Have you ever wanted to experience the freedom of soaring above the trees of a forest, or virtually fly across a gorge? If you have (and even if you haven’t) you might want to try zip lining. Zip lining is a form of aerial transport that relies on ropes, pulleys and gravity to carry people quickly across terrain that does not naturally lend itself to speed, such as dense forests and mountains filled with ravines and gorges. Depending on whom you talk to, zip lines originated in either Costa Rica or Hawaii as a practical way to get around. These days, they’ve been adopted by eco- and adventure-tour operators to give holiday makers a thrilling alternative to walking tours and hikes. More…
For the first time in nearly twenty years, Britain is going to be one of the most popular tourist destinations for Britons this year. Many of us are still feeling the recession and the idea of splashing out on a beach holiday in the Mediterranean or further afield is a little much. Never forget that Britain is an island with more than 11,000 miles of coastline – and some corking beaches. Besides, a holiday at home offers the added benefit of a much-needed boost to our own economy. So pack your bags and jump in your car – if you don’t have one you can always get a hire car but remember to take out hire car excess insurance – and let’s hit the beach!
Best All Round: Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire
The Mecca of British seaside resorts, you absolutely have to go before you die. The whole area is now considered one big amusement park, with125 rides and shows, a family theme park, rollercoasters, amusement arcades, stripy deckchairs, and miles of award-winning beaches. To access the park and use the rides you’ll need a wristband with a unique barcode for each day – you can choose the unlimited pass, the plain old pleasure beach pass or the platinum pass, which lasts all season.
Best for Families: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
If you’ve seen classic postcards of the British beach holiday, you’ve seen the best of Weston-super-Mare. It’s the quintessential British beach resort, with golden sand, a historic pier, mini-railway, marine park, arcades and a Victorian-style promenade that hosts dozens of events throughout the year. You can also go on a donkey ride, an age-old British tradition that the kids will love.
Best for Walking: Holywell Bay, Cornwall
Not far from the ever-popular Newquay you’ll find Holywell Bay, well known for its excellent walks and prime surfing. At low tide the beach extends for more than 150m out to the breakers, and you’ll even be able to see an old shipwreck that’s been there for more than 70 years. You can also access Holywell Cave, where you’ll find rock pools and mineral structures – just watch out for the crabs!
Best for Swimming: West Wittering, Sussex
West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations. With exceptionally clean and clear waters, the beach boasts excellent facilities including a wind- and kite-surfing club. It has received the premier Blue Flag award for the quality of its water, for its golden sand and manicured park areas, and the area is well-known for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty.
Best for Culture St. Ives, Cornwall
If Blackpool isn’t quite your cup of tea, look no further. Named Best Seaside Town in 2007, it’s easy to see why St. Ives is so popular. It’s extremely picturesque, the views are beautiful, the sea is a wonderful turquoise in summer, and there’s plenty of culture to satisfy the more sophisticated traveller – there’s the Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture gallery to name just two of the highlights.
Southport has spent many years in Blackpool’s shadow, but following a marketing campaign it has re-branded itself as “England’s Classic Resort” and become known as more upmarket coastal destination.
Whatever you’re wanting from your seaside break, Southport has it all. Southport Beach is located just a short walk away from the town centre and has a Pier with Victorian arcade machines, and the town is about a 20 minute drive away from Formby with its pine woods and sand dunes,
Southport is also well known for its golf. The Royal Birkdale has hosted the Open on a number of occasions and there are also courses in town centre.
If you love to shop, the resort has plenty of shops, from high street names to smaller boutique shops, with a number of them located on the charming Lord Street. Lord Street is said to have been the inspiration for the boulevards of Paris after a visit to the town by Napoleon.
In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants to visit and a number of bars and pubs where you can enjoy a drink to round off your day in sunny Southport.
When exactly was the last time you went on holiday? Yeah, got you thinking now haven’t I? Well if it was a fairly long time ago then why don’t you look into going away sometime this year? Instead of booking last minute holidays for you and your family why not plan a trip away now and then you can rest easy knowing that you have a trip booked and paid for and then you’ll just need to worry about booking off the days from work. Anyhow, here are our Top 3 holiday destinations:
Turkey is becoming ever more popular as a holidaying destination amongst Brits and other people from around the world. Located in the South – Eastern parts of Europe it undoubtedly gets a lot of sunshine for the majority of the year and is full of British holiday makers as the destination has become ever more popular in recent years. Cheap holidays to Turkey are a good money saver if you do fancy Turkey with your family.
Egypt, the North African country is a very popular destination with many European tourists, especially seeing as the Pyramids are there and there is also the likes of the sphinx there. Obviously there’s the city of Cairo, Egypt’s capital and possibly one of the busiest cities in the North of Africa. If you’d quite like to experience the hustle and bustle of a big city, then Cairo is definitely one of the places you should look at visiting with all the culture that is encapsulated within the city. If you would like to take a bit of a different approach to Egypt then why not look into some cheap cruise holidays around the Egyptian coast, because cheap holidays to Egypt aren’t hard to come by then you have the choice of whether you would like to go for a cruise or on a proper holiday.
Spain is a very popular European holidaying destination. With plenty of places around Europe owned by Spain, like the Canary Islands; Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura and finally the big one, the one that every young person knows about the island of Ibiza. Known for its massive night clubs and its general party atmosphere, the island of Ibiza gets thousands upon thousands of visitors from all around Europe every year, mainly in the summer, but they definitely do get one of the largest amounts of young people visiting the island every year. There are plenty of cheap holidays to Spain available to young people, and of course you old timers out there who fancy maybe a long weekend away or a week or two in the sun.
With any one of these destinations you are sure to have one of the best holidays you will ever have as they are all equally good destinations and obviously there are different things to do in each one of the cities depending on what you want to do. One thing to be sure about is you’ll enjoy yourself!
Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have highlighted a reduction in the number of people travelling to and from the UK in the first 9 months of 2010.
Taken from a random selection of travellers entering and leaving the UK by sea, air and via the Channel Tunnel, figures provided to the ONS from the International Passenger Survey show an overall drop in both passenger numbers and the amount spent.
In September, 2.48 million visits to the UK were made compared with nearly 2.56 million in September 2009, the Office for National Statistics said. More…
In search of Global Travel Medical Insurance? Many sites give you the ability to find the best health insurance quotes online.
These days it’s a bad idea to be without health care coverage. You can get sick out of the blue and you never know when injuries can occur. Expenses can add up pretty quick and getting health insurance isn’t cheap by any means. More…