Holidos and don’ts goes off track (what’s new there?) with a vent on a national disgrace… the strain of Britain’s trains.
I mean it shouldn’t be this expensive to attend a Christmas party in London.
It’s not as if you’re circumventing the globe.
I mean, it’s only a 403-mile expedition between the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, and the English/British capital.
And just four hours, 40 minutes on the old hail and rain.
But book a train for a fortnight’s time, Thursday, December 16, on LNER to go out midmorning (10am) and get an overnighter (12.05).
And it’ll set you back £145.10 if you’re lucky enough to get the few remaining special offer tickets before they’re swallowed up.
And your bed for the night for your 10hr 13mins trip Sir/Madam is a cramped seat.
Compare that with a flight out with EasyJet for those dates and you’ll get change out of £100.
Still dear, yes, but why cheaper than the train.
Alternatively you can take the coach.
Now a detour here down Memory Lane when I took an overnighter down to London and back.
I’ll reach you by coach
For a Topdeck Munich Beerfest reunion.
My sole motivation was to renew a holiday romance with a South Australian, Di.
Only she didn’t turn up at our Leicester Square rendezvous.
But did turn up on the night with her Scottish boyfriend.
Still, it wasn’t the coach’s fault… and I’d take it again.
There are, of course, new transport businesses on the road and new booking platforms.
Omio way to go
Omio are now the way to go.
As I found out the last time I circumvented our politicians’ Travelstapo curbs on us going to the continent and visited Bergamo.
And I’ve done the homework for you here too for getting around the UK and brought you a return coach trip Edinburgh to London for £44.12.
And you’ll save in not having to book a hotel room with two nine-and-a-half hourer overnighters on the bus.
The train refrain
So the bandana and the man stayed home while my Croatian friends had their Christmas party in the Embassy in London.
All within the restrictions too if our one- law-for-us government is watching.
So what then do I do with the sell from HolidayPirates survey.
It says that more than three in four Brits would travel by train if there were more direct destinations and connections.
Whether it’s some post-Brexit British is best loyalty to our trains or whether it’s always been a misplaced patriotism.
But for anyone who has travelled on subsidised continental trains like in Switzerland will testify they’re cheaper, more efficient and faster.
Guess though we’ll keep buying our government sell and keep putting up with the strain of Britain’s trains.