What would you do?

I’m hoping to get back to Altrincham from the North East tonight (by train) – tomorrow I am due to travel from there to Cornwall for the weekend – due in London next Tuesday.

  • dig car out of apartment in Altrincham and attempt to drive M3 to Falmouth – more snow predicted, M3 not built for snow
  • Fly Manchester to Newquay and back – early start on Friday and Monday – difficult trip from Falmouth to Newquay on Monday – Air South West unpredictable – journey from Falmouth to Newquay a hassle
  • Train Manchester to Truro and back. Truro 10 miles from home and either a branch line train – or the lovely Anneliese – to get me home. Train journey approx. 7 hours each way – time to get work done in comfort – wifi on the train – emails, ezines, projects, preparation

I think that’s a pretty obvious choice – don’t you?

Next question:

  • First class ticket £326 return
  • Second class ticket £137 return

Oh – and by the way

  • Flight £200 return
  • Petrol in M3 approx £170 return

My “abundance” angel says “take a first class train ticket and look upon it as a serviced office at £160 per day – you will do your best work in comfort”

My “scarcity” devil says “£326 – you must be mad – you are going on holiday later this month and should be watching the pennies”.

Please discuss.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.