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Over the past few years, I have made quite a few flights all across the globe. Traveling by plane often, I consider myself a decent traveler who is qualified enough to give you some advice on this topic as well. The most common question I get is probably “how can you afford to travel so often?”. One of the tricks is certainly my constant search for affordable plane tickets (anything from sales, low fare airlines and even error-fares, I’ve booked them all). When it comes to low fare airlines, whose (as the name suggests) offer lower priced airplane tickets (mainly for short-haul flights, such as flights all across the Europe). Those usually don’t offer “check in” luggage in the basic price of the ticket. In practice this means, if you wish to save some money, you travel with hand luggage only. So, what do you need to know, if you are booking a flight with hand luggage only? Here is my advice…

What is hand luggage?

Hand luggage or cabin baggage (also: carry-on) is luggage you are allowed to carry along with you on board, and you don’t “check it in” at the counter. Since space on the airplane is limited, you obviously cannot take with you anything you wish. There are restrictions on what you can carry on and also restrictions on the dimensions of your hand luggage piece. NOTE: these restrictions are not always the same, they depend on a specific airline. So, in practice, before you head to the airport with hand luggage only baggage allowance, you should consider what kind of bag you are packing your things in. if you don’t follow the rules, the price of “punishment” (read: checking-in your luggage) will be higher than booking a ticket with check-in luggage in the first place. So read further, if you wish to save yourself a whole lot of stress when boarding.

What are the size and weight restrictions for hand luggage?

As I have already mentioned, hand luggage size and weight allowance depend on a specific airline. They are not unified and they change between airlines. Here is an example, that might come useful, if you are traveling across Europe:

  • Easyjet: 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (additional smaller bag is allowed only if you are paying extra)
  • Ryanair: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm limit of 10kg (additional smaller bag allowed)
  • Volotea: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm limit of 10kg (additional smaller bag allowed)

I often read in Facebook traveler’s groups: “They never check the dimensions,” “it doesn’t matter if your luggage is a few cm wider“… And yes, I must confirm, they don’t check the dimensions and weight always. But when they do… You pay. And even miss you flight because of it (you have to check-in your bag and go through security once again, if they catch you with oversized hand luggage while boarding) – I’ve seen this a few times with my own eyes. And crying doesn’t help. Yelling doesn’t either. To avoid this, invest in a carry-on that fits the standards.

My advice on how to pick a perfect carry-on:

If you are traveling with hand luggage only, it is extremely important that your suitcase is as light, practical and as large as possible – so, if possible, aim for maximum dimensions. But here’s the trick… if your suitcase meets the maximum dimensions allowed by EasyJet, you will not be allowed to take it on Ryanair plane. A compromise in this case is a suitcase with dimensions 55cm x 40cm x 20cm (preferably with an expandable option). And interesting thing is, they’re actually not that easy to find it. I used to travel with a suitcase with dimensions of 55cm x 36cm x 20cm, and I can tell you, these 4 cm make a whole lot of difference. My new acquisition is the American Tourister Soundbox Spinner, which measures exactly 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, which means 35.5l of volume (can be extended to 41l). It has four double wheels, which come in handy while traveling, especially at the airports. I chose Off White shade, which is beyond stunning. I knew I was taking a risk, it wouldn’t look as new after my first trip. But I see the marks and scratches as stamps in my passport. Overall, after my trip to Mykonos and Santorini, I can confirm, it doesn’t catch dirty marks easily. It still looks stunning! The circular look reminds of legendary vinyl records, the elegant design got the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2017. However, American Tourister offers many other vibrant colour options. Overall, a good hand luggage is worth investing in (even more than in larger suitcases).

My tips on packing if you are traveling with hand luggage only:

If you are traveling only with hand luggage, you will have to optimize your packaging. My advice is to prepare styling for each day in advance (if possible); leave things that take up more space at home, the same goes for heavier pieces. Take you thicker sweater and/or jacket with you on airplane. Pack your clothing by rolling them. You will save space and prevent creasing more effectively. Less in more, should be your guideline when it comes to packing your hand luggage. This especially goes for cosmetics. There are rules you need to obey when taking liquids in your hand luggage. And limits of taking liquids on board are strict. Each liquid product must be in a container of no more than 100ml, and they should all be carried in a transparent plastic bag with a capacity of up to one liter. The first rule is strict, while the second one depends on from which airport you are departing. You always need to take out the liquids on the security check, so pack them in the compartment, that is easily accessible. When it comes to cosmetics, consider leaving your shower gel at home (most hotels have them in their rooms), instead of big packaging take with you test samples or buy smaller packaging in your local drugstore. A great example is L’Occitane Aqua Reotier Discovery Collection.

Safe travels!

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This spring I completely transformed my beauty routine. As I already mentioned in one of my previous blog posts (read all about it here), the fresh and hydrating L’Occitane Aqua Reotier range has been my fellow beauty companion at home and when traveling for the past few weeks. Today, I am sharing with you my beauty challenge I came up with in cooperation with L’Occitane in order to achieve a healthier and better looking skin. It is actually not only one challenge, but 7 in 1! These are the things I have challenged myself to achieve:

1.To sleep at least 7 hours per night.
2.To drink enough water during the day (read: 2l+)
3.To eliminate white sugar and white flour out of my menu.
4.To opt for green, white or black tea instead of coffee.
5.To visit my dermatologist (Skin dermatologija) and check my skin for any irregularities (as prevention).
6.To clear out my beauty stash and throw away expired or not used beauty products.
7.To use simple and effective skincare – L’Occitane Aqua Reotier products.

For the past week I’ve been trying to keep up with my beauty challenge, I still got tempted by an ice cream or coffee, but trying my best. I also need to deal with my overcrowded beauty drawers, so keep up on my Instastory @ajdasitar to follow me along. Also, there’s a giveaway open for my Slovenian readers, click on the Slovenian version of my blog, if you live in Slovenia and wish to participate.

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day trip to Procida

Planning your vacation in southern Italy? Take a day trip to Procida.

Procida is for sure one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay of Naples. This Italy’s island gem is probably one of the cutest little town islands I visited. Colourful houses, narrow streets, charming harbour and 10,000 residents squeezed into less than 4.1 square kilometres and 16km of jagged coastline have stolen my heart. Although Procida was featured in a number of films, such as Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley, it still doesn’t suffer from mass-tourism. But I am telling you, this might be the new “it” destination in this part of Italy.

Where is Procida?

Procida is a small island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. It is situated between the mainland, the Cape Miseno and its larger, much more touristy sister island of Ischia. Created by the eruption of four nearby volcanoes it is a comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples.

How to get to Procida?

By boat. There are many ways to get to Procida, but for sure the best and easiest one is to take a ferry from Naples harbour. I also suggest Naples is your starting point and Procida is a great daily destination – although you can also opt for a few days stay in Procida, a day trip is completely enough to explore this small island. From Porta di Massa in Naples to Procida it takes 35min to 1 hours, depending the ferry/hydrofoil you choose. While discovering this area we stay at Caruso Place Boutique and Wellness Suites in the centre of Naples and they helped us to organize this daily trip. We travelled with the company SNAV, one of the boat trip providers, the ticket for a one way trip will cost you from 15€ to 20€.

Where to take the most Instagramable photos?

Although Procida is still considered as one of the non-touristy places in an otherwise crowded area of Italy, I am sure its popularity will grow in the following years. So hurry up and try to visit it on the brink of the main season (April, May or September are a great option). Overall, after my day visit to Procida, I can tell you it has so much potential. Creating an Instagram worthy picture is an easy task. Tiny streets with colourful houses offer plenty of good photo locations, lovely beaches, the harbour is simply charming, but my favourite is a viewpoint from the Terra Murata fortified village, the highest point of the Procida island (91m). Fortress walls were built to protect the city from the invaders, and people nowdays still live there. From the viewpoint right next to Terra Murata, you can see the whole fishermen’s village underneath right next to Marina Corricella with the cutest colourful fishing boats anchored. The authentic feel created by colourful houses, scents and flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine, harbour cats hiding among piled nets and old fisherman taking sitting in harbour, watching the sea and repairing their fishnets, will bring you to the whole new (old) world. It is magical.

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