Where to get the Best Bargains in Britain

Black Friday is the best time to shop for post-Brexit bargain hunters. The American-style one day blow out is on 25th November this year. Unlike usual sales, you can find a whopping 70-80% off in some stores. So get saving!

The best savings are generally found on electronics and clothing. To maximise your Black Friday savings, make a list of what you need to buy, find the items and save them to bookmarks. It’s probably a good idea to open an online account with stores in advance in case of website crashes.

Often websites are extremely busy on Black Friday, just like the stores, so you’ll probably have to queue to get onto the page. Still, in our view, it beats battling it out in the store!

Retailers to watch this year

Amazon usually discount their whole Kindle range, so if you have your eye on one, bookmark it in advance and get straight onto it on the day. Currys PC World were one of the most popular retailers last year with over 30 TV’s selling each minute.

In clothing, House of Fraser had some fantastic deals last year. Their website allows you to create an account and save items to your wishlist to save time on the day. They advise to login before 9am to beat the rush. ASOS offer a similar system to save your favourites and with discounts of up to 70%, they are sure to be very popular with items selling out early.

Don’t forgot the airlines!

A flight for the same price as a cup of coffee? Yes, it’s possible on Black Friday! Of course, you’ll have to pay taxes on top. Check out easyJet deals, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Ryanair and Aer Lingus who all slash air fares for Black Friday.

Need an airport transfer? Use cabmania.com to get the lowest rates guaranteed. Our reverse auction system allows cabbies to bid for your fare so you get the best deal. They bid you choose.

See more great advice and a full list of stores to watch here http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/shopping-deals/black-friday-best-deals-2016-6630912

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10 Genius Hacks That Will Change How You Pack Forever

Last week we brought you the Cabin baggage allowances for top 5 budget airlines. This week we’ll show you how to make the most of that space!

  1. Start off with a lightweight suitcase. Often the expensive ones are heavier so be vigilant and compare weights when you shop online. Choose one that maximises space and has extra compartments inside.
  2. Pack the heaviest items closest to the wheels of the suitcase so it’s easier to roll and doesn’t tip over.
  3. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. You’ll fit more in and they are less likely to wrinkle.
  4. If you are packing a suit, fold the blazer inside out, shoulders to the back, to reduce wrinkling.
  5. Make use of all dead space, stuff socks, charger cords and underwear in shoes. Sunglass cases also come in handy for keeping cords tidy while you travel.
  6. Bring a collapsable laundry basket that fits into your case. As you go through your holiday, you pop the dirty clothes into the laundry basket and just pack it into the case when you are ready to go. There’s no need to separate out what’s clean and dirty when you come home.
  7. Bring a small spray bottle of Grandma’s Secret Wrinkle Remover to spray on any clothes that get creased. You just spray and pull out the wrinkles when there’s no iron available!
  8. Make sure to seal any liquid toiletries tightly in bags even if you are checking in your case. The air pressure can open any bottles you have packed including shampoo and instant tanner. You don’t want any nasty surprises when you open your case! 
  9. For any vapers out there – the air pressure also causes the liquid to leak out of machines so it’s a good idea to empty your liquid before you fly. You will also need to keep your batteries in your cabin luggage.
  10. Use a shower cap to cover the bottom of your shoes. More than likely, you get them in hotels all the time and never use them.

For the cheapest airport transfer rates visit cabmania.com. Booking in advance will secure the best deals! 

See even more travel packing hacks from Travel & Leisure.

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Cabin baggage allowances for top 5 budget airlines explained

It’s easy to get caught out by cabin baggage rules when travelling with a budget airline. Some allow you to carry an extra personal item such as a shoulder bag or laptop, some only allow one bag on board.

They also have slightly different size allowances and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage. This can be very confusing for passengers, leading to last-minute stress at the gate. So we have compiled a simple list of the cabin bag sizes and yes or no to a personal item.

Are Lingus

Cabin Bag Size: 25x33x20cm Small cabin bag

Personal Item: Yes

Maximum Weight: 10 kg

Number of bags allowed on board: One large cabin bag and one personal item

Ryan Air

Cabin Bag Size: 55x40x20cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

Personal Item: max size 35x20x20cm

Maximum Weight: 10kg

Number of bags allowed on board: One large cabin bag and one personal item

Easy Jet

Cabin Bag Size: 56x45x25cm to include wheels and handles

Personal Item: Not allowed

Maximum Weight: No weight restriction

Number of bags allowed on board: One

45x36x20cm to qualify for the new easyJet cabin bag guarantee. The bag must also fit under the seat in front of you.

British Airways

Cabin Bag Size: 56x45x25cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

Personal Item: Max size 40x30x15cm

Maximum Weight: 23kg maximum weight

Number of bags allowed on board: Two one cabin bag and one handbag or laptop bag

Wiz Air

Cabin Bag Size: 42x32x25cm Small cabin bag or 56x45x25cm Large cabin bag

Personal Item: No

Maximum Weight: 10kg

Number of bags allowed on board: One small cabin bag or one large cabin bag

We hope this helps you prepare for your next trip!

To get the best rates for your airport transfer, use cabmania.com. Our reverse auction system allows cabbies to bid for your fare and you get the best deal. You choose, based on price and user ratings.

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Avoid business travel burnout with our top tips

People who travel for work are often the envy of their peers. Jetting off to far-flung places at the companies expense sounds glamorous, but it can take its toll on your health if you’re not careful.

Fun travel fact: Did you know that it can take the body up to 11 days to recover its usual rhythm after a transmeridian flight?

According to Forbes, there are two key areas where we struggle to maintain a healthy balance while on business travel – diet and exercise. When eating out all the time, we tend to go for oversized, unhealthy options and fail to hydrate properly. With water that is! Business meetings can often take place over dinner with drinks. As flying dehydrates the body and causes fatigue, drinking alcohol exacerbates the problem.

Ensuring you are properly hydrated is key here. Always order a large water with your meal and keep a bottle with you at all times. You will be surprised how much this will influence your food choices. When ordering, try to focus on lean meats and veggies or stick with dishes that have been processed as little as possible.

Fitting in exercise can be tricky on business travel as often time is very limited. If there is a gym with a swimming pool, you might have time for an early morning swim. This helps to reduce travel stress and mental fatigue.

Keeping stress to a minimum will help to avoid business travel burnout. Leave yourself lots of time to get to the airport and be prepared in advance for meetings. Sometimes it’s the small setbacks that cause us the most stress. Check out our top 10 must-have travel apps for a hassle free trip.

Booking your airport transfer in advance with cabmania.com, will ensure that you have a safe and pleasant journey to the airport, whilst also getting the best price.

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10 Must-Have Travel Apps that you’ll Actually Use

Space on our phones is at a premium so we’ve rounded up the best of the travel apps that you just won’t want to live without.

1 Citymapper

This is an essential to anyone visiting London or any other big city. It offers detailed journey planning including real-time bus and rail departures. Available in 30 cities worldwide, a must-have app for the city traveller.

2 XE Currency

Easily and quickly convert any currency within seconds. Simple!

3 Splittr

Specifically designed for travelling, Splittr lets you split travel costs and expenses between travel partners. Keep track of who paid what.

4 Google Translate

Translate simple signs and menus instantly.

5 Time Out

Yes, we all love TripAdvisor for the best reviews, but Time Out is great for ideas for things to do wherever you are staying. It can tell you what’s happing during your stay so you don’t miss any of the local events or festivals.

6 Trip It

Your mobile trip planner shows you all of your trip details at a glance so you don’t need to shuffle trough travel documents or emails.

7 Whatsapp Messenger

If you don’t already have WhatsApp you need to download it! You can use free messaging and calls to other users once you are connected to Wi-Fi.

8 App in the Air

It will keep you updated about your flights status even if you are not connected to Wi-Fi . At each stage, it will notify you when you need to check-in, board and even give you an estimation of your take-off and landing times.

9 LiveTrekker

This app tracks your journey from start to finish you so you have a digital map of your travels. Look back on the places you’ve been, add pictures, videos and text.

10 Cabmania

Last but not least. Cabmania is a reverse auction app which allows you to get the cheapest rates for your airport transfers. You submit your travel requirements and cabbies bid for your fare. You choose the winner based on the user reviews and price.

We hope this makes your next trip run a little more smoothly. Download the app or use the online version at cabmania.com.

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Are you risking your health while you travel?

Holidays are a time for fun and stress-free relaxation. We want to ensure you have a trip that you remember for all the right reasons, so stay safe and prepare before you travel.

The latest global health scare is the Zika virus, with a couple of cases already confirmed in the UK. An infectious disease, it shows mild fever like symptoms in only one in four people who contract it, yet it can cause severe birth defects in babies. It’s vital that pregnant women do not come into contact with anyone with the virus. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccination for Zaka. The best thing you can do is protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitos.

According to a recent study by Superdrug, over half of British holiday goers expose themselves to health risks when travelling. Out of 2,000 people studied more than half failed to check if they needed to take extra precautions such as vaccinations before they travelled.

Before you even book a holiday, ensure you check the relevant vaccinations needed. Some need six months to take effect, so you could be leaving yourself open to serious risks. Check out the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website for a full list of all the vaccinations you’ll need.

Surprisingly, 62 percent didn’t take a basic first aid kit with them to deal with minor illnesses or injuries. We found a handy travel health checklist on the NHS website with all the first-aid essentials you’ll need for your trip. You’ll be able to deal with insect bites, tummy trouble and sunburn in no time!

We hope his makes your next trip a little more comfortable and safer! Remember to go to cabmania.com and make an advance booking for the cheapest airport transfer rates. The earlier you book, the better! You can also download the app for iPhone and Android.

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The pound getting you down? Top tips for making it go further

With the recent whirlwind of political changes, the decrease in the value of the pound is probably the most immediate after-effect that will affect those who love to travel. That’s why we thought we’d dedicate this blog to showing you how to make your holiday funds go further without sacrificing any of the fun.

  1. Currency – On a positive note, it has increased tourism to the UK, but us Brits do love to travel! Keep an eye on the currency exchange rate and buy when the pound is on an upswing in the country of your choice. If you are open minded about where to go, you could even base your holiday on areas where the pound is still comparatively strong. Check out xe.com for the daily exchange rates.
  1. Flexible Flights – Now that you know where you are going, try booking a flexible flight with skycanner.com to save even more money. Booking well in advance or being open to flying to less popular airports can save lots of cash. You’ll find more hacks for flights on our past blog 20 of the best travel hacks. 
  1. Plan Ahead – We can’t emphasise this enough. Hotels can change their weekly rates by hundreds of pounds overnight, especially at peak season. This recently happened to yours truly when booking a hotel in Malta. The hotels all went up by £250 overnight! Shop around for a good deal and if you see something you like, don’t hesitate to book. Book your hotel using sites such as bookings.com. Ensure all tours are also booked in advance to secure early bird deals for the cheapest prices. Waiting until you get there will guarantee you pay full price! 
  1. Pool Resources – If you are travelling with a group of friends, pool resources to get the best deals. Sharing a family hotel suite will be cheaper than single rooms, pool your transport costs and get group passes to tours for additional discounts.
  1. Airport Transfer – booking with a reverse auction app such as cabmania.com ensures you get the cheapest rates on your airport taxi. Cabbies bid for your fare and you choose the winner based on their user rating.

We hope this helps you to save some money and make you holiday funds go further!

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Top 10 Cheapest European Beach Destinations in 2016

If you are thinking of a last minute late-season holiday this year, or even planning for next summer, we have you covered! Every year the Post Office surveys the total cost of 10 popular holiday purchases including a three-course evening meal for two, sun cream, a cup of coffee, a beer, insect repellant, at 20 popular European holiday destinations.

We present to you the top 10 cheapest European Beach Destinations in 2016…

10. Kefalonia, Greece

Total Cost £68.49

Highlights – Great for wine with the average price of a glass coming in at £2.46.

9. Porec, Croatia

Total Cost £65.19

Highlights – a lively resort with cheap beer. You can buy a bottle of beer for an average of £1.70.

8. Zante, Greece

Total Cost £64.65

Highlights – An island with vivid blue sea and stunning sandy beaches.

7. Crete, Greece

Total Cost £63.16

Highlights – You can dine for two, all three courses included, for just £26.25.

6. Costa Blanca, Spain

Total Cost £62.29

Highlights – Beautiful scenery and beaches. A lunch for two will set you back just £14.77.

5. Gijon, Spain

Total Cost £61.01

Highlights – Dijon is famed for its home produced cider. You can buy a beer for just £1.80.

4. Costa del Sol, Spain

Total Cost £52.65

Highlights – Lots of British people there all year round. You can buy a decent cup of coffee for just 98p.

3. Limassol, Cyprus

Cost £51.82

One of Cyprus’s most underrated cities. The flashy marina gives the impression of living the highlife, but despite this, prices are cheap.

2. Algarve, Portugal

Total Cost £47.04

Highlights – Stunning coastline with many caves and striking cliffs. Dinner for two will set you back around £17.23. Take a look at one or our favourite travel blogs Conde Nast Traveller, to get to know the Algarve.

1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Total Cost £41.55

Highlights – Although not the most scenic of our top ten, the prices are unbeatable. A beer costs just 65p. Trip Adviser has all the latest reviews on the hotels, restaurants and bars in the area.

Don’t forget to arrange your airport transfer in advance. Go to cabmania.com to get the cheapest prices guaranteed. You enter your destination, cabbies bid, you choose your driver based on ratings!

References

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/galleries/cheapest-summer-resort-destinations-in-europe/sunny-beach/

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Top European City Beaks for Families

When you’re taking the kids along, planning a city break can be a little different to a romantic couples getaway. To keep everyone happy, there has to be enough to keep the little ones entertained. We’ve compiled the top European city breaks for families according to popular travel bloggers.

Our first family, podtravels.com chose Lisbon as their top pick for the wealth of activities on offer for children. The city has a Hills Tramcar with a hop on hop off tour, stopping at popular landmarks such as the São Jorge Castle, where you can view the camera obscura in the Torre de Ulísses. Another fun way to explore is the Hippotrip, a vehicle that allows you to venture through the city by river and land.

Penny from spaceinyourcase.com chose Flanders as her top family friendly getaway for its gastronomy, beer, chocolate and ice cream. It’s also close to Bruges, Brussels and Ghent so makes a great base for touring. With cycling, boat and city tours on offer, it’s easy to explore all three.

Helen from spaceinyourcase.com chose Guernsey as her top pick for its small size and beauty. Being small and relatively enclosed, it offers a safe haven for families. The island also has many beaches which will take you back to your own childhood days of flying kites, surfing and eating sand filled sandwiches.

Another option that’s sure to please everyone in the family is Paris. With its many museums, galleries and who can forget, Disneyland, Paris is the ideal family destination. There is so much to do in Paris that it’s easy to overbook yourself and come back stressed. Try to stick to planning just one or two attractions per day and allow yourself some time to relax a little.

Don’t forget to book your airport transfer in advance. For the lowest prices on airport transfers guaranteed, go to cabmania.com. Our reverse auction app is simple to use. Cabbies bid for your fare so you get the lowest price! All cabbies are rated so you can book in confidence.

We also offer low rates for business travel. Download our app for iPhone or Android or go to the website cabmania.com to get the best deals!

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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!

We also do great day to day business transport rates. Take a look at our website cabmania.com!

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