When to Visit Countries of the UK for Maximum Enjoyment

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom and each one of them is an ideal tourist destination although London, the capital of England is the most popular, flowed by Scotland, Wales and Ireland. England provides a plethora of tourist attractions such as the Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and West End in London and other places like Stonehenge, Lake District, York, Durham, Bath, Oxford and Cambridge in other parts of the country. Scotland offers historic grandeur and its attractions include Edingburgh Castle, the untamed Munros, the Highlands, and the Loch Ness. Wales offers unspoilt and ruggedly beautiful places and a large network of National parks and conservancy areas.

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There is no doubt that the best time to visit the countries of the UK is the summer period from June to August as this is probably the only time when tourists can get the best weather and the longest days. Moreover, the days are warm without being uncomfortable although you can never be sure of rain that can take place at any time of the year. Moreover, the best festivals and events take place during this time. Most educational institutions in the UK take a summer break during this period and you can see most local people also on the roads or near the various attractions of the cities. Travelling from one place to another is also fun.

A large number of festivals and events take place during the summer months such as the Edinburgh International Festival that takes place in August/September. It is the largest arts festival in the world and it transforms Scotland’s capital into a vibrant arts hub. Moreover, the Notting Hill Carnival in August is only next to the Rio Carnival in being the biggest street party in the world. The London Marathon in April attracts more than 30,000 participants every year who can enjoy a scenic tour of London. The Glastonbury Festival in June attracts top musicians from all over the world to take part in one of the world’s most famous outdoor music festivals. London presents a plethora of high culture options at its various museums, art galleries and theatres including the Tate Modern and Natural History Museum. The Royal Parks of London, particularly Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are delightful places to relax during the summer when tired tourists can spread out on its lush green meadows and relax. The other important attractions include Stratford-upon-Avon that features photogenic Tudor houses and is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland which is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in all of Europe.

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What I Gained by Travelling Alone

Man is a social animal and as such it is not normal for a person to stay alone whether he is at home or whether he is travelling. We all crave for company, more so when we are visiting a different city so that we can share our experiences and the fun. However, I wanted to have a different experience and I wanted to understand my strengths and weaknesses in a better way than what I did till the time that I set out for a seven-day trip to London as I had heard a lot about its ‘streets being paved with gold’. I decided to take a break from my work, my family and my familiar surroundings in order to indulge in this soul-reckoning mission so that I could find the answers to all that I had been seeking. It was an adventure that I had to have.

From all the experiences of planning the trip, travelling to London, finding the hotel that I had booked, staying there and commuting to all the places that I had planned for sightseeing, I found that I had gained a lot but the most important quality that I discovered was that I could take responsibility as I had been able to take my life into my own hands and do what I wanted to do. I knew that I was responsible for all my actions and I was prepared for their consequences.

travelling-aloneDuring the course of my trip when I started feeling that everything was progressing as I had planned, I started gaining a lot of self-confidence in my abilities to be able to plan and execute what I wanted and be able to do so successfully. I had cleared the hurdle of responsibility and was getting a sense of lightness and contentment. I was also getting to feel more independent and this newfound freedom made me feel that I did not need to depend on anyone for anything to make me happy. I was my own master having the right to decide what to eat, where to sleep, which train to catch and at what bus stop to depart.

Moreover, travelling alone also gave me the opportunity to discover my likes and my dislikes as I was free to jump on my likes and discard my dislikes. And by sifting through my likes and dislikes, I arrived at my emotions which are a combination of mind and body sending messages to me and it is only by listening to these messages that we can accomplish what we want to do.

With all these accomplishments, I could also fathom out various patterns and my reactions, do a lot of past analysation, foray into the future and indulge in many wishful dreams. Apart from these accomplishments, I also learnt about how to care for myself and how to love.

I had been able to peep into the mystery of myself that I was seeking to know.

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What do the Top 3 Luxury African Safari Have to Offer

Some people are fond of city life being content with their work and having fun by partying or going to discos. However, there are many others who are a bit more adventurous and wish to get out of the humdrum of their everyday lives. For them, the idea of fun is just getting close to nature and as such they take a package beach holiday to relax on the beach. However, there are yet others for whom this is not good enough and they like to really experience something completely different such as going on an African safari where they can indulge in safari game drives across the open plain, see animals that they had only seen on TV and experience the feel of Africa through the smell, the views and adventurous sensations. There are others who would not settle for anything else but a luxury African safari where they can experience utter luxury even in the interiors of Africa although their primary objective would be the game drives. An essential requirement for tracking the elusive animals is however a good guide. The luxury lodges on these safaris provide lots of cushy amenities and unusual experiences. The best places are the private reserves.

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The very best luxury African safari driving routes include Namibia where the roads are excellent, the roads are extremely scenic and the signposts are easy to read. At the luxury safari or desert camp in Namibia most people use the services of the expert guides and do some of their own drives and explorations using the camp as a base.

The other top luxury African safari route is the Winelands and the Garden Route in Cape Town in South Africa that offers a wonderful driving route with vineyards, exceptional restaurants and whale watching. Driving in this area is quite safe and absolutely stunning although it is not as wild as the driving in Namibia. In order to see some truly wild parts of the country, it is best to take the Kwa Zulu Natal driving itinerary.

The third top luxury African safari driving route is in Northern Tanzania where you can drive a wonderful route through tea plantations, before driving up the Great Rift Valley and into the Ngorongoro Crater, and then heading onwards to the world famous Serengeti National Park. Kenya also offers similar safari drives but Kenyan drivers can be dangerous and hazardous to anyone nearby.

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Top Ten Romantic Restaurants for Having Dinner With Your Mate in London

There is nothing like having a quiet dinner with your soul mate at a secluded corner of a romantic restaurant with dim lights and soft music playing in the background. London offers many such romantic restaurants where you can have a wonderful time with your partner but the top ten are being enumerated below.

Berners Tavern in the West End has a much grander setting than the previous two restaurants opened by restaurateur Jason Atherton and offers a huge lobby bar and a vast dining room with very low lighting and lively bar area. It offers delectable dishes but at an alarmingly high menu rate. It provides an utterly glamorous experience.

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You can also try the enthusiastically outlandish Bob Bob Ricard that offers joy in all its elements. It is the right place to take your date to intrigue and impress and it provides out-and-out good fun. The food is excellent but it is expensive.
Claude’s kitchen offers a weekly changing menu and provides good food and excellent service. The staff is ultra-efficient, warm and welcoming. It is a terrific neighbourhood restaurant.

Clos Maggiore is an ideal place for taking your date as it has splendid romantic settings that has wood-panelling, a whole lot of fake white blossoms, fairy lights, candles and a fireplace to set the right mood while having a romantic dinner.
The Delaunay opened in 2012 but seems to have been there for ages. It offers something for everyone at reasonable rates. It has great settings, good quality of service and a great menu. Galvin Bistrot De Luxe is much-loved Marylebone bistro which is classically French with a tinge of Italian items. The Dining room has dark chocolate wood panelling, globe lighting and big bunches of scarlet gladioli.

Hakkasan is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering classy Cantonese cooking and is a benchmark for judging other Chinese restaurants. Romantic couples can really enjoy in the basement’s stylish interior that has all dark wood lattice screens and mood lighting.

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J Sheekey Oyster Bar is likely to become an institution with a local appeal that goes far beyond London. The Momo is London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant which is great for couples on special dates, hen parties and business types. It has sexy Marrakech-style interiors, sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya-style windows and ornate metalwork lanterns.

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The Best Yacht Charter Moorings in Europe

Many luxury yacht charter services are available in Europe that enables their customers to sail the globe while floating past some of the most fantastic scenery. These services are available from most European beaches including those in Spain and Portugal. The main season for such activities is from May to September although you can find many sailing to Caribbean for the winter. These yachts sail out to the sea during the day so that they can enjoy jet skis and boats on board, but they return to the ports during the evening.

One of the best yacht charter moorings in Europe is St Tropez which is an old fishing town located on the South Coast of France. It has become an important destination for super yachts. Its harbour can accommodate the moorings of 1050 vessels and many more can be accommodated in the bay outside. The famous yachts that have visited St Tropez harbour include the impressive 52m Golden Yachts O’Neiro, the luxurious 68m CRN Alwaeli and the 58m Austal yacht Outback.

Another important harbour on the South Coast of France is Antibes which is one of the largest ports in the French Riviera and has received some of the biggest yachts in the world. It has an inner harbour that can host hundreds of yachts and an outer harbour which is reserved for the largest yachts. The super yachts that have visited Antibes include 126m Octopus currently owned by the co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen, one of Roman Abramovich’s boats Ecstasea and the opulent 75m Anastasia.
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The other best yacht charter destination in Europe is the Villanova Grand Marina in Barcelona, Spain. The marina can accommodate 49 moorings of super and mega yachts up to 80m in length. Some of the vessels that have visited Villanova include the 60m Feadship super yacht Paraffin and the 80m Oceanco yacht Amevi.

The three moorings listed above are some of the best in the world as they can accommodate super yachts. The typical guest capacities on one boat can range between 10 and 80. The high season prices for a week can range from EUR 50,000 to more than one half million. The typical crew has a captain and 3 to 5 staff members.

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Get Familiar with European Traditions by Following Their Festival Calendar 2014 – 2015

Each country or region of the world has its own traditions that have flourished through the ages and are displayed through their festivals. Some of these festivals involve activities that are full of fun and enjoyment. European traditions are also exhibited through their traditional festivals that take place throughout the year and are packed with local music, food, fun and some unique activities. If you wish to get familiar with and enjoy the uniqueness of these festivals, the only way is to experience the same. The main festivals according to the European Traditional n Festival Calendar 2014-2015 are the following.

La Batalla Del Vino, also known as the Wine Fight, is held from 27th to 29th June 2014 at Haro, Spain. It dates back to the sixth century and is held on St Peter’s Feast Day. The whole town is out on the streets, bars and squares having a grand party and then they go up a mountain and cover each other in wine with water pistols and buckets.

An interesting La Tomatina Festival is held at Valencia, Spain on the last Wednesday of August every year in which nearly one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown on the streets where all the people are participating. It is a fun festival.

About six million people participate in the Oktoberfest from 20th September to 5th October at Munich, Germany in which beer is consumed in large quantities. Between October 29th to 4th November, Halloween is celebrated all over the world, although in Transylvania it is celebrated in authentic Romanian castle which is haunted and people can spend the spookiest week of the year exploring the birthplace of Dracula, hanging out at his castle, and being very impressed with Romania’s Gothic architecture, enchanting forests and friendly people.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated everywhere on this planet but nowhere like it is done in Hogmanay, Scotland where street parties take place regardless of rain, snow or sunshine, with lots of entertainment, rides, bands, haggis and good times. An annual Viking fire festival to mark the end of the Yule season is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January. About 1000 guizers dress up like Vikings and march through the town with torches. A replica Viking longship or galley is burnt at the end of the day.

Las Fallas on 15th March 2015 at Valencia, Spain is held in honour of St Joseph’s Day and is full of big bangs, bright lights and giant sculptures. The highlight of the four day festival is the burning of the fallas on the final day.
St Patrick’s Day on 17th March 2015 is celebrated like nowhere else at the The Emerald Isle in Ireland in which locals dress up in green to drink, eat and be merry Irish style. There are many more traditional festivals like King’s Day on 24th April at Netherlands.

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Family-Friendly Places to Visit in London

If you are planning a family holiday in London, you need to plan out your trip meticulously so that you can derive maximum enjoyment within your budget. The first part of your planning should be a proper accommodation for your family at an affordable rate and at a strategic location near the various places that you wish to visit. You should do some research and look out for London hotel offers that will provide you with attractive discounts so that you can stay in a comfortable and spacious accommodation without stretching your pocket. The next step is to study all the attractions in London and then decide which ones would give maximum enjoyment to you and your kids because there are so many attractions that it is well-nigh impossible to cover all of them in the limited days at your disposal. However, some of the most family-friendly places are being suggested below.

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The famous Tower of London is an ancient historic fortress where you can view the popular torture chambers and hear about the ghost sightings of famous historic figures. You can also view the Queen’s jewels at The Jewel House. If you have availed of London hotel offers and are staying in a hotel in central London, you can easily go to the various places of interest including Hamleys which will keep your kids engrossed throughout the day as it offers six floors full of toys of all descriptions. You should also visit the Willy Wonka centre and the London Eye which is the highest observation wheel in Europe.

If your kids are interested in history and arts, you should take them to visit various museums such as The Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum and the British Museum.

However, your kids will have maximum fun if you take them to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens where they can play and enjoy in the vast lush green meadows. They can also visit the statue of Peter Pan and the nearby Serpentine Gallery. No visit to London can be complete without taking the Big Bus tour that will take you all over the city so that you can see many tourist attractions from the bus. You should also not miss to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace that takes place for 40 minutes every day.

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Your kids will also love to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum that has wax figures of most important personalities of the world, both past and present. The latest addition is that of President Obama. They will also enjoy various events that take place all over London such as the Covent Garden Piazza that features not only live entertainment in the form of jugglers and magicians, but also an open-air market where parents can buy souvenirs and food stands that sell Cornish pasties.

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Do Extreme Camps for Kids Provide Big Thrills?

The evolution process seems to have picked up speed of late as is witnessed by the high levels of physical and mental development in the present day’s teens and tweens as compared to the levels of similar kids a few decades back. The types of games that our grandparents played when they were kids are nowhere as compared to what the present-day kids are exposed to. The situation is the same when we focus on teen camps that have now transformed into extreme camps that definitely provide a higher adrenaline rush than what kids experienced even on the roller coasters a few years back. Camps are a necessity when school is out and the extreme camps are designed to provide a wide range of thrilling experiences through unique, challenging, yet safe activities.

Extreme camps for older children are full of physical challenges, group games and weekly surprise activities. Apart from pumping adrenaline in their blood, these camps offer adventure experiences through which, the kids learn how to solve problems and in the process they gain a lot of confidence when they realise their abilities. The kids are kept engrossed and busy all week long on-site and they are also taken off-site during the week. The skills developed during these activities will stand the kids in good stead when they grow up and have to face real situations in life.

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Extreme camps involve kids in activities that cannot be done at home such as ziplining, ATV riding, archery, rock climbing and many more. The big thrills are provided when the kids try to imitate Hollywood stunts, create a fight scene and even fall off a building, which are all under the direction of real stunt men. The kids also go through circus arts training, that enables them to develop physical fitness through flexibility and strength training. They indulge in activities such as trapeze and other aerial arts techniques.

Apart from providing thrills, extreme camps provide other benefits to kids such as gaining a sense of independence by being able to stay away from home, surviving even when they are out of their comfort zones and increasing their overall self-confidence.

Extreme camps for kids certainly offer big thrills and much more.

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Best Wild Life Experiences in UK Zoo

If you are enamoured by wild life and would like to get close to all those ferocious animals, although from a distance, the best way to do so is to go to the best UK zoo or a safari park where you will be able to learn more about the characteristics of the big animals especially the Big Cats that seem to be quite intimidating. The animals that belong to this category and can roar include the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard. However, the other members of this category include the cheetah, snow leopard, clouded leopard and cougar. These animals have strong sharp claws and well developed prominent canine teeth. They survive mainly on a meat diet as they are carnivores. They are apex predators surviving on other animals and having no predators of their own. The best UK zoo having four species of Big Cats is the Chester Zoo.

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If you wish to have a close encounter and tea with tigers, just head to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne where you will be able to take afternoon tea in the Treetops Cafe after experiencing a special guided tour and getting interesting information on tigers and being able to ask any questions regarding them that have been at the back of your minds for a long time. You may not have known that their skin and fur is striped. You can also take some close-up souvenir snaps of the majestic animals by walking across the Big Cat Walk and then you can explore the other parts of the park.

You can also walk with wolves if you go to the outskirts of Reading where the volunteers at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust will take you around the surrounding countryside with two fully grown wolves on metal leashes in front of them. You will also get the opportunity to take interesting pictures and stroke the wolves. However, in the case of wolves, they should be stroked on the underside of their stomach indicating that you are submitting to them.

You can also get up close and meet Africa’s meerkats if you visit Hertfordshire, Chester or Preston. You can get the opportunity to prepare lunch for the meerkats.


These animals will pop out of their pen if you sprinkle their food. You can then take a stroll around and meet other animals.

In some of the best UK zoos, you can see Asiatic lions, North African Cheetahs, Jaguars and Sumatran Tigers.

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3 Must- Have Travel Essentials

If you are planning to leave home for a short or long trip or even for a day trip, there are certain essential preparations that you must make so that you have a hassle-free and enjoyable trip. As a part of your preparations, it is also essential to carry some essential items with you that will prove to be useful to you. However, the items that you should have with you will generally depend on the place where you plan to go, the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay. If you are going for a short vacation to relax by the beach, it would be essential for you to take your stylish swimsuit so that you can take advantage of the sunny weather and get some warmth while flaunting your personal style. You can choose the type of swimsuit that you like whether tanking, one-piece or a bikini.

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An essential item that you must have, especially if you are planning to be out in the open for long periods of time whether at the beach or moving around the city for sightseeing, is adequate sun protection to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the UV rays of the sun. Different types and strengths of sunscreens are available for different levels of protection. You would also need cover-ups and sunglasses for overall sun protection.

If you are planning to do a lot of sightseeing during your trip and if that would involve a lot of walking, it would be wise to make sure that your feet are comfortable as this will enable you to explore and walk around a lot without getting tired. You should choose your footwear depending on the type that suits you the most and the type that you are used to wearing. The footwear should be comfortable and should not pinch your feet.

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There are many items that you may want to carry with you when you move out of your home. However, it is important to remember that apart from the above essential items, you should not forget to have enough money in any form whether cash or cards, necessary travel tickets and other information about your travel and your mobile that has all contacts.

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