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Tips for travelling during the festive season

I’ve lived in London for three years and it certainly has it ups and downs, with one of the benefits being the accessibility to a range of cities around the country. I love having the option to travel across the country in a few short hours to have new experiences and thankfully, the UK’s infrastructure is pretty supportive of this, however the season can completely determine just how successful my ventures will be.

When it comes to festive travel, I typically spend months organising my travel from London for the holiday season and this year is no different. Whilst I’ll be taking an international flight this year, here are my tops tips for travelling within the UK during the festive season.

Plan ahead

Give yourself as much time as possible to plan your journey. Popular routes tend to be on main city connections like Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, so check out your options and the best way for you to make the journey to your destination.

In some cities specific festivities usually take place, so be prepared that some routes may be more congested than usual.

Also, be sure to check out the connections on your route to help you to travel confidently and of course, give yourself enough time to make the connection.

Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham
Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham

Stay informed, stay in control

It’s not uncommon now for companies like TransPennine Express to keep you in the loop via their website and social media channels. Whether it’s bad weather or ‘leaves on the line’, staying informed can help you to stay calm and reassured for your trip.

Invest in noise-cancelling headphones

If your silence is golden then headphones are more than worth their weight in gold. Being relaxed and able to entertain yourself on the trip is invaluable. In the event of a delay, at least you can claim a little bit of personal head space.

Be flexible to save money

Tickets for journeys over the festive period usually go on sale a few months in advance, however certain routes may offer a reduced service. If you need to take an alternative route then be open to it. It could save you some cash – a bonus of being flexible.

Pack gifts with care

If you’re travelling with gifts, be mindful of anything that may be large, heavy or fragile. Wrap bottles and other breakable items in clothing to prevent your gift from being broken before it arrives under the tree. Even better, send your gift in advance to avoid having to travel with any bulky items that will only add to add potentially frustrating trip.

Many thanks to TransPennine Express, leading providers of rail services across the UK and part of First Group, for collaborating with me on this blog post.

Are you REALLY ready for your next trip?

I’m in the midst of finalising my preparations for a long awaited sunshine holiday to the one and only Brazil. Two weeks of touring Rio, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande with my boyfriend and friends – we’re all set for the adventure.

Or at least I thought I was, until I realised a week before departure that I hadn’t checked out my vaccination status. I recalled having a medical check before my last long haul visit to Thailand, but in all honesty, I had no idea whether they would still be valid…. I’d misplaced my medical card.

Obviously, having vaccinations just a few days before departure was not ideal. The queasy feeling, the arm ache – not nice. Unfortunately negotiating a GP appointment at my local NHS centre (where I can never get an appointment in less than three weeks) was not going to happen. The Receptionist gave me a telling off on three separate phone calls and I came away thinking ‘I’m sure I’ll be fine…..’ but that shouldn’t be enough. Continue reading Are you REALLY ready for your next trip?

It may be Christmas, but are you in the spirit of goodwill?

The season of goodwill is upon us and with that comes a lot of parties, friends and family to visit and the organisation of getting from A to B and then to C to be arranged.

But, did you know:

  • 25% of people dislike seeing their families over Christmas
  • 15% hate attending parties
  • 91% will be travelling by car
  • 16% hate feeling that they need to be nice

Personally, I found those statistics a little surprising and as someone that will be travelling quite a bit this winter, a touch concerning – what happened to goodwill, merriment and festive cheer? Continue reading It may be Christmas, but are you in the spirit of goodwill?

Travel planning for the year ahead: It’s all in the preparation

imageI was recently leaving work, when I noticed the first signs of the autumn season kicking in. An overcast sky, rain in the distance and needing to put on the car headlights at 5.30pm. Darkness had settled in for the night before I had even arrived home!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Until it reaches the Christmas holidays, it becomes a mix of dark mornings and even darker evenings. But, there is always a silver lining – making travel arrangements for the coming months, ideally with an escape to a brighter, sunny climate for my necessary dose of Vitamin C.

So, that kick-started my evening, consulting a range of different websites to start shopping around to plan flights and accommodation. Continue reading Travel planning for the year ahead: It’s all in the preparation

Sometimes, you just need a plan…

This weekend my boyfriend and I are heading to Paris for a short getaway which we are both absolutely looking forward to. I have started a new job this week and he starts a new role in mid-September so you can appreciate that we have a busy few weeks coming up.

With that in mind, we wanted an itinerary for the trip to maximise our two days in the city and the time together. We both visited Paris in 2009 for new year celebrations which were fun but this would be something infinitely different. A chance to see the city in its ‘natural light’ without the glow of Christmastime.
Continue reading Sometimes, you just need a plan…