Your Ultimate Trip Planning Guide – Save Time & Money

Welcome on board! Don’t you love it when you hear those words on a flight? I do, and I guess you do too, which is why you’re here. In this guide I’ll share my best time and money saving travel tips. Here’s what we’ll cover: Taking the pain (and expense) out of trip planning Anybody else hate packing? How to do it properly Destination guides to make your trip great What to do when your trip goes wrong How to make your solo or long term trip happen I send out occasional emails with updates – sometimes personal, sometimes chit-chat, … Read more

Denied Boarding: Is Your Passport Still Valid After Brexit?

Update: I got a refund from Easyjet via ADR – see my update below. On Thursday 21 October 2021 I stood at the gate at Manchester Airport waiting to board the 15:45 Easyjet flight to Malaga, Spain. I was with my friend. We were going on a three night trip, coming back on Sunday 24. And we were running through a checklist of requirements for flying: passport, boarding passes, NHS Covid Pass, QR code for entering Spain. I had all of these documents on phone apps and with printed copies in my hand. At home I had a PRC test … Read more

How To Make A Travel Insurance Claim – Step by Step

I’ve had the misfortune of having to make many travel insurance claims – I travel a lot – and I’ve never had a travel insurance claim refused.  It probably helps that I used to be a lawyer. A consumer protection lawyer, to be exact. So, reading fine print and knowing my rights is kind of my bag.  Yet still, even for me – the lady that used to live and breathe legal paper work – filling in a travel insurance claim is painful. I’ve just filled in another travel insurance claim, this one courtesy of coronavirus and an emergency repatriation. … Read more

101 Travel Themed Things To Do When You’re Bored At Home

Bored? Read on for 101 things to do when you’re bored. They’re all travel themed so you can scratch your travel itch and satisfy your wanderlust all without leaving home. If you are stuck at home for a prolonged period, unable to travel, it’s very likely you’re bored. Here’s my suggestions for 101 travel themed things to do when you’re bored. In the order that they came out of my head:  1. Make a list of the favourite foods you’ve tasted on your travels – okonomiyaki and guacamole are on my list. Look up the recipes, track down the ingredients and cook … Read more

What To Do When You Get Dengue Fever When You Travel

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“Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.” – World Health Organisation “You should go to the doctor.” It was a message from my Mexican friend. I was lying prone for the 5th day in a row, each day feeling increasingly more ill but ever convinced I could shake off whatever it was that had felled me, provided I just stayed still. “It’s not that bad.” I replied. I couldn’t quite describe how I felt except that it was somewhere between a cold and … Read more

52 Tips For How To Read More Books

Does ‘read more’ ever pop up on your New Year’s Resolutions list? Does it pop up every year? Do you start out well but quickly fall back into old habits leaving a book half read for weeks and months at a time? Or maybe you just returned from holiday/vacation where you tore through more than one book and enjoyed it so much you want to do more of the same. It’s all very well having good intentions to want to read more, but where do you find the time? Or in some cases, the motivation? I recently hit my ultimate … Read more

Does IPL at home work? Philips Lumea Review

Does the Philips Lumea work? I googled this extensively before I bought my IPL machine and, I couldn’t really get a straight answer. So I decided to go ahead, buy one and write a Philips Lumea review myself.  It’s taken me over a year to write this. Not because I’m lazy…or because I’ve been sat at home marvelling my silky soft legs. It’s because my review is mixed and I’ve wanted to give the Philips Lumea a good run for its money before coming to a conclusion.  Black Friday Deals and January Sale – hairy friends, a quick update as … Read more

On The Road Again – The Path Back To Nomadic Life

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“I don’t think it’s for me,” I say to the estate agent as I poke my head into the en-suite.  She takes it to mean that I don’t want to buy this house. But I can’t help feeling like I’m saying something more profound. That this – the home owing and the fixed location and the routine lifestyle – isn’t for me.  “Don’t worry. You’ll find somewhere,” she says as she hands me her card. I smile to reassure her and wonder if I should be worried. After all, I’ve already agreed to sell my own home. If that goes to plan, … Read more

10 Times Travel Made Me Sick

Travel is by far the best way I spend my time. Apart from the obvious excitement that comes with exploring a new destination (or returning to a favourite spot), travel has so many health and happiness benefits, the internet is riddled with articles about it – here, here and here, for example. But travel can take it’s toll, too. I feel like I’ve written an increasing number of health focused articles on here in the past couple of years making me realise that when we use our bodies often, dragging then around the globe, feeding then curious, sometimes unidentifiable foodstuffs, … Read more

10 Times You’ll Realise The Importance of Travel Insurance

The importance of travel insurance was at the forefront of my mind last week as I spent an entire morning trying to unravel my trip plans. I was supposed to fly off to the West coast of the USA and Mexico for a month when my mum fell and broke her leg. That injury in itself wasn’t life threatening but the post-operation complications she developed, including a clot on her lung, pneumonia, heart concerns and ‘an impressive’ amount of fluid on her lungs, was enough to make me strike off any thoughts of crossing the Atlantic. Fortunately, my mum is now on the mend … Read more