I have a thing about luggage. From carry-on to hold luggage from backpacks and wheeled duffels to hard-shell suitcases and day packs. I have a cupboard full of packs within, wheelie bags within duffels within suitcases. The luggage version of Russian dolls.
I’m on a constant quest for quality luggage that makes travel easier and when it comes to carry-on luggage I think I’ve found ‘the one’. I’ve been testing out the Farpoint 40 Osprey Rucksack and I absolutely love it. Small but not too small, this perfectly sized pack has room for all my gear and conforms to EU maximum carry-on luggage size. I’m actually feeling rather smug about this backpack.
Barbados in February. Does it get any better? White powdery sand, turquoise seas, wall-to-wall sunshine, rum punch and reggae. That’s what I was expecting from my first visit to Barbados in the Caribbean when we jetted off from a cold, grey Gatwick last month. The island was happy to oblige and ticked all the boxes but she also threw in a few happy surprises including the wonderful Barbados boutique hotel Cobblers Cove and further round the island the wild and dramatic scenery of the East Coast beaches.
The Majorca boutique hotel scene has a new addition. Stepping through billowing white curtains into the grounds of Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous felt like walking into a luxury fragrance ad. Everywhere is so pristinely white and stylishly radiant at this Majorca boutique hotel that I almost expected Charlize Theron to come wafting across the terrace in a cloud of mimosa. I didn’t have time to ponder this much before being welcomed into the Selini Bar where a glass of crisp Moet accompanied check-in. The attention to detail is impeccable.
There are so many good reasons for travelling with just carry-on luggage. No worries about your luggage not turning up with you at your destination. Avoid ridiculous charges for checking-in hold luggage. No waiting at the carousel when you’d rather be out of the airport like a rocket itching to explore.
But which carry-on luggage is the best one for you? If you’re like me then you’re constantly looking out for the perfect carry-on luggage and I’ve tried loads over the years. Here’s what I think about the CabinZero 44L carry-on backpack.
In case you hadn’t noticed I’m an outdoorsy type. I love going for long walks by the sea or in the Sussex countryside. I’m also into my coffee so I was intrigued when I heard about the Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine. A portable coffee maker so you can enjoy fresh Espresso on the go wherever you happen to be? Sounds just like my cup of, err, coffee.
Imagine, a coffee fix on the beach, at the top of a mountain or in the middle of nowhere. Anywhere in fact. Read on for the chance to win a Wacaco travel coffee maker for yourself in partnership with Steamer Trading.
It’s that time of year when you might need a bit of protection from the rain but don’t need a full-on coat. I’ve got a classic trench but I wanted something a bit more casual, with a hood, for when I’m outside exploring the UK and a downpour hits. Trespass came to the rescue. They’ve got a full range of light waterproof jackets which are perfect for those spring/summer rainy days. They sent me over the Rainy Day women’s waterproof jacket, the perfect summer raincoat, to try. Here’s what I thought…