Beat those airline luggage fees!

In previous posts I’ve discussed how to bag amazing travel deals with Wowcher and Groupon, to ensure you keep costs low you’ll want to invest in the correct luggage to prevent yourself being hit with those pesky luggage fee’s cheap airlines love to hit you with! If you’ve never flown with Ryan Air before here is some helpful information on their luggage requirements:

All passenger fare types include a small personal bag, which must fit under the seat in front of you. In order to avoid the extra fees you’re going to want to take the essentials away with you and hopefully fit everything you need into this sized luggage:

Ryan Air has one of the most stringent cabin baggage policies so if you’re able to purchase luggage that fits their requirements you’ll be good to go with any other airline! If you’re travelling on a shoe string beating luggage fees can be one way to guarantee you’ll stay on budget. I will admit it can be VERY difficult to try and fit everything you need into one cabin bag, I’ve only managed this once on my trip to Tallinn as I was only visiting for 2 nights and didn’t need a massive amount. I think 3 nights is probably the maximum amount of time away you would be able to pack for but hey you might be a really lightweight packer and could teach me a thing or two about minimising luggage!

I’ve put together some of the best cabin luggage deals I’ve found, for full disclosure these items do include affiliate links.

  1. This Aerolite cabin bag starts at only £11.49 and is available in black, charcoal, rose gold and wine. It’s slightly less boujee than I would like personally but the biggest appeal is the bag is cheaper than the extra fees!!
  2. If backpacks are more your thing this Cabin Max travel bag may be for you! Personally I’m more of a Fjallraven Kanken kinda girl but they can be super pricey so this is definitely a great alternative.

3. This Daabliz travel flight bag is lightweight, waterproof and a pretty cute alternative to the Aerolite cabin bag.

4. Finally my favourite is this Eastarer laptop backpack which would be perfect for business trips.

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on combatting the luggage fees and saving yourself some money. One final tip is to always make sure you check the luggage allowance and the dimensions given by the airline as this tends to differ dependent on the airline you are flying with. Some airlines are more lenient than others, not naming anyone in particular but I think you can guess from my previous posts…

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Guide to booking holidays through Wowcher and Groupon

I’ve used Wowcher a number of times now when booking cheap city breaks and personally I can’t really fault it. As mentioned in my Budapest post the key to booking holidays through sites like Wowcher and Groupon is having low expectations. Here are some of my top tips if you’re thinking of booking a holiday with them:

  1. The first and most important point is flexibility. In order to get the best deal you will need to be flexible on the dates or even month that you are looking at going away. The deal will present you with the cheapest price you can get but remember this is never going to be for a popular time of year i.e. half terms. Also, if you’re able to be flexible with leave at work then you’re good to go. If you are unable to be flexible with the dates you have chosen, I would suggest booking a trip through these sites probably aren’t the best option for you.
  2. Low expectations. As I mentioned in this post low expectations are really important when booking cheap deals. You can’t expect to get a 2 week all inclusive deal for buttons. Although, I have seen some amazing deals for all inclusive holidays the point made above will assist or hinder you in grabbing that amazing deal. Most of the hotels booked via these deals are going to be 3 star at the most but I haven’t had any issues with any of the hotels I have stayed.
  3. Be prepared to fly with Ryan Air! If you’re going for 2-3 nights you can easily fit everything you need into hand luggage but if you like to pack on the heavier side be prepared to pay extra for luggage. When travelling to Tallinn I managed to fit everything I needed into my trusty Fjall Raven backpack which saved a fortune on those extra fees Ryan Air like to bombard you with. If you’re travelling with someone else you’ll have to pay to sit together, yep I’m not lying! If you’re thinking of visiting Tallinn in the near future you can read about it here, this is just one trip I booked through Wowcher.
  4. Don’t be surprised if you’re flying from Stansted Aiport. There doesn’t seem to be a great selection of UK wide flights so if you’re based in the north or Scotland you may not be able to get the super cheap deals they are advertising.
  5. Once you’ve found the trip you’d like to book and made the purchase, more times than not you will be contacting by the tourist operator who the trip is actually booked with. This is their chance to get more money out of you by offering extra days or better flights from more accessible airports but stick to your guns. When booking BUDAPEST I was offered earlier flights to give me an extra day for £50 I declined and after a ‘”quick conversation with my manager” they were able to give me the earlier flights for a £10 admin fee, sneaky.

Happy holiday hunting!

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Budapest

At the start of 2019 me and one of my faves Marnie went to Budapest for 3 days. Some would say this was a ridiculous idea, Hungary in the middle of January, but we loved it. Much like Tallinn this was a cheap Ryan Air, Stansted Airport deal. 2 nights, with early and late flights giving us an extra day in Budapest…£80! This was booked through Wowcher, the first time I had actually booked one of their deals I didn’t have high hopes but I would say it’s definitely worth it. One thing to keep in mind when booking deals like this via Wowcher or Groupon is to have low expectations, you’re paying £80 for a trip, you’re not going to get a 5 star hotel and first class flights! If that’s how you choose to travel I strongly recommend not booking a trip through Wowcher or Groupon. We stayed in the Golden Park Hotel, a 3 star hotel which included a continental breakfast (LOVE A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST!!). The hotel was nice and clean, fairly central location, perfect for 3 days of sightseeing. Personally I don’t think you need to pay out big bucks for a hotel on a city break as you’re out sightseeing most of the day, all you need is a comfy bed and clean room to get ready in before heading back out again. Breakfast is a bonus!

There were three things I loved about Budapest; Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building and Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Buda Castle sits on Castle Hill looking down on the tourist area. If you’re lazy like me instead of walking uphill to the castle you can get the Funicular which takes you directly to the Royal Palace. The cost for an adult is HUF 1,200 one way and a return is HUF 1,800.

This is the view on the way down from the castle and Royal Palace if you take the Funicular, it’s worth leaving the hill when it’s dark as personally I think Budapest is at its best of a night time.

After leaving the Royal Palace and Castle Hill I would highly recommend going on a boat tour, seeing the Hungarian Parliament Building reflecting in the Danube at night is beautiful and not to be missed.

You can’t visit Budapest without going to one of their thermal spas. We visited the Széchenyi Thermal Bath situated in City Park. If you’re travelling by public transport you can take the trolleybus routes 72 and also the millennium underground train. Prices start from around HUF 5200 but you can swap and change your add ons dependant on whether you want a cabin and a locker or not, highly recommend having a cabin because otherwise where are you going to keep your belongings?! Also I didn’t fancy getting naked in front of everyone in the changing rooms, a cabin gives you privacy. Full prices can be found here. We spent our last day here moving from steam room to sauna back into the pool for a swim and then repeat. It was a nice relaxing end to a busy city break.

Staying on theme, here are the key places to visit for those lazy readers!

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