Last Friday 31st January 2014, I had the unfortunate experience of traveling on London Transport Buses. If you remember the Weather that day. You will remember that it was icy cold, and very wet! As I boarded each bus trembling from the cold, and resembling a sappy towel left on a clothes line in the rain. I looked forward to the warmth of being inside the bus.
After about 10 minutes, I realized I was colder sitting on the bus, than I was outside. How could that be? The bus was mostly full, I was in out of the rain, yet I was still shivering. Yes, I was wet, but even wet, when heat hits you, you start to feel a little warmer right? NOT this day.
What I couldn’t understand was, of the 4 different buses I took to get to and from Surrey to East London. Not one of them had the heating on. I sat at the front on a couple of them, and placed my hand over the vents, no heat!
Now, I don’t usually have a grip and moan, especially online, but seriously. Is Transport for London trying to save money? Have we not all been subject to recent fare increases? I finally, asked the driver of the 468 bus whether the heating was on. He said yes, but I couldn’t feel it, it set to cool! We all know how steamy a bus get in Winter when the heating is on and it’s full of people.
Are you a frequent traveler on London Transport Buses?
Have you had a similar experience? Let me know.
London Transport Buses & their Offending Routes.
No. 468 – Croydon to Lambeth.
No. 35 – Shoreditch – Falcon / Grant Road.
No. 55 – Oxford Circus – Bakers Arms.
No. 149 – London Bridge Station – Edmonton Green Bus Station.
My message to Transport For London, is to get your act together and instruct your drivers to turn the heating on all London Transport Buses for its passengers. The fares go up every year, give us a little something back for it!
Image By:RP Jacob.
I just read an interesting article I thought I would share with you all. It seems that two major Airlines have big plans to go into partnership. Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are opening up routes between the South Pacific and Asia. Very Cool!
If this new partnership passes the usual regulatory approval, it will mean a lot more flights between the two Regions. From what I read, Singapore Airlines will have flights to Wellington, and Air New Zealand will be flying to Singapore from Auckland.
Good news for travellers between the two Countries. I understand that if the new partnership is agreed, flights will increase by more than 25%. The new routes are due to start sometime in December 2014, just in time for Christmas, (did I say Christmas?).
For now, it’s a wait and see situation. Unless something drastic happens, I don’t see why the alliance shouldn’t go ahead.
In the meantime, if you are thinking about a trip to Singapore, check Singapore Airlines for some specials. For New Zealand trips Malaysia Airlines still have some sale offers.
Always remember to get the right travel insurance.
Image By: Phillip Capper, wikipedia.
Have A Happy New Year.
This new year is one in which travel will feature heavily for many people. Least of all me. With Winter upon us, stormy winds & heavy rain. Where better than a break in the Sun.
Lots of Sale Offers are looming and this is a good time to take advantage of what’s on offer. Bookmark us and return in the next week or so. I’m sure we will be alerted to all the Holiday Sales about to be on Offer. Until then…
Have a Happy New Year!
Image By: Billy Alexander.
Do you a couple of favourite Travel Companies you always use? I’ve been asking around and thought it be a good idea to come up with a reader’s top 10. Leave your comments now about your favourite travel Company or best travel experience, and I’ll compile a list for the New Year.
So far, Low Cost Holidays (West Sussex, UK) and Qwerty Travel (Surrey,UK), have been put forward.
What is yours? Let me know by 23rd December 2013. Thanks.
Top Ten Cities To Visit Named.
Last week, Lonely Planet released their top ten Cities to visit in 2014. I’m sure there will be several other Top Ten Cities Lists in the coming months. I’ll keep an eye out! One thing I’ve notice over the past 5 years is a consistency with the number ONE spot. Yes, you guessed it, Paris has come out TOPS again. I’ve been to France many times, but never Paris, I think it’s about time I take a trip to the most popular City to visit in the whole wide World!
I’ll be watching closely over the next few months for future Top Ten Cities Lists. I look forward to comparing them all and picking out what would be my personal top ten to visit. Then I’ll see what I can do about visiting my own top three.
In the mean time, I’m thinking “The Sun”, as we are nearing the Winter months here in the UK. I am bracing myself for another cold cold Winter.
Lonely Planet List.
1. Paris, France.
2. Trinidad, Cuba.
3. Cape Town, South Africa.
4. Rīga, Latvia.
5. Zürich, Switzerland.
6. Shanghai, China.
7. Vancouver, Canada.
8. Chicago, Illinois, USA.
9. Adelaide, Australia.
10. Auckland, New Zealand.
A unique food festival, takes place next month. London will be holding a Digital Food Festival. It is the first one of it’s kind, and will be held in North London.
Organized by the Crouch End Project group, the awareness and information for all the restaurants and food outlets will be digitally. If you have an iPhone or iPad. You will have no problem getting the details and information through a Crouch End App especially designed for this food festiva. Social Media will be big a part of spreading the word about this very special digital food festival event.
The colour coded App will direct users to all the special food discounts around the Crouch End Area. Information on Sample Saturdays, suppers, lunches, snacks, bakeries cafe and much more. I’ve even read about an eight course secret Supper Club to take place.
A special Hot Pepper Jelly tasting is going to be one of the highlights on 17th October 2013. If you’re feeling brave, shoot down to Hot Pepper Jelly café in Broadway Parade, Crouch End, North London.
Digital Food Festival.
Date: Throughout October 2013.
Times: Any time an eatery is open.
Location: Crouch End, North London.
There are dozens of restaurants in the area, cafes, a Farmer’s Market and the list goes on. If you like food, (who doesn’t), and enjoy embracing the digital world. This could be a great event to great time to gather some friends and enjoy this up coming food festival event.