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

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51. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2516 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

>anything past King's Cross is a mystery to me.

I suspected that was the case.

>there is a bus from Scarborough to Whitby that takes an hour

Yes, there is. There's also an equally scenic bus over the moors from York to Whitby via Malton which takes a couple of hours. It will be quicker and cheaper to take that bus than to travel by train or bus from York to Scarborough and then take another bus from Scarborough to Whitby. Bus timetable here (you don't need to change buses in Malton: the bus just pauses there):

https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/coastliner/services/YCD/840

>look on Google tells me the London to York train is also the London to Aberdeen, Scotland train

Not necessarily. Only a very few London>York trains go on to Aberdeen, the majority go on to Edinburgh and a handful go on to Newcastle-on-Tyne or Glasgow. There's not one set route for each railway line. Our railways don't work like that! Don't rely on google. Use the official site https://www.nationalrail.co.ukto tell you exactly where the train is going, what stops it makes and what, if any, problems there are on the day you're travelling.

> in checking ticketing websites, it's all notices of bus replacement services.

That won't be the same in the Autumn! As I tried to explain earlier, the timetables, engineering works and bus replacements you see now are not going to last for months and months and months!

52. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 260 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

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I believe I've had all of those in trying to work out the logistics of this staycation.

[ Edit: Edited on 11 Apr 2021, 14:07 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

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54. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1588 posts) 2w 3 Star this if you like it!

I've not been on the site for a while. Things have certainly changed!!!

Whitby, Skegness and Cleethorpes all in one thread - I think I must be in Fantasyland.

55. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2285 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

I've not been on the site for a while. Things have certainly changed!!!

Whitby, Skegness and Cleethorpes all in one thread - I think I must be in Fantasyland.

Groan.

Have you been off exploring your own country? I keep seeing my kiwi mates posting photos on fb with people near one another, now that seems like a fantasy.

56. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1588 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Queenstown flight at 7am tomorrow - ten days around there; Te Anau for Milford Sound, Wanaka, Mt Cook. :):):)

57. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2285 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Queenstown flight at 7am tomorrow - ten days around there; Te Anau for Milford Sound, Wanaka, Mt Cook. :):):)

Excellent - you'll see it without the crowds.

Queenstown is very marmite. I like the area but I can see why people have a poor experience in normal times.

From Wanaka the Rob Roy Glacier hike from Raspberry Creek is lovely.
The walks from the Milford road are good too. I like Te Anau, great little place.

I still want to get to Mavora Lakes, with ten days perhaps you'll have time.

58. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 260 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I heard in the news yesterday of a new Indian Covid variant questioning our path to freedom in the UK.
https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-indian-variant-could-scupper-easing-of-uk-coronavirus-lockdown-rules-warns-expert-12277830

So, I think nothing is set in stone, and I'd have to see if/when travel further than local (for leisure) is allowed (and doesn't see me fined).

That said, I just went out, people weren't wearing face masks, people were out, places where open (sitting outside) but open and last night I heard house parties going on, so it feels like we're out of the woods, but, maybe I'm shy/cautious, but, I don't know how safe that is until every age group gets vaccinated, but that's just an afterthought to the level of normality I saw and the feeling of 'what if it's too soon'.
IDK.

What are your thoughts on Covid and easing of restrictions and the possibility of Covid coming back and harming us and/or locking us back in again and shutting shop?
I don't want to forget the seriousness of the dangers in an eager rush to return to a lifestyle we had before Covid.

One day I hope to feel safe about seeing no masks and gatherings and businesses open, but I don't today is that day.

It's been a quiet year and I forgot how noisy London was, and it's not even back to normal yet because there is still a noticeable reduction of aeroplanes in the sky circling for Heathrow.
I mean, we get them here, in my part of Croydon, and in Lambeth around Brixton and Kennington, they're slightly lower, slightly louder under the same flight path, they just 'look bigger there' I've noticed... and in Hyde Park you could actually see them even lower however in the distance, and to the West, which makes sense as Heathrow's that way, but that's where they are; can't see them land or nothing like that but can see them closer to the ground out in the distance that way; and then Covid happened and that all stopped a part from (in comparison) the odd aeroplane in the sky...
So it's not as noisy as it can get, but even this step out of lockdown reminded me of what life used to be like.

What if we're letting our guard down and the government doesn't follow the science?

[ Edit: Edited on 18 Apr 2021, 14:13 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

59. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 702 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Trebor Illusion

What are your thoughts on Covid and easing of restrictions and the possibility of Covid coming back and harming us and/or locking us back in again and shutting shop?
I don't want to forget the seriousness of the dangers in an eager rush to return to a lifestyle we had before Covid.

I think that the restrictions have to be eased at some point so why not now? We have had it relatively easy where I live but still I think that it is a positive thing that people can start to ease in to the normal little by little. Of course the masks and washing your hands etc safety measures are more than proper.

I wouldn't open the borders just yet but it is good for the economy and moral that local businesses are starting to get their customers back! :)

60. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 260 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting hennaonthetrek

I think that the restrictions have to be eased at some point so why not now? ...

Because of that new variant and other new variants to come (maybe/seems to be the way) and... Not every age group being vaccinated yet; feels like a lamb to slaughter in a mad rush to return to normal otherwise.

[ Edit: Edited on 18 Apr 2021, 14:30 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]