Author: Neil Mewes


Communication is key.  Over the past few months we have successfully been trialling a once a week newsletter and are now ready to give you the benefit of our knowledge.

By signing up to our Newsletter, just once a week you will receive a short email containing either a tip  on travel or some relevant news.  It will also contain an offer of the week.

So you don’t miss out click on the link below, input your email address and you are all set.

Brexit and British Passport Holders

The uncertainty of Brexit leaves many questions unanswered.  One question is how will this affect travel to the EU for British passport holders and in truth we just do not know.  However, it might be worth just checking the validity of your passport.  Especially if you intend going on holiday to Europe this summer.  We are recommending that if your passport has less than 6 months validity  from your intended departure date from Europe then you obtain a new passport.

Did you know…

Thinking about exploring the USA?  Well did you know that there are 10 US States that are bigger than the UK (excluding water)!

Here they are in reverse order:

Oregon                                                         2% bigger

Wyoming                                                      3% bigger

Colorado                                                      10% bigger

Nevada                                                         17% bigger

Arizona                                                         21% bigger

New Mexico                                                 29% bigger

Montana                                                      55% bigger

California                                                      66% bigger

Texas is a whopping …                               178% bigger

But Alaska tops the lot coming in at a staggering 507% bigger!

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UK Budget Airlines Cabin Baggage Policy

Budget airlines are a great way to travel “light”. However the restrictions are very tight with regards to the luggage they allow you to take into the aircraft cabin.  Be warned – if you go over the limits stipulated at the time of booking the airlines will make charges or place your bags in the hold.

So before booking your budget flight have in mind how much luggage you are going to take. This will determine the best fare option for you (which may not necessarily be the cheapest option!)

Here is a quick overview of current baggage restrictions for those passengers travelling on the lowest (basic) fare levels. Please note these do change so always double check at time of booking.


One bag measuring a maximum of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm with no weight limit.


One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 35cm x 20cm with a weight limit of 10kg. You are also permitted to take one additional small handbag/laptop with you but the total weight of both your bags must not exceed 10kg.


One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 23cm and weighing no more than 10kg (8kg to/from Dubai) plus a smaller bag measuring a maximum of 25cm x 22cm x 20cm. Total weight of all bags must not exceed 10kg (8kg to/from Dubai).

Ryan Air

No suitcase allowed in the cabin on the basic fare level. You are allowed to take a small hand bag in the cabin providing the overall size is no bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.  There is currently no weight limit for this bag.


One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm with a maximum weight of 5kg. TUI package customer’s maximum weight is 7kg.


One bag measuring a maximum of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm plus a small bag or laptop or duty free item.

Wizz Air

One bag measuring a maximum of 40cm x 30cm x 18cm.


One bag measuring a maximum of 42cm x 32cm x 25cm and weighing a maximum 10kg. You can purchase an additional bag that can be taken into the cabin with maximum dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and weighing no more than 12kg. (Cost depends on the route).

We hope you find this guide handy and don’t forget we at Avocet Travel Management are able to book budget Airlines as well as first class round the world trips.

UK Tours

Here at Avocet Travel Management we have been adding to our portfolio of travel related products.

Using the best of British guides, chauffeur drive companies and hotels we are in a unique position to offer VIP tours of our beautiful country.

From sightseeing in London to village tours.  We really do offer the best of British.

Are you planning a trip to Britain and do you want to see the real off the beaten track sights?  Are you wanting a VIP tour of the UK?  Then contact Avocet Travel Management for more details.

School Holidays – something for nothing

Kids are out of school and the sun is shining.  We hear the cry of “I’m Bored” all too often.  Why not take them to the RAF Museum in Hendon, North London.

Newly revamped this interactive museum offers three new immersive galleries, test their flying skills, sit inside a cockpit and learn about 100 years of the Royal Air Force.  The cost…NOTHING!!

Why not make it a few days and visit Central London, or if that’s just too hot take them down to Brighton for the day (just 1 hour from London on air conditioned trains)   Sit on the beach and a paddle in the sea is a real must!

Ask us for rail tickets, hotel accommodation and attraction passes, UK and Worldwide.

New team member

We are pleased to welcome our new Business Development Executive Tumpale Phiri to the Avocet Travel Management team.

Tumpale is already doing a great job boosting sales through her leads.

If you are interested in experiencing the Avocet Travel Management service then why not contact Tumpale on 01737 763421.

Ascot Races

Did you know that just 5% on British people have been horse racing.  So that’s a staggering 95% of the population that have not!

Horse racing is not just about the gambling, its actually a social day out and believe it or not it need not be an expensive one.  Bring your own picnic and sit on the lawns is the most economic way.  But of course should you want something special then we would suggest going for an hospitality package.

Ascots premium products include The On 5 restaurant.  You own private restaurant with unparalleled views of the whole course.  You will be introduced to some jockeys, are invited to the weigh room, get to stand on the winners podium and have a 3 course fine dinning experience.

Avocet Travel Management association with Ascot has enabled us to negotiate some special rates at this prestigious venue so why not contact us for more information

Fake bookings – be warned!

Holiday makers are being warned about fraudsters who place false adverts on accommodation websites.

In 2017 over 4700 travellers have been defrauded which is a 25% rise on the year before and cost on average £1500.00 per person.

The fraudsters place adverts on legitimate websites offering cheap tickets or accommodation and once you have paid they disappear.

This problem highlights the reason we at Avocet Travel Management are members of ABTA. Having this accreditation means your money is safe so before going ahead and booking that real bargain check out the credentials of the company and be sure you are dealing with a legitimate company before parting with any money.  If it looks too good to be true – it probably is!

Groups, meetings and events

Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands

Its been a hectic summer at Avocet Travel Management.  Three substantial groups have gone out all within days of each other keeping us all busy.

The first was a small bespoke group wishing to see George Stephenson’s locomotive the “Rocket” plus other bits and pieces of railway interest.  So beginning of August it was off to  York and the National Railway Museum, followed by a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby.

Then travelling to London and on to the Science Museum with a tour of London and a day trip to the Sussex countryside and a visit to the Bluebell Railway.

Then we had a group of 30 Singaporeans visiting the UK.  All they wanted to do was to go around Britain and see as much as they can so we embarked on a tour taking in Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Orkney Islands, Inverness, Edinburgh, Le Havre (I know its not the UK!) and London  before returning to the office for a day.  It was then off to Swindon for a meeting we had set up for 12 business people including an afternoon of sailing and pottery!

All in all a great August so thank you everyone for booking your groups through Avocet Travel Management.