A local’s guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin


Are you heading to Dublin this St Patrick’s Day? This year the city will be heaving with an expected 100,000 visitors to celebrate the biggest party in the country. Gain all the insider info you’ll ever need in this handy local’s guide to St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

The low down

St Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, which means that Monday 18th March is a national holiday. With a fun-filled three day weekend the pubs will be buzzing, so keep this in mind. There is plenty to do in the city from the famous parade to bar hopping, but if this isn’t your thing don’t worry, there’s a full schedule of events to suit everyone at the St Patrick’s Festival running from 14-18th March.

In Ireland we do St Patrick’s Day differently. There’s no dyed beer and the River Liffey won’t be green, it’s definitely not pronounced Patty and there’s no pinching of any kind. Leave whatever traditions you may associate with the holiday out the window and hit the city streets. Spend St Patrick’s Day rubbing shoulders with the locals who will show you how to really celebrate the patron saint’s holiday.

The Parade

The St Patrick’s Parade is the main event of the day. It begins in Parnell Sq ar noon and the route will take you along O’Connell Street ending at Kevin Street. If you want to get a good place at the front it’s best to get there early as huge crowds are expected. Aim to get there for 10 am if you want the best view, otherwise if you’re in need of a wee lie in, head towards the end of the parade route for a better chance to get a look in. If you’re feeling flush you could treat yourself to a grandstand ticket which is available online for €68.

This year’s parade theme is storytelling and will feature plenty of dancers, costumes and colourful floats. The parade lasts two hours in total and once its over you’ll be able to indulge in a well deserved pint and feed.

The Pubs

St Patrick’s weekend is the busiest time of the year to hit Temple Bar. Many Dubliners prefer to steer clear and head outside this hot spot. It’s often quite expensive compared to other areas of the city but the sea of green is a sight to behold if you’re ready to tackle the crowds. If you decide to explore the city you’ll be spoilt for choice and what’s more the bars don’t close to 3 am so remember to pace yourself!

The Grub

If you find yourself in need of a pick me up before the shenanigans begin, there’s nothing better than a hearty Irish breakfast from the Queen of Tarts. Their hearty breakfast is the best way to start your St Patrick’s Day morning and well worth a recommendation.

You’ll be spoilt for choice in Dublin for food from sweet treats, traditional stews to vegan vegetarian restaurants. The city will have something for everyone. If you fancy a bite to eat but want lots of options look no further than The Eatyard, located beside the well known George Bernard Shaw Pub. This outdoor food market will have something to cater to everyone in your group and is well worth the trek.

The Culture

If soaking up in Irish culture is more your thing there will be lots on offer during the St Patrick’s Day weekend. Dublin itself as a city has a wealth of treasure troves, from the famous library at Trinity College Dublin to the exhibition of the Bog Bodies in the National Museum of Ireland.

We hope this article has helped get you excited for St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Are you travelling currently and do you have a story to tell? Get in touch with us here.  


10 Of The Best Locations For Solo Female Travellers


Travelling solo is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only will this experience challenge, inspire and empower you, but it will leave you with memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

As a solo traveller, you have the opportunity to plan your trip to go where you want and do what you want. However, travelling alone isn’t always easy and will come with some challenges, just don’t let your luggage be one of them. Remember at My Baggage we will ship your luggage straight to your destination so all you have to worry about is planning your itinerary.

To inspire you, we’ve put together this article on 10 of the best locations for solo female travellers to help kickstart your solo travel inspiration.

Japan

Japan has it all, whether you are looking for UNESCO sites, hiking trails or the best sushi you’ll ever eat. It’s no surprise it’s often the top place for solo female travellers to visit. The country boasts low crime rates and a large and efficient public transport system that is easy to navigate. Even though the language barrier may be daunting, Japan is well suited for the solo traveller, from pod hotels to on-street ramen counters, perfect for grabbing a quick bite.

France

France has a high record of women’s rights, with the country successfully closing 80% of its gender gap. In August 2018 the country banned catcalling and street harassment, so it is a female-friendly destination for the solo traveller. There is so much to enjoy, from skiing in the French Alps, enjoying a good wine in Montmartre to checking out the stars and mega-yachts in Cannes. Just sit back and enjoy the journey and take it all in your stride.  

Thailand

Thailand is the destination to go if you crave adventure and breathtaking scenery. With its idyllic beaches, magical floating markets and national parks, it is the prime country to set out on your first big trip solo. There is a well-established backpacking trail so you will never really be on your own in Thailand. And with reasonable prices and an array of activities, it’s sure to be one for your bucket list.

Germany

Similar to Japan, Germany has an efficient rail network that allows you to easily move between central cities. From music festivals in the summer to the iconic Christmas markets in winter, there’s plenty of stuff going on to give you the opportunity to make friends along the way. What’s more, is that even if you aren’t savvy in German you will still be able to get by as no matter where you are, many people understand or speak basic English.  

Portugal

Portugal is a big hit with solo female travellers due to its stunning scenery but also for its track record in regards to women’s rights and culture. The country has everything to offer, from the quirky cobbled streets of Lisbon to the stunning 150 beaches of the Algarve, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for in this beautiful country.

Canada

Canada appeals to solo female travellers for its women’s rights record, low crime rates and diverse range of scenery from Niagara Falls to the Rocky Mountains. Canada is a great first country to explore as a solo traveller. You don’t have to worry about language barriers, the people will go above and beyond to help you and in the cities, there is a vibrant expat scene. If you fancy a taste of Europe in North America Quebec is the best place to go. Montreal boasts quaint cafés a boho nightlife, gothic architecture and French cuisine.

Australia

Australia is known for its good vibes. The country has a popular backpacking trail that makes it ideal for solo travellers. It is a place where you will find it quick and easy to make friends. It is perfect for the social solo traveller who wants to enjoy great food, even better drinks and non-stop adventures along the coast.  

Italy

Italy has a culture based on welcoming and providing guests with outstanding hospitality so it’s unlikely that you’ll find yourself alone often. You can enjoy your day exploring all this country has to offer from outstanding UNESCO world heritage sites, one of a kind architecture and blissful lakes and beaches. Not only that, but Italy is the home of good food, from pizza to pasta to ice cream, this will be the best break you’ve had in a very long time. All you have to do is arrive.

USA

The USA is a vast country offering something for every traveller.  

From the buzz of New York City, the beaches of California to the vast open roads of the Midwest, the US has everything to help a solo traveller to get away from it all. There are so many different types of trips you can explore from adventure travel to a beach holiday or a city break.

Spain

Spain has much to offer, from the thousands of miles of idyllic Mediterranean coastline, copious amounts of sangria, tapas and paella, unique architecture and the gem that is the city of Barcelona.

Remember that dinner starts late here, so you’ll have plenty of excuses to stay out all night. Not only that but Spain is rated highly for its women’s rights, with Madrid being the first city to officially ban manspreading on public transport.

 

We hope this article has helped inspire you to embark on your first solo travel adventure. Are you travelling currently and do you have a story to tell? Get in touch with us here.  


Our New Brand – My Baggage


We have a new name!

Uni Baggage is now My Baggage. After speaking to our customers and learning more about how our customers use Uni Baggage we felt the name Uni Baggage no longer reflected the wide range of our customers.

We have customers that use us for a wide variety of reasons, we started out almost 10 years ago offering our services just to students, now we are open to everyone with 40,000 routes worldwide. Our prices and fantastic service helped us secure more customers than just students and so we need to refresh our brand.

This is one of the biggest changes in the history of Uni Baggage! There is plenty to change over the next few days, weeks and months. I would ask for your patience as we update our brand across our website, social networks, emails and everything else that has our name on it!

I hope you all like our new brand, it is an exciting time for My Baggage, we will be share updates of the new brand and business over next few months on our social channels, My Baggage Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So don’t miss out!

You can still get a quote and book online 24/7 and check out My Baggage reviews.


What To Take To Uni – The ULTIMATE Checklist


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What To Take To Uni – The ULTIMATE Checklist by My Baggage

Going to university is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why everyone is telling you it’s going to be the best few years of your life.

But as well as being super exciting, getting ready to go to university is also super stressful. Particularly when it comes to packing all your stuff. Most new uni students haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so it’s almost impossible to know what you need to bring with you for an entire year and what can be left behind.

So as we at My Baggage are kinda the experts at this sort of thing (find out more about our student shipping services here…), we thought it was our duty to put together a comprehensive university packing list to ensure that you have everything you need. We’ve covered absolutely everything; from your accommodation essentials, to your bathroom essentials, to your academic supplies, to the important documents you simply can’t leave behind, and more. We’ve even included a few non-essential, but pretty useful items; all to save you from any moments of panic. The last thing you want to do is forget something.

All things considered, remember, you’re not moving to another planet. At the end of the day, it just isn’t feasible to take everything you own in the world with you to university (we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but rooms in student halls are tiny). So, if in a week or two after you arrive you realise you’ve left something important at home and need it with you at university, your parents can always use My Baggage to send it to you.


Packing For University - Our Top Tips
1. Don't leave it to the last minute - give yourself plenty of time to pack!
2. Shampoos, shower gels, hair conditioners, etc can take up way too much space and weight in your luggage. Think about what you can buy when you get there!
3. Make digital and paper copies of your most important documents.
4. Bring flip-flops/shower shoes - you'll thank us later!
5. Transport your luggage to university with My Baggage!

The Ultimate University Packing List

Important Documents

The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them go missing.

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID
  • All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
  • All your Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • Your bank details and bank card
  • Passport photos
  • National Insurance card

Electrical Items/Entertainment

It really goes without saying that you’ll want to bring entertainment with you to university, such as your laptop. After all, how else will you procrastinate other than binge-watching the latest Netflix series? You may even want to bring your own TV, though you should check with your university/accommodation before you pack it. If you’re moving into student halls, you should check with your accommodation office if you will need to pack an Ethernet cable, or whether internet is wireless.


Clothing Items

Clothing is usually a no-brainer, you’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you to university. Nevertheless, we thought we would summarise the basic essentials into a handy list, including a few extras that you may have forgotten about, to make sure you’ve got everything you need for all occasions.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Everyday clothing
  • Everyday shoes
  • Formal clothing
  • Formal shoes
  • Smart-causal clothing
  • Nightwear
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
  • Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
  • Dressing gown
  • Swimwear
  • Backpack
  • Gym Bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Raincoat
  • Winter boots
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom!)

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Academic Items

Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university. Most university campuses will have a shop providing all of the essential stationery items. That said, there are a few basic essentials you might want to take with you just to get started with.

  • Sellotape
  • Journal/diary/planner
  • Pens and pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters

Your university will likely send you a ‘recommended reading list’ prior to your arrival at uni, and purchasing all of these textbooks right off the bat can seem like the sensible, organised thing to do. However, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually started your course and assessed the situation before you decide which books you absolutely need to purchase. Because not only do they take up a hefty amount of space and weight in your luggage – they’re expensive! You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.


Kitchen Items

If you’re living in halls of residence, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s no need to pack up a toaster, kettle or a microwave. It’s always worthwhile checking with your accommodation office beforehand – if you do require these items, we’d recommend picking up some basic versions from your local supermarket to save on your pennies. And, don’t forget about the basics.

  • A couple of bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Reusable food containers/tupperware
  • Travel mug
  • Bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Water filter
  • Saucepan
  • Wok
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking tray
  • Frying pan
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Cheese grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Dish cloths/sponges

Bedroom Items

Again, if you’re living in halls of residence, rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, all there is left for you to worry about is the basics. Don’t forget to ask about the size of your bed!

  • Duvet
  • Bedsheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Mattress protector
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)
  • Clothes horse
  • Door stop
  • Ear plugs
  • Hot water bottle
  • Waste basket
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Mini iron and ironing board

Bathroom Items

If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And, you’ll be very thankful for shower shoes, trust us…

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes

Toiletries/Medical Supplies

  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
  • Multivitamins
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Nail scissors
  • Razors
  • Comb/brush
  • Cosmetics
  • Suncream
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Toiletries bag

Miscellaneous

These random items might slip your mind when packing up your stuff, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy some of them can be in your time of need.

  • A torch
  • Swiss army knife
  • Blu tac or pins
  • Febreeze
  • Change for washing machines and bus fares
  • Playing cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Handheld hoover
  • Tool kit
  • Books
  • Sports equipment
  • Beach towel

Essential non-essentials

The following items aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost guarantee that you’ll want to bring them to have in your new room, to give it that touch of home.

  • Photos of family and friends
  • Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
  • Fake plants for decoration
  • Fairy lights for decoration
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Bulletin board

Check before you pack…

As we mentioned before, many halls of residence will already be facilitated with essential kitchen appliances and furniture. As well, many will have certain restrictions set in place for items such as candles (open flames in student accommodation can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may be forbidden from hanging these on the walls). So before you pack, be sure to check first!

  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Toastie maker
  • Coffee maker
  • Printer
  • TV
  • Posters/wall art
  • Candles
  • Incense

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Getting Your Luggage To Uni

Once you’ve finished packing, you then face the challenge of transporting all of that luggage to your new home at university. This can be quite an effort if you’re going to uni in a whole new town, city, or even country. Thankfully, that’s where My Baggage comes in.

So, to help make life easier, you can use a student shipping service – like My Baggage! My Baggage specialises in transporting students’ belongings to and from university every single term. We ship to over 200 countries worldwide, and we’re trusted by 50,000 students across the world. You can read about how we can help here, or get a quote!

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5 Ways Travel Can Improve Your Career Prospects


Travelling abroad is the perfect way to increase your career prospects and help your future self out a little… This sounds like a great excuse for a holiday though, doesn’t it?

Maybe you are just looking for an excuse to head on a holiday, or maybe you’re genuinely interested in enhancing your career prospects and landing that dream job.

Either way, you’ll be surprised at just how beneficial travel can be to your Career and lets be honest, who doesn’t want to become more employable? You could end up getting a hefty pay rise or a great promotion, amongst countless other things. If this hasn’t been convincing enough already and you need a little more information before believing me, here’s a few ways that travel can help improve your career prospects.

1. You’ll Learn How To Deal With Stress

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There’s no doubt about it, travel and stress come hand in hand. Experiencing stress whilst travelling is something that is going to happen, regardless of how hard you try to avoid it. It’s not all bad though, this stress that you experience can teach you a lot and through time, without even realising, you will become better at dealing with stress.

When out in the world of work, stress can be a daily occurrence for many people and it’s more rare than you may think for employers to find staff who can deal with stress in a professional manner.

2. The Power Of Networking

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Yup, it’s true what people say – sometimes it’s not about what you know, but instead about who you know. Networking can be a tough nut to crack, especially if you’ve became comfortable in your job over the years and haven’t yet been introduced to the magical world of networking.

Travelling abroad pushes you out of that comfort zone, you’ll meet lots of new people, from all walks of life. Showing an interest in these people and making the effort to stay in contact with them could actually secure you a promotion or indeed, a brand new role. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, remember that!

3. You Could Learn A New Language

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If you take the time to learn a new language when abroad, oh boy, employers will be fighting over you! Well, not literally, but it could definitely make a huge difference when looking for a new job.

You don’t have to be fluent in the language, of course the more you know a language, the more favourable you could be to certain employers. Even knowing only the basics is a great way to show employers that you are a dedicated, hard-working and quick learner, traits that make you much more employable.

4. You Will Become More Open Minded

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Being an open minded individual can be extremely advantageous when looking for a new job role. Not many people carry this trait and it can be hard to stick to. Things like meeting new people and experiencing new cultures whilst travelling open your mind and make you more accepting of things in life. When in a job, it’s important that you are open-minded, that you can see more than one way of doing things, more than one side to the story and so on.

5. You Will Find Out What’s Right For You

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There’s nothing worse than being in a job that just isn’t well suited to you. It’s extremely demotivating and the longer you stick it out, the more worthless you begin to feel. At some point our lives, we’ve all been asked what type of job we think is right for ourselves. This is when we realise that we don’t actually know what job role we should be in.

Travelling can help with this, you’ll have plenty of free time to discover what is and isn’t for you in life. You could experience something new, that you actually have a passion for and would like to pursue a career in. It’s a learning curve, that should hopefully lead you down the right path in finding your ideal role.


Are you travelling soon? Get a quick quote from My Baggage today!


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Christmas 2018 – Send By Dates and Contact Information


Transport your luggage easily and affordably this Christmas!

Are you travelling home for Christmas this year? Or perhaps travelling abroad in search of some winter sun? My Baggage provides an easy, reliable and low-cost way for you to transport your heavy bags, suitcases and personal belongings over the festive period.

Are you new to luggage shipping? Find out exactly what our service entails here.

Read on to find out absolutely everything you need to know about booking with My Baggage over the festive season. Please be sure to take note of our recommended Christmas send by dates, as well as all of our holiday office closure information.


My Baggage Christmas Send By Dates

Below you can find our recommended send by dates for the busy December period. If you would like your luggage to arrive in time for Christmas, we recommend sending on or before the following dates listed. You may still book a collection after the listed dates, however, we then cannot guarantee that your item will arrive in time before Christmas. Please note that all My Baggage services are estimated and can be subject to occasional 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. Deliveries will take place until 21st of December.


UK Shipments (incl. Northern Ireland)

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

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

We highly recommend booking 2-3 days before your collection date.

International Shipments

Recommend sending on or before 13th December for Economy services within Europe.

Recommend sending on or before 17th December for Express services worldwide.*

* Please bear in mind there may be delays in customs if applicable.


My Baggage Christmas Closure Dates

Below you can find the My Baggage office opening hours during the holiday period. You can also see on which days collections and deliveries will take place in December.

DateOpen/Closed?Collection/Delivery?
21/12/2018OpenDeliveries Only
22/12/2018ClosedNo
23/12/2018ClosedNo
24/12/2018ClosedNo
25/12/2018ClosedNo
26/12/2018ClosedNo
27/12/2018OpenCollections and Deliveries
28/12/2018OpenCollections and Deliveries
29/12/2018ClosedNo
30/12/2018ClosedNo
31/12/2018ClosedNo
01/01/2019ClosedNo

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can place a booking on our website anytime. Our online booking system is available 24/7. So, if you need to send luggage overseas again in time for the new year, for example, you can make a booking any time.


My Baggage Contact Information

If you happen to have any questions, you can contact our office directly from 9am-10pm on any of the days we are open. However, if you need to get in touch regarding your shipment when our offices are closed, please see the courier contact information below.

UK Shipments

Parcelforce is used for our luggage deliveries within the UK (incl. Northern Ireland) for both Express 48 and Express 24 services. You can find their contact information here.

International Shipments

DHL is used for shipments outside of the UK, and for Express 24 shipments from Northern Ireland to mainland UK. You can find their contact information here.

Still Not Sure?

If you’re still not sure which of our couriers your shipment is booked with, simply 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 show your specific courier details.


How To Book With My Baggage This Christmas

Booking with My Baggage over the holiday season is easy. Simply start by getting a quote straight from our homepage. Our easy to use online booking system is available 24/7 and takes just a few short moments to complete. We give you the freedom to choose a collection date that suits you, so you can arrange everything around your festive travel plans. Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you some shipping labels to print and attach to your items. After that, we’ll take care of the rest. That’s one less thing to worry about!


4 Easy Ways To Avoid Excess Baggage Fees At The Airport


Nothing quite dampens the excitement of jetting off on holiday like arriving at the airport and having to cough up excess baggage fees at the check-in desk. It’s a frustrating experience like no other, as if travelling isn’t stressful enough in and of itself. However, the good news is that as long as you take a few extra precautions before setting off on your trip, you can easily avoid those pesky excess charges, which can substantially increase the overall cost of your holiday. In this post, we’re talking through how to do it.


1. Read your airline’s baggage policy thoroughly.

It really goes without saying, but if you want to avoid paying out for excess baggage at all costs, it is imperative that you read your airline’s baggage policy thoroughly. Each and every airline has a different policy, so don’t make the mistake of assuming all are the same if you’re booking with an airline for the first time. Your baggage allowance is typically determined by a number of factors, including your flight destination and class of service. That said, most commercial airlines charge excess weight per kilo at the airport.

2. Pack smarter.

Sometimes, packing light just isn’t an option. You might be off on a two week holiday, or you might even be travelling for an extended period of time. If that’s the case, it’s only natural to want to bring as many pieces of clothing and personal belongings with you as possible. What you can do, however, is pack smarter. Invest in a lightweight suitcase, which can help you to spare a few extra kilos for your luggage, instead of the heavy frame of your suitcase. Wear your bulkier clothing when travelling to make room for the essentials. And of course, don’t forget to consider what might be better to buy when you actually arrive, instead of wasting precious kilos to carry it with you on your flight.

3. Pay for additional baggage weight online.

Due to the fact that the majority of commercial airlines charge any excess baggage per kilo at the airport, it therefore doesn’t take much for costs to quickly mount up, especially when these charges average at around £10-£12 per kilo. If you’re concerned that your baggage might exceed the allowed limit, pay for additional luggage weight online in advance of your trip. Sure, it’s an extra cost, but it’s always much cheaper to pay for it online than at the airport. This will help you to sail through check-in and avoid the stress.

4. Ship your luggage with My Baggage.

My Baggage provides an affordable, welcomed alternative to transporting luggage to your overseas destination. You won’t have to worry about carrying it with you on your flight, therefore no unexpected excess baggage charges. Whether you’re travelling for leisure, for work, or otherwise, you can effortlessly ship your luggage ahead and it can meet you upon arrival at your accommodation. Not only will our service help you to save your pennies, but it will also allow you to travel without luggage weighing you down.


Are you travelling soon? Get a quick quote from My Baggage today!


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6 Travel Hacks You Need To Know Before Your Next Trip


Travelling can be stressful, even at the best of times. From the planning, to the booking, to the packing, to the travel itself, through it all, even the most frequent of travellers among us aren’t even immune to bouts of travel stress. But what if we told you that we know a few handy travel hacks that could make your next trip a little less turbulent?


1. Travel luggage-free.

Carrying heavy bags and suitcases with you on a long-haul journey can be exhausting in and of itself. There’s the waiting in line at the check-in desk, and the waiting around for your bags at the luggage carousels… but what if you could avoid all of that, and travel completely luggage-free, but still have all of your stuff waiting for you upon arrival at your destination? My Baggage can help you. We provide a convenient service for you to send your luggage ahead to your destination, whether you’re travelling for leisure or for work. No more worrying about carrying heavy bags or unexpected excess baggage fees.

2. Travel off-peak and off-season.

If you’re travelling on a budget, it’s important to keep in mind that the time of year will always have an effect on the price of your trip. For example, summer excursions to warmer countries can be rather costly, instead, travelling in early spring or even during the winter could help you to make significant savings on airfare. Even the day of the week or flight time can make a huge difference in the overall cost of your getaway. Take your time and compare costs of flying on a weekday versus the weekend, as you could really save.

3. Save your pennies by flying indirectly.

Did you know? Flying indirectly with a short stopover can actually help you to save large sums of money on your flights and, oftentimes, it doesn’t even add much more to your overall journey time. If you’re happy to take a connecting flight to save your pennies, you’ll have more money to fork out for perhaps a more luxurious hotel at your destination, or the money you save could simply go towards your spending money.

4. Pack smarter.

If you hope to avoid having to cough up for excess baggage fees at the airport check-in desk, all you have to do is pack smarter. And no, we don’t mean pack lighter. You can still pack all of the personal belongings you hope to bring with you, without making any sacrifices. Swap your heavy suitcase for a lightweight one, leaving more precious kilos for your belongings. As well, roll your clothes instead of folding to maximise luggage space.

5. Book as early as possible.

We all know that the earlier you book a trip, the more you’ll save. It’s certainly no secret. But have you ever considered how much better you’ll feel if you book as early as possible? The feeling of having everything booked before a trip takes a huge weight off your shoulders, without the nagging feeling of still needing to book a hotel or transfers.

6. Combat jet lag before it even happens.

If you’re travelling long-haul, one thing you need to take into consideration is jet lag. Failing to make the necessary preparations for your inevitable bout of jet lag can really set the tone for the rest of your trip. When you arrive you’ll be tired, groggy and disorientated, and it could last from just a few hours to a few days. With that in mind, try to combat it before it even happens. In the 24 hours before and after your flight, get a good amount of sleep during reasonable hours. As well, be sure to drink enough water!


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How To Plan A Last Minute Getaway On A Budget


How to plan a last minute getaway on a budgetSticking to a budget can be pretty challenging. You might be saving for something super important or simply, can’t afford to splash all of your cash right now. Regardless of the reasoning behind why you want or need to save, there can be a lot of temptation to book a getaway trip. You might feel like you shouldn’t do it, but constantly trying to tighten those purse strings in attempt to save all of your pennies can be stressful and sometimes you just need a break from it.

Everyone needs a trip away every now and then, don’t feel guilty about it. There’s a number of ways you can plan a last-minute getaway on a budget and you’ll be surprised when you realise just how much you can save.

1. Be Open Minded

You’re heading on a last-minute getaway and you’re wanting to stick to a budget, so you don’t really have the time or the money to be super picky with things like the location you’ll be heading to, the accommodation you’ll be staying in or the airline you will be using.

Do keep an open mind when planning your getaway. Of course there’s a chance that you could end up with an amazing last-minute deal in a prime location with 5 star accommodation, but there’s also the possibility that you’ll be left with very poor choice when it comes to these things. It’s likely that flights to the most popular destinations will be fully booked (if you’re booking last minute), meaning you might not get what you want. Also, it’s important to know as much as you can about any country you are going to as countries like China, Cuba and Russia have stricter tourism laws and procedures.

2. Use Online Comparison Sites

Thanks to the wonderful web, you can book almost all of your getaway in just a few simple clicks. Using price comparison websites, you can see the best deals available all in one place. There’s a range of websites that offer you last minute deals, allowing you to save a lot of money. These deals aren’t only for accommodation, they’re for flights too – the complete package. Using an online comparison site is super handy as you don’t have to waste time shopping around, they do all of the research for you and return a range of deals within your budget.

If you’re worrying about the type of airlines/hotels that use online deals or comparison sites and have the mindset that they’re not good enough if they’re on offer, then think again. Companies get business through comparison sites as they offer their accommodation/flights on the dates they know they won’t be fully booked. So instead of them having an empty room in a hotel or a free seat on a plane, they can pop it on a deals website to make some money, which is better than making no money at all and having an empty room or seat.

3. Ship Your Luggage

Another way of sticking to your budget is by using a luggage shipping company, just like My Baggage! Avoid paying expensive baggage fees on your airline and ship your personal effects with a luggage shipping company instead. It’s the cost-effective way of bringing your belongings with you on your getaway. Luggage shipping companies are becoming more and more popular with those heading on a getaway, as the convenience of the services offered is exactly what people need. All you have to do is book online, print some labels, attach them to your suitcases/boxes and we’ll take care of the rest! Your items will be collected by a driver and delivered directly to your chosen destination, it’s all pretty easy.

4. Consider The Location Of Accommodation and Offerings

Choosing accommodation is pretty easy and it’s no longer a huge risk, thanks to many online sites showing us photos of the accommodation and previous visitors leaving honest reviews,  potential visitors are able to create a good picture of what the accommodation will actually be like.

However, if you’re on a budget, your choice of accommodation might be limited. You’ll need to do a little bit of planning around this though, you could book cheap accommodation that’s super affordable but it might be good distance from the sights you want to see which means you could be paying a lot of money on transport.

Also consider what the accommodation has to offer you, other than the location. Will you be getting food with your stay or will you have to pay for eating out, which sounds like the easy option, but can cost a pretty penny. A good choice for those on a budget is to rent their own location for the duration of their time there, preferably with a kitchen where you can cook your own meals and eat in. This sounds like the more expensive option, but if you shop around you can find some great places that are pretty cheap and will save you money in the long run.

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18 Reasons Why You Should Go To University Away From Home


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The whole point of going to university is to get a degree.

Obviously!

But, as anyone who has ever been to university will tell you, the experience is educational in more ways than one.

University isn’t just about learning. It’s an enriching period in life; which grants you your first true taste of independence and freedom, as well as the opportunity to broaden your horizons and meet a ton of awesome new people.

And *we think* this is especially true for students who choose to go to university away from home. Here’s why…

1. First up. No one will know all the embarrassing crap you did in the past, so you can basically reinvent yourself into this amazing, well rounded, intelligent and interesting person.

2. You’re forced to learn to do things. Like cook an actual edible meal and wash your clothes without dying everything pink. Both of these things will probably take a few attempts to get right.

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3. Your parents will be proud of your independence and all your new achievements. Like being able to boil an egg without Googling how to do it.

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4. You can come home drunk, vomit in the middle of the floor and no one will shout at you. The only person who can be disappointed in you is yourself. 

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5. You get to do your own food shopping and buy whatever you want, without your mum saying either a) “that’s unhealthy!” or b) “that’s too expensive.”

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6. You can eat Coco Pops for your dinner for a week straight and not have to listen to your parents’ disapproving comments regarding your immature life choices.

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7. You can tell your parents the reason you’re poor is due to the fact that you’ve spent all your money on text books and transport and they will never know that you’ve actually bought an entire new wardrobe…

Until you come home for Christmas and you have to lie and say your brand new Topshop coat was a tenner from Primark.

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8. If you’re moving to another country, people will think you’re all strange and exotic.

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However they will make you say certain words in your accent because it sounds funny. This is especially true for Northern Irish students.

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9. You only really get one chance to live in university halls. And it will be one of the most memorable years of your life.

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10. You appreciate home more. And the little things, like you know, central heating and a clean kitchen full of edible food.

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Do not underestimate how much you will appreciate eating meals that you did not have to pay for or cook for yourself.

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That’s true happiness. Like, for real.

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11. You get to explore a whole new town or city and then brag about how wise and worldly you are when you go home for the holidays.

12. You meet different kinds of people. Some you’ll love and some will make you lose faith in humanity. But in both cases, they will help you form your own opinions and develop your people skills.

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13. If you don’t move away, you’ll always have that feeling of ‘what if’.

14. You find out how strong your friendships from home are. And your mates can come to visit.

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15. You will be forced to spend time on your own, which is essential for personal development.

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16. Your parents don’t have to know every stupid thing you do, how late you’re staying out or who you’re spending time with.

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17. You can walk around your room in your underwear or as naked as the day you were born. Unless you have cleaners who don’t make a habit of knocking. 

18. When you start paying rent, and doing your own food shopping, filling out forms and booking your appointments you realise that you have transformed into a competent adult who can keep yourself ALIVE! Hoorah for that. 

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