6 places to stop on a UK road trip

Laughs, memories and adventure: you can expect all of this and more from your UK road trip. Who says you need to travel to an exotic location to have a fantastic holiday? There are so many amazing places sitting on your doorstep just waiting to be explored. Don’t just take our word for it, ask the 37.9 million tourists who visited the UK in 2018, eager to experience British culture and admire the green landscapes. If you’re worried about the safety of a road trip, don’t be; driving fatality rates are the best they’ve ever been in Europe and the odds of a driving-related death occurring are 49 in a million.

What are you waiting for? Get your driving snacks prepared and add these six epic locations to your UK road trip plan:

1. Wiltshire

You might think that nothing much happens in this farming county, but it’s actually home to one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the world. There are many theories surrounding the construction of Stonehenge, ranging from ritual worship to aliens. Whatever the reason, Stonehenge truly is a marvellous construction; it’s well worth visiting the structure so you can make up your own mind about the reason for its erection.

2. Cornwall

Everyone needs to stop at the seaside during their road trip. Slip-on a wetsuit, swap your car for a surfboard and have great fun surfing the Cornish waves (or in most cases, falling into them). You could also use this stop off as a chance to visit St Michael’s Mount, a majestic castle located on its own tidal island.

3. Bristol

Modern art lovers will be in their element in Bristol as they get to explore the Banksy artwork that is dotted all around the town. Once you’ve had your fill of art, there is so much more to do and see in one of the biggest cities in the south-west of England; Bristol Harbour is a great place to admire the view and grab a bite to eat, while a tour of Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a great activity if you have young children.

4. Cumbria

If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of the UK’s nature, then look no further than the Lake District. This national park is a beauty to explore and the ideal picnic destination for sunny days. You could easily spend days here, hiking the scenic routes and camping overnight.

5. Birmingham

Shopaholics will be in their element in this bustling city, sure to find a road trip souvenir in the many ‘Brummie’ shops. If you’re hungry, grab a curry for dinner, as the locals will argue that Birmingham’s are the best in the country.

6. London

No epic road trip is complete without a trip to the capital. Start off with a ride on the London Eye, before hopping on a tube to visit Buckingham Palace. If you like all things unique, then a trip to Camden market is essential before you get back on the road.

South America Trip Day 24: Morning in Buenos Aires, Afternoon in Santiago

One day, two capitals. We started at 1 am in Buenos Aires, reached from Ushuaia. Tried to get an Uber but they all declined because of the area our hostel was in… so we where forced to take a cab. After waking up we found out that we stayed in the SOHO area of BA, so food hunt! Or, that is what we thought. Restaurants open between 12 and 14, and we planned to head to the airport around 12:30. We ended up in a local pastry shop buying sweets. Such a disappointment!

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South America Trip Day 23 & 24: Ushuaia, the most southern city of the world

Day 23

It is 6:00 AM as the alarm wakes us up in a still rainy el Calafate. We packed our stuff, got our breakfast at 6:30 AM and at 6:45 AM the hostel already got us a private taxi to the airport for 600 pesos. Once arrived we checked in, got a window seat, had to rearrange our IKEA back pack because it was a bit overweight and took the flight to Ushuaia, duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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South America Trip Day 22: El Calafate, Argentina

Waking up in Hosteria Y Apart Jardin De Los Presentes in a very comfortable bed, where the breakfast was amazing. Brownies, eggs, toasted bread, juices, fresh fruits, the list goes on. Between 8/8:30AM we got picked up to go towards the glacier for our hiking tour!

Today we have a 80 KM drive first, first part is a semi desert/ step landscape, after 30 minutes of forest landscape we had to pay 700 pesos per person entrance fee to the national park to enter the high mountain area of the Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz. There are 48 major glaciers and more than 100 minor glaciers in the 370 KM long and 35 KM wide park located. It is the largest park in Argentina’s protected area system and an UNESCO world heritage site since 1981.

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6 memorable travel experiences in China

Choosing to travel around China can be a daunting experience. It’s huge and diverse, with an often bewilderingly different culture and its own long and storied history. Read on to find out about six truly unique experiences for visitors to China.

1. Explore Shanghai

The world’s biggest city by population is modern China’s “showpiece”. It won’t be hard to get lost exploring this awe-inspiring city, but to start you off, Yu Gardens are a big tourist draw for a reason, while the Bund area offers stunning views of Shanghai’s most famous buildings. And don’t forget Shanghai’s cuisine: from xiao long bao, delicious oozing broth-filled dumplings, to the famous drunken crab dish.

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South America Trip Day 21: Travel day from Chile to Argentina

The day of travel for us, taking three flights within 24 hours will make this one of the most exhausting days. Last night we left San Pedro de Atacama around 19:15 with the shuttle to reach Calama airport in Chile for our 22:00 pm departure to the capital Santiago. Both airports being very neat, we first ate some sandwiches in Calama but while entering Santiago there was a McDonald’s right in front of us, only after check in. We had to get some burgers!

After we collected our luggage we had to kill 7 hours for our flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina at 7:25 am. After eating and using the WiFi (which was shit in the morning, better later on) we found a bench for two to make our bed for a few hours.

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South America Trip Day 20: Geyser el Tatio

Between 4:30 and 5 we got picked up by Victor, our guide and driver who took us for an hour 45 minutes drive to go back to 4,200 altidute to our destination: Geyser el Tatio. Entrance fee is 10,000 per head, we arrived at 6:30. It was quite cold, -4! After paying the entrance we went to the main geyser to see the sunrise.

10 km2 square big and 5 km deep the Geysers are, with underneath Magma. The underwater that touches the hot stones receive a high temperature and create the boiling water at the geometric field of the geysers.

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South America Trip Day 19: Green Lagoon Bolivia and Entering Chile, San Pedro de Atacama

Day 19: Green lagoon and entering Chile

6:30 am early breakfast to leave for a short morning program before we were getting dropped at the border with Chile to enter San Pedro de Atacama.

First stop at 8 AM, dale desert. Here there are fresh water lagoons in the mountains, with lot of minerals in the mountains. The volcanic rocks piled up looks like it is a few hundred meters away, but in reality it is over two kilometers.

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South America Trip Day 17-18: Uyuni and the Salt Flats

Day 17: Uyuni salt flats

Early in the morning we headed to the office of our tour operator. After a short walk we met our tour guide for the the trip, Bismath. Bismath took us to the first stop; a train cemetery, with lot of former gold mine trains from the 1930s. Bismath explained about the rich minerals Bolivia had in its grounds and how the rail was created for the rich to go to Sucre, the capital if Bolivia. The tracks go through the desert but in June/July it is -35 degrees the track froze with a lot of accidents with trains. The graveyard was great for some shoots.

After that we stopped at a small refinery, since the area has more enough salt for 5,000 years. He explained how salt is refined step by step. After that it was a tourist stop for souvenirs in the little town.

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South America Trip Day 16: La Paz, Bolivia

Woke up early to do the free walking tour of La Paz. The tour started at San Pedro square, located near it is a prison. It is a very unique prison, used to be a monastery for nuns, then a torture chamber, then a prison with a capacity of 400 people and now even over 2,000! Wifes and kids are also allowed to go in whenever they want. Kids walk in and out as well, with a school next to it. It is a very open prison, with just 10 guards the prison is running itself, a la prison break season 3! It has its own ecosystem, renting your own cell block, divided in poor and even richer areas which you pay 1,000 USD per month with hot tub and cable tv! The poor ones 5 USD per month with urinated mattresses and shared with 4 others. The prison also produces cocaine, with labs in the walls to deal it. They can easily smuggle cocoa leaves, gasoline etc in. And corrupt cops make it possible to distribute it in the outside world. They also used to put it in dirty diapers etc to get it outside. The book marching powder is written about the prison. Prison tours are not allowed anymore, so if someone offers you a tour it is a scam.

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