I’m really excited to interview Paul McDougal of Travelness about Newcastle, UK. Paul’s tips for the best things to do in Newcastle are awesome because he was born in Newcastle, but now he travels the world as a freelance travel writer. He loves the people, the accent, and all of the outdoor activities in the area.
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We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Newcastle Gateshead, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Newcastle
The local airport is Newcastle International Airport (NCL), which is about a 12-minute drive into the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.
Paul says that you don’t need a car if you’re staying in the city. Public transportation includes buses, the Metro, and Neuron e-scooters. However, a car is best to explore attractions outside the city center. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are excellent ways to get around if you don’t want to rent a car.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Paul McDougal about Newcastle, UK. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Newcastle, UK
- Green dots = best things to do in Newcastle, UK
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Newcastle, UK
Who is Paul McDougal?
Paul McDougal is a travel writer and freelances for Travelness.com. Originally from the UK city of Newcastle, he’s a digital nomad who hates the term digital nomad. He’s traveled in almost 60 countries, and he’s lived in Vietnam, Serbia and Georgia (he’s still living in that last one).
He likes laughing, hitchhiking, and having absolutely no idea what’s going on. When he’s not writing about traveling, he’s usually looking at a map, going to bed early, or doing too much exercise.
Here are a few articles that he’s written:
- Geordie Accent: Everything You Need to Know About Newcastle Slang
- 15 Best Beaches Near Newcastle upon Tyne
- What Not To Say To Scottish People? 18 Phrases To Guarantee You a Bad Time in Scotland
You can connect with Paul on his website and on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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Dunstanburgh Castle and the nearby coast.
Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Christy Kranjec of Always Croatia shares the best things to do in Zagreb, Croatia. In this episode, Christy and I talk about attending the Advent Festival, eating the local delicacy of Strukli, and visiting the Museum of Broken Relationships. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
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Related episodes for Newcastle UK
To learn more about destinations in the UK check out our episodes below:
- Royal Crescent, Jane Austen Museum & Roman Bath Houses in Bath, U.K.
- Latitude Festival, Adam & Eve Pub & Norwich Castle in Norwich, United Kingdom
- Explosives Museum, Stokes Bay & the Isle of Wight in Gosport, U.K.
- Cracking the Enigma Code in Milton Keynes, England with Lindsay
- Best Things to Do in Sheffield, England with Anne Slater-Brooks
- Winchester Cathedral, King Arthur’s Round Table & Chesil Rectory in Winchester, UK
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