Today is officially the saddest day of the year being appropriately nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’.
Typically, the third Monday in January is when the winter blues hit us the hardest thanks to the colder weather, shorter days and darker nights.
Christmas seems like a mere distant memory and all the leftover festive chocolates, cheese and crackers have now been eaten, leaving our cupboards empty.
I’m sure many of you are now sat at your desks at work, counting the days on your calendar until dreaded January comes to a close, wishing you were anywhere else but your office.
You may even be sat there daydreaming about sunbathing on a sandy beach abroad or drinking red wine in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Well if this is you, a visit to the Ryanair website is probably a good idea as they’re here to save the day – selling flights across Europe from as little as £4.99.
That’s right, for today only, the budget airline has slashed their prices, meaning you could bag yourself a trip to locations across Europe for the same price as a large Big Mac meal.
Flights are from various UK airports including London Stansted, Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands, Edinburgh, London Luton and Bristol and are on sale for today only, meaning you have until midnight tonight (Janaury 15) to book yourself on one.
Destinations include Oslo, Toulouse, Ibiza, Malaga, Marseille and Dublin making this is a deal you’ll certainly not want to miss out on.
Return flights are also on sale, meaning you could go on holiday for a tenner – pretty much the same price as having a cheeky couple in your local after work.
The flights will be subject to the airline’s new baggage policy which came into effect today.
Only priority customers – which costs £5 per flight for the privilege – will now be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on board, as well as hand luggage, while all other customers are only able to bring a small bag which can fit underneath seats.
The small bag must not exceed 35x20x20cm and has to be either a handbag, laptop bag or backpack.
If you’re a non-priority customer, your second bag – which must weigh 10Kg or less – will be tagged at the boarding gate and placed in the hold free of charge.
The Dublin-based airline claims the changes were made due to the number of flights being delayed because of a lack of space in the overhead lockers.
In a statement chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said:
These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over €50 million per annum in reduced checked bag fees.
However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking-in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates, which is causing flight delays due to large numbers of gate bag and cabin bag offloads.
We hope that by restricting non-priority customers to one small carry-on bag this will speed up the boarding of flights and eliminate flight delays being caused by not having sufficient overhead cabin space on busy flights to accommodate over 360 (182 customers x two bags) carry-on bags.
All flights are subject to availability. To check out the deals visit Ryanair’s website.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.