Posted on

Muggles away: new Harry Potter theme park opens in Florida

Georgia Brown gets a sneak preview of the new $200m Harry Potter theme park, which opens today in Florida

First came the books, then the blockbuster films. Now Harry Potter fans can visit the theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – almost six years in the making and estimated to have cost around $200m – opened to the public today in Universal’s Islands of Adventure complex in Orlando, Florida.

I was there earlier this week to get a sneak preview, along with members of the cast of the first six films: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) and author JK Rowling.

Continue reading…

Posted on

Top 10 volunteering trips

Offering your skills and time is a great way to see new places. Here are 10 voluntourist trips that really help put something back…

It’s not cheap, but it is probably the ultimate experience for a scuba-diving enthusiast. This is a rare opportunity to be part of a scientific research team, diving the reef as you collect data on coral and fish, and taking part in vital surveys of whale sharks, turtle, octopus and lobster species. Be prepared to spend the first fortnight in intensive teaching sessions.
Price From £1,745 for five weeks excluding flights; departures on 2 Jul, 6 Aug, 1 Oct, 5 Nov
Book it responsibletravel.com/Trip/Trip101021.htm

Continue reading…