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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.

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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5 ways to make travel transformational

It’s a truism that travelling broadens the horizons — but nevertheless, expanding your mind and altering your perceptions remain some of the most powerful motivations for taking off on a trip that’s out of the ordinary.

And if you’re not satisfied absorbing new experiences as they arise and hoping that they become catalysts for changing your outlook in life, thankfully there are more instructive ways of ensuring that your next adventure is as inspirational as you hope.

With that in mind, here are five ways to make travel transformational.

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5 reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year travellers

With its sunshine, beaches, mountains, diverse culture and dynamic wildlife, Australia’s a honeytrap millions of travellers make a bee-line for.

And it’s a popular base for adventurers on an extended sabbatical break, but those who overlook Melbourne for better-known Sydney might be missing a trick.

Melburnians will tell you that their city is Down Under’s cultural capital and an all-round brilliant place to live — decide for yourself with these five reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year travellers.

  1. Sports

Melbourne’s a mecca for sports fans — attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a must for horse racing fans, but this year, the city and its state Victoria are also hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Australian Open tennis, The Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Australian Boomers V USA basketball.

  1. Beaches

Melbourne’s a paradise for beach bums of all varieties, so you’re sure to find a sweet spot to chill out, surf and people watch while you’re in residence. For starters, Brighton beach has beautiful Victorian-era bathing boxes and genteel swimming, Mentone has a brilliant boardwalk and laid-back vibe, while Blairgowrie Back Beach boasts delicious fish and chips.

  1. Restaurants

Foodies spending an extended break in Melbourne can feat their eyes and fill their bellies with a huge variety of culinary treats in the city’s world-class restaurants. There are many mouth-watering eateries to engage with, but with dishes like sea corn tacos filled with crab custard, and signature sumptuous scampi, eating at South Melbourne’s Lume might be the most inspirational introduction.

  1. Accommodation

If money’s no object, Melbourne hosts some of Australia’s finest hotels. You can lounge at high-end apartment hotels like United Places, live in the lap of old school luxury at The Hotel Windsor or mix with the beautiful people at trendy QT Melbourne. Alternatively, find a clean and central backpacker’s hostel at urbancentral.com.au — the cash you save on more spartan lodgings can be spent on socialising.

  1. Transportation

Getting around Melbourne is easy thanks to its reasonably modern and punctual public transport system, which features buses, trains and trams. Whatever your preference, buying a myki card lets you hop between different modes to maximise efficiency and savings. And if you’re catching a domestic or international flight, the city’s air hub has awesome facilities and amenities — for instance, finding Melbourne airport parking with Looking4.com is easy and, once you’re inside, eateries like Baxa and Billie Chu will make your taste buds tingle with Asian treats.

These five reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year adventurers are only the tip of a terrific travel iceberg but they should whet your appetite enough to ensure it claims a space on your next global trip.

Australia’s blessed with a clutch of cool cities, but for our money, Melbourne might be the pick of the bunch.

Do you have any Melbourne travel tips? Share them in the comments section.

Guest feature: 10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

Food in Asia is amazing! In a collaboration with other travel bloggers Uncensored Travel briefly describes our favorite food from Bangladesh: Biryani!

Read our contribution at Digital Travel Guru’s blog: 10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

How Apps Can Help You Plan A Trip

We believe that trip planning is the most important aspect of a trip plan, and it’s fun too. Going through various destinations, checking flight timings, reading train timetables and comparing car rental prices, searching for bargained hotel prices, deciding where to shop and eat; this all this seems very exciting, isn’t it? Now whether you are planning a business trip or a family holiday, you need to plan your itinerary in such a way that you have plenty of time to do everything you want, and not miss out on anything.

With today’s technological boom, it’s easy to plan your trip sitting on your couch with a phone in your hand. Let’s look at them one by one:

TripIt:  A great app that helps you combine all your travel bookings and confirmations at one place. It will send you timely reminder about the flight you are going take and what time will your car rental service arrive. The only drawback on this app is that it won’t suggest your various travel destinations, or help you search hotels.

Guides by Lonely Planet: Now what this app does is that it will help you create your travel wishlist. Now this may include travel destinations like Paris Disneyland with the family, or going on a Solo trip to Bali; or travel experiences like bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge. Again, as you can see, this app will not help you make the booking for that particular trip. TripCase is another such app that helps you arrange all your flight, train, hotel, car rental confirmation in one place. One more example in this list is the quintessential, TripAdvisor.  

TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor will help you plan your trip from start to the end, compare reviews and help you arrive at a right decision. The only drawback of this app is that it will not centralize your travel documentation.

TripHobo: It  is a unique trip planning tool that will let you choose your travel destination, make wishlists and compare hotels, while also letting you book tours and experiences. The two most striking features we found in this trip planning app are group planning and budget calculator. Group planning helps you invite your travel buddies to share ideas, chat and custom-create your travel itinerary, which is then made available on everyone’s dashboard for a ready reference; while the budget calculator gives you a unified budget by taking into consideration your flight, hotel, sightseeing costs, plus lets you add expected costs for food, shopping, tips, and other miscellaneous items. This itinerary planner will also suggest you readymade trip plans that have been created by millions of travellers from all around the world.

 

Things to Do Outside of Las Vegas: Nevada’s Best Attractions

Las Vegas, namely the Vegas strip, is the most popular attraction in the State of Nevada. However, the state offers a number of other attractions beyond the general entertainment and gambling in Vegas. Outside of the city, many relaxing sites and interesting attractions are available for families, couples and individuals. The state features a number of natural sites such as lakes, hot springs and mountains. In addition, small towns and cities feature interesting attractions not found in Las Vegas.

Picture from https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15731622/nevada-medicaid-for-all

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