Newcastle is somewhere I do travel to regularly as that’s where James lives. It’s one of my favourite places to visit not only because it has some great shopping. But it’s also such a beautiful city. Here is my short guide to Newcastle, how to get there and what to do.

Transport

Newcastle is easy to get to from the majority of UK cities

By train:

From London: 3 hours

From Edinburgh: 1 hours and 30 minuites

From Manchester: 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can also get to Newcastle by plane

From London: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can also travel from many international destinations to Newcastle.

Places to go

The Quayside: The Quayside is somewhere you need to visit when going to Newcastle! There are so many nice restaurants and pubs down by the river. There is also the Millennium Bridge down by the Quayside too connective Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Baltic: Now if you love contemporary art then you will probably love this place! The Baltic is just at the other side of the Millennium bridge. Not only is there art, there is also a great viewing platform to take some great photos of the Quayside and Newcastle.

Grey’s Street: BBC radio 4 listeners voted Grey’s street the most beautiful and best designed street in the UK. It can be found in Grainger Town where over 40% of the buildings there are listed.

Angel of the North: Now this is technically in Gateshead but it is worth a visit! It’s one of the most talked about pieces of modern art and was opened in February 1998. If you are travelling by car to Newcastle you can see the Angel of the North from the A1.

 

Hopefully this will make you go and visit Newcastle!

Next post will be Leeds!

 

Flights can be so expensive for many reasons. You’re travelling at peak times, not being flexible and many other reasons. There are some things you can do to try cut the costs of flights.

how to find cheap flights  Private Browsing

Prices of flights can change from time to time. Maybe if you’ve been looking at these flights multiple times. This is due to the cookies on your browser. When searching, always go into incognito or private browsing to see the cheapest options.

Use flight search engines

Rather than looking at certain flight companies use flight search engines such as skyscanner or kayak to help search for the cheapest flights as it will look through all different airlines.

Be Flexible

Flights change depending on different days and locations. Can go on a different  day? Check all possible days. Theres another airport close enough by? Check there too. You’ll be surprised how much difference there can really be from going one day to another or another airport not far away.

Longer layovers

If you are taking a long haul flight consider taking two separate flights. Also when booking layovers do not have the flights only a couple hours apart. Try a couple of days. Then not only may you get cheaper flights, you get to visit an extra destination too!

Airline error fares

Unfortunately these are rare and don’t come around often but when they do they’re great! it could take hours to potentially find one maybe none. The best site that I have found to show error fares is Holiday Pirates.

Off Season

If you aren’t too bothered about what time of year you go. Then going off season could be a good choice. Not only because flights are likely to be cheaper but also the places you visit are also likely to be quieter.

 

So you may have seen my last post about solo travel. I spoke about how I thought how everyone should try solo travel and all the positives of doing so. But I didn’t really speak about any of the negatives of solo travelling and things that could potentially put you off. So I decided to write about all the pros and cons of solo travel.

watching the sunset in the Whitsundays

Meeting new people

Pro: Being on your own means you are pushed to meet new people, speak to new people and make friends. Whereas if you were with someone else you may find that you stick within your group. You also find loads of people who are also on their own and that you aren’t the only one solo traveling.

Con: If you are shy or maybe even a language barrier you may find it harder to communicate with people making it difficult. Also it can be more comfortable being with someone you know from day one and travelling with someone else doesn’t mean that you won’t meet new people at the same time.

 Planning

Pro: Being on your own means that you can plan your travels exactly how you want. You can go to all the places you want to go to and none of the places you don’t. Whereas if you were with someone else you may have to see or do something you didn’t really want to do and maybe there was something you’d rather do more.

Con: Being on your own means you have to do all the planning and think of all the things you want to do. Maybe if you’d been with someone else they’d have wanted to do something you hadn’t thought about and loved it. Maybe you’re missing out on experiences you’d not previously thought about? Basically two brains are better than one as people always say. And planning sessions could include so many places you’d never thought about.

Costs

Pro: As a solo traveller you may be more flexible with where and when you go as you don’t have to rely on anyone else. You can stay in hostel dorms which are cheap. All this meaning it’s easier to keep costs down.

Con: If you aren’t keen on hostels. Hotels are a lot cheaper when you’re in a couple of group being able to keep costs down that way. You can also share transportation costs like taxis and maybe even find multiple person entry fees to places. Splitting that is likely to be cheaper than if you were on your own.

So here are just some of the pro’s and con’s of solo travel. Hopefully this has given you more of an insight into if it is a good idea for you or not.

 

 

Before I travelled round the East coast of Australia I had no idea about the different options of travel you could take. I went on my own and had barely planned anything (I have wrote a post about solo travel before which you can read about here).I had no idea how to get around or travel between city to city. There are so many different ways to travel and I thought I would write about some of them here.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Flying

Now Flying is by far the quickest way to travel from city to city in Australia. As for example Flights between Melbourne and Sydney are about 1 and a half hours long. Domestic flights are normally fairly frequent in Australia with many different Plane companies operating services.

Train

Long distance train travel is expensive and not ideal if you are wanting to reach your next destination fast. However they are more comfortable way to travel compared to buses and may be idea for people who do not enjoy flying as much.

Buses

Now this is the one I have the most experience with. I travelled from Melbourne all the way up to Cairns using the Greyhound buses. The Greyhound hop on and off buses are fairly inexpensive and give you the option to get off at many different locations along the way as long as its only going in one direction. The downside to travelling by bus is that it takes a lot longer than going by plane for example. However it does mean that you can also stop off at many different towns along the way. Two of the main bus services are Greyhound and Premier.

Car/Campervan

Hiring a car and travelling round the East Coast of Australia always sounded like a great idea for me unfortunately I can’t drive. It is one of the easiest ways to get by and it means that you can go at your own pace. However just make sure you are aware that you can go long distances and not go past much.

 

Last month I visited York and have already wrote a blog post about it previously. York is such a great city though that it needed to be included in this series.

On the City Wall

 

Transport

York has fairly good transport networks and is easy to get to by train.

By train it is:

From London: 1 hour and 53 minutes

From Leeds: 30 minutes

From Manchester: 1 hour 18 minutes

From Edinburgh: 2 hours 24 minutes

If you are wanting to get there cheaper you can also go by bus using Megabus or National Express.

Places to Eat

Now if you’ve seen my twitter you will see that we went to the York roast Co and had a Yorkshire Pudding Wrap which was incredible and you need to try!

Yorkshire Pudding Wrap

We also went for Dinner at The Cosy Club.

Things to do

York Minister: Is one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in Northern Europe and is one of the most popular things to visit in York. If you have chance not only go into the cathedral climb to the top and you get a great view of York!

York Minister

 

York Chocolate Story: Now this is something that I have never had the chance to do. I don’t know how because I love Chocolate! But it’s a guided tour though Chocolate making and about facts about York’s best Chocolate products like the Chocolate Orange and the Kitkat.

Ghost Walk: Now if you aren’t a fan of scary things or ghost then this probably isn’t for you. But it is really interesting and fun to do if you are interested in Ghosts.

The Shambles: The Shambles are great not only for the fact that it’s so beautiful and great to take photos of. There is also quite a few great shops to visit. If you are a Harry Potter fan there is the The Shop that must not be Named, my favourite The Fudge Kitchen ( Which is a must to visit) and many others.

The Shambles

There are so many other great places to visit in York like The Dungeons, The Jorvik Viking Centre, City Walls and many others.

Hopefully this has inspired you to visit York.

Next post will be Newcastle.

Newcastle

Some of these photos were taken by James Gibson