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The 7 deadly sins that stop you being a frugal first class traveller – and how to avoid them!

Hi Frugalistas! Do you want to be a frugal, but first class traveller?  Do you always have good intentions to make the most of your travel dollar, but never seem to get there?  Do you always blow the budget?  Well, help is at hand!  I absolutely believe everyone can have the trip of a life […]

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metal arches at Canary Wharf Underground Station with escalators

Friday fotos – Canary Wharf – a different view of London

Hi Frugalistas! Think of London….eyes shut tight….what is in your mind?  Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Harrods?  Pomp and ceremony, double decker buses, and who can forget those glorious afternoon teas?  When I last travelled to London it was for work that was in the Docklands area of East London, so I needed to look further […]

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Your first trip to Europe – what to expect in a 3 star hotel

Hi Frugalistas! You’ve decided to take your first trip to Europe – how exciting!  Now you need to make decisions.  What airline to book, what to do, and most importantly where to stay!  It’s very tempting to stick with the familiar and stay at a chain hotel.  You know what to expect, what the room […]

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8 things to do on a mother-daughter trip

Hi Frugalistas! Sometimes I travel alone.  Sometimes we travel as a family.  But what I love to do is take mother-daughter holidays (vacations) with my daughter MissG.  Her are my top tips for making your mother-daughter trip a successful and meaningful experience for you both: Do something luxurious Going to the spa is a fabulous […]

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Why a driving holiday could be your dream holiday

This post is in collaboration with Economy Car Hire and supports the operation of frugalfirstclasstravel It often feels like the world is getting smaller. Technology and accessible travel mean even the most exotic destinations are now at your fingertips. However, this also means the list of must-see destinations is constantly getting longer! Over the years […]

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Friday fotos – photos of the backlanes of Provence

Hi Frugalistas! I recently posted some very old photos from a trip to Provence on Istagram.  Despite their age they were a great hit, so I’m sharing more today with blog readers.  Forget about the beach and fields of lavender – instead I’m focussing on the little details that make Provence special.  Think quiet backlanes, […]

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tropical sunset with palm trees and water

How to be a frugal first class traveller

Hi Frugalistas! What does frugal but first class mean to you?  Is frugal but first class a contradiction?  Of course not, or I wouldn’t have a blog!  I absolutely believe that everyone can travel, and can have a first class experience, regardless of their budget.  Here’s how: Frugal first class travellers plan and research Investing […]

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An insider's guide to Belfast

Beyond the Troubles – an insider’s guide to Belfast

Hi Frugalistas! The latest Insider Guide visits a misunderstood and forgotten part of Ireland – Belfast. Situated in the less touristy Northern Ireland, Belfast is proudly throwing off its troubled past. Resident Els Mahieu is our host. Most people’s knowledge of Belfast is limited to The Troubles and the accompanying violence. How do you describe […]

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Punnet of french strawberries

Friday fotos – Paris in the spring

Hi Frugalistas! You know I love Paris.  I regard it as my spiritual home in fact. Spring is probably my favourite time to visit Paris.  Sunny days, not too warm, not too crowded, the gardens in bloom.  What’s not to love?  Here are some of my favourite things in Paris in the spring…

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Yarra river Melbourne

Melbourne: no mean city

Melbourne is my home town, so I’m delighted to bring you this little taster courtesy of DialAFlight. Recently rated the “world’s most livable city” by the Economist magazine, Melbourne has sights that delight and sounds that abound around every corner. The capital of Victoria, Australia, Melbourne has a personality that makes it unlike any other […]

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