Terrible Travel Souvenirs (And What To Give Instead!)

Terrible Travel Souvenirs (And What To Give Instead!)

From straw donkeys to sugar-laden sweets bought as an afterthought at the airport, we've all received a dodgy gift from a loved one that's been abroad on holiday.

Most holiday destinations have an array of tacky trinkets specially targeted at tourists, but most of the time these little gifts are often packed straight off to the nearest charity shop or popped in a cupboard or drawer never to see the light of day again.

But if you love bringing home gifts for friends and family members, there’s still ways to avoid these terrible travel gifts and give them something they’ll actually appreciate instead. It’s the thought that counts; hence thoughtful travel gifts are usually the most useful and touching presents. Here are some great ideas on good holiday gifting to get you started. 

Cost Saving Tips For Saving Money On Calls & Internet Access Abroad

Cost Saving Tips For Saving Money On Calls & Internet Access Abroad

Roaming charges in the EU have largely been scrapped, but outside Europe, you can face hefty charges. Even when roaming is 'free' in the EU, there is still chance that you get a substantial bill when using too much data plus the fact that we have no idea if it will still be “free” after Brexit dateline in March 2019.

If you're heading off overseas but can't live without your mobile phone, then make sure you take a few moments to read this helpful guide featuring top tips on how to save money or calls and internet usage abroad, EU or not. Following some of these suggestions will help you to avoid a nasty bill once you arrive home.

Four Sleep Tips For Overnight Flights

Four Sleep Tips For Overnight Flights

If your flight means that you’ll be travelling overnight or between different time zones, you’ll want to give your body every opportunity to adjust to any new sleeping patterns, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to start your holiday. 

But some of the things we do to try and encourage our bodies to get into this pattern can actually make matters worse, so here are a few useful sleep hacks and things to avoid on overnight flights.

Four Packing Hacks For Winter Sun

Four Packing Hacks For Winter Sun

We know that when you’re sick to death of frost-bitten fingers and runny noses, then the temptation to jet off for some winter sun and escape the miserable British weather is real!

If you’re lucky enough to be heading off for some R&R, here are some helpful winter sun packing hacks to make your upcoming holiday preparations easier than ever this year. Read on to discover how to be a layer expert and never compromise on what to wear again!

Extra Vital Items To Pack For The Solo Traveller

Extra Vital Items To Pack For The Solo Traveller

Opting to travel solo on your next big adventure gives you total freedom to go where you want, when you want to, without having to check in with or accommodate anyone else. 

There is no difference whether packing for travelling alone or with some one. It just means that you cannot share stuff and it also means that you have no one that you can rely on if you’ve forgotten to pack an essential item. Hence, it more important to make sure that you get your packing right before you jet off to your chosen destination. 

Here are a few “extra must-have” essential packing items for the solo traveller as somehow they feel like when without these, being alone in that situation feels worse! Plus, they help you make friends along the way as someone or another will need them!

Top Tips For Backpack Use While Travelling 

Top Tips For Backpack Use While Travelling 

The good old backpack has been a travel staple for generations, there’s even a specific type of holiday designed for ‘backpack’ travellers, so you can see why backpacks are still a popular choice for those that want to jet off on an adventure without having to wheel a bulky suitcase along. 

But it’s down to you to make sure that your backpack is used properly to ensure that you don’t cause any damage to back muscles or your spine during your next escape. Here are a few tips on how to use your backpack safely. 

Why You Should Say Goodbye To Social Media When You Travel

Why You Should Say Goodbye To Social Media When You Travel

If you're off on your latest adventure, it might feel like the most natural thing in the world to upload your latest photos to Instagram or log on to Facebook to check out what friends and family back home are up to.

But what if you were missing out by using social media while you’re away? Here’s just a few reasons why you should try and curb your social media usage the next time you head off to explore a far-flung land. 

5 Easy & Effortless Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste When You Next Travel 

5 Easy & Effortless Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste When You Next Travel 

We travellers are getting far more environmentally conscious when it comes to our everyday lives. This isn’t just something to practise at home as there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t keep your commitment to the natural world the next time you head off on an adventure. 

Plastic waste have been featured a lot in the news lately and rightly so as plastic bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. We want our travel memories to last as long but to leave such negative environmental impact behind that last that long is unfathomable.

Here are a few tips on how to easily reduce and minimise your plastic use the next time you travel. 

Rolling AND Folding - Packing Tips To Optimise Space & Save Time

Rolling AND Folding - Packing Tips To Optimise Space & Save Time

Everyone seems to have their own way of packing a suitcase ready for their holiday, but out of rolling or folding clothes, which technique works best? The debate goes on, but whether you roll or fold is not as important as what you take with you. Check out our blog on packing smart. Once you have the ideal holiday wardrobe, the lean team concludes that a combination works best.

Here’s a quick guide on rolling AND folding to help you tailor the optimum packing process best suited to you. 

Where’s The Safest Spot For My Essential Travel Documents?

Where’s The Safest Spot For My Essential Travel Documents?

From passports and visas to accommodation details, travel documents are part and parcel of any foreign getaway. 

These essential items are important, so you’ll need to keep them close at hand, but where is the safest spot to stow them during your journey and once you arrive?

Here are our top tips for keeping your travel documents safe while also ensuring that you always know where to find them when you’re in transit. 

Pre-Paid Foreign Currency Cards: Are They Worth The Hassle?

Pre-Paid Foreign Currency Cards: Are They Worth The Hassle?

From travellers’ cheques and foreign currency to credit cards, there are oodles of ways to spend money abroad without constantly having to change your GBP at the nearest foreign currency exchange while you’re on holiday. 

A combination of different methods is probably best dependent on individual situations but what does one look for when choosing travel money? The two key things we really want are 1) an option that’s convenient and safe 2) you’re not paying more than you have to. 

Pre-paid foreign currency cards are a popular choice for travellers and holidaymakers that can meet both mentioned wants. But like anything, they have their pro's and cons. Read on to discover if a pre-paid travel card is a good option for your holiday money the next time you jet off abroad.

Travel Tips to Enjoy Cooking And Eating Well When On Holiday

Travel Tips to Enjoy Cooking And Eating Well When On Holiday

Self-catering holidays are a great way of feeding the family without having to rely on local restaurants or pay a premium for meal packages, especially if cooking for your group is something you enjoy. It is important to make it a highlight and not a chore.

However, it can have its downsides. If you want to cook but don’t want it to ruin your break, read on to discover some of our top tips for travel cooking the next time you head off on a self-catering adventure. 

How To Make The Most Of Your Meagre Hand Luggage Allowance

How To Make The Most Of Your Meagre Hand Luggage Allowance

There’s a lot to be said for travelling light. No dragging a heavy case into the airport terminal, not having to worry if your luggage is going to go missing or hanging around at your destination watching those airport carousels go around and around for what feels like an eternity. 

However, with airlines getting stingy on the amount of hand luggage assigned to each person and the rules on liquids, many people feel that they’re being forced to upgrade to checked luggage as they simply can’t fit enough into their hand luggage allocation. 

But there are a few simple tips and tricks to help you make the most of that tiny hand luggage allowance, so read on to discover why you shouldn’t need to upgrade your baggage if you’re just heading off for the weekend. 

Parents Packing Tips For Their Offspring's Adult-Free Holiday

Parents Packing Tips For Their Offspring's Adult-Free Holiday

If your offspring is in their late teens or early twenties, then it’s only a matter of time until they’ll start planning a ‘mates only’ getaway abroad.

This is something of a rite of passage for many young adults, so who are we to stand in their way? Sadly, it doesn’t stop us worrying about them though.

Filled full of excitement and anticipation of the holiday to come, they might not be quite as organised when it comes to their packing as you’d like, and are probably more focused on their holiday outfits, so here’re some parent packing tips to help prepare your older kids for their first adult free holiday.

4 Common Travel Insurance Myths 

4 Common Travel Insurance Myths 

Organising travel insurance can be a bit of a nightmare. Knowing what you're covered for, any exceptions for activities and the values your insurance protects you up to can be pretty difficult to understand if you're not used to reading page after page of small print – but travel insurance is still a must-have for any trip.

In this blog, we're going to be busting some commonly held misconceptions about travel insurance and discuss why no matter where you're heading off to, it's an essential expense that's well worth paying for.

How To Be Cautious Using Social Media While Travelling & On Holiday

How To Be Cautious Using Social Media While Travelling & On Holiday

Did you know that a UK couple has been unable to claim on their home insurance following a break in? Why, I hear you ask? Because they posted a few holiday snaps on social media while they were away!

This seems like complete and utter madness, but according to the company in question, the couple did not take ‘reasonable care’ to ensure that their property was safe and secure during their break by adding their holiday snaps to Facebook before they returned home. 

Normally, when we think of ‘reasonable care’ when it comes to keeping our homes secure while we’re on holiday, we might close some of our blinds and double check that all windows and doors are firmly locked. Not for a moment would we ever think that a cheeky selfie in the airport bar could land us in big trouble should our homes be broken into while we’re away. 

However, our home insurance companies don’t quite see things in the same light with many industry experts citing images of us lounging around by the pool on social media akin to hanging a giant sign outside our homes inviting burglars to try their luck. 

According to The Telegraph, majority of burglars use social media to select victims and potential houses to target. Information may not just be in the form of holiday snaps of you but they have known to be looking for key information such as airport check-ins and photos of boarding passes.

Therefore, the Financial Ombudsman Service is warning social media users of the potential risks associated with sharing our details online to make sure that no-one else falls foul of this potential home insurance pitfall. 

Here're a few tips on how to keep your home insurance company happy by sharing your holiday experiences on social media without adding undue risk to your home and your family, making them less vulnerable.

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.