10 years ago today, I was sitting on a news desk sorting through footage of the daily news when footage of the first commerical flight of the world’s first superjumbo, the Airbus A380, came in.

It was a momentous occasion. The footage showed the pre-flight preparations at Singapore’s Changi Airport, the excited passengers boarding the plane for the first time, followed by the arrival of the huge plane in Sydney a few hours later.

I knew very little about the world of aviation at the time, I was amazed by planes and knew that I was flying in a fair amout of 777’s, but this was different. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the huge bird taxiing down the runway, the A380 was so different from other aircraft, with it’s huge wings, four engines and full-length double-deck cabin.

Wisoavaiation_AirbusA380[Photo by Wasim Z of WisosAviation]

I remember watching the footage and being surprised that Singapore Airlines was the first airline to fly it – not Qantas or KLM or BA – but Singapore Airlines, an airline I’d never heard of, from a country I knew nothing about – oh how times have changed!

Being the geek I was, I immediatley read up on the plane, became obsessed with it and vowed to fly one as soon as I had an opportunity to. It was a tough feat, the A380 was usually only used on long-haul routes. Because of the sheer size of the plane, it was hard to find airports that could accomodate it. Up until today, only 13 airlines have the A380 as part of their fleet and many airports have not expanded to meet size demands, meaning restrictions in which cities it flies to.

Almost 9 years to the week of the A380’s first commercial flight, In October 2017, I boarded the superjumbo for the first time and it happened to be on the very same airline that flew it first. And boy, did it not dissapoint!

Singapore Airlines A380

For a good part of the duration of the 13.5 hour flight from London to Singapore, Mr H and I noted every detail. There was a noticeable lack of cabin pressure, the plane was so much quieter than any other plane we’d flown on, many of the annoying noises and feelings you get when flying for an extended period just didn’t seem to be there. The cabin was flooded with light despite having lower celings on the upper deck. It was our first long-long-haul flight, but it flew by, all thanks to the plane we were flying on (and the exceptional Singapore Airlines service!)

I’m often asked what makes it so special so I thought we could celebrate the A380’s birthday with a few facts:

  • It’s the world’s biggest commercial airliner – able to accommodate up to 853 passengers and is the only plane in the world with two full-length decks. The wings of the A380 come in at 79m in wingspan – large enough to park 140 cars!
  • It was the first commercial aircraft to have a body made of lightweight carbon-fibre, making it lighter, more economical to fly with a lot less cabin pressure and noise!
  • It was groundbreaking engineering that built it. There were so many “first times” with this aircraft, the A380 was designed to be different to anything that came before it. The sheer size of the plane meant more need for innovation to ensure it could fly. The wings were developed after an extensive study of bird wings, the use of carbon fibre gave it better chances at staying airborne.
  • It was a secret project at first. The first few years of development were a big secret at Airbus. Engineers met in an abandoned building and kept tight lipped to ensure competitors (mainly Boeing) didn’t catch wind of the plane that was about to challenge the 747 as the largest commercial aircraft. Eventually Boeing found out and quickly got to work on building a larger version of the 747. This was a major setback for Airbus engineers who had worked tirelessly to bring the A380 to fruitation. A few years later Boeing scrapped the larger 747 plans and released a report indicating the future of aviation would focus on smaller planes as opposed to superjumbos (jealous much?)
  • The sheer size of the plane meant large pieces of the plane had to be transported by land, air and sea from factories in the UK, Germany and Spain to reach the assembley point in France. A truly European effort!
  • To pass safety tests and be allowed to fly, 873 “passengers” had to be able to evacuate through 8 of the 16 exits in no more than 90 seconds. They managed to evacuate in just 78 seconds!airbusa380[Photo by Wasim Z]

    There are so many things that I love about the A380, so many things that make it my favourite plane in the skies (sorry 747 fans!) but regardless of my own bias, the Airbus A380 will forever remain an important part of aviation history. I look forward to the day I am able to fly on it again.

    Want to find out more about the Airbus A380? This documentary presented by Richard Hammond is a great watch! Find out where the A380 flies from and to at I Fly A380!

    Huge thanks to Wasim Z (@wisosaviation) for the photos of the SQ A380 coming in to land at Heathrow – if you’re an avgeek be sure to follow him for great shots!

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If you’re exploring the world solo or an unseasoned traveller and are not sure where to start exploring South East Asia from, this ones for you!

Visiting a new region or continent so far removed from everything you know can be both very exciting and very intimidating, but it shouldn’t stop you from visiting the places you long to go. Travelling through different cultures is such an enriching experience, and for me personally, it helped me understand so much about humanity and myself.

Singapore was one of the first countries I visited when I started travelling. I had always been intimidated by flying somewhere so far and so different, but when one of my siblings relocated to there, I took it as my cue to experience the wonders of South East Asia for the first time!

Growing up, it was always Malaysia and Thailand that made my bucket list – I didn’t know anything about Singapore, but soon after arriving, I realised what an absolute gem it was. I’ve returned two more times since then, and I hope I’ll be able to return many, many more times in the future.

 

Here’s why you should start exploring South East Asia from Singapore :

The official language is English!

Yup, the official language of Singapore is English – meaning it’s pretty difficult to get lost in Singapore. You’ll be able to communicate with people, find your way around easily, and never have to rely on a phrasebook or Google translate! Singaporeans even have their own version of English called “Singlish” – English spoken a way you’ll only hear in Singapore.

Singapore Marina Bay Cloud Forest
Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

I know for myself, and many of my friends, safety can be a deciding factor in the countries we choose to visit. Singapore has such a low crime rate that newspapers often sensationalise things that are considered “normal” in other cities – i.e graffiti!

I have never felt safer anywhere in the world than I do in Singapore. You’ll be free to roam without fear of someone stealing your precious camera or passport, you’ll never have to look over your shoulder for pickpockets, and you’ll never have a bout of panic when you entrust a random passerby with your camera so they can snap a photo of you.

One of the things that surprised me the most on my first visit to SG was seeing MacBooks and iPhones left unattended on tables in McDonalds as people went to make their orders!

It’s well connected to the rest of South East Asia

Just a 30 minute drive away from Malaysia, Singapore is also a short flight away from a number of interesting countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Budget airlines mean tickets between the countries can be super cheap. If you’re flying from Europe and you’ve already spent 13+ hours getting to Singapore – don’t pass up an opportunity to visit other countries in the region! Flying from Malaysia may work out cheaper than flying from Singapore, so factor that into your searches too.

Oh, and don’t forget to make time to explore Changi airport (voted World’s Best Airport for 5 years running)!

Singapore Supertree Grove Gardens By The Bay
There’s so much to see and do!

I remember researching things to do in Singapore before my first visit, and 90% of the stuff I found online was “Singapore is boring” “Alcohol is so expensive” “chewing gum is illegal” (priorties right 🙄). I embarked on my flight thinking I may have wasted a lot of hard-earned money, but I quickly realised what a valuable investment I had made! Every time I’ve returned to Singapore since then, I’ve marvelled at the latest openings and how quick this incredible country is developing.

There’s so much to see and do in Singapore, from the wonderous Supertree Grove and the incredible surrounding Gardens By The Bay (complete with an indoor Flower Dome and Cloud Forest!), to the botanical gardens, the worlds first Night Safari, Sentosa island resort (home to the super fun Universal Studios) and exploring the ethnic quarters of Little India, China Town and Geylang.

Singapore
It’s really easy (and cheap!) to get around

Singapore’s public transport network is amazing. Not only is it spotless, easy to use and efficient, it’s very, very affordable too. Singapore’s public underground service is called the MRT and it stretches across the country getting you where you need to go without hassle. It’s the best public transport I’ve used in my life – you’ll be wondering why people are so obsessed with the (filthy & temperamental) London Underground!

The bus network in Singapore is reliable and easy to use, public taxies are affordable and reliable. You can also use Uber and South East Asia’s competing app, Grab Car, for inexpensive taxi journeys.

Singapore
It’s a super-modern high-tech city

If you’re seeking a rural retreat in nature, Singapore may not be the place for you, but if technology excites you, or the prospect of having access to technology to help you on your travels motivates you to travel – go to Singapore. You won’t regret it.

Technology and innovation are a big deal in Singapore. The tiny city-state has embraced the world of tech with open arms, and it’s using it to create a forward-thinking, state of the art, efficient country (with amazing architecture may I add!)

Fast internet, access to apps you probably already use if you live in a major European city (Citymapper anyone?) and a whole host of technological advances (such as free mobile phones laden with apps provided with your hotel rooms!) will make your travels easier. You’ll always have signal on your mobile while you’re underground, and when you ask someone to take a photo for you – chances are they’ll be a semi-professional photographer (they take their tech and gadgets very seriously)!

Singapore Light Show
Creature comforts and logical everything!

I’m not going to lie, I do love my creature comforts when I travel. I love when people queue, when they wait their turn, I love quiet places, I love clean cities, I love things being organised and straightforward, I love clear signposting and things working on the first try – and Singapore is all of those things. It’s like Apple – things just make sense. People are aware of other people, being rowdy in public is frowned upon, theres a system for queining for taxis and busses, things are so organised it’s virtually impossible to get lost! Taxi drivers won’t try to cheat you and people won’t try to overcharge you because you’re a tourist.

Singapore has a unique story

I love Singapore, and one of the things I love most about it is its story. Just 52 years ago, this tiny little island was ejected from Malaysia and forced to declare itself an independent state, Lee Kwan Yew, the PM at the time declared it “a moment of anguish” as he cried on a televised broadcast announcing the separation. Singapore was steeped in poverty, with no natural resources of its own and a tiny population. The ejection from Malaysia forced it to fight for survival, and that’s exactly what it did.

Today, Singapore is the 4th richest country in the world, the number one maritime capital in the world, it has the highest rate of home-ownership in the world (with 90% of its residents owning their own homes), the Singaporean passport is ranked the first (most powerful) passport alongside the German passport in the Global passport index. I could go on and on about Singapore’s incredible achievements. But above them all, is the sense of unity this country has created between nationalities and religions.

Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures make up Singapore’s unique culture. The three ethnicities, with their numerous religions, have joined forces almost seamlessly to create a country based on mutual respect, unity and a love for Singapore. It’s such an incredibly humbling experience to witness this, particularly in this era of division and hate we are currently living through.


So, what are you waiting for? South East Asia awaits!

P.S: Muslim traveller? Singapore is super-Muslim friendly – the President even wears hijab! There are plenty of amazing mosques and halal eateries to keep you entertained, and no funny looks at hijabis here!

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Sarajevo has so much to offer, particularly if you’re interested in history and culture. We spent three days exploring the city during our Bosnia-Croatia trip in May, but we’re already making plans to return to see more of this incredible city.

If you’re visiting and not quite sure where to start; here’s a list of 10 things to do in Sarajevo!

Step back in time and walk the length of the main road connecting the airport to the old city

One of the best ways to understand the city of Sarajevo, and it’s history, is to walk it. Through a single road you can relive the various eras that has made this city into the melting pot it is.

From the traditional Ottoman architecture adorning the streets, to the grand Austro-Hungarian inspired buildings, and the very spot where Franz Ferdinand was assisinated; an act that led to the start of World War 1. Sarajevo’s history as part of Yugoslavia is perhaps the most visible, followed by an era of hope and rebuilding ; modern day Sarajevo.

sarajevo library
miljacka river sarajevo

 Explore the cobbled streets of the old town Baščaršija

The old town of Baščaršija possesses an air of magic. Despite it being a tourist spot, it feels much more authentic than ones you would find in Istanbul or even Mostar. The old town in Sarajevo is simple and still very much populated by locals. The Ottoman influence in Sarajevo is most evident here, through the mosques and little coffee shops dotted about, and it’s the place to go for souvenirs, trinkets and traditional Bosnian copper goods.

Visit the 16th Century Gazi Husarev Mosque

Located in the old town, the Gazi Husarev mosque is one of the most important Ottoman structures in the Balkans, and the most important Ottoman monument in Sarajevo. Built in the 16th century, the mosque has served as a place of worship and community hub for centuries. It was the first mosque in the world to get electricity – how cool is that?

Gazi Husarev Mosque Sarajevo

Learn about the Screbenica genocide at Galerija 11/07/95 

You cannot visit Sarajevo without noticing the very visible scars left behind by the Bosnian war of the early 90’s. Whilst Sarajevo was famous for it’s siege, the city of Srebenica was the scene of the worst genocide in Europe since WW2. Over 8000+ Muslim men and women were massacred and buried in mass graves. With thousands of people still missing and bodies yet to be found, recovery efforts are ongoing until today, 22 years later.

Galerija 11/07/95 documents the genocide and the efforts of families to find their loved ones two decades on through photos and short films. I highly recommend getting the audio tour ( I think it was something silly like 3 marks only!) to gain a better understanding. If you don’t manage to finish the Gallery in a single day, you can reuse your ticket for entry the next day – just hold on to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the “tunnel of hope” that kept the city alive during the siege

Built during the siege on Sarajevo, the Tunel spasa, also known as “The Tunnel of Hope” is an underground tunnel connecting Sarajevo with the neighbouring towns of Butmir and Dobrinja. The tunnel was built under a civilian home by the Bosnian army and runs under the runway of Sarajevo airport!

It was a lifeline for the besieged city, and was used to transport soldiers, civilians, UN staff, weapons, supplies and food in and out of the city. In the museum you can even enter and walk part of the original tunnel.

tunel spasa tunnel of hope

Have coffee in a tree house!

The hills surrounding Sarajevo lend themselves to excellent vantage points over the city, you just need to be ready for the hike!

If you’re looking for somewhere to give you a great vantage point of the Miljacka river and some of the tourist spots, be sure to visit the Viewpoint cafe. Located close to the old town, this basic cafe allows you to sit in a glass-fronted room between trees overlooking the city.



Walk the Olympic Bobsleigh/Luge tracks

In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics for the first time, and Mount Trebević was home to the new Bobsleigh/luge tracks. It was a period of hope for Sarajevo, nothing could ever prepare Sarajevans for what would happen less than 10 years later. During the siege on Sarajevo, the abandoned Olympic tracks became an artillery position for the Serbian army because of their vantage point overlooking the city.

Today, the bobsleigh tracks are a canvas for the local art scene, covered in bright graffiti. We walked part of the length of the tracks in awe, this was definitely one the highlights of our visit to Sarajevo!


Sarajevo olympics luge bobsleigh tracks

Sample some Cevapi

Arguably Bosnia’s most famous dish; Cevapi consists of small kofta fingers served alongside bread and finely chopped onion. You’ll find this dish everywhere in Sarajevo – in fact you may struggle to find restaurants that don’t serve it! Averaging at around 7 marks a generous portion, this dish is both filling and cheap to fuel you for long days of exploring. There’s a lot of talk about the best Cevapi place (plenty of online debates about this) but the best of the three places we tried was Cevabdzinica Zeljo located in the old town.

See the best views of the city from atop Mount Trebević

If you’re after good aerial views, Mount Trebević is the place to go. We stopped by an abandoned military hotel that had the most incredible views of the city, enabling us to get our bearings and see all the sights from above.

Sarajevo Mont Tribevic

Relax with some Bosnian Coffee!

When you’re obsessed with coffee, trying it in all the countries you visit is obligatory right?

Well, you’re in luck in Sarajevo, because they’re obsessed with their coffee and super proud of it! Traditional Bosnian coffee is quite similar to Turkish coffee, served in tiny brass cased cups with Turkish delight and sugar cubes. If you like sugar in your coffee in Bosnia you dip the sugar cube directly into your coffee, and suck on the cube rather than stirring it into your coffee!

Some info on Tours…

I highly recommend booking a tour to visit some of the places listed above to save yourself the hassle of figuring out routes, and to gain a better understanding of the city of Sarajevo and the historical context of some of the places listed.

We booked the “Sarajevo Total Siege tour” with with Sarajevo Funky Tours, that enabled us to see the Olympic bobsleigh/luge tracks, Mount Trebević and Tunel Spasa in half a day.

The tour included a pick up from our hotel, transport and two excellent local guides who painted a very personal image of life under siege in Sarajevo. Our main tour guide was in her early 20’s when the siege broke out and she recounted vivid stories of the struggles through starvation and war. Our driver was just a teenager at the time, and was shot by a sniper in “sniper alley”, it was surreal watching him point out the exact location of the shooting as he drove through it some twenty years later. This is a tour not to be missed.

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If you’re booking a British Airways flight through a travel site (other than directly through BA’s website) you might want to read this first.

I was recently searching for a British Airways flight through Sky Scanner and noticed that the cheapest price listed was through Travel Up. In fact, the 5 cheapest prices quoted for this particular flight were all through travel agencies. They were selling exactly the same flights for considerably less than British Airways. The price quoted by Travel Up was coming in at almost £50 less than the flight price listed on the BA website.

Naturally a £100 saving (over two tickets) seemed like a no-brainer, that was until I did a little digging on Travel Up – and with many mixed reviews and horror stories of flight date changes, additional fees, price increases & unconfirmed bookings, I decided not to chance it. Instead, I started researching if BA would do a price-match on BA flights offered cheaper elsewhere, and sure enough, they do!

The British Airways Best Price Guaranteepage states: “We believe that if you book flights directly with us, you deserve the very best deal. Which is exactly what you’ll get with our Best Price Guarantee. If you book with us, but find a qualifying British Airways flight for less elsewhere and let us know on the same day as you book, we’ll refund the difference”

Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t!

There are restrictions on what British Airways will consider a “qualifying flight” – essentially they need to be identical flights (fare class, dates, times etc) operated by British Airways. You will need to book your flights through British Airways first, then fill in the claim form with details of your booking and the cheaper prices you found, then submit further evidence if requested. You do run the risk of British Airways refusing to match your flight; but if you read the instructions carefully and follow them I don’t see any reason why they would refuse to pay up.

Not many people seem to know about the BPG offered by BA so it was hard to find out how it panned out for others, but the few threads I have read about this where overwhelmingly negative.

I decided to chance it and book my tickets through British Airways directly, even if I didn’t get the £100 saving back through the Best Price Guarantee – at least I wouldn’t be laden with the stress of worrying that the alternative booking sites would mess with my booking. I filled in the claim form the same day, and just two days later, British Airways got in touch to confirm they would be refunding me the £100 price difference. I didn’t even have to submit the screen-shots. Hallelujah!

If you’re wary of booking through third parties this is a great way to save on your travels. I’m surprised it’s not more commonly advertised, which is why I am so keen to share this with you all!

How It Works

Here’s how to make use of the British Airways Best Price Guarantee when you’ve found the flight cheaper elsewhere. Here’s a random BA flight to Amman found through Sky Scanner:


The cheapest flight price listed through Sky Scanner is priced at £474 via Omega Flight Store. The British Airways website offers the exact same flight for £524 – exactly £50 more than Omega Flight Store. It ranked as the 6th most expensive price for the flight.

To take advantage of the Best Price Guarantee you will need to:

– Book your flight through the British Airways website
– Read the instructions set out on the Best Price Guarantee page
– Take a screen-shot of the competing price that includes all the flight details & additional fees on the sellers website. Ensure that the flight number/details/class match up with your British Airways reservation and are all visible in your screen shot (or take multiples). You will also need to show the time and date the screen shot was taken (the time/date on your browser bar should help)
– Make sure you include details of any additional booking fees/credit/debit card fees on top of the ticket price
– Fill in the form on the same day you have booked your BA flight – any later and it won’t be valid

One of the common complaints I’ve read about the BPG is British Airways refusing to honour it when additional card charges/booking fees are not indicated or clearly shown. Some travel sites make it difficult to get a final price (including card processing fees) without actually booking/signing up – but this is essential to taking advantage of the BPG. With Travel Up, I had to create an account to allow me to calculate the cost of the credit card fees, but I did not have to fill in any credit card details.

All in all, it’s a pretty straightforward process that could save you a fair amount of money and stress in the long run. If you’ve taken advantage of the BPG let me know how it went for you. I’m also interested in hearing about your experiences in booking through third party sites such as Travel Up – are they worth it?

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There’s an age-old misconception still floating about that a person needs to be rich or have lots of money to be able to afford to travel. Sure, if you fly suites class, only stay in 5*+ hotels and enjoy 6-course meals each meal time, that might make sense – but your average traveller doesn’t do that.

One of the many reasons I was so keen to set up this blog was to show people that travel doesn’t have to be expensive; it’s not something reserved for the rich anymore. A few simple changes here and there, a bit of flexibility and some self-initiative can save you a lot of money when you’re planning your travels. I call it travelling smart; but more on that another time!

For now, let’s jump straight into 6 ways I’ve saved myself £1000’s on my travels, and how you can too!


1. Let your hotel know about your special occasions

If you’re visiting for a special occasion (birthday, honeymoon, anniversary) be sure to let your hotel know in advance. Chances are, they’ll want to do something nice for you! Drop them an email explaining how excited you are to stay in their hotel and let them know about your special occasion. 99% of the time I’ve done this, we’ve been rewarded with a special surprise – from room decorations to cakes and upgrades and it costs you nothing!

Most resorts offer honeymoon packages worth hundreds of pounds – so make sure you let your booking agent or hotel know about your special occasion! Some hotels also offer “celebration packages” at an additional cost, just keep that in mind if they do come back to you offering a priced package.


2. Always check hotel websites for the latest deals and promotions

I have to admit, I’m a serial Booking.com user. I always find prices cheaper on Booking.com and it’s so quick and easy to use, but sometimes, shopping directly through the hotel’s website can make you big big savings even if it doesn’t look like it at face value! Look out for offers that may include free breakfast, airport transfers, discounts for staying a certain number of nights (or free nights), free dining vouchers etc, these offers can save you a lot of money and many only apply to rooms booked through hotel sites directly.


3. Check what your bank has to offer

Most UK banks will offer some form of travel benefits/insurance for their customers. Speak to your bank and see what travel benefits are included within your account. It may be worth upgrading your account to get better cover – or shop around! This could save you many £’s in the long run.

For a small monthly fee, my bank provides me with a number of perks including free worldwide travel insurance meaning I don’t have to shell out for additional cover. American Express is excellent for it’s travel benefits; from car hire cover to flight-delay compensation, lounge passes, and so on (I’ll be reviewing AMEX soon!). Some banks and credit cards will also give you cashbacks or discounted rates on certain hotel chains and car hire companies.

 

4. If you’re not happy – complain!

I think us Brits have a serious problem with leaving genuine feedback for fear of appearing rude or ungrateful, even when we have a very valid reason to complain. I used to be the grin-and-bear it queen until I had a close friend who complained about virtually everything and I noticed how keen companies were to make it up to her.

If something is wrong, just complain about it! I’m not saying complain about everything and invent problems – but if something isn’t right, or up to the standard you expect from the brand/hotel/company – let them know.  Chances are they’ll go out of their way to make the experience up to you because they don’t want a bad reputation.

Many moons ago, I checked into a hotel room while travelling with family and noticed the bin hadn’t been emptied by housekeeping prior to our arrival. We placed a 2 second phone call to reception to let them know, they immediately sent a cleaning crew to clean the loo. Then management called to apologise profusely and offered us food vouchers for every single one of us (staying across the two rooms we’d booked!) to visit the overpriced hotel-buffet for lunch/dinner that evening. The vouchers were worth a LOT of money.

Perhaps my biggest win was on our honeymoon, when Mr H and I were upgraded to the most luxurious villa in the entire resort for the remaining duration of our stay in the Maldives due to a number of small issues in our first villa that we reported to management. It was a room we had dreamed of staying in but couldn’t afford, and we got to enjoy it for the majority of our trip! Moral of the stories – complain when something isn’t right!


5. Look out for airline & airport offers

It’s well worth checking if the airline your flying with has any special offers or free promotions running during your holiday. You can find these through airport and airline websites, sometimes they’re included in the in-flight magazine. National carriers frequently offer discounts in their home country to encourage you to fly with them. I used my Singapore Airlines boarding pass to gain discounted entry into attractions in Singapore.

If you’re transiting through Singapore’s Changi airport on Singapore Airlines, Silk Air or Air New Zealand, take advantage of the free $20-$40 voucher for airport spending. Turkish Airlines recently had a scheme providing free hotel rooms and free tours of Istanbul for Turkish Airlines passengers on transits longer than 7/10hrs. Qatar Airways similarly provided free hotel accommodation and are still offering free tours of Doha for transit passengers.


6. Loyalty schemes can save you a lot of money

This is quite an obvious one but one you really shouldn’t be overlooking. If you stay in a particular chain of hotels regularly, sign up for their loyalty scheme. You can score discounted rates, room upgrades, free hotel rooms, free breakfasts and more, saving you hundreds, if not thousands of £ in the long run. I’ve used my HHonors membership to score free breakfasts, free afternoon teas and stays on some of the most exclusive floors of hotels. Of course it goes without saying,  if you’re not already signed up to a frequent flyer’s club – do it now!

If you have any travel-freebies hacks share yours in the comments section below, I’d love to hear how you save on your travels.

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