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I’m not in the least bit a travel expert, but having travelled, I feel I have some knowledge and advice to give to those who are venturing out into the world for the first time.  I will only speak on what I’ve had firsthand experience of, such as what airlines I’ve flown with that I’ve liked etc.

Tips for getting over jetlag

Get into the swing of things immediately by staying on track with the timezone of the country you’re in.  Try not to go to sleep when you arrive and instead sleep on the plane.

Stay active, maybe go for a walk or if you’re a gym enthusiast, hit the treadmill for a quick run to reenergise yourself.

Try not to think about what time it is back home and make sure your watch, phone etc are set to the correct timezone.

Most importantly, just carry on!

Flying outfit

Loose fitted clothing is best – leggings, t-shirt, a jumper,  socks, trainers and maybe flip flops on standby if you’re arriving in a hot country.

Long-haul airlines to travel with

British Airways – comfortable enough seats (even in economy) and good range  of complimentary food and drinks.

Virgin – Amenity packs provided, upgrade options and lounge.

Short-haul airlines to travel with

Norwegian Air Shuttle – WIFI onboard and seats are decent.

Easyjet – Cheap and cheerful, speedy boarding, seat upgrades aren’t too expensive.

Travel guides

Tripadvisor – Offers the best advice from other travellers. Here you will find reviews, links to relevant website, best practices and much more!

Lonely Planet – Provide probably the best travel guides for expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration.

Travel apps

I don’t really use a lot of travel apps, but Timeout have a good list of ones to try.

Packing list

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Warmer Climates –

  • Shorts (jeans shorts are versatile)
  • Vest tops
  • Airy dresses (avoid dark colours)
  • Flips flops/sandals
  • Swimwear
  • Light scarf
  • Hairbands/headbands
  • Hat (straw hat/cap)
  • Trainers
  • Light bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and Aftersun
  • Insect repellent

Colder Climates – 

  • Big jacket
  • Jeans/long trousers
  • Trainers
  • Scarf
  • Hat (wooly hat)
  • Boots
  • Long sleeve tops/shirts/jumpers
  • thermal socks and vests

What else…

  • PASSPORT! (in most cases you need to make sure it is at least valid for 6 months before travel)
  • A converter plug
  • Travel Guide
  • Small clutch
  • Purse/wallet
  • Gym attire – sports bra, hoodie, leggings, trainers  (if you’re going on a more active holiday)
  • Heels (for a possible night out)
  • Leather jacket (also for a possible night out or just to mill about in on a city break)

Beauty essentials…

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  • Mascara (waterproof)
  • Face cream (day and night)
  • Exfoliator
  • Lip balm/lipgloss
  • Foundation (remember if you’re going to get a tan, bring a slightly darker shade)
  • Shampoo/conditioner (these might be provided by your hotel, but best to bring your own specific to your hair type)
  • Dry shampoo

NOTE: If you’re only travelling with hand luggage, you can only take 100ml liquid products that must be able to fit in a small clear pouch.  Don’t be disheartened when airport security throw your items away if they exceed this limit – you have been warned.

Hair on the go

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As advised in the packing list – bring hairbands/headbands, hair clips even.  When travelling you don’t always have the luxury of washing your hair and you might not be fortunate enough to have a blowdryer in your room.  If this is the case, dry shampoo may just become your best friend, as well as a hairband to keep your hair in a tidy enough updo style.  Hats are also great to hide those bad hair days and also to prevent sunstroke.

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