Should I purchase flights now or purchase closer to date?

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Seems to me that 20kg is hardly enough for a weekend away! And then there is the 20kg shopping that you have on the return journey!Nope. I cannot travel light!
Matter of opinion ,we try to travel light,first time to India had a 18Kg backpack as result my back went and was laid up for a while.Now cut down to minimum if possible, the record for a seven week in India was 4.5 Kg for wife (just clothes) and 6.5 Kg for me, nowadays is around 8 Kg. Do take a thin nylon bag if we decide to lash out and do some shopping on the last day - nothing like the Indian prestige pressure cooker did ship back books when the postage then was reasonable
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For getting to and from a beach-resort don't-lift-a-finger type of place, I can make do with porters and a few ponies. For anything more, I require camels and a truck or two.

Ahem. dragging myself, kicking and screaming, to something more like the thread topic ... Have been planning a trip to UK. Dates have been fairly certain for a while, and I am not flexible in my choice of route or airline. Just needed to get around to actually booking. Looked yesterday and prices had gone up! But I am flexible on dates, and found a couple for which they had actually dropped . Now I am confused about airline pricing, but booked and happy. But who knows... in four weeks time, I might have been happier. Or weeping!
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Some people are minimalists others are 'maximalists' .

I tend to do the, "and the kitchen sink scenario" myself!

Seriously, I need tools for any motorbike repairs, which tend to add weight to the allowances. Alternatively, I need to know if it's better to buy them in Delhi, related to the cost of baggage allowances.

Thing is I have all the tools at home and could do without duplicating them all!

4.5kg would hardly cover my 18 inch adjustable spanner!
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You should also look if tools for any motorbike repairs are allowed for handbaggage.
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There are many motorbike owners on IM who trip alot. Maybe open a new thread aimed at getting from them practical and cost info. Might give you a better idea
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Originally Posted by Vastrapur View Post You should also look if tools for any motorbike repairs are allowed for handbaggage.
From my expirence from my bicycle trips with plane trips tools in hand luggage can be problem
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Check Amazon.in and Flipkart for prices of tools in India. Taparia is a respected local make.
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4.5kg would hardly cover my 18 inch adjustable spanner!
I hope I never have to take my 24-inch pipe wrench on a plane!
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You are allowed to take tools in the hold luggage, with some restrictions on sizes.

Yes! I have looked into it.

Been motorcycling for 47 years.

Spent all in nearly 3 years touring India on my own bought Enfield, but different rules and pricing affects hired bikes, which I am doing this time.
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For the OP, as you know your flight dates already, I would book within the next six weeks. Donít wait for your evisa or you will pay a lot more for decent flights. Do you really want to mess around with multi stops. Plenty of direct flights from Heathrow with the usual airlines. As you are avoiding travel over the real peak Christmas period, yes, you should get a return around £600 - £650. How much did you want to pay?
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Should I purchase flights now or purchase closer to date?

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Originally Posted by HowieUK View Post You are allowed to take tools in the hold luggage, with some restrictions on sizes.
Indeed, but if I took my pipe wrenches and spanners, I'd have to leave the underpants behind

I agree not to sweat the flight too much. Keep it simple, keep it comfortable. That is worth a few quid more. And, even if your compound flight is booked through with one airline, every change is a chance for stuff to go missing

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