The Travel News 8 April

The Travel News

Buy a meteorite, have coffee with a hedgehog and get Wi-Fi on the beach. It’s been quite a week.

Christie's Auction House London
Christie’s Auction House London

Fancy owning something out of this world? Christie’s auction house are having a meteorite sale on the 30th April. How about this one (pictured) that fell in Nigeria? Weighing in at 3lbs, it is estimated to sell for between £250,000 and £450,000. It would make a great doorstop. If you have a few spare hundred thousand, the lot contains over 80 meteorites for you to choose from.

Take your pick here:


Just when you thought it had hit peak cute with cat cafes, Tokyo goes one step further with a hedgehog café. You can enjoy a coffee while holding a hedgehog. Admittedly not known for their cuddliness, for 1,000 yen an hour you can do exactly that. Staff at the Harry Café want to show people that there is a softer side to these prickly animals.

To see a video of the café see


The prize for scariest place to stay this week goes to the Last Change Gas Station from the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre. One film fan has turned the set location into a tourist restaurant and resort. Can’t imagine it’s where we’d get our best night sleep.

If you fancy a fright night, let us know how that works out for you:


Spare a thought for Airline staff. From maggots raining from overhead bins to getting licked by passenger, they have to put up with all sorts. The Independent hears tales from the skies as flight assistants and passengers share stories of some of the things they’ve had to deal with, some of which is not for the feint of heart.

See for yourself here:


Beaches are the ideal location to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the world. However, if the thought of being unable to check your work email is just too much then head for Goa. In an attempt to attract more visitors, the Indian government is funding a plan that will see Wi-Fi available on the beaches.

If you like the sound of waves and email alerts the Lonely Planet can tell you more:

Alternatively, If you want to see Goa without the aid of Wi-Fi you could take a guide book.


Lonely Planet Goa and Mumbai £13.99.


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