Flight Centre’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017
As the year draws to a close, we’ve looked back at Flight Centre’s favourite blog posts from the last 12 months to see what got you travel-obsessed lot clicking this year. Here are our top 10 most popular reads from 2017:
It can be a tall order for holidaying vegans and vegetarians to avoid the excessive meat and cheese-based dishes on offer in Europe’s restaurants. But with free-from eateries becoming more mainstream, vegan blogger Kirsten Cardrick has scoured the continent, sampling the best vegan offerings and giving us the lowdown on which European cities are best to visit if bratwurst and camembert are a big no-no. The result: Flight Centre’s most clicked-on article of 2017.
If you like to feel special on a flight – perhaps with a little more legroom or a greater choice of in-flight entertainment – but just don’t have the budget for First or Business Class tickets, then this is the blog post for you. Here, Flight Centre’s Alexandra Gregg lists the advantages of booking flights in Premium Economy and compares different airlines to see which offers the best value for money.
Last year’s second-most popular blog post slipped one place in 2017, with readers still unable to get enough of Flight Centre’s online and social media team’s review of the best First and Business Class amenity kits. Featuring airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Qantas, the team reviews the designer toiletries, tests the softness off the socks and tries on Virgin Atlantic’s in-flight onesie. After all, who doesn’t love a freebie?
Flight Centre’s Dubai-related blog posts usually go down a storm, and this one was no exception. Former Dubai resident Hazel Plush takes us through the advantages of visiting the city in the summer, with pros including bargain hotel stays and the lack of other tourists during the season. You loved Hazel’s ideas so much that she followed them up later in the year with a list of Things to Do When it Rains in Dubai (see below).
After once missing a flight, Flight Centre’s Lauren Burvill found herself suffering from airport anxiety, with symptoms including checking the status of her flight every five minutes and obsessing over whether or not she has remembered her passport. Here she shares her eight top tips for dealing with these fears, as well as recommendations on how to keep air travel a calm, stress-free and, dare we say enjoyable, experience.
A step above First Class, Etihad’s The Residence is currently the best airline seat money can buy. Not one to miss out on a spot of pampering, Lauren Burvill went to Etihad’s Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi to experience a full-scale mock-up of this luxurious cabin. After testing out the double bed and the in-seat massage function, Lauren enjoyed in-flight dining served by her personal butler, and drinks served in Vera Wang crystal glassware. If you fancy trying The Residence for yourself, you’re looking at around £7,000 for a one-way flight from London to Abu Dhabi for two.
For first-timers a little apprehensive about visiting South Africa, Elle Croft, who was born in the country, offers plenty of reassurance. In this post, she shares her tips for making the most of your time in this vast, wild country, while staying safe at the same time. Hints include testing out the local meats and wines, getting out of the cities and into the wilderness, shopping for local crafts and always making sure you are fully insured.
In another repeat entry from 2016’s top 10 blogs list, identical twins Claire and Laura Jopson who – as founders of Twins That Travel – have definitely experienced their fair share of long-haul flights, give their ideas for avoiding jetlag and arriving at your destination feeling refreshed and relaxed. Suggestions include what to wear (think: fluffy socks), drinking lots of water and advice on how to choose the best seat.
Anthony Lavall, a former Canada resident from Flight Centre’s digital marketing team, gives his opinion on which is the best city to visit in the Great White North. Not only does he explain which tastes would best suit Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, but also talks about the must-see attractions and possible day trips from each city. And the winner? Well, we won’t spoil it, but Anthony is clearly partial to the mountains…
Following on from her hugely successful article on 7 Reasons to Visit Dubai In Summer (see above), Hazel Plush shares her advice on what to do if it rains in the city. Although it doesn’t often rain in Dubai, it’s still a good idea to have a plan or two up your sleeve in case it does. Choose from indoor skiing, fine dining, world-class shopping and spa treatments or, for a more dramatic sight, head straight to the top of a skyscraper to watch the rain clouds roll in.
If our blogs have kick-started your wanderlust, make an appointment with one of our Travel Experts today to start planning your 2018 holidays.