How to beat Claustrophobia when flying

  • 04 Nov, 2015
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People walk through busy terminal Photo credit: Scott

Claustrophobia affects tens of thousands of people in the UK alone. It can cause many problems within your life, especially when it comes to flying. As part of BlogVember, we thought it would be interesting to explore this and speak to the people it affects everyday.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed or shut in a small space and not being able to get out. Sufferers are often looking for the nearest exit and will sometimes avoid busy and crowded places.This feeling can grow from a past experience and can affect people’s lives daily for many years. Sufferers can experience claustrophobia in cubicles, small rooms and crowds and often these feelings are increased when on a plane.

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Can my child fly alone? Explaining Unaccompanied Minors

  • 22 Sep, 2015

Unaccompanied Minors

There are plenty of reasons for children to need to fly alone these days, from going to visit relatives abroad without parents, to logistics surrounding school terms finishing at different times.

From this month, headteachers now have the power to set their own holiday schedules for their schools, which could result in more schools having different term dates to each other; a problem for parents with children in different establishments!

This might result in an increase of children flying alone to join their family on holiday, or going out to stay with relatives or friends.

Of course, there are many other reasons for children needing to fly alone, so we’ve compiled the information you need to know before waving goodbye at the airport! Many airlines offer these services, from British Airways, to Lufthansa, to Qantas and ANA. KLM even have a dedicated lounge at Amsterdam Airport! Read More

Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015

Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More

Secrets for a stress-free ski holiday

  • 16 Jan, 2015
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Skiing packing

Let’s face it, ski holidays are not known for being the most relaxing holidays. Compared with your list of essentials for a beach holiday, when you look at what you need to take with you for skiing you can see straight away that it is more complicated than a holiday lying on a beach reading a good book! The journey is generally more stressful too – long, uncomfortable transfers to get up the mountains to your ski resort, unpredictable weather conditions and endless traffic jams are what are often in store. For some expert advice we teamed up with Snowplaza who kindly put together some helpful tips to make your ski holidays as stress-free as possible.

Packing for ski holidays

Before you’ve even gone anywhere, the challenge starts with what to pack for your ski holidays. In comparison to summer holiday packing, this task can seem rather daunting – especially if you’re travelling with kids! Once you’ve laid out your 6 pairs of ski socks, 6 thermal tops, 6 roll-necks, 6 fleeces, ski goggles, ski gloves and a bobble hat for everyone, you’ll probably be wondering if hiring a van and driving might be a more sensible option!

Ski gear is, for obvious reasons, bulky. However, there are certain items that you can cut down on. For example, you really don’t need 6 bulky fleeces – as they are not in contact with your skin, you can live without a clean one each day! However, NEVER go skiing with any less than a fresh pair of ski socks per day – anyone who skis will know why! Read More

Delayed and cancelled flights

  • 19 Dec, 2014
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Last week a computer glitch at the air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire, caused a partial closure of UK airspace.

Flights were grounded across the country, and the knock-on effect left thousands of passengers awaiting their flights with no idea about when they might be able to leave.

Even after the problem was rectified, delays extended throughout the evening and into Saturday morning, where there were nearly 40 cancelled flights and there was a backlog of flights to clear.

For many passengers this may have been the first time they have been affected by something like this, but we all know that it doesn’t take much to disrupt the flow of traffic through the UK airports, especially the major ones such as London Heathrow and Gatwick. When situations like these do occur it is important to know where you stand when your flight is delayed or cancelled; whether it be due to weather, technical difficulties, or problems on a more severe scale.

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