One of the things that has become apparent with my friends heading back to university and my boyfriend starting a new job is that my year out is going to involve a lot of doing stuff alone. Basically, one of my worst fears! However in an unexpected twist from me, I’ve decided to embrace this new circumstance and try to make the most of my own company. Don’t get me wrong, I do often yearn for a night to myself, but I also like to have other people around me to gently push me in the right direction…
That being said, I’ll save the rest of my thoughts on travelling solo for another post, and instead get back to the point of sharing my trip to Liverpool! During the summer I penned a piece about the Edinburgh Book Festival for the Travelodge blog and in return I was offered two nights in a Travelodge of my choice. It was a pretty tough decision, but with £20 return tickets I settled on visiting Liverpool. Having spent many a weekend – and the first few years of my life – just down the road in Manchester it might be surprising that I’d never got round to visiting Liverpool, and I’m kind of annoyed it took me so long.
Armed with a map, my camera and a kick ass playlist consisting of acoustic Taylor Swift covers, 80s pop rock hits and songs I loved as a teenager I set off to make the most of my 48 hours in the city.
When I arrived on the Monday night it was dark, cold and so foggy that it felt like I had stepped off the train on to the set of a Stephen King film. I set off to find my hotel, so I could relax for a little bit and have that essential cup of tea before heading out to explore my surroundings. This proved difficult, thanks to the aforementioned fog, and so after a little wander around the shops and the docks I ended up resigning to an early night with my book in my marshmallow bed.
It’s safe to say that after a good night’s sleep and a belly full of breakfast the next day got off to a much better start! When researching what I wanted to do in the city I came across a free walking tour that took place every morning, so I signed myself up and trotted off to explore the city. My guide, Philip, knew so much about the city and was bursting with an energy that left me buzzing! After a long three hours wandering around the best sights in the city, I was pretty exhausted. I grabbed some lunch with Emma, who also showed me some more of the city, before grabbing some Chinese food and settling back in to my room for the night – armed with plenty of snacks of course!
I knew that I had a lot still to fit in on my last day in the city, and with my train leaving at 4pm it was going to be a challenge. I spent the day running about ticking off attractions and managed to fit in a staggering two cathedrals, three museums, an art gallery, the library and the Chinese arch. My feet were numb after so much walking and I managed to rack up a staggering 27,000 steps in the one day.
Despite all of that, I still have enough that I want to visit to justify another trip back – which is definitely something I’ll be doing. I was totally blown away by how much history there is in one city, with links to the slave trade, secret military bases, the birthplace of The Beatles and even a nod to the Titanic… it’s pretty cool. Travelodge have shared a really cool feature on how Liverpool has evolved over the years on their website, which gives such an interesting insight in to the changes that have taken place there as well as just how much happened in this one city. You can see some more of what I got up to in my travel vlog and over on my Instagram.
Have you ever been to Liverpool?