The return of the UK seaside holiday

Photo by ReflectedSerendipity on Flickr Ever since the package holiday revolution of the 1960s and 70s heading off for two weeks in the sun has been as much part of the summer for many Britons as wasp invasions of picnics and the chimes of ice cream vans in the distance. From Torremolinos to Tuscany and from the Cote d’Azur to Cyprus we’ve travelled in our millions to enjoy the guarantee of good weather, delicious but still familiar food and a break from the 9 to 5. But following the referendum that defied the Brexit odds and which is set to see us leave the EU could this be all about to change? Already many commentators are predicting that freedom of movement around Europe may become more problematic and exchange rates also started to plummet as soon as the referendum result was announced. There have also been rumblings from the travel industry including the low cost airline EasyJet who have declared that this promises to be their most challenging summer ever. But for all this gloom it could certainly be a cloud with a silver lining for the UK’s many seaside holiday resorts as more and more people are persuaded to enjoy what, in recent times, has become known as a staycation. Because while, for many, the image of a UK seaside resort still includes donkey rides on the beach and “Kiss me quick” hats over the last few years a quiet revolution has been going on, transforming these once drab and frankly quite depressing resorts into holiday destinations fit to compete with almost anywhere in Europe. Take Hastings in...

The Isle of Man: A Hidden Gem in the Irish Sea

  Photo via Neil Howard on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/neilsingapore/ When it comes to travelling around Europe we all know the “big names” to visit. From the likes of France and Italy to Finland and the UK, there are plenty of top travel destinations across the continent, but what if you were to look beyond the beaten track? Dotted around the coastlines of Europe are some intriguing islands that not only offer a glimpse into some unique landscapes, but a plethora of sights, scenery and events to enjoy. While we could literally throw a dart at a map and choose somewhere like Tresco (Isles of Scilly), Porquerolles (France) or Sark (Channel Islands), this time we’ve decided to take a virtual trip to the Isle of Man. Located in the Irish Sea between mainland Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man might be home to just under 85,000 people and span 221 square miles, but it has a wealth of hidden treasures and only a very short flight away – making it an ideal weekend destination out of the ordinary. We think the Isle of Man is the epitome of the phrase “All good things come in small packages”, which is why we’ve picked out some of its top attractions.   It’s TT-Time   Photo via Jason on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/spider9485 If there’s one reason above all else to visit the Isle of Man it’s the annual TT (Tourist Trophy). First run in 1907, the two-week event in late spring sees the best motorbike riders excite millions of fans on one of the riskiest courses in the world. In fact, in addition to the thousands who line the Snaefell...
Top 4 Places Everyone Needs To Visit In New Zealand

Top 4 Places Everyone Needs To Visit In New Zealand

      The one-stop-shop for unforgettable travel memories in the great “Down Under,” New Zealand provides travelers with all the best in beautiful natural features, like volcanic ranges and glaciers, heart-pumping adventure sports, like skydiving and bunging jumping, and must-see historical and architectural feats, like the Dunedin and Napier. The wealth of must-see destinations in New Zealand is enough to put any wanderlust on information-overload.   Not sure how to make the most of your trip to New Zealand? Whatever you do, just make sure you don’t miss out on these four places. Distant Journeys is one of the only companies offering New Zealand Tours in every single one of these destinations and more.   Top 4 Places Everyone Needs To Visit In New Zealand:   1. Christchurch & The Canterbury Plains The Canterbury Plains will surely take your breath away as you gaze upon miles and miles of grassy green fields and stretches of sunflowers, interlaced with winding streams. The area produces most of New Zealand’s agricultural needs. Come to the edge of these fields of splendor and you will find yourself at the Gateway To New Zealand’s Southern Islands, Christchurch.   This incredible city is home to the world-class alpine resorts, internationally-acclaimed wineries, and almost every adventure sport you could imagine. I dare you to have a dull day in this larger-than-life city.     2. Queenstown Queenstown is coined as the most popular travelers destination in New Zealand, and one day in this city is enough to see why. Situated in the midst of jaw-dropping, snowy-peaked, mountain ranges that tower over the clear-blue Lake Wakatipu,...
Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Macau

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Macau

  Coined as the famous ‘Las Vegas of The East’, and arguably just as good, if not better, Macau is a small chunk of land extended off China that used to be Portuguese soil. Today it’s the known most attractive place to ‘live it up’ in Asia. It’s got all the glitzy Casinos you could dream of, decently priced luxury hotels, and is the perfect combination of Portuguese and Chinese culture. If you’re coming from the West, you may wonder, is it really all that special? Should you travel to the other side of the world when Las Vegas is just a hop, skip, and a jump away? In short, yes. If you love gambling from your own home, a visit to Macau will be a dream come true! There’s nothing better than brushing up on your gambling skills online and then heading to Macau to celebrate. There are many websites on the internet that can give you an actual feel on how online casino games may look like. Here are the three top reasons Macau should be at the top of every game-lover’s list:   The Casinos Business Insider called it like it is in their scandalous article, “These Casinos In Macau Make Las Vegas Look Like A Dump” In their article, they mention that the gambling turnover in Macau is FIVE times that in Vegas! If that wasn’t enough to send you packin’, just one look at the newest build Casinos will. The Venetian Macau has the largest casino floor in the world, and the Fisherman’s Wharf has a fake Amsterdam and 130-foot-high working volcano, which erupts...

Travel Hacks: Camping Mistakes to Avoid Abroad

Camping is a fine art. Some may see it as going back to basics, but there is so much more to it than simply putting up your tent and sitting around a campfire taking in the scenery. This post takes a look at common mistakes to avoid. Not Doing Enough Research When you’re staying in the great outdoors for an extended period of time, you need to know what you’re up against: climate, terrain, wildlife, rules and resources. Think about studying maps, local weather and amenities, as well as making sure you know as much as you need to about the local area. Many people make the mistake of not fully knowing what to expect, resulting in a lack of preparation. Learning from others experience and taking advice is vital, so read guidebooks, look online and get clued up. Being properly informed helps you pack all the right equipment you’ll need to have the best experience. Lack of Preparation Going hand in hand with research, practical preparation is the next hurdle inexperienced, or rushed campers will face. Some things are easily forgotten in packing; lighting for instance, you might have all the latest gear but when it comes to the middle of the night and you’re without a torch or lantern, you’re scuppered. If you’re not a camping veteran or you’re new to it, it’s a good idea to team up with others who are experienced or to go on a guided tour with experts. People like Trek America are great for this. Emergency Prep Plan for the worst case scenario and hope for the best. Even when the...

The low paid way to enjoy travelling

Finding employment in a foreign land is a difficult business when you don’t have the right contacts. Gone are the days of George Orwell or Jack Kerouac, when bumming around the world without cash in your pocket seemed like a viable option. In these financially straitened times, you’ve got to get prepared before you leave your home town. The sheer expense of travel has confined it to a game played by rich people, those tiresome Barbour-jacket wearing yuppies who’ll tell you about their ‘Gap Yah’, and all you’re trying to do is buy a drink at the bar and instead you’ve been cornered by a lonely looking man who speaks like he’s got coins his mouth, telling you about the well he helped build in Mozambique and how he wished he could go back their instead of living the life of a hedge fund manager in London. He only wishes he could go back. This Barbour-wearing sack of regret isn’t alone. According to Lattitude Global Volunteering, 20 per cent of gap years are funded by parents, and only 10 per cent are funded by the individual going travelling. Budgetary restrictions But for someone who can’t find funding from outside means, the idea of backpacking across the globe might seem like a pipedream. So when you can afford to travel, you have to make sure you find plenty of little extras that will ensure your less-than-a-gap-year is as luxurious as possible. First things first – how do you raise enough money to get your travels off to a luxury start? The standard way to raise funds is to move home...