Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rail. Seat61.

Highly recommended A great site for all rail information, mainly in Europe, but also further afield is www.seat61.com. Ask for a jug of tap, rather than bottled, water in restaurants in countries where the tap water is safe to drink.  …

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Rail. Paris.

Eurostar. On a recent long weekend Leisure Select trip to Paris we were delayed for about 3 hours.  There had been a complete power failure on our train.  Now had we been running to some important fixed time schedule we …

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Rail. Japan.

Cost-effective rail travel in the land of the rising sun It is well-known that one of the best bargains in the hugely interesting, but not hugely cheap for tourists destination of Japan is the Japan Rail pass.  In our experience …

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Breakfasts & Bars.

Now bars in fancy hotels are not cheap places to buy drinks …however they often provide generous bar snacks.  Have no scruples about using these bar snacks as cheap “grazing” to maximize the amount of time you can last until …

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Casinos.

Faites vos jeaux! Mention Casinos and most people will think of Las Vegas.  We have not yet visited Las Vegas (I am sure it is just a question of time) … however … that does not mean we have not …

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Travel money.

Check the exchange rates Up until mid-2008 the US (and therefore all of the Americas since tourism there is dominated by travellers from the US) were good value destinations because of the strength of the pound against the dollar.  However …

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Champagne.

Bulk buy for a bubbly life. Retailers in the UK forced to compete with the supermarkets’ aggressive marketing will offer good value on champagne from time to time … but that does not mean there is not scope for improvement.  …

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Airport lounges.

Enjoy the lounges, you’ve earned it. Once you have obtained your all important Business class boarding pass it allows you to sign in to a lounge.  Not all airport lounges are created equal.  In our experience (regrettably especially limited when …

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Airlines. Upgrades and tactics.

It is getting harder to obtain a complimentary upgrade from an airlines They will focus on their “platinum” level loyalty card holders these days … however on one glorious occasion we through sheer fluke achieved what we have frequently read …

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Restaurants. Get what you can.

Dress to impress, ask for the rest. Fancy restaurants are usually much, much cheaper at lunchtime than they are in the evening … again this comes back to the flexibility thing … if you are prepared to do your upmarket …

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