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!

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.

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– 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!

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.

Jetlag:

You will never suffer from jet lag if you follow my tips!
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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.

2. Take a Vitamin C tablet with the water to boost your immune system, Berroca is perfect also, 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.

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.

5. Wear the airline pyjamas, or take your own lounge wear and be comfortable.

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.

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.

9. Longhaul – try and book an overnight flight, it is easier to sleep and be well rested.

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

11.  Go to the hotel gym and exercise, you will feel great after a run!  Energised and your tired muscles will wake up.

_ It doesn’t matter if you are travelling First, Business or Tourist, the same rules apply.

Voila! You will look as fresh as the mountain dew when you arrive and feel great.

 

TRAVELLING WITH DOGS
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– 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:

Qatar Airways: http://www.qatarairways,com Etihad http://www.etihad.com

Emirates: http://www.emirates.com

Pet Travel:  http://www.eurotunnel.com  http://www.gov.uk

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I’m celebrating the end of my first year as a travel and lifestyle blogger! What a year it has been and I don’t regret a single second.  I have learnt so many new things, met so many wonderful people and had a brilliant time!

The Best bits:

Well, the best bits are meeting so many amazing people around the world and online.  I have a new online world now that did not exist for me a year ago.  I love writing and exploring, my photography skill have improved and my website building is challenging but rewarding.

Travel the World  

Well to be honest, we travelled the world anyway but just decided to write about it and take more photographs along the way!  However, I did get to explore places that I would not ordinarily travel to, such as the Philippines to attend a TBEX conference, and blog about my trip.

Blogging at the fabulous El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

I stayed at the terrific new Conrad Hilton Manila, thanks to a friends recommendation,during that trip which was such a joy.  Manila was definitely not on my bucket list but this hotel alone was worth the trip! Travelled to The Middle East too, which is always very special.  I hope to be back soon!

What surprises along the way:

Social Media  Well this was an enormous shock!  I had no idea that hours and hours of my life would be consumed by social media.  Who knew? This is a fate that befalls every blogger in the world I believe.  In some ways this has enriched my life enormously.  I have so many Social Media friends throughout the world, in countries and places that would not normally be accessible at all, let alone on a daily basis via online chats!

If you had told me a year ago that my social media reach would be getting on for 250,000 I would have laughed!  But there we go!  The power of the internet is extraordinary and people enjoy reading  about each others lives, travels and recommendations.  Again, my life is so enriched by this.  BUT,  I must find a way to spend less time tapping away.  I drive my friends and family completely mad staring at my screen typing away!  Be warned of this fate if you decide to blog!  It is addictive and all consuming.

Photography:

My skills as a photographer have improved!  I take pictures all the time!  I insist friends take my picture at all times, again thank you for my patient and lovely friends and husband!  Cries of “Don’t touch it!  I have to take a picture” as they reach for their cocktail in a bar!  and ‘Don’t sit on the bed or touch anything!” every time we arrive in a hotel!  Actually, its a miracle I have any friends left really!

Delicious dishes have to be photographed!

It is quite funny!  At least everyone has a good sense of humour about my obsession with taking a nice photo!  Hanging out with fellow bloggers is great, they all behave in the same way.

Selfies!

We all try not to take too many selfies but in the life of a blogger this can be difficult if travelling alone. What to do?  Grab an unsuspecting passer by? Well, yes have done this before but it is not always very successful.  The unsuspecting tourist might be quite keen to help ….. until the 10th time the photo has been deleted with my cries of “sorry, you chopped off my feet, do it again!” I must confess that I now own a selfie stick (just don’t tell anyone please)

Photo Memories  The upside of this, is that we have some great photographic memories of our travels.  My top tip if you are taking a hotel picture, take it immediately you arrive before it is messed up!

Invitations:

Well, this is a huge bonus to your life as a blogger.  I have been invited to some lovely events and places to write as a blogger.  In fact, a whole new and exciting world has opened up.  Who know I would be at Press events aboard Super Yachts, at London Press events, the worlds best restaurants and clubs, and having a fascinating and fabulous time.  Definitely   a huge bonus now I’m in the blogging world.  I have received some lovely clothes, products and beauty treatments to to wear, try and write about.

Superyacht life

The not so good bits:

Everything has a downside!  I did not realise quite how exhausting it is being a blogger.  I know, you are laughing at me right now, thinking how pampered I am!  BUT, trust me is hard work!  I like to go away on a holiday from time to time without the pressures of blogging.

Another downside is too much time spent online.  I really want to moderate this coming into my second year but I’m not sure how?  Any ideas from my blogger friends, please let me know.

Editing photographs.  This takes forever!  Hmm, can’t think of any more downsides so it isn’t too bad really.  Diva rest time in Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

I think I chose a good name for my blog.  I must hear cries of  “YOU ARE SUCH A DIVA!” every single day hehe!   I’m looking forward to a second year and hope you will join me along the way.xoxo