Four interviews and 20 trains later you’d think that I’d be bored of travelling, but I’m not. I am bored of trains though.
I’m currently searching for a job in journalism and whilst I love my home in Kent, I am definitely looking to relocate.
From Newark to Scarborough to Penrith to London I have covered much of the country in just four days.
It started however, with a weekend in Reading with my boyfriend’s friends.
Despite a delayed train, the journey from London Waterloo to Bracknell was beautiful. The London/Surrey border is beautiful with some lovely little towns and villages.
In particular I would love to spend more time in Staines and Virginia Water as there’s only so much you can see from a train.
The journey was a perfect calm before a storm.
The next week would see me hit the ground running and it was nice to start off slowly.
A weekend away was exactly what I needed after excessive alone time as I tried to juggle a dissertation and job hunting.
The weekend was lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Reading and I even had a chance to start sorting out my Premier League fantasy football team which was a relief.
So the chaos started on Monday. At this point I had travelled from Reading to Scotter, where my boyfriend’s parents live.
My interview on Monday was in Newark, which is in the East Midlands around 10 miles outside of Nottingham.
I’d never been there before but of course I had seen photos on Google images as well as doing a cheeky property search.
I didn’t get to see much of the market town but the surrounding areas were lovely. The job itself would be located just outside of Newark in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.
I could definitely see myself living there and there are so many nearby towns and places to explore. Perfect for my blog.
A big tick for location number one.
So Tuesday was my second interview and this time I had a long day of travelling to Yorkshire.
My lovely boyfriend made my journey much easier by driving me all the way to Doncaster station, which left me with only a two hour trip up to Scarborough.
I was very intrigued about this interview having spent a lot of my childhood holidays in a village not too far from Scarborough called Robin Hoods Bay.
This was the only place on my travels that I was familiar with and I was feeling giddy about going back.
Unfortunately due to my tight schedule I didn’t have a chance to visit Robin Hoods Bay. In Fact, I didn’t get even get to go into Scarborough.
The interview was in Seamer, which had a lovely stretch of countryside surrounding it. Again, there were many villages surrounding Scarborough where I could see myself living.
I could have so much fun with being by the coast.
But my time in Yorkshire was cut short. I had a five hour journey to get to Penrith for my third interview on Wednesday.
I left shortly after two, stopping in Leeds and Manchester on the way before arriving just after 7pm in Penrith.
What can I say about Penrith? Absolutely stunning. The Cumbrian countryside was the best I’d seen and I had no idea how close to Scotland it was.
Travelling through the Lake District was absolutely beautiful and that is somewhere I definitely want to spend more time.
The interview itself was in Carlisle, a city that seemed quite intriguing.
What frustrated me most about the whole trip was that everywhere I went was just a fleeting visit and Carlisle was the same.
I never got a chance to explore. Luckily for me, my Aunt lives in Penrith and I was able to spend a few nights with her before coming back to Kent on Thursday.
The whole trip opened my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities that are available to me.
I managed to return to a place of childhood memories as well as visiting places I had never been to before.
It might have been a tiring trip but it was certainly useful.