It has been such a LONG time since I've sat down and written out a blog post. A lot has been happening with school and we are in the final THREE weeks before Christmas break, so it's been a little insane! I apologize for not keeping up to date with this. It really is one of my passions and I love updating you on how you can travel through Europe while studying abroad and will continue to do so as often as I can!
A few weeks ago, my flatmate and I took a weekend trip to the White Cliffs of Dover, which is about 1 hour or 2 south of where I am located. It was amazing and I just couldn't believe how beautiful the cliffs were. This is a little guide on "how to" spend your weekends in other places and make the most of your study abroad time!
We started in London at Victoria station, bright and early in the morning, and we were using the National Express bus in order to get down to Dover. I HIGHLY suggest using them for your weekend trips, if you are studying in London, because they are amazing. I actually enjoyed them more than I did Oui Bus, which we took to get to Belgium a few months back. The seats were so comfortable and I had SO much leg room! It was really a comfortable trip. Also, can we talk about how it was only £15 round trip? AMAZING. That's like a student's dream right there... So definitely make use of them - they really are great.
I'll go ahead and warn you......you have to hike to the cliffs. The bus will drop you off right in the middle of the city, which is actually quite adorable, and then you have to start making the three mile trek, UPHILL, to the cliffs. It wasn't too bad as we were walking through the city but then, you hit the stairs that are just straight up and they look like they never end....believe me, it's not for the faint of heart. I haven't walked uphill like that in a long time...so it was exhausting.
However, the entire way up towards the cliffs were these amazing views. The grass was just so green, which is different than what we are used to in London, and the air was just so crisp. We took this hike before it got SUPER cold here in London and I think we really picked the perfect weekend. There was a nice breeze all the way up and once we hit the top it was fantastic.
I will tell you, you are going to be hungry once you reach the top of the cliffs. Luckily, we brought our own little lunch to eat and just soak in the sun & scenery. So worth it!! You could hear the waves crashing in at the bottom of the cliffs and just nothing but the ocean. It was so silent and there was a nice breeze. If you are planning a trip to the cliffs, definitely remember to take a water + some lunch for when you reach the top! (Unless you are planning to go all the way to the Lighthouse to eat & enjoy tea! We didn't have time to do that).
Overall, in my opinion, the White Cliffs of Dover are a must see! They were gorgeous & it was just a refresher to get away from the hustle and bustle of London. It was a super quick trip, however, we left around 7am and left Dover around 4pm. The bus system is quite awkward and only certain times are available but, I don't regret making the trip down! Definitely add Dover to your list!
Just as I've mentioned in my previous post, there is a misconception about studying abroad + traveling and that it's not affordable. Need I remind you...this trip cost a total of £25 IF that. It was not expensive at all and it's completely doable on your weekends off!
I recently completed my first solo trip to Ireland! I hiked up to the cliffs of Moher and just had some alone time to get away from school and the stress of it all (because let's be honest...grad school is H A R D. So sometimes we need a break)! I will be writing about that in my next post, so stay tuned!