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Religious Trips

Religious tourism, which is also known as faith tourism, is the type of tourism whereby people of faith travel in groups for reasons related to religion or spirituality in their quest for meaning. It could be under pilgrimage, missionary, or leisure purposes. For solo travellers, it is an opportunity to join a religious group and embrace the experience with others.

If joining an organised religious trip appeals to you, there are pilgrimages arranged by specialised companies or places of worship often organise their own travel groups.  This enables the traveller to experience a profound journey with others you may already know and who you certainly share a regular religious experience with.

Practiced since the dawn of civilisation, religious tourism one of the oldest forms of tourism. For religious travellers, it is not a vacation exactly but, a transformational journey during which, new insights are given, a deeper understanding is attained, new and old places in the heart are visited, blessings are received, healing takes place, and after this journey, life is seen with different eyes.

Pilgrimage is not only a widespread and important practice in Christianity but also in other major religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Pilgrims pay homage to the sacred places and their Gods by traveling around the world (or even if just in the country). These sacred or holy sites may include the place of birth or death of founders (or saints), or the place of their calling or spiritual awakening, or of their connection (visual or verbal) with the divine, to locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to have lived, or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers. The religious tourists attach spiritual importance to these sites, which are commemorated with shrines or temples that devotees are encouraged to visit for their own spiritual benefit. 

These benefits would be to confirm, deepen or reflect upon their faith. Some visit with the desire to be healed from an ailment or illness. Others are asking spiritual questions and hoping for some answers.

Religious tourism includes many facets of the travel industry. These include:

• Visit religious tourist attractions

• Go for pilgrimages: Pilgrimage, as a part of religious tourism, is the act of moving from one place to another, often traveling through foreign lands; an ordered march of a group of people, usually with a religious connotation.

• Monastery visits and guest stays

• Retreats

• Faith-based cruises and Faith-based camps

• Religious conventions and rallies 

There are a number of world famous and  religiously significant destinations that organised religious trips visit.

These include, for Muslims, Mecca is hugely popular and is Islam’s holiest city and the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. Pilgrims gather here once a year to recreate Muhammad’s path as the native son returned to his tribal home the leader

Sikhs visit at the Golden Temple. It is a gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is the preeminent spiritual site of Sikhism and is one of the holiest sites in Sikhism, alongside the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Kartarpur, and Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib. Christians flock to not only Jerusalem and Bethlehem but European shrines such as Lourdes in France.Every year, Lourdes welcomes millions of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world, following in Bernadette Soubirous’ footsteps on their pilgrimage.

Naturally, the shrine or location of a pilgrimage is a wondrous place in itself but there is also the surrounding village, city or area to explore and enjoy. Visiting a religious site can be emotionally and psychologically energising but also quite tiring in its own way. That is why venturing away for a few hours is a healthy idea. Travelling with a group gives you an immediate friendship circle to explore with. This is particularly valuable if you joined the organised trip as a solo traveller.

When visiting as part of an organised group, a positive aspect is that the planning details will not be so overwhelming.

Booking accommodation, transportation, excursions and flights can take a lot of planning, especially abroad.

Having to use an unknown language and unfamiliar currency – even catching a taxi can all be issues. When you go in a tour group, those challenges are off your shoulders. All you have to do is pack and show up for your flight while someone else does the work for you.

A reoccurring theme from travellers is about the relationships they built with the people they meet on their religious tours. 

A religious trip, much like any other, brings individuals with a shared interest, indeed passion, to a religious shrine or place of religious or spiritual significance. Those visiting will share a unique experience that enriches the whole experience.

Friendships and connections created by religious travel are priceless and often last a lifetime. Individuals often become long-term friends with their tour roommates. When you travel with like-minded people, you connect in ways you might not have expected.

Although a religious or spiritual experience is very personal for everyone, the shared experience is powerful in a different way. Similar to any experience that is viewed by many people, we look at physical shrines and objects through our own gaze but we are sharing the feeling with those who are with us. 

Travelling as part of an organised religious group offers logistical and practical support, regarding all manner of arrangements.

It also gives us a sense of community and camaraderie. We all take various elements from a travel experience. A spiritual trip adds another layer to the overall joy and fulfilment we are seeking.

The choice of religious pilgrimages is deeply personal and travelling as part of a religious group can offer up not only spiritually enriching rewards but a particular kind of companionship that is quite unique to the human experience.

Exploring the Timeless Charm of Harry’s Bar in Venice

There are bars that have invented famous cocktails. There are restaurants that have invented famous dishes. There are very few places that have done both.

Venice, a city renowned for its romantic canals, stunning architecture, and rich history, has long captivated the hearts of travelers from around the world. Nestled in this labyrinth of waterways and alleyways is a hidden gem that has stood the test of time and continues to enchant visitors with its classic elegance and historical significance – Harry’s Bar.

A Historical Haven

Established in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani, Harry’s Bar holds a special place in Venetian history. Named after an American expatriate named Harry Pickering, the bar quickly became a haven for artists, writers, celebrities, and discerning locals. Its unassuming exterior conceals a world of tradition, culinary excellence, and intimate charm.

How the opening and naming of “Harry’s Bar” came about is almsot perfectly crafted to add to the legend.

A young American student Harry Pickering, came to Venice with his aunt in the 1920’s, to treat his alcohol addiction. Apparently, Harry was left alone by his aunt in Venice without money; after a fight.

Giuseppe Cipriani, bartender at the Europa & Britannia hotel where Harry was staying, gave 10.000 lire to this young man to help him to get back to the USA.   After two years, Harry came back to Venice, cured of his drink problems and gave Cipriani the money he borrowed from him, plus an extra 30.000 lire to help open his own bar.  Cipriani decided to name his place “Harry’s Bar”, as a gesture of gratitude to Harry Pickering and was opened on May 13th 1931.

Cipriani’s venture had an immediate success, building up a clientele drawn from the intellectual, the wealthy and the aristocratic.  The first and last “Guest Book” contains amongst others, the signatures of Rino Amato, Arturo Toscanini, Georges Braque, Truman Capote, Charlie Chaplin, Peggy Guggenheim, Barbara Hutton, Somerset Maugham, Gregoire Hetzel, Barbara Carlotti, Mauro Gioia and Orson Wells. 

It is reported that the bar had some issues with the fascist authorities of the time; due to certain clients who attended the place.  The bar was seen as a meeting point of rich Jews and homosexuals.  With the racial laws of 1938, Cipriani was obliged to display in his bar the sign to ban Jews.  He was able to bypass that order by displaying the sign on the kitchen door and not on the bar door.

During WW2, the bar became the canteen for sailors; only restarting “business as usual”, at the end of the war.

During the winter between 1949 and 1950, the American writer Ernest Hemingway, became a permanent client.  He had his personal table and befriended Cipriani. Over that period, he was putting the finishing touches to his book “Across the river and into the trees”; in which Harry’s Bar is often mentioned.

The establishment was also briefly mentioned in the second and subsequent editions of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited (in the first edition Waugh simply called the bar “the English bar”).  It was a frequent haunt of principal characters Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte, during their time in Venice.

Location and Ambiance

Harry’s Bar is discreetly located near St. Mark’s Square, adding an air of exclusivity to its allure. Its unassuming façade gives way to an interior that exudes Old-World charm with dark wood accents and classic decor. The warm, inviting ambiance pays homage to its storied past, inviting you to step back in time and savor this legendary establishment

The Culinary Icons

Harry’s reputation was built on the premise that,“There are bars that have invented famous cocktails. There are restaurants that have invented famous dishes. There are very few places that have done both”.

The Bellini cocktail a mixture of white peach juice and sparkling prosecco, was named after the 15th century Venetian painter, Giovanni Bellini.  The dish of Carpaccio of Beef, a plate of trimmed sirloin sliced wafer thin and dressed with a touch of mayonnaise mixed with lemon juice.  It was said to have been invented for an Italian Contessa, who was on a diet free of cooked meat.  It was also was named after the Italian painter Vittore Carpaccio; who was famous for his love of deep reds.

Apart from the Bellini, Harry’s Bar is also famous for its dry Martini, which is served in a small glass without a stem.  Their dry martinis are very dry, apparently with the ratio of 10 parts gin to 1 part vermouth.  This is an adaptation of the Montgomery Martini, which is 15 parts gin to 1 part of dry vermouth.

The legacy

Harry’s Bar in Venice stands as a testament to the intersection of culinary artistry, creative inspiration, and timeless elegance. As you step through its doors, you’re not just entering a bar; you’re stepping into a chapter of history that continues to captivate and inspire. Raise a Bellini, savor a Carpaccio, and let the spirit of Harry’s Bar envelop you in an experience that’s as authentic as it is unforgettable.

Classic Peach Bellini


• Ripe peaches (or use frozen peach slices)

• Prosecco (or any other sparkling wine)

• Lemon juice (optional)

• Fresh raspberries or peach slices for garnish (optional)

• Ice (optional)


If using fresh peaches, peel and pit them, then chop them into small pieces. If using frozen peach slices, allow them to thaw slightly.

Blend the peach pieces in a blender to get a smooth purée. If the purée is too thick, a splash of lemon juice to achieve consistency and taste. 

Chill your glasses in the refrigerator for a little while before serving. This helps keep the Bellini cold.

Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of peach purée into each chilled glass.

Slowly pour chilled Prosecco into each glass, filling it up. You can adjust the amount of Prosecco to your taste, but a traditional Bellini is usually around 2 parts Prosecco to 1 part peach purée.

Gently stir the mixture in each glass to combine the peach purée and Prosecco.

If desired, you can add a couple of ice cubes to each glass to keep the Bellini cold.

Garnish with a fresh raspberry or a slice of peach, if you like. 

Serve the Bellinis immediately and enjoy!

It is absolutely fine.

in Health & Beauty

When so much is going on around you, feeling disconnected from yourself is a common experience. It is understandable to feel out of sorts – we all do from time to time. 

We all have those moments where we do not feel like ourselves. Quite often, it is difficult to figure out exactly why.

One reason, however, could be a feeling of disconnection from yourself. Our most important relationship is with ourselves, so when our minds and bodies are out of sorts, it can trigger deep-rooted anxiety and stress.

Here are a few signs of detachment from yourself:

Feeling this way can often be traced back to deep-rooted unresolved emotions and painful experiences that we’ve neglected.⁣

The instinct to disconnect usually kicks in to protect us from emotional trauma. It helps us block out traumatic or painful events. But like the fight-or-flight instinct, when the disconnect instinct gets repeatedly triggered, we begin a more consistent pattern of emotional suppression, losing touch with our true selves in the process. This can ⁣leave us feeling chronically unhappy and numb.⁣

Identifying feelings of disconnection from yourself

There can be significant signs that you are feeling disconnected from yourself including regularly feeling overwhelmed and detached from your surroundings – both emotionally and physically.

With the stress of modern life, including the cost of living crisis and a sense of worldwide uncertainty, these feelings may be common. 

Because of this, you may understandably feel a lack of meaning or purpose. You may well find it challenging to name or feel your emotions. This may also be a sign of disconnection. Are you experiencing a sense of emptiness and feeling like you are in a constant battle with your mind? Another indicator that you are struggling with feelings of disconnection.

It is not simply only to do with how you relate to yourself. Feelings of isolation from people around you can also come down to disconnection, even if they are loved ones or close friends.

How to re-connect with yourself

There are some simple yet helpful practices that can relieve tension and encourage greater emotional wellbeing. These include journaling to increase awareness of your thoughts, releasing trapped emotions through dance practicing deep breathing and meditation.

Eloise Skinner is a Psychotherapist and states ‘One of the first strategies I would recommend is to take some time to pause, slow down and reflect on how you feel. It might sound obvious, but it can be so important to take a moment to pause, especially if we’re feeling disconnected from ourselves. The pause can give us time to step away from distractions and other stresses, and reflect on what’s actually going on for us.

Journalling or another form of writing practice can be incredibly helpful for reconnecting with yourself. When we write, we can often unravel complex feelings and emotions that might have not found an outlet otherwise, and we can create some space between the things happening in our lives and the way we truly feel. Try taking a sheet of paper and journaling without structure for 15 minutes. Then, revisit your writing and see if you can spot any themes or consistent ideas that arise frequently. This process can often help us to reconnect to ourselves, our emotions and our perspectives.

A physical practice (such as a fitness class, a walk or run, or a simple stretch) can be great for reconnecting with ourselves on a physical level. The mind and body are closely integrated, so it’s worth taking time to address both aspects. If you can pair some physical movement with a calming mental practice like meditation or mindfulness, you might find an even deeper sense of reconnection with the self.

Yetty Williams is a social entrepreneur, parenting coach, and responsible digital citizenship advocate. She is trained in online safety and children safeguarding. These are her thoughts on how best to reconnect:

Reconnecting with Yourself: Positive Strategies to Overcome Disconnection 

In our fast-paced world, it is not uncommon to feel disconnected from ourselves. The demands of daily life, constant distractions, and external pressures can leave us feeling detached from our true essence and purpose. However, by understanding the hidden factors and lifestyle behaviours that can cause disconnection, we can reconnect with ourselves and experience lasting fulfilment.  

Reflect on Your Values and Priorities:

Feeling disconnected can arise when we lose sight of our core values and priorities. Take a moment to reflect on what truly matters to you. What brings you joy, meaning, and a sense of fulfilment? Now ask yourself if your actions are aligned. This process of self-exploration will help you rediscover parts of yourself that may have been neglected and foster a sense of connection.

Identify Perfectionism:

The relentless pursuit of perfection can disconnect us from our authentic selves. Striving for unrealistic standards and constantly seeking external validation can leave us feeling unfulfilled and disconnected. Embrace imperfections and adopt a growth mindset that values progress

over perfection. Celebrate your efforts and achievements, no matter how small they may seem.

Avoid the Comparison Trap:

Constantly comparing ourselves to others and suffering from the fear of missing out can erode our sense of fulfilment. The curated lives we see on social media often foster unrealistic expectations and a distorted sense of reality. It is important to practise gratitude and focus on your own journey rather than comparing it to others’. Focusing on your strengths and letting go of the need for external validation will help you feel connected to who you are.

Eloise Skinner:

Instagram: @eloiseallexia

Website: www.eloiseskinner.com

Yetty Williams:

Instagram: @yettywilliams

Website: www.yettywilliams.com

Vitamin Sea

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We all love to holiday near water but have you ever wondered why we are so drawn to the shoreline? 

Not only is the coast a stunning playground that we associate with relaxation and time off, but increasing scientific evidence proves that being by the sea has tangible health benefits for the body and mind.

Blue Health

The dictionary definition of blue health is the idea that being near or on water is good for physical and mental health.

This is obvious for people who like being in or near the sea. Ask the surfers, coastal artists, wild swimmers and beachcombers. They will confirm what a vital ingredient the ocean is in their lives. There is also growing scientific evidence to show that the benefits of the big blue extend to anyone who spends time by the sea.

Research is increasingly highlighting the ocean as a therapeutic environment, capturing the human imagination and interrupting the momentum of daily life with its inspiring rhythms, sounds and scents.

What is Blue Mind?

The concept of blue mind takes the science a little further into the profound benefits the sea, as well as lakes, rivers and natural pools, has on our wellbeing and mental health. 

Positive benefits of a trip to the sea

Whether you head to coastal paths, lay on your beach towel or plunge into the ocean, being in and beside the sea has a huge influence over our physical and emotional state. It improves our health and leaves us feeling elated. From enhancing our sleep to lowering stress levels, there are significant reasons why close proximity to the ocean boosts our emotional and physical health.

Just breathing in the sea air helps lift your mood, as negatively charged ions help to absorb oxygen and balance serotonin levels in the brain. If you venture into the ocean, it stimulates the vagus nerve, calms our fight-or-flight response and releases dopamine, the happy hormone, in considerable amounts. It is small wonder that frolicking in the waves leaves us feeling less stressed, more alert and better equipped to deal with everyday demands.

Watching waves reduces stress levels

Jumping in the surf is not the only way to experience the calming effect of the waves. Simply watching the ocean brings us back into the moment, distracting us from internal and negative thoughts as our focus is drawn to the natural beauty of our surroundings. This mindfulness decreases stress and snaps us into a different, more positive mindset.

Spending time near water gives us a powerful mental health boost.

We have long known that connecting with nature in green spaces is great for our mental health. Now fresh research is showing that time near water – by the coast, rivers and even fountains in the park – is even more restorative

A day at the beach brings joy to all of us. Those who love to go on holiday by oceans, lakes, and even swimming pools, can attest to the water’s power to inspire relaxation and promote personal rejuvenation. The sea, rivers, lakes, streams – as soon as we can, we’re sprinting towards the nearest water source we can find, especially during the summer heat. Why? Because it has the ability to flick a switch inside that takes us from chaotic to calm.

Spending time in and by oceans, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and fountains can help ward off depression and anxiety created by technology. Almost all of the senses are engaged – sight, smell, hearing, and touch, and this physical immersion in reality makes us feel better.  We often imagine we are unable to exist without our phones – even for a moment. Spending too much time inside, glued to screens, consuming news and entertainment, can lead to lethargy, lack of motivation, and dissatisfaction. Involving ourselves in or near water improves moods and raises our spirits.

Whether it is a bracing sea breeze, the gentle lapping of waves or the glint of sunshine on a rippling surface, there is something deeply restorative about being in or near water. The Victorians knew this, prescribing sea air as a treatment for melancholy. So did the French, who, for centuries, sent people with ailments to natural springs.

We recognise the benefits of being out in nature more keenly than ever these days. Hundreds of studies that catalogue the positive effects are being translated into health policies and urban redevelopment projects that aim to nudge people into the great outdoors and, in doing so, alleviate many of the health burdens that accompany modern life.

The idea that nature can give us a mental pick-me-up is nothing new. The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest bathing’, is an established tradition of connecting with nature through all the senses. It became popular in the 1980s, after studies demonstrated its calming effects on both body and mind, reducing heart rate, stress hormones and blood pressure.

Research has long found that humans are pulled toward Mother Nature’s blue partly for its restorative benefits. The Victorians are a famous example. Doctors in that era prescribed sea air as a cure for all sorts of issues, from pulmonary complications to mental health conditions.

When we physically enter the water, our body can rest muscles used daily and exercise others that are used far less often. We also give up gravity, something that’s somatically a break for your brain. Many individuals view time spent in the water as an opportunity for insightful thinking and creative output. Equally, it can be a chance to allow your mind to wander and feel free.

Holidaying near water brings countless benefits. Whether you opt for water based activities or simply walking along a glorious stretch of water, you will reap considerable joy, tranquility and a sense of wellbeing.

Hotel must Haves

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Deciding on a hotel can be daunting and exhausting. These tips will help make the process easier so you can look forward to a fun holiday.

Choosing accommodation can be a daunting experience. There are endless factors to consider, including price, location, amenities, reviews, and the list goes on. The process of choosing a hotel is often so overwhelming for some travelers that they leave it up to their travel agent. But to guarantee a stay in a place that is right for you, all you need to do is a little research. You have to know what you want and then look for it.

Here are a few key areas we look for in hotels:


This is an absolute must. Hotels need to uphold the highest cleanliness standards, offering clean public spaces, bathrooms, bedrooms, and amenities. While it’s an important initiative, recycling must not give way to a lack of hygiene.

Tea and Coffee Tray:

To some, tea and coffee facilities in the room is not a particularly major issue – for many other hotel guests, it is an absolute essential part of their hotel stay.

Knowing when you return to your room you can make a cup of well deserved tea or use a coffee maker is very much part of the room experience. It is having the choice and certainly the convenience that makes it for many of us, non-negotiable.

Adequate safety/security: 

For many, a hotel functions as a home away from home. With that comes a significant expectation for the most diligent safety and security measures. Many hotels now focus on providing personalised safety and security measures for different guest profiles such as females, children, and individuals with certain mobility challenges. Technology plays an increasingly important role in providing better safety. Understandably, some guests still place more importance on a human interaction.


Guests at all types of hotels demand some level of Internet service. Business hotels especially are expected to offer the highest level of connectivity and flexibility. At many hotels, if not all, guests expect Internet access to be complimentary—for some, free WiFi is as necessary as any other basic but essential requirement.

Comfortable beds: 

At the end of the day, a hotel serves a fundamental need: It provides a place to rest your head. A bed needs to be of good quality, clean, well maintained, and practically designed. How it is positioned in the room to allow proper circulation, is also pivotal. Certain hotels take the liberty of being creative with the pillow and blanket choices, which is welcome, as long as the guest feels comfortable with what is being offered to them.

Bathroom plumbing: 

The reason this is described as plumbing as opposed to simply a good shower or hot water is because this concerns the entire bathroom. The desired temperature is of little use if the water is merely trickling down.  Poor water flow from the sink and toilet is a significant burden and inconvenience to a guest. All guests should expect clear, potable water; proper and continuous hot running water in the shower; flowing water in the sink and toilet; and no leaks.


This is a significant issue across a lot of hotels. Many do not offer adequate lighting in the hotel rooms, be it bathrooms to bedside lamps. It can cause frustration for a number of guests. Improved lighting serves to enhance the guests experience and provide a sense of serenity as well as feeling secure.


When entering a hotel and the hotel room, the smell of the property has a major impact on a traveller’s first impressions. Guests are often sensitive to newly created hotel signature scents or stale smells from carpets and bathrooms. Naturally, this can negatively influence the guest’s perception of the quality and cleanliness standards of a hotel.


Location should be one of the most important factors when choosing a hotel. Of course it is terrific if your hotel is inexpensive or if it has incredible amenities. However, the value of those priorities will diminish if the hotel is located a considerable distance from the main sights that you want to see. For many logical and practical reasons, location is undeniably important.

For example, If travelling to a tight schedule, commuting for extended periods of time is impractical. Whether you are travelling to a city centre or a particular landmark, feeling rushed in order to visit a particular location will negate any enjoyment you experience.

As well as wasting time, a traveller will also spend more money on transport so they can reach their destination faster. Sometimes, it is better to pay more for centrally located accommodation.

Another approach to picking a hotel is to read reviews. It allows you to get a sense of whether it is for you or not. It is best not to focus solely on the reviews and avoid looking at the hotel website altogether. Sometimes, hotels address issues that are pointed out in reviews, and this information should be available on the website. There’s also the chance that some reviews are biased, or simply written by people who have completely different expectations from what you would have.

If you have any particular questions, it never hurts to actually call the hotel directly and personally ask.

Ultimately, every traveller wants something different from their hotel. You might be looking for a resort complex with extensive entertainment choices or perhaps a quiet and relaxing retreat possibly a romantic room with a phenomenal view. The essential thing is to work out exactly what you want from your stay, and to find a hotel that meets your own demands.

It is always helpful to carry out research and pay attention to the reviews. The crucial point is to establish exactly what your own personal requirements are concerning hotel choices. Whatever your essential needs are, check they will be met so you can have every confidence in your hotel stay and have a wonderful time.

Get your Glamp on

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You may be wondering what is glamping and how does it differ from camping? Glamping is essentially glamorous camping, which means it combines the allure of being in nature with the luxury of a curated experience. This means that there is no necessity to bring your own tent, sleeping bag or camping supplies because everything is thought of and carefully selected by the facility owners. That is an enormous plus right there. 

Time spent in nature is time well spent. A walk in the woods, a swim in the sea or a picnic in a meadow are all activities we can enjoy while glamping and are all positive mood boosters. It is proven that going for a walk outside surrounded by natural beauty, can help clear the mind and reduce anxiety. While glamping, you become part of nature. Your senses and awareness of how the world changes throughout the day increase, as you spend a great deal of your time outside embracing the elements. We have outlined some key benefits of why an escape to the great outdoors is beneficial, not only for our mental well-being but also for our physical health.

Ever feel totally overwhelmed by the thought of work, house chores, and socialising with friends, while also promising yourself you will make time to sit and start that fascinating book waiting for you on your coffee table? 

Glamping will give you the time and space to explore not only nature but allows you the emotional and mental freedom to think about what is happening in your life.

Other positive aspects of glamping include:

Reducing stress levels

The charity Mind advocates that spending time in green spaces or out in nature benefits our mental and physical wellbeing. They suggest that spending time outdoors reduces the feeling of stress and anger, helps you to feel more relaxed, and improves your confidence and self-esteem while allowing you to create connections with other like-minded people. An ever-growing, popular activity to enjoy in nature is wild swimming. There is nothing like stepping into the cold water to distract your mind from your every day worries. You have to focus on the moment, take deep breaths and really be present. 

Rising with the sun

There is something so magical about being awake at dawn. The rest of the world still sleeps, and you can truly feel the natural world around you starting to come to life. Everything is quiet until the dawn chorus begins to sing. The ground feels cold until the sun slowly starts to rise. The dreamy morning glow sparkles on your soft, sleepy skin. The world, just for a moment feels so pure and peaceful, calm and quiet. It invites you to be present in the moment.

While glamping, your body becomes fully aware of your surroundings and it is recommended that you embrace this. Turn off your phone and avoid the constant need to check the time and your emails. Allow your day to flow smoothly with nature. Wake to sunrise and rest when the sun begins to fade. Sleep while the moon shines brightly and begin the cycle again once the new dawn arrives. Permit your mind, body and soul to be fully immersed in nature, to become part of the natural cycle of the day and enjoy that well-needed time away from phones and electrical devices.

A good night’s sleep

One of the key differences between glamping and camping is that when glamping you are almost assured a good night’s sleep. There are no musty sleeping bags or rocky grounds to rest your head upon, hideaways have comfortable, proper beds. However, this is not the only reason why you’ will achieve a restorative nights sleep. You are resting in nature with no noise from busy roads and no light sneaking in through the blinds from outdoor street lamps. Once your head hits the pillow there will be no unwanted interruptions to prevent you enjoying a blissful nights sleep.

Enjoyable in all seasons

Unlike camping, which is not ideal in cold weather or extreme heat, glamping is designed to be enjoyed in all seasons. Accommodations are most often built to sustain any weather conditions, and may include floor heating, space heaters or even a fireplace to keep you warm even in the cold weather. 

When camping in the summer, you may experience uncomfortable heat in the early morning. However, when glamping, you are most often provided with fans or other ways to keep cool in warmer temperatures. 


Glamping means you can have all the facilities of a traditional holiday whilst being able to participate in the outdoor activities associated with camping. For example, you can have a refrigerator and electricity whilst having an open fire to BBQ your favourite sausages or toast marshmallows. You can walk and get caught in the rain, but return to a warm cabin with welcoming dry clothes. You can step outside your cosy bedroom and look up to see nothing but the night sky. Having the facilities of conventional accommodation, as well as the authentic nature of a camping holiday is a huge selling point.

Wonderful way to Relax

Glamping is a fun and relaxing thing to do. It is a modern twist on the traditional camping experience, enabling families to recharge their batteries without stressing about packing and unpacking all the camping equipment. For couples seeking some romantic time together, glamping provides quiet surroundings, beautiful views and unlimited possibilities to reconnect. It’s hard to find a better place to spend time with people you care about. And for anyone who wishes to get inspired and bond with nature, glamping balances the mix of rural delights and hotel comforts in the wilderness – a perfect combination.

Our holiday and travel choices are constantly increasing. In the UK or abroad, as travellers, we have a multitude of options. 

What is clear is that glamping is becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons: being closer to nature, a more sophisticated version of camping or simply a unique holiday experience.

Sustainable Travel

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When thinking about how to reduce our individual carbon footprints, one of the simplest ways to cut back on emissions is to fly less often. For those who want to see the world, there are ways to make trips more sustainable, including where you go, what you pack and how you decide to get there. 

Sustainable tourism is defined by the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organization as ‘tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.’

From Greta Thunberg sailing to the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York on a racing yacht, to hotels not using single-use plastics, sustainable travel is all around. 

There has been considerable talk recently about sustainability in the travel industry. Questions like what does it mean to travel sustainably? How can I reduce my company’s carbon footprint regarding business travel? These issues have been troubling individuals as the realities of climate change start to sink in for all of us. The pandemic stimulated a kind of collective consciousness on the importance of sustainability. We, essentially, are guardians who need to preserve our way of life and our planet. Travel, whether for business or pleasure, has a key role to play in mitigating the environmental impact we have on our world.

The issue in practical terms

Whether we are talking about business travel or sustainable tourism, the practical applications of the principles of sustainable travel are the same. The bottom line is to do what you can to reduce the negative impacts of any trip on the environment, society, and economy as you travel. 

Impact on the environment

What do we mean when we talk about sustainable travel in relation to the environment? Well, can you picture those giant cruise ships pulling up into Dubrovnik with tens of thousands of Games of Thrones fans pouring out all over the city, chips bags and candy wrappers on the floor, and literally tons of sewage being spilled into the bay? It’s not that. 

The way we travel and our travel experiences have a huge impact on our ecosystem. According to a recent study, travel accounts for around 5% of global warming as a result of the C02 emissions that come from air travel, among other things. However, it is not simply about emissions. Travelling can also lead to overuse of water, degradation of land, improper waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions

Respecting local communities

Respecting the culture of local communities conserves cultural and artistic heritage is absolutely pivotal.The interaction with locals is one of the most rewarding things of sustainable travel and preserves traditions passed down from generation to generation. It is essential to respect traditions as they form the identity of the local community and create a sense of unity among people.

Social and economic dimension 

There is considerable focus on responsible travel for the environment. The social and economic aspects of this can easily be overlooked. The travel and tourism industry is one of the few that has a direct impact on virtually all of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The social dimension of the travel industry’s sustainable responsibility focuses on supporting local culture, cultural heritage, and local economies. This is achieved by ensuring that the money spent on travel in a certain country remains within its borders. Another important factor is protecting local people and local businesses, celebrating culture, and promoting good health and wellbeing. 

Simple changes to the way we travel can make a significant impact in this area. Encouraging travelers to eat at locally-owned restaurants is a great way to ensure that money stays in the local community. Working with travel management platforms, tour operators, or other travel providers that contribute to social causes can also make an enormous difference. 


While it can be tricky to tell the difference between locally crafted traditional items and things that have been imported from China, avoiding shopping malls and large markets outside tourist destinations is a positive first step. If you devote a little time to research you can usually find one or more boutiques that specialise in supporting traditional craft and help local businesses.

Pack reusable items

The best way to reduce your waste output is to produce less. It makes perfect sense to pack light and purposeful. Stick to the basics and take reusables like a water bottle, coffee cup, steel or bamboo straw, food container (collapsible ones are great for travelling) and bamboo cutlery or a spork so you can avoid single-use plastics. Take a reusable shopping bag and produce bags so you can shop plastic-free, and take zero waste toiletries, such as shampoo bars, deodorant and tooth tablets. You will create a lot less waste and you won’t have to worry about liquids and aerosols.

Local travel

Once you have arrived at your destination, consider whether there is a more environmentally friendly way to enjoy the city: 

  • Consider bike or walking tours.
  • On the water? Sail instead of taking a power-engined boat.
  • If you are renting a car, think about an electric vehicle or maybe the smallest car that suits your family’s demands 
  • Use public transit where possible. This is also a great way to meet local people.
  • Contemplate carsharing. It can save money and emissions.
  • Think about activities that combine experience with environmental benefits, such as cleaning up our coastlines
  • Our world has finite resources. There are only so many beautiful and untouched places on our planet and mass tourism threatens their existence. Nature, culture and history should be preserved, not commodified. It is our responsibility to look after our world while we enjoy the wonders of it.

Things to experience and learn while travelling

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Travel is one of life’s greatest teachers. It pulls you out of your comfort zone and plunges you into the unknown. It reveals a world of cultures to explore and people to meet. It helps you develop virtues like patience and humility. So whether you explore a new neighbourhood or a new country there are numerous positive and inspiring moments that we can learn from.

Travelling can provide you with the best life experiences. It teaches you things that you can never learn in a classroom or a textbook. Travelling helps in opening your mind to new cultures, traditions, and experiences. It is the best way of expanding your perspective and connecting to the world. You can look at the lives of people living on the other corner of the earth and feel inspired and blessed. 

Here are some things you can learn and experience through travelling.

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Traveling means abandoning the comfort of your home and familiar environment to take a leap of faith. You pack your bags and leave a familiar environment and go to a place that is entirely new to you. It is essential for expanding your horizons. Once you take the plunge and go to a new location, you will find no better feeling. Taking on unfamiliar territory is an excellent feeling, and it will give you timeless stories.

Appreciating Other Cultures

You can be judgmental about other cultures because they are different than yours. When you travel, you get to live in other cultures and experience their traditions. You cannot get the best experiences by just reading about them in a book. Residing in the society helps in experiencing the things in their true essence. It helps in better understanding other cultures. It helps in going through a new language, clothing, cuisines. You will only appreciate something when you have firsthand knowledge about it. Before going to any place, you can make use of travel tips archives and look up the places you should not miss.

Learning to Live in the Moment

Whether you are looking at the wonders of the world like the pyramids in Egypt or marvelling at Niagara Falls, remember to enjoy the experience. Living in the moment is essential for living a happy and content life. While travelling, you will know that you have a little time to spend in each place and you should learn to make the best of it. It teaches you to savour every single moment. Looking at new places fills you with wonder and awe and it is a feeling that you do not want to let go. Travelling teaches us to capture the moment and make it an important part of your life.

Live Simply

It is entirely possible to survive on little – travelling teaches you that. You cannot move comfortably if you have heavy bags. To move freely without any inconvenience, it is important to travel lightly. You learn to live even in the humblest conditions like small hotels and guest houses. You will also find yourself looking to lower travelling costs. Travelling is not about luxury and comfort; it’s about experiencing everything the world has to offer. It makes you appreciate the luxuries you have in your life and home.

Learning how to Adapt 

When you travel, you need to learn how to roll with things. It is possible that your flight gets delayed or canceled or you lose your luggage. It can be a little frustrating for you, and you will enjoy your travels more if you quickly learn to adapt to an evolving situation. It will make you carefree, and you will find it easier to enjoy one adventure and move on to the next. You can learn to stay calm while facing delays if you travel. It equips you to deal with these situations.

Appreciating the Value of Experience 

Once you get the taste of travelling, you will understand that the skills gained are much more expensive than any material object that you could own. Gazing at the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower is priceless and more valuable than any merchandise. It is better to invest in a traveling trip instead of a luxurious car.

Every city and country has its unique way of life, and you can have a first-hand experience of their distinct cultures, practices, beliefs, food, etc. and learn and experience new things by investing in travelling trips.


You will be in the priceless position to actually experience things again for the first time – something that gets harder the older you get. Being in a new environment lets you appreciate the little things that make life so exciting and memories so unforgettable: Travelling reminds you to walk through life not only with open eyes and ears but, most of all, with an open mind.

Think Creatively 

Sometimes it takes a little thinking outside of the box to get by. No wifi for directions? The restroom you entered is merely a hole in the ground? The buses to your next planned destination are all booked? There are always alternatives, and bumps in the road should never keep people from traveling. Studies show that people who travel think more creatively and are better at adjusting to new situations. There will always be something to overcome, forcing us to be creative.

Embrace and appreciate nature 

One of the best aspects of travel is exploring the natural beauty of the world. Conversely, you will also witness the fragility of our planet. You may visit destinations where clean drinking water is a luxury or where natural disasters have caused mass destruction. When you travel, you learn to appreciate every natural wonder, every drink of clean water and everything else that our wonderful planet offers us.

2023 Best Destinations

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There is no denying that travel is back in 2023, thanks to an understandable demand for those well deserved holidays that were put on hold during the pandemic.  

Whether it is specific locations, certain countries, particular festivals or outstanding areas of natural beauty, the world offers us a rich variety of desirable locations to visit.

These are just a few suggestions:

Fes, Morocco

Fabulous for foodies and culture vultures

The most complete medieval city of the Arab world, Fes’ old town feels magically suspended between the Middle Ages and the modern world.

There are around 9000 amazing alleys buzzing with living history and traders, it’s a place to lose — and find — yourself in.

The oldest part of the city, walled Fes El-Bali, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its mosques, medersas and fondouks, plus a mile-long labyrinth of souks, there are enough sights here to warrant several days exploration.

Fes is also a feast for the senses. Head to Souk el Attarine to savour the aroma of spices, herbs, and incense, and buy traditional Moroccan crafts. Given that some traders are set up in beautiful old mansions, you’ll most likely find yourself exploring a regal riad while shopping.

To add to the enticement, Fes is also the culinary capital of Morocco so navigate your way through the captivating tastes and aromas.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Green and clean, Slovenian capital Ljubljana – a place voted one of the most beautiful countries in the world – has an abundance of scenic charm. Caressing the Ljubljanica river and overlooked by a castle, this city is the epitome of picturesque. 

To add to the attractiveness, Ljubljana has the EU’s biggest pedestrianised area, plenty of parks to stroll in, and is a beautiful base from which to visit a variety of Slovenian attractions. 

Under an hour from the capital, Lake Bled is simply a must-visit. A fairy tale island juts from its expanse of clear water, with a cliff-top castle and mountain backdrop adding to the magic. This destination is at the forefront of sustainable travel practices. It can be argued it is Europe’s greenest destination.

More rocky wonders await at sixteenth-century Predjama Castle. Built into elevated cave entrance in the heart of an unforgettable karst landscape, it defies the imagination. Your assumptions about engineering will be turned on it’s head.

Northern Cape, South Africa

The biggest and most dispersed of South Africa’s provinces, the Northern cape is also one of its least visited regions. This fact is terrific news for travellers who like to go your own way.

Boasting a landscape of dramatic red dunes, South Africa’s longest river, and desert miracles in the form of Namaqualand’s flower carpets, it is a breathtaking vision of nature.

With landscapes in mind, they seldom are more marvellous than Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Tucked in a loop of the Orange River, it is the world’s only arid biodiversity hotspot, and fascinatingly, home to almost 5000 plant species.

Nature-lovers will also want to experience the mighty Aukoerebis waterfalls, which is South Africa’s largest in the Augrabies Falls National park.

Imotski lakes, Croatia

Explore the Dalmatian lake district

Thirty minutes drive east from the Adriatic resort of Baska Vida is one of Croatia’s loveliest inland regions. Eleven lakes dot the karst landscape surrounding the town of Imotski, with the most dramatic, Blue Lake, bordering the town. Scrub-covered limestone cliffs rise from an enormous sinkhole filled with vivid blue water. This lake is swimmable by those who follow a serpentine path to the valley bottom. Along with Biokovo nature path, Imotski’s lakes are a contender for gaining Unesco status in 2023.

There is a huge amount to do here: kayaking the Vrljika River, hiking the hills, taking in views from Imotski’s medieval Topana Fortress and touring vineyards. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Architecture, art and food

Fans of sustainability, livability and design should head to Copenhagen. In 2023 it will be Unesco capital of architecture. You can revel in a variety of events, showcases and talks which will take place throughout the year. An inspirational place to start is the Danish Architecture Centre which hosts a new exhibition on Danish architecture from 24 March. On the harbour, public pavilions will showcase the work of architects specialising in sustainability. Also by the water will be Opera park, an urban green space designed for climate resilience. 


Are you an adventure lover searching for an off-the-beaten-path. If so, s truly exhilarating experience is Namibia. This country in southern Africa is the perfect place to travel to reconnect with nature and escape the modern stresses of life. On the wildlife front, you may see lions and cheetahs, possibly giraffes and elephants. It is also home to strong populations of both black and white rhinos. Other activities range from climbing the world’s tallest sand dunes at Sossusvlei to discovering the stark beauty of the windswept Skeleton Coast.


Japan in all it’s astonishing mixture of tradition and futuristic vision finally reopened to all travelers at the end of 2022.The beauty of Japan is that if offers experiences totally unique to the country and can offer a traveller whatever kind of experience they are seeking.

Kyoto, the cultural and historic heart of Japan, will present its famed Gion Festival in summer 2023, the first time visitors can attend since before the pandemic. Based on the indigenous Shinto faith, this festival features two processions of floats, a wealth of food and drink vendors and the Gozan no Okuribi, a Kyoto-based bonfire culmination of the Obon festival that will also be ramping up excitement levels. 

Vail, Colorado

Vail is one of those mountain towns that creates a wonderful fairytale atmosphere. It was built to replicate the charming mountain towns in Bavaria, it features gingerbread trim and lots of wood in the town’s two main villages, Vail Village and Lionshead, which are delightfully pedestrian-only, so it really evokes a time gone by.

The area is known for its winter skiing and year-round mountain scenery. New for 2023 is something even more impressive: the newest national monument in the United States. Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument honors the 10th Mountain Division, the Army’s first and only mountain infantry division, which helped liberate Europe during World War II. You can explore the expansive new monument (the first President Biden has named) with Nova Guides, an adventure tour company that offers tours and activities in the area, including ATV adventures.


Prague is understandably one of the most appealing places to travel for charm and culture. The perfectly preserved city has bright red trolleys traversing original cobblestone streets lined with charming stone buildings. In every direction, you will discover a new treat, like the Charles Bridge lined with majestic stone statues, Michelin-starred restaurants and fabulous pilsner bars. Looking for another highlight? an entire “castle district” centered around majestic Prague Castle.

To entice travellers in 2023, this ancient kingdom meets modern times with William Rudolf Lobkowicz, the 14th prince of Bohemia, who is modernizing the way philanthropy takes place with NFTs. New technology can assist proving provenance of historic art and also help fund its restoration. This is of understandable interest to a family that lost its kingdom of treasures twice, first to the Nazis, and then to the Communists. It is possible to view many of these works of art and hear about their “Non-Fungible Castle” project at the lovely Lobkowicz Palace, totally stunning.

Whatever you are looking for in a travel experience, there are a multitude of exciting, inspiring and conversely calming and reflective destinations to choose from. The important point is to enjoy yourself and soak up the experience. It will stay with you for a lifetime.


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There is no doubt a visit to the gym can lead to better heart health, lower blood pressure, stronger, more toned muscles, as well as an array of mental health benefits – but have you considered the social benefits? Below, I highlight a few:

Boosts your Motivation 

One of the most obvious social benefits of physical activity is having others to help push you to your limits, and reach new all-time bests. Exercise can be a lonely experience, especially when all you can listen to is the voice in your head telling you to stop and give up. But having a friend with you can motivate you to keep going. 

For those who struggle with exercise, this is incredibly important. Whether it’s to do with a physical impairment or simply not feeling comfortable at the gym, a boost of energy from a friend can give you that extra push to reach your goals. One group that may struggle with exercise is older adults, where exercise still plays an important part in health.

Creates Accountability 

One of the most difficult things about exercising regularly is keeping it consistent, especially if you’re new to fitness, or you’re struggling to maintain a regular schedule of visiting the gym, going out for a run, or even loading up a fitness DVD.

But arranging to exercise with a friend means you’ll be keeping each other in check, with the social obligation being another reason to get out of the house and get active. Nobody wants their friends to think they’re lazy or leave them high and dry when they’re trying to do their best too.

The social benefits of exercise and the support of a workout partner cannot be underestimated – people who ride bikes in a group tend to pedal twice the distance of single bikers, and people who joined a group fitness class reported 10% more activity only one month later.

Develop Teamwork Skills

A great social health benefit of exercise is that it can encourage development of your teamwork skills. Being able to work in a team is a key skill that helps us to communicate effectively with people, but it can be something people struggle with. 

Maybe you feel overwhelmed in a group and end up not participating, or you always want to take the leadership role instead of learning to take a step back. Naturally, team sports can build these skills in a low-pressure, relaxed environment.

This shows the physical, mental, and social benefits of exercise, as you will learn collaborative, synergistic teamwork, as well as gaining an identity as part of a team, a cohesive group atmosphere, and a positive team culture.

Enhances Cognitive Function 

Apart from the physiological benefits that come from exercising, another social benefit of exercise is its ability to improve your cognitive functions. Consistent exercise boosts your memory and thinking skills in both a direct and an indirect way. 

All forms of physical exercise act directly on the body, and trigger changes in insulin levels, reduction of inflammation, and releasing of endorphins. It can also promote the production of certain growth factors, too. 

These chemicals affect the growth rate of new brain cells, impacting the health of the brain overall, and preventing age-related decline such as memory loss. Exercise prevents mild cognitive impairment by improving blood flow. 

Improves Self esteem and

Self-esteem and self-confidence can sometimes be elusive emotions but thankfully due to the social health benefits of exercise, you will see a profoundly positive.

When you feel better in your body, you feel better mentally, and so you’ll be more interested in exploring new places, meeting new people, and you’ll even have more energy to take on new and exciting challenges.

Increases Concentration 

If you’re looking to improve your concentration, you’ve probably heard that exercise can help you focus and stay on task. It can help us to burn off excess energy, and provide our brain with additional blood flow and oxygen, enhancing our creativity and critical thinking.

Even taking a short break during your workday for some exercise can improve your concentration and mood. Both lead to improved productivity. 

Alternatively, walking to work can provide a valuable boost to your concentration levels in the morning.

In order to achieve a good level of concentration, two important aspects of cognitive function must work at their best: first is the sustained attention, where you are able to focus on a piece of information for long periods of time. 

Second is executive function, which is your ability to think about and make decisions at a more complex level. The social benefit of physical activity is that both of these will improve with regular exercise, providing a release valve for stress and pressure.

Boosts Energy Levels for

The final social benefit of exercise is that you will have increased energy for socialisation purposes – enabling you to combine your confidence, communication skills, and positive mood.

Regular exercise increases your endorphin levels. Endorphins are the body’s natural hormones that are released when we are doing something that requires a burst of energy. They are what helps us to move. This rush of endorphins can also help to improve your sleep quality, meaning you will feel more refreshed throughout the day.

Regular physical activity increases the blood flow around your body and improves your cardiovascular health and fitness. This means more blood and oxygen will provide more energy for you. 

It will also make you more efficient at utilising your body’s stores of sugar and fat as fuel for your workouts, allowing you to burn them for energy as well as regulating blood sugar levels so you won’t have to deal with the peaks and troughs that cause fatigue. 

Surprising Social Benefits of Exercise:

• Increases reliability 

• It helps you discover likeminded individuals 

• Improves memory 

• Enables you to value friendships

• Helps you adjust to new surroundings 

Whatever form of exercise you choose, the social benefits will prove as valuable and meaningful as the physical ones.

Travel in the UK

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From Northumberland’s majestic wild and unspoilt coastline to
the breathtaking beauty of Dorset beaches, England has the most
incredible shorelines you’ll ever see.

It is also home to many seaside towns bursting with charm and brimming with traditional delights from places such as Whitby to the cool vibe of Brighton.

England’s weather can be somewhat changeable but that can be one of the joys. Spring is full of new life, with daffodils blooming. In summer we delight in eating ice cream at the beach and picnics in the countryside. Autumn seduces when the trees turn bright red and orange, and winter brings snow, sledging and roaring nights in front of a fire. Irresistible.

Let us look at two very different but enchanting locations:

Margate is England’s original seaside town. Visitors have flocked here since the 1730s for its sandy beaches, out of this world sunsets and unique tourist attractions like the shell grotto.

Seaside kitsch is uber-cool. Visit and celebrate age-old resort-town traditions – sandy beaches, fish and chips, inspiring seafood. Capture a famous Turner sunset whilst settled on the seafront steps or a seafront bar or restaurant.

In Edinburgh you will find wide, symmetrical streets, neoclassical buildings, green open spaces and beautifully preserved Georgian town houses dating back to the 18th century.

The city is a charming destination that flaunts both the old and new. The quaint medieval Old Town will enchant you with its quaint pubs, narrow, winding streets and centuries old buildings. The New Town provides an energising atmosphere and fantastic museums. It is a majestic city that offers something for everyone. Understandably, it is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations.

There are several positive reasons why visiting locations in the UK is a fabulous idea:

Less travelling

Forget hours on a plane or sat in an airport; with a UK break, you rarely have to travel more than a few hours to get to your destination. This means more time enjoying your actual holiday and less stressing about catching your flight or sitting on a crowded plane. Driving? You can also stop and stretch your legs whenever you decide, or coordinate some sightseeing on the way.

Inspiring countryside

For those who enjoy country strolls, more challenging hikes and even adrenaline-rich activities, there is something for you. From the spectacular glens of Scotland to the thatched cottages of the Cotswolds, there are few places as diverse as the British countryside. Honestly, is there anything more lovely than relaxing in a pub garden, enjoying some wonderful views?

Amazing Coastlines 

For those who adore the sea, crashing waves and amazing skylines above the water, there are miles of incredible coastline to explore. As an island, the UK has a unique richness regarding coastlines. Envisage the turquoise waters of Cornwall to the unspoilt bays of Wales. Imagine the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast in Dorset and Devon. There are countless, breathtaking areas to discover and explore. Whether you love fishing or surfing, maybe relaxing with an ice cream, you will find yourself making unforgettable memories.

Culture and History

If you adore theatre, comedy or live music then the UK has some of the best entertainment in the world. Step back in time at London’s famous Globe Theatre or take in a West End show. Visit the ballet or opera for high-end. Perhaps something a little more modern – visit the famous Edinburgh Fringe or Glastonbury for the biggest live festival in England’s legendary home of enchanted and mythical.

Be Environmentally friendly 

If you choose to travel by coach, boat, car or train rather than by plane, you will reduce your ‘carbon footprint.’ This  helps the environment. Scientists’ predictions suggest that we have only a decade or so to make some serious changes to the way we live – and travel. Changing our behaviour will help manage the destruction that has already been made to our planet. Not flying is one very significant way we can all contribute. Use public transport, or simply pack up your car and drive to your chosen destination. Cyclists can even bring their bikes along for the ride.

Natural Beauty

We enjoy countless choices when it comes to the great outdoors in the UK. From the rugged coastlines and sandy beaches of Devon and Cornwall to the snow-capped mountains of Scotland, there is inspiration for all travellers. Amid the lush green spaces, forests and woodlands, Great Britain offers an abundance of breathtaking scenery. A considerable amount of it with historical significance that many have travelled extensively to view.

Boost the UK economy

Without becoming too political, wherever you decide to holiday, you are contributing to the UK economy and supporting tourism in this country. This will prove incredibly helpful for businesses now and in our economic future.

Superlative Gardens and Gardeners

As early as the 17th century, horticulturalists of the British Empire explored exotic destinations to bring back unusual plant specimens. The UK’s relatively mild climate, an early taste for landscapes as works of art and the fortuitous genius of 18th-century landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown have produced an abundant array of ravishing and fascinating gardens across Britain. 

When planning a UK holiday, be assured that there are destinations to suit all kinds of travellers and your experience will be memorable.

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