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Hi, my name is Dillon. I’m a travel enthusiast from Canada who is constantly yearning for new adventures, new experiences and new places waiting to be explored. When I’m not studying I like to play guitar, hang out at the cottage, and day dream about all the places I haven't yet been to. Join me as I navigate my way through life, attempt to travel throughout the globe, and tell a few tales along the way. Thanks for stopping by, and safe travels!

Travel for Free With Miles and Points


There’s three things you need to know about me:

  1. I love travelling
  2. I hate spending money
  3. My favourite game show of all time is ITV’s The Chase.

The last one isn’t really important to this particular post, but is something I very dearly miss watching from my time living in the United Kingdom.

Obviously, loving travel and hating spending money doesn’t really go together. Flights and hotels are really expensive, and unless you want to fly on airlines like Ryanair and sleep in crowded hostels with that one person who always snores with the noise of a rocket launch, there’s really no way around it.

Or is there?

Allow me to introduce you to the world of points and miles, and the power to travel for (almost) free.

While the world of points and miles might not be new to you, it was something I stumbled apon and delved into in the last year or so while day dreaming of everywhere I’d rather be than sitting in my university lectures. I had always been aware of airline loyalty programs like Air Canada’s Aeroplan, but thought that the only way to earn points was to to actually fly with them.

Then I discovered that banks gave out co-branded travel credit cards, and found one that meant I could earn Aeroplan points on my everyday purchases with the card. Even better, I could earn 10,000 points as a welcome bonus just for signing up and making my first purchase. Aeroplan points can be valued anywhere from 1-2 cents per point or higher, meaning that 10,000 points could be worth $200 or more. As an example, a round trip flight from Toronto to New York City with Air Canada can be redeemed for as low as 4,500 points each way, meaning that signing up for this one card could get me a free trip to the big apple. Yes please.


I was driving to and from Algonquin Provincial Park for work the summer I got my first travel credit card, and used it for all my gas and food purchases. By the end of the year, I had accrued enough points to book a free flight from Toronto to Bathurst, New Brunswick via Montreal to visit a friend’s cottage for the week – a flight that was retailing for over $600 at the time I was booking.

This was an eye opener for me. There was no way I could justify spending that much money on a one way domestic flight on a student’s budget, especially considering it would be cheaper to drive the 16 hours at that price. The world of points and miles allowed me to take a trip I otherwise would not have done. Since then, I’ve continued to accrue more points, and have upgraded to a better credit card that will in essence, allow me to take a free round trip flight anywhere in North America every single year, just for putting all of my everyday spending on credit cards that I would have been spending anyways. In fact, later this year I’m exploring the idea of travelling to San Fransisco, California and Banff National Park, both of which I would be able to fly to and from for free with the points I have collected.

There’s a lot more to the world of points and miles, and not all of it revolves around free flights and signing up for credit cards. Points and miles can get you free hotel stays, access to airport lounges, upgraded fares and much more. I’m no expert on any of this, and have just barely scratched the surface of what’s possible. There are a ton of resources online for you to learn more about the world of points and miles, and how you can get the most out of it, but my favourite, and where I’ve learned the most is from a website and newsletter called Daily Drop. They’ve posted a ton of articles with valuable information to get you started, and send out a daily newsletter to keep you up to date with all the current happenings in the world of miles and points. There’s also a Facebook group for discussions, questions, and livestreamed events that help you maximize the value of your points. I’m talking $10,000+ First Class seats for FREE type of value.


No, this isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share a resource that helped me wrap my head around this sometimes complex topic, and will allow me to travel more, and spend less. Of course, there are tons of guides and websites out there for you to check out that will help you learn more about points and miles – Daily Drop is just my favourite.

Having the freedom to travel more for less is always a good thing, and if I’ve sparked your interest, I encourage you to learn more about travel hacking and the world of points and miles.

I’m definitely glad I did.

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Porter Airlines Flight Review: Embraer E195-E2 Toronto to Vancouver


Porter Airlines has been in the news quite a lot here in Canada in the last few months. At the end of 2022, they took delivery of several brand new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft with the goal of eventually expanding their network from their traditional destinations within the Eastern regions of Canada and the United States (which are served by their existing fleet of Dash-8 turboprop aircraft), to one that stretches all across North America, taking advantage of the Embraer’s longer range and increased capacity, among other things.

Porter Airlines is striving to compete with Canada’s full-service commercial giants, Air Canada and WestJet, offering what can be described as an elevated economy experience. No middle seats, complimentary wine and beer served in glassware, premium snacks, and free wifi all come standard on their new Embraer fleet of jets, with a buy-on-board meal service offered on flights longer than 2.5 hours.

A Porter Airlines Embraer E195-E2 Jet taxiing past the terminal.

Porter Airlines has recieved a lot of praise over the years from consumers, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and try them for myself.

So, when I was looking to book a round-trip itinerary from Toronto to Vancouver in February, that’s exactly what I did. My flights with Porter cost a total of C$293 round trip, a quite reasonable price for a cross country flight on a full-service airline in Canada. I purchased the standard fare, which included a personal item and one carry-on, but did not include seat selection or checked luggage. Neither of these were really an issue for me however as I usually fly with just a single travel backpack, and didn’t mind where my allocated seat would be. Remember, the Embraer E195-E2 doesn’t have any middle seats!


I arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport 2 hours before our scheduled 11:15 a.m. departure. We were originally slotted to leave an hour earlier, but Porter had to push the flight back to meet crew rest requirements. Despite a full flight, boarding was quick and painless. I settled into my assigned window seat near the back of the plane, popped in my music, and enjoyed the view of the ramp as we began to taxi out to the runway. Our total flight time was scheduled for just under 5 hours, and would take us over 5 Canadian provinces and 4 timezones, landing at Vancouver International Airport around 1 p.m. Pacific time.

Once in the air, I took notice of a few things. First, I couldn’t believe how quiet the engines were, almost too quiet. Normally, I feel like I have to yell at my seat neighbour in order for them to hear me, but on the Embraer E2, I could practically whisper and be paranoid the entire flight could listen in to what I was saying. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it was such a great change not needing powerful noise cancelling headphones, being able to clearly communicate with the cabin crew, and not worrying about the moan of the engines keeping me awake should I want to catch some shut eye.

Exterior shot of the jet, and it’s incredibly quiet engines
The interior of Porter’s Embraer E195-E2 from the rear of the cabin

The second thing I noticed was how clean and fresh the cabin was. Obviously being a new aircraft, this was almost a given, but the design was bright, sleek and comfortable. I found the seats fairly spacious, althought the legroom was a bit tight at 30 inches of pitch. I’m 6 feet tall, so if you’re taller than me, you might want to think about paying for an upgraded seat with extra legroom. The tray table folded down and out, slid forward, and had indents for cups on either side.

A view of the legroom, and seatback pocket
Here’s the tray table’s size when folded in half.
The tray table folded out to maximum size

There are two washrooms on on board, one in the front and one in the back. Both were pretty small, but were kept clean and well stocked for the entire flight.

A view of the lavatory sink and countertop
A view of the toilet and the rest of the washroom

As I mentioned earlier, drinks and snacks are complimentary on Porter Airlines. On this particular trip to Vancouver, the flight attendents came around the cabin several times throughout the flight, offering a selection of beverages including beer and wine, as well as a generous portion of snacks ranging from banana bread to nuts and cookies. As this flight was over 2.5 hours, they also offered a meal service. Although this usually costs extra, this was provided free of charge to the entire cabin on this trip, presumably as a introductory promotion, and to get some contructive feedback.

My beverage and snack of choice. Steam Whistle and banana bread

For my meal, I had a Salmon Poke Bowl, which was delicious. Definitely something I would happliy pay for in the future. Other options included a Soba Noodle Bowl and a Ham and Brie Croissant. It was so refreshing having a complimentary beverage, snack, and meal service on a domestic flight in Canada, something that’s becoming increasingly rare these days, and is one of the selling points that will allow Porter to stand out in a highly competitive aviation market.

Here’s a picture of the Salmon Poke Bowl

Let’s talk about in flight entertainment.

The free on board wifi was an absolute game changer. I was able to stream full HD YouTube videos, Netflix shows, and even Live TV on my phone for the entire duration of the flight. No buffering and no connectivity issues. With outlets provided at every seat, I didn’t have to worry about running out of battery either. Porter also offers a decent selection of movies and shows through their online streaming service, although this isn’t something I personally used on this flight. It’s quite impressive just how well the wifi worked, considering everyone on the plane was no doubt trying it out for themselves. You do have to put up with the occasional advertisment in order to continue using the wifi, but if you are a member of Porter’s frequent flyer program VIPorter, you get the wifi access ad free for the duration of the flight.

Unfortunately, there was cloud cover most of the way to over Vancouver on this flight, so I was glad to have the wifi to cure me of bordom, and to distract me from the disappointment of not being able to see the snowy peaks of the rocky mountains. Here are some views out my window from the brief moments of clear sky I was able to capture:

Taking off from Toronto Pearson Internatinal Airport
Flying over Northern Ontario, near Lake of the Woods
Landing at Vancouver International Airport

Overall, I was incredibly pleased with my experience flying with Porter Airlines on their new Embraer E195-E2 jets from Toronto to Vancouver. The competitive pricing, free wifi, complimentary food and drink, lack of middle seat, a comfortable and quiet cabin, and friendly crew made for a really enjoyable flying experience. I would choose to fly Porter again every single day of the week. I personally think Air Canada and WestJet have a lot to worry about with Porter’s expansion plans, and hopefully as consumers, this increased competition will do nothing but benefit us here in Canada and raise expectations across the board.

Have you flown with Porter, or thinking about giving them a try? What are your thoughts about what they have to offer compared to the other airlines?

Let me know in the comments below!

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2022: Year In Review


Okay, so I’m a little late with this one. Okay VERY late. I usually aim to post my Year in Review’s… you know, at the end of the year. I’m choosing to focus on the positives, and what matters is that it’s here now. Better late than never!

2022 was such an incredible year for travelling, achieving lifelong goals, and seeking out new experiences. I lived abroad while on exchange at the University of Liverpool, visited a bunch of new places and countries, and met and made some amazing friends from all over the world. To mark the end of 2022 and the start of a new year, I put together a brief overview of the last 12 months including my travel statistics summary, as well as the statistics for this Website and associated YouTube Channel. As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and I wish you all the best in (the remainder of) 2023!

| Travel Recap

| Overall Website Statistics

Where You’re Reading:

In 2022, Seeking Saudades was viewed in 121 countries and territories from around the world. Here is a map and list of where you’re all from, and a breakdown of each location’s total views.

1. Breakdown by Map
Shaded countries represent where Seeking Saudades was viewed
2. Breakdown by List
Most Viewed Post:
What is the Furthest Place From Me on Earth?
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on

Google search results really liked this particular post this year, and it was a massive driver for website visits in 2022. If you haven’t figured out what the furthest place from you on Earth is, why not find out now?

Personal Favourite Post:
My Honest Ryanair Flight Review (Why it’s My Favourite Airline)

Before this year, I would have avoided Ryanair like the plague. But after experiencing it for myself as a budget university student on a semester abroad in the United Kingdom, this magnificent airline quickly became one of my favourites. Follow the link to find out why!


| YouTube Statistics

I uploaded 4 videos last year, one of which was a full travel highlight video of my time visiting the Isle of Man in May. I didn’t come to the island with much expectation, but wow was I blown away with what I saw and experienced. I definitely recommend taking a trip to the Isle of Man if you haven’t already. The video itself has picked up a fair amount of views since being published, check it out!

Isle of Man Travel Highlights | 4 Days Exploring a Hidden Gem

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Harbour Air Panorama Classic Seaplane Tour | Full Highlights


Happy Saturday everyone!

Last week I shared with you some highlights of the seaplane spotting I did while I was in Vancouver. I mentioned that I had booked myself on a scenic tour with Harbour Air later on during that same trip and today I’d like to share with you my experience taking their Panoramic Classic tour.

The Harbour Air Panorama Classic Tour is a 30 minute seaplane experience that flies along the coast of the Burrard Inlet, navigates snowy peaks and forrested valleys of the North Shore Mountains, and culmanates with a flyover of the stunning Vancouver city skyline.

Here’s my latest video which outlines the entire seaplane experience.


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Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Spotting in Winter


Hey everyone, there’s a new video up over on my Youtube channel. I recently travelled to Vancouver and found myself spending a lot of time down at the Harbour Seaplane Terminal watching the planes go by in my spare time. Here’s some clips from my time down at the docks over the course of my trip.

I actually ended up taking a seaplane tour with Harbour Air a couple days later and filmed the entire experience, so stay tuned for another video sometime soon!

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My Redbubble Shop is Up and Running!


Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start.

This is just a quick little post to let you know that I’ve just added a bunch more items to my new Redbubble store. You’ll find a selection of some photography I’ve taken from my travels, and a seemingly endless number of products to put them on and order!

A screenshot of my redbubble shop

This whole thing started because I wanted to print a photo I took of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, England as a keepsake for my time studying abroad at the University of Liverpool. I ordered my photo on the extra small glossy metal print, and hung it up on my wall along with a scarf and my original boarding pass. (A little cheesy, I know.)

I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out:

My order straight out of the box
My order hanging on the wall, paired with a Liverpool F.C. scarf

I’d appreciate you taking the time to stop by and see what there is on offer at my Redbubble store. You’ll find everything from traditional canvas and metal wall art, to stickers, magnets and postcards, and even phone cases, throw pillows, clocks and more! I’ll be continually adding more items to the shop periodically, so if you’re interested keep checking back for a continually growing collection.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Columbia Packable Backpack Review (After 1 Year of Use)


I’ve had the Columbia Lightweight Packable 21 L Backpack for about a year now after purchasing it last January. In case you’re short on time, I highly recommend it.

I was looking for a decently sized, lightweight packable day bag to bring with me to Europe, and something I could pair with my Peak Design Travel Backpack. I was also hoping to use it for university, as I was studying abroad at the University of Liverpool at the time.

Ideally, I was looking for something inexpensive, with a couple of pockets and a laptop sleeve, maybe a spot for my water bottle, comfortable straps, and the ability to shrink it down to a smaller size so I could stuff it in my carry-on bag when it wasn’t being used .

Luckily for me, the Columbia Packable Backpack had almost everything I was looking for. Before I go into detail and give you my thoughts, here’s the specs taken from Columbia’s website:

  • Cost: C$37 (US$28)
  • Capacity: 21 L
  • Weight: 167 g / 5.9 oz
  • Backpack Dimensions:
    • 46 x 32 x 11.9 cm / 18.1″ x 12.6″ x 4.7″

Here are some pictures of the Columbia Packable Backpack, and some items for scale:

A front view of the backpack:

The inside of the backpack:

The inside of the backpack, with a passport holder, a 24 fl oz water bottle, and toiletry bag for scale:

The interior volume of the bag with the same water bottle for scale:

The size of the backpack when folded, with a wallet for scale:


Finally, here’s the Columbia packable backpack fully loaded with 4 days worth of clothes inside a Peak Design bompression bag, the same toiletry kit from the picture above, all of my documentation and chargers, and a water bottle clipped to the side. There’s still some room left over for small souveniers:

The backpack is made of a water resistant Nylon Ripstop material, and has held up very well considering the amount of use I’ve put it through. I took it with me to class everyday for 5 months in all sorts of weather, on a bunch of day trips all across the UK, and it was my personal item on my Ryanair flights to Denmark, Ireland, and Belgium, as well as my day bag while exploring the Isle of Man. There are no signs of wear and tear, no discolouration, and the zippers all still work smoothly.

The laptop sleeve inside the backpack held my 15-inch laptop comfortably, and the inside pocket was a great place to safely store my passport and other important documents while I was travelling. The exterior pocket also has plenty of room to store whatever else you may have on hand. The straps are basic, but I found they applied an equal pressure to my shoulders which meant they were a lot more comfortable than you might expect.

My only complaint about the bag is that it doesn’t have a pocket for a water bottle. I got around this by either clipping one to the top handle, or simply stuffing it down inside the bag.

If you’re looking for a reliable packable backpack for an inexpensive price, in my opinion the Columbia Lightweight Packable 21 L Backpack is definitely worth a buy. It makes for a great day bag, as well as the perfect sized personal item for use on ultra-low cost budget airlines like Ryanair.

If you have any questions about the Columbia packable backpack, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments down below!

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World Cup ’22: In Honour of Canada vs. Belgium


For the first time in 36 years, Canada will finally play a match at the World Cup when they face off against Belgium today in Qatar.

It’s obviously an exciting moment for me, and many Canadians across the country. My family was able to attend several matches during the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, and the energy surrounding this team is just intoxicating.

Now, although we finished as the top seed in qualifying ahead of the USA and Mexico, I’m not oblivious to the fact that we have a massive challenge ahead of us in Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco in Group F. In all honesty, win or lose, I’m just happy that Canada gets to be apart of it all this time around.

In honour of Canada’s World Cup journey, and specifically their opening match against Belgium, I thought I would share a few photos from my travels to Brussels and Ghent back in April of this year.

Enjoy, and ALLEZ LES ROUGES! 🇨🇦

The Grand Palace, Brussels. One the most impressive squares I’ve ever been to.
Jardin du Mont des Arts, Brussels
Picturesque storefront in Brussels
You can’t go to Belgium and NOT get waffles
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels
The famous Manneken Pis, Brussels
Halle Gate, reminant of the second city walls of Brussels
Outside the European Parliament, Brussels
European Parliament Hemicycle
Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
Inside the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Brussels
The Atomium, Brussels
Bicycles stacked up outside Ghent Train Station
Scenic view of the river running through the heart of the city of Ghent
Gravensteen Castle, Ghent
Another angle of the river running through Ghent. I must have sat looking at this view for over an hour.

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My Honest Ryanair Flight Review (Why it’s My Favourite Airline)


Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but hear me out.

Obviously flying a traditionally structured full service airline is a far more enjoyable experience and the preferred choice for the majority of travellers, including myself. Compared to Ryanair, flying economy on any other airline feels like your being wined and dined and treated to such luxuries reserved only for the elite of the world.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to love about Ryanair.

Boarding the front of my Ryanair flight to Brussels

To give you some context, I studied abroad at the University of Liverpool for one semester earlier this year. Being Canadian, I’ve always resented how expensive it is to travel in my home country, and how limited the transportation options are, especially with respect to flying. So, I made it my goal to take advantage of being in Europe for as long as I was, for as often as I could. Ryanair was the obvious choice to allow me to do just this, and I flew exclusively with them during my time abroad.

Before I get into my thoughts on Ryanair though, here are the trips I took outside of the United Kingdom during my time across the pond, and their respective costs.

1. Liverpool, U.K. (LPL) —> Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH)

I booked this RETURN flight for a grand total of £16 (C$30). Flight time each way was about 1 hour 50 minutes, and left from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and landed at Copenhagen’s International Airport. I spent the weekend exploring Denmark’s capital with some friends back in February and absolutely loved it, but that’s a story for another time.

A view of my Ryanair plane headed for Copenhagen
Crossing the North Sea on the way to Copenhagen

2. Liverpool, U.K. (LPL) —> Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

The quick hop across the Irish sea cost a total of £24 return (C$40) and was without a doubt the shortest flight of my life. The entire process from gate to gate took just over 40 minutes and I was in Ireland before I had decided which of my downloaded podcasts to listen to. Aside from the distance, I’ll touch on why this entire process was so seamless later on.

The Liverpool skyline and River Mersey shortly after takeoff
Final approach into Dublin Airport (one of the windiest landings I’ve experienced)

3. Liverpool, U.K. (LPL) —> Brussels, Belgium (CRL)

OK, so if you’re really good at memorizing airport codes, you’ll have noticed that CRL isn’t actually in Brussels. In fact, it’s about an hour’s drive away in the city of Charleroi, and far closer to France than it is to the nation’s capital. If this was any other airline, I’d be less than enthused, but Ryanair sold this return ticket for a mere £16 (C$27).

Thanks to the decline of the British Pound against the Canadian Dollar since my flight to Denmark, this meant Ryanair brought me on a 1 hour and 20 minute flight to Belgium and back for less than what Air Canada charged me to select my seat to London Heathrow back in January. Being dropped off an hour outside Brussels was a little inconvenient, and meant we had to catch a bus. I didn’t really mind this however because the bus was pretty inexpensive, and I got the chance to see some of the Belgian countryside.

Pushback at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Final approach to Brussels South Charleroi Airport


  • Fights taken: 6
  • Time in the air: 7 hours 40 minutes
  • Distance travelled: 3,700 km
  • Countries visited: 3
  • Total cost: £56 (C$97.00)

Obviously there are some sacrifices that need to be made when you fly Ryanair, especially at the ultra low prices I did. You don’t get to choose your seat, there’s no meal or drink service onboard, and you’re only allowed to bring a personal item onto the plane. Seeing as all my trips were short haul flights, and a total 3-4 days away maximum, none of this was an issue for me. I was able to stuff plenty enough clothes and toiletries inside my small backpack, and even had enough space to bring back small souveniers. Attach a water bottle to the side of the bag and you even have a container to bring water onto the plane aswell.

Just make sure you remember to empty it before going through security in Dublin or an Irish guard might make you chug the whole bottle in front of the entire terminal in an impromptu drinking competition. (Hilarious, but indeed not my finest moment)

If you can get past all of this, as I mentioned earlier, you’ll find that Ryanair has a lot to love.

For starters, they generally fly at off-peak times, meaning that the airports are quieter, security is smoother, and taxiing is far faster. With no large luggage, you don’t have to scramble to get to the airport early to check your bags, or wait for them at the carousel at your destination. Getting onto your flight is far less painless and very quick aswell because Ryanair does dual boarding, meaning everyone enters the plane from both the front and rear doorsat the same time, depending on where your seat is located within the aircraft.

Every airline should do this!

My alloted personal item

All of this combined means that not a single one of my flights with Ryanair was delayed or late. Always on time, and even sometimes early. Remember, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional airline. They even play a cool jingle on the plane to announce the accomplishment!

If you’re worried about getting stuck in a randomly allocated middle seat, well yeah, that’s going to happen. I mean you paid $15 for the ticket, what did you expect? In all seriousness, I only had to sit in the middle seat twice. Your odds are pretty good at getting either a window or an aisle seat, and there are usually enough open spots you can move around to find something you like anyways. You likely won’t be able to sit next to your friends or family, but I found this was a really unique opportunity to chat with all sorts of new people from around the world.

The Leg room is adequate (I’m 6 ft tall) and the seat width isn’t that bad either. Again, you paid 3 rocks and a flake of dust to be taken across the continent, how much complaining can you really do? You might even get lucky like I was and end up being moved to an emergency row to enjoy the extra leg room, or be asked to move to the first row of the plane for balacing reasons. There’s no inflight entertainment, which is to be expected, and an issue that is easily solved by downloading movies, music and TV shows onto your phone.

In the middle seat Flying to Denmark
Waiting to board my flight back to Liverpool at Dublin Airport.

I’m back in Canada now, and I legitimately miss Ryanair. It’s not one giant nightmare like the internet and other travellers might have you believe. There’s a good chance you might be pleasently suprised. Sure there are compromises, but Ryanair is a what you see is what you get kind of airline that allowed me the freedom to explore more of Europe at an incredibly low price. It gave me the ability to use more of my money to enjoy the actual destination rather than burning it all just to get there. When it comes down to it, as an exchange student trying to maximize my budget, Ryanair gave me everything I asked for and more, and that’s not something you can say about every airline.

For this reason, and many more, Ryanair has become one of my favourite, if not my favourite airlines.

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The Cathedrals of Liverpool (Roman Catholic vs. Anglican)


1. Liverpool Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral

Quick Facts:

  • Height: 84.86 m (278.41 feet); Diameter: 59.43 m (195.98 feet)
  • Construction began in 1962 and was completed in 1967
  • The cathedral is made of conrete and features an aluminum covered roof
The Steps leading to the main entrance of the Metropolitan Cathedral
The view from the top of the steps (Hey, I can see my residence from here!)

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic church in Liverpool. It’s located in the Knowledge Quater of the city, about a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Central Station. I got to know this cathedral very well as it was directly across the street from my student residence at the University of Liverpool while I was on my international study exchange.

I only ever went inside once, hense the rather limited pictures below, but it served as a beacon to lead me home anywhere I was in the city. Although exactly what you would expect of architecture from the 1960s, the exterior of the building is rather unique for a religous construction of this size, at least in my experience.

The interior of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is a massive circle. Your immediate attention is pulled to the height of the ceiling, and the stained glass windows high above your head. There are 13 chapels lining the circumfrence of the main room, and an endless sea of pews leading to the alter at the front.

Inside of the Cathedral
Stained glass windows in the roof of the cathedral

The most memorable part of the cathedral for me were the bells and their ability to disturb my sleep on many mornings over the course of 5 months living across the street from them. While they sounded great, the bells had a tendency to go on for a very long time, and at very inconvenient times in the morning.

Entrance is free, although donations are encouraged. If you’re visiting Liverpool and happen to be in the area, definitely take the time to visit the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Otherwise, in my opinion and as you’ll see below, the Liverpool Cathredral is worth more of a visit and your time.


2. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Quick Facts:

  • Construction began in 1904 and didn’t finish until 1978
  • Height: 100.8 m (331 ft); Length: 188.67 m (619 ft)
  • Among a number of records, it is the longest cathedral in the world, and the largest Anglican cathedral in the world. It is also the fifth largest by volume in the world.
Liverpool Catheral as seen from the parking lot

I visited the Liverpool Cathedral 3 times during my time living and study at the University of Liverpool. Once by myself and another 2 times with visiting family and friends. Built in the gothic revival style of architecture, I think it’s fair to say the Liverpool Cathedral is a much more impressive structure than its Roman Catholic counterpart. The sheer scale of the building dominates the surrounding skyline, and the interior of the building is just as grand.

There’s lots to explore inside, including your typical religious artifacts, tombs, ornate stained glass windows and a grand altar. Tucked away within the back corner of the main cathedral is The Lady Chapel, the first part of the structure to be completed. There’s also a cafe with plenty of seating available in the centre of the building, and a small gift shop as well.

The exterior’s impressive gothic arches
The interior of the cathedral. The cafe can be seen in the left of the picture
Looking down the centre of the cathedral towards the altar
The Cathedral features towering stained glass windows
A close up view of the altar
The Lady Chapel, the oldest part of the Cathedral

Outside Liverpool Cathedral you’ll find St. James’ Gardens. Originally used as a cemetary with more than 57,000 burials, it was closed in 1936 when the land was deemed full. It was then converted into a public garden and greenspace in 1972, meaning all the gravestones had to be relocated. Many of these gravestones now line the exterior perimeter of the park and date back to the early 19th century. I found it really interesting reading the inscriptions, the names of the deceased, and when they lived and died. With the backdrop of the massive cathedral looming overhead, it really is a unique place to visit and go for a walk.

Entrance to the Liverpool Cathedral and St. James’ Gardens are free, although donations are encouraged. It is located in the Georgian Quater of the city, and while it is a 17 minute walk from Liverpool Central Station, (a little futher away from the city centre than the Roman Catholic Cathedral) it is most definitely worth the walk to come and see.

A view of St. James’ Gardens with Liverpool Cathedral in the background
Gravestones line the entire exterior boundary of St. James’ Gardens
There is a looped walking path that winds its way around the gardens

3. Honourable Mentions

No cathedral tour of Liverpool is complete without at least mentioning the hallowed grounds that each of the city’s beloved football teams play in and call home. I’m of course talking about Anfield and Goodison Park, the respective stadium’s of Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.

Anfield Stadium, Home of Liverpool F.C.
Goodison Park, Home of Everton F.C.

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