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Travel Bucket List: UK Road Trips

July 19, 2017

Travel Bucket List: UK Road Trips

July 19, 2017

If you have read some of my recent updates posts, you’ll know that I have recently started to learn to drive.

I’m a little late, I know, but life just kind of got in the way.

A few months back I bought my sisters car off her to learn in and although it’s not going as well as I’d thought (I’m hopeless, honestly), I do want to be able to pass my test eventually.

I feel that not driving definitely limits me as to whether or not I can do UK day trips or weekends away, so to encourage me to get my arse into gear and pass my test I thought I’d write a little bucket list of the places I want to go when I finally pass my test.

Hertfordshire

I couldn’t pick just one place in Hertfordshire as there are so many things there I have been dying to visit for quite some time, so I thought I’d include it as a whole region, rather than individual places.

I’d love to visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros Tour (as somehow I STILL haven’t been), St Albans, Hitchin Lavender Fields and The Natural History Museum!

Whitby

I keep seeing pictures of Whitby on Instagram and it looks so stunning. I am definitely a beach girl (take me back to California please) and I don’t think I’ve actually explored enough of the UK’s seaside towns, so this is top of my list for when I pass my test.

As it’s a bit further up north to me I think this would definitely be a weekend trip, but I can’t imagine anything better than a weekend of fish and chips, ice cream, walking on the beach and exploring what looks like the cutest seaside town ever.

Winstable

This is another seaside town I am dying to visit, however, this one is a little further down south.

When it comes to beaches in the UK I’ve pretty much only visited ones in Wales, where I had a caravan when I was younger, and Blackpool. I really need to get out more. 

Winstable looks so cute and quaint and I am already picturing the Instagram spam of pretty beach huts when I do finally get to visit.

York

York has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, however, it’s an incredibly long and expensive train journey going from Telford. I’ve been putting it off due to the fact most of my weekend would be gone by the time I’ve travelled there, so when I pass my test I’d love to be able to drive up on a Friday night and back home Sunday evening.

I know 1 and half days definitely isn’t going to be enough to explore, but I would obviously make a bloody good go at it.

Lake District

When I was younger the Lake District never really appealed to me. My family used to go quite a bit and the idea of walking for 90% of the holiday put me right off.

Now, I’m a little older (and wiser?), I realise that sometimes some of the best views come from walking to hidden places or high up places, so the Lake District has made it up quite high in my road trip bucket list.

Brighton

There’s a little bit of a beachy theme going on here, isn’t there?

Considering I lived in London for four years I never actually made it to Brighton and I am gutted. Whenever I see people pictures from their trips there it looks incredible and definitely somewhere I could get lost wandering around for a few days.

I’ve heard good things about the nightlife too, which is always a bonus when booking a weekend away with friends. I actually think a trip to Brighton is well overdue with the girls, so fingers crossed when I’ve passed my test we can book it straight away!

Liverpool

I mentioned in a recent post that I’d love to visit Liverpool properly, rather than just leaving the train station and getting drunk at bar and then making my way home afterwards.

I’ve heard so many good things about the city and considering it’s so close to me, I am pretty shocked I’ve never visited. Passing my test would give me the perfect opportunity to drive down for the day, although I am not sure that will give me enough time to explore…

Passing My Test

Right now I am starting to accept that passing my test is going to be a lot more difficult than I had originally thought. I thought that I would be okay if I bought a car to learn in, but I have found that I am still not picking up clutch control and changing the gears. If I’m being honest, I find driving petrifying. 

My biggest worry is whether not me, or other drivers, are being safe while on the road. There are lots of little factors that make up whether or not you can be considered ‘safe on the road’, so it terrifies me being on the road as a learner when I can’t confidently tell you what all of these factors are.

The things I have picked up so far are:

  • Making sure you carry out your checks before you start driving. Is your seat belt on? Can you see clearly in ALL mirrors? Can you reach the pedals whilst sitting comfortably?
  • Making sure the car is safe before you drive anywhere by getting regular servicing done. This could include anything from the engine to the tyres. If you want cheap tyres in Hertfordshire which do not compromise on performance, DAT tyres is a good place to check.
  • Continuing to use worn out tyres in an effort to save money can be very dangerous in the long run as grip loses with the road which can cause accidents on a slippery road. Also, tiny cracks in tyres expand over time causing improper grip and acceleration on the road, so it’s important to get them checked regularly.
  • Using worn out tyres to save money is also dangerous because air pressure is lost in tyres that have been worn down, making it both unsafe and expensive as the car use more fuel.
  • Making sure you are vigilant at all times while driving. This one is a no brainer, but don’t get distracted by your phone, the radio or anyone else in the car. It’s so easy to do and I’ve already experienced scary moments where I have been distracted by talking to my instructor.

What do you do to keep safe while on the road? 

Kirsty Leanne

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  • Nikki @ Notes of Life July 29, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I’d recommend a road trip to Wales! 😀

    I don’t think a train trip from Telford to York is that long, is it? I’ve done it from Mid Wales/Shrewsbury a few times. If you do go, I’d recommend getting a York Pass, they’re well worth it.

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