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.

Travelodge Peterhead Review

We stayed at the Travelodge Peterhead in Aberdeenshire on a Saturday night in early May 2018. The room cost £23 on the non-refundable Saver rate. The original price was £33, but there was a £10 a night reduction during Travelodge promotion which ran earlier in the year. It’s unusual to find such a cheap Travelodge […]

Travelodge Glasgow Central Review

I last stayed at the Travelodge Glasgow Central in 2012. At that time I thought that the hotel was in need of refurbishment. When I booked a room at the Travelodge Glasgow Central for £25 for a Sunday night, during a recent Travelodge promotion, which offered £10 a night off rooms for Friday and Sunday […]

Scotrail Cub 50 Renewal

I received an email from Scotrail reminding me that my Club 50 railcard was due to expire in a couple of weeks. I decided that it was well worth paying the £15 annual charge for the Scotrail Club 50 railcard. During the preceding 12 month period, I bought two £17 flat return fare tickets and, […]

The Drawing Room at the Scottish National Galleries

If you are interested in contemporary art, why not go along to the Drawing Room sessions, organised by the Scottish National Galleries? The Drawing Room usually takes place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art between 17.30 and 18.45 on the second Thursday of the month, This venue is very handy for me. I […]

Renewing Your UK Passport Online

I recently renewed my UK passport online. Until that time, I had applied for my passport renewal by post. The application form wasn’t the easiest to complete. If I went to a photo booth, I was never sure that the photo would be accepted. Therefore, I usually paid an additional few pounds for the Post […]

Bargain Room at Travelodge Helensburgh

In early January 2018, Travelodge ran a 50% off Friday and Saturday nights promotion. It was a bit frustrating, as several of the Travelodges at which I tried to book a room displayed a message saying that all the available codes had already been used at that hotel. I also observed that Sundays nights were […]

Coach Tickets Are Expensive

I bagged a room on a Sunday night for only £17.50 at the Travelodge Inverness Centre hotel in the Travelodge 50% off promotion, which ran in December 2017. I could have paid slightly less for the room by opting for the non-refundable Saver rate. However, thinking about the unpredictability of the Scottish weather, I decided […]

Selling Your Art on the Not on the High Street Website

Over the last couple of years, I’ve created a number of original pieces of art. I have  experimented with different media. I’ve painted with watercolours and acrylics, made collages with felt, metallic paper, fake jewels and even my own hair, and attended screen printing and ceramics evening classes at my local college. But I have […]

Review of Broth3rs Italian Restaurant, Perth, Scotland

I had lunch at the Broth3rs Italian restaurant in Perth (Scotland) on a Thursday in late January 2016. I’d noticed the three course set lunch menu for £8, when walking past the restaurant the last time that I was in Perth. I thought that the interior of Broth3rs was spacious and welcoming. There were three […]

Odeon Silver Cinema Review

The Odeon Silver Cinema is a great deal for movie fans aged 55 and over. It only costs £3 for a ticket, plus you get a free hot drink and biscuits. I attended the Odeon Silver Cinema at the Lothian Road location in Edinburgh, Unfortunately there isn’t an Odeon cimema in my hometown of Stirling. […]