Feb 23, 2017

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8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

8 ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

Waiting nervously for your cases at the baggage carousel is always a heart in the mouth moment – the longer it takes for your bags to arrive, the more you convince yourself your luggage is lost. Most of the time it’s fine, but every once in a while, you’re the frustrated traveller left baggage-less: cue holiday chaos. Between trying to track down your bags, panic-buying necessities and figuring out exactly what your airline or travel insurance will cover you for, it’s a hassle you really don’t need. While there’s no definitive way to stop your luggage from getting lost, there are some steps you can take to give your bags a better chance. Make sure your bag is tagged properly A very simple way to stop your baggage getting lost is just to make sure it’s tagged correctly – it sounds obvious, but it’s true! This means getting rid of old tags, making sure the current tag is in an easy-to-read place, and checking the tag once the check-in agent has fastened it to your bag – you can never be too careful! Get hi-tech with your tagging Using a GPS-tracked tag is an increasingly popular way to locate lost luggage. There are many different the gadgets available, but generally they include a small tag or device and a smartphone app through which you can track your bags. Knowing exactly where you luggage is can help the airline get it back to you quicker, not to mention ease the stress of losing your luggage in the first place. Tile and TrakDot are among some of the most reliable examples on the market at the moment. Make clear where it’s going and who owns it As well as an ID tag on your bag, it’s a good idea to put some details inside the case as well, such as your contact details and itinerary for your trip. The reason for this is simple: the more information your baggage provides, the easier it will be to get it back to you. Baggage handlers will sometimes look inside bags to find out where it’s going and who it belongs to; print out your itinerary and lay it on top of your clothes to make it easier for them to return it to you. Check in early If you’re the...

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Feb 17, 2017

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Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Spring city breaks for under £99pp

Fancy a quick city break before the summer but don’t want to break the bank? From Prague and Copenhagen to Lisbon and Dublin, we round up some amazing budget deals that won’t make your wallet wince. All prices were correct at the time of writing and based on a two-night stay and – prices are subject to change over time. Prague from £83pp The deal: Flying from London Stansted on March 28 A historic capital with a flair for dramatic architecture and quality beer, Prague is right up there with the best city break destinations in Europe. Easily explored on foot, you can see most of Prague in two days. Get lost strolling through the winding cobbled streets of the medieval city centre, check out impressive Prague Castle and wander across the iconic Charles Bridge at your leisure.   Milan from £63pp The deal: Flying from London Stansted on March 29 A stylish city in the north of Italy, Milan has plenty to offer as a city break destination. There’s culture at almost every turn, with the remarkable Duomo cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping centre, and Da Vinci’s eerily serene Last Supper among the highlights. For shopping and drinking respectively, head to the Fashion District and Navigli canal district. Barcelona from £91pp The deal: Flying from Liverpool on May 16 Not many cities combine holiday activities like Barcelona – whether you’re after sightseeing or sunbathing, the Catalan capital doesn’t disappoint. Of course, there are the big hitters such as Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, the Camp Nou and Las Ramblas, but there’s also the simplicity of the beach, the subtle art of MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona and the city’s pulsating nightlife to enjoy. Brussels from £59pp The deal: Flying from Manchester on March 28 Belgium’s pretty capital might be better known as a political hub, but there’s much more to Brussels than boring bureaucrats in stuffy suits. Delicious chocolate, world-class beer, fascinating street art and a beautifully constructed central square are just a few reasons why Brussels should be on your city break hit-list in 2017.  Dublin from £69pp The deal: Flying from Glasgow on March 28 Dublin needs no introduction: from its legendary nightlife to its rich literary past, the Irish capital caters to party animals and culture vultures alike. While the biggest draws...

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Feb 16, 2017

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Should I travel to Tunisia?

Should I travel to Tunisia?

Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least May, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia...

Feb 14, 2017

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18 annoying things that people do on planes...

18 annoying things that people do on planes

“Unruly passenger incidents”, as the aviation industry body puts it, have risen by more than 10% in a year, according to a report on a study by the International Air Transport Association on the incidence of boorish behaviour on aeroplanes. Yep, folks – air travel ain’t necessarily civilised any more, and there are plane-loads of stag and hen parties to prove it. If only they were the worst of it. Starting with the mildly teeth-gritting, through the blood-pressure pumping and...

Feb 14, 2017

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How to get the best holiday money deals...

How to get the best holiday money deals

We all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, so it’s surprising that so many of us fail to do the same when it comes to our holiday cash, often falling back on the easiest option on offer. Read on to find out how easy it can be to save big and get the most for your holiday money on your next getaway. Plastic fantastic? Know your charges Do you rely on your trusty debit...

Feb 13, 2017

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11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View...

11 of the most inspirational places on Google Street View

Wanderlust can be a terrible affliction. Sitting at your desk, dreaming of that far-off holiday; it’s enough to send you over the edge. Luckily, the Internet Gods at Google HQ saw fit to bestow a wonderful tool upon us, one that can sate your thirst for travel, if only for a little bit. Since its creation in 2007, Google Street View has gone from a useful, functional feature to a window into some of the world’s coolest, most...

Feb 13, 2017

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The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain...

The best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in Britain

Whether you’re actually Irish, pretending to be Irish or just fancy sinking several pints of Guinness in a green hat, St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse for a party. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Ireland on the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best Irish pubs in Britain where you can raise a glass to St Paddy this year. So, in the words of Oscar Wilde: “Let’s knock a couple back and make...

Feb 8, 2017

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The world’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage sites...

The world’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage sites

The UAE might be best known for its man-made islands and record-breaking skyscrapers, but it has also recently been granted its first UNESCO World Heritage site – the palm-filled Al Ain Oasis. To celebrate the occasion, Tamara Hinson has rounded up some more of the most unusual UNESCO sites around the globe. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Alberta, Canada Yes, that really is the name of this Albertan UNESCO site. Thousands of years ago, native tribes would hunt buffalo by...

Feb 8, 2017

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How to do Berlin on a budget

How to do Berlin on a budget

Germany’s capital tells a tale of two cities. One grand, boasting imposing landmarks and pristinely-kept parks, and the other gritty, where graffiti is celebrated as an art form and parties pop up on every corner. Both sides of this split-personality city are equally beautiful and easy to experience on limited euros. Roxanne Wells advises on how to enjoy the best of Berlin on a budget. Where to stay on a budget The central Mitte area is where you’ll...

Feb 8, 2017

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Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement...

Central and South America: Fine dining, natural wonders and excitement

It’s an exciting time for Central and South America, with several airlines launching direct flights from the UK to countries which were once much more tricky to get to. To help you get to grips with the area, Tamara Hinson outlines where’s best for eating out, getting off the beaten track, partying, and connecting with nature. Dine in style Chile BA to Santiago British Airways launched their Santiago flights in January, creating the first direct route between the UK...