Eurostar Standard Premier Vs Standard: Is an Upgrade Worth it in 2024?

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Are wondering whether to travel in Eurostar Standard or Standard Premier Class? Then you’ve come to the right place. To compare the two, I travelled from London to Brussels in Eurostar Standard and back in Standard Premier as part of a one-week Belgium itinerary. So is Eurostar Standard Premier worth it? The bottom line is […]

25 Tips for Luxury Travel on a Budget

business class airplane seat in Qatar Airways QSuite review

Affordable luxury travel is one of the cornerstones of flashpacking. And the good news is that you can achieve luxury travel on a budget, even as a solo traveller. I’m not talking about ultra-luxury travel with its million-dollar villa rentals, helicopter transfers and private jets. This is about premium travel, valuing comfort over saving money, and buying into […]

My Caledonian Sleeper Review: Is the Club Room Worth It?

blue exterior of carriage of train considered in caledonian sleeper first class review

Sleeper trains are more than just a practical way of covering a large distance in one overnight journey. They are laden with the promise of excitement and adventure, evoking the golden age of rail travel romanticised by Agatha Christie. Minus the murders, that is.   A UK staycation gave me the chance to try out […]

Avanti West Coast First Class Review: Is an Upgrade Worth It?


I love train travel. Whether it’s exploring Provence by rail, taking the super scenic journey on the Glacier Express through Switzerland or stepping on board Norway’s Flam Railway, I’m there. Closer to home, a trip to Oban and Inveraray in Scotland allowed me to try out Avanti West Coast First Class service from London to Glasgow. But was this upgrade worth the premium […]