Whether you’re travelling overseas to meet a new client or to make a presentation, no matter what your purpose, business travel can be stressful and exhausting at the best of times. From making sure that you’ve packed the right equipment, to practising your speech and remembering names, travelling overseas with work can prove demanding. Yet, with a little pre-planning and organisation, you can make the most of your travel time and arrive feeling refreshed and raring to go.
Getting your luggage safely and securely from A to B is important for any traveller, but when you’re jetting off with work, it’s even more critical. If you’re bringing along items of equipment or work documents, making sure they turn up on time and in one piece will be your main priority. This is especially the case if you’re only away for a few days, and you want to make the right impression with clients. Business travel can be expensive and time consuming, so making the most of every moment at your destination may be crucial to the success of your trip, and chasing lost luggage or replacing damaged items may be the last thing you need.
Luggage can go astray, so for peace of mind, it can be worthwhile making use of a premium luggage delivery service, who will guarantee your items arrive safely at your destination and on time. We use state of the art satellite technology so that we always know where your bag is. SO even if the airline lets you down, we wont.
Instead of keeping an eye on your baggage, you can work on your laptop, or even catch up on sleep, so you’re prepared and alert upon arrival.
Using a suitcase transportation service is actually a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things, especially if you need to carry lots of work items. It can also ensure you avoid baggage charges on arrival at the airport, which can be costly and inconvenient, and not the ideal way to start your business trip!
Let’s face it: not everyone wants to receive a fridge magnet or a bag of sweets as a holiday souvenir, no matter how easy they are to fit into your luggage. To avoid the tourist tat, go for timeless classic collectibles. Here’s what you should buy, and why.
Morocco is a craft-lover’s heaven, but don’t miss the intricate carpet stalls in Marrakech’s souks. The most popular Moroccan carpet types are found in the Berber Market, particularly the Beni Ourain and Beni Mguild varieties. To avoid baggage charges, why not ship your rugs with us? If you like folk art, Navajo blankets are a great starting point. You can tour the famous Pendleton Mills, where the blankets have been made for generations, in Oregon and Washington. Oregon also has the 100-year-old Cameron Trading Post.
If you buy from a local artist on your travels, you’re supporting the local economy. Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations of nearby galleries. The Gallery of Caribbean Art, in Barbados, sells art from across the Caribbean, while St. Lucia’s Inner Gallery is the darling of the island’s art scene. Alternatively, try a city like Miami in Florida. Its art fair calendar includes Art Basel Week, Pulse Miami Beach and the Ink Miami Fair.
Buy a piece of the past – it’s a unique souvenir to impress your friends. Take a break from learning the tango and visit the popular San Telmo Antiques Fair in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which comes recommended by National Geographic Traveler; it’s held every Sunday. Lille, France, hosts Europe’s biggest annual flea market on 3rd and 4th September 2016. Only an hour’s train ride away from Paris, it’s easy to browse this vast array of antiques on a city break. If you can’t make it to Lille, shop in the Village Saint Paul area of Paris, or in the streets surrounding the Alésia metro station.
Whatever you choose to bring home, keep it a memorable and classic investment by letting First Luggage take care of it for you.
There’s no doubt that travelling abroad with youngsters can prove challenging and stressful, whether it’s your first time or not. Even if your travel plans have been executed with military precision, when you journey as a family, we all know that even the best laid plans don’t always come to fruition, whether it’s a delayed flight, or an item of luggage that fails to turn up at your final destination.
Although we can’t always control every situation, there are some things we can do to reduce the stress of travelling, and ensure the journey with little ones goes as smoothly as possible. One of the biggest challenges of travelling overseas with youngsters, especially babies and toddlers, is having to lug along all of their much-needed paraphernalia. When you’re trying to juggle oversized suitcases, with buggies, car seats and other essential items, while simultaneously attempting to calm down tired toddlers, tempers can soon start to fray and stress levels soar, long before you’ve stepped on the plane.
In such cases, you might consider using a suitcase transportation service to take the hassle of travelling with little ones out of the equation. By having your luggage already taken care of by professionals, you can relax in the knowledge that it will arrive safely at your destination, leaving you with only needing to contend with keeping the kids happy and entertained.
A premium luggage delivery service uses state-of-the-art tracking technology, giving you complete peace of mind that when you arrive at your destination, your luggage won’t have accidentally gone astray. When you’re travelling with youngsters, especially babies, this is particularly crucial, since you may be reliant on many of the items you’ve transported or packed in your case.
A luxury travel service that organises suitcase transportation to your final destination lets you enjoy your family holiday right from the start, without any stresses or worries. This is especially beneficial if you’re travelling a long distance with little ones, or going away for a lengthy period of time, where you don’t relish having to wait for your luggage with jet-lagged children in tow.
Why not get a quote now? It might be more affordable than you think. Especially when considering those excess baggage charges!
It’s not hard to see why many couples choose to get married abroad. Exotic, sun-drenched locations provide the perfect backdrop for photos, and with so many romantic destinations just a plane ride away, there are more and more opportunities to get wed overseas. However, organising a wedding is time-consuming process at the best of times, and if you throw an overseas location into the mix, there are even more things to think about.
One of the primary concerns couples getting married abroad have is ensuring everything turns up on time at the wedding destination. Many of these items aren’t things that can be easily or quickly replaced if they get lost or damaged during transit. They might not just be valuable in monetary terms, but may have huge sentimental meaning, too. Whether it’s the bridal dress, the shoes, borrowed heirloom jewellery or favours for the guests, these items will be the outcome of months of meticulous preparation, and each will play a unique part in creating the right setting and styling on the big day.
With so much riding high on the safe and timely arrival of all your wedding paraphernalia, this has to be one of the most pertinent occasions for using a premium luggage delivery service. Not only will using a suitcase transportation service give you complete peace of mind that everything will arrive when you need it, but it allows you to start your wedding experience as soon as you arrive at the airport, without any worries or stress.
With many airlines imposing strict baggage restrictions, you may feel that you have to compromise in what you bring with you for your overseas wedding. But why should you have to compromise on the biggest day of your life? When you use a luxury travel service, you can have your wedding exactly how you want it to be, without missing out because of airline weight restrictions or hefty baggage charges.
It’s not just the outbound journey that matters. Making sure your treasured wedding items, and all the beautiful gifts you receive, return home safely and securely will be a huge concern, too. Therefore your best option is to use First Luggage to ensure that you can enjoy your big day without worrying about the problems that come with transporting luggage, leaving you to focus on the things that matter the most.
Wimbledon is one of the most exciting sporting events in the world, and a wonderful excuse to visit beautiful Britain and lovely London. If you’re planning on jetting across the pond to enjoy some tennis this year, you should definitely check out our insider tips to ensure your Wimbledon experience is as awesome as possible.
Dress for comfort
Although the tennis players have to adhere to a strict dress code, spectators don’t, and there aren’t really any rules. You can dress up in smart suits and formal dresses if you wish, but we recommend that you dress for comfort so that you can really focus on the games. Choose outfits which have plenty of layers; British summer weather can be unpredictable and you should be prepared for both blazing sunshine and pouring rain.
Be reserved with cheering and heckling – Unlike baseball, basketball, soccer and football, tennis is generally a rather quiet, reserved sport, particularly at Wimbledon. It is generally acceptable to offer encouraging cheers and claps when your favourite players do well, but you should avoid heckling their opponents and should never celebrate errors or faults, even if it puts your star player ahead.
Don’t keep rogue tennis balls as souvenirs – The Wimbledon shop offers used balls for purchase, so you should never aim to hold on to a ball that lands in the crowd. If you do manage to catch it or it lands near you, throw it back to a ball boy or girl during a moment when play is stopped.
Travel light throughout bustling London – People flock to London from all over the world during Wimbledon season and throughout the summer, so be prepared for the city to be incredibly busy. Travelling via the tube (also known as the London Underground) is usually the most convenient option, but it can be very cramped and particularly unpleasant if you have lots of luggage with you. First Luggage’s convenient luggage delivery service will certainly save you a great deal of stress when travelling to and from the airport if you plan to use public transport.
Know the rules on bringing your own food and drink – Refreshments inside the tennis club are really expensive and there are often large queues for restaurants. To avoid the crowds and save a few pounds you can take a picnic, but it must be contained within one bag per person no bigger than 40 x 30 x 30cm. You can’t take hard-sided bags like picnic hampers or cool boxes either. Alcohol is permitted but restricted to two 500ml cans or one bottle of wine each. However, we really recommend you try a good old fashioned Pimms and lemonade, adorned with plenty of fresh fruit, which you’ll be able to buy from bars throughout the grounds.
DON’T head for The Wimbledon Tennis Club – Believe it or not, the venue called The Wimbledon Tennis Club is not actually where Wimbledon takes place. Nearby is the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is much larger, grander and where all the Wimbledon action occurs. If in any doubt, just look out for the queues and you’ll find the right place! Oh and most people head for Southfields tube and walk, not Wimbledon (although there is a shuttle bus service from there).
Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket – Most tickets are allocated in advance via a ballot system. However, a certain proportion are left behind on the day to be sold to the queueing public. Tickets are also handed back when people leave so more can be allowed in. Locals know that particularly in the first week of the tournament, heading down after work to catch the last couple of hours play can mean you catch some great tennis on some of the outer courts as the qualifying games are played in preparation for the bigger games in the second week.
For more official information head to: https://www.wimbledon.com/index.html
Thousands of passengers have complained to the UK’s airport watchdog about lost or damaged luggage over the last five years.
A freedom of information request to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) last month showed there were nearly 1,500 complaints from disgruntled customers; with Birmingham and Heathrow airports faring particularly badly. In fact, when the data is broken down, it shows that passengers were more than 10 times more likely to suffer lost luggage when travelling through the airport at Birmingham compared to another regional site in Bristol.
By the same comparison, losing something was seven times more likely at the world’s busiest airport, London Heathrow. It is believed this may only be a small insight into the problem, as most people will complain directly to their airline, not to the industry regulator. According to the airlines they are not responsible for baggage handling; it’s dealt with by third party subcontractors. They do, however, take responsibility for losses and will process compensation claims. The CAA report also named the companies most likely to be subject to lost luggage complaints travelling into the UK; namely Emirates then British Airways and Turkish Airways, with Ryanair and EasyJet not far behind. Similar research in the US found that ExpressJet Airlines, American Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest were most likely to let your luggage go astray.
The most common reasons for loss or damage to cases are: illegible routing labels which may be torn or badly printed during check in and transport; jet-lagged customers passing through the airport without collecting their belongings; errors made in entering the destination code during check in; or bags being loaded on to the wrong plane due to human error.
In the face of spiralling complaints, smart customers are exploring other options for taking their luggage on holiday; such as premium luggage delivery services which offer suitcase transportation. This solution also helps cost-conscious travellers to avoid baggage charges. If you want to be sure your goods don’t face the roulette of airport baggage handling, First Luggage will collect and transport your precious packing then deliver directly to your destination, so it arrives before you do.
For full details on how easy the process of sending your luggage ahead is head over to our ‘How It Works’ page here. You’ll never have to worry about lost luggage again.