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Getting Stuff Done With Virgin Trains

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Life-Splicing With Virgin Trains

Life is so busy these days! We have our personal life, work life and then there’s the online world and social media which can take up so much of your time it’s crazy. At times it can feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything we need to, and everything we want to.

Getting stuff done on the move is becoming increasingly important and increasingly popular for us to do, and I have partnered with Virgin Trains on the East Coast in their get stuff done challenge on a journey from Newcastle to London.

Virgin Trains East Coast - From Newcastle To Kings Cross London

They are calling it life splicing – a new living trend that the people of Newcastle are pioneering to take control of their personal to-do list and get things done at a time and place that suits them. It’s all about using those short bursts of time in the day to get stuff done. The journey time is around 3 hours, so there’s a lot which can be done in this time. I have always thought travelling by train is a far better alternative to driving a long distance. Going from Newcastle to London by car will take over 5 1/2 hours, and there’s the stress of dealing with traffic, being tired and not to mention the inability to get anything done on the journey. Travelling by train not only means you can multi-task, but you’ll be more relaxed while you’re travelling, and when you reach the end of the journey.

There’s plenty of great things about Virgin Trains which helps me to catch up on what i’d like to do. First of all the power outlets. As we know batteries in phones and laptops run out so quickly, but if you need a quick charge or want to keep the battery life up for when you arrive you can. The battery in my laptop is supposed to last for over 9 hours, but using the machine for things like watching videos or playing a game can cut that down a bit, so having the power is brilliant.

Getting Stuff Done with Virgin Trains On The East Coast

There’s also WIFI on board, a must have these days. I was checking emails and it was working pretty fine on my journey, which is another part of life which seems to take up more time then you think at first.

I wanted to catch up on was a bit of gaming. I like to play games, in particular Football Manager, and for those who know the game it’s so addictive, but it also takes quite a bit of time to play, and it’s usually time I don’t have. It was a lot easier when we were younger to find the time, but these days modern life takes over and there’s never time to go have a game. It’s played by so many people while they travel and relax, even footballers themselves posting pictures of playing while they travel to games. I’ve now joined them, finally catching up on spending some time playing.

I don’t do heavy editing of my photos, but they occasionally require some editing of the lighting, cropping or resizing for use on the blog or social media. I spend time lightly editing photos for the blog, and in the journey there’s plenty of time to do just that.

Food On Board In 1st Class

The First Class service it was brilliant. Being a tall guy one of the bad things about travel is the legroom, which can be lacking, but I was comfortable in the seating and there was plenty of legroom. First Class service comes with a meal, with the menu changing depending on the time you travel. I travelled in the morning, and had a nice bacon roll with H.P. brown sauce (naturally!) and a Diet Coke.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, and were always coming by with refreshments; From tea and coffee to cold drinks and alcohol.

Overall the experience was very good and I was able to get plenty of stuff done in the journey between Newcastle and Kings Cross.

It takes under 3 hours to get from Newcastle To London On The Train

I created a small video of my journey from Newcastle to London Kings Cross which you can check out below.

Post written in collaboration with Virgin Trains

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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