With endless backpackers heading off to South East Asia, posting pictures from Thailand, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur, you may be tempted to follow in your friends’ footsteps. But how about opting for something different? Britain might not have been the first place on your mind when considering traveling, but it could provide you with the trip of a lifetime!
First things first, you’re going to need some pound sterling if you’re planning on purchasing anything in the British Isles. But if you’re not too savvy with your numbers, don’t worry. Qantas can convert AUD to GBP, saving you the hassle. Next? Weather appropriate clothing. Britain is prone to dull, gray, cloudy weather, often even during the summer months. So bring an umbrella, raincoat, and some cozy layers, especially if you’re heading up North or visiting during the winter.
It’s not all too surprising that Britain’s major tourist hotspot is London. It is the capital, after all. Make this the first city on your to-do list. There are so many highlights in this place that it can be difficult to summarize, but there tend to be a few firm favorites amongst visitors. An open top bus tour is a great place to start, as it will take you by all of the most famous spots in Central London. Buckingham Palace with the Beefeaters, Big Ben, and the London Eye all make for great photo opportunities. If you fancy a more independent adventure, try out the tube system. Avoid taking the tube at peak times, as it can become overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the system. However, midday tube hops can form part of your fun memories. For some of the best vintage shopping that the U.K. can provide check out Brick Lane or areas such as Shoreditch and Dalston.
Liverpool is the birthplace of the Beatles, perhaps the most famous band to have ever existed. So if you’re a fan of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, you’ll definitely want to take a pilgrimage to the Northern city. The first stop on your journey should be the Beatles Story. This is a museum dedicated to the Fab Four, giving you an insight of their journey from the Quarry Men to the world acclaimed musicians that they’ve grown to become. Next? A Magical Mystery Tour of course! Travel on the iconic bus and pass by John, Paul and George’s childhood homes as well as the places referenced in famous songs like Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. You can finish your journey off at the Cavern Club. While this isn’t the original venue, it is next door to where the original was and has been built to replicate its predecessor down to a tee.
The Lake District.
The Lake District is a national park in the north of England and is one of the countries most beautiful natural regions. The park contains England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, that can easily be hiked in a day. There are many other mountains, hills, lakes, and waterfalls just waiting to be explored. The area is a true picture postcard of England, with old wooden cottages, farms, and country pubs dotted throughout the region. If you're searching for that true english countryside feel, then you should book a cottage for a few nights and spend the evening by a roaring log fire!
The town of Oxford is just north west of the capital London and boasts a wealth of opportunity to explore great architecture, prestigious institutions and Great British traditions. Ofcourse, you cant talk about Oxford without mentioning the university. The world famous establishment is constantly ranked the top in the world and has churned out alumni such as Hugh Grant, Stephen Hawking, and Oscar Wilde. The university was founded in the 12th century and has a mind boggling 38 colleges, all with stunning architecture to explore such as the Bodleian university. The Rivers and canals in the area are all waiting to be traveled upon through your own guidance or on a guided tour!
These are just 4 of the many beautiful regions that England has to offer. If you find yourself having a great time on the green and pleasant land of England, why not stay and continue your journey through the rest of the UK? From John O’Groats to Land’s End, there’s plenty in store for the adventurous traveler.