A dream holiday shouldn’t turn into a nightmare. We all know the scene, standing in line waiting to check in at the airport and wondering if your cases are overweight. For years the lies of your bathroom scales were acceptable but now you fear those extra kilos could soon turn into pounds sterling. Then you run the gauntlet past a crone with fried hair that looks determined to make you pay for her hangover. As David Jason once remarked: “Did she get her money back from the charm school?”
With low-cost airlines trying every trick in the book to make sure your holiday costs more, they have been reducing baggage allowances, even cutting down on the odd carrier bag and one quietly reduced the hand luggage sizes so that you would have to check it in and pay a penalty. And as if that is not bad enough consider that in July or August with one well known “low-cost” carrier, a case of 23 kilos would cost you £180!
This is no way to start a holiday and especially with babies and children, so we thought we would try and help families cut down on extra luggage by providing many more items to save you packing them. Not just the usual high chairs, buggies and cots but also essentials such as sterilisers, baby baths, changing mats, blenders, baby alarms, potties, toys, booster seats, books and so on. Just as importantly we have tried to make the cottages at Cantueso more child friendly and have enclosed the terraces on some and paved them so that toddlers can be kept in sight whilst they play safely with toys provided. Inside we have also had a safety survey to ensure that there are stair gates where required and that all electrical items and plug sockets are guarded and of course there are no dangerous items or harmful chemicals stored under the kitchen sink.
If you would like to know more about our child-friendly self catering cottages please see here.
Nicky has said I have been a little harsh on check in staff and maybe she is right. So I will dedicate my remarks above to the woman at Stansted who some time ago checked me in for the Malaga flight. She looked at the two bags on the scales and just tutted but continued to add the baggage tags, and then despatched them along the conveyor. Only when they were gone did she give me a slip of paper saying you are overweight and need to pay £20 before you get your boarding cards. No discussion and, more importantly, I never got the chance to move weight into my hand luggage to avoid the excess.
Moral of this story? Get a better set of bathroom scales.