Family Holidays in Britain with a Difference

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I’ve heard a lot of people saying this year that the cost of holidaying in the usual European resorts has been really expensive – the price of food and drink is getting ridiculous and we aren’t really getting value for money anymore with the fluctuating currency markets. Next year avoid paying outrageous prices (like the equivalent of £10 for a local beer) plus the added expensive of travelling to Spain, and stay in the UK. You’ll be surprised at the options available that are right on your doorstep. Try this ebookers discount code for a great saving off the total cost of your trip.

Weekend adventure

For a total getaway experience try Centre Parcs. They have resorts in Cumbria, Nottingham and Wiltshire nestled in luscious forests. A bit like a home from home, you’ll get all of your usual comforts plus top notch facilities including cycling trails, a spa and pool, sports activities and children’s sport camps. You can stay in the hotel facility, suites or in a lodge – which is ideal if you have other family members staying with you or additional friends. If you’re needing to get away from the laptop and your mobile phone, I’d highly recommend these resorts to switch off and relax – the beautiful surrounding alone are stunning and the high quality of leisure and entertainment facilities at Centre Parcs itself is remarkable.

Weekend adventure

Island time

If you fancy a complete cut off from traffic, noise pollution and the 9-5 grind, then take the kids to escape to a Scottish island. Only 50 minutes from Glasgow or 1 hour from Stranraer, is Ardrossan ferry terminal which will take you to the stunning isle of Arran. Chill out and relax on one of the beautiful beaches, take advantage of the walking trails and dramatic mountain treks where you will be breathless by the view. For a cultural experience, you should definitely try the local whisky distillery tour or shop at the arts and crafts shops. Arran is a special island often nicknamed as ‘Scotland in miniature’ – it’s not as remote as the Hebridean islands and easy enough to travel to from the north of England or central Scotland.

Island time

City break

The Scottish capital attracts thousands of tourists every year from across the world. Edinburgh sure knows how to throw a party and the buzzing nightlife shows its visitors how to have a good time. Steeped in centuries of history, you’ll love wandering the medieval cobbled streets for shopping, visiting the cities attractions such as the Edinburgh dungeon, Ocean Terminal, and of course the dramatic castle which sits on the hill overlooking the city. August is a great time to visit with the Fringe Festival offering a mass of comedy shows, art and theatre productions – book in advance to avoid disappointment.

City break

Surfer’s paradise

If you or your kids are adrenaline daredevils or keen water sports enthusiast, the Cornish coast is a must-do location for your family. Perfect beaches and coves added to the wind off the English Channel provides the perfect swell and conditions for kayaking, surfing and wakeboarding. Surfers from across Europe shy away from the Spanish coastlines in favour of Cornwall – yep it’s that good. Look out for surfing schools and lessons on the beaches. While you’re not in the water you definitely need to explore a bit more of Cornwall so visit the stunning cliffs, little harbour villages and seafood restaurants.

Surfer’s paradise

4 of the Best Theme Parks in Europe

Theme Parks

So, as you may know, I’ve been travelling around Europe a lot and I plan to head back out into the big wide world sometime in the near future. But in the meantime, I’ve got this blog in which I will be recounting my memories, as I’ve done already here where I spoke about my road trip from Seville to Barcelona or this post where I put some tips into a piece about how to travel around Europe on a budget (even though my title is slightly different, you get the jist). Continue Reading ›

The Very Fine Line between Ultra-Modern and Too Clinical

Minimal Decor

Beyond doing up my own apartment on one of the many occasions I’ve changed residences in my short life, I’ve never really been overly interested in interior design and decoration topics. But that’s what travelling does – it exposes you to so many different things and so many different ways of looking at those things that you end up just picking up a broad-based knowledgebase of just about everything. Continue Reading ›

4 Reasons to Backpack the Untrodden Path in Italy

Italy View

Italy hosts the greatest number of UNESCO heritage sites in the world. It has one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe, gathering the majestic Dolomites and Alps mountains, amazing sea coasts that are famous all over the world, lakes, and rural areas to die for.

There are so many important sights in this country that you will need a lot of time to see at least half of them. But what you should know is that this picturesque European nation has a train system so well designed and so efficient, that you can jump on a train and enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Today we will get our travel gear on and take you on an Italian tour: backpacking the unbeaten path! Continue Reading ›

The Gap Year Conundrum – Surely More British Students Would Love to Take a Gap Year?

Gap Year

As a firm believer in feeding my wanderlust and as someone who maintains my own travel-related blog, I spend hours on end drawing inspiration from other fellow travel-bloggers and “life-livers.” Yes it’s great to have a platform over which to share my own travel stories, my points of view and my travel dreams, but it’s always nice to be able to entertain the one topic I’m most passionate about from the point of view of other travellers and travel bloggers as well. Continue Reading ›

Cruising Across the Atlantic – Destination USA

Atlantic Cruise

A transatlantic cruise headed in the direction of the Americas makes for a great way to get away from the northern hemisphere winter, especially if the ultimate destination includes some Caribbean locations. The closer one gets to the equator, the more in line they are to enjoy guaranteed summer climates because some Caribbean locations do indeed have all-year-round summers. Those which have anything close to winter like the Cayman Islands have very mild winters in comparison to many other locations. Continue Reading ›

8 Ways to Enjoy Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

Since the entire principality of Monaco only covers a total surface area of 2.02 square kilometres, narrowing one’s destination down to Monte Carlo naturally raises some concerns as to having enough to do while visiting this often very mystified part of the world. Surprisingly however, there are so many things to do within the 0.61 square kilometre perimeter of Monte Carlo alone, let alone the entire principality, which on your best days you could literally walk through it at least once over. Continue Reading ›