“Stop!” he yelled at me from across the courtyard. “Yes, you!”
“Show me your student card! How did you get in here? The school is closed today. You’re not supposed to be here!”
The ironic thing was he actually looked like Vernon Dursley and was about to have a palpation that I had snuck past the guards.
The many colleges of Oxford University were closed for orientation day, and tourists were being turned away as students passed through the gates. Though I hadn’t traveled from Australia to see my Harry Potter trail go cold, and as an 20 year old employing the idea that if I didn’t look suspicious, they wouldn’t have reason to stop me, I walked myself straight through the gates.
With four major islands and over 50 smaller (mostly uninhabited) islands, The British Virgin Islands are a treasure trove of places to sightsee, snorkel, and sail. With so many options, it can be difficult for travelers to pinpoint the best places that the islands have to offer.
Whether you are on a BVI yacht charter or a bareboat charter, here are some of the most spectacular spots to drop anchor.
London is always abuzz with things to do, and come rain or shine, nothing dampens the spirits of this incredible city. Especially in April.
“The city finally sees some warm weather, meaning that outdoor London comes alive and some brave souls take on the London Marathon. If that all sounds far too energetic, just become an enthusiastic spectator and get stuck into some chocolate Easter eggs and the first bank holiday weekend of the year.”
Unlike Paris, for most, a night dining in London doesn’t come with a language barrier. Yet that doesn’t make eating out in London any easier. True, there aren’t too many customs and you’ll be able to order simply enough, so why then is an evening in London so daunting?
Well, you see, London is a huge metropolitan city that is saturated with wonderful and intriguing restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. On one side of the street you might see an American-style diner serving Man vs Food style burgers, yet on the other you’ll find a Michelin star restaurant where food is art – literally.
Although London might not have the same overwhelming foodie identity as cities like Paris, it’s a city where nothing is off limits, where the street food is just as amazing as a restaurant experience and where the world is your oyster with such a grand selection of culinary delights.
Wales is a destination with so much to offer in terms of activities, history, railways and beaches. Every corner has something interesting to discover, though there is something about the countryside which is particularly beautiful.
This is our ultimate travel guide to Wales, a list which incorporates the most beautiful parts of the country; everything you shouldn’t miss.
Business or leisure? Why not both? For those lucky enough to travel for business, we suggests turning business trips into mini vacations, or what some call “bleisure” trips.
The cities below are known for their economic prowess as well as their entertainment dexterity, making them perfect for bleisure. With stunning skylines, rich cultural sites, wilderness centers and upbeat night scenes, these cities are the ideal places to blend business with more than just a dash of pleasure.
When planning a beach vacation, most travelers probably don’t have the UK at the top of their list. And I get it – the water’s cold, and it rains a lot, though during summer the sun does shine, and for those few months out of the year Britain is blessed with perfect weather for the beach.
The UK boasts an incredible coastline with hundreds of stunning beaches to explore, especially when you get to the rugged southwestern tip. Here on this peninsula, Cornwall is home to picturesque harbour villages, soaring white cliffs, and ‘swathes of golden sands that look like something straight from the Med’.
Whether golden or pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty, there are over 300 beaches to discover in Cornwall. The following are some of our favorite picks.
It was a seemingly endless campaign that was at times very aggressive and bad tempered. Accusations flew between the two sides, there was even a battle of flotillas outside the Houses of Parliament. And, eventually, the unthinkable did happen against all the odds and the UK voted to leave the EU.
In the aftermath of this seismic shift there’s a great deal to be resolved, not least when the country will actually have to leave the EU. Some effects have already been felt although whether these are just temporary blips is a matter of debate. What is more certain is that once the split has occurred there will be many areas of life that will be affected.
A key one will be travel within the EU and there have been certain predictions about precisely how it could be affected.
One of the world’s most dazzling natural phenomenons, few travel experiences can top witnessing the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, this is mother nature’s most impressive light show, and something almost every traveler has at the top of their bucketlist.
Though you may not have to travel as remotely as you think in order to catch a glimpse. While most of the following destinations are close to the Arctic, you can often expect sightings as far south as the United Kingdom, or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, catch the equally as impressive Southern Lights in Australia instead.
It’s important to note that there is no exact science to seeing the Northern Lights, and that there’s never any guarantee. Though from the northernmost fjords of Norway to the snow-enveloped wilderness of Alaska, here are some of your best bets.
For those who love to shop, this can be as much an international sport as any you will find in the program at the next Olympic Games.
It’s the thrill of haggling in international markets, the strained faces of people fighting for items in a mall, and the stamina to get up at ungodly hours for a city’s sample sale stampedes. It’s the bragging rights in finding a souvenir or luxury item for so little that you’re the envy of your friends and family on returning home. For some, just the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product.
Yes, shopping is a sport. And some cities offer shoppers a variety of options. So, where are the top shopping destinations around the globe?
The following destinations are some of the most fashion-frenzy, shopping capitols of the world. And, if getting paid to shop for people while you’re overseas sounds like the dream, you should set up a free account on Grabr; a peer-to-peer delivery service where travelers get paid to shop for people and bring home hard-to-find items for a sweet delivery fee. Your travels take you to distant places…why not make some extra money shopping for people while you’re there?!
Let’s face it. London can be an expensive city to tour. Sure, there are plenty of free things to do once you arrive, but when you start adding up hotels, restaurants and shows, you may realize that a visit here can very quickly leave your bank account in a sorry state.
For those of us that live here, we cope by scouring the web for deals, hunting down the best cheap eats, and visiting the city’s free museums way too many times.
You’ve travelled the globe, stared in awe at the Grand Canyon and trekked up the Spanish Steps – but there’s one city that means more to you than any grand monument.
It’s London, the British capital with a thousand things to do. The cultural heartland of the UK, this gargantuan, bustling city is jam-packed with a seemingly endless array of hotspots, whether you want a major tourist landmark, an underground cinema or a fantastic meal.
To help you find the hippest haunts, we’ve trawled London’s streets and found some amazing locations. So, in association with Stansted’s airport meet and greet, read on to find a few magical places in this teeming city.
When you are visiting London in England, it’s easy to fall into the obvious tourist trap of ticking off the usual top sights. You will know the ones I mean – Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Wembley Stadium, the London Eye, etc.
However, London is a massive city and the lists of things to see and do are endless. I spent a year working in London and still only scratch the surface with it on my visits back.
With Christmas fast approaching, over the coming few weeks there are numerous markets and events taking place across South Devon, making this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the perfect holiday destination for a last minute Christmas shopping break!
Planning a getaway with friends or your loved one over the coming weeks? Here are just some of the best Christmas markets in the area that are well worth visiting this December.
Since first opening 15 years ago in 2000, the London Eye has become one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, and it’s now hard to imagine South Bank without it. As the UK’s number one paid for visitor attraction, each one of its 32 capsules offers unrivalled 360 degree views over London and is now one of the most identifiable features of the capital’s skyline.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the London Eye, here are 15 things about her you probably didn’t know!
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, though visitors generally worry that the city is an expensive destination to see. But don’t let people put you off with tales of how expensive London can be – should you choose your attractions wisely, there is an incredible amount to do throughout the city without spending any money.
Breathe in the fresh river air while walking along the Thames, wait to watch Tower Bridge open and close, enjoy galleries featuring some of history’s best art, and marvel in the architecture of palaces and parliament buildings from the outside.
The reality is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy London for free. Here are just 7 fabulous ideas to start with.
One of the most well known ancient attractions on earth – Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day.
The pre-historic monument is a stone circle made of massive standing stones, built somewhere between 3000 and 1600BC. In the middle ages, they thought it was built by magic, though it has been estimated that the construction of Stonehenge required more than thirty million hours of labor.
One of the premiere tourist attractions within the UK, Cornwall attracts a wealth of Brits and international visitors alike. A charming county with a slow paced lifestyle and laid back atmosphere, tourists flock here to relax, to soak up the sun (it has the most in Britain!), and to enjoy and explore some of the UK’s finest natural attractions and outdoor activity scenes.
Cornwall combines beautiful surf spots, gorgeous gardens, cliff top walks and beautiful weather. It offers visitors the chance to take a stroll along the beach, indulge in a bit of wave watching, and then head back to a tradition pub to enjoy a pint with friends beside a glowing log fire.
Though this Cornwall is highly publicized, and these attractions and draws are very well known. So to add, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Cornwall.