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Find A Cheap Transatlantic Fare? Tips For Managing A Long Haul Flight In Basic Economy / By MELISSA YEAGER / Lonely Planet / TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE NEWS

As countries are rolling back travel restrictions thanks to falling COVID-19 cases, a parade of low-cost transatlantic airlines has announced new routes and bargain fares in anticipation of a bounce of passengers ready to travel in 2022.

With momentum building that transatlantic travel may return in earnest this summer, a steady drumbeat of low cost and legacy carriers have offered sweetheart deals in recent weeks to entice customers to, after nearly two years of pandemic setbacks, book that long-awaited trip across the Atlantic.

For instance, Icelandic airline PLAY announced starting in September, it would launch service from Orlando, Florida, to Keflavik, Iceland, connecting passengers to final destinations in Europe including Berlin, Dublin, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, London, and Paris. To celebrate the launch, PLAY offered a stunning introductory fare of $129 one way until midnight ET on February 27.

It comes on the heels of several other announcements for summer 2022. German leisure carrier Condor announced that after two years it would fly 16 nonstop routes between Frankfurt, the US and Canada in summer 2022. French carrier Frenchbee will launch new service from Los Angeles International to Paris’ Orly airport on April 30 after launching service from Newark and San Francisco last year.

These inexpensive flights can sometimes be a tempting way to shave costs off one of the heftiest expenses of a transatlantic trip – the airfare. But, like in all things, you get what you pay for. Make sure you read the fine print and do a little prep work in advance to get the best bang for your buck.

Here’s a round-up of some of our editors’ best advice on how to survive a long-haul flight when traveling on a discount fare,

Before you book: Add up the costs
A warning: This is going to involve math. Some discount airlines and basic economy fares on legacy carriers use an “unbundling” business model. That means they charge really low base fares but upsell you on everything from seat assignments to bag fees.

Some even charge for carry-on baggage and printing your boarding pass.

Make sure you read the fine print on what the fare covers and do the math on what extras you might need so you can accurately compare apples to apples with the fares the legacy carriers are offering. Sometimes, the fares end up being similar once you add in everything you need.

Finally, check the fine print on cancellation policies especially given the uncertainty we’ve seen in the pandemic thus far. If there’s a deadline to cancel, add a calendar reminder on your phone so you don’t forget. — Melissa Yeager. Senior News Editor

What to pack in your bags for a low-cost flight
Consider a travel backpack to avoid bag fees: The Mother Lode backpack and the Junior Motherload from eBags went viral on TikTok for good reason. This carry-on can pack in a tremendous amount of stuff. I’ve had the Junior version (now out of production) since 2014 and carried it everywhere when I lived in Europe – from trains to Ryanair flights.

The $119 USD retail price might seem a bit steep but when you consider how much it’ll save you in bag fees, it’s well worth the price. And, pro-tip, I’ve often found eBags running coupon codes that will save you some cash. One word of warning: The bag fits more than you might imagine so be careful packing it. It can get heavy fast. — Melissa Yeager, Senior News Editor

Pack smart, invest in a scale: So you’ve managed to cram everything into a backpack to avoid any extra charges for check-in suitcases. But do you know how much it weighs?

Invest in a scale (you can get portable hand-held ones for around 10 bucks). Budget airlines are the most likely to make you weigh your hand luggage and will be more than happy to slap on a fee even if it’s a few grams over. That also means you need to get really good at packing light. Merino wool, which can withstand multiple wears without a wash, is your friend and can mean bringing two t-shirts on your trip instead of seven. — Sebastian Modak, Editor-At-Large

A high-quality portable scale is the way to go. Our large luggage has a scale built into the handle, but it’s not digital, just a flimsy red flag that pops up if the bag weighs too much, but it was never 100% accurate and has only gotten worse with wear. We spent a lot of time before a recent trip deliberately packing and repacking to get under the weight limit, only to show up and be hilariously over the limit according to the official scale at check-in. — Evan Godt, Editorial Director

Pack a small necessities bag Keep a small-ish bag of necessities (floss, tissues, hand sanitizer, battery pack, snacks, etc) that will fit in the seat-back pocket in front of you. That way you’re not fishing around in your carry-on under the seat or (the horror!) asking your seatmates to move while you get that tube of chapstick from your overhead luggage. — Alexander Howard, Senior Editor

Don’t wait for the airport to get your tech: Get a good Battery Charger/ Power Bank days before departure and make sure it is fully charged and compatible with the devices you are bringing on board. Do not make the mistake of buying one at the airport, only to realize when you board that it too needs to be charged. — Fin McCarthy, Editorial Director

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Download movies and podcasts before you arrive at the airport. © Damircudic/Getty Images
Download movies/podcasts in advance: Depending on the airline, you might not have a lot (or any) options for entertainment. Bring a tablet and download all your entertainment for the flight before you get to the airport. The WiFi in the terminals often does not have enough bandwidth for streaming or downloading videos. —​​​​​​​ Melissa Yeager, Senior News Editor

Download a language-learning podcast to help you with some phrases before you arrive at your destination. Coffee Break Languages from the Radio Lingua Network is a great place to start. They offer short episodes (between 15 and 25 minutes) that cover the basics, and you’re killing time while learning something useful. —​​​​​​​ Sasha Brady, Editor

Arriving at the airport
Double-check the airport! This might seem obvious, but I consider myself a seasoned traveler…and have made this mistake. Budget airlines often fly out of less frequented airports (think: Midway instead of O’Hare, Stansted instead of Heathrow). Double-check that you know where you’re flying out of and where you’re flying into so that you’re not surprised at check-in.

If you haven’t paid up, show up early: Budget airlines make a ton of money off of extras like premium check-in/boarding because the regular check-in can be such a hassle. Make sure you understand your airline’s rules (some charge you extra if you haven’t checked in online or printed your boarding pass). And if you haven’t checked in beforehand for whatever reason, show up early because check-in lines can be extra loooong. —​​​​​​​ Sebastian Modak, Editor-At-Large

No frills: Onboard a low-cost flight
Noise-canceling headphones will make any budget flight seem luxurious: Bring along a set of noise-canceling headphones so you can slip into my own world when the going gets rough on a long flight. Chatty seatmate? Sorry, can’t hear you. Crying baby? Inaudible. All that’s left is you, that latest show you’ve been meaning to catch up on and your couple square feet of space. —​​​​​​​ Alexander Howard, Senior Editor

Be that passenger with the neck pillow: Pack a travel neck pillow and a throw or woolen scarf for when the temperature drops on the flight. If you have an uncomfortable seat, the pillow can double as a cushion. —​​​​​​​ Fin McCarthy, Editorial Director

Wear lots of soft, thick layers. Low-cost airlines tend to have uncomfortable seats so dress as if wrapping yourself up in a soft, cozy cloud. It will make it easier to curl up for a nap as well as keep you warm. —​​​​​​​ Anne Marie McCarthy, Senior Editor

Also, if you’re wearing the layers, they aren’t in your bag, which means you’re more likely to fall within the weight restrictions! —​​​​​​​ Sebastian Modak, Editor-At-Large

Bring an eye mask: And I mean both the kind to sleep and the kind to give yourself a spa day in your seat. A silk, sleep mask will block out the light if you want to take a snooze. Meanwhile, an under-eye mask (or the new hydrating masks that go under your face mask) can be a soothing way to get a little hydration when you’re in the dry cabin of an airplane for several hours. —​​​​​​​ Melissa Yeager, Senior Editor

Bring snacks: Skip the TV dinner at 35k feet and pack your own. Fatty and fibrous snacks like nuts and dried fruit will get you through most lengthy flights (also a good idea to eat a large meal before taking off). Remember that you’re sharing the space with others, so although those hardboiled eggs have made it past security, do you want to be that person? —​​​​​​​ Alexander Howard, Senior Editor

Pack enough water for a long hike: Fill up your water bottle and buy additional bottles once you go through security. You can never have too much water to stay hydrated on a flight, and other passengers who may not have been so savvy will be grateful if you share your surplus. —​​​​​​​ Fin McCarthy, Editorial Director

Buying booze on board: Our editors were split on advice on buying a cocktail on board

Team skip the booze: This goes for any long-haul flight, but avoid the temptation to treat your frugality with a (likely overpriced) adult beverage. No, it won’t help you sleep through the flight. You’ll just get a headache and feel worse. — Alexander Howard, Senior Editor

Team buy a cocktail: I love treating myself to a glass of wine to just take the edge off being in a metal tube for multiple hours. My tip is to make sure you’re also hydrating (it’s dry on the airplane) and be responsible in how you consume. Alcohol will hit you faster at altitude and along with not wanting to be a mess on the flight, you also don’t want to be the person constantly climbing over people to get to the bathroom (for your sake and your seatmates). Also, know it’s against the law to drink your own alcohol on the flight. You’ll face a hefty fine if you’re caught. –Melissa Yeager, Senior News Editor

Relax screen rules for kids: If traveling with kids, this is the time to not stress over their screen time. This is one situation where we should be giving thanks for the distraction of screens. Also pack coloring books, pencils, games (maybe not ones that have loud noises), comics. Go easy on chocolate and fizzy drinks on board – fruit sticks and yoghurt are better options when in a confined space. —​​​​​​​ Fin McCarthy, Editorial Director

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Exclusivelifestyle / Top 10 Sunglasses Brands In The World

Exclusivelifestyle / Top 10 Sunglasses Brands In The World / / Sedat Karagöz / Janbolat Khanat Almaty Tourism ,Culture,Art News Office

Sunglasses are an essential accessory for many people, not only for fashion but also for protecting the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. With so many brands and models available on the market, choosing the right pair of sunglasses can be overwhelming. In this guide, we will introduce you to the top 10 sunglasses brands in the world, highlighting their unique features and designs.


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Ray-Ban is an American brand of sunglasses and eyeglasses founded in 1937. It is known for its iconic Aviator and Wayfarer styles. It is considered one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands. Ray-Ban offers a wide range of sunglasses in different styles, materials, and colors, from classic models to more trendy designs. They also provide polarized and gradient lenses, perfect for outdoor activities.


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Oakley is an American brand of sunglasses, sports equipment, and clothing. Founded in 1975, Oakley is known for its high-performance sunglasses and cutting-edge technology, such as polarized lenses, high-definition optics, and lightweight materials like O-Matter. Oakley’s designs are often geared toward athletes and sports enthusiasts. Still, they also have a wide range of stylish sunglasses for everyday wear.


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Gucci is an Italian luxury brand that offers a wide range of sunglasses in various styles and designs. Gucci sunglasses are known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They are considered a status symbol among fashion-conscious consumers. Gucci’s sunglasses range from classic and elegant to bold and colorful designs, often featuring the brand’s signature logo or patterns.


Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces different sunglasses in various styles and designs. Prada sunglasses are known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They are considered a status symbol among fashion-conscious consumers. Prada’s sunglasses designs are often sleek and minimalistic, focusing on high-quality materials and craftsmanship.


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Versace is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces different sunglasses in various styles and designs. Versace sunglasses are known for their bold and colorful designs and are considered a status symbol among fashion-conscious consumers.

Versace’s sunglasses often feature the brand’s iconic Medusa logo and are known for their bold and glamorous designs. They offer a wide range of sunglasses that cater to both men and women and are suitable for different occasions.



Persol is an Italian brand of sunglasses and eyeglasses founded in 1917. It is known for its high-quality materials and craftsmanship. It is considered one of the most popular luxury brands in the world. Persol’s sunglasses are crafted with attention to detail and are designed to provide maximum comfort and protection. They offer a wide range of models, from classic designs to more modern and trendy styles.


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Dior is a French luxury fashion house that produces different sunglasses in various styles and designs. Dior sunglasses are known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They are considered a status symbol among fashion-conscious consumers. Dior’s sunglasses range from classic and elegant designs to bold and colorful styles, focusing on high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Tom Ford: 

Tom Ford is an American luxury fashion brand that produces different sunglasses in various styles and designs. Tom Ford sunglasses are known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They are considered a status symbol among fashion-conscious consumers. Tom Ford’s sunglasses are designed with a focus on luxury and style, and they offer a wide range of models that cater to both men and women.

Maui Jim:

Maui Jim is an American sunglasses brand founded in 1980. It is known for its high-performance polarized lenses. It is considered one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands. Maui Jim’s sunglasses are designed for outdoor enthusiasts. They offer a wide range of models that provide maximum protection and comfort, with polarized lenses that reduce glare and enhance color.


Carrera is an Austrian brand of sunglasses and eyeglasses founded in 1956. The company is known for its sporty and elegant designs, focusing on high-quality materials and craftsmanship. Carrera’s sunglasses are suitable for a wide range of sports and outdoor activities. They offer a wide range of models catering to men and women.

It’s important to note that this list is not in any particular order and is based on market share, customer reviews, and popularity. Many other brands also produce quality sunglasses. It is always recommended to research, compare different models and features, and read customer reviews before making a purchase.

When purchasing sunglasses, you must consider your personal needs and preferences. If you’re an athlete or outdoor enthusiast, look for sunglasses with polarized lenses and high-performance features. If you’re looking for sunglasses as a fashion accessory, look for brands known for stylish designs.

Another essential factor to consider is the UV protection provided by sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

Additionally, it’s also recommended to choose a brand with a good reputation for customer service and warranty. This ensures that you’ll have a positive experience with the brand and that you can get help if you have any issues with your sunglasses.

In conclusion, the top 10 sunglasses brands are Ray-Ban, Oakley, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Persol, Dior, Tom Ford, Maui Jim, Carrera, and many other brands that produce quality sunglasses. Always research and compare different models and features before making a purchase.

Choosing Your Preferred Sunglasses – Definitive Guide

When shopping for sunglasses, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you make the best purchase for your needs.

Lens Material: 

The lens material is an essential factor to consider when purchasing sunglasses. Some of the most common lens materials include glass, plastic, and polycarbonate. Glass lenses are the most durable and scratch-resistant but are also the heaviest. Plastic lenses are lightweight and affordable, but glass is less stable than Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, durable, and shatter-resistant, making them ideal for sports and outdoor activities.

Lens Color: 

The color of the lens can also affect the level of protection and the type of activity for which the sunglasses are best suited. For example, grey or green lenses reduce glare and provide accurate color perception, making them ideal for driving or water sports. Brown or amber lenses enhance contrast and depth perception, making them perfect for golf or hiking.

Frame Material:

 The frame material is another vital factor when purchasing sunglasses. The most common frame materials include plastic, metal, and titanium. Plastic frames are lightweight and affordable but less durable than metal or titanium frames. Metal frames are durable and can be adjusted for a better fit, but they can be heavy. Titanium frames are lightweight, durable, and hypoallergenic, making them ideal for sensitive skin.

Frame Size and Shape: 

The frame’s size and shape are also essential when purchasing sunglasses. The structure should fit comfortably and securely on your face. The shape of the frame should complement the shape of your face.

UV Protection:

 Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. The level of UV protection is often indicated on the sunglasses’ label or packaging.


Polarized lenses are specially coated lenses that reduce glare and improve visibility, making them ideal for activities such as water sports, fishing, and driving. These lenses block intense reflected light, which can cause glare and make it difficult to see. Polarized lenses can be made from various materials, including glass, plastic, and polycarbonate. They are also available in multiple colors and tints to suit lighting conditions and activities.

Brand Reputation: 

Choosing a reputable brand with a good track record in customer service and warranty is essential. Check the warranty and service options of the brand you’re interested in before making a purchase. A good brand reputation indicates quality and reliability, so it’s worth considering when making your purchase.


Compare the different models and brands you’re interested in. Look for sales or special deals that can help you save money. While price is an important consideration, it’s not the only factor to consider. The most expensive sunglasses may not always be the best option, so compare features and quality before making a purchase.

Customer Reviews:

 Read customer reviews to get an idea of the pros and cons of different models and brands. Customer reviews can provide valuable insight into other sunglasses’ durability, comfort, and overall quality. They can also show you how well the sunglasses perform in different situations, such as in bright sunlight or while engaging in sports or other activities.


 Consider the style of the sunglasses and how they will fit in with your fashion sense. Some sunglasses come in different colors and finishes, such as tortoise shells or mirrored lenses. Think about whether you prefer a classic or trendier look and whether the sunglasses will match your overall personal style. You can also choose from various frame shapes such as round, square, cat-eye, and many more.

Additionally, it’s also essential to try on the sunglasses before purchasing to ensure they fit comfortably and securely on your face. Please confirm that the sunglasses are not too tight or loose and don’t press against your temples or ears.

In conclusion, when buying sunglasses, it’s essential to consider the lens material, lens color, frame material, frame size, shape, UV protection, polarization, brand reputation, price, customer reviews, and style. Considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and choose a pair of sunglasses that will meet your specific needs and preferences. Remember to take your time and research different models, features, and prices before making a purchase.

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