That’s right – £4!!!
A jaunt to Dublin wasn’t even on the cards but on St. Patrick’s Day, ferry company Stena Line were holding a FLASH SALE and boy do I love a FLASH SALE.
As I clicked through, my mind was already formulating reasons I needed to go to Dublin.
“I’ve never been before…”
“Guinness is pretty tasty…”
“It’s £4 return! Fuck needing a reason!”
Yet as the slashed price fares flickered before my eyes, I realised that the two ports Stena departed from weren’t exactly close.
Fishguard – 267 miles away.
Holyhead – 287 miles away.
And just as I was about to hit close, sadness welling up in my once eager eyes, the eureka moment hit.
I already had a trip back home to North Wales in the diary, so all I needed was…
“Mum? You know how I’m coming to see you next month, yes? Well, how about we spend two of those days in Dublin?”
“Er, what? Chelsea. I’m just getting my hair done…”
“NOBODY WAITS FOR A FLASH SALE, DONNA”.
I hear her ruffle the pages of her magazine before sighing.
“Oh sod it, go on then”.
Thatta girl, Donna, thatta girl.
Now, even with our less-than-the-cost-of-a-pint crossing, I was still aware that Dublin can be pretty pricey. So, to keep the total down we opted for a private room in a hostel. A room, can I just add, that was listed as a ‘suite’.
Well, brace yourselves to see the worst goddam suite in the existence of the whole bloody world.
Petrol to Holyhead = £10 each
Stena Line Ferry = £4 each
Mec Hostel Dublin = £65 each for 2 nights
Total cost = £79 each
That leaves me with £953.12 for the remaining 6 holidays. Sounds like a lot? Good. Because the next holiday is BUSINESS CLASS!!!