Top tips to stay cool in a heatwave!

It’s the hottest week of the year in the UK, with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees Celsius yesterday. Here are Cabmania’s top tips to stay cool in a heatwave.

  1. Steer clear of large meals. Your body produces heat when you digest a large or high protein meal, so eat small meals more often to stay cool.
  2. We know it doesn’t sound appealing on a hot day, but spicy food can actually cool you down by making you sweat.
  3. Wear natural, loose cotton clothing as it allows the skin to breathe. Light colours reflect the sun’s light and dark colours will attract the sun. Avoid black and synthetic clothes in the hot weather if you don’t want to wilt!
  4. Drink lots and lots of water – 2.5 litres for a woman and 3 litres for a man is a good volume of water on a hot day as you may lose water through sweating. It will, of course, depend on your body weight. You may need more or less depending on your size and activity levels.
  5. If you are feeling very hot, run your wrist under cold water for 5 seconds to cool down quickly. You can also do this with children to cool them off fast.
  6. Stick to natural down-filled pillows with cotton pillowcases. Synthetic pillows will retain the heat and cause misery on a hot night!
  7. Take a cool shower or bath. Pretend you are in a swimming pool on holidays! This is also a fun way to cool kids down.
  8. Close all blinds and curtains early in the day before you leave so the house is cool when you return from work.
  9. One for the pets. Try putting baby wipes in the fridge and wiping them down every couple of hours. Furminator offer a special a type of wipe for pets which is perfect for this.
  10. For a quick-fix on the go, try a cooling spray like Magicool to cool you down instantly. This is the perfect thing to carry around on hot days!

If you are lucky enough to be heading away this year, check out cabmania.com for the cheapest airport transfer rates, guaranteed! Our reverse auction app means that you get the best prices. Cabbies bid for your fares!

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Best Travel Tips for World Travelers

We’ve gathered some of the best travel tips to help make your journey a more pleasant experience. Here’s our top 10 travel tips:

  1. Wake up early to avoid the crowds – the best attractions will be jammed by midday. You’ll also likely miss the pickpockets and scammers if you’re early!
  2. Store some extra cash in case of emergency, separate from your wallet and credit cards. You never know what might happen.
  3. A scarf can come in very handy as a pillow, a blanket, a cover up for a cold evening.
  4. Get chatting to the locals. They will often know the best places to go for food and drinks. You’ll also get to know the local culture.
  5. Before you go, make sure you have digital copies of all your important documents such as passports, birth certs, visas, drivers licenses and any health or travel insurance details. Store them on a hard drive as well as online software like dropbox.com that you can access from anywhere in the world.
  6. Take lots of photos – and back them up!
  7. Check out couchsurfing.org if you really want to experience living with the locals. People share their spare rooms or couches with travellers for free.
  8. Pack ear plugs! You’ll need them at some stage of your trip.
  9. Don’t plan too much. Pick one or two must-do actives and plan where you will finish up. Leave the rest to chance. It’s fun to go off the beaten path.
  10. Don’t pack too much stuff. Remember that everything needs to come with you wherever you go. The more you pack, the more you carry!

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Is it still possible to get a £30 return flight? We’ll show you how!

With all the charges airlines add on, it seems like cheap flights are impossible. MoneySavingExpert writer Jenny, says that you can get a flight for around £30 if you are smart.

The top 10  tricks:

  1. Check what the price includes. Make sure it covers your airport taxes and a 15 kg carry-on bag. Unless you are spending hundreds on the flight, pay by debit card as a credit card will incur a surcharge.
  2. It goes without saying – fly hand luggage only. Make sure you plan ahead and decant your toiletries into 100ml or lower, bottles. You don’t want to have to throw away a bottle of £80 perfume because of a £30 flight!
  3. Wear your baggage. A great tip from Jenny! If you have a big coat you can stuff things in your pockets or carry some things in a pouch under your clothes.
  4. If you need to book hold luggage, don’t wait until you get to the airport as it will be more expensive.
  5. Make sure you check-in online, print your boarding pass if that’s a requirement and follow the airlines instructions to avoid late fees. Certain airlines (Ryanair cough!) will charge if you arrive without a boarding pass.
  6. Budget airlines are not always cheaper -shop around for sales!
  7. Paying by credit card is safer if anything goes wrong with the airline or travel company but it’s also more expensive as they’ll add a transaction fee. You need to weigh the risk.
  8. Bring your own plane munchies.
  9. Some airlines charge as much as £80 to take a toddler on your lap. Check this out in advance.
  10. Watch for any sneaky auto-ticked boxes such as insurance or car hire.

To save even more money on your trip, book your airport transfer with cabmania.com, for the guaranteed lowest cab prices. As a reverse auction app, cabbies bid for your fare so you benefit from the savings. The earlier you book, the more you save!

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The UK’s Best Street Food Markets

Here at Cabmania, this week we are celebrating all that is great and wonderful in Britain. We are lucky to live in a country alive with so much culture. We have amazing markets in the UK and on the back of this, street food has really taken off in the past few years. Here are our picks of the UK’s best street food markets.

Borough Market – London

Open every day of the week except Sundays, but really comes to life on a Saturday. You’ll find fresh food, street food trucks, some of the best cheeses London has to offer, oysters, pickles and jams, breads, cakes, and lots of hipsters! There is a wonderful mix of street to discover, from German sausage, Southern Indian dosas and the best Scotch eggs you’ve ever tasted.

Glasgow Farmers’ Market – Queen’s Park, Glasgow

Just off the Victoria Road, the market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. You’ll be spoiled for choice with over 30 stalls to choose from including fresh fish, artisan cheeses and affordable produce from local farmers. On-site entertainers add to the lively market atmosphere. Deep-fried foods are the name of the game here! The venison burgers are also a must-try.

Street Food Market – Piccadilly, Manchester

A buzzing market located in the heart of Manchester city. It’s open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The market attracts the city’s most popular street vendors. You’ll find everything here from Middle Eastern, Italian, African and even a Veggie Kitchen for non-meat eaters.

We hope this gives you some ideas!

If you are travelling for business or heading away on your holidays, take a look at cabmania.com for the lowest airport transfers. Guaranteed! Cabbies bid for your fare so you always get the lowest price. Enter your destination in advance and watch the bids roll in! The earlier you book, the cheaper the price.

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The Worlds Safest Holiday Destinations Revealed!

Do you love to travel but have concerns about safety? Choosing a safe place for you and your family to go on holiday is a priority for many. We reveal the most peaceful countries in the world, according to The Institute for Economics and Peace.

Whilst you can never be 100% certain of avoiding disaster when you travel, choosing countries that have a good ranking on the Global Peace Index (GPI) can at least reduce your risk of running into trouble. So here are the safest places for you and your family to holiday.

The Number one spot goes to….Iceland!!!

Iceland has taken the top spot as the safest country in the world for the sixth year running. There are many wonders to see in Iceland, from the Northern lights to the Blue Lagoon’s thermal pools. Iceland is politically very stable with a low conflict rate.

The reputed happiest place in the world, Denmark came in at second place, followed by peaceful Austria in third, adventure island New Zealand in fourth, sunny Portugal in fifth, foodie heaven Czech-Republic in sixth.

Other countries to make the top ten are Switzerland in seventh place, Canada at number eight, Japan in ninth place and Slovenia at number ten.

The UK came in at number 47 on the list and the US at 103.

Factors influencing the GPI score include things like the number of police, security personnel, presence of nuclear weapons, likelihood of war, happiness of population and democracy.   

That’s your destination sorted! Don’t forget to book your airport transfer with cabmania.com to get the best deals. Cabbies bid for your fare so you are guaranteed the cheapest rate. Book a return to save even more money!

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Tips for Travelling with Kids This Summer

Have you been putting off your holiday because the thought of travelling with the kids makes you beak out in a cold sweat?

True, taking toddlers on a plane can be a challenge for the unprepared. We have gathered up some of the internets most trusted secrets for travelling with kids this summer.

1. roughguides.com teamed up with Hayley Spurway mum of two, to offer this advice: Take your time – extra time is the greatest thing that you can take. Weather at the airport, sight seeing or getting from A to B. There will be toilet stops, tantrums, faffing and gawping so having the extra time means you are more likely to remain calm and keep a cool head.

2. Where possible, book ahead. If there’s one thing toddlers hate, it’s queuing. Save yourself the headache by planning things before you leave home. Pay for day trips and print out tickets before you leave the UK.

3. Bring a tablet for portable DVD player – you won’t regret it! Ensure you download all of your child’s favourite cartoons and movies in advance. Also download interactive learning apps to keep them busy. This will keep them entertained for hours.

4. According to Skyscanner you should invest in a Trunki. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a mini suitcase that your toddler can ride on top of. This can be used in all kinds of situations to save those little toddle legs, from airport queues to trips to theme parks and the zoo. It also makes queuing fun!

5. For no-hassle trip to the airport, book your airport transfer in advance. You can get the lowest fairs by using a reverse auction app such as cabmania.com. You enter your trip and cabbies bid to win your fare.

We hope this makes travelling with kids a little easier for you! Check out our other tips and advice for savvy travellers at cabmania.com/blog

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How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets and Thieves when Travelling Abroad

Pickpockets and Thieves can ruin a good holiday. They tend to prey on people in high traffic and tourist-dense places such as subways, museums, beaches, airports, attractions, restaurants, open-air markets, anywhere that people are close together.

There’s no real way to spot a thief as they can be of any age, race or sex. They can look, rich or poor. They can also work alone or in groups of up to four people. Some will cause a distraction while the others will perform the theft within seconds, without being noticed.

Be aware of any obvious distractions such as someone suddenly stopping in front of you, a couple arguing, a fight or a lady dropping her bag. It could be designed to make you stop so someone can come up behind you and swipe your belongings, usually by slashing the strap with a razor blade or by more subtle means such as pickpocketing.

What you can do to prevent being targeted, is look less of a victim of crime. A victim of crime will usually be:

      • Carrying obvious valuables on their person like jewellery, expensive bags, watches, cameras, technology, or flashing their cash.
      • Have backpacks with outside pockets.
      • Carrying open bags with store bought goods.
      • Sitting in a public place with goods unattended or very relaxed about their possessions.
      • In a place where they would be less aware of being bumped into such as a busy street or subway.

Technology has come a long way and you can now deter thieves with apps such as anti-thief available on iTunes. You can set an alarm so that it will go off if your possessions are disturbed. Very handy if you are at the beach and want to leave your bag while you swim.

Another great app for travel is Cabmania which allows you to get the cheapest taxi fares. Perfect for your airport transfers or business travel. Book in advance and get the best price guaranteed on your airport trip. Save even more when you book a return!

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Top 10 Cheapest European City Breaks

Thinking of getting away for a weekend city break? Here are the 10 most affordable cities in Europe to visit in 2016, according to a recent study by the Post Office and the Telegraph.

The price quoted includes twelve of our most common holiday expenses, including a couple of nights’ stay at a three-star hotel, dinner for two with wine, drinks, sightseeing and a travel card. So here we go!

10. Athens, Greece

Total Cost £148.92

9. Moscow, Russia

Total Cost  £145.72

8. Prague, Czech Republic

Total Cost  £141.84

7. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Total Cost  £136.66

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Total Cost  £134.75

5. Krakow, Poland

Total Cost  £132.64

4. Riga, Latvia

Total Cost  £132.07

3. Budapest, Hungary

Total Cost £122.99

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

Total Cost  £114.93

And the cheapest is…..   Warsaw, Poland

Total Cost  £113.22

On the flip-side, the most expensive cities featured in the study was Stockholm, Sweden, where twelve items cost £325.44! Almost triple the cost in Warsaw! Stockholm was followed in the most expensive category by Reykjavik, Oslo, Dublin and Geneva.

Bag yourself a cheap flight on one of the budget airlines and book your airport transfer with cabmania to save even more money. Booking with cabmania guarantees the lowest prices as cabbies bid for your fare. Make sure you book early to get the best price possible. Happy bidding!

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How to get a free flight upgrade to business class

We all love to travel in style but who has the money for first class? There are some tricks of the trade to help you get bumped up to first class for free. We’ve done some digging and uncovered 10 things to try on your next trip. Some are a little tongue and cheek!

  1. Travel at quiet times when business users are less likely to fly. Bank holidays and Friday’s are a good example.
  2. Join the airline loyalty programme. They always dish out rewards to members first so make sure you are on the list.
  3. Be early for your flight. Very early if you want to get upgraded to first class. We’re talking 6 hours early. Upgrade spaces are usually scarce. If you’re the first to arrive you might be lucky enough to bag an upgrade!
  4. Being late can also work well but it’s a big gamble. You might miss your flight for one! Chances are it might be overbooked and they have to seat you in first class.
  5. Airlines sometimes send emails offering cheap upgrades on the day of departure so keep an eye out!
  6. Be nice. Being kind can pay off. Smile at the check in attendant and the stewardess. Bat those eyelashes. A lot of people passing them will be stressed from waiting so they’ll be glad of a friendly face.
  7. Dress to impress. If you look the part they will be more inclined to put you in business class.
  8. Tell them it’s your anniversary, birthday, engagement other special occasion but DON’T ask for an upgrade. They’ll likely refuse you if you ask outright.
  9. Be charming – compliment the check-in staff and tell them how fantastic their tan looks.
  10. If you notice the check-in person or stewardess is from your home country, or a country you know well, converse in that language. This particular one worked for us on a flight going to the US.

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How to save money on business travel

There are tonnes of ways to save on your business travel, and multiple small savings can help your bottom line. Save money on the flight, hotel, meals and even transport. Today we’ll show you how to save money with business (or leisure) air travel.

Book Your Flight

Start with travel websites such as booking.com, fly.co.uk, budgetair.co.uk, flybe.com and expedia.com to discover cheap flights for your trip. If you are not particular about travel dates and times, do a flexible date airfare search. This will give you a range of hours and dates so you are sure to find something inexpensive that’s suited to your plans.

Sometimes it’s cheaper to book each leg of the trip separately. Try entering your outbound and return journeys alone to see if they are any cheaper.

Take your search for cheap flights even further by going to individual airline websites. Sometimes not all flights are listed on the travel websites so you might find something more suitable. Budget airlines travelling from Britain include easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Aer Lingus and now even British Airways are joining the ranks of budget airlines.

When making the booking, keep to the minimum of selections – don’t pick your seats, print your own tickets and make sure you are aware of their luggage requirements. Some airlines won’t allow a laptop bag and a carry-on suitcase, you’ll have to pack your laptop into your main luggage. Make sure you leave spac!

Book Your Airport Transfer

Once you have your flights secured, get straight onto cabmania.com to book your return airport transfer. Booking in advance and booking both trips at once can secure you the best price. Cabbies bid for your journey so you are guaranteed the best price!

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