Archive for the 'Travel & Leisure' Category

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Travelodge Edinburgh Central Rose Street

I paid £31.50 for a Thursday night stay in mid November 2018 at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central Rose Street. The room was originally priced at £37 on the non-refundable Saver rate. As I booked during a 15% off promotion, the price was discounted by £5.50.

I’d Prefer Lower Fares for Everyone to Railcards

There is a plethora of UK national railcards including: Senior Railcard – for travellers aged over 60. Family Railcard – the travellers must include one of the two named adults, plus one child aged over 5. Tw0 Together Railcard – two named adults must travel together. Most of the UK railcard offer discounts of one […]

The True Cost of Car Hire

Hiring a car should carry a danger to your wealth warning. There are so many possible trip wires which trigger extra payments e.g. insurance excess of hundreds of pounds, daily fees for an additional driver and being charged a refuelling fee if you don’t adhere to the fuel policy. My husband was researched car hire […]

Changes to Scotrail Club 50

Scotrail like to trumpet their offer of a £17 flat return fare within Scotland to members of the Scotrail Club 50. This perk is now going to be available three times a year. It was twice a year until now. Whilst it is a good offer, it’s pretty rare for me to make long trips […]

Review of Travelodge Ayr

Over the years I have been a fan of Travelodge. They generally offer rooms of a reasonable standard at competitive prices. Their room prices were lower in the past. Around ten years, I used to be able to regularly book rooms for £15 and even £9 during their sales. The cheapest room were always on […]

Further Cut to Nationwide Flex Plus Account Benefits

The cull of benefits for Nationwide Flex Plus current account holders continues. The recent hike in the monthly fee from to £10 to £13 is to be followed by detrimental changes to the annual worldwide family travel insurance. From 1 January 2019, the insurance will be only offered to customers aged under 70, versus the […]

Review of Premier Inn Dundee Monifieth

I stayed at the Premier Inn Dundee Monifieth on a Friday night in early September 2018. I booked the room around three weeks before my stay. The room cost £31 on the non-refundable advance booking Saver rate. It’s unusual to find reasonably priced accommodation on a Friday night, even if you book months in advance. […]

Review of UK National Art Pass

A National Art Pass offers free or discounted admission to many art related venues and special exhibitions in the UK. In Scotland, where I live, there are 21 galleries and museums which offer free entry to National Art Pass holders. I’d been thinking about buying a National Art Pass for some time. The standard adult […]

Harry’s Ramsden’s Club 60 Meal Deal

I  regularly stop in South Queensferry when I am driving from Stirling to Edinburgh for a walk and a drink from my flask. I’ve always thought that Harry Ramsden’s Three Bridges must have good views over the Forth estuary and bridges, either from the exterior or interior tables. But I’ve been in South Queensferry too […]

Ridiculous Fees of 20% On a Theatre Ticket

When I was in Glasgow recently I noticed a poster for a Saturday Nigh Fever production as I walked past the King’s Theatre. As dancing to the music from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977 at discos in London is one of my most vivid memories of being a 18 year old, I thought […]