Can’t travel? Sell your holiday and get your money back!

Can’t travel? Sell your holiday and get your money back!

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Travelling is something everyone looks forward to- the new culture, the history you’ll learn, and the food, of course! We neglect to believe that, sometimes, plans change. Sometimes you even have to cancel your whole trip. It happens more often than you think. You’re left feeling disappointed that you missed a vacation, in addition, you’re left frustrated that you’ve paid for a trip you couldn’t attend. Countless times, travel reservations are non-refundable, so if you can’t go…that means you lose the money you’ve paid.

It looks like you’re not alone. Millions of people have found that they have lost money on unused travel bookings, usually for non-refundable flights or hotel reservations. However, there is one thing they fail to realize; there are ways they can sell their non-refundable travel reservations safely and easily!

How to get a refund for your non-refundable travel reservations A much-needed solution has been created by SpareFare.net. The company has created a secondary marketplace for travel reservations. SpareFare connects people who have bought flights, hotel rooms or even complete holiday packages, but have found that they cannot use them, with those that are looking for a chance to take advantage of discounted travel.

By utilising the service, those who originally bought the holiday can recover at least some of the money they paid, whilst the people buying can often save as much as 50%-60% of what they would originally have paid. It is a win-win situation for both sides! Not only do you receive a great discount, but as a trusted platform, both buyers and sellers are protected from fraud. Moreover, SpareFare acts as an intermediary, making things progress smoothly throughout the whole process.

Now that the basics have been presented, how does the reselling actually work?

Selling an airline ticket

Before you can consider transferring your flight, you must check that your airline allows name changes of the ticket holder. More often than not, it is allowed – over sixty airlines allow for name changes! The change takes 1 minute and is done through the passengers’ online account. Usually, there is a fee for the name change, and this varies by airline and fare type. If you find that a specific airline’s policy does not allow for ticket name changes, then it may be worthwhile contacting them to see if you can get further details. A full list of all airlines which allow changes can be found here.

Selling a hotel room

Hotel reservations are even easier to sell! You’re usually asked to call the hotel with whom you have a reservation. From there you can inform them you need to change the main guest name within the reservation. More often than not, there will be no fees to be charged with this, however, you should always check with your hotel, just to be sure. If you have booked through Expedia or Booking, you can change the guest’s name through your online account

Selling a package holiday

A package holiday usually comprises of flights, transfers, hotels and any other extra features associated to your holiday. In this case, you will need to speak to your personal travel agent. The option to transfer your holiday will either be a part of their terms and conditions, or, if you cannot see it in there, you could always speak to someone to find out whether or not it is possible and if there will be any fees to pay. Please remember that if the travel agent is based within the EU, then they must give you the option to change the name on the reservation, by law.

The process as a whole

One of SpareFare’s many perks include protection to both the buyer and the seller. Not only do they make sure that the process is safe, but they also help to ensure that the price is fair too.

The process of selling or buying through SpareFare is:

1. The buyer will put forward a price that they are happy to pay.

2. The seller then decides whether or not they want to accept or decline the offer. The bidding process will take into account the current price of holidays and flights, all to make sure that a true discount is applied and that an over inflated price is not charged.

3. The seller will be responsible for changing the name on the booking, only once the buyer has sent over the money.

4. The buyer confirms that everything has been received and is correct.

5. The seller will then receive their money once the time of the travel reservation comes. This is to ensure that they do not change the names back on the booking and cheat their way out of money.

Of course it’s upsetting to realize you cannot attend your holiday, however, with some help from SpareFare, you’ll soon forget about your inconvenience- you will have redeemed some of your money from the unused trip which you can use for your next holiday!

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*This is a guest post written by SpareFare but no payment has been received for this*

 

-Hannah X

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Lisbon Style Diary

I can’ believe that I’ve been back from Lisbon for over a week already but it’s okay because I am not quite done with sharing highlights from the trip. So here is a style diary of what I wore each day.

Day 1/5 – As these were travelling days, I opted for the same pink trousers, black top and converse. Comfort was so key!

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Vest Top – TopShop // Trousers – Primark / /Shoes – Converse

 

Day 2 – Aquarium and St. George’s Castle

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Jumpsuit – Primark

Day 3 – Belem

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Dress – New Look

Day 4 – Cristo Rei

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Top – Topshop // Skirt – Primark // Shoes – Converse

 

-Hannah X

 

Travel With Me: Lisbon

Olá!

I am currently suffering with the worst holiday blues after returning from a city break to Lisbon with Jack. I had been excited for this trip from the minute I booked it and it didn’t disappoint and we have already decided that we need to go back to explore all the little gems that we missed because Lisbon is full of them!

This was both our first time in Portugal so we didn’t really know what to expect but I definitely think it is up there with one of my favourite countries I have been too; from the little tiled streets to the grand plazas overlooking the river; it was all perfect!

Day 1:

We had a morning flight so we go to the airport with plenty of time to get some breakfast and we were also in a prime spot to see President Trump fly in on Air Force 1 which was pretty cool; even if it was Trump. We arrived to our hotel and it was perfect, very cosy and had a great view of the mountains but we didn’t even stop to unpack because we wanted to get out and explore straight away. We walked around Praca do Comercio, soaked in the views of 25 de Abril Bridge and grabbed a lovely dinner in the Beer Museum before getting an early night to prepare for our first full day.

 

Day 2:

None of the days had clear agendas but we knew we wanted to go to the aquarium so we decided to do this first so we made sure we done it. From Praca do Comercio, we got the 728 bus straight to the aquarium which was only about 20 minutes away and spent the next few hours looking at all the fishes and the cutest fluffy sea otters. As we headed back it started to rain so we did what the whole of Lisbon decided to do and went to see the famous Time Out Market. The market was amazing, you could get any kind of food you want but you might have a hard time finding a seat. We opted for a pastel de nata from Manteigaria which we heard about from our favourite food show ‘Somebody Feed Phil’. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing they were, definitely the best I had while we were there. Once the sun came out again, we wondered up to Castelo de S. Jorge and took in some of the best views I have ever seen!

 

Day 3:

You can’t go to Lisbon without going to see the Belem Tower so this is what we did on day 3. Again, we got the bus from the main square and travelled about 25 minutes in the other direction from the aquarium, I feel like I am a pro at the Lisbon public transport! We went straight to the Tower and it was stunning, there was even a man playing Disney songs on his violin which just made it so much more special. We then took a stroll through to Belem Town and soaked up the sun in the gardens before heading back towards the hotel. Of course we found a bar so we sat outside in the sun enjoying the sun. We went for dinner and the strolled down the cobbled streets with an ice cream and macaroons and it was perfect.

 

Day 4:

Our last full day was very bitter sweet; we headed over the river to climb to the top of Cristo Rei which gave the most amazing view of Lisbon and made me feel like I was in San Fransisco which is number 1 on my bucket list so I was a happy bunny. We then headed back down and popped to Ponto Final Restaurant for a drink before heading back to the ferry. Of course as it was our last day it rained so we used this to do a bit of shopping before heading back to the hotel to chill before going out for our last dinner.

 

Day 5:

The saddest day as we were heading home. We had a afternoon flight so checked out and headed straight to the airport. I would have given anything to get off the plane and stay in Lisbon as it has become one of my favourite cities as now has a special place in my heart.

-Hannah X

Fenty Beauty Boots Launch

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Fenty Beauty was launched in Boots here in the UK and to celebrate the launch, I was kindly invited down to my local Boots at Intu Lakeside to see the collection and test out the products.

The Boots at Intu Lakeside has recently had a makeover so as well as seeing the Fenty collection, we were also there to see the new store layout; which can I say was amazing.

We were shown around the store by the loveliest lady called Dee who took us to literally every counter so we could see what product they had and test the out. It was great because Boots have recently launched some new brands in store including Becca and It Cosmetics so it was a fab way to try out some new products that I hadn’t seen before.

After seeing all of the other brands, it was then tine to drool over Fenty which j was so excited for. They showed us some of the newer pieces as well as the much loved classics and honestly I was blown away with the amount of shades of foundation there was, literally something for every skin tone and type.

I must admit I was a bit reluctant about trying the Fenty foundation as it is matte and I had quite dry skin so I always assumed it would just cake itself on and stick to all the dry patches. I was kindly colour matched by one of the girls who then proceeded to give me a full make over with all of the Fenty line which was so generous and kind. I am still wearing it now as I am writing this and it feels amazing. It’s been about 4 hours and it doesn’t feel cakey or heavy at all which is definitely what I thought it would do. The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and completely cancels out my pink undertones.

 

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As we we’re leaving we were also gifted with a lovely goody bag full of products from the brands that are stocked in Boots and honestly I am blown away by the generosity of it and I can’t wait to get stuck in to some of the products.

Thank you Boots and Intu Lakeside for having me and showing me around the new store. It’s stunning and you made me feel so special and welcome.

Mid Month Favourites

I haven’t done a favourites post in such a long time and there are a few products I have been loving so I thought I would switch it up and show you a few of the in a mid months post.

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  1. Radiance Perfection Vitamin C Serum – IK have lost count the amount of times this has featured on here and Instagram but it’s just that good. I feel like it keeps my skin looking healthy and really sits well under my foundation which amazing. A little bit goes such a long way so I know the bottle that I have is going to last a long time

 

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2. No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation – I have been obsessed with this foundation for years now but haven’t really shared my love for it in a long time. It’s the one foundation I always go back to because the colour is perfect on me and it lasts all day. It also looks so good in photos which is something that I always look for too.

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3. Freedom Bro Duo Powder – I much prefer using a powder to fill in my brows because I always think that looks the most natural and the one I have been loving the most is by Freedom. You get 2 powders in each compact and the ones I use and alternate between are Auburn and Medium Brown (this one) and they are great; my brows look so good throughout the day.

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4. Red Cherry Lashes * – Don’t really wear false lashes too much unless I am going out out but I have been loving these natural everyday lashes from Red Cherry. These were kindly gifted to me and I am so glad they were because they are great for completing the perfect spring time look. The go on so easily, especially with the help of the  special applicator. You can pick up your own here: https://falseeyelashes.co.uk

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– Hannah X

 

 

Marks and Spencer – Mimosa & Bergamot

I love perfumes and body sprays and I am always on the hunt for new ones to add to my collection. My latest one was actually a present from one of my best friends; Amy and it’s so good that I have to tell you about it.

Introducing Mimosa and Bergamot spray from Marks and Spencer!

I usually lean more towards fruity, sweet perfumes but I can’t resist this scent. It’s a bit muskier but still contains floral notes from the Mimosa and can still be classed as a ‘girlier fragrance’:

Notes of bergamot zest, mimosa petals and soft musk

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The spray itself is actually only a eau de toilette but it lasts so long so I don’t have to continuously top it up throughout the day but its also the perfect handbag size for the days I am out longer and do want to have a little extra spritz.

Every time I wear this I get so many compliments and can’t wait to rave about it to whoever asks what is it. I am also obsessed with the bottle/box design; its a gorgeous peachy colour with leaves all over it which looks beautiful sitting along my other bottles and makes for the nicest blog photos if I do say so myself.

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Marks and Spencer to do many other scents and now that I have tried this, I am on a mission to add more to my collection because they really are the perfect every day smells, so elegant and feminine.

– Hannah

Appreciating The Little Moments

The first few days of April weren’t my best, I hit a pretty bad place with my mental health but it made me think about my life and all the little moments that make everyday so special.

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Every day has good and bad moments and I am the worst at sometimes focusing on the negative and getting myself into moods because of it. This is something I definitely need to work on because I spend so long feeling down that I blink and the day is over and I’ve lost.

I’ve seen people, especially on Twitter, create threads where they jot down exciting things they have been ding each day but what I love to do is film it. Since the start of January, I have been using the app 1SE to document literally 1 second everyday. The app is so great because it really makes you stop and take time out to record what you have done each day, even if you think it’s not that exciting. I love it because it puts it into a montage so at the end of every month, I post my little 30 second video to my Instagram so it is always there for me to go back to and I’ll do the same on the last day of the year so I can see exactly how 2019 has been.

As a photography graduate, I love recording moments through creative mediums like photos and videos so this is something I have really been enjoying and it helps me stay positive and focused, even on the darker days.

Feel free to head over to my Instagram (@hannahmoggridge) to see what I have been getting up to over the last 4 months and keep an eye out for the next 8!

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– Hannah

Let’s Talk About Smear Tests

Let’s Talk About Smear Tests

The 2 words that make every woman squirm; ‘smear test’.

Growing up, I dreaded the day I hit 25 because I knew it would mean having a cervical cancer screening or a smear test. You hear so much negativity about how it’s painful or uncomfortable and the amount of woman getting them is at an all time low and to be honest I can’t blame them. The thought of laying on a bed, naked from the waist down having a stranger investigate you is a daunting experience and one that I wanted to put off forever.

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In the Uk, you receive a letter inviting you for a screening and once you have had it done, you don’t have to re-do it for another 3 years. I received my letters; yes I had received 2 before I did it; last summer and immediately folded them back up and hid them. Out of sight, out of mind and all that. Fast forward to last Monday and I was on the phone to my GP’s booking an appointment. I don’t know what came over me but I finally plucked up the courage to have it done in the week and I wanted to share my experience because I genuinely do believe there needs to be a bigger conversation about it because they can literally save lives and really aren’t as bad as everyone thinks.

So flashback to Wednesday, I arrived at the doctors and followed the nurse down the corridor into the room. There it all was; the form of questions, the bed, the curtain and the swab. Trust me, if I could have left at that moment I would have. The nurse was so lovely, she sat me down and went through a few questions about my last period and when I received my letter etc. She then explained what was going to happen and took me through the curtain so I could get unchanged and in place.

Sitting with your ankles together and your knees apart is never a good look for anyone but believe me when I say nurses do this every day and they genuinely don’t care what it looks like, they are just there to do their job. I’ll be honest, I am the biggest wuss and have no pain tolerance at all so I was expecting the worst. I’d be lying if I said you couldn’t feel anything but it was about a 1.5/10 and it was more discomfort than pain as you could feel the bristles of the swab but that was it. I couldn’t believe how quickly it was over.

The results usually get sent to your home about 2 weeks later. It’s really that easy. I think I was in the room for about 5/10 minutes and most of that time was spent not being prodded; so please, if you haven’t and are of the right age go and get your smear test done. I felt so proud after and it is there to potentially save your life and stop anything cell changes becoming too nasty.

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If I can do it, then you definitely can.

– Hannah X

Radiance Perfecting Serum

I can’t believe the change in weather. Please can it be hot all year round England, my skin needs some vitamin C. Speaking of vitamin C, I have recently been using the Radiance Perfecting Serum from PearlEssence and been loving it.

Vitamin C is great for the skin because it has anti ageing properties and works to brighten and smooth the skin. Working in the city, it is also great because it helps protect against environmental damage.

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I use the serum twice a day; right before I moisturise and all I can say is wow. It sinks into my skin but doesn’t feel like its clogging my pores which is great because my skin is so sensitive and even the slightest difference in my usual routine can give me an outbreak that last for days. I find that my make also looks a lot better now that I have introduced this into my routine and I am just completely obsessed.

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Pearlessense also do so many other products which I am definitely am going to try because if they are anything like this then I need them in my life.

– Hannah

Holy Grail Beauty Products

Being a lover of anything beauty related, I think it is fair to say I have tried a lot of products in my time but there are always those that are my holy grails and items that I keep coming back to time and time again and today I thought I would share them with you.

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1. Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser
If you have been a reader of my for a while, you would have seen this chestnut appear on multiple occasions because honestly I just love it so much. Aldi are known for their skin care range, Lacura and this is definitely a great representation of hot good the products are. It definitely gives Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish a run for its money and has worked wonders for my skin at a fraction of the cost.

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2. No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation
Is anyone able to count the different foundations they have tried in order to find the right one because honestly I lost count after maybe number 10 but I think I may have found it in the for of the Stay Perfect Foundation by No. 7. I have been loving and repurchasing this foundation for years, I even wrote a blog post on it and I have a feeling this is going to me by favourite for the rest of my life haha.

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3. Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
I suffer from dry lips and this time of year is a nightmare for me. I have tried so many lip balm but they just don’t seem to do the job for me and sometimes make them feel worse. Well say hello to my little miracle, from Palmers. The cocoa butter leaves my lips feeling so moisturised and soft for so long and I can’t imagine not having this in my handbag.

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4. Vitamin E Night Cream
I love the idea of night creams and giving your skin that much needed moisture before bed but I always found that because they are quite thick, my skin would break out and in the morning I would have about 5 new friends. Well I found one that doesn’t do that and it is from the Vitamin E collection from Superdrug. It is a lot thicker than the day cream but it leaves my face feeling incredible!

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What are your holy grail beauty products?

-Hannah X