♣ People from Glasgow spend 38 days a year on their personal phone or computer, 9 days a year on social media, and double the time (4 days) shopping than the average Brit
♣ 45% of people in Glasgow wish they had more time, with 66% saying they’d travel more of Great Britain if they could
♣ The top destinations those in Glasgow want to visit include: Liverpool (71%), Cambridge (42%) and Edinburgh (42%)
♣ Find out how much free time you have each year with the Virgin Trains Free Me Calculator

The average Brit has just 17 days of free time a year, including weekends, according to a new study from Virgin Trains. That’s just over two weeks across the entire year to spend doing the things we really want to do.

45% of Glaswegians wish they had more free time, and actually value free time more highly than money, material possessions and even career success. And it’s no wonder it’s in such short supply, as people in Glasgow spend 38 days a year on their personal phone or computer, 9 days a year on social media, and double the time (4 days) shopping than the average Brit.

Those in Glasgow are an adventurous bunch, and more than half (55%) would go travelling if they had more time, with 66% saying they’d explore more of Great Britain if they could. The top destinations people from Glasgow would visit if they had the chance include Liverpool (71%), Cambridge (42%) and Edinburgh (42%).

Apart from travelling, 39% of Glaswegians would visit friends and family if they had the extra time, 28% would go to the cinema more often, and 29% would catch up on much-needed sleep.The top things Scots thinks they miss out on because they don’t have enough free time, are reading (53%), socialising with friends (37%), weekend and day trips away (36%).

If they’re not doing the things they really want to do, then what is taking up all of Glaswegians’ time?

• Over four months of the year sleeping
• 38 days of the year on their personal phone or computer
• 9 days of the year on social media
• 8 days of the year exercising
• 7 days of the year doing chores or housework
• 4 days a year shopping

With just 17 days to play with, there’s no time to waste. That’s why Virgin Trains has launched Free Me, an inspiring campaign to encourage people to make the most of their free time this Summer, whether that’s visiting a new city, taking up a new hobby, or watching that film you’ve always wanted to watch.

The research revealed the top 10 things Glaswegians would love to do with their free time are:

1. Travelling – 55%
2. Visiting friends and family – 39%
3. Sleeping – 29%
4. Going to the cinema or theatre – 28%
5. Walking – 23%
6. Cooking – 19%
7. Learning a new language – 18%
8.Visiting museums – 17%
9. Gardening – 66%
10. Volunteering at charities – 14%

When looking at the journey itself, over half of Glaswegians (54%) agree it’s relaxing to travel by train, and a third (39%) said it gives them extra time for themselves. Apart from the time physically saved while travelling on a train, people from Glasgow use the journey time to admire the view outside (61%), listen to music (25%) and get lost in a day dream (23%).

Find out exactly how much free time you have this year with the Virgin Trains Free Me Calculator. Just put in your details, see how many days it gives you and then grab the opportunity to make the most of it!

Patrick McCall, Co-Chairman, Virgin Trains, said of the new Free Me campaign; “When we look back at our lives, it’s the time spent with the people we love that we’ll remember and the experiences we’ve had along the way. It won’t be about the stuff we buy or the next stage in our career. Whether you’re on a journey to pursue a dream you’ve always had or you simply want to use the time on your train to unwind and relax. Free Me is about inspiring people to get out there, see more of Great Britain and make the most of those 17 days of precious free time.”

Virgin Trains is running a summer family promotion* on its East Coast route, with 50 per cent off family travel up to September 10. Selected stations include Newcastle, London King’s Cross, Leeds, York and Durham for journeys booked before September 2. More information on this can be found at using the offer code FM50. On the West Coast, Virgin Trains’ family ticket** is super flexible, (outward journeys must be reserved, return journeys anytime within a month) that can be booked for as little as £99 for journeys such as London to Manchester or Liverpool for a family of six (up to two adults and four children). If you want to treat yourself, Virgin Trains also offers a First Class family ticket – for the same London to Manchester or Liverpool journey, it will cost just £198 for a family of six (up to two adults and four children).

*FAMILY PROMOTION (Virgin Trains on the east coast)
1. 50% discount applies to lowest Virgin Trains East Coast Standard Advance and First Advance tickets only, booked between 31 July and 2 September 2017 inclusive, for travel between 7 August and 10 September 2017 inclusive (excluding 25 to 28 August inclusive), on selected Virgin Trains East Coast services.
2. At least one child (age 5-15) must be travelling with the group.
3. The 50% discount is valid for Virgin Trains East Coast train services only for journeys (in both directions) between the following stations Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York, Doncaster, Retford, Newark Northgate, Harrogate, Skipton, Wakefield Westgate, Leeds, Grantham, Peterborough and London King’s Cross
4. 50% discount can only be used when booked through the promotional link and entering the offer code FM50.
5. The code is valid for one transaction for up to eight Passengers with a combination of adults and children. At least one child (age 5-15) must be travelling with the group (each way) to qualify for the discount.
6. 50% discount code can only be used once.
7. Tickets must be booked by 23.59 on 2 Sep 2017 and are valid on booked date and train only.
8. This discount is not valid for Virgin Trains services on the west coast route.
9. Discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offers, discounts or Railcards and eVouchers.
10. Tickets are subject to availability and there is very limited availability at peak times.
11. Usual Advance terms and conditions apply. Please click here <
** FAMILY TICKET (Virgin Trains on the West Coast)
1. These terms and conditions (“terms”) apply to the discounted fares offered by Virgin Trains for Families travelling into and out of London during the Promotion Period (the “promotional fares”). These terms apply in addition to Virgin Trains’ full ticket terms and conditions, available at or by calling 0344 556 5650, and i the event of any conflict between any of these terms and the full ticket terms and conditions these terms will prevail.
2. The ‘Family ticket’ promotional fares are available for purchase all year round (inclusive).
3. The ‘Family ticket’ promotional fares are available for travel at anytime for destinations along the West Coast Mainline (subject to planned engineering works taking place), view
4. The return leg of the journey is flexible and must be used within 1 month of the outward travel date, travelling at any time, on any Virgin Train along the West Coast Mainline. 
5. The ‘Family ticket’ promotional fares are available on all routes on the Virgin Trains network along the West Coast Mainline, as long as the journey is from or to London Euston.
6. The ‘Family ticket’ promotional fares only apply to a Family purchasing all tickets required for travel at the same time. For the purpose of the promotional fares, a ‘Family ‘is defined as: minimum 1 adult and 1 child; maximum 2 adults, 4 children.
7. The ‘Family ticket’ promotional fares are only available on services operated by Virgin Trains. If you are in any doubt as to whether a certain train is run by Virgin Trains, you should check with the staff before boarding.
8. The promotional fares are available in Standard class only.
9. The promotional fares are available for purchase on and at stations.
10. The promotional fares are available for purchase during the promotion Period until 23:59 on the day before travel.
11. Seat reservations are compulsory and free of charge for the outward journey only. Customers must travel on the trains and seats that they reserve. If customers travel on different dates or trains to those reserved, they will have to purchase a new ticket at the full fare.
12. Other discounts including Railcards and Group discounts do not apply to the Promotional fares.
13. The promotional fares are subject to availability and requested journeys cannot be guaranteed.
14. Tickets purchased on the promotional fares are non-refundable.
15. Tickets can be collected at FastTicket machines at the relevant stations or sent via post only.
16. If you have specific needs or require journey assistance when travelling by train, please contact Journey Care on 08000 158 123 at least 24 hours before your journey.
17. All travel is subject to The National Conditions of Carriage, copies of which may be obtained from ticket offices.
18. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, Virgin Trains reserves the right to cancel the promotion without prior notice.
19. Virgin Trains reserves the right to revise the terms and conditions, information materials and notices on this website from time to time or to temporarily or permanently discontinue the website or any part of it from time to time without prior notice should circumstances make such action reasonably necessary. You should review the terms and conditions each time you visit this website.
20. Virgin Trains endeavours to ensure that the information on this website is accurate but makes no representations or warranties as to accuracy and accepts no liability for the same.
21. Personal information provided by you to the site will be used in accordance with the laws enforced under the Data Protection Virgin Trains Privacy Policy, available at
22. This promotion is run by West Coast Trains Limited: Registered in England and Wales No. 3007940. Registered office: The Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB.