Do you know I've hardly seen my son in the last month. He's been gallivanting around and has been away for three out of the last four weeks. Some of the time I didn't even get my usual nightly catch up call. All electronic devices were banned at Scout camp and his sim card failed on the way to the bus for the French school trip. When that empty nester time comes a few years from now I don't think I'll even notice he's gone!
I've left thinking about three weeks of airport parking to the last moment. As a single mum on a budget it was something that I was trying to brush under the carpet. We're flying at 9am so that ruled out train travel on the day. That would have meant an expensive hotel stay on top of rail fares. Even with our Family and Friends railcard I knew that wasn't a viable option.
Surely a thrifty option would be to drive through the night and then park up? A drive fuelled by excess caffeine with eyes propped open with matchsticks wasn't something that I was relishing but needs must. Thankfully this is not what I'm doing. It's actually worked out cheaper to book a room for the night before. We're staying in the Cambridge Hotel. With airport transfers the price has come in at about three quid under the best price for parking. The frugal among you could have gone even cheaper but the chance to stay in the home of a former Duke of Cambridge was too tempting. A restorative kip before a nine hour jaunt in the sky seems a sensible way to start a very special holiday.