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★ New: Travel light with easyJet 'Hands Free' ★
How It Works
easyJet have introduced a new luggage option that they’re calling ‘Hands Free‘. This allows you to check in hand luggage for a flat £4 fee at the airport. There are advantages for both the airline and traveller with this…

Travellers can take toiletries and liquids in larger sizes than 100 ml without the faff of putting everything into zip lock bags. It also saves you lugging hand luggage through security and departures. And you can still take a small under-the-seat laptop or handbag on board. If you haven’t brought a bag, you will be provided with a small plastic bag at the bag drop for your valuables and essentials. You will be called to board after the ‘Speedy Boarders’ with your luggage tagged as ‘Priority’ to come off the carousel first.

For easyJet it eases the congestion in the cabin overhead lockers, and adds another small ‘extra’ charge to your booking.

Sounds like a win-win!

More details:

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#easyJet #easyJethandsfree #handsfree #travel #travellight #traveltip

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★ Ryanair announce a new Dublin - Paphos route ★
The planned schedule will run twice weekly throughout next summer from April 2018. Book online from September.

Paphos September 2017 - late deals
Dimitra Apatsidou of Ryanair has said that in order to celebrate the new route, the company would be releasing seats on sale to other destinations from Paphos from just €26.99 for travel in September, which are available for booking until midnight on Thursday August 31.

Welcome to Cyprus!

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#ryanair #ryanairpaphos #ryanairdublin #ryanaircyprus #cyprusflights

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★ The safe way to book a holiday rental online ★
We've all read scary tales of people who have unwittingly booked a holiday rental only to find that they've been scammed. This can happen in two ways: a fictional advert (using fake details or copying text and photos from a real ad), or by hacking a property owner's email and intercepting communications.

Listing sites have exploited this by introducing 'book with confidence guarantees' which is really just an excuse to introduce online booking through their site and bump up their fees for owners and guests. See TrustPilot reviews for the site you are considering.

Stay safe
Imagine you've found a rental on a listing site. We show how you can find an owner's website to book directly. It's a good sign if there is one, as it takes time and effort to create a website, but much less if you're copying and pasting! Check further in case it's a scammers' site that has paid to come at the top of Google searches...

Our checklist
You will find our complete checklist at

Hope you find the information helpful.

Nikki at

#villascam #bookdirect #bookwithconfidence #ownersdirect

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★ BBC's How to Holiday Better ★
In a nutshell this programme shows insider tips for getting more out of your holiday budget.

A family who normally book an 'all inclusive' were sent to a lovely villa in Greece. Result? They got involved in far more activities than usual, whilst enjoying the benefits of a home-from-home compared with a hotel. Win-win!

A pair of history-loving friends did an independent journey through Greece taking in Thessaloniki, Kalambaka, Edipsos and Athens. Their tailored itinerary included winery visit, guided tour of spectacular mountain-top monasteries, island hopping, luxury spa, and Athens.

Both examples worked out cheaper than their usual packages, and offered much more.

And Richard Madeley shared some excellent Venice tips. Have made plenty of notes about that one as it's on my list!

It's available on iPlayer for the next month - do take a look!

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#holidaytips #howtoholidaybetter #allinclusive #villa #packageholiday #independenttravel

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★ Professional secrets for awesome smartphone pics ★
Some great tips here... Just wondering whether I dare try the balloon trick with my precious phone. Maybe I'll dig an old one out of a drawer to be on the safe side.

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#photography #phonepics #phonephotos #photographytips

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★ Blue Flag beaches: Cyprus remains the best in Europe ★
With Europe's highest proportion of Blue Flag awards for the 12th year running, Cyprus is celebrating its best ever year. This year's total of 63 beaches and 1 marina (Limassol) also beats last year's 57.

And we are proud to report that Pissouri is enjoying its 21st consecutive award.

🏆 Congratulations to all! 🍻 Yia mas!

Full list:

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#cyprus #blueflag #blueflagbeaches #pissouri

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★ Are your holidays about exploration and discovery? ★
If so, we're on the same wavelength...

Choosing a villa over a hotel offers so many more options. And self-catering needn't mean anyone is tied to the kitchen... Pissouri Bay has enough hostelries an easy stroll away for you to try a different one on every night of your stay. Plus you'll be supporting family businesses in the local economy, enjoying famous Cypriot hospitality, and discovering the 'real Cyprus' - win-win!

More thoughts on our latest blog - click the picture link below.

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#villa #hotel #allinclusive #realcyprus

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★ Cyprus is saying ‘fáilte’ once again to Irish tourists ★
Direct flights from Dublin to Larnaca twice a week via new Cypriot airline Cobalt Aero.

And with a raft of events for Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture, what better time to visit?

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#fáilte #cobaltaero #dublin #larnaca #cyprus #pafos2017

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Hooray! No more holiday mobile bill shocks...
Finally the long-promised and much-delayed EU agreement on mobile roaming has been finalised. From June 15 this year, roaming charges no longer apply within the EU zone. This means you can use your contract minutes, texts and data allowance as if you were at home.
This works very much like the UK's Three network who provide 'Three Like Home' in a variety of countries on their 'advanced' tariffs.
Take care, though... dialing a Cyprus number whilst holidaying here will be charged as if you're calling from your home country. That's why we'll continue to offer our guests a local mobile for calling restaurants and taxis during their stay.
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#euroaming #roaming #mobilecharges #roamlikehome #billshock

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Have you seen the lovely Hammam beach towels at Matalan?
I think they look as good as they sound, and they're perfect for lightweight holiday packing - being much thinner and quicker-drying than a normal towel. Usually £6 each, but currently on offer at 2 for £8 - bargain!
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