Archive for January, 2013

Meals on the Fly

By 1800FlyEurope in Lists | on January 21st, 2013

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Eating on the go can get expensive, and healthy food options tend to be quite limited. Many domestic flights don’t serve meals these days, and even if the airline does provide you with something to eat, it’s a bit of a gamble on whether or not it will be to your liking. Keeping in mind TSA’s liquid restrictions, consideration of your fellow passengers, and convenience, the following tips offer easy, carry-on meal options.

Fruit and Veggies

Apples, grapes, carrot sticks, and celery are simple to eat in flight and won’t make a big mess. Peanut butter, salad dressing, cream cheese, yogurt, and apple sauce are all considered liquids by TSA, so limit these items to 3.4 ounce portions. Review the TSA 3-1-1 for Carry-on’s policy before you pack, too. Otherwise it may come down to having to make a decision on whether you should part with your shampoo or hummus at the security checkpoint.

Sandwiches

Roll-ups make a great sandwich to munch on midair, because you don’t have to worry about the bread getting soggy. You can also pick up your favorite sandwich on your way to the airport. Just remember that mayo, cheese and meats have a shorter lifespan. If you are saving the meal for much later, go with a veggie selection.

Non-perishable Foods

Dried fruit and nuts (avoid peanuts) are a much healthier, filling snack choice than potato chips or candy. For those early morning flights, consider bringing a pack of instant oatmeal or cereal. Just ask the flight attendant for hot water or milk during the beverage service.

Empty Water Bottle

Once you have passed through the security checkpoint, you can fill the water bottle up at one of the drinking fountains. There are also terrific products like Camelbak’s stainless steel (BPA free) bottle with a filter, if you aren’t too keen on drinking tap water.

A Few More Useful Tips

  • Pack on the lighter side for international flights. Customs may not permit certain foods items into the country.
  • Don’t bring peanuts with you, as someone could have a food allergy to them.
  • Be considerate of other passengers when selecting food for your travels; if it has a strong odor, don’t bring it. Tuna fish, stinky cheese, garlic, and onions should stay at home.

There’s no need to fly hungry or feel forced into buying expensive food-to-go at the airport. Just sit back, relax with a decent snack in hand, and enjoy the in-flight movie. Call 1-800-Fly-Europe for the best prices on flights to Belgium, Japan, South Africa, and many more international destinations.

 

5 Fun New Year’s Eve Traditions in Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in These Five Things | on January 2nd, 2013

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As the second hand rounds the clock and closes in on the final moments of 2012, the festive spirit in the air intensifies in anticipation of the stroke of midnight. From huge outdoor crowd gatherings to more intimate get-togethers at a friend or family member’s home, most of the world will soon be cheering on the approaching New Year. You may not be familiar with the following five fantastic New Year’s Eve rituals across Europe, as tradition varies from country to country and even from community to community.

 

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Fireball Swinging in Northeastern Scotland

While you have likely heard of Hogmanay, (which is what Scotland calls their New Year’s celebration) the fireball swinging event that takes place in Stonehaven may surprise you. As the Old Town House bell strikes twelve, people stand back and watch as a procession of locals light their homemade torches and then march up and down High Street. Attached to several feet of wire or chain, the flames are swung out and around, creating a crowd pleasing fiery spectacle for all. When the group nears the harbor, any fireballs still aglow are tossed into the water.

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Jumping into the New Year in Denmark

In the moment that the year’s last second ticks by, many Danes will leap from a chair. Similar to the superstition as to why a bride is carried over a threshold, the belief is that jumping during this precise time safeguards you from being stuck and dwelling on the previous year’s affairs.

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Consuming Twelve Grapes at Midnight in Spain

This tradition began, possibly as early as 1895, when the vineyards in Spain’s Alicante region tried to up their harvest sales. The gimmick worked, and it is now common practice for Spaniards to eat a grape for each chime of the clock as it approaches midnight. By carrying out this ritual, the hope is that it will bring luck and prosperity in the New Year.

 

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Diving into the North Sea in the Netherlands

In 1965 seven people decided to dash into the frigid North Sea as a tribute to the start of bathing season. After a toasty warm sauna session, a favorite northern European winter pastime is to cool off by taking a dip outside in icy cold water. Today, the New Year’s Eve dive takes place at 89 locations scattered throughout the Netherlands, and 36,000 people participated in 2012’s event.

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Christmas Tree Burning in Belgium

Burning Christmas trees is an ancient tradition in Belgium. At one time, it was considered bad luck to have greenery of any kind in the home after the holidays. These days, not only is it a New Year’s Eve ritual but it is also an alternative way to dispose of a Christmas tree.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Good memories, food, entertainment and company can’t be beat! This year, make a New Year’s resolution to travel someplace you have never visited before and book flights to Denmark, Spain, Belgium or anywhere else in the world that sparks your interests.

 

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