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

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31. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

For somone who has never been to Whitby you seem to have a lot of big plans and dreams for the place

32. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

For somone who has never been to Whitby you seem to have a lot of big plans and dreams for the place

It's just a couple of coaches with Whitby Express written on them and registering that name as an LTD and hiring and finding drivers as well as finding a depot somewhere to park them, it's really not that big of an idea. lol

33. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thinking about it now, I believe my honest soul searched answers are:

  • Pop culture fascination
  • Topography

When I looked at Springfield, OR, it's only because I got it in my head/learned that that was where The Simpsons was set, and that Springfield after all this time was a real place and I wanted to go there and I could by flying in to Eugene (EUG) and it's next to Eugene which in the show The Simpsons is called Shelbyville, so it's like Springfield is to Eugene as Springfield in the television show is to Shelbyville, and even though it's not on the coast in Oregon, the county it's in Lane County is, and that's where they blew up that whale on the beach back in the day; so I'm like 'When can I go?', because I believe going there will let me watch The Simpsons and think about going to Springfield and be all like 'been there'.
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Pop culture fascination.

Then it's America, and they have trees and mountains and things we don't have in London... I saw myself quite happy taking pictures for my Instagram and FB and memories of my trip.. of American things that look beautiful or cool and that we don't have in England.
Like a stop sign and those trees or, an American road with that double yellow line down the middle which means no U turns, just random beauty shots of the place.
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Topography

Anything else I found
(legalised weed, Nike, guitar businesses, big foot hunts)... Was all a bonus find, as I wanted to go for the Simpsons and the trees and stuff I don't have here.
They even have an old cemetery for pioneer times in Eugene and a trail for runners called Pre's Trail and Track Town USA and I love to run, so that was a huge selling point for me, but wasn't what I looked for, but was something I found and wanted to do and busses to get around the place so me not driving out there in the US was actually doable, but I believe everywhere has Uber so, I don't always look for that, but finding out and plotting bus trips was a plus, for Springfield, OR.

Whitby;
Same thing.

Pop culture fascination; Dracula
Added pop culture fascination bonus *1 of watching Amazon's The Grand Tour base itself in Whitby.
Added pop culture fascination bonus *2 of watching that Simply Red video filmed in Whitby.

Topography; The 199 steps, Whitby Abbey over looking the town, the coast etc; all of it.

Bonuses.. They have a whale arch I never knew before; bonus.
They have somewhere near by that's also a bonus find for topographical reasons, called Robin Hood's Bay; so that's a bonus find when looking at things to do in Whitby; which is, actually something I'd be interested in personally; when looking at Whitby I found they also have a celebrated James Cook link with attractions for that... I mean, it's there, but, I'm only mentioning it because I found it, and it seems a big aspect of Whitby; but I'd be lying if I said that appealed to me; I've got nothing against James Cook, but I'd rather see that beach in Hawaii where he was beaten to death, if they have that tour in Hawaii, so I might have to make my own fun and adventure 3 nights in Whitby with the shops and topography and bonus finds that I do like, even if I cop out and go off to a spa because I'd be on holiday and I found one near Whitby on Google when looking at things to do in Whitby.
They have a guitar shop too, so that would be amazing.
I might even go for a run on the beach and up those steps and GPS track it on a running app on my phone; so making my own adventure appeals, and have my own fun there, rather than look at boats and fish and chips for 3 days; each to their own, nothing against boats and fish and chips, but, I could hit that for lunch on one day there and use Tesco and still be a happy man.

Whitby has a Tesco, that's always a plus in my book when I think about my loyalty card/Tesco Club Card, and that's fun from a 'Staycation' point of view and something I could enjoy; being on holiday but shopping at the Tesco.
Local supermarkets and travel to me go hand in hand, I was looking for them in Oregon, I was using one in Amsterdam, I found a regional one I love in Pennsylvania, I used a more national one in Pennsylvania, same for New Jersey (from visiting from PA) I had a favourite supermarket in New Jersey, I used another branch of a more national one too in New Jersey; so fact that it's a Tesco and not a Sainsbury's means I get to use my Tesco Club Card bonus, which is a perk of Staycation even though I'd normally be eager to see the world, may as well see my country while the borders are a big ? to me with travel and pandemic and different countries having different situations.
I haven't got a Nectar Card so, I'm just happy it's a Tesco and not a Sainsbury's so, that's a bonus to me.

[ Edit: Edited on 8 Apr 2021, 21:44 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

34. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Actually, I think Skegness would be a much better idea than Whitby. It has a miniscule number of international visitors......

...or what about Cleethorpes? Rhyl? Morecambe? Great Yarmouth? Bridlington? All have airports within reasonable bus distance, all have a negligible number of international visitors and all are towns which would benefit far more from an increased number international visitors than Whitby, which is already stuffed full for most of the year and making a good living from its visitors.

All my life I knew Skegness was in Scotland, until I googled it from this post; all my life, I know nothing.

I thought Skegness was in Scotland; the fact it's not is news to me, sorry.

My friend never heard of Whitby though, so, it could be worse.

I've heard of Skegness, just thought it was in Scotland.

35. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2288 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Google "Staithes" to add to your Yorkshire Coast repertoire. RHB without the crowds, and with a Captain Cook museum.

It's between Whitby and the airport - ooh dilemma should the Express bus make stops?

36. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2546 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Have we mentioned Scarborough, Andy?

Easy bus ride from Whitby, railway station, buses to York, Leeds etc, castle, fishing port, lovely prom & beach, loads of pubs, bars, clubs & shopping .... and a Tesco superstore.

There's loads of accommodation options too (far, far more than Whitby) so maybe the airport bus should run to Scarborough via Staithes,Whitby & RHB? Like the buses which run from Naples airport to Sorrento via Pompeii, Castellamare, Vico Equense, Meta di Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento and Sant'Agnello?

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Apr 2021, 06:59 GMT by leics2 ]

37. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Have we mentioned Scarborough, Andy?

Easy bus ride from Whitby, railway station, buses to York, Leeds etc, castle, fishing port, lovely prom & beach, loads of pubs, bars, clubs & shopping .... and a Tesco superstore.

There's loads of accommodation options too (far, far more than Whitby) so maybe the airport bus should run to Scarborough via Staithes,Whitby & RHB? Like the buses which run from Naples airport to Sorrento via Pompeii, Castellamare, Vico Equense, Meta di Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento and Sant'Agnello?

Nah...

Whitby - MME / MME - Whitby express is fine enough... I figure, if people want a cheaper way to get to Scarborough from the airport; take this service I want; 1 hour, change in Whitby to take a train to Scarborough from Whitby; why should Scarborough have all the fun because it's "bigger" than Whitby? lol

Of course, if you ran a bus/coach, you could run it to where you want calling at where you want; hence my idea of the London bus going through West Croydon to Whitby just because it's (a lot) closer to my house than Golder's Green is on the other side of London.

It'll be London (Victoria Coach Station) to Whitby, calling at West Croydon (Bus Station) and Whitby to London (Victoria Coach Station) calling at West Croydon (Bus Station).

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Apr 2021, 07:26 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

38. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 261 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Looking at how to get to Whitby this morning though in the real world devoid of my dream services; I feel I'm being jerked around a bit; none of the routes I liked I found last week are there, there are huge signs for every day of the week for planned engineering either in King's Cross from Friday - Sunday or on the Eastern Rail on other days of the week and my options range from 3 changes to 6 changes throwing in the odd coach in the middle of England for good measure to replace a train that's out of service, and none my options have that express train from London to York I wanted it seems.

Ideally I want to check in and travel on a Saturday and check out Tuesday arriving home Tuesday night, and I'm willing to pay the premiums for Saturday travel and hotel, but, all these yellow signs have me compromising and there's no luck when I change the days, just different notices about engineering making it all seem challenging and long.

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Apr 2021, 07:46 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

39. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2288 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Have we mentioned Scarborough, Andy?

I don't think he's ready for Scarborough. Victorian "calendar" buildings and funiculars, galleons battling, dragon boat races on Peasholme park lake, the North Bay Pyramids, a Tardis, Baron Albert's Tower and the Shuttleworth sensory garden. Remember this is a lad who finds Tesco exciting.

I wondered if Trebor would enjoy approaching Robin Hood's Bay the proper way. The Coast To Coast Walk
That would give a Londoner a sense of what England has to offer.

40. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2546 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>none my options have that express train from London to York I wanted it seems.

You're not being 'jerked around'! There are engineering and maintenance works. They happen regularly, they don't last forever and they are essential. You wouldn't want to travel on dangerous railway lines with faulty signalling, would you?

Perhaps you could travel on a Sunday instead. For example, 18th April is fine. Use https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ to find out exactly what's happening when.

Andy, if a 5-hour train journey is too long I suspect the Coast-to-Coast would be out of the question.

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Apr 2021, 08:42 GMT by leics2 ]