Archive for the ‘get away’ Category

If you are out of ideas like me what to get to people who have it all. This might help you.

We have visited Cambridge and Norwich and this costed us a lot! Hence when I saw this I was excited.

The trainline is having a sale on Greater Anglia service that normally goes between London, Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester for £5 one way! That’s a lot less than £82 we paid per person!

So if you think you might commute that way or visit a Colchester Zoo or any other reason you will use Greater Anglia service between 2nd January and 28th February in 2013 buy your ticket now, the offer ends January the 1st 🙂

Here is the clickable link to the deal.

Enjoy your CHEAP ride and your journey. Or this will make a good present. Well I would like smth like this 🙂

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The other day when I was walking around the Richmond riverside I saw couple of Geocaching boxes. If you don’t know what is this and have kids over 3 years old you are seriously missing out!

Just go to http://www.geochaching.com

It is basically a game at you play with your kids. Like a real treasure hunt set up by real people. You follow the clues and find the treasure I.e. the plastic box with a little gift inside a paper with date when it was placed there. You replace the gift with smth of similar value usually smth small btw £1-£5. And that’s it. It is all free activity and lots of fun for little treasure hunters and map readers!
Now in stead of sitting at home or shopping just put the layers, willies and other weather proofs on and go 🙂 Arrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!

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I checked the weather and it is staying this gorgeous over the weekend as well. So I have proposed to my husband why not to take advantage of this gorgeous weather and go to the seaside. It may well be the last chance of us bathing in the sea this year (well in UK). So we decided to go on a day trip to the sea side.

Options are countless. But being a family we would like to take the best that is on offer. I have checked redspottedhanky (as it does not charge for the debit card) first. Than to make sure I get the best fares I checked thetrainline (beware they charge, but it is good to compare). I found out what train company the redspottedhanky was offering the best deal (£23.45 for 3 of us a return ticket to Brighton) and it was the Southern. In the spirit of checking it all I went to the Southern‘s webiste and found an offpeak day return ticket for 3 of us for £22.50. Bear in mind we do have a family and friendsrail card. (And it always saves us 1/3 of a ticket price. We even use it to buy Zone1-4 day card for London and it pays itself off within first month alone. Sometimes a little investment of ths sort pays off in the longer run.) And of course I went through Quidco. A cashback site I always use and I got so much in cash back within last two years of using it, I can not believe people who do not use it. So I will get 6% of my ticket price back, i.e. £1.35 not much but these type of little things add up and by the year of the year you get at least £350 back from all your shopping and switching (energy, phone etc).

So happy now and I hope the Great British weather will stay this good and warm so we can enjoy a day of sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Yippee. Now off to prepare for our trip 🙂 I just thought I would share this with the rest of you, so you could enjoy the weather 🙂


All the links are clickable. And NO, nobody is paying me, I am just sharing the research I have done so you do not need to spend much time and just continue enjoying the sun 🙂

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We parents always try to think ahead and use those few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Usually we can not afford to go away for a whole weekend, due to prior commitments but I found a great deal that provides us with a seaside getaway for a small fee 🙂
How nice is that a day of the sea air for £12. Plus, groups of three or four (adults and children) travelling at the same time can buy a DaySave ticket for £24. For any additional children travelling, it’s £1 extra. So for a small fee we can go to Portsmouth, Brighton Beach from Clapham Junction, yippee!!!

Here is the link

As it’s an off-peak ticket valid for one day, you can travel any time on Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. It can also be used on weekdays, but not before 10am or between 4.45pm-7,15pm when boarding trains from East Croydon and London stations such as Victoria, London Bridge and Clapham Junction. Railcards and other discounts can’t be used with this offer and it excludes Gatwick Express services. Tickets can’t be refunded or exchanged. You’ll need to register with Southern before buying tickets.

  • Routes included: London Victoria to Portsmouth, Brighton to Southampton, Eastbourne to Ashford. See the Southern network map for full journey info.
  • How to book: Visit Southern Railway website
  • When does it end? Ongoing
  • Any restrictions? Excludes Gatwick Express. You must travel on the date shown on the ticket and buy at least seven days in advance, online only.

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