Your Lost Luggage Backup Plan

Your Lost Luggage Backup Plan

Nothing can spoil a holiday quite like a lost suitcase. After spending hours trawling the high street for new holiday outfits, perfectly packing those essential items and toiletries and looking forward to taking off your travel clothes and heading straight the hotel pool, it’s frustrating waiting at the luggage carousel only to realise that your suitcase hasn’t made it to your destination.

Although airlines and airports will make an effort to track down your luggage, it can be days until you're finally reunited with your suitcase. This wait can put a serious dampener on your break, especially if you're only going away for a week.

That's why it's always a good idea to have a lost luggage back-up plan so that your week in the sun isn't completely ruined by a lost bag. Here are our top tips on how to create your own lost luggage plan.

To Cruise, Or Not To Cruise? 

To Cruise, Or Not To Cruise? 

If you’ve never taken a cruise before but are considering seeing what all the fuss is about, then this article is for you!

Cruises are a multi-million-pound industry here in the UK, and with so many exotic destinations to choose from, it’s easy to see why so many people opt to sail away on holiday every year.

There’s always the flipside of any coin and cruise vacations are no exception. Bearing in mind there are a multitude of cruises to suit all budgets, what are the general pro’s and con’s of sailing in comparison to your usual flight and hotel break? Read on to discover the great and not so great features of cruise holidays. 

Fly or Drive? What’s The Best Way Of Reaching Your Holiday Destination? 

Fly or Drive? What’s The Best Way Of Reaching Your Holiday Destination? 

If you’re travelling as a couple or a group, there might be a discussion about the best way to reach your destination.

Some might be firm advocates of flying, whereas others might be fans of driving and enjoying the scenery and sights on the way, but there are plenty of arguments for and against each method of travel. 

Logically, the math may indicate that it might be cheaper to drive when travelling in a group, while a solo or even couple traveller may be better off flying. But price isn't the only factor to consider.

Read on to discover the pros and cons for each so that you can weigh up whether air or car travel will work best for your next adventure. 

First Things First When You Enter A Hotel Room – Sanitise!

First Things First When You Enter A Hotel Room – Sanitise!

Researchers from the University of Houston discovered that bacteria levels in hotel rooms could be between 2 to 10 times higher than the levels accepted in hospitals. While we know that this doesn’t really mean anything or that it's not any dirtier than some homes, it is the stranger factor that we are most repulsed by, and the many strangers and accumulative effects at that.

Housekeeping have many rooms to go through and are given no more than around 30 minutes each room. Although we really don't want to put you off travelling anywhere, some items in your hotel room can be a breeding ground for all sorts of illness-inducing nasties. 

Without being too much of a germaphobe, here are a few precautionary things to sanitise before settling in, just to “stay safe”.

The Pros & Cons of Multi-Destination Travel

The Pros & Cons of Multi-Destination Travel

Multi-destination getaways are becoming increasingly popular with travellers looking to squeeze the maximum enjoyment from their time away. The ability to visit a variety of different destinations in one trip is the main attraction for this type of adventure, but there are a few downsides too.

Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of multi-destination travel so you can decide if it’s for you.

Solving Common Packing Problems

Solving Common Packing Problems

If packing your suitcase ready for a holiday fills you with dread, then it’s highly likely that you suffer from one of the common packing problems we’re going to be discussing in this article. 

Read on to discover which of these packing problems is stopping you getting that suitcase ready and a few tips on how to deal with it. 

Blanket Travel Advice That Needs Further Consideration

Blanket Travel Advice That Needs Further Consideration

It seems that everyone has advice for you when you go travelling, but to be honest an awful lot of it is pretty useless. 

One person’s experience of a particular place or destination can significantly differ from your own. Bear in mind, what is good advice to one person may be bad advice for another, so here’s some common “logical” travel advice that we believe needs more consideration! 

Some Overlooked Travel Tips To Keep You Safe-r

Some Overlooked Travel Tips To Keep You Safe-r

Getting away on a new adventure is something we all look forward to, but don’t let your new destination excitement stop you from being safe when you’re travelling abroad. We are all quite good and protective of our possessions and money but tend to overlook personal protection, as a lot of us believe there is lesser chance of anything happening to us than our things.

Naturally different people have different levels of risk adversity, from giving little thought to seeing shadows around every corner. But here are some top tips that will keep you in between being reckless and over the top on how to keep you reasonably safe the next time you jet off on holiday. 

5 Tips On Staying Motivated To Workout On Holiday

5 Tips On Staying Motivated To Workout On Holiday

Finding the motivation to keep on top of your workouts is hard at the best of times, but when you’re on holiday it’s all too tempting to skip your training and head to the pool bar instead.

If you are serious about keeping up with your workouts while you are away, here’s some very useful tips to keep up your routine and keep you away from, or earn, that all you can eat breakfast buffet!

Mind Over Matter AND Rewards

To stay motivated and stick to your conviction of a routine workout while away, remember the “why” and the consequences. It will most probably be that you do not want the hard work of starting all over again. Remember how it was before keeping in shape was important and the hard work to get where you are now? Remember how you allowed yourself to let go on your last holiday and the time and hard work it took to get back in shape and weight? …

Understanding Deceptive Travel Terms

Understanding Deceptive Travel Terms

Booking a holiday or making travel plans should be fun, but with so many slightly dubious travel terms flying around it can be tricky to try and makes sense of what you’ll actually be getting for your hard-earned cash. 

Read on to discover the most common deceptive travel terms so you don’t fall foul of any of these slightly confusing terms! 

A Guide To Getting Along When Travelling

A Guide To Getting Along When Travelling

Going away for a few days with a partner, friends or the whole family is something we all look forward to but spending an extended period of time in close proximity to others can cause tension.  

From strong characters who like things all their own way to the procrastinator who can never make their minds up, throwing personalities together on holiday can lead to arguments if you don't set a few ground rules first.

Here are our top tips for getting along while travelling and how to ensure the break goes smoothly. 

How To Avoid Jetlag-ging Your Tummy And Keeping It Happy When Travelling

How To Avoid Jetlag-ging Your Tummy And Keeping It Happy When Travelling

Long-haul flights can often take a bit of a toll on your health, especially when you consider the lasting effects of jetlag and tummy discomforts.

A few connecting factors include:

  • Disruption to the body’s circadian rhythms - Changes to times zones, different climate, foreign beds can disrupt sleep and throw the body’s system off balance.

  • Suppression or delayed bowel movements due to time-zone and meal times changes plus less familiar foods can eventually leading to our bowels rebelling, becoming sluggish and constipated or have diarrhoea.

  • Sleep disruption can contribute to lack of appetite, poor digestion and tummy discomforts 

When you are jetting off on a far-flung adventure, you'll want to make sure that you arrive at your destination feeling well and ready to make the most of your escape. To help you do just that, check out our top tips to help avoid jet lag en-route and keep your tummy up to scratch and ready for your adventures while travelling.

Things To Do When It Rains On Your Vacation 

Things To Do When It Rains On Your Vacation 

We can plan our vacations down to the very last detail, but sadly one thing that we can never predict is the weather – regardless of the destination and length of the journey to get there.

A little rain shouldn't spoil your fun though; there are still plenty of things you can do when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Here’s a few easy ways to stay entertained on a rainy day while also making the most of your time away:

All The Reasons To Walk When Travelling 

All The Reasons To Walk When Travelling 

Getting away on holiday gives us all the chance to kick back, relax and do as much or as little as we like. 

But by taking the easy option and opting for a car or public transport, all of the time, you're sure to miss out on the many benefits that walking while travelling can offer. Albeit, wheeled transportation can get you from one place to another quicker to enable squeezing in as many sights as possible into the day. But, it will be worthwhile planning in one or two more leisurely paced day so you won’t need a holiday to get over your current holiday on your return.

Check out our top reasons why walking can help you get more out of your next break and can even ward off that post-holiday weight gain! 

3 Root Causes To Why We Pack Too Much 

3 Root Causes To Why We Pack Too Much 

The quandary of prioritising what to pack is as old as the art of travelling itself. Whether you are a “once in a blue moon” or frequent traveller, we are all susceptible to packing too much. LeanPac®as an organisation have mulled over the root cause to over-packing for a while. The lean team can claim almost a century of combined travelling experience and still profess to occasions of over-packing. Our research, investigation and discourse indicate that the reasons for over-packing may not be as simple as not being ace at packing. It is all in the mind, we say. Here is our take on the 3 psychological root causes 

Annoying Travel Habits To Avoid

Annoying Travel Habits To Avoid

Travelling around the world and meeting a lot of different people, the lean team always takes the opportunity to strike up conversations asking people we meet about their travel experiences, preferences and habits. One of them is annoying habit they have encountered during their travels. 

Here is a “fag pack” compilation from over 50 people we have spoken to from first time travellers to frequent globetrotters. Do you agree and/or recognise yourself doing any of them? Rather, it might be advisable to go through the list and avoid reenacting as many as possible.

Sticking To A Keto Or Low-Carb Diet While On Holiday

Sticking To A Keto Or Low-Carb Diet While On Holiday

You’ve found a diet that suits you, you’ve stuck to it so far but the coming holiday fills you with great anticipation but at the same time dread as to how it will affect your regime. Most blogs you have been reading on this subject will give you a list of tips on how to easily stick to your diet while away. The truth is, there are things you can do for that, but it’ll take effort before going away and a bit of will power to follow through, while you are away. 

Food temptations and peer pressure (if travelling with company) will be the biggest lures for falling off the wagon. The key to success is research, planning and prepping. This will help keep the need for “will-power” minimal, while you are away.

First things first…

5 Fun Ways To Tackle Post-Travel Blues 

5 Fun Ways To Tackle Post-Travel Blues 

Cloudy skies, the prospect of returning to work and a bag full of dirty laundry is enough to make anyone feel a little gloomy after spending time away on an amazing adventure. It is not easy to navigate the sense of malaise when we return to our daily routines, with some suffering more deeply than others.

Many of us can feel from a little saddened to very depressed that our latest trip away has come to an end as soon as our flight touches down on home turf. But, there are a few ways you can banish the post-travel blues.

Read on to discover just a few of the ways you can use your experiences and planning skills to turn that frown upside down! 

Oktoberfest (Wiesn) – Beer And Much Much More!

Oktoberfest (Wiesn) – Beer And Much Much More!

This years Oktoberfest (Wiesn, to the locals) starts on 22ndSeptember 2018 at the Schottenhammen tent, where the Mayor of Munich will tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. The festival will go on until 7thOctober.

A few of the lean team members have been lucky enough to have experienced this fantastically joyful carnival-like festival, and are able to give first-hand accounts and all that you need to know about this party as independent tourists but also as tourists accompanied by die-hard Oktoberfest locals.

Here’s a low-down from a “plan all details” with table reservations to “just turn up” and sneak in point of view.