After a couple of week-long cruises towards the end of last year I wasn’t too unhappy about spending some time at home. But everyone likes having something to look forward to as January drags by, so I’m excited about a long weekend aboard the newly revamped Carnival Sunshine in April.

If you’re looking for a short getaway to alleviate the winter blues, perhaps to the Med in the hope of a spot of sun, it’s a lot easier to travel light so you can speed through the airport allowing more time in your destination.

Sizes and weight restrictions for hand luggage vary across airlines so you should always check before traveling. But if you want to be sure of avoiding restrictions it’s best to travel with a flexible bag that allows you to fit in with these varying guidelines. Luggage brand Cabin Max guarantees that all their flight-approved luggage will fit into any airline’s overhead locker and their bags are designed specifically for this purpose.

Cabin Max’s flight-approved backpack (in the sale at www.cabinmax.com, reduced from £49.95 to £24.95) is designed to make the most of your maximum hand luggage allowance. It’s lightweight but has a massive maximum capacity of 44 litres. And they’re so confident you can fly anywhere with it they’ll even offer a 100 per cent money-back guarantee that you will never have an issue with taking this bag onto a plane.

I’m looking forward to trying it out on my way to Barcelona!