrastructure can cope with an influx of visitors while also protecting the natural beauty of the landscape. The new Icelandic Pledge, launched by the government in partnership with the travel association, urges holidaymakers to "be a responsible tourist" as well as leaving places as they find them, never venturing off road and only camping at designated sites.
10. Counting the cost of fake sickness claim
A couple who made up a fake holiday illness in an attempt to claim £10,000 in compensation have been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 in legal costs after a court found them to be "fundamentally dishonest". Thomas Cook, which took Julie Lavelle and her partner Michael McIntyre to court, said the case was the first of a number it plans to contest. Liverpool County Court heard how the pair and their two children had gone on a two week all inclusive holiday with the operator to Gran Canaria in 2013 before filing a claim three years later demanding compensation saying the family had been struck down with gastroenteritis.