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ARE THERE BENEFITS TO STAYING IN AN AIRPORT HOTEL?



the night before our verrrry early flight out of stansted airport, bound for marseille to take on the cheapflights challenge, i decided to finally take the plunge and stay the night in an airport hotel. i'd heard of friends doing the same on nights before red-eye flights as it afforded them that extra bit of sleep in the morning before the flight, and provided some weight off the shoulders when it came to navigating traffic en route. for me, i dreaded the idea of having to get up at three am, get in a cab for an hour, and still worry so much that i'd be late that i got no sleep the night before, so i took the plunge and booked a room at the premier inn at stansted.

FEELING SALTY


i wouldn't like to think about how much i've spent on sandals in my lifetime. sandals that have more often than not, fallen apart within a few wears, or caused blisters and sore feet, and ultimately never really offered much comfort per wear but yet i insisted on wearing them because they were cute, and that's what really matters, right? wrong! very, very wrong.

CAFE ROUGE, DULWICH


in preparation for our trip to the south of france, ben and i headed to our local cafe rouge in dulwich to get a taste for the future. i'm obviously no stranger to the french bistro chain, but it was ben's first time, and i was more than up for showing him the ropes. we headed along on a super sunny monday evening, and sat out in the cafe's garden to soak up the last of the summer sun.

TAKING THE CHEAPFLIGHTS CHALLENGE IN MARSEILLE



i've just come back from my 12th weekend away this year, and it's only july. if i carry on in this vain (i don't intend to, but i always say that) i will have only spent every other weekend in london this year. london! the city i call home. the city i chose to live in! that's just... ridiculous? impressive? something? i'm often asked how i do it - all this travel, and to be honest it comes down to two things: time and money. i have very little of both, so i make extra good use of what i do have.