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

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

The Best Travel Backpacks – Tried & Tested

There are a lot of articles on the internet about the best backpack for travel, so why read this one? Because I travel. A lot. I spent over 6 years as a digital nomad living out of a bag, and for the most part, that bag was one of these backpacks. From epic round-the-world trips to summers in Europe to long-stays in cities and weeks trekking through jungles, I’ve packed and re-packed more times than I can count. And I’ve worked my way through a few backpacks in that time, too. What follows is a guide to choosing a bag together with a … Read more

How To Work Out How Much A Trip Will Cost – 7 Steps

Mix of currency and money

“How much does it cost to travel to [Spain/Japan/for 3 months in Mexico/Around the World*]” *insert trip plans as appropriate I get asked this question a lot. After three dull head thumps on my desk, I have to start my response with, “It depends…” Do you want to stay at 5-star hotels? Are you going low-cost carrier or first class all the way? Would you spoon your eyes out at the idea of drinking anything other than Champagne? Do you want to see the Greek islands on a luxury yacht? Will street food do or would you never stoop below 2 … Read more

How to Book Cheap Hotels with Priceline Express Deals

How to book cheap hotels

As a full-time traveller, if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to find great travel deals. I’m have ninja skills when it comes finding cheap flights, I got over $300 worth of free taxi rides in the USA in one month this year and when I book hotels I’m regularly securing rates that are 30%-60% off the rack rate. In this upcoming series, I’m going to show you how to book cheap hotels, flights and generally reduce your travel related expenses. First up.. How to book cheap hotels So, let’s start with the obvious – there’s a glut of good … Read more

101 Tips – How To Book Cheap Flights

tips for cheap flights

I’ve flow from the UK to Paris for €5 (total price), I just booked my flight home for Christmas (New York’s JFK to London Heathrow) for £75 and I’ve recently flown half-way across Colombia for under $50. How? A combination of experience, sheer will and a fair number of flight booking tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over years of booking flights. In this article I’ll share with you my 101 tips for cheap flights. Deciding where to go 1. Be flexible on destination. Sure, you want to spend two weeks at the beach but does it need to be … Read more

Dynamic Pricing: Flight Pricing’s Biggest Scam?

Sign Complaints Department 300 miles away

Want to know what dynamic pricing is? Want to find out how this discriminatory pricing practice used by airlines, is pushing up the cost of your flights? And, most importantly, want to understand how to beat the system to get cheaper prices? Read on… Once upon a time I was a consumer protection lawyer and although I traded my Blackberry for a backpack nearly four years ago, my interest in consumer protection issues holds strong. So, when I recently tried to book a flight from the USA to Colombia and saw my flight price had increased due to a little known … Read more

Travel hacking in the UK: How To Spend Air Miles

This is the final article in a four-part series about travel hacking in the UK. Here you will find details about using your air miles but you may also be interested to read: Travel Hacking in the UK 1: Can You Really Fly for Free Travel hacking in the UK 2: Choosing a UK Air Miles Credit Card Travel Hacking in the UK 3: How to Earn Flyer Miles Travel Hacking in the UK: Using Air Miles I have to say right from the outset that, despite a year of travel hacking in the UK, I did not do a good … Read more

Travel Hacking in the UK: How to Earn Air Miles

This is the third article in a four-part series about travel hacking in the UK. Here you will find details about how to earn flyer miles but you may also be interested to read: Travel Hacking in the UK 1: Can You Really Fly for Free Travel Hacking in the UK 2: Choosing a UK Air Miles Credit Card; Travel Hacking in the UK 4: Using Air Miles. How to Earn Flyer Miles One of the easiest ways to earn flyer miles is by signing up to a dedicated air miles credit card. As well as accumulating miles every time you spend on … Read more

How To Choose a UK Air Miles Credit Card

This is the second article in a four-part series about travel hacking in the UK. Here you will find details about choosing a UK air miles credit card but you may also be interested to read: Travel Hacking in the UK 1: Can You Really Fly for Free Travel Hacking in the UK 3: How to Earn Flyer Miles Travel Hacking in the UK 4: Using Air Miles Last year, I conducted an experiment – I tried my hand at a bit of travel hacking to see if I could get cheap flights with air miles. You can read about the results in … Read more