The £50 Challenge: Challenge Accepted

£50 Challenge Accepted

Although it wasn’t deliberate, we seem to have booked a run of Summer budget weekends away. I guess it was always going to be that way because our main holidays are taken outside of the peak Summer months and we tend to look around for things to fill the gaps. Keeping to the ‘rule of 50s’ has made me think and I’ve made a few tweaks to how I’d usually book things.

Mind the gapaitoff / Pixabay

Cologne Cathedral

Andi_Graf / Pixabay

A solo getaway in June

Feeling the need for a quick weekend away in June, a quick search of the cheap flights from Bristol led me to some Ryanair flights to Cologne for a cost of £42.56 return. Because the flight doesn’t arrive until 9pm, and I will be on my own, I’m reasoning that convenience is going to be more important than luxury and have booked a single room with ensuite for 2 nights at The Station Backpackers Hostel at a cost of £45.50 per night. Just making it for the £50 challenge.

Sunken Road, Clun

Jeremy Bolwell / Geograph

July Getaway

A long, long time ago, before we were married, for some reason lost in the midsts of time, we decided to go to Shrewsbury and have a day out in the Shropshire countryside. I think I’d been reading some books set around the Church Stretton and Clun area. I have no idea why we didn’t drive there, we took the train! British public transport being what it was, we utterly failed to reach Clun, Church Stretton or any other area we were heading for. If memory serves me right, we made it as far as  Craven Arms before it was time to turn around and come home – an early sign of adventures in transport land that still seems to affect us today.

Fast forward 40 years and we’re going to have another go! Our July getaway will be a weekend in the Shropshire countryside. We’ve booked a gorgeous little AirBnB apartment for 2 nights at a cost of £45.40 per night. The round trip is 150 miles so will cost around £18 in Steve’s car.


David Dixon / Geograph


August Getaway

Continuing the rolling back the years theme, we’re taking a trip to Altrincham. We lived in Altrincham for 4 years in the early 80s and keep meaning to go back, it holds a lot of good memories. I’ve also recently been seeing lots of articles about its regeneration and about its new foodie credentials, and it’s piqued my interest.

We’ve booked another AirBnB, this time just a room at a cost of £43.03 per night for 2 nights and £29.55 for fuel



September Getaway

A weekend in London primarily to see “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” at the V&A, something I’ve been promising myself since I heard about it.  We’ve booked yet another AirBnB room at a cost of £44.91 per night and fuel costs of 25.57

I’ll be sure and report back as the challenges are completed. Let me know if you’re doing any challenges and how they work out.

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