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April 2009

What To Do In The UK - May

Posted April 29, 2009 by BookingBuddy

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Summer is definitely on its way, and there’s not better way to enjoy it then by getting out and enjoying all that the country has to offer. There’s no need to holiday abroad when there are so many things happening right on your doorstep!

May 2nd – 24th – Brighton Festival, Brighton

How about heading to the seaside to enjoy a bit of sunshine? The Brighton festival runs for 3 weeks, and features music, literature, dance, art and theatre events. Pack a picnic and enjoy the various outdoor events, such as the Children’s Parade on the opening day. A fringe festival also runs alongside the main event, so you’ll have plenty of entertainment to choose from.

May 3rd – Vaisakhi, London

With London being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, you’ll be sure to find all kinds of multicultural events happening around the city. Get down to Trafalgar Square to celebrate Vaisakhi, the traditional Sikh New Year festival. There will be performances of traditional and modern music, and vegetarian food will be offered during lunchtime. Find cheap flights to London

May 4th – May Day

May Day is a Bank Holiday, and celebrations are held all over the country. For a dose of Morris dancing, why not head out of the city to various towns and villages across the UK? Hastings holds a Jack-In-The-Green festival, with a procession through the town streets to Hastings Castle. Or get yourself over to Oxford to listen to choral singing in the Magdalen Tower. Find cheap flights to Luton

May 16th – Eurovision Song Contest 

If you’re looking for an excuse to stay in, how about throwing a Eurovision party? Invite friends around, get everyone to dress up as their favourite contestants or countries, and have a massive singalong! You may have a hard time cleaning up all the glitter and sequins afterwards, though.

May 19th – 23rd – Chelsea Flower Show

This week long flower show is world famous for it’s stunning displays of ostentatiously landscaped gardens and gaudy flowers. Even if you’re not a horticulturalist, it’s worth going along to have a peek at the meticulously manicured show gardens and beautiful floral displays. If you feel like taking home a piece of the action, wait till the last day of the show, when exhibited plants are up for sale.

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Tips On Packing Hand Luggage

Posted April 22, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Amd_traveler It used to be that we could check in our bags for free whenever we flew. However, with more and more airlines levying a fee on checked bags, those good ol’ days seem to be coming to an end. Fortunately, it is still free to travel with hand luggage (for now anyway), so if you’re one of those who absolutely have to pack two huge Samsonites for a long weekend, after booking cheap flights to Paris, now might be a good time to start thinking about cutting out some items. Don’t despair; your good friends here at BookingBuddy have a few handy tips for you.

First of all, when packing your carry-on, be sure to find out what the hand luggage restrictions are. Many carriers often have their own restrictions on hand luggage. While BA only requires that you have one bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, Ryanair’s requirements are slightly stricter – your bag ‘should weigh no more than 10kg and not exceed the maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm’. Find cheap flights to Dublin with Ryanair.

Some carriers may not have a weight restriction for cabin baggage, but that does not mean that just because you can shove everything including the kitchen sink into your backpack, that you should. Airlines are wont to scrutinise your hand luggage, and if it looks like you’re about to dislocate you shoulder from the weight of the bag, they’re very probably going to make you check it in anyway.

And, as we have already pointed out before, be sure to start with a packing list. This way, you can eliminate the unnecessary, and make sure you’ve packed everything you need. If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go into the bag.

Remember, restrictions are still in place regarding the amount of liquids you can carry on. Decant all liquids and gels (shampoo, soap etc) into 100ml bottles if they come in bigger sizes. If you’re worried you’ll run out, you can always buy more supplies once you’ve gone through the security screening, or even when you’re at your destination.

Your liquids and gels must then be packed into clear, resealable bags – if you haven’t got any, many airports supply them for free, so pick them up and transfer your liquids into them before going through security. Sharp items such as nail files or nail clippers/ scissors should also be packed in an easily accessible pocket of your carry-on bag, as security may want to inspect them.

Finally, you may also want to pack a collapsible or foldable bag (such as a canvas shopping bag) with your hand luggage. Security on your return flight may not be so restricted, and if you bought anything new, it can always go into the extra bag. You can also use the extra bag to hold any items that you’re likely to use while on the flight – books, a cardigan, a bottle of water. Pack those items into the collapsible bag, then stuff it into your carry-on. Once you’re on the place, you can then take the second bag out and stow it under your seat, while keeping the main bag in the overhead storage bins.

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Cheap Hotels - Where To Find Them

Posted April 15, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Room6_450 With the weather warming up, you may be planning where to go for your next holiday.  If you have the cash to splash, the world’s most expensive hotel rooms are always ready to welcome you. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t going to have £25 000 a night to spend on a room. So, why not find out where the cheaper hotels are and go there instead? 

A recent survey by website hotels.com showed that most hotel prices around the world had fallen at the end of last year.

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation, Reykjavik is a great place to find it. The collapse of the country’s economy may not have been a good thing for it’s citizens, but it seems to have been great for those travelling on a budget, as prices in the traditionally expensive country dropped.

Mumbai is also a good place to find cheap accommodation, as hotel prices fell more than 40 percent, with most tourists having been deterred from holidaying there in the wake of the November attacks. Find cheap flights to Mumbai

If you’re looking for somewhere closer to home, there’s good news too, as Cheap flights to London, Cheap flights to Berlin and Cheap flights to Paris have all fallen by between 10 to 15 percent. And you’ll not only save on accommodation but on airfares as well, as many low-cost carriers offer flights to those cities. 

And if you’re still hoping to follow in Hugh Hefner’s shoes but haven’t got the budget for it, well, good news, as the survey also found that prices in Las Vegas have fallen by about a third, So, why not book yourself a cheap hotel room in Sin City, hit the casinos, and hope for the best?

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Tips For Flying - Perks and Upgrades

Posted April 7, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Img In these days of having to pay for nearly everything on your flight, you might not have realised that some airlines do have little perks available to every passenger, regardless of what class you’re flying in. The trick is knowing how to get them.

Some carriers provide little goodies to make your trip just a little bit more enjoyable. Air France, for instance, offers complimentary champagne to every passenger. Yes, every passenger – not just those in business or first class.

In the past, flying with luggage was a given, but these days, more and more airlines are charging for it. So, if you absolutely have to fly with check-in luggage, then perhaps it’s worth doing some research to find out which companies still let your bags fly for free. Singapore Airlines lets frequent flyers check up to three bags free, and Virgin Atlantic allows you to fly with up to 23 kilograms, for free.

If you’ve always wanted an upgrade but never managed to get it, maybe it’s because you didn’t know the right codes. And no, this isn’t some sort of secret Masonic code that you have to learn, rather, they’re special airline codes. Y-Ups are codes on first-class airfares that indicate a seat can be given to someone from economy looking to upgrade. To get your upgrade, search for first-class seats on the flight you’d like to be on. Then, search for an upgradeable seat in economy and give the airline a call to ask if your seat can be upgraded to a first-class one. For the same price as economy, of course.

These are only a few tips for a more enjoyable trip the next time you’re flying. If anyone else has some tips they’d like too share, please share them with me by leaving a comment. 

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Things To Do In April

Posted April 1, 2009 by BookingBuddy

_312635_avon150 Spring has sprung, and the weather’s definitely warming up. So what better way to make the most of the sunshine than by getting out and about? After all, there’s plenty to do at home this month!

April 4th – The Grand National, Liverpool
Arguably one of the country’s most famous horse races, the Grand National takes place at Aintree in Liverpool. Of course, you could just watch it on BBC1 from the comfort of your own armchair, but where’s the fun in that? Why not try to make it to Liverpool to actually see the horse that you’re betting on?

April 12th – Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday seems to be synonymous with chocolates these days, so why not visit Cadbury World in Bournville, Birmingham to see how Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies are made? You may not have won the golden ticket but you’ll still get to visit the chocolate factory. The following Monday is a bank holiday, so how about making the most of your long weekend and visiting Bournville Village itself too? The village was built by the Cadbury brothers for their workers and many of the original buildings are still standing today.

April 23rd – Shakespeare’s Birthday
The Bard’s birthday is traditionally celebrated on this day, with many events going on in Stratford-upon-Avon, the idyllic riverside town where he was born. Many historic buildings are still standing in the picturesque town, and should you feel like it, you can have a look at his grave, which is in the Holy Trinity Church.  The Globe Theatre in London also marks his birthday with a weekend of free events.

April 26th – London Marathon
If you’re feeling a little, erm, chunky from all the Easter treats, maybe its time to start getting in shape for the London Marathon? It’s one of the most famous marathons in the world, with nearly 35 000 runners crossing the finish line in 2008 alone. If you’re not feeling up to it, don’t worry, there’s always the mini-marathon to take part in, with only 3 miles between you and the finish line. Or why not just be a spectator – it’s a great way to soak up the atmosphere, and you get to rest whenever you want to! 

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