Christmas 2019 Booking Dates


Send your luggage home with us this Christmas!

Travelling home for Christmas can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Leave the stress and woes behind of lugging your bags through the airport and send your suitcase home with us. My Baggage offers you an easy, reliable and low-cost door to door delivery shipping option for you to transport your suitcases and personal belongings over the holiday period. If you fancy sending with us during the holiday season there are a few things you should be aware of, read below to find out about our Christmas 2019 Booking Dates.

Maybe you are heading on holiday to enjoy some winter sun? We’ve got you covered. Skip the ques at the busy airport and ship your luggage directly with us.

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Below we cover absolutely everything you need to know about our recommended send by dates when shipping with us in the festive period. Please remember to take note of the send-by dates as well as when our office will be closed.


My Baggage Christmas 2019 Booking Dates

In the busy festive period, we have recommended send by dates to make sure that you get your items in time. To make sure your luggage arrives when you need it, we would recommend making sure that you take note of the Christmas 2019 booking dates and send your luggage in accordance with them. If you need to you can book a collection after our advised dates, however, due to the busy festive period, we cannot guarantee that your item will arrive for you before Christmas. It’s important to note that all My Baggage services are estimated and can be subject to unexpected delays.

Please note that we recommend allowing 1 extra day than normal for delivery during December due to extremely high volumes of shipments, and also to consider any adverse weather conditions. 


My Baggage UK Shipments (incl. Northern Ireland)

We recommend sending on or before 18th December for all 48-hour services.

We recommend sending on or before 19th December for all 24-hour services.

If possible, we highly recommend that you book 2-3 days before your collection date.

International Shipments

For international shipments, we recommend sending on or before 12th December for Economy services within Europe.

For international Express services, we recommend sending on or before 16th December*

* Please be aware there may be delays in customs if applicable.


My Baggage Christmas Closure Dates

Below we have outlined our office opening hours during the festive period and we have also covered when collections and deliveries will occur during the dates mentioned in December.

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Date Open/Closed? Collection/Delivery?
23/12/2019 Open Delivery only
24/12/2019 Open Delivery only
25/12/2019 Closed No collections or deliveries
26/12/2019 Closed No collections or deliveries
27/12/2019 Open Collections and deliveries
28/12/2019 Closed No collections or deliveries
29/12/2019 Closed No collections or deliveries
30/12/2019 Open Delivery only
31/12/2019 Closed No collection or deliveries
01/01/2020 Closed No collection or deliveries
02/01/2020 Open Normal service resumes (No services in Scotland)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online booking system is available 24/7, meaning you can book with us at any time. If you need to arrange luggage shipping for the New Year you can book with us online, even if the office is closed.

Contact information for My Baggage

Do you have any questions or queries?

Contact us here between 9 am – 10 pm when we are open, we are unable to provide support when we are closed, so if you need to, you can get in touch with the courier directly. Below we have outlined the contacts for our couriers.

Contact information for UK Shipments

In the UK (including Northern Ireland) we use Parcelforce to send our deliveries. We use them for both Express 48 and Express 24 services if you need to contact Parcelforce you can find their contact information here.

Contact information for International Shipments

For international shipments, we use the courier DHL. DHL is also used the courier we use to send Expres 24 shipments from Northern Ireland to mainland UK. If you need to contact them, you can find out more about their contact information here.

Not sure which courier?

If you aren’t sure which courier we are using for your booking don’t worry! All you have to do to find this information out is to log into ‘My orders’ on your My Baggage account and click on the green collection and delivery times. When you click this, a pop-up notification will appear showing you, your courier information, you can then contact them directly via the numbers above.


Considering booking with My Baggage this Christmas?

Booking with My Baggage is easy and straightforward. All you have to do is get a quote from our homepage or from the box below. You can book with our online booking system 24/7, so it can easily be worked around your busy Christmas shopping. It also only takes a few minutes to complete, as we know you have more pressing tasks to be attending this holiday season. When picking a collection date, choose one that suits you best. Once your booking is complete we’ll send you your shipping labels. All you need to do is print these and attach them to your luggage. Don’t worry we take care of the rest! All you have to worry about now is all that Christmas wrapping.

Shipping your stuff home during the festive season? Get a quick quote from My Baggage today!


Top Best 7 Routes in Europe for Cycling Lovers


You want to plan a new adventure with your bike, but don’t know what to explore? We’ve put together 7 routes for those who want to reach new and challenging objectives.

Get your two-wheeler prepared and pack only the necessary stuff to complete the route. If you need a break from work this is one of the best ways to disconnect and recharge your batteries – flexibility and freedom are assured.

Let’s start pedalling…

1. Via Francigena, Italy

The Via Francigena is a cycling and hiking route that starts at Canterbury Cathedral in England. It crosses France and Switzerland before reaching Italy, passing through many stunning cities. Although the total distance of the route is 1,700km/ 1,056 miles, there are shorter points from where to start it; for example, the Great St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland.

20 days is more than enough to complete the goal, but we suggest you taking some extra days just in case you couldn’t resist the temptation of spending some time trying the food and wines specialties of Tuscany villages. One thing is guaranteed here: amazing landscapes.

Source: Eurovelo

2. Cornish Way, England

The Cornish Way runs from Land’s End to Bude on the Devon border and runs around 200km/ 124 miles in length. This route is not the longest on the list but it’s plenty of wonderful scenery, wildlife and charming seaside towns. Due to its shorter length, you certainly don’t need to be a professional cyclist to reach the end of the trail in about 4 or 5 days, but if you’re really fit you could do this in only two days. To make it even easier, the trail is divided in 3 different sections, which helps riders keep focused.

Why is this route so enjoyable? The reason, as we hinted before, is the magnificent nature surrounding it. What’s more, this route meets the Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve, a perfect place to make a quick stop and breeze some fresh air.

 

3. Danube Cycle Path

 The Danube Cycle Path is one of the first cyclist routes made and one of the most popular ones due to the number of countries and cities that it crosses. This route starts in Germany and finishes in the Black Sea (Romania), having a total length of about 2,900km/1,801 miles. Some of the countries you will see during this route are Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, amongst others.

You will also be amazed by the lovely geography close to the river path. The best part about this route is that within 2 or 3 days of cycling you can travelling through many different sceneries: mountains, forests, lakes and fields. The trail portion between Germany and Austria is considered the best part of the trip. The reason: 300km/ 186 miles of flat and almost car-free road making this ideal for all kinds of cyclists, including families with kids!

4. Romantic Road, Germany

 The length of this route is approximately 500km/ 310 miles. It goes from Würzburg to Füssen and offers interesting views of old towns, unique Bavarian villages and medieval cities. The good thing about this route – apart from the fantastic countryside – is that it’s practically flat; which makes it much easier for less experienced cyclists.

The route is divided into 10 stages not very difficult to follow. Some of them are really easy to ride and others have some tiny slopes. Every stage ends in a picturesque city, with a lot of events to keep you entertained in the evening.

5. Camino Frances (Camino de Santiago)

 The Camino Frances is the most known part of the Camino de Santiago route and it goes from the city St Jean Pied de Port (a city very close to the Pyrenees in France), to Santiago de Compostela in the county of Galicia, Spain. The length of this route is 790km/ 490 miles, but you can also start it from points closest to the final target. Routes starting from Pamplona (covers 660km/410 miles) or Ponferrada (covers 200km/124 miles) are also very common among the pilgrims.

What’s best about this route? For pilgrims, of course, the spiritual sense related to the trip. But… what else? A bunch of incredible landscapes views, unique and little villages around the path and fantastic food including tapas and first-class wines from La Rioja (best wine producing city in Spain).

6. Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Also known as EuroVelo 10, this route covers 9 European countries and the its total length is 9,214km/5,725 miles. It’s not a route made for cowards, so you better think about it twice before starting the expedition.

In this trip, you’ll have the chance to go across the circumference of the Baltic Sea, where you will find beautiful and tiny fishing villages and a lot of stunning cliffs and beaches. It is better to avoid the freezing winter months, but if you can deal with it, you would have the chance to ride over frozen lakes and rivers. What’s more exciting than that!? Maybe… finishing the exhausting route safe and sound.

Source: Eurovelo

7. Mediterranean Route

 This route, also named EuroVelo 8, is a long-distance route that starts in Cadiz (Spain), ends in Athens (Greece) and then follows until the island of Cyprus, doing a complete tour around it (optional). This two-wheels route is famous because of the number of historical cities in it such as Barcelona, Monaco, Nice or Venice. The eternal kilometres of costs and beaches inviting you to just relax is also a bonus.

The length of the route is 7,560km/4,697 miles and it crosses 23 UNESCO sites and 12 different countries. The city you choose as your starting is up to you, whichever you choose will be full of delicious food, wonderful landscapes and incredible weather.

Source: Eurovelo

What do you think about these 7 routes? Incredibles, right? Europe is home to thousands of cyclists a year and it continues growing. Pack your stuff and start your adventure!

 

Thinking about spending some days at your destination? You can get a quote with MyBaggage, schedule the day you will arrive to it and receive your luggage in the hostel/hotel reception you prefer. Also, if you’re thinking of starting the route from another city or country, get in mind that we can send bicycles and equipment worldwide to make your trip easier.


10 Haunted Hotels You Can Stay In


Halloween is approaching and a lot of events will take place around the world to celebrate the festivity. If you want a more exciting and spooky experience, totally different from what you have tried before; why not going to a haunted hotel?

Too afraid? Instead, why not read some of the tales surrounding these unconventional accommodations below.

1. The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado)

This is probably one of the best-known hotels on the list. We can all remember it because the famous movie “The Shining” (By Stanley Kubrick), was filmed here. This Hotel, situated very close to the Rocky Mountains, has experienced lots of alleged paranormal activities. What’s more, some of the guests reported strange hallucinations and visions during their stay.

The hotel offers night tours around the facilities and is a unique way to know more about the stories around the unexplained voices and the mysterious piano music heard at night.

2. The Langham (London)

The Langham is one of the most luxurious and oldest hotels in London. This Hotel is a frequent place of celebrities, royal members and, believe it or not, GHOSTS. Among the ghosts apparently seen there are distinguished ancient military members, a German prince committed suicide in one of its rooms and Napoleon III itself (who lived there during his last days in exile).

Room 333 of the hotel is supposed to experience many hauntings.  And, of course, is available to book for those who have enough courage to sleep accompanied by wandering spirits.

3. The Hollywood Roosevelt (Los Angeles, USA)

In this hotel (location for the first Oscars event in Hollywood), fans of Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift would think that the celebrities are still alive. Some of the stories say that the spirits of the stars are trapped inside and that it’s possible to hear the sound of Clift’s trombone or to see Monroe’s silhouette in the mirror of her former suite.

Aside from the famous celebrities, the Hollywood Roosevelt is also home to a young girl spirit who is always looking for her mother and other spirits that have been known to lock people out of their rooms and make strange noises to scare the guests.

4. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Canada)

The Banff Springs Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Canada, with more than 125 years of history and a picturesque location near the Rocky Mountains. With all those years of hosting experience, you can imagine the stories this hotel can hide behind its walls.

The most well-known tale is about the secret room 873, which apparently was covered over, so nobody could use it again. But why was it covered? The reason was a mother and a young girl were murdered there and haunted the room. Guests who’ve stayed in room 873 report hearing screams in the middle of the night and strange paintings over the walls.

5. Dragsholm Slot (Denmark)

Probably one of the most haunted hotels in Europe, this former 800-years-old castle was transformed into a luxury hotel that apparently is home to more than 100 ghosts. The castle served as a prison from 1536 to 1664 and it is said that spectres roam around the corridors of the castle in search of the cells they used to live, if you believe the stories.

There are three hauntings that Dragsholm Castle is most popular for: The Grey Lady, the Earl of Bothwell (a Scottish royal and ex-prisoner) and the white lady. These friendly ghosts have never been known to cause any serious disturbances, so for those thinking to get a taste of Denmark’s landscapes Dragsholm is the place for you.

6. Hotel del Coronado (Coronado)

Built in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado, situated just off the coast of San Diego, was known for stunning sea views and for being one of the biggest resorts at its time. It was in 1892 when everything changed.

On Thanksgiving in 1892, a 24-year-old woman checked into one of the rooms of this deluxe hotel, and after 5 days waiting for her lover to meet there, she took her own life. From that moment a lot of unusual and mysterious goings on have alleged to have occurred. From strange sounds, self-working TVs and a figure in a black dress guarding the room where she died.

7. The Shelbourne Hotel (Dublin)

This Irish hotel has been investigated in numerous cases due to poltergeist activity; especially in one of its luxury rooms. The Shelbourne is the preferred hotel for celebrities in the USA, and recently the actress Lily Collins (daughter of Phil Collins) went through a spooky and paranormal experience at room number 255.

It is believed that the spirit of a seven-year-old girl, Mary Masters, remains at this hotel room. Some staff members were forced to sleep in to see if the rumours were true and, unfortunately and most interestingly, the staff endorsed this creepy tale.

 8. Ettington Park Hotel (England)

Do you remember the film The Haunting? If you thought you saw these walls before it is because this Hotel was used for exterior shots during filming in 1963.

Apart from all fictional aspects and producers looking to gain publicity; some statements have been made about strange guests roaming the halls dressing antique clothing, as well as floating objects traversing different points of the hotel corridors. Despite the stories about ghostly presences, it hasn’t stopped visitors from coming back, quite the contrary.

9. Cecil Hotel (Los Angeles, California)

This hotel is known as Los Angeles’ most haunted place owing to many horrifying reasons. At least 16 suicides, paranormal activities and murders have reportedly happened in this building and it has been home for some serial killers such as Richard Ramirez in 1985 and Jack Unterweger in 1991.

In 2011 the hotel was rebranded with the name “Stay on Main” to try to cover the past dark and bizarre stories, but despite the new name, spooky events continued to happen. In 2013 the body of a 21-years-old Canadian tourist was found floating in the water tanks of the hotel. It remains to be active after all those cases, so you can book a room… if you are brave enough.

10. Ballygally Castle Hotel (Northern Ireland)

The stories tell that three ghosts are living in this ancient castle. The most active one is called Lady Isabella, the wife of the castle builder, who used to lock her in the tallest tower of Ballygally Castle.

One day, in deep desperation she decided to jump out of the tower to escape, but instead, she died. The prison room of Isabella has been preserved in its original outfit and it is told that she’s making presence through sudden temperature changes and odd smells.

 

After reading these strange and spooky stories of some of the most popular haunted hotels in the world, which would you be brave enough to stay in? Any we missed?


Madlug and My Baggage Announce Partnership in Bid to Make a Difference to Children in Care


Today, one-for-one luggage company, Madlug announced a year-long business partnership with Belfast-based shipping company, My Baggage.

My Baggage will supply supplemented shipping for Madlug’s donated bags delivered to local councils across the UK. The partnership hopes to aid Madlug’s vision to make a difference to children living in the UK care system. Madlug’s innovative buy-one-give-one approach has raised awareness of value and worth of children in care by donating high-quality bags with every purchase. Since 2016, they have worked alongside health trust around the country to ensure bags are received by children moving within the care system.

This all being in an effort to prohibit children from carrying their possessions around in a bin-bag. Dave Linton, Founder and Managing Director of Madlug says, “We are just thrilled with our partnership with My Baggage. Their support has enabled us to ensure our bags are in safe hands when being shipped to children and young people in care across the UK.”

Paul Stewart, Managing Director for My Baggage says, “It is great to be working with such a fantastic enterprise that is truly making a difference to children in care. It was a natural fit for My Baggage to work with Madlug in providing them shipping services for their giving bags across the UK and Ireland. Our staff love our custom My Baggage backpacks, it is a win-win!”

Madlug has donated over 10,000 bags to children in care across the UK since they launched in 2016. With every bag purchased, Madlug will give a bag to a vulnerable child, which will help them on their way with dignity.

To find out more information about Madlug (or if you need an awesome backpack or travel bag) please visit: www.madlug.com


Why Choosing These Erasmus Destinations


Erasmus is not only choosing a city to live for a semester or a year. The city you choose is going to be your new home and a new place to build relationships, enjoy the culture and have fun. Because of that, we have assembled in this blog the best cities to go on Erasmus depending on 6 different categories.

 

1. Best Nightlife

When you think of Erasmus, the word party comes immediately to your mind. Of course, you have to study but, after that, nothing can stop you.

Seville is well known for its great terraces, bars, and vibrant nightlife. If you want to have a good time with your friends and dance all night, that’s not a problem, most of the nightclubs like Antique Teatro or Obbio close at 6 am. Are you staying for the whole year? You can’t lose the opportunity to enjoy the “Feria de Abril de Sevilla”; a complete week of traditional festivity plenty of tapas, manzanillas and rebujitos.

The same happens with Madrid, most venues open around 1 am and get busy around 3 am. This city is considered the sanctuary of big parties, and two of the most famous nightclubs are Kapital (has many floors, each featuring a different style of music) and Fabrik (hosted famous DJs like David Guetta and every week has different theme parties).

Fabrik nightclub (Madrid)

A lot of Erasmus students choose Budapest due to its incredible nightlife. The ruin bars are the preferred night experience for students and that’s because of the peculiarity of the concept. These clubs were built in the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores or houses and are a combination between flea market furniture and quality music. Some of the best ruin bars are Szimpla Kert, Instant or Fogasház.

Ruin Bar (Budapest)

 

2. Best location

The main purpose of doing an Erasmus is to discover the culture and the city where you would be living. There are also travel lovers whose intention is to visit the more countries the possible. For the lasts, these three cities are a good option to travel around Europe.

Strategically situated for lots of budget travels during an Erasmus experience, Vilnius It’s a good point from where to start visiting the north of Europe. Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Sweden and Finland are all nearby countries. The only problem with Vilnius is its cold winters. However, if snow doesn’t scare you; what are you waiting for to begin your adventure?

St. Michael and St. Constantine Church (Vilnius)

Prague is in a perfect location in the heart of Europe. This makes it very cheap and easy to visit other destinations, such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany or Slovenia. Only a two-hour bus ride! Its privileged central position makes also very affordable traveling by plane to anywhere else.

The Belgian city of Leuven is the best city to learn languages and to travel around the Paris-Amsterdam-Cologne triangle. Leuven is situated almost in the centre of Europe, which makes doing a tour by car and discover Germany, France, Luxembourg or Switzerland very simple.

Leuven (Belgium)

3. Best Universities

For the diligent students, we have listed three cities with the best relation between quality universities and good student life level.

Coimbra is a student city and home to the oldest university in Portugal. The University of Coimbra was built on the grounds of a former palace and has approximately 21,000 students every year, of whom 10% are international. This will guarantee you a pleasant and charming international student atmosphere for sure.

Coimbra University

In the north of Italy, we discover Bologna, one of the favourite destinations for Erasmus students thanks to its Mediterranean climate and a relaxing student vibe. As well, the oldest university in Europe can be found here (founded in 1088). The University of Bologna is part of what gives this old Italian student town its beautiful charm.

University of Bologna

Groningen is probably the most expensive city on the list but also one of the most affordable within The Netherlands. This town contains the largest university in Holland, with 9 faculties and more than 175 courses available to choose from! If you are curious (and not too lazy) you’ll have the opportunity to improve your knowledge in different broad range disciplines.

 

4. Best weather

This category is made for those who hate cold winters and love to get bathed under the sunlight. The next 3 cities have the best average temperature in Europe for the whole year. Get rid of your umbrella and enjoy the vitamin C!

Barcelona is very popular among Erasmus students because it’s one of those cities that has the perfect recipe: large beaches, perfect weather and great food. Barcelona experiences an average maximum temperature of 20.3 ºC over the course of a year and almost 70 days of 365 are clear sky days. (The same as in the UK…)

Barcelona Beach

The Canary Islands are part of Spain but are geographically situated in the African continent, what means incredible weather during all seasons. The temperature here is one of the healthiest for human beings: average daily annual temperature in Las Palmas is 21.1ºC. In conclusion: a lot of sun, clean air and little wind. Why not trying it?

View of Las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife, Spain

Lisbon has always attracted students from all parts, and that is due to its marvellous people and for being one of the most comfortable cities to live in Europe. Also, the capital, is well recognized for having fantastic beaches and good weather. As a curious fact, January, the coldest month, has an average maximum temperature of 10ºC.

 

5. Cheapest

There are Erasmus destinations very suitable for student budgets. We know that the Erasmus grant is not enough sometimes (especially when you have to buy big amounts of alcohol for your 24/7 parties), for that reason, a good way to save money is going to cheaper cities.

The city of the Alhambra, Granada, has a very low cost of living. A tapa and a beer can cost, literally, 2.5€ and a single bedroom in the suburbs less than 300€ monthly (bills included). Keep in mind that Granada is not a big city so, sometimes is worth to rent a flat in the outskirts and have a nice 15-minutes’ walk to downtown.

Typical tapa in Granada

Another ideal city is Porto. The accommodation here is very cheap and accessible too. Of course, the farther from the centre the cheapest; sometimes it can be tricky to find a good shared flat in the downtown. In general, rent can’t be much more than 400€ a month. The living cost here, as in the rest of Portugal is very reasonable: 600€ should be enough to get by and go to nightclubs.

One more time, Prague. The living cost here is also lower than in cities neighbouring. There are several accommodation options like Uni residences that can range between 100€-300€. The most popular are called the Kolej Hostivars and Strahov. The good point about it is that you can save money on your rent and invest in new trips and experiences

Prague (Czech Republic)

 

6. Different experience

Our last category is dedicated to those who want to escape from the typical Erasmus destination. These places might not attract you at first sight but, its picturesque way of life will absolutely enchant you.

Belgrade is an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences, and styles with a mysterious and exotic atmosphere. Some interesting historical facts: in the main centre of the city you can find an actual cave made by Romans, there’s an ancient city underneath the city itself and the urban has had 15 different names during its existence. What’s more, Belgrade has more than 170 river clubs, which are the mark of the city’s nightlife.

Oulu is the capital of northern Finland and has about 250,000 inhabitants. The city is not particularly cheap but there are good opportunities for studying, working and research, especially in the hi-tech sector. Oulu is practically and broadly unknown, but offers a different experience to travellers who don’t mind cold and snowy winters.

Oulu (Norway)

Regensburg is located in the region of Bavaria (Germany) and its advantage is that isn’t as big as places like Berlin, Munich or Cologne, which gives you the chance to get lost easily in new places. This German city wasn’t damaged during the World War, which means that old buildings are still intact. The perfect place for architecture lovers.

Regensburg (Germany)

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