My home is in Manchester, with my parents, my sister, my oldest friends, my boyfriend. My other home for 3/4 years is in the heart of Leeds city centre, currently in a 20 floor high tower block of student accommodation.
Living between two cities is exciting but draining at the same time. As soon as I begin to feel settled in one place I have to remove myself to change back to my other life in another city. I honestly feel like at the moment I am living two lives… my Leeds life and my Manchester life.
I work still in Manchester also, which makes it harder.. the past three weeks I’ve skipped uni in order to be home for work, in order to pay off my deposit on the house for next year in Leeds.
Next year I’m hoping to find work in Leeds, and my goal is to integrate the ‘two lives’ into one, making one bigger, more enjoyable and easier life. I feel first year has been an experiment in living away from home, and temptations have brought me back home more times than I anticipated.
Is anyone in University experiencing the same kind of thing? Or maybe something similar with work?
So far I have only travelled within Europe with the exception of Florida. Therefore I cannot fully say where my favourite place is, however I can say from what I have seen so far.
Growing up I’ve been on various holidays within Spain including the Canary Islands, and this used to be the main place we went to. In 2014 however we went to Kefalonia, Greece and since then I’ve fell in love. Therefore, my current answer has to be the Greek Islands. So far I have been to Zante, Kefalonia, Corfu and Crete. The beaches in Kefalonia were beyond beautiful and I would love to return purely for that reason, Crete however I would say is the best all round with amazing views and beaches.
My answer: Greece
Below are more pictures from my trip to Crete last year.
See my Crete Summer ’16 Blog Post for more info and pictures of Elounda, Crete.
Living in another city for university and still having a job in my home city means I spend a lot of time on trains. Through this I have picked up some tips and tricks for getting the best deals for cheap travel. My route is normally from Manchester to Leeds however I have been able to use the same tricks with different journeys.
1. Firstly, book in advance. This seems obvious but it actually does work. I’m planning to visit Norwich from Leeds in March and by booking now I’ve managed to get tickets for a third of the price.
2. Try from different stations. For example, when I come to Leeds from my home town it costs 16 pounds without a railcard for a month open return. However, if I depart from Manchester Victoria I can get to Leeds for just 3 pounds as a single with just one day booking in advance.
3. Look at singles instead of returns. Gernerally singles for specified times are a lot cheaper than returns, you have to make that certain train however money wise it is definitely worth it.
4. ‘Flexi-Travel’. Book singles from station to station along the way. There are websites for this and can save you money rather than a simple A to B ticket.
5. If you are a student BUY A RAILCARD. The 16-25 railcard is a life saver, each time I travel from my home town to Leeds I save 6 pounds, and when I get the cheaper train from Manchester Victoria it only costs me 2 pounds.
6. Save money for a longer journey. Direct fast trains almost triple prices to destinations. By adding an extra half an hour on to your journey you can cut prices by vast amounts, with a return from Manchester to Leeds being 21 pounds for an hour train compared to 6 pounds for two singles for an hour and half train.
I hope these little tricks help, they sure have with me especially being on a student budget.
In an attempt to visit all of the Greek islands, I visited Crete. I was here for 10 days from the end of July to August with temperatures of around 34 degrees however constant wind makes it seem a lot cooler. I visited the town Elounda, known for its celebrity appearances, as told/shown by a local shop keeper. Here are some of my favorite pictures.
These two pictures above were took whilst on the island of Spinalonga, boat tours to the island happen ever 15 minutes or so and enable you to stay there for the entirety of the day. The island is full of history and makes a great day out looking at where people were sent to live with leprosy.
Here above I took a 4 hour tour up into the mountains and into surrounding villages, I saw nothing but breathtaking views. To the left you can see the island of Spinalonga.
The town of Elounda.
I would highly recommend Elounda, Crete, it is full of options for all types of holiday goers with banana boats, boat tours, quad bikes, plenty of restaurants and a peaceful atmosphere. You get the heat but with a breeze which makes sunbathing more enjoyable especially for young children.
This is the third Greek island I have visited so far along with Kefalonia and Corfu, the views here however are unlike any i have seen before. I am keen to return to see more.
Next year I will be given the opportunity to travel to either Australia, New Zealand or Canada as part of my degree to study internationally.
So far I’m looking mostly into Australia as it has always been a dream of mine to visit here, however Canada is close up behind and is making the decision harder.
As I live in the U.K. I feel as though a year on the other side of the world is going to be tough, especially with being in a relationship.
I’m writing this post to reach out to anyone who has done a similar thing for some advice and tips on what worked best for them and to also share my excitement for the potential upcoming adventure.
Hopefully this time next year I will be getting ready to jet away.
From the buzz of waking up early to go to the airport, finding your seat on the plane and anxiously waiting for the food menu to appear, to stepping off with the smell of the new air hitting you and you delving into the unknown. Travelling is a wonderful experience.
Whilst being in a different location I enjoy soaking up as much of the local atmosphere as possible. I am intrigued by how a few miles away a whole different language is spoken with unique ways of living. Even the concept of accents within England amazes me.
I like out of the ordinary. And staying in the same place 24/7 is far from that, in order to be happy with life I need to feel stimulated from my surroundings and therefore I feel as though travelling is a sort of therapy for me and probably is for many more individuals.
Being able to travel is a luxury and so when done it should be done properly, integrating with the culture you have arrived in.
So, what is my favourite thing about travelling?… My favourite thing is opening my eyes up to alternate worlds and way of lives, showing me that where I am now is only temporary and to comfort me into knowing that I have many options for change in the future.