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For the love of… Valentine’s Day

For the lovers amongst us, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to surprise your crush with an appreciated gesture, or a chance to enjoy a trip with your loved one. Whether you’re newly loved up or strengthening a lifetime in the making, read on for my tips on how to make the most of this special time with your love. Continue reading For the love of… Valentine’s Day

How to survive a 32″ seat pitch this summer

The British weather hasn’t let us down with the temperamental summer and that can only mean that it’s time to head off on that much-anticipated getaway. Unless you always turn left when boarding a plane, you’ll know all about the squeeze of economy class. So, what are the best ways to travel in comfort? I gathered a few suggestions in the list below. Continue reading How to survive a 32″ seat pitch this summer

Top 5 tips: what NOT to do when you travel

23 year old Eleanor Hawkins unfortunately made the international news recently due to stripping off at the sacred Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. A few days later, the area suffered an earthquake which killed 18 people. Local priests blamed this on the group, who they said, had ‘upset the Gods’. Continue reading Top 5 tips: what NOT to do when you travel

Photo essay: India 2015 with Nomadness Travel Tribe

At the end of 2011, I was invited by a friend to join a Facebook community called Nomadness. Having little information at that stage, it was simply explained to me as a global community of urban travellers that I should join because I too, loved to travel.
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How far would you travel for a good curry?

I’m heading to India in just a few days and have been busily exploring options to learn about the culinary experiences that India has to offer.

Culinary travel tours are in trend right now – but just how far are you prepared to travel for a good curry? We Brits love spicy food, something with a bit of bite and when Indian cuisine got the Royal seal of approval in the nineteenth century, our love affair with Indian food began. Later, ex-foreign secretary Robin Cook described chicken tikka masala as “a true British national dish”. Continue reading How far would you travel for a good curry?

Tips for claiming EU Flight delay compensation

If you’re delayed for more than three hours or your flight’s cancelled, did you know that there’s a rule entitling you to claim flight delay compensation – and it shouldn’t cost you a penny.

Under EU rule 261/2004 you are often entitled to claim between £100 and £460 in compensation directly from the airline. Continue reading Tips for claiming EU Flight delay compensation

Tips for travelling during the festive season

I’ve lived in London for three years and it certainly has it ups and downs, with one of the benefits being the accessibility to a range of cities around the country. I love having the option to travel across the country in a few short hours to have new experiences and thankfully, the UK’s infrastructure is pretty supportive of this, however the season can completely determine just how successful my ventures will be.

When it comes to festive travel, I typically spend months organising my travel from London for the holiday season and this year is no different. Whilst I’ll be taking an international flight this year, here are my tops tips for travelling within the UK during the festive season.

Plan ahead

Give yourself as much time as possible to plan your journey. Popular routes tend to be on main city connections like Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, so check out your options and the best way for you to make the journey to your destination.

In some cities specific festivities usually take place, so be prepared that some routes may be more congested than usual.

Also, be sure to check out the connections on your route to help you to travel confidently and of course, give yourself enough time to make the connection.

Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham
Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham

Stay informed, stay in control

It’s not uncommon now for companies like TransPennine Express to keep you in the loop via their website and social media channels. Whether it’s bad weather or ‘leaves on the line’, staying informed can help you to stay calm and reassured for your trip.

Invest in noise-cancelling headphones

If your silence is golden then headphones are more than worth their weight in gold. Being relaxed and able to entertain yourself on the trip is invaluable. In the event of a delay, at least you can claim a little bit of personal head space.

Be flexible to save money

Tickets for journeys over the festive period usually go on sale a few months in advance, however certain routes may offer a reduced service. If you need to take an alternative route then be open to it. It could save you some cash – a bonus of being flexible.

Pack gifts with care

If you’re travelling with gifts, be mindful of anything that may be large, heavy or fragile. Wrap bottles and other breakable items in clothing to prevent your gift from being broken before it arrives under the tree. Even better, send your gift in advance to avoid having to travel with any bulky items that will only add to add potentially frustrating trip.

Many thanks to TransPennine Express, leading providers of rail services across the UK and part of First Group, for collaborating with me on this blog post.