protective facemask hanging on pole by beach

How to have a Lockdown Holiday

Like many countries around the world, the UK is now several weeks into a period of ‘lockdown’ as we all try to limit physical interaction with those from outside our own household, and do our best to stay stocked up on toilet roll and Oatly – the latter being the priority for me.

For many, this has been a period of uncertainty and anxiety. For those that are key workers, the grave concerns around exposure and a lack of PPE, and for the rest of us the ever present worry about how long we’ll be separated from our loved ones, and how long we can stretch our funds at a time of economic unpredictability.

At a time when our movement is most restricted, it’s not surprising that we’re all craving a holiday more than ever before. Kindred Traveller may not be able to take you away on a relaxing break right now, but we can bring the holiday to you! So, here is our guide to a ‘Lockdown Holiday’, and how you can bring your holiday to your living room.

The Atmosphere

First, it’s important to address your surroundings. I don’t mean getting the vac and polish out, as allegedly we’re all cleaning like crazy right now (are we though?!), I mean building a suitable environment for either a stimulating or relaxing holiday.

Create a relaxing corner by bringing your indoor plants together (bet you’re glad you bought one of those ubiquitous Ikea palms now), create a comfy sun lounger with cushions, or just pop your feet up on your footstool.

If you’re looking for more of a city-break vibe, dig out an old checked sheet to drape across your dining table and pop a lit candle in the centre. Try to picture yourself people watching in a busy italian square.

Whatever location you’re trying to recreate, there’s a live camera that you can stream on your tv or laptop. Missing the warm sand and sea? Try the live webcam in Koh Samui, Thailand or check out the sunsets over Jensen Beach Florida. How about a city-scape? Then I’d head to Skyline Web Cams for your pick of the bunch. Wherever you want to be, a quick google will bring you a stunning view.

The Soundtrack

All manner of sound effects can be accessed via your computer or smart device , from the lapping sound of the ocean to the hustle and bustle of a city market. Some of you may opt for music that reminds you of your favourite break. For something more entertaining I’d recommend a good travel podcast, and I’d recommend The Travel Diaries where host Holly Rubenstein talks to special guests about their favourite travel memories. If you’re looking for something with real humour, then try No Shitting in the Toilet (named after a sign in a Chinese cafe), where the stories are about when travel goes wrong but results in some of the most amazing experiences. Both of these can be streamed via Apple or Google Podcast apps, or via the links provided.

The Activity

Holidays revolve, at least in part, around food. Personally, I spend at least half of my day thinking about what and where I’m going to eat. Well there’s no need for that to be any different when you’re at home. Whilst your current food stocks in the home may require a little flexibility on the ingredient front, I’d recommend my favourite YouTube vegan food channel, Vegan International. German, Moroccan, Thai, or Spanish – there’s masses of recipes and video guides to follow.

Let’s not forget the drinks either. I’m inherently quite lazy when it comes to booze, and in seconds just whip up a vegan Baileys and Kahlua mix. Some of you may want to get more creative, and there’s some great ideas from The Vegan Society. Why not video call some friends, and have a cocktail night? It might help to get some of those holiday party vibes going.

Cocktail at the beach
Pineapple is optional

Our Lockdown Travel Competition

If you’re looking for a fun activity, and the chance to win a £150 travel voucher (valid until the end of 2021), why not enter our competition via Instagram or Facebook. All you need to do is create your own mini replica of a world famous monument or building using household items, snap a pic, and share it with us on social media.

Agios Nikolaos Chapel in Cyprus

Vegan Travel in Cyprus

Ask fellow vegan travellers if Greece is vegan friendly and you’ll get entirely different responses from one person to the next. For every ‘Oh, it was a breeze because of the Mediterranean diet out there’, there’ll be a ‘it was tough. They didn’t know what veganism is, and it’s meat and cheese with everything!’. Both things are true.

I’ve travelled through Greece fairly extensively, and awareness of veganism varies vastly from one part of the country to another. For that reason, it’s not possible to give an overview of veganism in Greece, rather it needs to be discussed one area at a time. So here is my vegan guide to Cyprus.

As a vegan in Cyprus, I’d recommend focussing your travel plans on one of two places on the island; Limassol and Nicosia. By far and away they are the easiest places to get vegan food, and they offer two of the best experiences of Cyprus, although in contrast to one another.

Vegan food in Limassol

Limassol is where you go for a beautiful beach break, to top up your tan, but also to explore fascinating historical and archaeological sites. There is accommodation here for every budget, from clean and simple self catering apartments to 5* luxury hotels (we’ve packaged a vegan friendly 5* holiday here).

There are two vegan restaurants in the Limassol area that are both worth visiting. Alchemy Concept is the most central, with a ‘clean eating’ concept this place is also great for those who need gluten free grub. Now, the most important thing I need to state here is that just because it’s clean eating, it doesn’t mean they don’t do desserts. They do them by the boat load. This kind of thing matters to me. It should matter to all of us. Desserts are life.

Vegan cakes at Alchemy restaurant Limassol

Clean eating often gets the side-eye from many, including us vegans, but this place does it really well. The food here is delicious, and even though it’s super healthy, many of their dishes feel indulgent.

The other exclusively vegan restaurant that no vegan in Cyprus should miss is Seashells. This restaurant is part of the St Raphael resort <<LINK to holiday>>, and is situated right on the beach, making dining here both an experience as well as conveniently vegan. Only open during the summer, the prices are reasonable despite the luxurious surroundings.

Vegan food at Seashells restaurant Limassol

It’s family friendly, with picnic benches nearby if you just want to grab a wrap and eat in relaxed fashion. Serving up healthy salads, as well as pulled Jackfruit wraps and vegan pancakes, there’s real variety here. There’s a real eco-friendly approach that stretches to the packaging they use, and the recycling facilities available to customers.

Honourable mentions go to the veggie places in the area that offer great vegan options. Hummus Bar in central Limassol serves vegetarian and vegan street food. Inexpensive, but freshly prepared and tasty, it’s ideal for a quick takeaway for lunch. Superfood Organic Bar, a little further out of town, is a small vegetarian cafe that offers buddha style bowls along with soups, wraps and smoothies.

Vegan food in Nicosia

The largest city in Cyprus, you would expect Nicosia to be one of the easiest places to eat vegan on the island. There are certainly plenty of options here, when you fancy a shopping trip and a break from the beach.

Grön Vegan Kitchen is situated inside the Municipal Market of Nicosia and offers a wide variety of Turkish vegan dishes. Whilst the food here is healthy and nutritious, the ethics are definitely all about the animals and a desire to encourage non-vegans to give vegan food a try.

Vegan food at Gron restaurant Nicosia

Honourable mentions to veggie places go to Inga’s Veggie Heaven in the older part of Nicosia is a small, family run restaurant. Offering takeaway and delivery, we recommend taking your time to eat in their comfy courtyard and chatting with the owners over a biscoff cake. Not far from the Cyprus Museum, in Nicosia Municipal Park, you’ll find Evergreen. Serving up vegan sandwiches, moussaka, pizzas and burgers, there’s something for every taste in peaceful surroundings.

Feet sticking out of a bed

Why our solo travellers get their own room

(I resisted the urge to channel Virginia Woolf, and call this blog entry ‘A Room of One’s Own’.)

I’ve been asked a few times if people have to share rooms on our hosted solo holidays. The answer is a definitive ‘no’. All of our solo holidays come with your own room included in the price.

It’s possible that our holidays would be a little cheaper if we put everyone in shared rooms, like many other solo tour companies do (although it might not save as much as you’d think, as we work hard to keep the accommodation costs down). However, I’ve always felt that a room of your own is fairly fundamental to an enjoyable and relaxing break away.

When travelling solo, most of us also want a sociable side to our breaks – it’s why people book our hosted holidays. It’s nice to sit with someone else over a meal and a drink and chat about our day; to get to know other people and have an enjoyable evening. Also, for some, it’s nice to have someone to explore a location with and maybe a day trip. It’s equally great to head back to your room and have a little space just to yourself.

It’s not you, it’s me

I’ve travelled solo for years, with mixed experiences. One of the most important things I’ve learned about myself along the way is that I enjoy my time with other people far more when I know that I can take a break when I need to. It’s nothing personal. Most of us have at least some part of us that’s a little introverted. Whether you’re the one that sits quietly in the group while listening and observing, or the person getting the drinks in at the bar while telling jokes and being the life and soul of the party; either way, it’s likely that you would need some alone time so that you can recharge your batteries, and prepare yourself to be sociable again.

If either of those descriptions fit you, there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s quite possible that you’ve a touch of the introvert about you, and that’s normal. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re being dragged around all day every day on tour with a group of people, when you’re someone that needs a dose of alone time. I’ve done it as a traveller myself, and it had a detrimental affect on my experience and my personality. To then share a room at the end of each day meant that I had no time to reset, reflect, and adjust.

Woman hiding behind a hat

When creating Kindred Traveller’s solo vegan holidays I gave a lot of thought to exactly what the experience should be for each of our travellers. Yes, I wanted them to be sociable, for the vegan food to be taken care of, for each person to feel supported when they planned their holiday with us and when they got there. A key element that I thought long and hard about was how to offer balance to the two types of travellers – those that wanted to spend most of their time with other people, versus those that wanted more independent time. There are three things that have enabled me to create that balance for whichever type of traveller joins us.

Optional Excursions

There are a plethora of tours out there that have a rigid itinerary that a group follows. These will get you around key tourist hot spots effectively, and will definitely enable you to tick some sights off the list quickly; but they also lack flexibility. What if there’s a little known museum that you really wanted to see that isn’t part of the tour? Maybe you wanted some independent time to go further afield and do your own thing without the group, but wanted to meet with everyone for dinner later?

Each of our holidays aims to cater to that, and that’s why ALL of our excursions are optional. Some free, some paid – but you only pay for what you want to do as it’s not rolled into the overall cost of the holiday.

A Sociable Host

Every hosted solo holiday or break we run has an on-site host. Sometimes it’s me. Hosts are there to welcome you at the airport or train station, make sure dinner runs smoothly with great vegan options to enjoy, they’re great company when you need it, organise excursions for those that want to sign up to them, and also source individual trips if you want to do something a bit different. In short, they are there, on-site, to help you have a holiday that’s as sociable and supported as you want it to be.

A Base

All of the solo holidays we offer at present are based in one static location, rather than tours across an entire area. This isn’t just because this enables you to properly get to know an area in a relaxed fashion, rather than dashing from one area to the next (although you can easily explore further afield on one of our excursions), it’s also because it gives you a base – you can sleep in as late as you like, or meet other travellers for breakfast. If it’s a beach break, you may prefer to stay by the hotel pool, or wander down to the beach. If you’re an early riser that’s been off exploring in the morning, you could come back to the hotel for a coffee and meet up with others in the group to head out to the museum together. The hotel is a base that gives you the flexibility to be both sociable AND independent.

Holidays should be taken at YOUR pace, not anyone else’s – and that’s why each of our travellers gets their own room.

Packing hand luggage for travel

Booking with a Travel Agent versus a DIY holiday

You’ve a fair idea what type of holiday you want, or where you want to go. You’ve got the dates decided, and your leave from work is booked. So, do you head straight for Expedia, or call a Travel Agent?

There’s no doubt that DIY holidays have been on the rise for some years now, aided by the internet and ready access to competitive hotel booking sites and airlines. Indeed, we provide a guide on how to find your own cheap flights. On my travels I’ve gone down both routes, so here are my pros and cons to building your break yourself, versus booking through an agent.

Experience & Time

One thing is certain, no one is going to know what kind of holiday you want as well as you do. This puts you in a great position to browse through hotels and destinations for your perfect break. When looking for great vegan-friendly places to stay there are resources out there, such as this great guide to vegan hotels by yumveganlunchideas. For many, this search is all part of the fun of planning a holiday.

The flip side is that an agent offers experience and time that can help you make that break both easier and possibly better. As Kindred Traveller operates in the vegan niche, we’ve researched vegan-friendly breaks all over the world, and over time we’ve cultivated contacts and partnerships that can offer the sort of experiences you may not have considered. Also, any good travel agent has likely travelled to a lot of the destinations you might be considering, so can offer some really useful insights on where to stay and eat, and what excursions to go on.

Elephants at a Sanctuary in Thailand

The right agent can add masses of value, and remove a lot of hazards

Wildlife holidays are a particularly good example of where an agent can be indispensable. Dividing the ethical from the unethical can be a real minefield, and choosing the right agent can cut through all of that. For instance, we have spent a crazy amount of time researching our travel partners and asking the right questions, to ensure we’re supporting the right experiences.

I founded Kindred Traveller after a long career in animal welfare charities, so bring real insight to an adventure that could otherwise be confusing to research alone. Other great examples where experience in a specialist area can be invaluable are LGBTQ+ holidays, or destination weddings.


Agents can build some very complex itineraries for you to meet your needs, with no stress for you. That said, if you want the kind of adventure where you have the freedom to stay an extra few days in a place that you fall in love with, then DIY is definitely the route for you. When I went backpacking through Vietnam and Cambodia, there were several occasions where I switched flights with just a few days notice, and stayed an extra week on a beach I loved – just because I could.

Man with backpack looking at mountains


If you’ve the time, and know exactly what you want, you can often find a way to do it cheaper with budget airlines and last minute hotel bookings. Agents, after all, do need to make a living.

Don’t dismiss them out of hand on the cost front though, as there are often deals that only travel agents have access to, such as extra night stays, bundle prices, or discounts that they access direct from their suppliers.

If things go wrong

For many, the deciding factor between DIY holidays and booking through an agent is security. When you book through an agent, you don’t just get someone that will advocate on your behalf if the hotel makes a mistake; you also get better financial protection.

It can be a complex area, but fundamentally there are only two things you need to check. Is my holiday protected, and if there’s a flight, is my flight protected? So let’s break down the two types of protection.

  • All package holidays booked through agents or tour operators should have the protection of either an organisation like ABTA, or use a Trust, such as Protected Trust Services (PTS)
  • Any package holidays that include flights should have ATOL protection

All tour operators that offer more than one service (i.e. tour and accommodation, or transfers and meals, etc.) are legally required to provide financial protection, and at Kindred Traveller all of our customers’ payments for our Solo Holidays are protected by PTS. This means that all payments are kept in a Trust, out of our reach, until your holiday is completed. Researching the best way to keep our customer’s money safe was of prime concern to us, and the reason why we took 2 years to launch – we wanted to get it right.

Thomas Cook Airplane awaiting take-off

But what about ATOL protection? Flights will likely cost you roughly the same whether you book them yourself or via an agent. However, booking them as a part of a package with a travel agent should mean that they’ll be ATOL protected, and booking them independently may mean that they won’t be.

There’s a lot of confusion around ATOL protection for flights and holidays, but the main thing to understand is this; if you book your whole holiday as a package with a travel agent, your holiday and flights should be ATOL protected. This means that if the airline goes bust while you’re away, your agent will make sure you can get home. If your holiday hasn’t started yet, the ATOL cover will ensure that you’ll either be offered a replacement, or you’ll get a refund for your whole holiday. Sometimes this ATOL cover is provided by the agent themselves, but many times it’s provided by the supplier that the agent has worked with (as all Kindred Traveller bespoke holidays are).

The problem for DIY bookings is that even if you book with an ATOL protected airline, if you’ve booked just the flight, you aren’t always afforded the same cover. According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), you  are generally only ATOL protected if you don’t immediately receive a ticket, but do get an ATOL certificate. Booking with your credit card will likely afford you some protection, as your Credit Card company can reimburse you under Section 75 if you spend over £100. However, you may then find yourself hitting the internet to find a replacement flight at inflated prices – which could be particularly stressful if you’re mid-holiday.

Either way, if something does go wrong, your first port of call should be the CAA, who will be quick to list details of what to do on their website. If you’re with a travel agent, they will usually get in touch with you as soon as they can, and will help you to make alternative arrangements.


It depends on your travel style

Ultimately, which route is best for you depends on your travelling style and acceptable level of risk. If you’re looking to travel on a shoe-string budget or want flexibility on the go, then doing it yourself may well be for you. If you want someone to put the research in on your behalf, offer specialist insight, and provide financial protection, then you’re best off with a travel agent.


The word Vegan written on a blue plate

Getting the most out of VegfestUK London 2019

Getting the most out of VegfestUK London 2019

Planning on heading to VegfestUK in London this year? You should be! Running across two days on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, the festival has something for every vegan taste bud, and far more than just food.


Of course you should be visiting Kindred Traveller while you’re there (we’re running a competition across the weekend, with a whopping £200 off a holiday as the main prize), but there’s so much to see and do while you’re there that it’s useful to have a few recommendations. So here’s a guide to the Top Ten things to see and do on the weekend.


1. Relax

With an entire zone dedicated to Yoga on Level 2 of Olympia Central, you can find rejuvenating or relaxing sessions of yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation. Definitely the place to seek out when you need some headspace from the crowds.


2. Take time to visit the animal welfare stands

Head towards Stall CK1 and visit the Hunt Saboteurs Association. They’re offering a free gift to those that become a member at the show, and they’re an organisation we should all be supporting. They’re in the Central Hall on Level 1.


3. Feel the animal love

Skip the lunchtime queues on Sunday, and instead head to the ‘Foxes for Everyone’ talk by Trevor Williams. Trevor founded the Fox Project 30 years ago, which rescues injured foxes and orphaned cubs, and aims to resolve challenges by advising on humane methods to deter foxes.


Fox sitting by rock at edge of woods

4. Getting hungry?

Head to the Vegan Food Village on Level 1 of Olympia West. There’s so much to choose here that no one will struggle to find something that suits their palate, whether you love healthy or vegan junk food. We’re looking forward to trying something from the Greek Vegan Delhi on Stall CAT15 (if we’re not at our stall, you’ll know where to find us. Unless we’re on a toilet break. Don’t follow us there.)


5. Get your game on

Take a break from inhaling food, and visit the Geekstraveganza gaming area. They’ve a host of of board and card games available for every age and taste, and they welcome you coming along to play at any time over the weekend. Find them on Level 3 of Olympia Central


6. Single and ready to mingle?

Then there’s a speed dating session for you. Run by Karin Ridgers, the founder of and VeggieVision TV. All social and speed dating sessions are held on Level 2 of Olympia Central, but you will need to reserve your space on the speed dating by emailing Karin at with the heading ‘speed dating’, along with your phone number, email and a recent photo.


7. Take in a short film

Head to a film screening of ‘Planet Vegan’, which examines the world of veganism and takes a look at the key players behind the growth of the vegan movement. A fascinating watch for vegans, and a non-judgemental insight for the vegan-curious.


8. Grab a pie-to-go

from Mr Nice Pie, with their weekend offer of 3 pies for £10. I’ll be trying to grab some before the event opens and the mass influx begins, as I love them. I’d recommend their Swedey Todd or Drunken Mushroom pies. Find them at Stand WC3 in the West Hall on Level 1.


9. Not just food stalls

If you’re looking for ethical gifts, make sure you pop by Vegan My Style. Drawing together a variety of clothing, beauty, and lifestyle products from ethical suppliers. From baby boxes to picnic sets, lip balms to jogging bottoms; everything they offer is vegan and 100% cruelty free.


10. Bringing along the kids?

There’s an entire area dedicated to keeping them entertained, with cookery workshops, fun, magic and dancing. Hosted by Captain James Tea Cook (Pirate of the Carob Bean – I see what he did there) on Saturday, and by The Mad Hatter on Sunday. Sadly, I suspect I’m too old to participate in the Mr Potato Head Brain Surgery that they’ve got planned for Sunday afternoon. Find them on Level 3.


Mr Potato Head dressed up as Spiderman


And if all of that isn’t enough, then there’s a Vegan Bodybuilding Competition on Saturday afternoon on Level 1!

Find Kindred Traveller at stand CA5 in the Central Hall of Level 1, just up from Seating Area F. We’re at the opposite end of the hall from the Strength and Endurance section where the Bodybuilders are. Sadly.
Inside the Pantheon

5 things you should know about the Pantheon

If you’re heading off for a short or long break in Rome, then the Pantheon will likely figure among your must see spots in the city.

This ancient temple, while less trumpeted than the Colosseum and the Forum, is one of my favourite buildings as its initial simplicity belies incredible ingenuity and complexities in construction. Conceived by Marcus Agrippa as part of his private complex, it was later completed by Hadrian around 126AD.

It’s thought that the temple is built in recognition of all Gods, as the name comes from the Greek words ‘pan’, meaning all, and ‘theos’, meaning god. Indeed, the temple was originally surrounded by statues of gods; however, some believe that ‘Pantheon’ was just a nickname for the building.

Here are 5 things you should know about the Pantheon in Rome before you go.

1. The Oculus in the ceiling

Ceiling of Pantheon Rome

Within the dome is one of the most distinguishing features of the temple. The large circular hole, or Oculus, is the only source of light within the building asides from the doorway.

An atmospheric experience when it rains, the water pours into the centre of the building; draining away through 22 well hidden holes in the floor.

2. It was a temple, and now it’s a church

View of the Pantheon Rome

First built as a pagan temple dedicated to all Gods, in the year 608 Emperor Phocas gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV.

The Pope went on to strip the building of all evidence of paganism, and consecrated it as St Mary and the Martyrs Church. As destructive as this move might seem, it may well have protected the temple from even greater damage, as so many of the disowned buildings of Rome suffered from abandonment and plundering over the years, as their materials were repurposed elsewhere.

3. Raphael is buried here

Italian painter and architect Raffaello Sanzio, better known as Raphael was laid to rest here. The inscription on his marble sarcophagus reads “Here lies the famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die.”

4. The dome ceiling is kind of special

Roof of the Pantheon RomeMeasuring an incredible 142 feet, the dome comprises of concrete mixed with tufa and pumice to keep the large structure as lightweight as possible. Visitors have to imagine it’s past magnificence, as it was once covered in Bronze, and must have looked incredible when reflecting the Italian sunlight.

For more than 1300 years it was regarded as the biggest dome in the world, until an inspired Brunelleschi created the Duomo in Florence.

5. Venus, Cleopatra, and a pearl earring

Exterior of Pantheon RomeOnce containing statues of Venus, Mars, and Julius Caesar, there’s an interesting connection between one of these statues and Cleopatra.

In order to demonstrate her wealth, Cleopatra made a bet with Marc Antony that she could spend 10 million sesterces on one meal. Removing one pearl earring, she dissolved it in wine-vinegar, and drank it – winning the bet. The other earring was said to have adorned the statue of Venus. Whilst the statue is no longer there, the story remains as an amusing insight into a legendary woman.

Best nearby vegan food

Delicious plate of food from EcruWhen we visit, we take the short 15 minute walk from the Pantheon to vegan eaterie ÉcruSpecialising in raw and organic food, the dishes are healthy, beautifully presented, and unpretentious. The prices are pitched more at the higher end, but the standard is high, and definitely somewhere for vegans to visit at least once during your visit to Rome.

It’s centrally located, so if you’re dropping by for lunch, head to the Castel Sant’Angelo after. If you’re heading there in the evening, head off for a gentle walk along the Tiber (I once ended up in an impromptu dance-off to a funk band that had set up on one of the bridges – but that’s another story!).

Experience Rome on one of our Vegan Group Breaks, or book a package holiday to a destination of your choice by calling us on 01392 927701

Bowl of tomatoes

WIN tickets to VEGFEST 2019

We have 6 pairs of weekend tickets to giveaway for this year’s Vegfest in London.

Vegfest returns to London Olympia on the 26th & 27th October with around 370 stalls, including many new vegan brands, 20 featured areas, and around 150 speakers all under one roof.

Kindred Traveller will be there too, and we’d love to give a pair of tickets to 6 of our Newsletter Subscribers!

To Enter, simply subscribe to our Newsletter via the form below, before the closing date. Ensure the ‘Competition Entry’ and ‘Email’ boxes are ticked for entry.

(Existing subscribers can enter simply by emailing us at, with the subject ‘Vegfest Tickets’)


Our competition rules can be found here.


How To Find Cheap Flights

How to find cheap flights

We don’t always book flights for our customers. There are two reasons for this:

•  Not everyone wants to fly. From an environmental perspective, frequent flying isn’t the best choice, and quite a lot of our destinations can be reached by rail within a day (which we can arrange).
•  The hardest part is sometimes getting from the airport to your accommodation, and however you reach your destination, we can still arrange your transfers.

    Here I’m going to show you how we at Kindred Traveller find our bargain flights when we go on our own holidays.

    Finding the cheapest flights that work for you is as simple as using a combination of two online tools: Google Flights and Skyscanner or Momondo. There are some pros and cons to these methods, so let’s take look.

    Google Flights:

    Great at:
    • Identifying the best travel dates
    • Quick, general searches
    • Great for filtering your search

    Less effective at:
    • Identifying error fares
    • Finding the cheapest price

    Skyscanner and Momondo:

    Great at:
    • Finding the cheapest prices
    • Picking up on error fares

    Less effective at:
    • Identifying the best travel dates
    • Filtering your search

    What is Google Flights?

    Google Flights is a flight aggregator and search tool which searches and displays flights and fares from all major airlines around the globe. It should be one of your primary ports of call in your search for a cheap flight.

    Why use Google Flights?

    The flights and fares on Google Flights come direct from the airlines, and so are usually very accurate. As it has the most useful search functionality and a really useful calendar tool, I start here when I want to trawl through months of flights and identify the best fares for my route.

    1. Go to Google Flights
    Select your departure and destination airports as required – but don’t click search yet, first look at the calendar to see what dates offer the lowest price. Click on the departure date box and prices will begin to load next to dates within moments. Note the option at the bottom of the calendar window, which allows you to adjust the length of trip – this will affect the prices, so alter accordingly.

    Using Google Flights

    This method will quickly show you what the cheapest dates are to fly – they’re coloured green.

    Once you’ve chosen your preferred departure date, the calendar will adjust to display the total journey cost based on your return date. Select your preferred return date and you’ll then be given a list of flights and fares and Google will suggest what it thinks are the ‘best’ options for you. However, their ‘best’ option may not be what works best for your needs. This is where the filter comes in.

    2. Filter your results
    You may want to exclude an airline that doesn’t provide vegan meals or has poor customer service, or simply avoid flights that aren’t direct.

    You can use filters to specify baggage, number of stops, airlines, price range, times for departure and return, and connecting routes. Look out for the ‘More’ button, which hides a flight duration filter – this enables you to see flights with stops, and weed out long layovers at airports.

    Once you’ve set your filters, click on the date boxes again to see your refreshed results.

    3. Select your flight
    When you select your departure flight a list of return flights, along with the total fare, will load.
    Once you select your preferred flight combination, Google will list the options to book through (e.g. Jet2, Expedia, etc.)

    Google Flights search results

    You can now go ahead and book at this point if you’re happy with the price. But if you’re still on the lookout for a potentially cheaper flight, then you’ll want to move onto Skyscanner or Momondo.

    Momondo tends to display more results as it covers more providers, so they’re usually my preferred option over Skyscanner. However, I often check both.

    Searching Momondo:

    So you’ve selected your best dates via Google Flights. Now go to

    Click ‘search’, and your results will come through, listing your best results along with a calendar bar showing best price dates, like this:

    How to use Momondo

    Searching Skyscanner:

    If you want to check Skyscanner, go to and enter your flight dates from Google Flights. Click search, and make sure you wait for the green bar to finish loading to see your complete results.

    How to use Skyscanner

    Whichever site you choose to book through, it’s just a question of clicking on the deal to take you through to the relevant booking page.

    If you still have more questions, feel free to drop us an email at  and we’ll be happy to help.

    Happy flying!


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    Beautiful Zakynthos landscape

    5 of the best things to do in Zakynthos

    With over 6,000 islands in this Mediterranean archipelago to choose from, it’s no wonder that Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is often forgotten when people choose a Greek holiday.

    Lying west of mainland Greece, with views of Kefalonia, the island has a rugged coastline, picturesque villages, and some of the best golden beaches in Greece.

    Here are Kindred Traveller’s Top 5 things to do and see in Zakynthos.

    1. Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Cove)

    Navagio BeachAn iconic spot, that you’ll see time and again in images of Greece. Contrary to what you may have been told, this beautiful spot is best seen from above, rather than visiting the beach itself, which can be crowded and offers little respite from the sun. The view of it from the clifftops, however, is simply stunning.

    This natural harbour, with its clear blue waters and white sand, is surrounded by 200m cliffs. The beach hit the news in 2018 due to a sudden and unexpected rockfall onto the beach, hence the need for caution in the area; from above and below!

    The main focal point of the beach is the wrecked ship that lays there. It may just be a grounded cargo boat, but it certainly takes a good picture.

    The beach is only accessible by boat, and you can book boat tours from all over the island. Instead, we’d recommend hiring a car, and heading to the viewing area above it for the best views.

    Please take care when viewing from the cliffs. You’ll inevitably see tourists taking an ill-considered route along the edge in an attempt to get the ideal selfie. The area is unstable, and people have died falling from the rocks.

    2. Xigia Beach

    Xigia Beach ZakynthosIf you’re looking to bathe in sulphur and collagen-laden waters, (and don’t mind smelling of eggs for the trip home), this beach is definitely worth leaving the resort for. Rumoured to have healing properties, the locals claim this helps with arthritis and cellulite . . .

    There’s free (but very limited) parking above, and a small canteen for drinks and snacks. Spend the day, or make it a relaxing stop on your drive around the island.

    At Kindred Traveller, we offer a visit to Xigia beach amongst our optional excursions.

    3. Relaxation & Cocktails at Tsilivi Beach

    Cocktails on the beachTsilivi isn’t just home to a long, golden stretch of beach, but it’s also an excellent place for a cocktail. Tsilivi has managed to avoid the rowdier 18-30 crowds that frequent resorts like Laganas, but still has plenty of atmosphere for a great night out.

    This is the place to spend the day relaxing on the beach, where food and drinks can be brought to your sun lounger. Then, come the evening, enjoy a meal and late drinks or a dance.

    4. Zakynthos (Zante) Town

    Zakynthos TownFollowing the earthquake of 1953, much of the island’s oldest buildings, with its Neoclassical architecture, were entirely destroyed. The capital, Zakynthos (Zante) Town, was no exception. Consequently, much of what stands there is relatively new.

    There are pedestrianised areas with open squares surrounded by stylish bars here. As the town is also the home to the main harbour, filled with large and expensive yachts, this is also where some of the wealthiest patrons drink.

    The town’s main church, Agios Dionysios, is home to the relics of the town’s patron saint, and the original 1708 building was reconstructed in 1954.

    For incredible views over the town and out to sea, head just under a mile from town to the village of Bochali. Here you’ll also find the ruins of a Venetian castle, destroyed by invading Turks in 1480 before being restored in 1515, set in a pine tree-lined park.

    5. Boat Trips galore

    Boat trip in ZakynthosThere are a variety of boat trips you can take around various parts of the island. With full and half day tours taking in Turtle Island and turtle spotting, trips to Navagio Beach, and more.

    Our favourite is to the Blue Caves at Cape Skinari on the northern coast, where the sea reflects the deepest blues of the sky, and the surrounding caves are marked purple in colour. It’s a magical trip, which is complemented by a dive off the end of the boat to cool off.

    Alternatively, you can hire a boat yourself from various locations, and head to a variety of coves and beaches. Take some snacks and cool drinks, and head out to explore.

    Now take me there