When looking at a destination; What Do You Look For?

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11. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1669 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I had a very good weather day. I used to work here at times. There are definitely things to see and do in the area.

12. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DAOonVT

Whitby:

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I like the Abbey.. and the Bram Stoker connection.

I'm liable to venture out to Robin Hood's Bay away from Whitby than I am to be looking at James Cook for things to do up there. As I said, there are things that interest me there and there are other things that will be there that don't - each to their own.
I've found that guitar shop online, they have a Tesco even, so if I go for self catering, knowing they have a Tesco close by helps.
I'm not sure where, but somewhere else near Whitby had a spa if I ever get bored, those sound fun when on holiday. Truth be told, taking pictures of the place for my social media and own entertainment is always a thing to do when going somewhere/anywhere.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 10:11 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

13. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting DAOonVT

Whitby:

Oh you've ruined it now, it won't be a surprise for Trebor any more!

See, that's the thing, I've heard of all of that when looking at Whitby and still found I wanted to find stuff to entertain me in Whitby.

The Bram Stoker bench, the famous abbey, the 199 steps, seem cool enough for me, plus views of geological things we don't have here that Whitby does, is why I'm excited about Whitby...

Only because it's so hard to get to (so many transfers, so many hours) that I could never day trip it or would want to day trip it.

I'm also excited about Whitby because of the Simply Red video they shot there and even that they shot Amazon's The Grand Tour there too.
Looks like a pleasant place to go.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 10:00 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

14. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

To be honest, I'm not sure what your point is? If you want to go to Whitby why are you complaining that it isn't a quick journey?

Not everyone lives in London. Whitby is no more difficult to get to than many, many other places in the UK...and, if you have no car, it's very considerably easier to get to than the many, many places which have neither train nor long-distance bus services.

>you're lucky to make Whitby in 8 hours

You're wrong about that.

London Kings Cross > Whitby by train takes from 5h 5m, which includes 2 changes of train. That's 5h5m from centre to centre.

London KC > York by train takes from 1h 56m + York > Whitby by bus takes less than 2 hours. Even if you have to wait for a bus that's less than 5 hours.

Even allowing time for you to travel from where you live in London to KC I really can't see how you can say 'you're lucky to make Whitby in 8 hours'?

>Could fly to JFK in 7 hours some 3, 000miles away;

London to NYC takes roughly 7 hours flight plus a) an absolute minimum 1hr for check-in/security/getting to gate c) 20-30 minutes to de-plane on arrival d) an absolute minimum of an hour to get to and through border control/Customs (more usually a couple of hours) plustravel time to and from the airports (at least 45 mins to get from either NYC airport into Manhattan). I know: I've done it numerous times.

I think you're suffering from 'don't call it off the beaten track because it's not London syndrome'.
Well I'm sorry, but until its airport Teeside Intl MME puts in an express train or coach calling it the Whitby Express or something or until Whitby's a stop or a destination from King's Cross (or other terminal station) it is what it is, hard to get to from London, Paris, New York etc

(Well maybe not NYC) - coming in from somewhere like Los Angeles or NYC or Tokyo etc... I'd get a flight to Heathrow that lands in the morning and the afternoon LHR - MME because then I wouldn't mind spending £140 in minicab/Uber fares for to and from Whitby as my flights would be a lot more so, I could see myself spending the extra for the taxi from its airport and connecting in Heathrow no problem.
But I'm not, I'm coming in from London so that flying in idea gets priced out pretty quickly with the minicabs.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 10:18 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

15. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1669 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Some areas of England and Scotland are harder to get to on a 'small' island. Norwich, although improved, used to take forever to drive to. I would recommend renting a small car for the UK, except London. I stopped driving there years ago. Although we have very good train access - there are some big gaps and going to come cities is a really journey.

When I moved here 26 years ago I noticed people would tell me how much time it would take to get somewhere rather than the distance. And the answers changed depending what time of day I planned to travel.

16. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DAOonVT

Some areas of England and Scotland are harder to get to on a 'small' island. Norwich, although improved, used to take forever to drive to. I would recommend renting a small car for the UK, except London. I stopped driving there years ago. Although we have very good train access - there are some big gaps and going to come cities is a really journey.

When I moved here 26 years ago I noticed people would tell me how much time it would take to get somewhere rather than the distance. And the answers changed depending what time of day I planned to travel.

Tell me about it.
Only because of Covid and the surge in other countries and the border being closed, am I looking at Whitby, as it seems like the perfect excuse for me to see Whitby; but if this was under normal circumstance and the borders weren't closed, I'd probably be going to Venice.
But 2021, 'The Year of the Staycation' I'm calling it; while I feel the borders are closed, why not trek it up to somewhere like Whitby?
I also don't mind seeing the country, so that's always cool, seeing more of my own country.

It's the same problem I have looking at the West Country - it's just longer to get to than it needs to be, from London.

Has anyone seen the movie Hot Fuzz (2007) at the beginning when he's moving out from London and it's like all day on the train then another train etc... Whenever I've looked at going to Cornwall or Devon from London, reminded me of that - so I haven't gone to the West Country yet. Still, I'm choosing Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast this year, so the West Country would have to wait. :)

I don't drive, so, haven't got the driver's license to rent or own a car, so that's why I'm confined to walk the beat as a pedestrian or public transport.

When I'm looking at America, I'm looking at Ubers, local busses, and was lucky enough to find where I wanted to see was pedestrian friendly.
If I had the means and could drive, I'd probably fly up to MME from LHR, rent a car and use it, but I'm not because I'm not a driver.

Anyway, this isn't a discussion about Whitby, as it is a discussion about things found in places where you're looking at or been, so pls, no more Whitby Spoilers if you can help it; though it seems I've seen it all on Google anyway, and FYI, I heard to avoid the Dracula Experience attraction from a YouTuber who went to Whitby, paid £4.00 and said it was pants, and showed us why; so even though I'm interested in the Bram Stoker connection to Whitby, not everything with Dracula written on it appeals.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 10:51 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

17. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1669 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

"I heard ... the Dracula Experience ... was pants."

Reminds me of some crazy place in Wales that used a converted mine...there should be a specialty website dedicated to places to avoid and keep your money. :)

18. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DAOonVT

"I heard ... the Dracula Experience ... was pants."

Reminds me of some crazy place in Wales that used a converted mine...there should be a specialty website dedicated to places to avoid and keep your money. :)

It honestly looked like this thing near the Globe Theatre that called itself The London Dungeon (or something) where I went, and it was pants, and I regretted spending like £6.00 to see it; that Darcula thing was shown on YouTube and it looked exactly like one of those, a tourist trap, with the YouTuber regretting doing it, so, I don't think I'd be doing that one in Whitby, unless I get desperate for things to do there, but I doubt it, it has shops and scenic views and places nearby to see, like this Robin Hood's Bay I never heard of before but would check out, or, that Spa in that place in the other direction. :P

Each to their own eh.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 10:58 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

19. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1669 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Robin Hood's Bay is small, but definitely worth the visit.

20. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DAOonVT

Robin Hood's Bay is small, but definitely worth the visit.

Whitby looks small too, but that's okay, I'm partly looking to go to enjoy more tranquil pace of life.

I'd day trip it to Robin Hood's Bay from Whitby though, I won't look for places to stay there, but I'd see it, since I'd be so close being in Whitby.

I've got friends down here who's not heard of Whitby, and I've not heard of Robin Hood's Bay before looking at this trip.

I may have a friend travel with me as, she showed me that Simply Red video first and I showed her Whitby on the internet and, she might come up with me, but, if not, I can do it on a solo. Point is, people down here don't know what we've got in England sometimes.
She travels though, she goes to Cornwall, and because of her other half, Latvia, and she's been to places in France and Italy and to Amsterdam with me last year, but, she had not heard of Whitby until I told her after I recognised it from this Simply Red music video she was playing at mine one day.

I mean, I thought that was cool, seeing Simply Red in Whitby in one of their videos - what's not to like?

I think, if anyone goes somewhere, they should find the things they'd enjoy/like about the place; it could be random as H', but still worth it to the person looking to make their own adventure.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 11:06 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]