My fabulous trips for International travel, save money too! It is a great time of year to find a bargain. Make sure your get online and follow some of my tips.  I’m busy looking for some bargains myself right now!  This is still one of my most popular blogs, so have done a little update for Spring 2018.  Find bargains guys!

Booking A Trip:

– Have you ever noticed that the price of airfares seems to go up if you search several times for a flight online? This isn’t your imagination! The price goes up incrementally if you browse several times for a flight on the same website. My top tip is to look around websites for the flight  and erase your browser history before you book.

This applies to hotel booking websites as well so make sure to erase all of your browser history before booking.


– Join as many airline loyalty programs as possible. Those points and Airmiles really add up and you will soon be getting upgrades or upgrading with points accrued. I also think the airline treats you better apart from remembering all of the little things that make longhaul trips that little bit more comfortable such as meal and seat preference.

– Stay in new hotels/resorts. These are the places that want to fill up with guests and establish a good reputation and they are the ones that will upgrade you to a suite or give really good rates. Alternatively, get a hotel loyalty card and stay within the same hotel group, using the card each time and you will always be upgraded.

Apply for Airline Credit Cards with Free Airmails.  Often you have to spend a certain amount on the card to get the free airmails.  Only do this if you can afford to pay off the card, do not rack up debt. If you make sure you spend the minimum amount to get the free airmails but be careful to pay off the card each month, you will accrue enough for a trip before you know it!

This tip might be stating the obvious but DON’T travel in high season!  Go during the cheaper months.  November, for example is a great month to travel and has the bonus of being miserable weather in Europe at that time!

My favourite websites to help me find a bargain!

Kayak – 

A great price comparison site.  This also gives you interesting options such as a flight stopover and al sorts of money saving options.

Fly 4 Free

Sign up for emails for bargains, be creative on flight routes for long haul travel.  There are some amazing bargains from Eastern European countries right now!

Packing for A Trip:

I’m always being told “Travel light” to which I say “WHY!” Take everything you could possibly need for a comfortable trip and more.  I always have to buy things travelling light and so it can be a false economy. I take an empty case too, whenever possible, to fill with treasures I buy on the trip.


You will never suffer from jet lag if you follow my tips!
PHOTO; Sleep like a baby following my jet lag tips!

I have a blog dedicated to this subject now.  Type jet lag into the search column on the right side of the page.


– Travelling in Europe, you will need to get a pet passport.  This is really straightforward just go along to your vet, check all injections including rabies are up to date.  The only other requirement, other than a pet passport is a health check which must be undertaken by a vet between 24 hours and 5 days before travel.  Now you are ready to go!

– Air France, Iberia, Vueling and various other european airlines will allow dogs to travel in the cabin with you.  However, this only applies to small dogs and they must be in a pet carrier.

– It is a pleasure to take your dogs around Europe, especially France and Monaco – probably the most dog friendly countries in the world. Dogs are welcome in hotels and some restaurants and always on restaurant terraces. Some hotels do charge a fee for a dog to stay.

My favourite airlines:



Pet Travel:




Banish jet lag forever with these 10 top tips. I fly all over the world and never get jet lag.  Well, unless I break my own golden rules of course!  We tend to stay away for short periods of time and so cannot afford to waste a second of our time away and don’t want jet lag to spoil the first couple of days.

PHOTO: Banish jetlag forever!

Marie’s Rules:

1. Don’t drink alcohol on the day you fly or during the flight.  It doesn’t matter if everyone around you is guzzling champers – just stick to orange juice, water and Camomile tea. Boring, but it makes a big difference to the way you feel on arrival.  I drink at least 2litres of water and take my own supplies rather than having to ask for it all the time.  I take my own healthy snacks too.

2. Take a Vitamin C tablet with the water to boost your immune system, Berroca is perfect also to take before you land to give an energy boost. Use eye drops throughout the flight to stop horrible dry eyes.

3. Apply Lavender essential oil to pulse points to soothe and calm – you will sleep well and relax. If there is a Spa available on a stop over, try and take a treatment to relax.

4. Splosh your favourite moisture on your face and spray with an Evian face spray throughout the flight.  I probably drive anyone near me completely mad with all my spraying!  IT WORKS, I don’t know why more people don’t do it.  I use eye drops throughout the flight whenever I am awake.

PHOTO: I’m joking, of course but you get the idea!

5. Wear the airline pyjamas, or take your own lounge wear and be comfortable.  I always wear compression socks too.

6. Go to sleep! Don’t waste time watching terrible films. Put on an eye mask and the headphones with some soothing music, press the ‘bed’button and sleep. Wake up in time for breakfast fully refreshed.

7. Oh, one more thing – Ignore all the gourmet menu offerings!  I know, it all looks very tempting but you will thank me when you arrive as fresh as a daisy. Eat a light salad and maybe some fruit.

PHOTO: Eat salad and fruit

8. I also adjust my watch to the destination time about 3 hours into the flight, this allows your body clock to slowly adapt to the new time zone.  OR if I have a flight stop halfway or change planes I change to my final destination time at that point. BUT change to the halfway timezone as soon as you board the plane.

PHOTO: Don’t drink alcohol! I tiny glass maximum

9. Longhaul – try and book an overnight flight, it is easier to sleep and be well rested.  If you have trouble sleeping on a plane take a sleeping pill.  This is especially  important in economy seats, people will relax and sleep rather than inducing stress wandering about and chatting.

Be careful about striking up a conversation with anyone next to you.  They will be there for 18 hours remember!

10. Arrive at your destination and always adapt immediately to the time at your destination. Do not be tempted to sleep before nighttime. If you feel tired, take a walk.

PHOTO: Arrive as fresh as a daisy following my tips

11.  Go to the hotel gym and exercise, you will feel great after a run!  Energised and your tired muscles will wake up.  Make sure you keep hydrated and drink a lot of water.



On your first day at the destination try and have a relatively relaxing day.  Chill out, swim, sauna, massage, a run and plonk yourself on a sunbed with a large Gin and Tonic!  You deserve it for following all my tips!

_ It doesn’t matter if you are travelling First, Business or Tourist, the same rules apply.  It is more difficult in tourist but still follow all the tips and take a pillow with you.

Voila! You will look as fresh as the mountain dew when you arrive and feel great. Banish jet lag forever with my 10 top tips!

My favourite airlines for comfort are: