Monday, March 6, 2017

Traveling the UK: A Summary

How one travels in the UK depends a great deal on where you are there. Here is a list of the types of traveling that you might do if you spend time in the UK.

1) Ryanair

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Ryanair is the company that me and Jesse went through whenever we had our adventure in Newcastle and Dublin. It is a small company that allegedly hires mostly new pilots and thus has a kind of bad reputation. The flights that we had from Newcastle to Dublin and then from Dublin to Bristol were fine in my opinion since I had my music and on the flight to Dublin, Jesse and I were asked to do the emergency seating since we were able-bodied and able to assist if needed. I'm grateful that I didn't have to assist since my panic reaction is to freeze, but it was nice to have some extra leg room. The flight to Bristol actually separated us for a while, but again it wasn't a huge deal. Beyond the seemingly constant ads, it was a fine flight since I could listen to my music and watch the Irish countryside become the English channel and then the British countryside and Bristol.

2) Cross-Country Buses

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These buses were the way that I mostly got around whenever I was in England for a couple of reasons. If you couldn't guess, Megabus is fairly cheap for the routes that they take you on and while National Express does a lot of the same routes, they were more expensive. I wouldn't be able to tell you precisely the difference between them, except for that National Express had a few more direct routes, but otherwise, they were perfectly fine. The Megabus that Jesse and I took for Newcastle took us on a kind of convoluted route because the main road was jammed up and didn't stop as often as we would have liked (read: more than once), but the seats were comfortable and it had decent wifi. So, not terrible.

3) Intercity Buses

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This is where the stereotype of the double decker buses come in. Most of the time, if I needed to get around Plymouth I would just walk since it wasn't that far and it was easy to navigate once I knew what I was doing. But if it was a bit further out, or if I was in London, I would take the buses since they would reliably take me wherever I needed to go. The bus drivers were courteous and during my first bus ride out to the church that I was thinking about attending while I was in the UK, the bus driver actually helped me with the stop since I wasn't entirely sure which stop it was and I didn't want to inconvenience him. He let me know when he came to the stop and while he wasn't the guy that I got on the way back, it definitely made me feel more comfortable.

Overall, traveling in the UK isn't hard or terribly expensive so long as you know what kind of traveling you're doing and what your comfort levels are as you embark.