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My UK Travel Bucket List

For the last few weeks Lee and I have been back in England, visiting his lovely family and our wonderful friends and enjoying all of the pleasures that this country has to offer, from cups of tea to steak and kidney pies to football matches and walks in the countryside.I’ve already expressed in a previous postย how much I love the …

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In Defense of the “Awful” British Weather

Brits seem to love nothing more than to complain about the rain. It seems to almost be a national pastime to moan about the wet and drizzling weather, but are they missing the point? Yes, it’s true and there is no denying it. It rains a lot in the UK. The summers are short and briefly sunny and they are …

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Beyond London: Brighton

Brighton is known for being one of the most vibrant seaside resorts in England and the summer months are when its beaches, bars, trendy restaurants and stylish boutiques really come alive. However, Brighton has more than just beaches to offer and is also a great destination at any point in the year for shopping and culture. Some visit Brighton to …

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Beyond London – Yorkshire

It only takes 3-4 hours by train or car to visit Yorkshire from London, but this beautiful county offers a completely different side of England. What makes this part of the UK so special? First of all, there are the landscapes of rolling dark green hills and quiet farms leading up to the dramatic cliffs on the coastline. There are …

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Beyond London: Stratford Upon Avon

A quiet town on the river Avon in beautiful Warwickshire, Stratford Upon Avon is a great escape from the big city bustle of London and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Most people visit Stratford Upon Avon because it was the home of the playwright William Shakespeare. However, this destination offers not just Shakespeare attractions but …

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Beyond London: Bath

Ancient Roman Spas, natural hot springs, medieval buildings, gorgeous Georgian architecture, excellent museums and a range of great pubs, restaurants and nightclubs… all this and more is waiting only an hour and a half from London. Bath is set within the rolling hills of Somerset on the edge of the Cotswolds and makes a perfect weekend getaway from the chaos …

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Beyond London: Cornwall

The ancient kingdom of Cornwall is home to the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain and is one of the most popular regions of the UK with travellers and holiday-makers. The sun seems to shine a little more in this part of the UK upon the rugged coastal cliffs and the old market towns. Its fascinating Celtic history is …

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Beyond London: The Wild Beauty of Wales

(This is the third post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Beyond London: Cumbria and the Lake District

(This is the second post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK. Check out the rest of the guides here) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, …

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Why The United Kingdom is Not a S#!thole

After falling for his sexy accent, I followed my boyfriend Lee home from New Zealand, and ended up living for 14 months in the small Lancashire town of Accrington, England. During our many evenings socializing at the local pub, I would end up chatting with people who noticed my unusual Canadian accent. These locals would more often than not ask …

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Cumbria in Photos

Many people think that visiting England is all about London. However, there are also some truly gorgeous and much more tranquil locations throughout the English countryside which are worth a visit. Take the Lake District in Cumbria for example, which we explored in January 2011.

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