Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - oldroverboy.

Flew away for a few days in nice village near Nuremberg for a few days.

A reminder of how stressful travelling is becoming.

Parked a Stansted long stay early enough for the flight (yes we are paranoid)

Bus arrives to collect, after boarding, driver seems to be unsure of where he is,eventually told to move to a certain stop where there was a huge queue as the previous bus had broken down..eventually ,cram in as may as possible set off for terminal,and our bus starts to go slower and slower,eventually stopping,seems like a gearbox problem, after switching off and on a few times,driver was able to selct a gear and proceeded to terminal. It seems that there were no backup buses for these sort of situations..

After checking in,met some stag party groups,all well on the juice,same on our return,although one group got a serious warning (and promptly calmed down!)

next week off to Austria,but neighbour will take us to avoid the carpark hell.

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - concrete

Unfortunately ORB the advent of cheap flights means that everyone is on the move. There don't seem to any quiet times any longer. Of course when drinks are availabe 24/7 then drinks will be taken. Most are fine but a few do abuse the privilege and spoil it for everyone else. We like a drink or two before we fly and I would be sorry to see that facility withdrawn. I must admit we only fly as a last resort i.e Majorca etc, otherwise we use our car and often the caravan to visit Europe. Much more relaxed and civilised. Roll on retirement ORB.

Cheers Concrete

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - oldroverboy.

Unfortunately ORB the advent of cheap flights means that everyone is on the move. There don't seem to any quiet times any longer. Of course when drinks are availabe 24/7 then drinks will be taken. Most are fine but a few do abuse the privilege and spoil it for everyone else. We like a drink or two before we fly and I would be sorry to see that facility withdrawn. I must admit we only fly as a last resort i.e Majorca etc, otherwise we use our car and often the caravan to visit Europe. Much more relaxed and civilised. Roll on retirement ORB.

Cheers Concrete

I am indeed retired, but our obstacle to driving is Suicide Alley.. (the A12) followed by M25 and M2 or M20.. then all the fun in Europe... No I am sad to say that Flying is the lesser evil from where we live.. I don't even hire a car anymore in europe as most airports we go to now have a cheapish bus/train/metro service and there are usually leisure offers on trains offpeak. Which also avoids the hassle of the car return. 2 months ago 4 of us with bags took the taxi from near the vatican for 55 euros inc tip to Ciampino. No hassle at all.

Even here my mileage has dropped to 7000ish a year, so the avoidance of stansted parking will do nicely for me.

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - concrete

I too am retired ORB, and at least that gives the option of deciding when to travel on the roads you mentioned. However once at the tunnel or ferry the worst is over. European roads are pretty good and seem to accommodate the traffic flow well. The further South you go the easier the driving. I just like the freedom of not having to negotiate an airport, usually at daft o'clock in the morning, and also having the travel freedom of my own vehicle when abroad. The airport syndrome is really the main reason behind our decision to fly less.

Cheers Concrete

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - Engineer Andy

Be at least glad you weren't (presumably) flying with BA...

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - oldroverboy.

Be at least glad you weren't (presumably) flying with BA...

For where we want to fly, europe or mid east,there are plenty of better options with better service.

I stopped flying BA when the cabin "crew" decided that they would not clean up the aisle after a small child had vomited,forcing everyone including their trolley service to walk through it AND remonstrated with the parents. I asked for tissues to clean it, but was refused. And anyway last week was Nuremberg for £12.99 each way, next week salzburg 3 days, train to linz 2 days there return from linz £43 eack return and 9 euros train each. (westbahn online)

Why go BA, and why go to Thiefrow unless necessary for the mideast,and we can now fly there from stansted with Turkish or Pegasus,both of whom have good service onboard.

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - Wackyracer

I always go National Express to the airport, car stays safely parked (and free) on the drive at home. they drop you right to the terminal doors and the cost is less than parking and fuel.

Last time I was the only passenger on the coach.

Perfect Bliss - Alone in my car, - skidpan

When we used to fly twice a year to the med we found it cheaper to get a taxi instead of driving and paying for parking plus all the hassle of getting from and to the normally distant long stay car park.

Once went with the brother in law to Stanstead, they insisted it was cheaper than a taxi. Head gasket started leaking on the A1/A14/A11 and we had to stop at virtually every service to top up the water. On the way home he just hammered it hoping (I think) it would blow and catch fire. Guess what, made it intact probably dry as a bone.

 

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