4 of the best UK destinations for nature lovers

For many, holidays conjure up images of jetting off into the sunshine and sipping on a cocktail beside the pool, so it may surprise you to learn that an estimated 41.7 million tourists visited the UK in 2018. There is clearly plenty to love about the UK, so why not consider a ‘staycation’ for your next break? With a coastline stretching over 7,000 miles and 15 national parks covering nearly 9,000 square miles, the UK is the perfect place to get closer to nature and discover an abundance of wildlife.

Anglesey
The isle of Anglesey is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Accessible via the Menai Suspension Bridge, off the coast of mainland Wales, this island is known for its beaches. In fact, in 1966, the entire coastline of Anglesey was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protecting its varied landscape and habitats from inappropriate development. You can actually walk along the coastal path, taking in limestone escarpments and sand dunes on the south coast, with dramatic sea cliffs in the north. From Anglesey, you can also take a boat trip to the uninhabited Puffin Island, a special protection area for wildlife.

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The Lake District
Home to vast lakes and magnificent mountains, the Lake District in the northwest of England is certainly deserving of its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of the sixteen lakes that make up the Lake District, the largest, Windermere, holds an astonishing 300 billion litres of water! The landscape here varies greatly with the seasons but, regardless of when you choose to visit, you will marvel at the natural beauty the Lake District has to offer. Cosy up in a lakeside café and sip on a hot chocolate as you peer through the mist towards the snow-capped mountains on a winter’s day. Visit in summer and enjoy a lake cruise as the sun glistens on the waters below.

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Jurassic Coast

With rocks that record 185 million years of the Earth’s history, this 96 mile stretch of coast from Exmouth to Dorset feels like a walk through time. The fossils and layers of sedimentary rock here can tell us a lot about prehistoric life and how the landscape was formed over time. As a result, this spectacular coastline became a World Heritage Site in 2001. There are plenty of things to do here, from coastal walks and fossil collecting to visiting the museums that delve into our natural history.

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Snowdonia

This mountain range in the north of Wales offers breathtakingly stunning views of the open landscapes and valleys below. Whether you choose to climb to the summit of Snowdon at 3060 feet or take a more relaxing journey on-board the mountain railway, you will certainly be in for a treat. Mountains are not the only feature here; Snowdonia is also home to an abundance of Lakes. The largest, Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), also has its own railway allowing you to take in its natural beauty at ease.

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Written by Clayton Miller

Europe’s best destinations for thrill-seeking travelers

Adventure holidays are becoming more and more popular but often can be a case of doing the same thing just in a different location. Europe has many thrilling destinations that are just waiting to be discovered and explored, with a variety of things to do to keep the adrenaline pumping. These are some of the best destinations in Europe for a thrill-seeking adventurer to visit.

Lagos – Portugal

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Kayaking is often a go-to for many thrill-seekers, and in Lagos, Portugal, those searching for that thrill won’t be left disappointed. Visitors to Lagos can expect to try blokarting (sailing on land), 4×4 safaris, sea kayaking and even rock climbing. Many of these activities are readily available and are no further than a short trip away, about an hour, for those staying in Lagos. All of that plus it is considered to be one of the best party locations in Europe (and the world). There really is something for everyone here.

Dog Sledding in Sweden

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For something a little different, you could try dog sledding in Sweden. While you may not be too familiar with making a pack of dogs pull you around a snowy landscape, you don’t have to be an expert to take up this activity. You’ll need to make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing though as you are likely to get very cold otherwise. Although you’ll have a guide to help you, it will feel like it is just you and the dogs after a while. Soon you’ll be navigating your way through tricky routes watching the snowy landscape whirring by. Then you’ll have a break and get to chill with the dogs for a bit, what could be better?

Be at one with the ice – Iceland

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Here you can climb beautifully blue ice structures as well as taking a jeep out at night to try and capture the natural phenomenon that is the northern lights. Iceland has lots to offer those who travel there, and you won’t be surprised to know there is an abundance of ice there. It is also the setting of many scenes in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, so fans of the show can transport themselves beyond the wall and into the Wildling’s country.  

Diving in Scotland

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Near the islands off the coast of mainland Scotland are some hidden treasures under the water. Heading to the Orkney Islands with your diving gear will bring history to life as there are some sunken warships ready for exploration should you have the diving skill. In fairness, they are just ten meters below the surface so many divers will have the capabilities of entering these abandoned ships. They were sunk to protect the services of the British Navy by blocking access to their would-be attackers. Visit the shores of Scotland if you’d like to throw in a bit of history with your adventure.

Zipwire in Italy

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Head to 2019’s European Capital of Culture and zip wire across its skyline. A zip wire that is almost a mile long connects two villages from high above in this mountainous region of Basilicata. Dubbed the “Flight of the Angel,” this will be the highlight of your adventure holiday in the mountains of Italy’s south. Rides along the zip wire will only set you back around €30, so it is well worth the entry fee. You can take a trek up into the mountains afterward and visit the rock churches that are carved into the rock face of the mountain.

Those were some of the best adventure destinations for those seeking a thrill in Europe. Hopefully, you’ve added one or two destinations to your list. Let us know in the comments your experiences of these places or any places you think we missed out.


This post was a guest post written by Jack Flynn – an avid traveller originally from London, but now spending time travelling in Europe and beyond. Currently situated in Spain, he writes for a few travel blogs whilst seeing the world of his own accord.

Things to remember when travelling abroad

Things to remember when travelling abroad

We Brits love to travel abroad. The Telegraph states on its travel section that the “British passion for travel is the biggest in twenty years.” But lets face it, while travelling is fun and exciting, it is also stressful. So to help you fellow travellers along the way, we have compiled some top tips for going abroad.

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The first hurdle of going on holiday is packing. It sounds simple you just put what you need for the duration of your trip in your suitcase or rucksack and off you go. Yet most people end up either not packing the right things or over packing and lugging extra weight around. Skyscanner came up with a top ten list of what not to pack on one of its travel posts. The article covered things such as packing clothes that aren’t appropriate for the country’s climate you’re travelling to and taking with you tech gadgets you don’t need.

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The next step is to plan your journey. Spontaneity is great and leads to exciting new adventures but it is always best to have an idea of what you are going to do in the upcoming days otherwise the holiday can become expensive. Reader’s Digest detail some of the most common mistakes such as losing passports, not buying a service plan for mobile phones, forgetting to call your credit card company and failing to get medical insurance.

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Many hours and opportunities can be wasted while you decide with your friends or family what you are going to do. Planning can also make sure that everybody gets to do something they want. Remember everybody has a different idea of what they would like to do on holiday, so be sure to consult your travel partners so that everyone feels involved.

One part of the journey travellers don’t think about but can end up being the most stressful is getting to the airport. There are many tips for making the process of getting onto your plane easier and stress free. Airport parking is often one of those services that can be forgotten, which can cost people more money than it should. Nowadays, all leading airports across the world have a variety of parking options available. For instance, at London’s famous Gatwick Airport, Parking4Less states that there are four options available to people, which are categorised as long and short stay, on-airport hotel and summer special car parking. Options like short stay give people a cheaper form of parking if they are only leaving their vehicle for a couple of days. Such provisions, if booked in advance, can save people a significant amount of money in the long run.

However, if you do leave your car at the airport or at a hotel, it’s also important you’re careful what you leave in it, and if it is visible to others. The worst thing you can do is to leave things so that passers by can see them – try to leave all your belongings out of sight or in the hotel.

While travelling USA Today recommends putting your money in different places so that you minimise the risk of losing it all.

Travelling abroad is one of the best ways to spend your time. With a little bit of planning and preparation your trip can be trouble and stress free.

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