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Our favourite things: February 2019

Editors' picks: each month we bring you a few of our favourite things

Our favourite things: February 2019
Stanford bookshop

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Team spirit

A modern-day Wacky Races? The Global Scavenger Hunt takes contestants through 10 mystery destinations over 23 days between 12 April and 4 May, with the opportunity to win $50,000 (£38,300). Entry costs $25,000 (£19,150) per team, including all international airfare, hotels, discounted meals and special gear.
Maria Pieri

All aboard!

While commuters in the UK grumble over another train fare hike, those in Luxembourg are feeling much happier about their public transport. From this summer, the nation will become the first to make train and tram travel free of charge. cfl.lu
Connor McGovern

Musical milestones

Reggae
The genre has gained UNESCO recognition and Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest turns 27. 14-20 July.

Jazz
In the home of jazz, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a packed lineup of local and international acts. 25 April-2 May.

Rock
Fifty years after Woodstock, an anniversary festival is to be held at the original site in New York State, featuring over 60 artists. 16-18 August.
Tamsin Wressell

In numbers: Standford bookshop

9,000
Books and maps for sale at the famous Covent Garden travel bookstore, which recently moved from Long Acre to Mercer Street

6
The number of months an exhibition will last, starting this spring. On display will be material that resurfaced during the move, including letters from Captain Scott and Florence Nightingale

1901
The year the original store opened.
Farida Zeynalova

Cut it out

Plastic cutlery with your in-flight meal could soon be a thing of the past. Later this year, Portuguese airline Hi Fly plans to become the first to go ‘plastic-free’, using compostable alternatives. Let’s hope other airlines are on board with the idea and fly with it. 
Nicola Trup

Published in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)