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Kirstie is a Canadian secondary teacher in Milton Keynes who blogs for Protocol Education regularly. With half-term approaching her thoughts are on TRAVEL and she has some very valuable advice for our teachers and support workers thinking of taking trips this year!

Time for Travel

You’d be kidding yourself if you said that the ease of traveling was not an incentive when making the move to England to teach. Although you will be swamped with marking, lesson planning and trying to fit in sleep, trust me when I say to take advantage of the travel opportunities while you can!

Since moving to the UK in August, my partner and I have travelled to Croatia, Austria and are making our way to Prague this half term.  Coming from a “newbie” to the discount airline scene, I thought I’d help out others who were looking for affordable trips with a few of the popular airlines.

Ryan Air

Very affordable but also like travelling on a bus! Not the most comfortable seats and very cramped. They are also extremely strict with the free baggage allowance so do not try to bring an oversized bag or you will pay double what you did for the flight itself. This all being said, if you can pack light (we took a week’s worth of clothes and toiletries) in a duffel bag each, and wore a few layers to save space and ended up getting to Pula on a £19 flight. Note that you are NOT assigned seats for Ryan Air flights so if you want a decent seat, arrive early and line up!

Swiss/Croatia Air/Lufthansa (Star Alliance)

Luxury!!! Great meals, free checked bag and comfortable seats. If you are willing to pay a bit more you will not regret it! Seats are assigned so no need to stress.

Why you should get a direct flight

You may have to pay a bit more, but you will save yourself so much time and hassle. From experience, I know that it takes too much energy and stress to book a flight with a stopover. The flight should have only been 2 hours and it took us a whole day. Spend the extra money so you can get there quicker and enjoy your holiday!

Price

Ultimately, you get what you pay for! You need to decide if it is worth it to be comfortable with a little less money in your pocket, or squished and stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey with extra cash to spend on the trip. We are still deciding what we prefer but it is a no-brainer for us to look for nonstop flights now so we can make the most of our trips.

Happy travelling!

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