With travel season upon us, I’m often left wondering how we ever survived without our smartphones. I’m not just talking about the inability to post photos to Instagram. I’m talking about essential smartphone applications for travellers that make modern day travelling easier than we could have ever imagined even as little as a decade ago.

After an extensive amount of time on the road, I wanted to share my favourite smartphone applications for travellers. You may have some of these, others you might never heard of. An if there’s an application I’ve not mentioned that you absolutely love then feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll check it out. 

All applications are currently available to download for on iOS. Other platforms may vary.

Google Maps

Perhaps the most famous travel associated smart phone application Google Maps has an extensive search and transport section. Ideal for helping you navigate on foot, using public transport or in a car. The application is also suited to finding local services such as a petrol garage or supermarket.


WiFi Map

I love Three mobile for their fantastic ‘feel at home’ data roaming service. However, if you’re not with Three mobile (you should be) or if you’ve run out of data then WiFi Map is a fantastic tool that allows you to search for WiFi spots based on your location.

The application is crowd based allowing you to add unlisted WiFi spots and help contribute to the service.

XE Currency

So, you’re in the supermarket, a restaurant, or looking to buy tickets for a theme park. The price in front of you reads a number that lets face it makes no sense to you… It could be £1 or £100 you simply have no idea. 

Well, XE Currency is here to help. Simply type in the amount and it’ll convert the amount direct into your local currency for you based on the current exchange rate at that particular moment in time. 

This is perfect if like us you visit a number of different countries with different currencies in a short period of time. Or alternatively, if you’re on a small budget and want to ensure you stay within it. 

Google Translate

If you’re heading off the beaten path when travelling. Then you could easily find yourself without someone you need help from speaking English.

It could be something as simple as ordering food, or something as vital as calling an ambulance. 

Which is why for a second time Google has made it onto this list with the fantastic Google Translate application.

This app can convert voice, text and images from any language into your own. 

Those are my four essential smartphone applications for travellers. As always I’d love to hear your recommendations, so let me know what smartphone applications have changed your travel experience in the comments below. 


Advice, Travel
As you can imagine 20l backpack isn’t that much for travelling and it isn’t but I am here to tell you how it all started and how you can do it too. 

The Backpack

The challenge started when we found our flights with the budget airline Wizz Air, the terms of baggage and hand luggage are different from the similar budget airlines. Having to pay extra for anything larger than a small cabin bag. This to me was ‘okay challenge accepted’, much to the despair of my girlfriend Helen, where she was planning on taking everything plus the kitchen sink. 

We went out and bought a small lightweight 20l backpack each that were originally going to be our day bags for exploring but soon turned into our full-time travel bags. We chose to buy the Karrimor Superlite 20l 64 Backpack Daysack Rucksack, it came with great reviews, it had all the space we needed and had the important laptop sleeve. 

We really fell in love with this backpack due to many useful features, we were travelling with 2 water bottles and even though they were leak proof we wanted them to be accessible, the backpack had on each side an elasticated bottle holder.

My favourite feature on the backpack was the waist straps, one side had a small pouch useful to hold money or headphones, the other side was an elasticated mesh pocket you could store headphones or tickets. Helen’s favourite feature was the small zip pouch in the top of the backpack, perfect size to store important items such as phone, passports and money.

What We Packed

Here is a table of what we packed for 2 people:

When we first started packing for this journey I was excited as I liked the challenge of travelling with as little as possible, Helen, on the other hand, was a little worried, to say the least. We laid everything we were going to bring on the bed and packed it if it didn’t all fit in, something had to be scrapped and this system worked well. We worked on outfits and what we would wear when and why we chose that item over anything else. 

As we have mainly been in warm weather we haven’t had the need for our coats or even jeans, which led to me getting rid of my jeans, they were too bulky and were worn. Though this was great for this trip due to the warmer weather, when we visit other parts of the world and the temperatures are colder this wouldn’t work. 

While moving around and packing up to move to our next location this bag has been great, if it didn’t fit in the bag it was clipped on and we really piled it on the back. The backpack has been really durable and strong, the bag is comfortable to wear for extended periods and very functional. 

There were other functional parts to the bag we didn’t require such as a pole loop, helmet loop and an H2O hole. 

Do I think I could travel with this backpack full time? Maybe, I am still torn as I love the functionality of the bag but if the climate were to change or this backpack was to be essentially my home in a bag I think I would require a little more space.

If you have this backpack or one similar and love it let me know in the comments below what you use and why you love it.


Advice, Spend Money, Travel

Summer season is truly upon us. However, regardless of when you’re travelling, where you’re going and who you’re going with. There’s a couple of essential items that can make the entire trip – and I’m not talking about that new pair of shoes.

Instead, here’s a list of 6 items you probably don’t already take with you on holiday, but you need to buy & pack before your next.

1. Dr Bronner

Prior to becoming digital nomads we did A LOT of research and one product that continued to come up was Dr Bronner. Emanuel Theodore Bronner was the maker of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. He was a moral philosopher who used product labels to promote his ideas, including a belief in the goodness and unity of humanity. 

Since his death in 1997 his family have continued the family business. More committed than ever to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality and dedicating our profits to help make a better world.

Available to purchase from;  

2. Gin Gins

For 30 years, The Ginger People have dedicated themselves to promoting the healthy virtues. One great example of that is Gin Gins travellers boost. These tiny but mighty candy’s which are both delicious and soothing are perfect for those suffering from travel sickness.

Available to purchase from; 

3. Immun-Pro

If like me you feel HORRID after getting off a plane that’s been floating around the sky with everyone else’s germs inside for the past who knows how many hours then these Immun PRO Infection blockers are for you.

A delicious chocolate mint mini tablet, clinically proven to work instantly in offering a natural resistance from the risk of viral and bacterial infection. It starts to work as soon as the first symptoms start to show by warding off the infection before you get sick. Ideal for when travelling on trains or aeroplanes where germs are prevalent. It acts as a protective film in the mouth and throat and creates a natural barrier against cold viruses. It also provides relief at the first signs of an infection such as the first scratching signs of a sore throat.

Available to purchase from; 

4. Zap-It

Let’s face it. There’s nothing worse than being bitten. I’m terrible for scratching and scratching and scratching. However, there’s final a solution.

The Zap IT Mosquito Reliever is a simple and easy way to “bite back” at the little critters that invade our space every summer and take great chunks out of us spoiling out time outside.

Available from; 

5. Silicea Gastro Intestinal

You never really know how you’re going to perform on holiday. The change in humidity and food can cause all kinds of an upset stomach. So it’s good to know that Silicea Gastrointestinal has you covered.

This mineral silicon combined with oxygen and water binds pathogens and their toxins together to help relieve symptoms of disturbed gastrointestinal tract. While also reducing bloating and flatulence.

Buy it direct from; 

6. Altruist

Finally, sun cream. Which, let’s face it is usually a given. However, Altruist isn’t just any old sun cream. Developed by dermatologists. Altruist has a broad range of photostable UV filters, including one of the most advanced filters available – Tinosorb A2B. All to ensure that quality protection is provided across the whole UVA/UVB spectrum. This effective mixture results in an SPF of more than 30, with ultra, 5 star, UVA protection.

Dermatologically tested for both efficacy of sun protection and also to minimise potential for allergy or irritancy this stuff is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

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As always, I’d love to know what you guys are packing for your holidays, let me know your essentials in the comments below. In the meantime, if you do go onto buy and try and of these products I’ve listed I’m always looking for comments and features so tweet me and I may just feature your opinions back here on this post.


Advice, Travel

Late 2016 I won the greatest competition of my life – a family trip to Universal Studios, Orlando! The prize was for four adults, and after a short conversation with my amazing, and very understanding girlfriend Helen, we decided to ask my elderly, retired parents if they’d like to join us.

While they love their short-breaks to Spain, they’ve never flown long haul, and this would be the first time we’d been on holiday ‘as a family’ in almost a decade. My dad really didn’t get a say in the matter, as we explained the competition, the prize and asked them both while he was brushing his teeth. My mum interjected quickly – a reason, I and most people absolutely love her!

We my dad took it upon himself and decided to visit for my dad’s (his) 60th Birthday in April 2017, and invite my 20 year old brother – another long haul holiday virgin with us. 

Unfortunatly, my parents are both severally disabled – more than they’d like to admit. An while they put a brave face on, their illness alongside their age was a worry.

However, I made a couple of small adjustments to ensure that our dream family holiday ran smoothly. An I wanted to share these hints and tips on how to travel with your elderly parents for others in a similar situation.

Airport Parking

The airport is a stressful place for anyone. However, our trip to the airport was made easier by upgrading to ‘meet and greet’ parking. All we needed to do was pull up to the airport departure doors on arrival and there a member of staff was waiting to help us with our bags and take our car to the car park.

On our return, we simply called the parking company who delivered our car promptly to the arrivals doors.

There were five of us travelling and the additional cost of this was around an extra £5 each. We used comparison website Looking4Parking to ensure we got the very best deal. The value for money here is absolutely amazing – Making it an absolute must when travelling with your elderly parents!

Airport Lounge

Flying long haul often means arriving to the airport in advance when compared to short haul flights. For the comfort of my elderly parents and to ensure the best value for money we used our American Express cards to gain complimentary access to the airport lounge.

Even if you don’t have complimentary access thanks to American Express I’d advise you to look into an airport lounge.

These places are fantastic value for money and start at around £15 each with complimentary drinks (including alcohol), snacks, small meals, TV, WIFI and magazines. There also secluded and out of the way, making it the ideal relaxation spot.

Extra Legroom / Aeroplane Upgrades

As well as being old (sorry Dad, it’s true) my dad is a big guy – and stubborn (sorry Dad, it’s also true…) an assumed that the Virgin Atlantic flight we were going to be flying on would equate to a Ryanair flight. Regardless of the number of times I tried to explain. 

An so we looked to upgrade their seats. We opted for extra legroom at a cost of £55 per person, each way although next time we’d look at bidding for premium economy when flying on Virgin Atlantic. 

Regardless of whether you’re flying short-haul or long-haul the small investment into an upgrade of any kind can make a big difference in your elderly parents comfort. To keep costs down, us younger lot sat behind them in the standard seats (and boy did they enjoy rubbing that in!)

Stay Close To Attractions & Amenities 

Orlando, Florida is probably one of the most taxing trips for a healthy family, let alone an elderly one. Especially for someone who’s never been before. Luckily our prize included a stay on-site at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, at Universal Orlando

Travel with your elderly parents
Staying on-site meant that we could access the theme parks and restaurants in a matter of minutes using various modes of transport (including boat!)

Minimising the time and effort it takes to travel reduces stress, not just on them, but on you too!

Take Regular Breaks

Thank goodness for benches and Starbucks!

Taking regular breaks and taking the whole trip ‘steady’ is essential in ensuring the longevity of a trip and avoiding burn out. Not only would we take our theme park days incredibly slow, we’d also ensure we had a ‘pool day’ every other day to ensure we were all well rested.

In conclusion, some small changes and a little organisation can make a big difference when travelling with your elderly parents. An our first trip together in almost a decade was a huge success, in fact they loved the US so much we’re actually going back again in October!

As always I’d love to know your suggestions on how to travel with your elderly parents, if you have any leave me a comment in the comments section below.


Advice, Travel
‘Fuel Dumping’ is a term given to an aircraft which disposes fuel mid-air prior to landing. This is often in the case of an emergency landing, whereby the aircraft needs to lighten it’s weight.

However, that’s not quite the ‘Fuel Dumping’ term we’ll be talking about today. Instead, we’re going to be talking about the fuel dumping term that can turn your £1,000 flight into a £200 flight. It involves intentionally pairing two separate flights on the exact same airfare ticket in the hope that the fuel surcharge is either significantly reduced or removed all together.  

What Is A Fuel Surcharge?

A fuel surcharge is a component that makes up an airline ticket. In the early years of commercial aviation only the base fare and tax components of a flight ticket were included in it’s price. However, in 1973 the industry faced an oil crisis that forced them to add this third competent to the cost of airline tickets. The fuel surcharge was designed to combat the volatile nature of oil prices.

Airlines were no longer able to factor the fuel cost in the base fare and so creating this third component allowed them to specifically cover the cost of oil at whatever price it was indexed. A couple of years later the crisis ended, however controversially airlines decided to keep the fuel surcharge component of a ticket. To this date you’ll find fuel surcharges that are anything from £10 – £1,000 depending on the airline and airports you are travelling between.  

How To Find A Fuel Dumping Fare

Find A Candidate Fare

A good candidate fare consists of a very low base fare and a high fuel surcharge. This is because even if you manage to dump some or all of the fuel surcharge you will always have to pay the base fare and tax. If the base fare is very high  then there is less reason to dump the flight. Even after removing the fuel surcharge there would still be a significant amount to pay. Google’s ITA Matrix website allows you to review the price breakdown for any flight.  

Once you have managed to find a flight with a low base fare and a high fuel surcharge you must then find out if the flight is actually ‘dumpable’. Unfortunatly, not all flights are.


Understanding Fare Rules

The fare rules determine what a particular flight can and can’t do. For example, how many stops are permitted, the minimum stay and the costs associated with the charges. The ITA Matrix website allows you to view the fare rules by clicking “rules” beside the flight details. To find out if a particular flight is ‘dumpable’ you’ll need to look at the combinability section. If “END-ON-END COMBINATIONS” and “SIDE TRIPS” are both permitted, then you have likely found a dumpable flight. 

Understanding Restrictions

However, within each of these rules there maybe certain restrictions. For example, “END-ON-END COMBINATIONS PERMITTED WITH FARES WITHIN AREA 1” means you can combine this flight with another flight only from North America (Area 1 is the industry’s code for North America).

So you’ll be completely wasting your time if you attempted to dump this flight with a smaller flight in Europe or Asia, because only North American flights are combinable with this particular fare.  

Finding The Strike

Now it’s all about adding the extra flight onto your itinerary that is set to cause the fuel dump. This is commonly known as the ‘strike’. The strike flight should be short and inexpensive. Otherwise it’s set to defeat the purpose of the entire fuel dumping practice.

The strike can occur anywhere in the world with any airline (unless the restrictions say otherwise) so searching for it can take a lot of time. As a specific rule of thumb try and aim for strike flights that are less than 60 minutes long. It’s also important to remember that some dumps are OTA (Online Travel Agency) specific.

It’s therefore recommended to conduct your search using a flight aggregator tool such as Momondo. By using the multi-destination search option you’ll be able to input three separate legs.

Getting cheaper flights is really going to help you create a perfect travel budget
Positioning Your Strike

There are a number of places you can position the strike in your itinerary. The most common are: -before the main flights (1x) -after the main flights (3x) -inbetween the main flights (2x) -both before and after the main flights (1/4x) Typically, 1x strikes have the most successful results often achieving a 100% fuel dump. The downside to the 1x is that because this flight takes place before the main flight, you typically MUST fly it. If you don’t show up for your 1x strike, then the remainder of your ticket is automatically cancelled.  

Booking Your Fuel Dumped Ticket

Should you decide to book a fuel-dumped ticket, you must understand the risks that are involved. Fuel dumping enthusiasts who regularly fly these types of tickets, minimise the amount of human interaction involved with their booking.

Calling the airline’s customer service department for a date change or a refund is only asking for trouble. A knowledgeable airline employee will notice the irregular itinerary, so it’s highly recommended to simply book your tickets, check-in online and fly.

Many newcomers to this practise are often concerned about the consequences of being caught by an airline. In theory, if an airline notices your fuel-dumped ticket, they could deny you boarding unless you paid the full ticket fare.  


How A Fuel Dump Occurs

There are three main courses in which a fuel dump will occur;


Because the fuel surcharge component of a flight was added after commercial airline reservation systems were created, the possibility still remains that glitches and errors can occur. Airlines are aware that errors can occur on their both complex and outdated systems.

However, the cost of constantly finding and fixing them far outweighs their potential losses. These glitches typically occur when more than 1 airline is present on the same ticket. Searching for open-jaw flights can also significantly increase the chances of a self-dump.  

OTA Glitch

Sometimes the OTA can be the cause of an error fare. Discounted tickets are usually the unintentional consequence of a missing fuel surcharge.

A glitch on the OTA systems can simply cause this to occur with very little understanding why. The main indication as to whether a fare is an OTA glitch is whether or not it can be replicated elsewhere.  


Human Error

Ticket prices are both decided and published by humans. Which can at times cause fares to be published incorrectly.  


Fuel Dumping Websites & Forums

There are many websites and aviation forums that feature sections on fuel dumping. However, the strikes are often kept a closely guarded secret. Fuel dumping costs the aviation companies a vast amount of money, so many employees are dedicated to spending time navigating to find the latest fare, and close the dumping possibility.

For that reason many will talk in code and ask that you don’t share any vital information on any fuel dump you find. My personal favourite and perhaps the most extensive flying forum is Flyer Talk. To learn more about fuel dumping or keep up with the latest fuel dumping news it’s worth signing up.


Advice, Destinations, Travel, UK
In March 2017 Helen and I set our on our first ever British Road Trip. The idea was that we’d head around the north of England visiting every charity shop we could. Buying items to resell for profit on eBay.

Today I won’t be covering the eBay side of things. Instead I’ll be talking about the road trip itself with my 5 top tips for planning a British road trip

1. Book Your Hotels In Advance

One of the biggest things I worried about was whether or not to book our hotels in advance. When visiting Thailand we roamed around the country freely booking hotels as we went.

However, we had a more specific plan whilst on our British road trip which is why I opted to book our hotels in advance. This saved us so much time on an evening when the only thing we seemed to want to do was eat, shower and sleep. We spent most nights in an Accor hotel, being an Accor cardholder I benefited from 10% off rates and welcome drinks on arrival. Accor includes budget brand Ibis who has a hotel in most major cities.  

2. Food On The Go!

Most days we’re spent constantly travelling from place to place. We could have very easily spent hundreds of pounds on food even if we only ate at fast-food places such as Greggs and McDonalds… but we didn’t.

Instead we got creative, stayed healthy and saved money by making our own food on the road. We’d stop at supermarkets and buy supplies such as wraps, bags of lettuce, sandwich fillers, fruit etc… Helen would make wraps and other tasty meals while I was driving giving us more time to explore.

Because we travelled during the winter months our food stayed cool however when travelling in the spring or summer .  

3. Get Up Early

This one sort of goes without saying but to truly make the most of your time on the road, get up early. Whether you’re spending your day in a particular place or are packing up and travelling to your next destination.

It’s also worth remembering that you’re going to need to allow for additional travel time on a morning between Monday and Friday due to commuter traffic.  

4. Split Your Travel Time

Rather than driving hundred(s) of miles over the course of the day try and split your day so you’re travelling just 20 – 40 miles at a time. Stopping every hour or so at a new destination.

It’s a great way to break up your travel time and can allow you to travel hundreds of miles without ever feeling like it. There are some great attractions and places to visit in small villages, towns and cities all over the UK.  

5. Avoid Service Stations

This goes without saying not just on road trips but during any trip across the UK. You’re going to be paying up to 20% more for your food and petrol at service stations compared to supermarkets / petrol stations in the most local town, city or village.

Obviously, it’s not worth breaking down for however make a conscious decision to take advantage of the time in which you’re next to somewhere offering cheaper food or petrol.   That’s everything (that I can think of right now at least) put together these tips can save you arguments, cash and create an even better experience for you on your British road trip.

As with any of the articles here on The Mini Millionaire be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve anything to add, any questions or simply want to share your experience in following some of these hints and tips.


Advice, Travel

As I begin planning our travelling adventures of Winter 2017 I’m left asking the question… Are Lonely Planet guides worth it? A quick search on the Internet and I find many asking the same question with no answer. Which can only mean one thing… It’s time to investigate…



Lonely Planet Guides were started by Maureen and Tony Wheeler in 1973. The first guidebook ‘Across Asia on the Cheap’ advised travellers on how to do an overland journey from Europe to Australia. Over 40 years later and Lonely Planet is the largest guidebook publisher in the world. With more than 120 million books printed in more than 11 different languages.



When you look at planning an adventure where do you start? Do you know where you want to go? What you want to see? What about everything in between? Whilst for many previous trips I’ve managed to find information from the internet this year I literally have no idea where we’re going to go and what we’re going to do. It’s both an exciting but confusing place to be in… ‘I want to see the world’ but where on earth do I start.


Lonely Planet guides such as Best in Travel 2017 are a great way of finding ‘what’s hot right now’ sometimes giving you destinations you could have otherwise never imagined.

  Are lonely planet guides worth it? Let's find out...  


If you know where you want to go, then you may have some ideas as to the places you want to see.


Who influences you on everything else? The things you do on the other days of your trip?


Travel Bloggers: Travel Blogging has come along way over the past decade. With more coverage than ever before, I often look for personalised recommendations from the travel bloggers I follow online.


However, sometimes they’ve never been somewhere I’m planning on going…


Friends & Family: This can be so hit and miss. Sometimes you can thank your family for a hotel, restaurant or activity that completely made the holiday. Other times, this can be quite the opposite.


Either way make sure the travelling personality of the person(s) you’re taking recommendations from aligns with your own. Lonely Planet: Often the most comprehensive you can often find something that will suit your personality for this trip.



When you’ve decided on where you want to go and what you want to do, you’ll often start extended research. For this I use the reviews of TripAdvisor. I often find these the most independent, but it’s always worth taking them with a pinch of salt.


Overexposure from popular guides such as Lonely Planet can cause the establishments standards to suffer. If the establishment knows they are having someone from Lonely Planet visiting they can pull out all the stops to create the most fantastic atmosphere. Which can be simply impossible to repeat for everyone.  


The Mobile Age

Back in 1973 when Lonely Planet first started there was no such thing as mobile data, no Google Maps, no iPhone and no TripAdvisor. This meant that you were limited as to how you would be able to source information about a particular destination whilst on the road. Over more than forty years our technology has advanced tremendously. However, many countries still have limited mobile data, websites still have downtime and can leave us stranded.


So whilst many of us would turn to our mobile phones for just about anything that may not be the answer. Having a copy of Lonely Planet means you can access the information without the internet.


Conclusion… Are Lonely Planet Guides Worth It?

In my opinion, both yes and no. What I’ve found from my research is that Lonely Planet guides are comprehensive.


They cover the most dynamic range of destinations and include a wealth of information. They are a great source of inspiration for your trip whether you know the destination or do not. However they can easily become bias and outdated which is why I feel that it’s always important to conduct further research rather than simply doing something ‘because Lonely Planet recommended it’ in the planning stage use the internet to find reviews either from travel bloggers or through Trip Advisor.


Finally, on the road… We are often bound by our mobile data and phone batteries that can often become unavailable. So depending on your trip, and level of confidence you simply need to decide are lonely planet guides worth it? 

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Advice, Travel, Travel

Part of travelling frugally can often mean long layovers in airports. However, gone are the days where you’re confined to an airport terminal. In fact in many countries (subject to visa requirements) you’re actually able to embark on a completely free tour.

By planning your trip in advance, you just might be able to take advantage of one of these six completely free airport city tours available. Not only is this a great way to pass some time before your connecting flight, it’s also a fantastic way to see a small part of a city in the meantime.


Singapore – Singapore Changi Airport

If your layover is five and a half hours or longer then you can sign up for one of two tours that Singapore Changi offers. These include a Heritage Tour or City Sights Tour of Singapore. Tours are completely free and run throughout the day however it’s important that you register ahead to time to ensure your spot.

 Singapore Changi Airport not only offers free city airport tours but free cinema showings too

However, free airport tours aren’t the only benefit of a long layover at Singapore Changi Airport. That’s because the airport also play hosts to a number of 24 hour free movie theatres and five gardens – including a butterfly garden. The airport also has a free DIY art studio allowing you to try out the once popular art form of woodblock rubbing.


Suddenly a long layover in Singapore doesn’t sound so boring after all.


Japan – Tokyo Narita Airport

If you’re lucky enough to have a layover of more than five hours in Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Then you can take one of five different three-hour tours. The tours include visiting the museum of aeronautical sciences, a nature work, a visit to the Shinso-Ji temple and a trip to the local shopping outlet.

The shinsho-ji temple is a fantastic place to visit on a free airport city tour
Despite the tour being free some will require the cost of public transport and entry fees. Registration for these airport city tours can be done in one of two ways.

You can sign up in person at the Narita Transit Tourism Counter inside both terminal one or two however the desk is only open from 9am until 12 midday alternatively you can sign up in advance online.


Utah – Salt Lake City Intl Airport

If you have a layover of more than two hours in Utah’s Salt Lake City airport then you can sign up for a free tour of the Temple Square.

Take a free city airport tour to Temple Square
This particular airport city tour leaves every hour between the hours of 11am and 4pm. To register for the tour simply visit the information desk in terminal one or two.


Taiwan – Taoyuan International Airport

For this particular airport city tour you need to be unlucky lucky enough to be left with at least a seven hour layover. I’ll call you lucky for such a layover because you get to do so much in those seven hours on this particular tour.

Starting with a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial hall, then moving onto the Taipei 101 tower, Sanxia, the Zushi temple and more.

An airport city tour in Taiwan includes a trip ti Zushi temple
Due to the length of these tours there are only two a day. The first one leaves at 8.15am and the second one at 1.45pm. Each of the airport city tours provided are bookable upon arrival at the tourist service centre. Located in the arrivals lobby of both terminal one and terminal two.


Qatar – Doha International Airport

Without a doubt the best airport I have ever been to. Helen and I had a very short transfer here when travelling to and from Thailand in 2016. Which unfortunatly meant we didn’t get to explore more of the amazing country that is Qatar.

Free airport city tours aren't the only benefit of a long layover in Doha
However, if you’re left with a transfer of more than five hours then register at the Doha City Tour desk. Located between the departures board and the Chanel / Dior duty-free shop. Tours are available between the hours of 4am and 7pm. They visit the Museum of Islamic art (except Tuesdays), the Souq Waqif, the Pearl-Qatar and the Katara Cultural Village.


Turkey – Ataturk International Airport

Before I begin explaining the tour of Istanbul leaving from Ataturk International Airport there are somethings to note. Firstly, you need to be flying with Turkish Airlines to be eligible for the tour. Second, in-transit visa’s have changed in a lot in Turkey recently. So be sure to check whether you need an in-transit visit to take part on the tour.


There are three tours leaving Ataturk International Airport. Each require a minimum layover time of six hours. The airport city tours on offer include cultural highlights such as the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square and Aya Triada Church.

an airport city tour in Turkey includes a trip to the blue mosque
The tours leave twice daily once at 9am and again at 12 midday. You’ll need to arrive and register for the tour at least half an hour before it starts. Registration takes place at the hotel desk in the international arrival hall.


Let me know in the comments if you have previously been on / or are planning on going on any one of these airport city tours. Alternatively if you know of a free airport tour that we’ve not listed? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to keep this list as up to date as possible.