Railtrippin' Around the UK #SundayTraveler

It occurred to me the other day that I can no longer travel as a youth. 

Now that I have turned 26 a lot of the discounts I was entitled to for various things no longer count, I am not in the youth category of 16-25 any more. This means that when my railcard expires at the end of August, I won't be able to renew it. I will no longer be able to travel using a discount.

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The great thing about the railcard is, it works with other discounts. If you use websites like redspottedhanky (I find it a bit cluttered to concentrate on, but there are no booking fee's) or the trainline (charges a £1.50 booking fee), you can use a railcard along with their advance discounts. 

So, realising my time was running out, I decided it was about time I took real advantage of having a railcard. Not only is there only 3 months left on it, I'm away for a good three weeks of that! It's not that I won't continue to use trains, it's just that once I lose my discount, I'll start second guessing whether or not I can afford it any more. 

So far I have four trips booked, on Friday next week my friend Holly and I are visiting Oxford. When I was researching for the A-Z challenge it made me realise how much it would feed my inner nerd, I am such a bookworm that I am dying to visit so many places. I am determined to find Will and Lyra's bench at the Botanical Gardens, for a start. I am also super excited to see the Radcliffe Camera. I'm hoping Holly will indulge me in having a drink at The Eagle and Child, too. 

Radcliffe Camera

The next trip is slightly further a field. It's one of the things that always fascinates American's and Australian's who (rightly) point out that they're willing to drive somewhere that's just 6hrs away, yet here it takes maybe 10hrs to drive from where I live to Aberdeen and, yet, we never do it. The furthest north I've been is to Nottingham (I didn't see anything, it was for a hen night).

The following week or so after that I will be hopping around the UK, particularly the south west. My place of work changes hands and will be closed for 4 days. Before that, though, I will be heading north to York! Again inspired by my A-Z challenge research, I was surprised when I typed it into The Trainline, and it came up as £20,85 single (so each way). I immediately checked the dates at work and booked it, and a hostel as soon I got home. It will cost me £60 for a full day exploring a pretty northern city. I am so excited for York!

York Minster from the Shambles

I am home for two days before I go to Bournemouth to visit my friend, Holly. She moved there after living all around the world for years (- she really should write a travel blog). We are going to indulge in Thai food and cocktails and hopefully a day on the beach that will resemble something like the picture below and it will not rain

Bournemouth

At the end of that week I am heading back to Bath for Lucy's hen do!



Where would you like to visit in UK? Or have you visited somewhere that you think I should go? 

Leave me your tips in the comments.





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  1. I love the sound of adventure in your voice! Being Aussie I always think you are so lucky to be surrounded by so much history and culture being that Australia is so very young. We are heading to Wales and London this Summer for the first time. Bron

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      Actually one of the reasons I have yet to venture outside of Europe is because there is just SO MUCH to see here. And people from outside Europe get that more than people who live here- so much about the whole not exploring in your own back yard, I guess.
      What are you doing in Wales? I haven't really explored there, apart from a trip to Swansea!

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  2. so many great places to visit. Sorry to hear about your discount going away. It sucks getting older!

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    1. Ugh!!! Right?! But when I get really old they'll give me a discount again!

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  3. I love travelling by train - even though I'm too old for the discount! If you book early enough, you can still get some really great deals (I got Newcastle - London for £20 by booking ahead). If you're looking for more UK inspiration , Edinburgh is really worth a visit. And I hope you enjoy York - it's one of my favourite cities!

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    1. Me too, and you are right, of course, but coupling them along with my rail card made them in even better. I am saving Edinburgh for new year, but definitely love the suggestion ;) and I would love any tips for York you have, too?

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  4. When I lived in the UK I also had a railcard and travelled around by train a lot, from London to Scotland to Cornwall and back again! Love trains, but they're so pricey without a railcard in the UK...

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    1. Right, only people who live outta the UK understand my whinging about the price. I can get return flights to Amsterdam for the price of a train ticket to London, y'know? I think I am going to Cornwall (Falmouth) in August to visit my soon- to- be- ex- boss and his family in their new home once they're settled. I am looking forward to visiting them, already!

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  5. That sounds like a great trip.... It's been years since I have been to York, would like to go back there, and my two third culture kids need to see an English beach. Someone sent them some rock recently and they didn't have a clue what it was!! :D

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    1. No waayyy, that's insane. Wow, I wonder what else they wouldn't recognise. I am thinking of going to Brighton, too, since I haven't been there at all.
      Any tips for York are greatly appreciated?

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  6. Funny - I keep on remembering every so often that I've passed the 26 age mark too which makes me sad. No more youth rates! At least you still have you have so many great trips planned. I would love to live in the UK sometimes and be able to jump around the country. There are so many great cities to explore. I adored Oxford while I was there and definitely want to go back.

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    1. Oooh, give me some tips about Oxford, then Adelina :)
      It sucks getting older for sure, I'm not earning any more money than I was 3 months ago :( haha

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  7. Great plans, Sammi! I love travelling on train, although I lost my discounts quite a while ago. Have fun! I'm really looking forward to read about your UK adventures (especially York as you really sound excited about that trip).

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    1. Thanks :) I'm looking forward to skipping around a bit. Hopefully I'll catch up and write about Berlin a bit first ;)

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  8. Sounds like some great plans for the summer! I really want to go to Oxford myself so excited to read about that :) Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler :)

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    1. Oxford was awesomesauce. My pictures already up on facebook, if you want to look.

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  9. Good thing is now you don't have to pay EXTRA to rent a car once you're 26! Hahaha, sorry, that's all I got. I'm 28 and was sad to realize my cheapies were no longer cheap!

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  10. Hahaha, unfortunately for me I don't have a driver's licence!

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