I am never short of ideas for places I’d like to travel to, destinations I want to visit and revisit with Minnie, family holidays, short breaks with a friend – I can go on. What I do find myself short of is the money to afford for it all.
Living in London, paying for childcare and having a bad case of wanderlust means that I’m never stuck for ways to fritter my hard-earned cash away. And while I’m looking forward to the day when Minnie’s nursery vouchers kick in, for now I’m working on a variety of ways to fund my travel habit.
From switching energy providers to save cash to flogging things on eBay, collecting air miles with credit cards and using finance apps to budget, I’m ready to try most things. But playing the stock market? That still sounds alarmingly complicated. Continue reading →
As part of my job, I research and write about the latest travel trends – perfect for making my itchy feet even itchier. And these days, it seems you’re nobody if you don’t have a string of concierges and butlers attending to all kinds of unexpected needs.
I don’t mean the traditional job recommending restaurants but an IT butler* for when you can’t get onto the internet, scent concierge* if you fancy trying a different fragrance from a selection brought on a tray, even a fireplace butler* who’ll sort out a roaring log fire and hot spiced cider for you.
Which got me thinking of my perfect hotel helps – to go with the sleep concierge at New York’s Benjamin hotel who’ll evaluate your sleep patterns, pick the perfect pillow and give you tips on getting a restful night (no 1: don’t have a baby/toddler?)… Continue reading →
I love to get something for no effort at all – or hardly any effort. When that something is cheaper holidays, I’m an even bigger fan.
I use cashback sites when I shop online, for example, getting a little bonus cash for purchases I was going to make anyway. But I’ve also been looking at reward credit cards, where boring everyday bills can help collect air miles.
Basically you’ll earn miles for every pound spent, sometimes with bonuses when you sign up, although the usual credit card rules apply so you need to clear the debt to avoid interest and charges. Continue reading →