Counting the cost of my trips down south

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I’ve had to make a few trips to London so far this year – both business and pleasure – and I never cease to be amazed at the huge variations in cost.

As you read this, I’ll be enjoying a short break with family, heading south courtesy of an Easyjet flight that cost just £150 return for me, my wife and our young son.

Plus another £46 for our luggage and £20 for parking at the airport, of course.

We opted against the £3 being charged to select our own seats in the belief that they’re hardly likely to sit a five-year-old away from his parents. Fingers crossed ...

Not that I’m complaining. Flying British Airways would have seen me spend at least that just for me, although I would have enjoyed a free breakfast on the way down.

The following week I’ll be heading back to London for a meeting, and this time I’m letting the train take the strain.

I was quoted £174 for a standard return but managed to get a first class ticket for £180. Wi-fi normally costs £10 but is free in first class so I’m already quids in ... and then there’s the free food and drink not to mention extra leg room.

However, to get this deal I had to buy two singles. A first class return came in at more than £300.

No wonder I’m confused.