“Oh misty eye of the mountain below…”
The lyrics from Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” raised the hairs on our arms as we drove across England toward Wales and Snowdonia National Park. Yes, The Hobbit films were shot in New Zealand but the landscapes in this part of the world are similar enough that the Welsh valleys could quite easily have doubled for parts of Middle Earth.
We had decided to climb Snowdon in July 2017 and as always in the UK, hoped the weather would permit us to do so. We’d planned an extra day in the event we had to scrap an ascent due to bad weather. As we arrived at our campsite just outside the tiny village of Rhyd Ddu hopes were somewhat lacking as the rain lashed down with such force the windscreen wipers could barely keep up.
At the airport in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Steve Collier, November 2016.
Want to travel for free or at least save a heap of money on your bookings? Of course you do. We thought it would be useful for travellers, especially those from the UK, to explain how we gather points and miles and use them to save money. Travel can be cheap but frequently isn’t and it’s important you know how to extend your ability to experience the world as much as possible.
Over the last few years we’ve saved hundreds if not thousands of pounds simply by taking advantage of loyalty schemes, everyday spending, and a bit of time doing research.
Post- snorkelling on Koh Lipe Island, Thailand. Photo taken by Steve Collier (on Nicola’s camera!). Copyright, 2015.
The main routes used by travellers to cross in to Thailand are by air, train or bus but few people travel by boat yet this proved to be a perfect and strangely unique method of transport by which to cross the border.
There are more direct routes, however instead we decided to incorporate other locations that we’d planned to visit along the way and it worked out perfectly. Here’s how we did it with associated costs at the time of journey. Part one details the Malaysian leg of the journey. Part two will detail the Malaysia- Thailand leg.