I didn't have many expectations, especially after the disappointment of the previous stop, however, I was so pleased with the castle once I laid eyes on it. I parked the car (free parking, again!) and started walking towards the top, totally missing the sign at the very bottom that said 'last admissions at 4pm. It was now 4:20pm. So when I reached the top, two staff members informed me that it was closing soon. They did let me take a few pictures though, and one of them advised on the best place to get the best angles and light for photos at such time of the day, but unfortunately, it was too late for me to go in. Still, I didn't let that change my mood or ruin my trip.
As it was already 4:30pm and I had no other plans, I've decided to drive back home.
This experience was incredible, and I don't know why I don't do it more often. I'd love to do it with other people, but the truth is I enjoy it just as much if I go alone! There's no excuse for not doing it more often, and I really want to start changing my perspective of things when it comes to this.
At the end of the day, traveling doesn't have t be about fancy hotels or expensive meals, which I already know. My problem was my perception of 'going on holidays / vacation' being all about getting on a plane and flying somewhere new, eating nice food at nice restaurants and, of course, exploring new places and taking nice photos. And it also doesn't take having to take time off work to be able to travel. A backpack and well-planned route for one day or even a weekend getaway works just as well, if not better. Not to mention the money you'll save (except on petrol....).
I've come to realise that these little trips can be just as rewarding and help to get my mind of the daily stresses of my life just like a proper 'going-away-on-a-plane' traveling experience would. All it takes is some planning (I've planned this trip in less than 30 minutes), and the will to do it!
I will certainly be doing more of these trips in the future, especially since there's still so much I still want to explore in the UK. I want to do more hiking trips, and explore places like the Isle of Man, the Northumberland National Park, the Kielder Forest Park, the North Pennines and even the Moors National Park. These trips can be super affordable, if planned right! Plus, I am lucky enough to have the weekends off work every time, so even if this means a 2 day trip, I'm lucky enough to be able to do that.
I like to think that 'to travel is to live', so I can't wait for my next trip. I had a lot of fun this weekend and I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you've been to any of the places I've been to this Saturday, or even the ones I haven't been but really want to go to.
Wishing you all a great Sunday.