Resources for Travel
Need some help with planning your next journey?
Organising and executing an enjoyable trip, whether it’s within the United Kingdom or out in the rest of the world, requires a serious amount of planning and attention to detail.
In the good old days, before the internet, the bulk of this organisation was achieved through the use of a Yellow Pages (if you were born after 1990, you’re not going to know what this is) and a simple landline phone (ditto). Today things are so much easier, new companies and startups are racing to get their time-saving ideas transformed into Apps and websites and us lucky travellers get to pick and choose which ones to utilise!
Collected below are a handful of the sites that I always make sure to check before and during the planning process of any trip:
If you’ve not yet discovered SkyScanner then your bank balance is probably in check and you’ve probably still got a veritable wealth of Allocated Leave left…unlike me. Simply type in when and where you want to fly to and SkyScanner does the rest of the work for you. If you’re feeling particularly risque, you can always leave the destination blank and browse through the destinations that you could be flying out to.
If, like me, you tend to drive a lot on your holidays, then you’ll be all too familiar with the nightmare of finding a car parking space, especially if you’re staying in the United Kingdom. Thankfully, there’s an App for everything today and that includes one to find you somewhere to park. This nifty app will not only find you a safe, secure car parking space, but it will also direct you right to it. Say ‘Goodbye’ to all those tense in-car moments and ‘Hello’ to convenient parking – wherever you are!
Red Spotted Hanky
Trains are expensive. It’s something that every Brit learns as soon as they turn 25, losing that once cherished Young Persons Railcard and suddenly being forced to pay full price. Everyone has their own little tricks when it comes to wangling cheaper fares, my trick is an entire website. RedSpottedHanky.com is by far the best rail comparison tool and has saved me a lot of money over the years. Just make sure you pay close attention to the time between changes, you may need to sprint for your connection!
Never has the B&B been more hip as today. Once the domain of lace doilies and questionable fried breakfasts, these simple accommodation options have spread like a pandemic across the whole planet – to the point when every major city worth visiting is guaranteed to have a cheap and safe bed to stay in. Before you book yourself into an expensive hotel, think about whether you’d rather save the cash and stay somewhere a bit simpler.
If I’m not driving around the UK and Europe, you can guarantee that I’ll be taking a train. As much love as I have for the speed of aeroplanes, you simply can’t beat a train journey for romance or convenience. I’d highly recommend taking a look around this man’s website before thinking about booking a journey to the Continent (or the rest of the World for that matter). Trains run differently the world over, luckily this man breaks it down in a way that anyone can understand.