Christmas packing tips: The ‘cheeky’ tip to beat hand luggage rules when travelling | Travel News | Travel


Travel rules may have tightened around the world, but many people are still jetting off to reunite with loved ones after long stretches of time apart. Though rules to do with Covid are constantly changing, one thing that is likely to remain the same is the baggage restrictions put in place by individual airlines.

Make sure you understand the hand luggage rules for your carrier

Hand luggage rules vary vastly from airline to airline, with some allowing larger or heavier bags to be brought onboard than others.

This is why Mr Ewart says it is vital you understand exactly what your airline permits before beginning the packing process.

He said: “Firstly, double-check with your airline what size of hand luggage you are allowed.

“Many of us may be flying this Christmas for the first time in a while and what some people may have missed is that over the last couple of years airlines, such as easyJet and Ryanair, have stopped including traditional sized hand luggage with their basic fares.

“Fliers are often surprised to find their ticket now only includes a small bag which fits under the seat in front.”

In the event your hand luggage is too big, your airline may require you to pay to check it in.

Ryanair, for example, will charge between £23.99 and £35.99 for those who need to check-in a 10kg back at the last minute.

This cost grows to between £39.99 and £59.99 if the bag weighs more than 20kg.

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Carry your gifts in a shopping bag

When it comes to December travel, Christmas presents could be the items that are tipping your baggage over the scale.

While paying for additional luggage is certainly one option, for a smaller amount of gifts, Mr Ewart let Express.co.uk in on a rather “cheeky” tip.

He said: “It’s a bit cheeky, but if you’re bringing new but unwrapped items as gifts, why not carry them through the airport in a shopping bag belonging to a shop you know is in the airport?”

Pack outfits you can wear more than once

During the Christmas season, it can be tempting to go overboard with party wear. While this may offer diversity for your festive photoshoots, it’s likely to weigh heavily on your luggage allowance.

This is where a capsule-style wardrobe can come in.

Mr Ewart said: “Consider travelling with items that have duplicate purposes, rather than packing pyjamas, shorts or t-shirts used in bed could also be used for travel or for a workout.”

He added: “If you’re packing spare shoes, the space inside can offer protection for smaller items or be filled with socks.”

Don’t go overboard on cosmetics and toiletries

Toiletries and make-up, even when below the 100ml guidelines, can add unnecessary weight to your hand luggage.

Mr Ewart said: “If you’re going for more than a few days and are checking luggage, don’t pack shampoos and shower gels – buy after you fly.

“If you’re travelling to a hotel you may not even need to buy shampoo and shower gel.”

Even if your airline does not weigh cabin bags, though, make-up and perfume bottles can take up a chunk of space.

Instead, Mr Ewart advises portioning out exactly how much you need and using travel-size containers.

The expert explained: “If you’re only travelling for a few days, instead of carrying a makeup bag, put foundation and similar cosmetics in old contact lenses cases.”





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Share a tip on an autumnal UK garden for the chance to win a £200 holiday voucher | Travel


Winter is on its way, but before the cold and dark days truly settle it’s time to savour the changing seasons and take an opportunity to head into the outdoors to see trees cloaked in russet-coloured leaves; shrubs bursting with ripe red berries and an abundance of fiery, colourful foliage.

Tell us where can you enjoy a magnificent autumn garden display – maybe with a lovely coffee shop attached or a historic building to dive into nearby – with websites and prices where appropriate.

If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 28 September at 9am BST

Have a look at our past winners and other tips

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Pimlico Tip Sheet – July 4


PIMLICO TIPS – SUNDAY, JULY 04, 2021

Historically our BEST BETS have finished in the money 67% of the time at this track.

RACE #1    $16,500 CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 12:40 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

7/2

2

Get Lit

J Hiraldo

PLACE

7/2

7

Golden G

A Cruz

SHOW

15-1

5

Quest of Glory

Y O Ortiz

WILD CARD

5/2

4

Zip the Lip

X Perez

ALTERNATE 1

3-1

6

Championship Alley

C E Lopez

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

1

King Shawn

T Lyapustina

* EXACTA: 2-7 BOX, 7-5 BOX, 5-4 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/7 BOX, 4/5/7 BOX

RACE #2    $25,000 CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 1:08 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

2-1

2

Self Awareness

V R Carrasco

PLACE

8-1

3

San Antone

A Cruz

SHOW

6-1

4

Commanding General

K Gomez

WILD CARD

9/5

8

Fugitive

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

10-1

7

Doobiedoobiedoobie

J Hiraldo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

6

No Fooling Dude

J Ruiz

* EXACTA: 2-3 BOX, 3-4 BOX, 4-8 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/4 BOX, 3/4/8 BOX

RACE #3    $39,000 WAIVER MAIDEN CLAIMING
1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 1:38 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

11

Contented Now

V R Carrasco

PLACE

8-1

1

Cosmicality

J Toledo

SHOW

5/2

9

Jackie A

J Pimentel

WILD CARD

5-1

3

Ballyhoo Prince

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 1

15-1

2

Cup Match

Y O Ortiz

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Heroic Deed

L Corujo

* EXACTA: 11-1 BOX, 1-9 BOX, 9-3 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/9/11 BOX, 1/3/9 BOX

RACE #4    $16,500 CLAIMING
5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 2:08 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

2

Sacred Lady

J Hiraldo

PLACE

5/2

6

Sublimity

J D Acosta

SHOW

10-1

7

Glory March

T Lyapustina

WILD CARD

7/2

4

Eight Oaks

A Crispin

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

5

Congress Hall

G Whitacre

ALTERNATE 2

8-1

3

Shaks Hidden Gem

A Cruz

* EXACTA: 2-6 BOX, 6-7 BOX, 7-4 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/6/7 BOX, 4/6/7 BOX

RACE #5    $42,500 ALLOWANCE
1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 2:39 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 BUCKEYS CHARM

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

3

Buckeys Charm

H Karamanos

PLACE

7/2

2

Speed Lane

S Russell

SHOW

5/2

4

Epic Idea

F Lynch

WILD CARD

6-1

7

Brushing

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 1

10-1

8

Who U Gonna Call

J Hiraldo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

5

Betcha by Golly

F Boyce

* EXACTA: 3-2 BOX, 2-4 BOX, 4-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/4 BOX, 2/4/7 BOX

RACE #6    $34,500 STARTER OPTIONAL CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 3:09 PM ET

BEST BET:  #2 HUFFLEPUFF

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

2

Hufflepuff

H Karamanos

PLACE

5-1

5

Behind the Couch

J Ruiz

SHOW

12-1

8

Brewster Flats

J Hiraldo

WILD CARD

6-1

6

Lambeau Lady

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

1

Tam Char

J Toledo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

3

Fancy Princess

C E Lopez

* EXACTA: 2-5 BOX, 5-8 BOX, 8-6 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/8 BOX, 5/6/8 BOX

RACE #7    $75,000 STAKES
5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 3:46 PM ET

BEST BET:  #4 HELLO BEAUTIFUL

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

1/2

4

Hello Beautiful

S Russell

PLACE

4-1

12

Spun Glass

J Pimentel

SHOW

8-1

9

Paisley Singing

J D Acosta

WILD CARD

6-1

1

Never Enough Time

J Pimentel

ALTERNATE 1

8/5

8

Introduced

J Toledo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Carolina Ice

T Lyapustina

* EXACTA: 4-12 BOX, 12-9 BOX, 9-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/9/12 BOX, 1/9/12 BOX

RACE #8    $100,000 STAKES
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:17 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 CONCERN STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6/5

1

Mighty Mischief

R Santana Jr.

PLACE

9/2

5

Three Two Zone

A Adorno

SHOW

2-1

6

Roderick

V R Carrasco

WILD CARD

12-1

3

Alwaysinahurry

J Ruiz

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

4

Sibelius

S Russell

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

2

Singlino

C Marquez

* EXACTA: 1,5,6 Box

* TRIFECTA: 1,5,6/1,3,5,6/1,3,5,6

COMMENTS: MIGHTY MISCHIEF is dropping in class off of the top, last race speed figure. THREE TWO ZONE is undefeated in two at the distance. RODERICK is first time gelded and first time Lasix. ALWAYSINAHURRY should be better in his second start after a layoff and second time on Lasix.

RACE #9    $100,000 STAKES
1 1/16 MILES ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:48 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 CAESARS WISH STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8-1

1

Gracetown

S Russell

PLACE

5/2

8

Landing Zone

A Cruz

SHOW

3-1

7

Mrs. Orb

H Karamanos

WILD CARD

9/2

2

Trolley Ride

I Beato

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

5

His Glory

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

4

Sweet Sami D

F Boyce

* EXACTA: 1,7,8 Box

* TRIFECTA: 1,7,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,5,7,8

COMMENTS: GRACETOWN rides the high percentage rail after winning her first race at Pimlico on the rail. LANDING ZONE ran the top, last race speed figure and might do more in her third start after a layoff. MRS. ORB has hit the board in seven of her last eight. TROLLEY RIDE should peak in her third race of a three-race cycle.

RACE #10    $100,000 STAKES
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:19 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 LITE THE FUSE STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

9/5

5

Chateau

0

PLACE

30-1

2

Valued Notion

X Perez

SHOW

7/5

7

Yaupon

R Santana Jr.

WILD CARD

4-1

4

Laki

H Karamanos

ALTERNATE 1

15-1

3

Whiskey and You

0

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

6

Lebda

J D Acosta

* EXACTA: 2,5,7 Box

* TRIFECTA: 2,5,7/2,4,5,7/2,3,4,5,7

COMMENTS: CHATEAU has hit the board in 13 of 16 at the distance. VALUED NOTION is an all or nothing horse coming off his best race in his first Pimlico outing. YAUPON has won four of six but is coming back from a trip to the UAE. Sometimes, horses need one after all that travel. LAKI is dropping to a level thats a better fit.

RACE #11    $25,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING
5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 5:50 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5-1

14

One Most Wanted

H Karamanos

PLACE

3-1

10

Gleaming Sword

J Hiraldo

SHOW

15-1

1

Artista

A Crispin

WILD CARD

5-1

12

Dont Dare Me

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

9/2

8

Leave Em Loaded

F Boyce

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

5

Divine Proportion

Y O Ortiz

* EXACTA: 14-10 BOX, 10-1 BOX, 1-12 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/10/14 BOX, 1/10/12 BOX



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Residents fed up by ‘nightmare’ queues at Littlehampton tip


Vehicles queueing for upto an hour at Littlehampton recycling centre
Vehicles queueing for upto an hour at Littlehampton recycling centre

Sam Cosham, an NHS worker who lives on the other side of the Mill Lane tip, in Toddington Lane, said a number of roads in the area were being ‘clogged up’ as a result.

As a key worker, the 29-year-old is continuing to travel to work amid the lockdown and said: “The last thing I want to do after a day’s work is to sit for an hour in the traffic.

“It’s just an absolute nightmare.

Vehicles queueing for upto an hour at Littlehampton recycling centre

“The whole estate is fed up.”

The traffic been an issue for six to eight weeks, he said, adding: “Since it’s been sunny, it’s gone really mad. I imagine people are in the garden.”

He believes it is a potentially dangerous situation.

“My main concern as a resident is you’ve got people driving toward oncoming traffic to skip that bit of the road,” he said.

Vehicles queueing for upto an hour at Littlehampton recycling centre

“It’s not going to be long until someone comes round that corner and there’s a head on collision.”

Mr Cosham said he had rang the council about the issue but had been told it was a police matter.

But the police had subsequently told him it was the council’s responsibility.

“You’re getting pushed from pillar to post,” he said.

Vehicles queueing for upto an hour at Littlehampton recycling centre

West Sussex County Council recently announced it was set to trial a booking system at the tip in Littlehampton, as well as other sites in Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham and Shoreham, from mid-March.

It said covid precautions and the need to maintain social distancing had reduced the number of visitors to the tip at any one time, which had led to ‘significant congestion and queuing’ at certain sites.

Booking was expected to be up and running in the week commencing March 15, but the system will not go live until March 29 – read more here.

Mr Cosham said he welcomed the idea if it would have an impact on the traffic, but said it needed to be implemented sooner.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “The number of residents visiting our Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) has remained high since the beginning of the year.

“We have seen a further increase in visitor numbers following the recent dry weather, with residents starting their typical spring activities such as gardening and clear-outs approximately a month earlier than we would normally expect, and also as a result of residents being at home and undertaking home improvements.

“We have issued social media posts and email bulletins to remind residents that they should currently only visit a HWRS if it is essential and if their waste poses a potential risk of injury or harm to health.

“Where possible, we are asking residents to make full use of their kerbside collections, and store waste that does not pose a risk. Our communications have also been shared by Sussex Police on some of their channels.

“We are reviewing the situation at the HWRSs on a daily basis, and are considering all options available to us to reduce the impact on local residents, businesses and the highway network.”



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Mum of three shares best travel tip for going overseas with children


Summer stories is 9Honey’s latest series where Nine reporters reflect on their favourite holiday memories over the years.

9News Brisbane Reporter Alison Ariotti’s advice for new parents travelling with children is simple: “You have to halve the expectations and double the amount of time it takes to do anything.”

The mum of three learnt the lesson the long way during her first overseas trip to Hawaii.

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Alison Ariotti
“You have to halve the expectations and double the amount of time it takes to do anything.” (Supplied)

During a summer holiday in January last year, Ariotti gave her kids the dream holiday of their young lifetime — a stay at the Disney report, filled with entertainment activities, water slides and visits from their favourite cartoon characters.

“It was everything you needed for a family and they had the most beautiful time,” Ariotti tells 9Honey.

“But of course, it wasn’t without it’s disaster moments.”

Ariotti, husband Gerry, and their three children aged five, three and six months during the trip, decided to embark on a half-day long catamaran trip around the coast of Hawaii.

Summer Stories: ‘It’s an Australian summer in a nutshell’

“It was my husband and middle child’s birthday and it sounded so good in theory — turns out, it wasn’t the smartest of ideas.”

Within moments of setting foot onto the vessel, Arriotti discovered her eldest child suffers from severe seasickness, forcing her to remain stationary and curled up below deck during the entire ride.

Between managing one sick child, a baby in a carrier and another child, Ariotti and her husband were surrounded by a crowd that consisted of backpackers and people in bikinis knocking back champagne.

“It probably wasn’t the best moment or idea, but we got some hilarious photos of it.”

When the shores settled and the family were back on land, Ariotti was determined to make sure her husband’s birthday wish of surfing on Waikiki’s spectacular beaches came true.

Alison Ariotti
Within moments of setting foot onto the vessel, Arriotti discovered her eldest child suffers from severe seasickness. (Supplied)

“We had one night in Waikiki and after all the things we had to deal with, I wanted to make sure he got in at least one surf,” Ariotti explains.

“And right as he was about to head out, one of our kids was ready to vomit in the pool.”

The couple spent the rest of the afternoon on their final night on the tropical island looking after their daughtering and “attempting”, as Ariotti puts it, “to keep the kids entertained.”

“It was a mission to say the least,” she laughs.

Alison Ariotti
“We’re so glad we made those memories, and the kids have not stopped talking about it since.” (Supplied)

While the sun set and Ariotti’s husband wasn’t able to get his single surf in on the trip, the family look back on their first overseas summer together as the “memory of a lifetime.”

“Even though it was a challenge with three children under the age of five, stuck on a plane, sick, and whatever else we dealt with, you do get a sense of real achievement when you manage to have a fun time!” Ariotti shares.

“We’re so glad we made those memories, and the kids have not stopped talking about it since.”

Summer Stories: ‘The whole week was one bucket list tick after another’



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iOS 14 pro tip: One setting change for better photos


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Having a new kitten means that I’m taking a lot more photos. But trying to get a good photo of a subject that continually moves and squirms (even when sleeping) is tricky.

And it was made all the harder because Apple hid a handy Camera app feature.

Prior to iOS 14, if you held down the shutter button in the Camera app, the iPhone would go into “burst mode,” taking a bunch of photos that allowed the user to go back and find the best one.

But now in iOS 14, pressing and holding down the shutter button switches to video recording mode. That itself is a nice feature, but I want the old “burst mode” feature back.

It’s there, but again it’s hidden. And it’s also changed how it works.

Head over to Settings > Camera and you’ll see a setting called Use Volume Up for Burst.

Here's the setting you are looking for: Use Volume Up for Burst

Here’s the setting you are looking for: Use Volume Up for Burst

Now, rather than holding down the shutter button, I have to remember to hold down the volume up button.

But it’s nice to be able to quickly choose between shooting a burst of photos or shooting a quick video.

It’s a nice change. And I really like having a physical button to press on. It’s easier to find and gives me proper tactile feedback, unlike a button on a screen.

UPDATE: A reader sent me a note via Twitter (thanks, Wolfgang!) to point out that there’s another way to access “burst mode,” and that’s by pressing and holding down while simultaneously sliding the onscreen shutter button to the left if in portrait mode or down if in landscape.

 





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