Well “action” is probably over-cooking it a little.  This was an opportunistic booking based on timing (no football), price (£110 for flights, car, accommodation and full breakfast) and the simple fact I’ve never been to Malta.

I know little about the place other than a bit of British heritage, the fact it’s warmer than Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park ground and something to do with the Knights Templar.

Given the weather forecast, I’m probably going to wing it.  This goes against my nature.  I like to have a decent outline plan of what I’m going to visit.  This has served me in good stead when travelling long distances in the American South West, but seems less important for a smaller area like Malta.

I have identified an hour round trip seafront walk from hotel to ATM.  That could be ideal on Sunday afternoon.  Several people have recommended Gozo, which I recall is an island and not a Sesame Street character.  €15 on the ferry.  And I will drive into Valletta, the capital, and mooch around.

Besides that, my hotel has an Irish bar, an indoor pool and a hot tub.  I’ve got a couple of books to crack on with.

I must remember to collect my cancer drugs today or tomorrow!  And set my alarm for a 7.05am flight.

I’ve just realised my car hire in Malta is even better value.  Although I’m not flying with them I’ve clicked through to British Airways from Topcashback and booked using their relationship with Avis.  The car hire is £16.  The cashback is 32p.  The Avios credit will be 700 which should get me value in future of around £5 minimum.

All in this car is going to cost me less than £11.  And as an Avis Preferred member they guarantee an upgrade!  In addition, they don’t try to flog me unneeded insurances.