Sometimes it is nice to get outside of London and go explore the towns and countryside. There are so many cultural, historical, and naturally significant sites that are worth a visit. One of the best ways to travel to these sites is by train. As an international student, I was not sure how I would find the train system here. It was only a few weeks ago that I had my first experience riding the train. I was pleasantly surprised to find that traveling by train is easy, efficient, and relatively fast. My first day trip was to Newcastle. It is one of the most northern cities in the UK and it is only a hop, skip, and jump away from Scotland. It is a beautiful place with rolling hills, bridges and a castle keep with a breathtaking view of the city below. On the ride back to London, the train took us by a different route which was slower but well worth the extra time, as I was able to view the vistas of the sea along the eastern coast.
It is easy to catch a train ride from any of the major stations within the city of London, particularly at the King’s Cross, Paddington, and Waterloo stations. You can purchase an advance ticket online to avoid any of the hassles associated with buying your train ticket on the day of your journey (mainly increased fees or the tickets being sold out). If you are between the ages of sixteen to twenty-five and are a registered student, you are eligible to receive the 16-25 Railcard. This national student railcard can save you up to one third of the cost of a regular-priced journey. For those students on a budget, it is a great way to save and travel! I am looking very forward to my next train adventure, I think that the Cotswolds will be my next destination.