Friday, 7 September 2018

Travel // A Trip to the Unknown With Wizz Air

I love a competition, and I also love travel. So a competition to win a trip to the Unknown was right up my alley! When I saw Wizz Air were chartering a flight for 180 adventurers to an unknown destination only revealed upon landing, I knew I needed a seat on that plane. And thankfully - I got one! Yep, to my excitement I won two return flights to the Unknown and two nights accommodation when we got there. It was one of the nicest weekends away we’ve had, and it was an Instagram dream!

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Andy and I rocked up to London Luton airport and made our way over to the Wizz Air check in desk, where the signs above the desks simply said “Mystery Flight”. How bloody exciting! We had a bit of a wait, but in that time amused ourselves trying to guess where we might be going, watching the hoardes of bloggers and YouTubers excitedly vlogging and instagramming, and even being interviewed by the BBC. Sue was so proud!  Our boarding passes simply said London Luton > Unknown and all the boards around the airport just echoed the check in desks with Mystery Flight. All we knew were a few teasers from Wizz Air that there would be food markets and bikes... so pretty much like all European cities! We boarded the plane and it was so much fun - a bit like being on a school trip - everyone was in such high spirits and chatting to each other about where they thought we were going. I wish every plane journey was as friendly!

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I’ve never flown Wizz Air before but was super impressed with the service, and the amount of space we had. I never feel more like a heffalump than I do on a Ryan Air flight - why are their seats so so small please?! We had loads of space on Wizz, both in terms of seat size and leg room. The cabin crew were all really friendly and we got lots of updates from the pilot with clues on where we were headed “Your flight will last between one and six hours” “To the left of the plane you’ll see some mountains, to the right you’ll see a city. We’ll be landing in either a city or countryside”. The suspense was REAL!

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When we did land we were waved off the plane to the Unknown and handed a goodie bag to help us on our way. But where were we?! Cue plenty of meerkatting to gauge clues! We’d landed in Bari - in the heel of Italy’s boot on the south coastal region - famous for its peaceful whitewashed towns, vibrant ports and architecture ranging from imposing baroque to simple trulli stone huts. Let’s get exploring!

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We jumped in a taxi to our hotel - Hi Hotel Bari - which was about 20 minutes away. A quick check in and freshen up, then we jumped back in a taxi to the centre of Bari, which was another 15 minutes drive away. We then spent some time wandering through the streets, getting our bearings, and stopped for some lunch in a cute cobbled street just off the main square.

This pretty much set the tone for the whole weekend - wandering around, stopping for a drink or some food or just to watch the world go by! As our time pretty much all blurred into one glorious long relax, I’ve just left a selection of my favourite pictures from the trip in this post, rather than splitting them out diary style like I usually do. I will be sharing my Top 6 Things To Do In Bari next week though - so be sure to check that out for more pretty pics from this lovely little town.

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GETTING THERE

Wizz Air fly to Bari from London Luton airport from as little as £17.99 per person. Bari centre is about 35 minutes taxi away from the airport.

WHERE WE STAYED 

The Hi Hotel Bari is a really lovely and stylish 4* hotel about 25 mins taxi from Bari airport (25 Euros) I was so impressed with the hotel - it has an outdoor pool, gym, excellent free breakfast buffet, complimentary coffee station and you get 6 free bottles of water in your room each day. Perfect! The bed was big and comfy and you could adjust each side of the mattress to be firmer or softer, we had a beautifully big rain shower in the bathroom filled with Malin+Goetz products, and you could opt to have the TV blasted into the bathroom too which suites me perfectly as I hate having a silent shower! My only one issue with the room was the contemporary glass sliding door separating off the bathroom from the bedroom didn’t slide all the way closed which is not ideal when sharing for obvious reasons! 

HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY?

We were really pleasantly surprised at how cheap Bari was. Sometimes smaller towns and cities can be just as expensive as their big counterparts, but Bari was nice and easy on the pocket. We probably spent about £150 each over the 3 days we were there on taxis, food and drink. A beer cost about 3 Euro a pint and a big platter of bruschetta was about 5 Euro. Scrumptious!

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I would definitely go back to Bari - it’s such a lovely little place for a short getaway - you could totally head there after work on Friday and come home in time for work on Monday and still feel like you’ve had a peaceful, cultural break. Big thanks to Wizz Air for giving us the opportunity to Get Lost in the Unknown - it’s definitely opened my eyes to taking a city break off the beaten path, and I’m very excited to try out some more lesser known destinations soon!


Where else needs to be added to my city break list? 

The more obscure the better!


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3 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous! This sounds like the most exciting thing you can do (besides maybe jumping out of a plane). And what a creative way to promote their airline - seriously, it's genius!

    Laura ✰ laurahasablog.co.uk

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  2. Sounds amazing! How did you come to win this?!

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  3. OMG I'd love to do a spontaneous trip like this but I don't think Simon would up for it! It must have been so so exciting not knowing where you were going, and what a stunning place to end up!

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