‘They were debating me! It was crazy. Everyone was clapping,’ he says, all pink and pleased. The reason? He’d posted a blog on a savings advice website in which he explained how he had made a journey from Sheffield (where he’d been advising members of a local WI group how to save money on their supermarket bill) to his home town, Shenfield in Essex.
Rather than go direct, he took a 1,017-mile detour via Berlin. It meant a day’s more travel — but it cost him £7.72 less than the train equivalent.