Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

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Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

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Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

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Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

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Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

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Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

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Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:11

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from October 30 as part of its northern winter schedule.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m sure you’ve heard about the latest gaming trend: Pokémon Go. Plenty of people, including myself, started playing before the app was available in the UK. Following the official release of the app, its popularity has continued to grow.

For those of you who aren’t playing here’s a quick rundown of the game.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality smart phone game that uses GPS to connect the game with the real world. The app provides you with an accurate map of your current location and your avatar walks around as you do. Pokémon appear as you wander around and the aim of the game is to catch them by throwing Pokeballs. As you hunt your local area for Pokémon you can visit Pokestops and stock up on items, challenge other players in gyms and hatch Pokémon eggs.

The game encourages players to walk further in order to level up. For example, to hatch an egg you have to walk between 2-10km. The further you walk, the better the Pokémon you hatch. What’s amazing is that the game has created a real community, with players interacting in the real world as well as online. It all sounds fun but there are also some real, tangible benefits to this.



Occupational Therapists at a Florida based Veterans hospital have started using the game as part of their rehabilitation. According to them, the game helps to teach social boundaries and safety awareness. Setting out on a Pokémon hunt can also be used to teach organisational and planning skills.

There have also been a huge array of good-will stories on Facebook too. For example, Pokémon Go has been used in children’s hospitals to get kids up and moving and one mum’s Facebook post went viral after she shared how much Pokémon Go has helped her son who has Autism. The post tells of how her son not only deviated from his usually strict routine but also how he confidently interacted with strangers and even made new friends.

This is particularly relevant since it recently became known that the mastermind behind Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri is on the Autistic Spectrum himself.

Social media has been filled with memes about Pokémon Go. Whilst many are typically witty, some of them have also highlighted further benefits of the game. For example, memes showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ bodies of Pokémon Go players highlight the potential for weight loss and increased fitness players can achieve from walking and even running around all day hunting for digital critters.

Over the last few years there have been numerous pieces of research about the use of video games and virtual reality. Primack et al., (2012) reviewed 38 pieces of research on the benefits of Gaming and shows how there really is multiple benefits if implemented in productive ways.

For example, video games have been used to provide physical therapy. I’ve actually seen this myself when I was in hospital for physical rehab: one of the options the physio team had for me was Wii Fit. It’s used in order to improve balance, proprioception and concentration, plus it’s a lot more fun than 20 reps with a resistance band or sitting on a gym ball.

Games have also been used in psychological therapy and have been shown to improve people’s self-esteem, whilst some enterprising health and social care workers have also been using game technology to teach disease self-management and health education for conditions like diabetes.

Speaking from personal experience, I can definitely say that games can provide distraction from pain, both chronic and acute. One of the papers Primack et al., (2012) reviewed researched the uses of games to distract children whilst they have cannulas and IVs put in place. This reminds me of a fabulously creative tweet I spotted…



Possibly the most impressive use of gaming and VR is by medical professionals themselves. For instance, game based tech has been used for skills training with surgeons learning endoscopy work by using games. Pretty cool huh?

Despite this abundance of positives, there are a few issues when it comes to Pokémon specifically. Take for instance the fact that a lot of potential Pokémon trainers aren’t very impressed with the game’s lack of access features. Besides the fairly obvious mobility issue for those of us who spend a lot of time at home, there are also big issues for visually impaired players and those with poor dexterity who struggle to throw the Pokeballs.


Naturally, since people are amazingly creative there are a few solutions… 

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