CARTOON CON­NEC­TION

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SUSAN BUGG

Japan is fa­mous for its su­per­fast Shinkansen bul­let trains and its su­per-cute cartoon cat, Hello Kitty. Un­til Septem­ber, rail en­thu­si­asts can get both on the tracks be­tween Osaka and Fukuoka. The pink and white, Hello Kitty-themed train has been in­tro­duced in the hopes that more tourists will take up a plush pur­ple seat to ex­plore Japan’s west or come on board for self­ies with a gi­ant Hello Kitty doll. Tourists in Tokyo can al­ready stay in a Hello Kitty-themed room at the Keio Plaza Ho­tel.

FIT­NESS FO­CUS

Ex­er­cise jug­ger­naut F45 is on the move. And we don’t mean do­ing ex­tra burpees. The com­pany is team­ing with Con­tiki, the spe­cial­ist for trav­ellers aged 18 to 35, to take fit­ness-fo­cused trav­ellers on a 12-day hol­i­day to the United States. The USA

FAST CAT

Ad­ven­ture, vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les, Las Ve­gas and San Fran­cisco from Septem­ber 7, com­bines sight­see­ing with train­ing ses­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing and beach vol­ley­ball. Con­tiki re­search points to young trav­ellers want­ing to stay ac­tive on their get­aways. But it’s not all ac­tion and ab­sten­tion – a trip to Napa Val­ley winer­ies is also in­cluded.

Crossed-branded travel might be be­com­ing a “thing”. Swedish out­door brand Fjäll­räven has been run­ning a multi -day camp­ing trek in its home coun­try since 2005 which it has taken to Den­mark, the US and Asia. A sec­ond Hong Kong trek is run­ning from Oc­to­ber 24-27. PH 1300 288 845, CON­TIKI.COM.AU CLASSIC.FJALLRAVEN.COM/HONGKONG

BE­SPOKE JOUR­NEYS

Per­son­al­i­sa­tion con­tin­ues to be a buzz word in travel, with river cruis­ing and group tour­ing spe­cial­ist APT stepping fur­ther into the arena with a new ser­vice. Tai­lor Made Jour­neys of­fers cus­tom travel plan­ning – de­par­ture dates, lo­ca­tions, du­ra­tion, modes of travel, ho­tels and sight­see­ing – ini­tially across APT’s Africa and South Amer­ica pro­grams. APTOURING.COM.AU

TROPICOLA LAUNCHES

The first phase of a new project from the group be­hind Bali’s Mo­tel Mex­i­cola and The Bucket List at Bondi opens on the Seminyak beach­front next month. Tropicola Beach Club will have three bars, two pools and a wood-fire kitchen along with the sweep­ing views of the In­dian Ocean en­joyed by neigh­bours W Bali, Potato Head and Alila Seminyak. A rooftop bar, event space and ho­tel will fol­low over the next two years. TROPICOLA.INFO

VIET­NAM BUMP-UP

Trav­ellers fly­ing to Ho Chi Minh City from Mel­bourne on Viet­nam Air­lines from the end of the month un­til the end of Oc­to­ber will be on a big­ger air­craft. In­crease in de­mand has led to the air­line’s tem­po­rary up­grade from a Boe­ing 787 to the Air­bus A350, which can fit an ad­di­tional 29 pas­sen­gers. VIETNAMAIRLINES.COM

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