First off, a HUGE HUG and a MAHOOOOSIVE THANK YOU from both of us, for checking out our blog! Seriously, it means a lot to us so thanks for stopping by to visit!

How ‘Hand Luggage Only’ Began…

As a hare-brained challenge at University… Just kidding!!! Hand Luggage Only was born back in April 2014 on a surprisingly warm afternoon in Yaya’s college room at University of Cambridge. In what seemed like an oasis of calm between assignments, Yaya and Lloyd (that’s us!) were talking about sharing our travel stories and photos with others like-minded travellers on the internet. We’d already been doing this for a while and (almost competitively) sharing our stories on Facebook but what we really wanted was to connect with other travellers across the globe and have a two-way conversation about travel.

On that fateful day in Cambridge in true Yaya style (i.e. impatient), we started writing blog posts, using photos we’d already edited and within a few hours, www.HandLuggageOnly.co.uk was online and ready to go!


Who’s Yaya?

Let’s see…. How would I describe myself? T.D.H. – Tall Dark and Handsome! Again… JUST KIDDING! I would probably describe myself as someone who knows no limits with his favourite foods (I can literally eat to the point of shame). I am swirling mass of contradictions, I love a good boogie but I have the worst taste in music (example 1) and some people describe me as smart/clever (due to my grades) but on the other hand, I’m incredibly clueless about a lot of things (like how I couldn’t point out where Singapore was on a map until the day I actually moved to Singapore – example 2). I am working on the cluelessness part though and I’m hoping you can help me out with that one. 😉

What else is there about me? I’m a dog person but I would quite like to get a cat as well (another contradiction perhaps?), I’m not a huge fan of chocolates but I love anything strawberry flavoured! (Yes, I’ll even eat strawberry flavoured ham – if there was such a thing).


Who’s Lloyd?

Hmmmm… firstly, unlike Yaya – I am a total chocolate fiend! Dip, cover or smother anything in chocolate and I will be your best friend for life… oh and, of-course, eat it! So, how would I describe myself? Obviously, I love to explore new places, it has been my passion since I was a little boy – I always wanted to be a pilot but my colour-blindness prevented that dream from happening – Boooo! Then I found something equally as exciting…. Travel blogging! Yay! 🙂

I really love anything cute; kawaii style animation, bite-sized fudge, shetland ponies, puppies – if it’s cute, it’s best to expect that I will either want to touch, eat or photograph it!


Wanna Know More?

If you have any questions or wanna know more about us (including where to send us cakes), then send us an email via our contact page! 🙂

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  • gina

    so hadn’t clocked that this was a blog written by boys!! love it

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Thanks Gina!

  • Ekaterina

    I love reading your posts! but you guys need to come to Switzerland! I’m currently living here (originally from Arizona, USA) and I absolutely love it. xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Sounds like a plan Ekaterina!!! I think when we do next, we will probably end up spending half the time eating chocolates… though that’s probably a good thing! Hehehe!

  • cs1003

    Angel Falls, Venezuela – The most amazing place I have visited. We flew into Canaima, spent three days on the river in a “Curiara” to get there. Guys put this on your South America Adventure List!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks! Will do!

  • Lunch and Lit

    I love your blog! I also love that one of you is named Yaya. I have a student named Yaya and have never met another! If you guys ever need tips on New York ( I live in the ‘burbs of NYC), I’d be happy to help!

    Jackie
    lunchandlit.blogspot.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Jackie! This is Yaya and you just raised a funny thought in my head, I’ve never met someone else whose actual name is Yaya! And yes please, we would love NYC tips! Send us an email at http://www.handluggageonly.co.uk when you get the chance to. 🙂

  • I’m a big fan of travel – I can’t really stay in one place for too long! Joined Bloglovin’ to read more blogs (I blog about travel and poetry, myself), and stumbled upon yours. Very interesting!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Great to hear that Kerridwen! Thanks!!!

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  • Mandira Adhikari

    I have recently discovered your blog and should say that I have almost finished reading all the posts! I am a traveller too so I love you guys! Keep up the great work!
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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Mandira – we’re so glad you liked our posts. Ps – Amazing blog!

      Have a lovely New Year!

      Lloyd & Yaya x

  • Holly

    Hey guys! This is everything that I wanted from a travel blog + more! I can’t wait to dive in further! Just wondering what camera & lens kit you’re using for those gorgeous wide angled pics? Thx 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hi Holly – thanks so much, such a lovely comment – it made us feel all warm and fuzzy, so thank you. We use a Canon Wide Angle DSLR for our pics. Hope this helps x

      Have a great 2016!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • Wonderful! I agree with holly! <3 http://goo.gl/I0qjVt

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Sia – Have a great New Years! 🙂

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  • You have covered really well destinations a lot of people would like to visit. I enjoy reading your blog it is very inspiring. Looking forward to your updates.

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