If you’re looking for a weekend getaway within the country, that’s eco-friendly and allows you to relax on the journey, you need to book a getaway using rail travel. It’s so easy to plan, especially when there are so many planning tools available, like the National Rail journey planner. Below are a few helpful tips and tricks to help you get started.
Choose the perfect location
When it comes to weekend getaways, it’s all about location, location, location. You need to be far enough from home that it’s worth an overnight stay, but not so far away that you’ll spend your entire weekend travelling. Ideally, you want to choose a location where you don’t have to get up too early on a Saturday morning, catch your train, and still be at your destination by lunchtime.
Learn the rail route
If you’re looking to take in the sights of Britain’s countryside, there isn’t a better way to do it than when you’re sitting on the train. Once you know which stops are on your journey, you can make sure you choose a forward facing seat on the train, to take advantage of the fantastic views. If you know to expect something especially beautiful, make sure you’re sitting on the right site of the carriage!
Book central accommodation
While this can be more expensive than choosing a hotel a bit further away from the action, you will get a better quality hotel in the centre of town, as well as saving money on expensive taxi or uber fares. If you can accommodate it into your budget, try and book a space close to the things you want to do and see while you’re in town. Walking is undoubtedly the best way to see a city, so you should take the opportunity to walk to as many places as possible. Moreover, it’s worth seeing if sites like Airbnb operate in the area where you’re staying, to try and undercut some hotel costs.
Plan activities in advance
Before you book up, make sure you do some research into the potential activities you can do on your chosen weekend away. If you do some proper research, you’ll likely find a lot of deals associated with the activities you’re interested in, such as Group-On’s or discount vouchers when you book with a certain rail company. Make sure you ask the questions and do the relevant research, to keep as much money in your pocket as possible.
Break up your journey
You could consider travelling a little bit further afield, and having a layover in a city you’ve always wanted to visit. This is one of the many benefits of rail travel, as a train station is always in a central location. You can spend time in one town or city, before heading to the main event the following day! Not only that, but your journey to your final destination will be broken up and more bearable.
Hopefully, you’ve picked up some valuable tips and tricks from this blog and you’ll apply them to your next overnight stay. Have an exciting mini break, and be sure to document it all for your friends, family and memory book!