You have no doubt gathered by now that the Urchins are a thrifty lot. It’s not that we don’t ever want to spend our money, it’s just that our financial priorities differ from most. While other people might spend their paychecks on things like food, clothing, and a place to stay, the Urchins have much loftier ambitions for their earnings, namely: travel.
Sometimes you can save enough to travel or live abroad with a wee bit a whimsy. Other times, you must continue your pence pinching during your adventure in order to sustain your travels. Here is an example of the latter:
Whilst studying abroad in London, I thought it would be lovely to have a hols in the countryside, like a proper Brit. I found a perfectly adorable gnome cottage in the Cotswolds and was off. There was just one hitch. This thatched-roofed slice of heaven was approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) away from anything. By anything I mean a town, buses, taxis, civilisation. In short, a perfect retreat. But how to get there?
This is where some beginning Urchinism comes in. After taking two buses in the general direction of the Cotswolds, I then decided it would be a good idea to walk to and from the cottage. It was not. It was nice to encounter lovely scenery like this:
It was not nice to walk for four hours on cold, damp March day through muddy grass along a highway carrying possibly the heaviest backpacks in history, due, of course, to the groceries I had filled them with before leaving London so that I wouldn’t have to buy food over the weekend.
There are some important lessons to be learned here.
1. It’s not always worth it to be thrifty.
I mean, don’t take a limo or anything. But if I could do it all over again (and I’m sure I will at some point), I would spend several pounds to take a freaking taxi.
2. Be considerate of potential non-Urchins.
Traveling with someone is a delicate balance of having fun and not killing each other. On this particular trip, I probably should have realised that my travel partner was not as into the thrifty lifestyle as myself and agreed to a taxi. On the bright side, just look at her joyous relief upon reaching our destination:
I was punched in the face moments after this picture was taken. Okay, not really. But only because of what I’m sure was a huge amount of inner strength on her part.
So choose your battles, Urchins. Maybe decide between packing all your food for a mini-break and walking 8 kilometres to your destination. Always be a considerate travel partner. And get thee to the Cotswolds!