Beach hut.
I asked these people if they minded if I took their photo. They were fine with it, but the little boy was intrigued.

I almost called this post "Travelling Cheaply - Part 3". I'm off on a new adventure in a few weeks, and I had an interesting experience booking my airfare. I was using SkyScanner to find a cheap fare. Every time I went into the site the cheapest fare seemed to increase a little. A friend told me that this is intentional. The customer assumes the price has gone up because of time and other factors, and buys the ticket anyway. However, if you use several sites in conjunction with each other, you will see this isn't the case.

Beach Hut 2
This shot I took from a distance. I would not have wanted to disturb her - she looked so comfortable. Even the lamp posts are beautifully painted.

The moral of the story is to use one site to search for available routes and prices, then, when it comes time to book, use another. I just saved around $A400 by doing this. Going back to the original airline site is another option, cutting out the fee they have to pay to SkyScanner, Momondo and the like. I did this when I left Ireland for the UK in June and saved a few Euros. Every little bit helps!

Now to The Train Line for my ticket to London... ...continue reading "The Seaside a la Bournemouth"

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All cheap travel advice - I don't care where you read it - has one underlying principle. Be prepared to think outside the box.

Apple tree
Ripe apples on an old tree near the gate of the cottage at Everton. The apples were delicious. Nothing tastes quite as good as a ripe apple plucked from the tree.

Let's look first of all at what's inside the box.

  • Limited time. You have two weeks' annual leave, you can't change the dates much, or you have to travel during school holidays.
  • Limited accommodation. For various reasons (I can't actually think of any right now), you can only stay in hotels or similar.
  • Limited destinations. You want to travel to a particular place for a particular reason.

...continue reading "Travelling Cheaply"