Welcome to the September edition of your Travel Tea Break!

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September brings in the Autumn-like weather, which usually makes me think of new beginnings and starting afresh (just like when the kids go back to school). And this year’s September had a lot going on – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Let’s recap on what we’ve seen this month in the travel world…

Travel News: Hurricanes Irma and Maria Batter the Caribbean

Travel Tea Break - Hurricane Irma

Earlier on this month, news reports and channels everywhere were awash with the devastating news of Hurricanes Irma and Maria causing catastrophe across the Caribbean islands; with Florida also seeing some major destruction.

For anyone watching news reports like this, it’s always devastating news: seeing beautiful islands and people’s homes destroyed in this way is horrendous to watch.

The Guardian has recently reported on exactly how much destruction these hurricanes caused the islands. Here’s hoping the towns and villages can work together to build their incredible places back up again.

Article: Ryanair to Cut Cabin Baggage Allowance

Travel Tea Break - Ryanair Baggage Allowance

September brought some interesting news on behalf of Ryanair. This low cost airline has decided to reduce the number of bags passengers can take into the cabin with them.

Previously, you could take 1 cabin bag sized 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus 1 extra laptop or handbag. However, Money Saving Expert reports that “from Wednesday 1 November, you will still be able to take both bags through security, but non-priority boarding customers will only be able to bring their smaller bag into the cabin. The larger bag will have to be put into the hold at the boarding gate, at no extra charge. If you pay extra for priority boarding – typically £5 – you will still be able to take both bags into the cabin.”

Alternatively, Ryanair are also trying to persuade more passengers to purchase hold luggage so they’ve lowered their prices from £35 per bag to £25 per bag. According to Ryanair, they have made these changes as a way of speeding up boarding times.

But what I can’t understand is why anyone would bother purchasing hold luggage when they can have it checked for free at the gate? I’m also surprised it’s taken Ryanair this long to make changes like this!

Travel Inspiration: Why Nothing Should Ever Get in the Way of Your Life & Travel

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

September saw me slowly open up my blog to guest articles around the theme of ‘Travel Inspiration’. Little did I know just how inspiring some of the stories would turn out to be.

The latest inspirational article to appear on my site is written by Sarah from Travel Breathe Repeat. Sarah has a rare (and fatal) lung disease, yet, she hasn’t let this stop her from travelling. Quite the opposite in fact.

She has already embarked on several trips with her husband, Justin; plus a year-long travel adventure together!

Check out her truly inspiring story here. Sarah really is proof that you should never let anything get in the way of your life or travel.

Future Travel: Fourth Longest Flight in the World Announced by United

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Looking ahead to the future a little now: United Airlines has recently announced a new flight route they will be launching in January 2018. And apparently, this will be the 4th longest flight in the world.

Covering 8,596 miles, this new 17-and-a-half hour (non-stop) flight between Houston and Sydney just goes to show much the industry is evolving and growing!

Will you be travelling to Australia anytime soon?

Bonus: Uber London Loses Licence to Operate

Travel Tea Break - Uber London

With all of the negative press Uber has been getting over the years, this latest development shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Uber will no longer be able to operate in London, as put into place by TfL (Transport for London). But this decision has also been supported by London’s Mayor, who has been quoted as saying: “I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”

Is anyone else thinking: if London did this, will other cities follow suit? I certainly am…

There you have it – your travel news and inspiration update for September. Don’t forget to take your travel tea break next month!

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