Editor’s Letter: August Issue

Dear Neighbours,

It’s that time of the year when my food bill for the month doubles and yet the cupboards and fridge are always empty. That’s the problem with having two teenage boys at home throughout the day… they are always eating! I really don’t know how they manage to get through a school day, as during the holidays an hour doesn’t pass without them rummaging in the kitchen, complaining how hungry they are. They’ve normally eaten their days quota by early afternoon… and seeing as though they don’t tend to get up before 11am, that’s quite some going!

Summer holidays provide much-needed rest and relaxation in the middle of our often-busy year and may even be considered essential to our health and wellbeing. They don’t need to cost the earth, but how can you save money without detracting from the enjoyment of this precious time away? We have a few tips to free up some extra spending money, or cash to put towards next year’s getaway; page 10. We also have advice on keeping kids safe on holiday; page 14.

Whether you’re planning a luxurious week in the Caribbean, or going camping in Cornwall, we have beauty products which deserve a spot in your suitcase; page 16.
Going online is a necessity for many travellers. It enables us to get accurate weather predictions, to check flight statuses and to find out about local tourist attractions. So how do you get connected when you’re far from home? Our tech feature makes sense of mobile data and dongles on page 20.

Mindfulness has gone from buzzword to a therapy increasingly prescribed by doctors. So what exactly is it – and who and how can it help? Find out on page 22.
Now that Honda has done away with its diesel powered cars, we review their first electrified SUV, which aims to offer a good mix of efficiency and performance; page 56.

Finally, we have two tickets to see The Woman In Black to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 54.
Have a great summer. Until next month…

Zoë