Top Five Places to Visit in The UK

by Julie on March 24, 2017

This infographic will walk you through the top 5 places to visit in the UK. This graphic includes places such as Lake District, Blackpool and Cornwall. A great way of getting to these destinations is to hire a coach, you can hire these at Mayday Travel. Please see the graphic for even more places that you can visit in the UK.

 

 

 

 

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Contrary to popular belief, taking the ferry over to France doesn’t limit you to a handful of familiar destinations. Comfortable and convenient, ferries to France these days can provide access to some of the most enjoyable corners of the entire continent. Simply load up the car with all you’ll need and set sail for adventure – a rewarding holiday the whole family will love.

But assuming you only have limited time to spare, which towns and cities within easy reach of local ferry ports should you focus your attention on?

1. Nantes 

One of the most important cultural and historical cities in all of Brittany, Nantes is known for its vibrancy and as an important home for creative arts. It’s the kind of city that is inspiring simply to walk around, with one-of-a-kind attractions at every turn like the world-famous Elephant. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a culture vulture, Nantes never fails to feed the imagination. Speaking of which, the local dining scene is as good as anywhere in France.

 

2. Brittany

When choosing French regions to explore, there are few more enjoyable than Brittany. This is a region built from the ground up for explorers – a rich tapestry of countryside, medieval towns, dramatic coastline and beautiful beaches. It is a region of tradition with a culture all of its own, not to mention the kind of local cuisine you’ll want to make the most of. Brittany is famed for serving up creative crêpes, superb cider and so much more.

 

3. Normandy 

The dramatic history of Normandy over the centuries have resulted in the region as a whole being one of the most historically important in the world. Highlights include Mont St-Michel, the site of the D-Day landings of 1944 and some of the best museums and architectural sites to be found anywhere in France. After working up an appetite exploring the history of Normandy, just a few of the local highlights on the menu include quality seafood, dishes rich in cream and some of the best camembert in the country.

 

4. St Malo

The walled city of St Malo can be explored and enjoyed with even just a short amount of time to spare. If you do happen to find yourself in town with limited time available, highlights include the Chateau de St Malo which contains the town museum, the local beaches with an array of tidal islands, countless galleries and a vibrant day and night café culture.

 

5. Cherbourg

Over in Cherbourg, you’ll find a historically important port town that has been a seafaring centre for France for many centuries. There is an excellent Titanic exhibition to check out, not to mention the opportunity to stroll around the largest submarine in the world that is open to the general public. Cherbourg also has a global reputation as home to some of the best restaurants in France. Be sure not to leave without trying local specialities like mussels, artisan cheeses and regional wines.

 

6. Caen

The university town of Caen has a dynamic atmosphere, with a comparatively young local population and a cosmopolitan vibe. Caen has its own historic importance, but today it is more about boutique shopping experiences, upmarket eateries and energetic nightspots. Should you only have time to sample one or two delicacies while you are here, veal and pre-salé lamb, reared on the salt marshes of the Mont St Michel area are local specialities.

 

7. Le Havre

Approximately 98% of Le Havre in its entirety was destroyed during the Second World War, but the way the region has redeveloped itself in the decades since is impressive. With much of the renovation process having been overseen by the noted architect August Perret, many of the designs to be found across the city contributed to Le Havre becoming a World Heritage site recognised by UNESCO. There is nowhere else that looks and feels quite like Le Havre. The added bonus being that there is also a 2km stretch of pebbles and sand to explore, meaning the very best of beach life and all the water-sports you could ever wish for on your doorstep.

 

8. Roscoff

The fishing village of Roscoff seems to have been frozen in time for a number of centuries, while at the same time escaping the often-harmful influences of mass tourism.  There are still so many 16th century buildings lining the cobbled streets, building a quiet and wholly undiscovered ambience. There are plenty of museums, galleries and important buildings to check out, but the real joy comes in simply wandering around the historic heart Roscoff with no specific destination. The food and drink served up by the locals is also second to none.

 

9. Rennes

Rennes is situated just a couple of hours by car away from the port of Roscoff and is worth a visit, even if you only have a short time available. It is home to one of the largest and most animated markets in France, along with a great local dining scene to dive into. Plenty of history and culture perfectly balanced with luxury retail therapy and some of France’s very finest food.

 

10. Paris

Last but not least, it’s worth bearing in mind that from both Caen and Le Havre, you are never more than around two hours and 45 minutes from the very heart of Paris. While it may not necessarily have the quaint charm and character of some of the towns and cities mentioned here, you cannot visit France without taking in one of the world’s most iconic cities. Travelling by car, you will have each and every district of this sprawling capital city open for exploration and discovery.

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Visit Keswick for Your Next Adventure

by Julie on March 15, 2017

The Lake District is renowned for its beautiful landscape and stunning towns, and sometimes it can be quite difficult to know where to choose for your next trip! With so many destinations in one area, it’s safe to say that you’re spoilt for choice. However, Lake District Hotels are on hand to offer some advice on the area.

The town of Keswick, in the north of the Lake District, is one destination that is packed with great attractions and well known museums. With only a small population, Keswick is a friendly market town with a history that goes back hundreds of years. With beautiful sights and a number of activities to choose from, Keswick is a great destination whether you’re going for a day trip or a weekend.

Surrounded by dramatic mountains including Skiddaw and Blencathra, this interesting place is a great choice for your next adventure. So, if you’re thinking about spending a short break in Keswick this year, let Lake District Hotels help you to plan it.

Here are just some of the things you can do in Keswick and its nearby areas!

 

Explore The Walking Trails

The Lake District is probably most known for its various walking and hiking paths. Attracting people from all over the world, the walking trails in this area of the country allow you to take in nature at its best. Coupled with some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains, prepare to be in awe. As Keswick sits on the edge of Derwentwater, the lake itself provides a stunning walking route.

However, there are many other walking trails, designed for all abilities. If you’re feeling brave, you can reach the top of Skiddaw or Scafell Pike and enjoy the spectacular views in a peaceful setting. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the active type; some of the walks can be done leisurely while you take in the scenery.

The lakes offer a mesmerising experience; bodies of water such as Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake and Thirlmere are all nearby and provide a beautiful backdrop for a day out.

Go Sight-Seeing

As well as the lakes and mountains, Keswick has so many different things to offer; making it the perfect destination to please everyone! Home to one of the most dramatic monuments, Castlerigg Stone Circle, you won’t be short of things to do in Keswick. This particular stone circle is one of the earliest in Britain, having appeared around 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.

 Keswick Museum is one of the most impressive sights in this market town. With exhibitions that change regularly, it’s the perfect environment for a day of soaking up some culture.

There is also a wildlife park, one of Keswick’s hidden gems. With a whole host of interesting animals, it’s perfect for a day out with the kids.

Get Involved In Sport

The Lake District is sometimes synonymous with watersports and being active. With so many lakes to choose from, there are some adventurous activities like rock climbing and kayaking to keep everyone busy. Along with the multiple walking routes, you have the chance to get out on the lake and spend a day learning a new skill!

Keswick is also home to an outdoor adventure centre that allows you to try your hand at different activities, including ziplining and abseiling! Planning your next trip will never have been so fun.

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There’s nothing quite like experiencing the freedom of the open sea. Sailing can be a great event for all, whether you’re a first-time sailor or for the more seasoned ocean-goer. Sailing trips can be romantic and relaxing, or adventurous and exciting, and whether it’s just you and your partner or a family trip, planning your next sailing adventure will go better if you take note of the tips below.

Getting the Right Boat

You could opt for a power catamaran or a sail multihull; the choice usually comes down to what you personally prefer. You may already have a preference from being a regular sailor. However, if you’re new to the scene, it’s important to do your research and consider what will work for you and the trips you plan to take. Think carefully about how long a trip you want to take and consider the load capacity you need; do you really need a lot of luggage? Small hulls travel faster and smoother, but unfortunately, this means less space for luggage.

Planning your Route

Sailing off the coast of Australia offers so many great routes. Sailing along the Queensland coastline means you can have a laid back, easy-going trip – perfect for those looking for a relaxed cruising experience and for those who are less experienced. The Queensland coast offers regular stop off points where you can anchor down in safety for the night. Once you have gained more experience and feel ready, you can take longer voyages out from the coast, anchoring in open water.

Planning a voyage toward the Indian Ocean offers some beautiful scenery and tremendous sailing routes. If you are considering sailing bound for the northern Indian Ocean, then you get a more flexible passage than other routes. Weather conditions are better in September with reliable winds and stops across the Coral Sea, including the Solomons and Papua New Guinea.

Time at Sea

Part of planning your perfect voyage is making a schedule. Plan how many days you are going to be at sea, and carefully plan your route. Remember though, weather conditions can change rapidly so you must be prepared to change route. Remember to pack enough food and drink for your journey, ensuring that you have enough for an extra day or two should a change of route happen. It might be tempting to pack your holiday essentials and leave it at that, but with ever-changing weather conditions, you’ll need to pack the correct clothing to keep you warm and dry should you hit a bad spell or stormy weather.

Keep Safe

Before you embark on your next sailing adventure you need to ensure that your boat and equipment is safe, plus making sure that your safety equipment is all in place and in full working order. Remember your key safety gear – life vests, flares, life raft and radios; as well as EPIRBS (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and check everything is working as it should. Check for medical supplies and make certain that your ‘grab bag’ is fully prepared and easily accessible. It’s also a good idea to regularly familiarise yourself and keep up to date with safety regulations.

Boat Crew

If sailing for pleasure, your crew is most likely your friends and family. Sailing is the perfect way to spend time together; enjoy the experience, see some new places and bond over shared memories. However, sailing comes with some hardships, so ensuring that your crew know their roles is imperative to ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure for everyone.

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Whether you’re thinking of having a lively and exciting holiday in 2017, or one that’s a little more luxurious and laid-back, Greece is the place to go. It’s a destination that caters for every ‘type’ of holiday you could ever want, and is suitable for any budget and every holidaymaker. But if you want a little more persuasion, here’s why you should make Greece your next stop in 2017…

 

The weather

Greece is located in the south-east of the Mediterranean, making it a popular destination with holidaymakers hoping to get a tan. Despite the fact 2016 was the one of the warmest years in Ireland since 1900, Greece knocks it out the park: the country enjoys lots of sunshine, and it rarely rains between April and September, making it the perfect place to catch some rays! Holiday to one of Greece’s smaller islands if you want to catch a sea breeze to cool you down while you’re basking in the sun.

 

The beaches

If an aquamarine coastline is the view you’re daydreaming of when you imagine going on holiday, Greece is the place for you. With miles and miles of coastline to explore, (Greece is a country made up of thousands of islands – though only 227 are inhabited) you won’t be short of a sandy beach to sink your toes into.

Some of the most popular beaches in Greece include Balos (in Crete), Sarakiniko (on Elafonisos Island), and Navagio (in Zakynthos). And, with so many islands, you’ll easily find the right ‘type’ of beach for you. Some beaches are popular with tourists and loaded with amenities, whereas others seem to be known only to locals – quiet, sun-soaked and peaceful. Greece’s beaches are known for being family friendly, and great for holidaying couples, groups and singles, so check them out.

 

The history

Another reason Greece is such a fabulous destination is the fact it’s a place with plenty of historical significance. Known as the birthplace of democracy or the ‘cradle of Western civilisation’, Greece boasts landmarks that will make you feel as though you’re time travelling. From the stadiums where Olympic athletes competed, to outdoor theatres and the Acropolis of Athens, history buffs will be spoilt for choice.

 

The low prices

Incredibly, Greece offers accommodation from as little as €6 a night, and flights from as low as €23! So, it’s the place to head to in 2017 if your budget is a little tight. Your budget might stretch the furthest in somewhere like Crete, whereas as luxurious holidays are to be had in Santorini. That said, there are holiday packages for every budget in Greece, so you can spend as much or as little as you want and still have a great holiday… the perfect reason to go to Greece.

 

The food

One of the best bits about going on holiday is the food, isn’t it? Well, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the dishes on offer in Greece. Greek feta cheese, olives, refreshing salads, souvlaki, taramasalata and moussaka are all must-tries, as is the fresh fish and meat, and honey with baklava. The Greeks are known for having one of the healthiest diets in the world, so head there if you want to make 2017 your year for trying new, healthier food.

 

So, why not consider making Greece your next stop in 2017? You won’t regret going!

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Travel Tips for Women on Business Travel

by Julie on March 10, 2017

As a hard working business woman you will be short of time on your business trips and we have some good tips for you to make life just a little bit easier when you are overseas. You should be concentrating on work and travel and you don’t need the added stress of forgetting some essential kit. When you’re out traveling, be it for vacation or for work, there are always certain items that you’re going to want to make sure that you keep with you, especially in the categories of style and hygiene, as these are often the most familiar and defining elements of your presentation of self. Add to the fact that many times these items are compact, then your concern at that point is just going to be that you remember to pack them!

Five items in particular that you should never travel without include your hair accessories, deodorant, perfume or cologne, toothpaste, and your jewelry. Missing any of these can result in unnecessary expenditure or even anxiety about not feeling up to your best in important meetings.

Hair Accessories

Regardless of age, gender, or industry, having good looking hair is nearly always a sign of success or a reflection of comfort in people. So, when traveling, make sure to pack your hair brushes or your favorite comb, so that you know at the very least you’ll have control over that aspect of your appearance. You may not be able to fit extra items like curlers, but a good brush is always a must.

Deodorant

Choosing a deodorant is a very personal experience for most people, and you don’t want to get caught out traveling and not have your favorite. One to thing to pay attention to, though, is that depending on your style and brand, you may not be able to carry more than a certain amount of it on airplanes, so be sure to figure out how to get a travel sized kit before taking off to the airport.

Perfume and Cologne

Another comfort agent during your travels is going to be how you smell via your perfume or cologne. This can be a confidence thing, or it can just be a way for your to psychologically indicate to yourself that you’re ready to head out and party! Regardless, make sure you have the right amount packed for your travels; usually, a tiny applicator container will be just fine so you don’t have to carry around whole bottles.

Toothpaste

Another thing you don’t want to be caught without if you’re out journeying is your toothpaste of choice. Waking up in the morning and having to use something unfamiliar, or a hotel version of toothpaste, can quickly put a damper on your mood or worse still if you don’t have any at all you will waste your precious time trying to purchase some!

Jewelry

Don’t be afraid to take your favorite jewelry on vacation. This is a great confidence boost before going out to places or meetings, and it will also look great in your travel pictures. Just be sure that if it’s expensive, you keep it secure, and you’ll appreciate having it with you during all of your trips.

 

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The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, is a cosmopolitan city with the Mediterranean roots and Roman remains. The city is dotted by some of the modernist and outstanding landmarks designed by the Antoni Gaudi. Apart from the Sagrada Familia Church, there are many other attractions which attract millions of tourists every year.

The top 6 tourist attractions which make Barcelona a travel worthy place are listed below:

  1. Sagrada Familia Church

Designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia Church, also known as Giant Basilica, is one of the most famous monuments in the city. What sets it apart from the other monuments is is extraordinarily incredible architecture and the fact that it is undergoing construction since 1882, and it may take another 30 – 80 years, depending on the funding and the resources for it to get finished.

  1. Las Ramblas Street

Las Ramblas Street, is popularly known as the most popular boulevard of Barcelona. Here, you can easily find some interesting shops, some amazing restaurants, beautiful buildings as well as some astounding performers.

  1. Magic Fountain of the Montjuic

Being a music, light and water extravaganza, the Magic Fountain of the Montjuic is one of the tourist attractions of the city which you cannot miss when in Barcelona. The night time performance of the fountain are breath taking, and make it one of the must visit places of Barcelona.

  1. La Pedrera

Another masterpiece designed by Antonio Gaudi, the La Pedrera was earlier famous by the name of “Casa Mila”. The literal meaning of the La Pedrera is “Quarry”, and this name ideally suits this marvellously constructed building. Gaudi’s role was quite instrumental in getting this beautiful building constructed and giving it its characteristic wavy brick structure. Its colourful tiles truly make it a masterpiece.

  1. Park Guell

A large park, the Park Guell is designed by Antoni Gaudi. The park is festooned by some of the astonishing stone structures, the house where the Gaudi lived and the ceramic tiles. You spend not to pay anything to enter the park.  This park is so vast that one can easily spend a couple of hours admiring the beauty of this park.

  1. Picasso Museum

The famous paintings of Picasso are arranged in this museum in a chronological order, and you will first see the paintings that he made in his early days, moving forward to his final works. This chronological arrangement of paintings gives the visitors a fascinating insight about the how the thinking and ideology of Picasso developed over time, and one would also know about how he gradually developed his distinctive style for which he is known today. The Picasso Museum is one of its kind of art galleries and thus, visiting it would be an inimitable experience.

These are some of the prominent tourist attractions of the city, but there are many other places which make Barcelona a city worth visiting. If you are visiting the Barcelona, and seeking the best airport transfer services, you can easily book for an airport taxi service online in advance to enjoy a hassle free transfer to your hotel.

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