On Tuesday, I introduced you to Lintenair – a wonderful way to travel.
City centre terminals, no baggage weight limits and no ticket collection queues necessary… You may have thought it too good to be true, but I can now reveal, that it absolutely isn’t.
On Tuesday morning, I left my house and hopped on the tube to take me to Paddington station. Once there, I picked up a coffee and walked straight through the ticket barriers, showing the inspector the ticket on my phone, and hopped onto a train to whizz me to Oxford, where I was going to spend a few hours exploring.
Yes, a train – because Lintenair is Trainline! My easy journey was made possible thanks to the the clever Trainline app. They’re so very clever that they made an anagram of their name – Lintenair – to help remind us how easy train travel is, especially when you remove queues from the equation ;)
I had bags with me that didn’t need checking, there had been no queues and mobile ticketing was a total dream.
I arrived relaxed and refreshed and ready to explore. With a live journey tracker I didn’t have to worry about missing my stop (I’m big on snoozing) and most importantly, I didn’t have to spend any time getting into the city centre – I came out of the station, jumped onto the first bus I saw and was trying on shoes in Hobbs within 15 mins of arriving.
Oxford was just lovely and I scampered about taking photos, ducking into the shops to have a mooch, sipping coffees in cafes, wandering around the colleges and feeling the history pour out of the pavements…
I love the feel of Oxford – it’s terribly pretty without being twee, and that’s a hard balance to strike, when you are one of the biggest tourist destinations in the UK.
Because I was there midweek it wasn’t too crowded at all, and I got to mooch about like a local and take in the cobbles and streets at my own pace… it was just lovely.
I’d timed my train home so that I’d miss rush hour back in London, so hopped back on a train around 3pm, sat at my table seat (pre-booked, natch) and worked on my little laptop all the way home.
By the time I arrived back in Paddington, I was all caught up with my emails and ready to make the rest of the journey home on the tube.
So there you have it – next time you’re headed out of town and you don’t want any faff, head to Trainline, buy and download mobile tickets and enjoy that smug feeling as you saunter past all the sillybillies at the station (who aren’t using their app and are queuing for tickets in a time-pressured panic) and glide onto your train to whisk you away to pastures new.
Now, where shall we go?
This post is sponsored by Trainline and all thoughts & opinions are my own.