Dad, Let’s Have Some Fun Together! Father’s Day Ideas

  • 06 Jun, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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family looking at steam train

A “boys own adventure weekend” is always fun, and what better time to schedule one than Father’s Day weekend. If you would like to treat your Dad to a weekend away, we have plenty of Father’s day ideas, whether he is a railway enthusiast, a fishing aficionado, a would-be golf champ or a wine buff.

You don’t even need to leave the UK to have boys’ bonding time: with Yorkshire’s roads all beautifully re-surfaced for the Tour de France next month there has never been a better time to hit the road in God’s Own Country on two wheels rather than four.

Railway enthusiast?

If your Dad is an enthusiast of railways, especially the miniature variety, he may well have watched the recent Michael Portillo television series, Great Continental Railway Journeys, and gasped in amazement at the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, featured in episode 6. This model railway is one of the largest in the world and consists of 12,000 metres of track, 890 trains with 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights and 200,000 human figures.

This attraction is situated in the historical warehouse district of Hamburg and is easily accessible by public transport. If, however, you have decided to hire a car and venture out of Hamburg for part of the weekend, there are various parking options near the Miniatur Wunderland.

Hamburg is a popular stag destination, which may not be quite what you want when visiting with your father. There are, however, plenty of bars to enjoy a quiet drink and for something more lively why not pay a visit to one of the jazz clubs such as the Cotton Club or the Grosse Freiheit 36 where the Beatles once performed in their early days? Read More

Holiday Hacks: How to Pack Light

  • 21 May, 2014
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Ready for Summer Holidays
If you hate packing, get confused about what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage and never seem to have enough room in your case for the essentials, read on. We guide you through some of the thorny problems and even tell you what to do if your worst nightmare comes true and you end up standing at the luggage carousel long after everyone else has collected their baggage.

Capsule Wardrobe

Packing is much easier if you have a “capsule wardrobe”, a term coined in the 70s to denote a collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to maximise the number of outfits that can be created.

Devotees say that with just eight or nine basic items you can create up to thirty outfits.

Colour is key with capsule wardrobes. Base your look around one dark colour such as navy, black or grey and then choose a neutral colour such as white, cream or stone. Add in a splash of colour that goes with both the dark and neutral colours such as red, blue or green and take it from there.

Accessories such as scarves, wraps and jewellery can transform your look and turn a daytime outfit into something far more glamorous.

Packing Cubes and Compression Bags

If you dislike clutter, you can maximise space and simplify packing by using packing cubes, lightweight fabric bags used to create different compartments in your suitcase. Large ones are good for trousers and dresses, medium ones for tops and small ones for undies.

If you share a suitcase with your partner, you can use one colour for their clothes and another for yours, making it easier to find your own stuff when you unpack. They are also particularly useful if you are changing hotel frequently. Just put the cubes in your hotel drawers and don’t worry about unpacking them.

Compression bags squeeze the air out and maximise what you can fit in your case. Read More

Heathrow T5 Pods: Driverless, Fast, Eco-Friendly

  • 12 May, 2014
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pods
Photo: Matt Taylor

Two and a half years ago, in autumn 2011, an automatic pod transport system was revealed at Heathrow Terminal 5, designed by Ultra Global and allowing 800 passengers a day to travel stress-free between the T5 Business Car Park and the terminal. We say stress-free, how about adrenaline-filled and state-of-the-art-amazing?!

The award-winning £30m system took 6 years to develop and a year to trial prior to its launch and boasts driverless vehicles with self-recharging batteries, and enough space (and power!) to transport up to 4 passengers in each pod.

podst5

Photo: Uli

The pods find their way around using laser sensors, and initially it was estimated it would have cut the amount of bus journeys around Heathrow terminal by 50,000 a year. Read More

A Guide to Sleeping at the Airport

  • 07 May, 2014
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Man sleeping at the airport

It is not only budget-conscious backpackers who find themselves having to sleep at the airport. Recent storms, the volcanic ash crisis of 2010 and the UK air traffic computer malfunction late last year have all left travellers in the lurch, wondering how on earth they were going to manage to sleep.

It is against the law in some countries, frowned upon by many airports and could be downright dangerous in some places so the following advice comes with a strong caveat: sleep at the airport at your own risk, particularly if you are a lone female!

Some airports have a supply of camp beds for stranded travellers, but they are limited in number so be prepared for the worst case scenario if you know the weather is bad or there are other extenuating circumstances that mean you may have to rough it for the night. Read More

Spring Clean at Airport Parking Shop: The Interim design

  • 02 Apr, 2014
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The interim design

We are very excited to announce that we have just launched the new responsive Airport Parking Shop website. The times are changing, and so are the ways our customers research their holiday plans, compare cost and make bookings. Our parking comparison website has seen visits from smartphones and tablets triple in the last three years, so we decided it was time to make our service respond better to your needs.

From now on, whether you are at your desk, on your laptop, or on the go checking parking prices on your phone or tablet, you will have an improved experience when booking your airport parking with us.

The process has taken us just over 4 months from initial ideas through to launch, and it hasn’t just been about making the new Airport Parking Shop work well on smaller-screen devices. We’ve looked at many elements of the navigation, user experience, design and functionality, and here’s a list of some of the highlights:

– Implemented a fully responsive design;
– Freshened up the logo;
– Enhanced mobile support;
– Applied some menu / navigation changes;
– Centered the page and increased its size;
– Overhauled the quote form;
– Improved the results page;
– Introduced some customisation of search results;
– Updated semantic HTML tags throughout the site;
– Improved readability of the content;
– Introduced social media buttons;
– Updated a range of content pages, although we’ve been continuously updating car park and airport details since the site launched in 2003.

The website hasn’t had that many faces over the past 10 years and hasn’t really changed much, as these screenshots show, but it did maintain the same core values and still does now: helping our customers compare airport car park options to get best-value parking for their needs and providing the ease of booking. Read More