Transportation: Getting Around Town

So you have just landed and getting settled, it’s about time to see what your city has to offer. Being able to get where you want to without hassle could take some time to get a hang of. Before you leave your place of residence, make sure you know where you are going and how you are getting there. If you can, try and walk for the first few weeks to as many places as possible to try and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Try talk to some locals and see if they have any advice because some areas might not be too safe for you to walk around. They might also be able tell you about some of the local hot spots. After you have familiarized yourself with your surroundings try and see what’s the best option to try and get around town. All cities usually offer a variety of transportation. You can usually take the metros, bus’s, and if you need to get anywhere in a hurry a taxi.

Sunderland, luckily, offers a variety of transportation if you do not like to walk. Sunderland has multiple bus lines, as well an efficient metro system that allows its riders to go from one side of Sunderland all the way to Newcastle Airport. However, walking is always an option. You can walk from a residential area through the heart of the city in about 3o minutes, which is not bad at all. All in all, walking has been the best option for me to familiarize myself with Sunderland so far. Sunderland also has a number of different taxi services that are either a phone call away or a short walk away.

Here is a useful link for Traveline that will make things a lot easier. This allows you to travel both in Sunderland and the rest of the Northeast.

http://www.travelinenortheast.info/jplanner/usp.nsf/pws/Traveline+North+East+and+Cumbria+-+Home+Page

Published in: on March 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm  Comments (6)  

Flying In

After a plane ride the last thing anyone wants to do is move. Most people just want to find a bed somewhere and sleep. However, to avoid any stressful situation you should have a plan already mapped out on how to get to your destination. Whether it’s by taxi, bus, or metro you need to make sure you know where to go and have a rough estimate how much you should pay. Taxis are usually the easiest, quickest, and sadly the most expensive way to get to your final destination, but sometimes a little extra cash is needed to ensure a stress free ride. Taking the bus and metro are usually cheaper, but you have to deal with all your luggage in a reasonably small space. In my opinion, if you have flown half way around the world paying a little extra to have some peace of mind isn’t too bad.

When I arrived in Newcastle Airport on a late Sunday night I was lucky enough to have had a taxi waiting for me. The University of Sunderland has a pick up program for exchange students. Newcastle International, like other airports, has taxis and shuttles located outside the main lobby by the baggage claims. Newcastle, however, has a metro going from the airport all the way to Sunderland. If you decide you want to save some money and have the time and energy, the metro is not a bad choice. It costs about 3 pounds and 80 pence to go from the airport to the end of the metro line, where Sunderland is. The taxi ride took about 25 minutes, and the metro takes around 50 minutes to an hour. The problem with the metro is that after you get off you still need to get to your destination with all your baggage.

Whatever choice you make, make sure you get to your destination and get a good night’s rest.

Published in: on March 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm  Comments (2)  

Blogs About Travel

Hello again! Before I start getting into personal stories of how I have adjusted I wanted to introduce some other blogs. I looked at all of these blogs and gave a brief description, as well as the pros and cons of each. Please, let me know what you think.

http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/everything-everywhere-travel-blog

  • I enjoyed reading this blog because it was much raw more raw. Unlike some of these other links, this blog was about one man’s travels all around the world. He also includes interviews with people, and his own personal stories. However, I don’t like the fact that there isn’t much content on each post. That being said, I think this is the most interesting blog out of the four here.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/blog

  • The Guardian blog is very clean and does a very good job at providing in depth stories and good topics for public debate. While the blog is not as entertaining as the everywhere blog, it does offer much better informative information.

http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/

  • I like this blog because it incorporates both a informal opinion about what to look at in Europe, but at the same time it has some formal content. The posts are sometimes really in depth and insightful; however, they are also sometimes a little vague and further research is necessary in order to know all the details of the location. The set up is a little crammed because there are two columns on the right, and the posts look like they have to get squeezed together.

http://www.travel-rants.com/

  • Travel-Rants is by far the best blog if you are looking for information on how to travel. It offers interesting insight and people’s own experiences help the reader learn what to and not do. It is very colorful and catches the eyes of any of its readers; however, besides the header being so colorful the rest of the site is dull. For being more of an informal site it probably needs to have more color.

http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/United-Kingdom/

  • This Travel blog does a nice job of informing its readers.  It gives a lot of information about traveling all throughout and region and people do comment on the information. There aren’t too many comments, but the website does offer valuable information. The critiques with this website are that the layout is pretty scrambled, and I don’t like that advertisements are the first thing you see in the post section.

Published in: on February 19, 2010 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FOREIGNER

Hello everybody! This blog is about moving to a new place and adjusting to a new culture. I have moved from San Diego, California to Sunderland, UK. I am going to try to give readers a first hand approach on what it’s like to move with my own experiences. In my posts I will first go into a broad outline of the topic in general and try give a few pointers, and then I will talk about my own personal experiences adjusting to a new place. This blog is going to cover a wide variety of things and if there is anything you would like me to cover, let me know.

I always welcome feedback and comments on anything I write because I am always learning and adjusting myself. If there is one thing you takeaway from reading my blog, it would be to always have a open mind. If you are moving to a new place and in most cases you don’t really know anyone yet, it will only hurt you if you go into the situation with a closed mind. So please let me know what you think.

And don’t forget please leave comments, and ill get right back to you.

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers!

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 10:54 am  Comments (1)