Sunday, March 15, 2009

Coast to Coast Walk - Booked!

After much debate (mostly with myself) I have finally decided on my Coast to Coast walk dates. It will be a 14 day walk starting on 06th to 19th of August 2009. Add a couple of days in the front and back for the to and fro travel via London.

The flights have already been booked - thanks to the Singapore airlines frequent flyer points. But there are hefty surcharges - I wonder what are these anyway in these times of very low fuel prices? Surcharges simply looks like a way to promise free air miles to customers and then make them pay more money to use the "free" air miles. Anyway I have to say Singapore Airlines and its loyalty program is in a much better shape - airline miles in some carriers are worth nothing after they filed for bankruptcy!

The accommodation booking for the Coast to Coast Walk has already started. I have narrowed down to Sherpavan for accommodation booking and the daily baggage transfer. Hope the nice folks at Sherpavan will find some nice cosy accommodation for 15 days (14 day walk + 1 extra day at start point). I have indicated my preference as a mix and match of accommodations - Farm Houses, Pubs (hurray), and Bed and Breakfast places. This would be a wonderful chance to explore a variety of country side accommodations. But in reality, after a long day of walk (on some days up to 35 kilometres) one just needs a simple and clean place to stay.

Now there are no excuses - there is less than 5 months to prepare! Full steam ahead.


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Anonymous said...

I really do like to fly, but it has become such a hassle.
Going through the check in process at the airline, where they open and go through every thing you own.
Then you need to reseal every thing to keep it save for the trip.
Myself, I send most every thing I need UPS shipping ahead of time, so that it will be there when I get there, and I don't have to worry about handling my baggage, or if it is going to be lost some where along the way.
Have a good time and keep us posted, OK JO

Tariq Aslam said...

Hi Manoj, I tried to get time off work to do this walk in August also but due to the staff cover, I couldn't fit it in. I am know thinking about doing it next year in May/June time. It is a lovely walk and enjoy the aches and pains on the way.