Just landed - Valentine's special

12 Feb 2008 by Mark Caswell compiles the romantic travel stories of the week.

Passport problems

As couples depart on Valentine’s getaways, the Identity and Passport Service has revealed some of the stranger reasons for last minute passport replacements. One (presumably single) man managed to microwave his passport along with his ready meal, while another apparently had his documents chopped for choosing a lad’s holiday over a romantic weekend away with his girlfriend. Sounds painful.

Better late than never

Late availability hotel booking site Late Rooms has revealed the five best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts, according to its recent survey. Among the no-nos are “garage forecourt flowers”, while Brownie points are likely to be gained for “a hug or a cuddle”, or a “romantic weekend away”. Apparently pyjamas are also not a good Valentine’s gift (note to self), which brings me swiftly on to…

Nightie night

Travelodge is launching hi-tech “his ‘n’ hers” pjs at five of its UK properties, designed to “let the skin breathe, regulate body temperature and maintain the skin’s moisture balance”. The space-age suits include leggings, gloves, socks and a facial mask, and are made of “Dermasilk”, which helps control body odour and reduce symptoms of itching and scratching. How romantic.

Low-cost loving

Ryanair is giving away free flights to the 50 best kissing couples this Valentine’s Day. Interested parties should hotfoot it down to Leicester Square in London at 1pm today, to have their snog judged by Ryanair’s very own “Cupid”. Rumours that Ryanair wanted to charge couples for priority seats on the benches are unfounded.

What not to wear

A German travel agency is offering nudists the chance to fly as nature intended, on a day trip to the Baltic Sea resort of Usedom. Passengers will board and disembark the plane fully clothed, but will be able to disrobe before take-off. Enrico Hess, managing director of, insisted the idea was not for a “swinging club in mid-air” – unless the plane encounters turbulence of course.

By’s Cupid Caswell

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