United Kingdom

Wilderness and culture: A day in Hay-on-Wye

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On the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival, which runs in May and June. But this sleepy, charming town deserves a visit at other times too. What’s extraordinary about Hay-on-Wye is that you can spend hours out in the wilderness of the rugged Black Mountains, with only sheep and shaggy ponies for company. A[...]

Experience Glastonbury - A Festival for all your Senses

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I cannot believe I am here. My first thought while standing in front of the colorful Glastonbury sign overlooking the huge festival area. After having bought the tickets last October, not knowing which tragedies would cross my life's path the following months - including a cancer diagnosis. Now I am close to tears, thankful and looking forward to some of[...]

The Travelettes City Guide to Glasgow

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For a long time, Glasgow was the second city of the Empire. Only London was more important. Today, it is the underdog of Scottish cities, slowly recovering from an economical crisis that not only ruined its industry, but also damaged its worldwide reputation. Time to step into the spotlight! I moved to Glasgow for my postgraduate degree without knowing an[...]

A Travelettes guide to Bristol, England

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When visiting England, there are a handful of places that simply must be on your hit list. From the beautiful Cornish coastline to Devon’s wild moors, to Bath’s pristine Georgian architecture to London’s iconic skyline… there’s something for everyone. But if you’re after music, festivals, artisan beer, speakeasies, street art, community vibes and green think[...]

15 Quirky things to do in London

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Ah London. The big smoke. The capital of ole blighty. It's a concrete jungle that's thick with people, arts, culture and a myriad of food that will tantalize your tastebuds continuously. It's a never-ending whirlwind of crowds, lights and skyscrapers which can provide an ace city break for those who visit England. It may be easy to pull together a lis[...]

Our England Bucket List: The Most Beautiful Places in England

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Home to David Beckham, fish & chips, Big Ben, and The Beatles, England is a small but historically rich and naturally diverse country. Don’t let the size fool you - there are countless things to do and see while traveling through England. While it’s hard to narrow down our top picks, the following spots should definitely be included on your travel bucket[...]

18 Fun Things to Do in Manchester

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It might not have Big Ben or Buckingham Palace or extortionate rent prices, but Manchester does have a lot to offer. Located in the North of England, the city is often missed in favour of the Southern capital. While it's certainly a lot smaller than London, and a lot less touristy, what it does have is a huge variety of music, arts and food scenes waiting fo[...]

5 Ways the Lake District took me by Surprise

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My favorite trips are always the ones that take me by surprise. A weekend in the Lake District of North West England was one such trip. The Lake District had never really been on my radar. I had heard about it, of course - everyone from Cornwall to Aberdeen knows about the Lake District. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. It's f[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary: One Week in North West England

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Rushing through the UK is easily done - tick London, Oxford and Edinburgh off your list, and you're good to head on to the next place. But the UK has so much more to offer than its bustling capital, historical university towns and picturesque castles. I recently explored the northwestern regions of England over a couple of weekends, and think that adding [...]