Where To Next For Your Big Travel Adventure?

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Where to next for your big travel adventure?

Sure, you could visit places closer to home (and as you can see in the linked article, there are reasons as to why you should), but with a whole world to explore, you might want to experience something that pushes you way outside of your usual travel and comfort zone.

But where should you go? Well, that kind of depends on you.

If you’re looking for thrill-seeking experiences alongside other tourists, you could ride across the sand dunes of the Sahara desert on a camel on an Egyptian holiday. You could go sandboarding down the dunes too, make like Lara Croft and explore the region’s ancient Pharaonic tombs, and dive into the Red Sea to explore the underwater kingdoms beneath. 

And talking of diving, how about exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and making friends with the fishies in this famous place of natural wonder. As part of your Australian adventure, you could also learn to surf on Bondi Beach, backpack in the Outback, and go white water rafting on the Tully River. 

Or what about a visit to Africa? You could go gorilla-trekking across the Ugandan mountains, explore the Serengeti, and have many more wildlife adventures with these Safari tour packages with On The Go Tours. You could also cage-dive with Great White Sharks in Cape Town, go horseback riding across the Kenyan plains, or bungee jump down the world’s largest waterfall at Victoria Falls.

If you’re looking for adventures off the beaten track, then visit those destinations that aren’t usually highly populated with tourists. 

The Central American nation of El Salvador is safer than many people think and has black-sandy beaches to explore, deep forests to get lost in (not in the literal sense – join a tour), and surfing opportunities aplenty on the Caribbean coastline. You can even go scuba diving in a live volcano! 

And what about a visit to Albania? Known as Europe’s best-kept secret, this is one part of the world where you won’t be burdened with crowds of tourists and camera-happy holidaymakers. Go wildlife spotting in the region’s national parks, explore crumbling ruins, hike up some of the most majestic mountains in the world, and forsake the hotels for a daring bit of beach camping. There is much to see and do in Albania, and because it’s under the radar, you will have plenty of  time for peace and quiet while doing it. 

Or if you’re looking for something otherworldly, why not visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital. Here you can visit Vlad Castle, the supposed home of Count Dracula in the centre of the city. You could take a walk to the mysterious Witches Pond that is located in the often mist-enshrouded Boldu-Creţeasca forest. And there are many more unusual things to do in Bucharest, which are far removed from the experiences you might get on your usual travel adventure. 

So, where to next for your big travel adventure? The world is just begging to be explored, whether you travel alone or with others, so consider our suggestions, or let us know about those places that you think our readers need to be put on their radar. 

Wherever you go, we hope you have a fantastic and enriching time!

Why You Should Book Your Next Holiday In The UK

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For many of us, a holiday involves jetting off abroad. However, you needn’t have to leave the UK to enjoy a relaxing getaway. While hot weather is rarely guaranteed, the UK has lots of other attractions going for it to make up for this. Here are just a few reasons to plan a staycation in Britain next time you need a break.

Brilliant beaches

The UK has a great selection of beaches. While the weather may not always make them suitable for sunbathers, many of them are still very scenic and worth visiting. Visit any coastal town and you’ll also find plenty of other attractions from fun fairs to surf schools to fishing tours to award-winning seafood restaurants. Booking a hotel on the seafront could be a great way to fully enjoy a holiday by the beach. Some of the most popular coastal getaways include Bournemouth, Brighton, Newquay and Blackpool.

Rich history

We’re also blessed with a rich history in the UK. From ancient sites like Stonehenge to modern cultural heritage such as The Beatles, our history attracts tourists from around the world. There are castles and cathedrals all across the country – all with their own stories and unique features. The UK also has some globally renowned museums such as The British Museum and the Imperial War Museum containing further remnants of history. Some of the greatest cities for exploring the UK’s history include London, Edinburgh, York, Bath, Stirling and Canterbury.

Natural wonders

Many of us also overlook the natural wonders that can be found across the UK. In England, there’s the stunning Peak District and Lake District. In Scotland, there are the many lochs, the rugged isles such as Skye and mighty mountains such as Ben Nevis. In Wales, there’s the craggy mountains of Snowdonia and the waterfalls of Brecon Beacons. Head over to Northern Ireland and you’ve also got Giant’s Causeway and the Glens of Antrim. There’s also plenty of incredible wildlife out there to accompany this stunning scenery. Seals can be found around much of the coast, wild ponies and cattle can be found in many of the national parks and eagles are commonly sighted in Scotland.

It’s cheap

When taking a holiday in the UK, you don’t have to book an expensive flight. You can drive to most places in the UK for cheap or take a coach. You also don’t have to worry about the cost of visas, currency exchange fees and other costs of going abroad. Certain cities like London can be notoriously pricey, but most of the UK can be fairly affordable when it comes to accommodation and food and drink. If you’re eager to get away but on a tight budget, a UK holiday could be just what you need. 

How to Spend the Day Like a Londoner

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London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. This is where culture flourishes in museums, galleries and theatres, where black cabs and red double-decker buses sit in gridlock and where Bridget Jones made her legendary blue string soup. It’s a city that has been written about through the ages and which consistently exceeds expectations. 

But, while you might be drawn to the tourist spots and photo ops, there’s a good argument for avoiding these places entirely. Yes, the Tower of London has historic merit and Buckingham Palace deserves a mention too, but to really experience London, you have to live like a Londoner.

So, you’ve got a day – what should you do?

Check Out the Food

If you come to London and wonder where to eat in Waterloo, you are probably already onto a good thing. But don’t forget just how many districts there are in London and that each has its own flavour and style. 

Notting Hill is ideal for international flavours and spice, Camden Town is probably the best place in the world for fish and chips and Spitalfields is practically overflowing with food trucks. Indeed, there are so many different areas offering so many different foods and styles, you could easily spend a month just going from meal to meal.

Explore the Markets

London markets are some of the best in the world and there are all kinds of crafts and foods on offer as well as fashion, antiques and everything in between. Though tourists definitely support the markets, many Londoners make the most of what’s on offer and, despite the lure of the supermarket, many do their shopping here.

Brixton Village and Market Row represent one of the most culturally diverse areas of London and the stalls certainly show it, with a wide range of things on offer. Brick Lane is another must-see and is popular with Londoners for its unpredictability. The market changes with every opening and offers everything from household wares to bargain veggies.

Visiting the markets does require a bit of research. They aren’t on every day of the week and their closing times may vary.  However, time your visit right and who knows what you might discover?

Live the Lifestyle

London is not like the rest of the UK, or indeed, England. People here have their own code and if you want to fit in, you’ll have to learn fast! A Londoner always stands on the right, walks on the left and won’t make eye contact, let alone conversation, on public transport. The only exception is to comment on the weather! 

Since contactless arrived, cash is a thing of the past in this city along with tube and bus tickets so don’t be weird – tap and go. However, what you really need to know is that no self-respecting Londoner would take transport where walking is possible. 

One last thing: Londoners live in tiny houses and apartments so they make the most of what’s on their doorstep. The British pub is at its finest in London but parks and all other free activities are fully embraced here too. 

Self-Improvement: 4 Pillars To Better Yourself

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Self-development a fantastic skill. It gives us the ability to be kind to others, chase our dreams, but also help us improve our knowledge. When it comes to bettering yourself, only you know the true answer as to what you want to achieve. But when you are stuck for the methods to get to the endpoint, what do you need to do?

Start To Absorb The World

It’s not just about books. When you are looking for ways to absorb culture, the best way to do it is to get out there into the big wide world. There are plenty of trips for school students that take them beyond the school environment. Take inspiration from this, and think about what you need to do in order to get out there. If you’re trying to learn a language, the best way to do it is to immerse yourself in the culture. Of course, there are fantastic apps that you can take advantage of to learn a language, but if you don’t spend enough time absorbing yourself in the culture, learning a new language will take a lot longer.

Relaxing Your Mind And Body

To become a better version of yourself, you’ve got to look at the vessel in which you inhabit. Relaxing is a tool that benefits you in every area of your life. Learning how to relax isn’t just about getting a good night’s sleep, it is about things like mindfulness, the right morning routine, and hitting the gym to ensure that you are achieving your optimum potential. Sometimes we have to look inwards in order to progress further out. And once we start to strip away the detritus of modern living, and realise that we sweat the small stuff, we can build up the version of ourselves we want to see.

Look For The Purpose In What You Do

We are continually distracted by social media, and numerous tools in modern life. If we find ourselves distracted, does this mean that we lose focus on what we really want to achieve? Look for the purpose in what you do. It doesn’t have to be anything life-changing. A lot of people may think that they have to achieve a higher purpose in life when, in fact, everything they have is right in front of them. Sometimes we end up thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, and this is a cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason. When you look for the purpose of what you do in life, this creates that meaning, and you begin to inhabit your body and mind better. That means that you are running at your optimum, and being the best version of yourself.

Learn To Forgive

We can hold on to a lot of bile. This can eat away at us and can make it hold onto things that aren’t good for us. When you learn the act of forgiveness, not just for yourself but for others as well, you automatically start to see the positives. It may be overstated but having a positive mindset is crucial to being a better version of you. Whether you want to learn more things, calm down, or figure out your purpose, being a better version of yourself is a lot to do with these four pillars.

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying A New Car

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases that you’re ever going to make, aside from buying a house, so you can’t rush into it. If you make some bad choices, you’ll end up paying over the odds for a car that doesn’t suit your needs or you’ll be back and forth to the mechanic paying for expensive repairs all the time. There are a couple of things that people tend to get wrong when buying a car and they end up paying the price for it. If you are buying a new car soon, make sure that you avoid these mistakes.

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Not Using Financing Options 

When you buy a new car, you have two options. You can pay for the whole cost upfront or you can use financing options and pay monthly. If you go for the first option, you’ll be limited because you won’t be able to come up with a big lump sum. That means that people usually end up with a bad car because it’s all they could afford. But if you use financing options, you can get something reliable like a Jaguar F-Pace for around £399 a month. If you spread the cost out using a financing option, you’ll get a far more reliable car that will last you, and you won’t have to make any compromises. 

Not Looking At The Insurance 

Your insurance is one of the biggest car costs that you have to pay, and it depends on the car. If you go for something fast and powerful, you’ll pay a lot more in insurance. One of the best ways to cut your car costs is to find something that is cheap to insure, but a lot of people don’t consider that. Before you buy a car, always get some insurance quotes on it first to make sure that you can actually afford it. 

Skipping The Test Drive 

The test drive is an important part of the car buying process, so you can’t skip it. You need to test drive it to get a feel for the car and see whether you like driving it or not. It’s also a good chance to see if there are any obvious problems with it. If the car dealership doesn’t want you to take a test drive, that’s not a good sign and you shouldn’t buy the car.

Buying Unnecessary Extras 

When you buy a car, the salespeople will do everything they can to make you spend more money. They’ll offer you so many extras, but most of them are unnecessary and you’re just wasting money. Things like rustproofing, for example, are not needed because car bodies are already treated to protect them against rust. The salespeople can be quite convincing but it’s important that you say no to all of these added extras and check the bill at the end before you pay to make sure that you’re not being charged for anything that you don’t want. 

You need to avoid these common mistakes when buying a car, otherwise, you’ll end up paying a lot more than you planned to.