They say if you want to enjoy a good vacation, you should make a rough draft, and then double the budget and halve the time. Heartbreaking, is it not? Nevertheless, the idea of a budget vacation is always attractive, especially when you are just starting out in life. And while you may not think of Britain as an inexpensive tourist destination, we are here to burst that myth for you. Let’s talk about five great places in the United Kingdom and help you find a cheap break to go on for you next vacation.
This charming city in northern England is everything you would imagine of an English town. Filled with medieval castles built around an intersection of two rivers, York used to be England’s passage to Scotland. You can stay at decent bed and breakfast places around the King’s College for mere £20 a night. Food is cheap too, and we suggest you try the local specialties like chips and steak at Cafe No.8 Bistro.
Located less than a hundred miles from London, this city oozes culture. It is a World Heritage Site, and that is obvious when you take the city tour (Bath has two for one city tours, great for your budget trip). The city is dotted with museums and theatres. Lodging is cheap as this is a university town, and you can get a dorm room for as little as £30 a night. If you are travelling in a group, getting a farmhouse B&B is just as cheap per person. There are also many eateries in Bath where you can eat for under £10 a meal.
If you do not live in the UK, visiting Belfast is a must for an Irish experience. This city has excellent places to shop cheap, delicious cuisine and its own unique place in history. Have coffee and enjoy modern architecture for breakfast at City Hall or go to the medieval Belfast Castle. There are plenty of great fast food options and healthier options around the city where you can eat for £5-8 a meal.
This south-west coastal English town is a hidden gem. It has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the government, and for good reason. The cliffs of Dorset along the English Channel are full of fossils and are reputedly as old as dinosaurs. Dorset offers the perfect getaway for nature lovers, and you can book four-star hotels offering as low a tariff as £20/night some parts of the year.
The only real city on our list, Liverpool is a must-see if you are a Beatles (or football) fan. And for all the city’s culture and beautiful architecture, it is still cheap to stay at (unlike London). You can find cottages for £80 a night that house as many as seven. Also, Liverpool’s pubs are the cheapest, so, if you are a party person, your vacation just got a lot of fun.
These places are definitely magical, and with the right planning, you can have the best British experience at a fraction of the expected cost. Time to pack your bags and start making your bookings then!
There is nothing like a beach vacation to break the rut of your monotonous life and spend time relaxing amidst a stunning seascape. After all, who does not want to have sand in their toes and a cocktail in their hand while looking at turquoise waters in the front? Pack all the right swimming aids for your next beach vacation such as beach towels, sunscreen, first-aid kit and most importantly, the recent fad of tan-through swimwear for that perfect tan! Then get ready to embark on the most exotic beach vacation of your life at one of these destinations:
This list would not feel right if we ignored this Indonesian beauty, Bali has recently emerged as a favourite beach destination, especially amongst honeymooners. If you are looking forward to spending your special days at an exotic beach location surrounded by mouthwatering cuisine, tropical jungles and a warm weather, Bali is the place for you. Apart from chilling on the beaches, there are many adventurous activities to do here as well, such as whitewater rafting, jet skiing, quad biking, etc.
Maldives is synonymous with true luxury. This archipelago of thousands of islands is nothing but a glamorous exotic destination to visit and is particularly made for lovebirds! With stunning sunsets, spectacular beaches and regal properties, Maldives is truly paradisiacal. There is something here for the thrill seekers as well, such as kayaking, sea plane ride, marine dive, kitesurfing, etc.
Mauritius is a favourite beach spot amongst many across the world. It boasts of eternal pearl beaches, green countryside and the ravishing cuisine. This island-nation is dreamy in this appearance, and has an exciting culture of French, Indian and Creole. An exciting activity that you can partake in here is hire a catamaran for snorkeling and relish a barbeque meal with your loved one. Recommended places to visit include Les 7 Cascades, Ile aux Cerfs, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Ile des Deux Cocos, Trou d’Argent Beach, and Le Morne Brabant.
Popular as an erstwhile prison, Andaman in India is an island that will leave you awestruck with its mesmerizing beauty. Havelock Islands at Andaman is considered as one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in the world by many. The most popular tourist attractions in Andaman include Radhanagar Beach, Blue Corals Dive, Kala Pathar beach, etc.
5. Bora Bora
No list of exotic beach destinations is complete without the mention Bora Bora. If you feel we are exaggerating, just type in Bora Bora on Google images and you will know what the hype is about. The sheer beauty of the lagoons and clear blue water is sure to leave you mesmerized. The best places to visit here are Mount Otemanu, Matira Beach, Bora Bora Lagoonarium, and Leopard Rays Trench.
So, if you’ve been thinking of planning a vacation, head to either of these exotic beach locations and have the time of your life! It’s not just the amazing memories that you will come back home with, but an envy-worthy tan too!
Known as the entertainment capital of the country, Nevada is home to some of the best tourist attractions in the U.S. It is unacceptable to visit North America and not go to Las Vegas. Here are a few things you should know before you visit the Sin City.
1. Safety Rankings
Las Vegas is safer than it seems. Much like the rest of the U.S, this city is overall low on all the risk factors combined. The standard rules apply when traveling alone or even with others. In case of an unfortunate event, I advise you to consult a personal injury lawyer in Nevada straightaway.
2. If you’ve been here already…
If you have been to the Sin City before, don’t count on it being the same as before. The city is constantly changing in regards to infrastructure and attractions. Many new add up and many old disappear.
3. Carry Cash
Since this is the vacation destination of choice, charges on your regular ATM card will be very high. Other than that, when paying cab drivers and giving your waiter a tip, using your credit card won’t be feasible. Just pay them with cash.
4. Proper Attire
Whatever you choose to wear is no one’s business but most restaurants and casinos have specific dress codes for entry. Some places require men to wear dinner jackets. Pools in Vegas are open all year round, so do not forget to pack a bathing suit.
5. Free Drinks
A majority of places offer free drinks to players using slot machines or a poker table. Don’t be surprised or worried when waiters keep bringing you refills for your drinks. They’re on the house as long as you are gambling with a minimum amount.
6. Budget Yourself!
It is easy to get carried away by the seemingly endless fun you’ll be having in the city, but don’t be. Make a budget and do not lose your way unless you want to be bankrupt by the time you get home.
7. Avoid Visiting During Peak Times
This is understandable! Don’t plan a trip in the height of the season if you want to avoid large crowds and long lines. This city is just as glamorous during Christmas as it is during the summers. Except you will have more of the city to yourself in the fall rather than in the summers.
Unless you have your own car, the best way to get around is using a cab. Remember though, you can’t hail a cab just anywhere, it’s illegal to do so in some places. And again, have cash ready to pay the driver. There are numerous taxi services available all over the city, so you don’t have to worry about getting around.
9. Get Your Bargain Game On
To get the right bargain, you need to know where to look. In most places, you will either find the next best and cheaper alternative or be able to bargain down to a price more suitable for you.
10. Not Everything is About the Strip
One of the most visited places in Vegas is the Las Vegas Strip. Most tourists primarily visit the strip and end their trip there as well. Well, we’re here to tell you, there is SO much more to Vegas than just that one strip. You can eat, see and be entertained by similar places away from it and at cheaper rates as well.
There’s an old adage among experienced travelers. It goes something like this: “Take half as much clothing and twice as much money as you think you need.” It’s sage advice. Traveling light has many advantages.
Traveling sounds easy but effective planning actually takes more time than one might think. The planning process may be the most complex part of your journey. Good planning follows a few important steps.
Choosing the destination
The first step is deciding where you want to go. Where you go will be determined mostly by how much money you have to spend. Road trips are great budget stretchers especially if you decide to camp and cook out along the way. Sleeping in a tent can be an adventure.
Sun and sand destinations are popular. Finding lodging near the beach can be difficult during the high season. So, if that’s where you want to go, start early. A year out is not too long. National parks are also great destinations, but again, you’ll want to start early. And if you’re headed to one of the many theme parks around the country, well, make sure you’ve got more money than you think you’ll need.
Going overseas? You’ll want to start planning early for foreign destinations as well. And, check out one of the many budget hotel sites to find the best price for lodging abroad. And, don’t for forget to check for known trouble spots. The U.S. Department of State has a list of destinations to avoid.
What to do about a camera
In days gone you’d see travelers walking around with large camera bags slung over their sagging shoulders. Today, most smartphones have all the camera that most travelers will ever need. They are capable of taking beautiful photos and stunning HD video. Many even have telephoto capabilities. And what’s even better there are incredible software packages like Snapseed that can make good photos great and turn the iffy shots into good ones. Many are free or just a few dollars. Taking great pictures has never been easier for travelers headed for any destination.
What else to take
Pack light. Most of us overestimate how much stuff we need to take. Take the minimalist approach. Almost anywhere you go in the world you’ll find spots where you can do laundry if you need to. Spending a couple of hours in a laundromat beats dragging around tons of luggage for a week or two.
Finding the best way to get there
Road trips are great for domestic destinations. You’ll want to make sure your vehicle is shipshape and ready for long days on the road. Make sure all suggested and required maintenance is up to date. It’s important to check the tires and make sure they’re good and properly inflated. Don’t forget first aid and emergency kits– just in case.
If you’re flying, take the time to scope out the best fares. There are many Internet sites that can show you the airlines with the cheapest fares at the times you want to travel. And, if you’ve got frequent flyer miles, double check to avoid the blackout dates that many carriers have. You’ll want to work at least three months or more out to avoid booking problems.
Other useful tips
- Be patient. Expect the unexpected. Whether it’s a flight delay, lost luggage, a broken ATM, or a hundred other possible challenges, stuff happens. Relax, there’s always a solution and people willing to help.
- Start early. If you want to avoid crowds and get into the most popular attractions, being early pays off.
- Stash some extra cash. Don’t carry all your money around with you. Take just enough for what you need for the day. And, don’t carry your passport around with you. Keep it safe in your lodgings. You can take a photocopy if you’re out for a day of sightseeing.
- Don’t plan too much. Leave time each day to do something unplanned. You want to come home relaxed, not tuckered out from filling each hour of the day with stuff to do.
All in all, taking a vacation can be what it’s supposed to be—relaxing. Just keep these tips in mind to help everything go smoothly.
Ever since the rise of seaside resorts and the arrival of the railways in the late 1900s, Devon has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Famed for its fantastic beaches, Landscape World Heritage Sites and quaint villages and towns, Devon is a great holiday destination for the whole family.
Holiday cottage specialists www.bluechipholidays.co.uk have compiled a list of their top days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon.
The English Riviera – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham
This string of family friendly seaside resorts host an array of attractions to explore and places to stay on the east coast of Devon. Steeped in maritime history and surrounded by stunning coastlines and countryside, the English Riviera’s main hubs of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are the perfect starting points to explore the area.
The English Riviera has an array of top quality attractions including underground caverns, world-class zoos, waterparks and unique marine aviaries. Whether you want to discover the history and heritage of the area, relax on the beach or try your hand at water sports, the English Riviera has it all.
Dartmoor National Park
Situated in the heart of Devon, Dartmoor National Park is home to ancient landscapes, stunning views, wooded valleys and rugged open spaces ideal for those who like the great outdoors.
Spanning 368 square miles, Dartmoor is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists looking for wide open spaces to explore, while those who want something a bit different can learn about the art of sculpting at the Sculpture School in North Tawton, explore vintage fairground rides at the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre or walk around the medieval monastery Buckfast Abbey.
Situated 12 miles off the west coast of Devon, Lundy Island is a totally unique experience and is perfect for those who like wildlife. Due to its unique combination of environmental conditions with rugged cliffs on the west and a sheltered and calm east coast, Lundy Island provides shelter and sanctuary to migrating birds including Puffins, Skylarks and Pied wagtails.
With some 140 different bird species recorded each year, Lundy Island is a great destination for birdwatchers, while the sea is home to an array of marine wildlife such as Grey seals, Dolphins, whales and jellyfish.
Tourists can visit the island via ferry which runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March through to October.
Built in 1825, Watermouth Castle is now one of the top attractions in Devon and houses an array of underground tunnels and fortifications to explore, relics from Victorian times to discover and a variety of amusements to enjoy.
See what life was like in Victorian times as you walk through various exhibits with artefacts from the past, or explore the castle dungeon featuring craft shops from a bygone age, the Hall of Mirror and vintage arcade machines.
Watermouth Castle also features a 9-hole crazy golf course, adventure playground and a fantastic water show featuring music, water and lights in perfect synchronisation.
With an array of things to explore, rides to enjoy and with great views of the Devon countryside, Watermouth Castle is a great day out for the whole family.
The North Devon Surf School
A holiday in Devon would not be complete without experiencing some of the great water sports available on the coastline. Sailing, wind surfing and swimming are some of the more popular beach activities, but surfing what Devon is known for.
Awarded a Centre of Excellence by Surfing England, the North Devon Surf School has a purpose built facility located on Westward Ho! Beach on the west coast of Devon and specialises in surfing and paddleboard lessons. Whatever your skill level, the dedicated staff provide training for those who are looking to learn to surfers who want to improve their technique.
The facilities include heated changing rooms, hot showers, a surf shop and café, as well as a large collection of boards and wetsuits for hire. Whether you want to learn, practise or improve your surfing technique, the North Devon Surf School is well worth checking out.