Little Blue, the new Skoda Citigo, that I ordered the other day comes with £500 of free fuel. I won't have load of red petrol containers arriving on my doorstep. That would be silly. The deal comes in the form of a pre-loaded debit card. 'You don't have to spend it on petrol.' said the salesman. 'You can use it for anything, a holiday maybe'. That got me thinking. It doesn't take much persuasion to get me in a travelling mindset.
I've never been to Portugal although for a while now I've been thinking that I should suss it out. Louis has been with his Dad a couple of times and loves it. A random family that we met in the science museum at Granada and now keep in touch with have a restaurant there. And a brave friend of mine is emigrating there in September. Even without all the accolades from others, this picture alone would have persuaded me to go. Doesn't it look delightful?
So my search for a budget conscious February half term getaway for 2018 has drawn me to Lisbon. Cheap in school holidays? Some of you might think that there's no such thing. But I've managed to come up with such a canny deal that I thought that it was worth boasting. Flights from Bristol are a shade under £160 in total. We'll use AirBnB for accommodation that I'll let Louis choose. After all he'll be off by himself pretty soon so he needs to get the logistics of exploring far and wide sussed. So I reckon the flights and apartment will come in at around the £500 mark. And with all those dinky trams to run us around the city we won't even have to hire a car. How's that for thrifty?