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The two special souvenirs you should always buy on holiday, according to a woman who has traveled around the world

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A seasoned traveler has revealed the two items you should always buy on holiday.

Historian and TV presenter Bettany Hughes, 56, has made a name for herself as an expert on antiquity and as a sought-after lecturer and author of a stack of best-selling books.

Bettany Hughes logs approximately 75,000 air miles annually

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Bettany Hughes logs approximately 75,000 air miles annuallyCredit: Alamy

She is also a globetrotter, traveling approximately 120,000 kilometers in the air every year.

Spending so much time traveling around the world, she’s learned a thing or two and recently shared her best tips and hacks.

One of her more unusual recommendations was to always buy a scarf and a jar of honey wherever you go.

Ms. Hughes told Bloomberg: “If anyone knows my programs, I basically always have a suitcase full of scarves.

“I discovered that wherever you travel, they provide a sunscreen, can wipe away sweat, keep you warm and act as a tourniquet if you get into trouble.”

Over the years she has collected quite a collection from bazaars in India, souks in Istanbul and Albanian villages.

While she said they are certainly “not Hermès,” they do have their “own authenticity and honesty.”

As for honey, she says she has an “archaeological collection” of jars in her kitchen, which are against a side wall.

Her collection is so extensive that she will never run out of supplies in her lifetime and she admits that she takes some from every location she has been.

Ms Hughes also advised never forgetting that you are a guest in someone else’s country and that you must respect your host.

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Not necessarily legal consent, but ‘buy-in’ from the people you are with.

She said: “Make eye contact, make friends. Always say, ‘Is it okay if I take a picture?’”

Once, while filming on the Jordan-Lebanese border, she and her crew sat down in a cafe filled with Hezbollah, which she said could have been “very sticky.”

But since they took the time to explain what was going on, and that they were doing something about the god of war, Mars, it was okay to continue.

Another hack she recommended was to pack two suitcases even if you have to pay the deductible.

Hand luggage rules for UK airlines

We’ve listed for you how much hand luggage you can take with British airlines if you book their basic fare.

Ryanair

One personal bag of maximum 40 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm

EasyJet

One personal bag no larger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm

Jet2

One personal item that fits under the front seat and one carry-on bag that does not exceed 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and weighs a maximum of 10 kg

TUI

One personal item located under the front seat and one carry-on bag not exceeding 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm and weighing a maximum of 10 kg

British Airways

One personal bag not larger than 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm and one hand luggage not larger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm weighing up to 23 kg

Virgin Atlantic Ocean

One personal item that fits under the front seat and one carry-on bag that does not exceed 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm and weighs a maximum of 10 kg

Mrs. Hughes says she fills them all with identical things, just in case one gets lost.

This way you still have clothes that get you through.

She revealed that she made a “schoolgirl mistake” last October when she traveled to Trieste, Italy, for a public lecture.

The only time she thought she would only take one bag was when the airline lost it, leaving her stuck without clothes or makeup.

Luckily, although it did happen four or five weeks later.

In the meantime, these are some of the best packing hacks for travelers.

And this is how you use a pillow to increase the amount of luggage you can take with you.

The historian always carries a pile of scarves

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The historian always carries a pile of scarvesCredit: Getty
Bettany always buys a jar of honey wherever she goes

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Bettany always buys a jar of honey wherever she goesCredit: Getty