Over Christmas I went to Rome with Tammy and Andrew. It was an awesome trip (you’ll see it over the next few days) and to get there we flew with The trip started quite hectic with us running late after driving from Sheffield to Manchester airport very early in the morning. I’m not really sure what happened but we ended up getting to the check in desk and staff were yelling at us to hurry up and then being told our bag might not make the flight (it did Christmas miracle and all that). The airport was packed (I guess the combo of Christmas travel and small airports isn’t a winning combination) and security was so busy. We luckily got to skip the queue and go to the front (to the dismay of other passengers) and fortunately made the flight after running to the gate. Do you think I use brackets too often haha. are a low-cost airline mainly based out of smaller airports in the UK like Manchester, Leeds and Belfast. They fly all over Europe but with a notable focus on Spain and France. Just like Thomas Cook they do flights but also package holiday trips (which I think is their popular go to). We booked with them because it was the cheapest option and we were wanting to fly out near Sheffield (alas Manchester). Booking online was super easy and you have to pay for all additional extras like baggage, seats, food etc. which seems pretty standard nowadays. Once we got on the plane it was a 3, aisle, 3 and 737-800. Lots of red decoration and Jet2 branding with all their destinations on the overhead luggage bins. The plane was quite small and legroom/general seat space was quite limiting. Fortunately I knew my neighbours but I can imagine it being a little up close and personal otherwise. No entertainment obviously but I brought Planet Earth and settled right into that. The seatback was a personal highlight with the old school cup holder. There is an indented one on the tray table yet they still have the pull down wire one that gave me a real vintage nod.

As it was such an early flight we didn’t manage to grab food beforehand at the airport. Usually I try to pick something up as plane food is always quite limiting (and you never know what the quality is going to be like). However my stomach was rumbling and grumbling so I had to pick something up from their menu. They had the usual meaty sandwiches, toasties, crisps, nuts etc. I went for their meal deal that includes a sandwich and packet of crisps for a really decent price. I was sceptical because it was so cheap but completely proven wrong as the toasty was delicious. I went for cheese and tomato being vegetarian and it came out fast, was piping hot and most importantly tasty! Andrew got a coffee (they use Starbucks onboard) and he said it was decent. The old school cup holders were put to good use and I had a real retro plane flashback. Water was quite pricey but the air steward happily filled up my own bottle for free so definitely bring an empty bottle with you!

Quick trip to the bathroom because I love a good selfie. I’ve never seen a customised handwash bottle on a plane before so was pretty excited for that haha. And on the back of the door was a skier watching me do my business, a little strange but I guess some people get lonely in there?

Would I fly again? I don’t see why not. It’s basic and standard just like Ryanair or Easyjet but I was expecting that. I felt safe, comfortable and was served with a smile – what more can you ask for really. As their main hub is Leeds and I’m not really often there, I probably won’t be utilising them as much but if they come up as an option in the future I’ll be sure to check them out!


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff