Before I went to university I was a complete morning person. Always up and out of bed before 7 normally. Then University ruined all that. I was lucky if I ever saw the morning. And even since then until a few months ago even if I woke up early I struggled to get out of bed at an early time. But the last few months I’ve been so motivated and getting up early, even getting out of bed early and doing work early. So here are just a few things I’ve been doing to start being a morning person.

Get up at the same time everyday

Now I can’t say I’m perfect at this one, but I try my best. Most days I try and wake up at around 7 and be out of bed for about half past. I sometimes lie in from time to time but waking up and getting up at the same time everyday makes it so much easier over time to be a morning person.

Have something to look forward to when you wake up

This could be waking up and having your coffee or working out depending on what you enjoy doing. Or it could be having plans for the evening and knowing as soon as you have your work done you can see friends, go for dinner, do activities you love. Stop waiting for Friday’s to start enjoying life. Make sure everyday is enjoyable.

Have a better night time routine

Going to bed earlier, not looking at electronics before you go to bed both are good ways of making sure you’ll feel better in the morning. Try and give yourself half an hour or so before you go to bed to just wind down and get yourself ready for bed. Create a calm experience for yourself before you go to sleep and over time your body will get used to it and know when it’s time to sleep and shut down.

So they’re just a few things I do to try be a morning person.

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!

 

New season, new wardrobe. Trying to find new clothes on a budget can be difficult. But I have been finding some nice clothes in not only high street shops but also supermarket shops. My new favourite outfit has been a coat and dress I bought at George.

Just shows you don’t need to spend a lot to get new clothes for the new season!

Affilate links used All photos taken by James Gibson

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.