5 Amazing Ways to Explore the UK

STAY IN BOUTIQUE HOTELS

Boutique hotels have become increasingly popular in the UK and offer distinctive stylish accommodations in stunning locations. Boutique hotels in the UK give you an opportunity to choose a room that suits your style and give you comfort away from home. They are refreshing and never get boring even for the frequent traveler, as no two rooms in a boutique hotel are the same. UK luxury hotels like these give you an experience beyond staying in an ordinary hotel room, from the décor to the food and drink; they help you break away from the mould and cater stylishly to the everyday living in a hotel.

TAKE A RAIL TOUR OF THE UK

If you are an independent traveller who finds self-drives too much, there is the alternative of train tours. The UK has an extensive far-reaching railway nationwide.  Railway travel enables you to explore amazing destinations all over the country. You can explore the capital cities of Great Britain, cruise through the quintessential English countryside of Cotswolds, the cobbled streets and impressive architecture of Oxford, the dramatic coastlines and winding valleys of Wales and the stunning Highlands of Scotland.

STAY IN UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION LIKE LOG CABINS

Travelling in the UK means enjoying every bit of your trip from sightseeing and activities right to the type of accommodation you choose. Get away from norm and choose something unique and extraordinary to make your UK holiday more memorable. There is something special about staying in a log cabin, the privacy, location and charm that is unrivalled by hotels. Log cabins give travelers an opportunity to explore the UK countryside and engage in fun activities such as fishing, cycling, sailing and enjoying serene atmosphere. Try it with loghouseholidays.co.uk

TRAVEL IN A CAMPERVAN FOR FLEXIBILITY AND COST CUTTING

The UK is diverse and is home to incredible historical treasures that will take you to a land far away such as in fairytale storybooks. A campervan holiday in the UK gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace; stopping over when you please, taking detours and enjoying free camping. A campervan is like your very own home away from home, only that it is mobile. Most campervans have fully equipped kitchens that make it possible to prepare your own meals and cut the cost of eating out. They also have berths where you can sleep for the night. Campervans have designated areas for parking all across the UK and the reliable road network makes it even easier to explore all the iconic regions of UK.

HIRE A WHERRY IN NORFOLK

Norfolk is in the east of UK and is an amazing flat land crisscrossed by rivers known as ‘broads’. It is one of the most significant wetlands of UK and is home to countless species of birds including warblers, kingfishers and grebes. To enjoy exploring this region, you can hire a traditional wherry to explore the windmills, the country churches and local pubs in an incredible way. It gives you fantastic views from different vantage points as you sail slowly through the wetlands.

Soaking Up the Best of the UK

B&B holiday

A bed and breakfast holiday is the best way to tour around the UK. If you are looking to explore the beauty of the southern coast, the lush countryside scenery, the buzz of the cities, and the culture found in the many museums without breaking the bank, this is the best way for you. There are plenty of high quality B&Bs scattered all across the UK. So whether you are touring Scotland staying in holiday cottages, taking a B&B break in Brighton, or visiting the beach in Cornwall, a B&B is a great way of staying mobile. Not only are you able to enjoy touring more, but it also presents you with a more personal experience as you interact with the locals for advice, directions, and pleasure.

Guided tour

Guided tours are really popular with a lot of people since they are a shortcut to fully opening up the area in new ways. Tour guides are able to create unique packages for you, depending on your interests. They also have a vast knowledge of local attractions, and are able to help you discover places that are not on the tour map. What’s more, in today’s creative industry, you can get a fun themed guided tour that even your kids will enjoy. You may settle for the traditional luxury bus or walking tours. Alternatively, you can go for a bike tour, food tour, art tour, castle tour, and even movie themed tours. A favorite tour method is to take a river tour, particularly if it is city.

Group trip with friends

Catching up with old friends can be spiced up by travelling together. Whether your friends have families, or it is simply a group of singles, the UK has facilities that will cater to your needs. For a tight knit group, it is wise for you to take up a cottage or other form of large accommodation. This allows you to enjoy more time together, and makes it convenient to enjoy those scintillating conversations that carry on way into the night. These cottages come furnished with antique furniture that create a cozy, homely, environment, perfect for friendly, intimate groups. Alternatively, for adventurous friends, a road trip across the UK’s stunning landscape is a fun way to holiday. For younger travellers, you can stop in major cities and indulge in the nightlife before making your way to some other exciting part of the country.

See the Lake District 

The Lake District in Cumbria will excite any nature lover. Home to over 19 water bodies lying in stunning valleys created by beautiful hills, The Lake District is among the top visited areas in the UK. The list of things to do in this attractive area is not limited to sightseeing or outdoor camping. You can tour the area by train, or enjoy crossing some of the lakes via ferry. You can also learn about the area’s history in the Lake District Museum & Gallery, which also gives geographical information about the area. Accommodation here is also quite delightful, with the option of putting up at a luxury Old English theme hotel, quaint cottages, or friendly B&Bs.

Range Rover Unveils Most Expensive Model Ever

Range Rover Unveils Most Expensive Model Ever

British carmaker Range Rover has unveiled the most expensive model ever.

The new Rover features:

  • First ever long wheel-base Range Rover aims to compete with limousines
  • Seats, dash, tables and ‘ski hatch’ all finished in leather
  • Mood lighting in 10 different colours allows drivers to set the tone
  • Airline style chairs have TVs and massagers fitted into them

How much does this stunning new car cost? £140,000. Chump change!

More details here.

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Carrier, providers of tailor-made luxury holidays

Carrier, one of Britain’s leading luxury travel agents, has been providing its customers with tailor made holidays for over 30 years.

Recently named both ‘Luxury Travel Agent of the Year’ and ‘Luxury Tour Operator of the Year’ in the TTG Travel Awards 2013, Carrier is committed to offering superior service when it comes to booking holidays to some of the world’s most stylish destinations.

Whether you’re in search of an African adventure or an action-packed ski break; a fortnight of indulgence in the Caribbean or a week exploring Europe’s cultural hotspots, Carrier can create a bespoke holiday that offers you the ultimate in comfort, convenience and unrivaled luxury.

Superior service

Now that we’re able to book a jaunt abroad at the click of a mouse, it can be easy to forget the value of seeking expert assistance when it comes to choosing where, when and how to spend your holiday.

Between them, Carrier’s team of specialists offer a wealth of knowledge across dozens of holiday destinations.

Each of the seven product areas are staffed by a dedicated, well-travelled team able to offer particular insight into each of the hand-picked collections. In fact, many of Carrier’s highly experienced consultants are able to offer first-hand advice on the best things to see and do on your break as they’ve actually visited the locations themselves.

Carrier’s personal, one-to-one service means you can create a holiday that’s truly unique and entirely memorable.

Stylish destinations

See yourself under the blazing Arabian sun, driving along American’s West Coast, or would you prefer gliding down the unspoilt slopes of the Alpines? With a selection of 96 worldwide destinations to choose from, Carrier can cater to your needs, whatever your ideal holiday might be.

Or perhaps you’re not sure where you picture yourself, and need some inspiration. Consider Sandy Lane in Barbados, one of Carrier’s most popular resorts. This iconic hotel has been welcoming guests for over 50 years and is widely considered one of the best hotels in the Caribbean. A chic retreat the offers numerous dining options, spacious and airy accommodation and exemplary service, everything’s perfectly in place for you to enjoy an incredibly relaxing stay.

Unforgettable memories

Carrier’s first-class service isn’t limited to finding you the ideal chic hotel or secluded villa in which to spend your stay. From remarkable excursions to entire itineraries, they’re also well versed in seeking out the ‘extras’ that complete your holiday.

Adventurers can discover a new sport (or simply revive their skills), romantics can book dinner under the stars, and families can choose a bonding experience and create memories together that they’ll treasure forever.

News Feature: How To Fit In At Horse Racing Events

News Feature: How To Fit In At Horse Racing Events

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Horse racing events are fairly formal and require a certain etiquette, however that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. If you have never been before or you are unsure of how to behave then don’t worry, all you need to do is follow a few simple guidelines. No one wants to make a fool of themselves during the races.If you want to blend in and look like a pro then read on to discover what to do, and also what not to do.

Talk The Talk

If you really want to fit in, then you will need to learn some horse racing jargon. Try a learn about the different types of bet, such as an accumulator which is a bet involving more than one horse or race where the winning selection goes onto the next bet. It also helps to know the basics about the horses, their equipment and the different race types. You will find a lot of information in the race programme when you get there and the staff will be happy to help, so don’t let the jargon put you off going.

Dress Appropriately

This is probably one of the most important rules, if you don’t dress properly then you certainly won’t fit in at the horse races. They are known for having strict dress codes and people turning up in impressive outfits. Some events even have different dress codes for different areas of the venue, so be sure to check before you go. Men should wear a suit and tie and women should wear a dress or a smart suit. Don’t go for anything too short or too revealing when it comes to dresses and skirts.

Do Your Research

If you want to have a good chance of winning, then it’s worth spending a bit of time researching the horses and jockeys. You can tell a lot from their results from previous races, you want to find a consistent horse and a jockey that has a good track record.  If you want to find some information then try looking in ‘The Racing Post’, Sporting Life’,  or national newspapers.

You can also do a bit of analysis before the race by looking at the horse’s form and picking out the ones that you think look the most promising.

Don’t Be A Sore Loser

No one likes a sore loser in any sporting situation, and the horse races are no different. It can be frustrating if you are on a losing streak or if your horse falls at the last hurdle. Don’t let your emotions show and act calm and collective if you don’t have a lucky day, there’s always next time to improve. On the other hand, over the top winners can also be very annoying. If you do win then celebrate with style and enjoy the moment, without rubbing it in too much!

Queue Patiently

These type of events can get very crowded and busy, so expect to have to stand in a few ques. Don’t even think about pushing in, if you do then you will suddenly become very unpopular. After each races finished the is a mad rush to go and claim winnings as excited winners head to the booths. It might be worth waiting until the crowds have gone down to go and collect your winnings.

Pace Yourself

A day at the races can be long and quite intense, and it’s tempting to have one too many drinks. Pace yourself and take your time when it comes to drinks. If you go on a hot sunny day then you could easily get dehydrated and start to feel unwell. Getting a little tipsy and enjoying the day is fine, but staggering around drunk could be quite embarrassing. Sip your champagne slowly, you will have plenty of time to drink during the day.

Simone Wright-Eddison is the content editor and leading authority on the Aintree Grand National. Fans of National Hunt racing can connect with her on Google Plus.