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How to make economy class feel like first

Travelling in first class is an experience. You’re made to feel super super special and nothing is too much trouble. I have never experienced this super special feeling at the front of the plane, behind that plush curtain, but every flight I take in economy I try to make as comfortable as possible. There are some little hits, tips and tricks that can make economy that little bit more luxurious.

Start at the airport

Depending on which airport I travel out of I see if there are any deals for the executive lounges. If you add up the cost of a couple of coffees, a meal and maybe a glass of wine, a beer or glass of fizz you could have gone into an executive lounge. Some lounges can be naff – Manchester Airport Aspire lounge specifically. Others are pretty nice, Toronto Pearson, Dublin and Heathrow lounges are all really nice. Heading off to an executive lounge is just a nicer experience than wandering round the shops trying to waste time, queuing for an overpriced drink and then trying to find somewhere to sit. Executive lounges have comfy seats, a decent view and all you can eat food and drink (within reason of course). Heading to the plane from an executive lounge will make you feel that little bit more special.

Essential items 

Some airlines will give you a little comfort pack with a sleep mask, earplugs and some dodgy socks that always make my feet sweat (TMI I know). Before you even head off to the airport build in some time to prepare your own inflight kit. This should include things like hand cream, a magazine or book of your choice, face wipes and a toothbrush set.

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Hand Cream | Lip balm | Clinique eye serum | Magazine | Earplugs | Cath Kinston beauty bag | Sleep mask | Face wipes | Toothbrush set

Choose your seat wisely

As you probably know you can pay a little bit extra for a seat with more leg room. If you’re tall and you’re going long haul I would recommend paying extra as it can make a huge difference. It’s always worth asking at check in if the flight is full and if there are any extra leg room seats. Check out SeatGuru.com to find out which seats offer the most leg room on your flight.

Dinner time 

I personally think airline food has got better, it’s not exactly five star but it’s edible. A trick if you’re wanting something a bit more bespoke is to choose a meal from the special requirements section (there is a drop down menu for this). These meals include gluten free, kosher, reduced salt and vegetarian.

Dress for comfort

Being comfortable is the most important thing when travelling, especially if it’s a night flight. If you can, pack a change of clothes in your hand luggage. I opt for lounge pants and a cosy jumper and change into this after my meal. Take your make up off, stick your earplugs in and sleep mask on and try and get some sleep. If you’re one of those people who struggles to sleep on a plane try and at least close your eyes and rest.

in flight

Jersey top | Scarf | Knit | Sunglasses | Comfy flats

Avoid alcohol and caffeine 

Yes you’ve heard this several times and I know it’s hard to avoid that glass of wine at the airport and then the first drink when the drink trolley comes round. If you really fancy a drink have the free one they give you with your meal and stick to soft drinks and hot water/flavoured tea the rest of the time. I promise you you’ll free so much fresher.

Happy flying everyone

 

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Travel Wish List

I’m lucky to have travelled fairly extensively already but there are a few places I would still love to see. My travel wish list looks a little something like this…

Turks & Caicos

Just take me there now!

Turks & Caicos

Hawaii

I have an idea in my head that I will go to Hawaii to surf. I can’t surf but that’s just a minor issue.

Hawaii

Aspen

I have romantic visions of going to Aspen and skiing all day and then drinking champagne in a hot tub with the snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. I will make this trip happen one day.

Aspen

Grand Canyon

This is the one place my Mum ALWAYS tells me I need to go. I promise I’ll make it there one day Mum.

Grand Canyon

Greenland

I’ve flown over Greenland many times and always wondered what it’s all about. One day I will stop off there and find out.

Greenland

Lake Louise

This place looks so incredible in every single photo I have seen.

 Lake Louise

Singapore

I’ve heard nothing but great things about Singapore. I’ve only ever seen the inside of the airport on my way to Australia and I’d love to explore the city one day.

Singapore

Disney

I have been lucky to have visited Disney a few times now and each time it just got better and better. So much has changed since I was last there and I would just love to go back.

Disney

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Pulse Heater Review

Talking about having cold hands isn’t particularly interesting, but I did some research and there are a fair few people out there who like me suffer from cold hands, more specifically Raynaud’s.

Having Raynaud’s is a nuisance more than anything else. It certainly doesn’t get in the way of me enjoying life, although it can be pretty painful and really frustrating as until recently everything I tried failed to keep my hands warm.

The last two winters I have been in Canada and have experienced some extreme temperatures – recently down to -24. Canadians might be used to these conditions but I certainly am not. Last winter I battled through layering two (sometimes three if I could) pairs of gloves to try and keep my hands warm and it just didn’t work – both practically and from a style point of view.

My fiancé spotted the Aclima Pulse Heaters in a magazine and I immediately got in touch with Nordic Outdoor to see if I could test a pair out. They arrived and typically the temperature increased so I waited and a few days later the true Canadian winter arrived and the Pulse Heaters were put to the test.

I have to be honest I was skeptical to start with. They feel and look like a thick tuber grip and I didn’t really believe they’d make a huge difference. After giving them a really thorough test drive, I can’t think of enough ways to tell you how good they are. It seems completely over to the top to say they have changed my life but in some ways they have. If you suffer from Raynaud’s you’ll understand what I’m saying here. My freezing hands caused me pain when I was out and about and pain when I got home when they started to warm up. Now my hands stay warm from the minute I leave the house to the minute I get back. I wish I had these when I went skiing a couple of years ago and I certainly with I had them last winter.

The Pulse Heater is made from 200g merino wool and the reason they work so effectively is because they insulate your wrists where the veins are close to the surface of the skin and they help to maintain circulation. If you’re heading off skiing or to a cooler climate I can’t recommend them enough. They fit perfectly under a pair of mittens (without making your hands look huge) and they work really effectively worn on their own on days when it’s not that cold but your hands still need protection from the elements.

Visit www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk for more information and to make a purchase.

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Destination Chicago

This weekend I am heading off to Chicago for a weekend of exploring the city and catching up with family and friends. I was last there back in 2005 and I can’t wait to see what’s changed. Stay tuned for my list of top 10 things to do in the windy city next week.

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Jet Lag

With the summer holidays approaching the word jet lag might be one you become familiar with. If you have experienced it before you will know how utterly crappy it can make you feel. Well I spotted this rather handy infographic produced by Thomas Cook which gives some really handy tips on helping to reduce the effect of jet lag.

Happy holidays everyone!

Jet Lag

Festivals
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Coachella Tops The List As The Most Expensive Summer Festival

No doubt you will have seen all the pictures of Coachella over the weekend. It’s probably the coolest festivals of the season, I even wrote a post about how fashionable it is. It’s also been revealed* as being the most expensive too, which probably won’t come as a surprise as it’s based in sunny California and is a regular with A-listers.

When calculated on a per-day-rate, Coachella tops the list as the most expensive, at £187 per day. Coachella boasts the highest admission (£252), beer (£5.73) and meal costs (£9).

Glastonbury isn’t too affordable either and is the third most expensive festival to attend coming in at £113 per day or £558 if you attend for the duration of the festival. Eating and drinking will set you back around £68 per day or £340 in total across the five days.

If you’re looking to head to a festival this year that won’t require a loan you need to head to Serbia’s Exit festival which comes in at a rather reasonable £54 per day, with four days totalling just £217. A beer there costs just £1 – nearly a sixth of the cost of beer at Coachella (£5.73). The biggest plus point is that your money will go that much further in Central Europe, £300 will get you €414 compared to €361 this time last year.

So there you have it, get on a plane to Serbia for guilt-free festival action.

Festivals

*Research carried out online during April 2015 using festival websites and blogs. Total cost and cost per day figures based on festival admission, cheapest accommodation cost, average cost of three meals per day and ten beers per day.