• British Airways hand luggage allowances explained

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    3What is British Airways checked luggage allowance?

    This is where it gets complicated: it all depends on the route you’re flying and what ticket type you’ve purchased. British Airways offers free checked baggage on most flights from the UK, but if you’ve purchased a ‘hand luggage only’ ticket, you will need to pay extra for checked bags. It’s worth doing this before you get to the BA check in – fees can be double if you pay at the airport. Here’s a summary of BA’s hold luggage rules:

    ‘Hand baggage only’ tickets: depending on your destination and departure airport, you’ll pay between £20 and £35 online in advance per checked bag, and between £40 and £65 if you pay at the airport.
    All other flights, including Economy, Premium Economy, Business come with a free checked bag allowance
    Club World and First Class travellers can get three bags weighing 32kg each for free, again, depending on where you’re flying to and from
    To check your allowance or fees, log in to your booking on the BA website or browse this table of charges.
    Can I bring musical instruments or sports equipment on British Airways flights?

    You are allowed to bring additional items like guitars as part of your hand baggage, if they fit the above size restrictions
    BA will try to accommodate larger and heavier musical instruments up to 45kg and measuring 190cm x 75cm x 65cm if you give 24 hours notice before departure
    Sporting goods like tennis rackets and diving equipment must be under 23kg and up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm to be counted as hand luggage, otherwise you may have to pay a heavy/oversized bag charge
    You can bring a bicycle up to 190cm in length if it’s packed in a bicycle bag with tyres deflated and pedals and handlebars fixed to minimise width

  • How to experience Bali like a local

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    2Bali may be an enduringly popular holiday destination, but there are plenty of ways to discover the island beyond the surf of Kuta Beach. From lush rice terraces to chocolate-making tours, follow our top tips for what to do in Bali off the tourist trail…

    1. El Kabron

    Cliff top club with spectacular ocean sunsets

    Located on the cliffs on the west side of the Bukit (a peninsula to the south of the island), this beach club and restaurant is one of the finest places to visit in Bali of an afternoon. El Kabron not only boasts some of the best ocean views and sunsets in Bali, but it also has a pool overlooking the ocean. It’s a great place to enjoy a sundowner or a glass of wine or two, with the Spanish chef and local Indonesian team cooking up a range of traditional Spanish dishes. Don’t miss the squid ink seafood paella, and try some chocolate ganache truffles to round everything off!

    How to get there

    The club can be a little difficult to find, which makes it even more special; just get on the road to Bingin Beach (approx 20 km/45 minute drive from Bali Airport), then you can pick up the signs for El Kabron from there.

    Bali sunset over the ocean

    2. Big Tree Farms

    Chocolate tours and workshops

    Real chocoholics, Big Tree Farms Bamboo Chocolate Factory should definitely be on your Bali sightseeing hit list. Working in partnership with farmers across Indonesia, Big Tree Farms support local communities to grow organic coconut, salt, cashews and cacao which is used to make the tastiest products. Join one of the daily tours around their factory (Mon to Fri from 2pm) – there are free samples in it for you, including a welcome Coco Mojo drink. If this is not chocolately enough for you, they also organise group chocolate-making classes.