Staying in the Lake District

The ‘holistay’ is proving a cheaper, more convenient and more popular alternative to jetting off to foreign climes and it is easy to see why when areas of incredible natural beauty like the Lake District are just a short journey away.
According to the latest edition of the respected Lonely Planet guide book, this part of England is “packed with more natural appeal than almost anywhere else in Britain”. But don’t listen to the experts – get out and judge for yourself!
The best way to sample the charm of the region is to shun traditional accommodation like hotels and hostels. Lake District cottages are brimming with character and offer an ideal and intimate environment to create a ‘home from home’ with the people that matter most to you.

Top of the to-do list is probably a trip to Lake Windermere, which is the largest natural lake in England. Visitors flock here in their thousands, year on year, to enjoy a spot of water sports, take in the stunning landscape or just have a leisurely stroll around the picturesque town of Windermere. What’s more, there’s accommodation in Windermere to match every budget.

The more adventurous of you may fancy scaling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Scafell Pike is just one of a huge range of mountains in the Lake District that offer challenging terrain to climbers, mountain bikers and walkers of all abilities. It also forms part of the famous National Three Peaks Challenge along with Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in north Wales, with the aim to finish them all in a set timeframe.

If keeping both feet firmly on the ground is more appealing, then the old market town of Kendal is an idyllic setting to spend the day or longer. Explore the ruins of Kendal Castle and put aside enough time to check out the other historical buildings of interest. A wide range of Kendal accommodation is available, and the town has enough going on to keep you busy for as long as you like.

Like Kendal and Windermere, Ambleside is another must-see town where you can happily take in the sights and sounds of the Lake District or possible enjoy a picnic on the banks of Lake Windermere. Getting close to nature is not difficult when something of interest is around virtually every corner, but Sourmilk Ghyll waterfall near the village of Grasmere stands out and is the perfect place to take the kids.

Speaking of entertaining the little ones, the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness-on-Windermere may come in handy. Beatrix Potter – like the poet William Wordsworth – had strong links with the Lake District and so could you if you choose it as your next ‘holistay’ destination.

Visit Yorkshire!

When it comes to variety, Yorkshire takes some beating. The biggest county in England more than lives up to its lofty billing and always does so in true, unmistakable Yorkshire style. Stay for the day or visit for a little longer and you’ll never get bored with what’s on offer.

If it’s sprawling moors and countryside you seek, you’ve got it in Yorkshire. If breath-taking coastline tickles your fancy, you’ve got that too. Or if you prefer to explore towns and cities like Leeds, Sheffield and York that are steeped in history but very much alive in the 21st century, then look no further than Yorkshire.

Nowhere is the blend of new and old more striking than in York. Within its city walls are a whole host of attractions, including York Castle and York Minster. Take a stroll around the cobbled streets, enjoy a spot of retail therapy or relax in one of the bars or restaurants overlooking the river that runs directly through the middle of the city. The racecourse attracts big crowds throughout the summer and offers some of the best racing facilities around. With so much to keep you occupied, check out the accommodation available at cottages in York that will put the seal of quality on your stay in Yorkshire.

The quaint seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby, which features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, are an hour’s drive away from York and a brisk walk on the cliff tops in the area is an experience not to be missed. Have a paddle in the sea or watch the sun set on Filey beach before tucking into a portion of freshly-cooked fish and chips and swilling it down with a cup of legendary Yorkshire tea.

On the opposite side of the white rose county you’ll find the Yorkshire Dales, another area of incredible natural beauty. You could spend weeks on end investing places of interest like Bolton Abbey and Malham Cove, or journeying from one picture-perfect village to the next. Staying in cottages in Yorkshire will provide you with a great base from which to venture around to places like Ilkley and Skipton.

Leeds lies a short distance away and there are many sides to this bustling city. The Royal Armouries museum and Roundhay Park are just a couple of popular attractions in this neck of the woods, while the Leeds West Indian Carnival, which takes place every August, brings a flavour of the Caribbean to this part of Yorkshire year on year.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is midway between Leeds and nearby Barnsley, has a series of thought-provoking exhibitions laid out over 500 acres of landscaped gardens and is regarded as one of the best free attractions in Yorkshire. Also make time to visit the ‘Steel City’ of Sheffield and the spa town of Harrogate, home of the original famed Bettys tea room.

Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel

Travelling does not always have to be about discovering new places and walking in the wilderness. Usually places become tourist resorts because they are worth visiting, tried and tested places that attract hoards of tourists year after year can be just as exciting as climbing Everest and definitely a lot more relaxing. Many an intrepid traveller has knocked the idea of staying in hotels in Spain or villas in Greece simply because other people like to visit. The Mediterranean is popular with holiday makers for good reason though. Take for example the Canary Islands and specifically Correlejo on the island of Fuerteventura.

Correlejo has been attracting tourists from groups of friends to families and couples since package holidays to The Med took off in the1960’s. The gorgeous resort town of Correlejo is set around a natural harbour which allows for safe swimming and water sports under blue skies and searing sun. Correlejo grew from a Spanish traditional village, parts of which still remain giving the flashier parts of the resort a rustic contrast.  Most people do want to escape the crowds from time to time and though and with miles of sandy dunes and plenty of beach space choose from along the coast, anyone can find a spot where they can pretend to be Robinson Crusoe for a day.

So, when it comes down to it, booking hotels in Spain or any other tourist resort does not have to be the end of adventurous days. For those that do not revel in the idea if staying in a large hotel and sitting down to breakfast with a hundred other people though, self catering apartments can be the perfect antidote. Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel is a complex of spacious apartments, each with their own living room, kitchen and furnished balcony or terrace. On the flip side, if preparing your own meals is not your idea of a holiday, apartments can be booked on a bed & breakfast, half board or full board basis. The options are endless.

For an added sense of adventure Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel has a salt water pool, aw well as a regular swimming pool, so guests can feel like they are swimming out at sea in the safety of a closed pool. For a wild jungle adventure adults and children can get lost in Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel’s gardens which are packed with cacti, palms and over forty species of indigenous flora and fauna which are native to the volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura.

Aside from beaches, bars and sand dunes, real adventure enthusiasts have plenty of options on the water for activities. The coast line around Correlejo catches a lot of wind, allowing for windsurfing and paragliding to take place regularly. For anyone with less sporting ability, regularly ferries take tourists to the neighbouring island of Lanzerote or on daily fishing trips. Anywhere in the world can be an adventure with just a little imagination. Who said that taking holidays in hotels in Spain had to be boring?

Guest Author: Travel Republic

Travel Checklists

Dream vacations don’t always go as planned. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there! While I will spare you the ugly details of some of my vacation nightmares, I will give you two key tips to help you avoid a vacation of costly ruin.
Firstly, making a travel checklist is key—It is a great way to keep you organized, make you prepared, save you time, and save you money. A travel checklist is the prep work for your trip, which allows you enough room to pick up things last minute, without inflated prices, and ensure you have everything you need for an awesome, dream vacation. Doing this in advance and making a copy will help set you off with ease.

Start off by thinking about everything, (and I do mean EVERYTHING!), you need and writing it down. Try to be as detailed as possible; and don’t leave off the obvious stuff! Important things such as passports and tickets are often left behind, more than anything. After you compile a rough draft, look over your list and refine it—doing something as simple as categorizing your needs can be a big help.

When it finally comes to packing day, always remember to double check your list!

Secondly, a travel checklist can’t necessarily save you from health or injury related issues. That is why, it is important to include travel insurance on your checklist! For external, effectual events, travel insurance is key. Anything from getting the flu to sustaining a major injury, such as breaking your leg can put a damper on your traveling plans and often times, your pocket. I highly recommend out-of-country, adventure, and senior travel insurance.

While travel insurance isn’t cheap, it will offer you peace of mind and can save you from unplanned expenses, such as: cancellation fees, extra ticketing prices, medical expenses, baggage loss, and even damage expenses.

When you are older, you never know what might happen. The risks associated with travel greatly increase, especially the medical risks. Not all domestic insurance can cover you while you are overseas and you don’t want to be stuck in a foreign country with a large medical bill. Most seniors live on fixed incomes so a large bill can do a lot of financial damage. Getting travel insurance is the best way to keep your self protected and have piece of mind on your trip.

Tourist Attractions To Visit In London

More than 14 million people visited London in 2010, making it one of the world’s leading cities for tourism. The city itself is vast, and there is enough to see and do there to keep you busy for weeks. If you’re an older visitor to London, you might not be seeking the bright lights and noise of Piccadilly Circus or the fast-paced urban bohemia of Camden Town. But London caters for people of all ages, and the following attractions offer a slice of London life that you can take in at your own pace.

The London Eye
For as little as £16.74, you can get a truly panoramic view on London’s famous skyline from the London Eye. This huge wheel takes visitors on a 30 minute journey up into the air to get the best view of London, taking in all the city’s biggest and most famous landmarks at once. If you’re concerned about using the London Eye or about any other aspect of travelling around London, search online for ‘travel insurance over 65’ and buy yourself some personal insurance cover for your London trip.

The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Far from being the most famous museum in London, the Geffrye is nevertheless one of the most important. The Geffrye has been dubbed ‘the museum of the home’ and showcases a unique collection of quintessentially English furniture, textiles, paintings and artworks. The Geffrye is a must-visit attraction for any newcomers to the UK seeking to get a taste of the way British people have been living for the last 400 years.

Tate Modern
Open all but three days of the year and free to enter, the Tate Modern is the largest collection of modern art in the UK. Visit this former power station in Southwark to get up close and personal with works by Picasso, Dali and Warhol.

Kew Gardens
If you are visiting London in spring or summer, you might not want to spend the entirety of your trip among the built-up, concrete areas that make up such a large part of the city. Luckily for you, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew offers visitors a world of flowers, greenery and plant life that can take you away from it all without even leaving the city.

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Learning about a city’s children is a great way to get to the heart of a place. Over 400,000 people each year learn about the life of London’s children through the ages at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of those London attractions that is so good you struggle to believe that entry is completely free. Huge exhibits detailing the natural history of the world will keep the whole family busy for days at the NHM.

The Royal Observatory
Visit the very point where Greenwich Mean Time originated, and enjoy spectacular astronomy galleries, planetarium shows and stunning collections of information and telescoping imagery about the planet and the universe beyond. The Royal Observatory is free to members, just £10 for adults and even less for children.

The Courtauld collection in Somerset House
It would be all too easy to complete this list with attractions like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, and those places are all wonderfully fun and interesting to visit. But, for me, the Courtauld Gallery deserves a mention for the stunning collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces that it holds. Whether or not you are an art lover, this collection will take you on an enlightening journey through the history of impressionism.

Five Last Minute Travel Bargains

There’s nothing better than that smug, satisfied feeling you get when you find out that the person on the next sun-lounger to you paid a lot more for the same holiday. Yet there’s an art to getting the best last minute travel bargains that can be difficult to perfect.

The following are examples of last minute travel bargains to suit every budget and taste.

1) Borneo

Holidays in Borneo can be surprisingly good value for money, and Southeast Asia as a whole is growing in popularity as a destination.

A study conducted by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) shows that the popularity of Southeast Asia as an overseas tourism destination has grown continuously throughout 2009 and 2010. Should you take the plunge and book a last minute break to Borneo you are sure to discover why.

A diverse country of lush forests, misty mountains, stunning beaches and secluded islands, Borneo is a nature lover’s paradise. With internal flights offering excellent value for money, it is a place that is inexpensive and easy to get around. This means that you get to see the best that this beautiful country has to offer in one trip.

2) Thailand

Another Southeast Asian destination that offers excellent value for money is Thailand. Once you have organised your flight over there, accommodation is astonishingly cheap.

Thailand is another place that is easy to get around, meaning that you get to see more for your money. It is perfectly possible to spend a few days enjoying the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, followed by a spell exploring the temples of Chang Mai, and rounded off perfectly with a beach break on one of the Thai islands.

Koi Samui is one of the most beautiful of all the Thai islands and offers Thailand’s trademark white sandy beaches and warm waters. Chaweng, Bophut and Big Buddha are all popular beaches perfect for relaxing on with a drink in hand.

3) Iceland

Iceland is a place that is currently picking itself up and dusting itself off after the collapse of its currency, the Kronur. Once a prohibitively expensive place to visit, Iceland is now much better value for money.

A welcome change from the typical beach holiday, Iceland is a magical and mysterious place. Wallowing in a steaming lagoon, taking in ice caps and volcanoes, and even possibly seeing in the Northern Lights, are all memories that can be made in Iceland.

Reykjavic is Iceland’s capital city and is a charming place to spend a few days. With a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains, this modern city with an olde-worlde spirit is a cold but warming city.

4) Bulgaria

Cheap flights are readily available to this eastern European destination, and it is a country that shouldn’t be overlooked. Boasting beautiful beaches along its Black Sea Coast, a trip to Bulgaria is an interesting mix of beach holiday and culture.

The city of Sofia is somewhat surprisingly cosmopolitan and has some beautiful city parks just waiting to be explored.

All in all, Bulgaria may surprise you with what it can offer for your money.

5) London

Fair enough, London is hardly an exotic destination; however, if you only have a weekend to spare, it has a lot to offer in terms of a last minute mini-break. The UK recession has hit the capital hard, and hotel and restaurant prices are cheaper than they were a few years ago.

Even many high-end London hotels are slashing their rates to keep business booming, making a luxurious last minute stay a possibility.

Deals can also be had on London attractions such as West End theatre tickets, and don’t forget that many of London’s best attractions are absolutely free.

For example, the amazing Science Museum and the iconic British Museum are both free to enter, as are all museums and galleries to be found in the capital.

When you imagine how much art and culture you could enjoy during a trip to London, the destination seems like excellent value for money.

Wherever you choose to take your last minute bargain holiday, you’re sure to have an even sweeter experience with the knowledge that you got it at the lowest possible price.

Ways to lower the cost of your trip even more are to shop around, be flexible on flight dates, times and destinations, and consider using some of the lesser known areas or resorts as a base. That way you’ll get more holiday for your money, and maybe even have some cash left to spend on a London mini-break when you get back home.

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