The Last Day Of Uni: Why I’m going to miss being a student


Picture: Bower Ashton reception. Credit to GinkgoProjects, as I’m nowhere near talented enough to take a picture like this. 

Somehow, three years of university have flown by and today marks my final official day of lectures.

Although, we have been in a tutorial period for some time. Ahem.

I came to Bristol back in 2014 with the entire Wilko Student Essentials range and a Skins-esque lifestyle in mind.

OK, so while I’m far too boring to have realised this – how did they manage to party so much? – it’s been a real blast.

(Note: I still have some of my 99p cutlery, win win).

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It’s time to drop ‘Beach Body Ready’


Photo: Weirdly enough, I found this graffiti in central Bristol. 

While grey skies and the occasional storm may fool you, the beginning of March usually signifies that summer is right around the corner.
No, really. 

In a matter of weeks – usually later this month – high street stores up and down the country will start stocking shorts and sandals, despite a usually rainy April.

Ah, consumerism.

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A Quick Thought: Diversity in PR


Photo: My last time up in the clouds – which funnily enough, looks like thought bubbles.

(Note: Apologies for the frequent use of the word ‘diversity’ in this post – but what can you do when it’s the topic, eh?)

Politically speaking, this past year has brought us many things including; Brexit, President Donald Trump and excruciating headaches.

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Shrove Tuesday: How to make the Perfect Pancakes


Does anyone else feel like they blinked and missed February?

Well, we’ve made it to the end. Phew. I hope you managed to make it the Fab Feb we were all hoping for.

Before we manage to muddle our way into March however, there’s one last treat in-store.

Because it’s only flipping Pancake Day!

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Interrailing Explored


Photo: Ljubljana, Slovenia. Courtesy of Dan Noutch and Abi Bunce.

Hi, welcome back to thebettinsonblog’s travel series!

So sorry that you missed out last Sunday – I’ll be drafting posts through the week now – but I was busy travelling, as many travel bloggers are. 

Just a shame it was only as far as Weston-super-Mare, eh?

As expected from the descriptive title and my previous post, in this chapter we’ll start to explore the idea of interrailing.

To break down this week’s key points, I’ve relived my school days and kindly completed the 5 W’s and that extremely awkward H for you.

It never had the same ring to it when the invited H to the party, did it?

What is Interrailing?

Believe it or not, Interrailing is the use of a single train pass to travel within or between participating European countries. Across a flexible range of different options, your pass will provide you with endless possibilities as you encounter (hopefully) sunnier climbs, beautiful landscapes and heaps of culture. Think of the food.

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a comprehensive travel planner, the ability to start everyday in a new location should you choose to do so will lead to an array of jealous friends and a bloody good Instagram feed.

Where can you go?

Up to 30 European countries, including fan-favourites France, Spain, Italy and Greece, can be visited with an Interrail pass. Of course, this means there’s scope to experience a wide breadth of culture throughout your travels, which is what everyone is looking for, right?

While single passes limit you to the borders of that specific country, if you purchase a global pass, then you’re also entitled to 2 journeys in your country of residence (for outbound and inbound journeys), this is a new feature to the pass and I’d highly recommend using it. Last summer, we flew into Paris and out of Barcelona, which – despite Skyscanner’s best efforts – obviously increased costs.

To make sure that the cities you want to travel to are easily connected (as some surprisingly aren’t), I’d definitely recommend downloading the Interrail Rail Planner App – it’s available on both Apple and Android.

Who can do it?

While an Interrail Pass can only be used by European citizens and official residents, non-European citizens are welcome to purchase an Eurail Pass instead, which can be found at

(Note: Non-Europeans who can prove that they reside in Europe can use Interrail, if not already clear).

There are currently three age ranges to select from when buying a pass – including Youths (12-27), Adults (28-59) and Seniors (60+) – and Kids can go free.

(Note 2: Under a fourth category – the Family pass – an adult can supervise a maximum of two children each).

When can I go? 

Upon ordering your ticket, you’ll be asked when you want to start using your pass and the date you put will be printed onto it as your start date. And as the service runs throughout the year, there’s no specific month or season for your adventure to begin.

Thinking about a trip for early next year? Not a problem, you can order an pass up to  11 months before you start the trip.

How expensive is it?

As ticket prices are dependent on your age, pass type and number of travel days, this one’s a bit harder to answer. However, ‘global’ passes currently start from €175 (ÂŁ148.34) and single-country passes from €37 (ÂŁ31.36). Sounds like a bargain to me.

Last summer, we spent five weeks abroad, visited thirteen locations and decided upon the 15 days within a month pass. Stuck between the 10 and 15 mark, we didn’t use all of our days but easily could’ve. Make sure to make the most of your money as you don’t get any unused days back in cash!

Across each chapter of this series, I’ll explore the costs at each location including hostels, food and drink. But in advance of that, I’d advise you to budget carefully. Hidden costs like train reservations can cost you dear and sting a little – we got by daily on about €20 – €25.

And finally – but most politely –  why should I be interested?

Sold as ‘the convenient option for independent travellers with a thirst for adventure’, this mode of transport provides you with the freedom to see wherever, whenever. After 5 weeks away, I was left wanting so much more (even if I was craving a proper cuppa). Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s still so much more for me to see!

Realistically, long-haul travel has always seemed out of bounds to me on a part-time job and student loan. And so, as this option worked out to be pretty cost-effective, it made sense to pursue it. Especially when the weather and culture were so vastly different to the UK.

Over our time away, I’d estimate that I spent about ÂŁ1,500. Based on the experiences, memories and sights – I’d say it was 100% worth it.

So, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, I’d suggest looking a little closer to home to start planning your Interrailing adventure today.

Need any extra information about Interrailing? Be sure to visit the website.

Next week, we’re leaving the UK to relive last summer’s adventure. Make sure to brush up on your French, as we’ll be touching down in Paris bientĂ´t.

For now however, I’m going to take a long look at my photos and some sunnier days away from Doris.

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