Archive for the 'Travel & Leisure' Category

Enjoy travel and leisure on a budget by looking out for money saving deals on restaurants, days out and holidays.

Why Bother Running the Tram from the City Centre to Edinburgh Airport?

It costs £1.60 for a single ticket between any two stops in Edinburgh, except for the Edinburgh Airport stop, when the price of a single ticket shoots up to £5.50 (£8.50 for a return). It’s not as though there is an express tram going to the airport, every tram halts at each stop on the […]

Airbnb Should Offer the Option to Pay in Local Currency

I’m going to Malaga in southern Spain for one week in April 2017. I am meeting up with Gary,  one of our sons, who has given up his senior developer job in Scotland to become a remote worker. I said that I would organise our accommodation. I had a quick look at hotels in Malaga. […]

When to Book to Save Money on Flights

We all like to pay as little as possible for our short breaks and holidays. As the cost of flights may constitute a fair proportion of the money spent on a trip, you’ll want to find the cheapest flights. Research by Opodo highlights that the time at which you book flights influences the price which you pay. […]

Review of Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

I stayed at the Cairn Hotel in Edinburgh for four nights in November 2016. Initially I booked a two night stay from a Sunday to Tuesday on the Venere website. The combination of a member discount and a 15% off voucher resulted in a price of £47 for a single room for the two nights. […]

Redeeming My Free Flight in the Jet2 Competition

In November 2016 I won a free flight in Jet2 Name That Destination competition. I had to phone Jet2 to claim my free flight. It was a free phone number with lines open Monday to Friday from 7am to 9pm . I thought that it would be a lot simpler to have been able to […]

Not So Easy to Get Expenses Refunded After easyJet Flight Cancellation

When we were in Corfu on holiday, our flight home with easyJet to Newcastle Airport on Sunday 9 October was cancelled, the day before we were due to fly home, because of a strike by Greek air traffic controllers. As at that time, the first two day strike was supposed to be followed by another […]

BBC iPlayer Should Be Available Abroad to TV Licence Holders

I would have really appreciated being able to watch BBC iPlayer when I was stuck in Corfu recently after a strike by Greek air traffic controllers led to our easyJet flight back to Newcastle being cancelled. I wouldn’t normally think about watching TV when on holiday. However, the weather in Corfu was awful for a […]

Great Customer Service from Newcastle Airport Long Stay Car Park

After booking our holiday to Corfu, I searched for the cheapest parking for eight days a,t or near, Newcastle Airport. I paid £43.22 for eight days parking at the Newcastle Airport long stay car park, by booking in advance through Purple Parking. I was relieved that it was on-site parking at Newcastle Airport. A few […]

Feeling Under Attack from All Sides

Today, I read about more cuts in the interest rates paid on high interest current accounts which I hold. Following in the wake of the halving of the 3% rate of interest paid to qualifying holders of the Santander 123 Current Account, the Lloyds Banking Group has decided to take the axe to two of […]

Thank Goodness for Three Mobile’s Feel at Home

Thank goodness that Three Mobile’s Feel at Home scheme was recently extended to cover Greece. I am on the Greek island of Corfu. I was supposed to fly back to Newcastle yesterday, Sunday 9 October. But my easyJet flight from Corfu to Newcastle was cancelled when a strike by Greek air traffic controllers was announced […]