Hi Frugalistas! I’m heading off in a few weeks, so my task this week has been to finalise my arrangements. I hate leaving things to the last minute – particularly my logistics. Once I get away, my focus shifts to planning on how to enjoy myself the best way possible and on making sure I enjoy myself. Fussing and organising logistics is definitely not on the agenda! First stop on this trip is London, so that’s been my focus.
1. Organising my transfers to and from the airport
I’m fortunate to be flying Etihad Business Class (will be posting my review once I’m home). Etihad offer a chauffeur transfer for Business and First Class travellers in most cities. I’d booked my ticket ages ago to take advantage of a very cheap fare, but hadn’t confirmed my transfers. So that’s one job easily done by my travel agent, and one less logistics plan I need!
2. Researching Canary Wharf
I’m staying in the Canary Wharf neighbourhood, which I’ve never visited. I’ve also been commissioned to write a guest post for www.maiden-voyage.com about my findings. So some extra research is in order – not just the usual eating and transport options to my meetings (it’s a work trip), but to write my post. So off to the guidebook and Internet I go! It’s an interesting part of London with a fascinating history, so I’m looking forward to the experience, and to writing about it!!
3. I want my tea!
When I’m in London I love going for a posh afternoon tea. I didn’t get the chance on a work trip last year, and I’m not sure if I’ll have time this trip either. But with the best of intentions and thinking positively, I’ve done my research. For me, there’s only one choice this time – the new Jubilee room at Fortnum & Mason is booked. God, I hope I get there!
4. Topping up my Oystercard, but then maybe not……
I bought an Oystercard on my last trip to use on public transport in London. I kept it, and made sure I still had a few pounds left on it. Now, I know you can buy Oystercards online, so some research was definitely in order to see if I could top it up to save having to do it on the run in London (there’s not enough on it to last more than a couple of trips). Hopping onto the Oystercard website I’m optimistic – looks like I can. Until I need to create my account that is – a UK postcode (or lack thereof) spoils my plans, so I know now it’s one of my first jobs once I arrive.
5. Booking a hotel for the last night – convenient for an early flight
I’m heading to the continent first thing on Saturday morning, so a flight close by the airport is a must. I’d organised my work base between Monday and Thursday early – taking advantage of a fantastic earlybird offer at a much better hotel than I would normally have considered. So the only London accommodation left is to book somewhere for the last night. I book the closest one I can find at the price I’m looking at, and prepay it to get an even better price!
So now, the only thing I’ve got left to do is start keeping an eye on the notoriously contrary London weather, so I can work out what to pack!