Posts Tagged‘UK’

DIVE RIGHT IN! The Water’s Always Warm in the Virgin Islands

By Katie Bauer: I recently flipped through the pages of an underwater photography book and thought about how vibrant and alive the images were despite being stuck in two dimensions between hardback covers.  Just imagine being able to see these colorful creatures swim, glide, and flip their way in and out of view off beautiful tropical islands!  Having only been snorkeling, I can’t say how wonderful it is to scuba dive, but judging by what you encounter at the surface it must be fantastic the farther down you go! US VIRGIN ISLANDS Understandably, The US Virgin Islands pride themselves on…

The Best Beaches in The UK

The UK may not be the first place in the world you think of when it comes to beaches, but you may be surprised at some of the fantastic sandy havens scattered around the country. Here’s a list of some of the top beaches around the UK that you may or may not have heard of… Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides Luskentyre has often been voted Britain’s best beach, so it seems appropriate to start there. It has glorious white sands and crystal clear waters, something which you’d be more used to seeing in the Caribbean. It’s a little out of the…

Taking a Trip Around Historic Britain

For any visitor to Great Britain interested in exploring the rich historic past of the island the problem they will face is an embarrassment of riches.  With limited time and so many sights to see, the best advice is to plan your trip carefully, perhaps focusing on a particular region – and plan to come back again! The starting point for many visitors is of course London, the capital city, which not only boasts some of the world’s finest galleries and museums, but also contains many fascinating archaeological remains dating back to the time when the Romans first founded a…

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Birmingham

canals in Birmingham

Birmingham, England is one of the UK’s largest cities has a number of attractions and activities for tourists to do. Whether you would like to explore art galleries, take part in breathtaking, heart pumping action or relax on a leisurely canal cruise, Birmingham is a wonderful destination to visit. The ibis Styles Birmingham Centre is one of the cheap hotels that can be booked in the city. Below are some of the top 5 tourist attractions in Birmingham to visit during your stay. Thinktank Planetarium This contemporary museum has ten galleries that will immerse you in science. Find out how…

London Attractions, on a Budget

church in london

As the Christmas season and the New Year festivities have been and gone, now would be a perfect time for you to take a weekend break to our fair capital, to spend some quality time seeing the sights and immersing yourself in the local attractions. The problem is, that for many of us, the concept of a weekend in the Big Smoke can mean overstretching the budget and spending more than our purses can handle. While London Travelodge hotels can ensure an affordable stay in the city, the rest of a frugal weekend is down to you; the attractions that…

A guide to walking coast to coast

Nine Standards Rigg on a sunny day

When temperatures take a downward spiral, it’s tempting to send your walking boots to the back of the cupboard and spend the next few months hibernating in front of the fire. It doesn’t make sense to let the weather stop you from engaging in a favourite pastime. Providing you bundle up to beat the chills, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend the winter exploring magical landscapes, when nature undergoes a wonderful transformation of ice and frost. If you’re based in the UK, or you happen to be visiting during the winter, a fantastic choice of route is walking coast…

Top free things to do on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a fantastic holiday destination if you’re watching your spending – and even if you’re not, for that matter! Today I’ll be looking at what you can do on this beautiful little island without paying a penny, from hitting one of the many award-winning beaches to browsing art galleries. Of course, for those of you who are on a tight budget, there are plenty more ways to save than by enjoying free attractions (though these certainly help!). For instance, staying in a holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight, rather than a fancy hotel, will help you…

The Amazing Architecture of Newcastle

bridges in New Castle England

One of the most fascinating things about the UK’s historic cities is the way they mix the new with the old. Newcastle is, in my opinion, among the very best places to experience this, home to ancient monuments and modern marvels alike. So, I think if you’re planning a trip there it’s only natural to organise seeing a few of these – especially if this’ll be your first visit. What I recommend is taking yourself on a little guided tour through Newcastle’s past, starting with some of the most iconic modern monuments and working your way back through the ages.…