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  • Just added a blog about my recent Florence trip. Check it out if you're interested.

    August 6, 2014

Cormac Scanlan



At home


Most of my family are based there and I enjoy visiting them


Nothing on the horizon for the foreseeable future - really need to book my next trip! :)

Despite what some people believe, very low cost flights on airlines such as Ryanair can be achieved, but they require a combination of flexibility, careful planning and minimal luggage. My first tip would be to look way in advance of when you are planning to go. Obviously trying to get the cheapest possible flight price is important, but dont underestimate the value of flights marked "No Taxes." If you can find flights in both directions very cheap and tax free you are most of the way to a getting yourself a very cheap flight. Baggage is an area where you are also stung heavily (with some airlines charging as much as £50 a case). If you can manage to travel using a cabin-sized hand luggage bag only, most airlines will not charge you for this. Checking in online will further reduce costs with most airlines (as they dont have to pay desk attendents), so read up on how to do it (it's a very simple process). Unfortunately you will always have to pay card charges with most airlines, so thats one cost you cant avoid. If you have kept everything else down though, you should be able to get yourself some very cheap travel. Using these tactics I once managed to fly from Stanstead to Dublin for a 4 day trip to Ireland for £8.02 return (1p each way, no taxes, hand luggage only and a £4 card charge for each flight).

I am Cormac and I have worked for since 2005. My responsibilities on the site are mostly related to functional & aesthetic design role and the planning and delivery of IT projects related to the website. Outside of work, I am a bit of a self-professed geek, with an interest in all manner of topics from the likes of history, philosophy, physics and evolutionary biology to photography, cinematography. I'm always happy to talk geek stuff, so feel free to drop me a line if you fancy a chat! s

In 2003 I scaled Ben Nevis (Britains highest peak) completely on a whim. My friend Shaun phoned me up one weekend and said that his Dad had done the 3 peaks years ago and by the end of the phone conversation we were booking the next cheap available flights with no research, mountain climbing experience or training. Thankfully, it turned out to be a very easy climb and a very enjoyable trip to Scotland.

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    Previous Statuses

  • Just added a blog about my recent Florence trip. Check it out if you're interested.

    August 6, 2014

  • Planning my trip to Florence in a couple of weeks. Pizza time!

    June 2, 2014

  • Oh Eastbourne Tourism! What have you done!?

    May 7, 2014

  • Those "50 Utterly Unmissable Gap Year Articles" really did blow my tiny mind!

    January 29, 2014

  • Have you guys noticed the new left hand side navigation?

    January 16, 2014

  • The 2014 Ryanair sexy calendar news story is live. It's becoming a bit of a annual event.

    October 29, 2013

  • Portugal was great, but today I'm going to Bar Malden for lunch. #livingthedream

    October 15, 2013

  • Portugal in 10 days. Can't wait!

    September 26, 2013

  • Ireland and then Bath next week. Looking forward to it!

    August 21, 2013

  • Just found my new favourite product -

    August 21, 2013

  • Andy is famous on Again.

    June 13, 2013

  • Oh happy day.

    June 11, 2013

  • Oh happy day.

    June 11, 2013

  • Happy New Year gappers! Hope you all had a great one!

    January 2, 2013

  • Liking the new threaded comments...

    November 15, 2012

  • ...I take back my last status. My new favourite Gap Fact is definitely the one in the Botswana section!

    August 17, 2012

  • I think the Egypt Gap Fact is my new favourite!

    August 17, 2012

  • I think the Politics page in the Countries > Australia section might be my new favourite page on!

    July 27, 2012

  • I think might be my new favourite page on the website

    July 27, 2012

  • Finally some sunshine!

    July 23, 2012

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