Unique Places To Visit During A Trip To The UK

For such a small island, the UK is full of history, culture and interest that has inspired tourists and travellers for centuries. From it’s luscious countrysides to it’s fast paced city life, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular tourist destination. With so much to see and do here, it’s difficult to determine which places to visit during your stay. There is nothing wrong with sticking to the larger cities such as London or Glasgow. But the UK has many lesser known but equally impressive locations too. So get you to inspired to travel further afield during your trip, here are some unique places you need to visit in the UK.

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Roman Baths in Bath

Bath is located in the South-West region of the UK and is just a short journey from the city of London. It’s an idyllic town that is entirely surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful landscapes. This might sound like a perfect place to visit if you’re an outdoorsy kind of person. But there’s even more on offer here. Bath is famously known for its natural hot springs and is home to the Roman baths. This attraction allows tourist to take a trip back in time to see how public bathing was carried out in the 19th century. A museum has also been built surrounding the baths which include artifacts, statues and modern day spa you can enjoy. There are also a whole host of shops, tea rooms and fantastic Georgian architecture throughout for you to enjoy. It’s a perfect day out if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle as it oozes a calm and relaxing vibe.

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Pleasure beach in Blackpool

Blackpool is a seaside town located in the North West of England. It’s reputation for family fun, and entertainment stems from it’s infamous Pleasure Beach. Here you will find some of the most impressive roller coasters and rides in Europe. The Big One roller coaster, for instance, stands at 235ft and can reach speeds of up to 87 mph. A whole host of shows in Blackpool are also held at the Pleasure Beach. Another fantastic attraction to try out is the Blackpool tower which has a glass viewing platform, ballroom and circus on site. This is the ideal place to visit if you’re travelling with young children or if you’re a bit of a thrill seeker.

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Eden Project in Cornwall

Cornwall is a county in England which is renowned for it’s beautiful coastlines and moorlands. While it’s beaches are always popular with tourists, it is also home to one of the UK’s most popular attractions. The Eden Project is located in the middle of a large crater and is home to the largest rainforest in captivity. Large bubble shapes biomes create the perfect habitat for exotic plants, flowers and trees. You can wander through the indoor and outdoor gardens and learn more about their conservation schemes. It’s a brilliant place to take children but can also be perfect for couples of any age.

These are just three unique places you can find in the UK that are unlike anywhere else. So what are you waiting for? Come and see them for yourself.

 

Have you ever found yourself between a rock and a hard place in a foreign country?

Chances are, if you’ve made the decision to travel around the world off your own bat, you’ll be all too familiar with the feeling. And most often, the solution is to try hail down a cab, and just hope that the vehicle that turns up has four wheels and passed MOT. If so, you’re likely to recognise some of the wacky vehicles the the Taxi Centre have put together in their “Around the World in 15 Taxis” infographic.

Looking at 15 different countries, the infographic compiles some vehicles that might be peculiar to western travellers, but normal to those who use them every day. I think I’d give a Bush Taxi a miss, although Cuba’s CoCotaxi does look kind of cute.

Take a look at the guide below, and let me know what your weirdest taxi experience is!

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New destination for affordable yacht ownership – Dubai

Dubai is the jewel in the Arabian crown. Known throughout the world for the luxurious lifestyle on offer, as well as its rich Islamic heritage, the city is an inspiring combination of age-old tradition and modern ambition. It’s a place where the sun never sets. Where warm azure waters lap the shores of remarkable man-made islands and roll off into the horizon, as far as the eyes can see.

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SmartYacht, a company that offers shared yacht ownership, has recently announced that they will be offering prospective seafarers the opportunity to purchase a share of a deluxe prestige 500 in the new location of Dubai. With its 3 cabins, it is capable of accommodating 6 guests and offers wide-open living space and numerous extras. You’ll be able to discover this incredible city like you’ve never seen it before. With shares available from just 199,000 EUR, and the divide split between just three owners, this is by far the most cost effective way to live out your dreams of owning a luxurious yacht. The Prestige 500 is able to travel at up to 28 knots, so there will be times when Dubai itself is just a blur alongside you. But when you drop anchor, the chic interior, padded sunbathing area and spacious dining space make this yacht a joy to spend time in. An experienced crew, consisting of a captain and the option of a stewardess, can only add to the experience, ensuring that you make the most of your stay in this delightful stretch of ocean.

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Ever since the inaugural International Dubai Boat Show back in 2008, the region has fast become one of the world’s most popular charter yacht destinations. It is easy to understand why. There are several high profile events throughout the year, ensuring that there is never a dull moment in the so-called City of Gold. The famous Dubai World Cup horse race in March, the rugby Sevens, the Jazz festival and the Tennis championships are just a few that annually grace the social calendar. Although the majority are held on land, the bulk of Dubai’s glamorous after-parties are held at the city’s marinas and ports. These lavish and extraordinary events are not to be missed, and are often as exciting as the occasions that precede them.

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But there is far more to Dubai than parties. The city is rich in architecture, created by some of the world’s foremost designers. The Burj Khalifa is a 160 story skyscraper and the proud holder of the ‘World’s tallest building’ title. Although the view from the top is impressive, so too is the view from the sea, where the tower is clearly visible. Another structure worth seeing is the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7 star hotel. Designed to resemble a sail, it is one of the world’s most photographed structures and is lit up at night by a choreographed light show that makes for impressive viewing from the water. There is of course a marina attached to the building should you wish to drop in and recharge after a leisurely day’s cruising. A reference to Dubai’s architectural feats would not be complete without remarking on Palm Island. This man-made structure stretches for miles out into the Gulf and is full of world famous hotels, amazing tourist attractions, luxury fashion and shopping malls. One can anchor up and enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the renowned Arabian sunset as it lights up the sky in orange, pink and purple.

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5 Insider Tips to Picking the Perfect Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur

Whether you’re a frequent business traveller or out on a family holiday, finding the perfect place to stay is often difficult, especially in cities offering a kaleidoscope of choices. If you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, here are 5 insider tips to keep in mind:

  1. Traffic jam can be a nightmare: Stay somewhere with easy access

Many cities in Southeast Asia are known for their traffic jams, and Kuala Lumpur is no exception. Nothing is more frustrating and time-wasting than being stuck in meandering traffic. For work trips or city tours within the Golden Triangle, the heart of modern Kuala Lumpur, consider hotels that allow you to hop on and off the light rail transits (LRT) and monorail stations for easy and quick access.

  1. The best form of rejuvenation and invigoration: Mother Nature

In the words of John Muir: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  Always pick a place that is near to a park or nature reserve to wake up to a relaxing view, or to unwind amidst busy days of meetings or sightseeing. Scientific studies by physician Eva Selhub and naturopath Alan Logan have shown that just spending 20 minutes in vegetation-rich nature improves your vitality and gives you the emotional resilience against the hard knocks of life.

Thankfully, despite Kuala Lumpur being the capital of Malaysia, it is not entirely a concrete jungle. Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve – Kuala Lumpur’s only surviving primary tropical rainforest, and Taman KLCC for example, are two parks in Kuala Lumpur that offer you that much deserved respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  1. English is not the official business language: Be prepared

For all travellers especially, it is important to know that English is widely used in service industries but it is not the official business language. You will have better luck being understood in Bahasa Melayu (or Malay). As such, to ensure your needs during your stay are well understood and taken care of, always pick a property that is managed by a reliable hospitality company with local or regional portfolio.

  1. Stretch your Ringgit: Get far more for less

Choose your accommodation wisely: If you do not need a grand ballroom, designer carpet or chandelier for your family vacation or business trip, then pick an accommodation that comes without it.  Look for hotels that offer packages to give you value for money e.g. family packages for trips with the family, room with breakfast options, etc. Those will help you save more than a ringgit or two.

  1. Stay on plan: Stick to hotel restaurant

It is undisputable: Malaysia has one of the best local street food especially in their pasar malam (night market) such as Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur. However, just a word of advice: If you have an all-important meeting or if the vacation is an annual family time together, it is recommended to stick to a hotel with a restaurant to avoid any disruptions to plans especially for breakfast which is irrefutably the most important meal of the day. For those with a strict diet, consider the option of an apartment or an apartment-style hotel that comes with a kitchen or kitchenette.

With these 5 tips to help you pick the perfect accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, there are several hotels and apartments you could consider. For example, there is Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur (opening in April 2016) which is a hotel with apartment suites located in the Golden Triangle at the foot of Bukit Nanas, and walking distance to Bukit Nanas monorail station; and Sri Tiara Residences, which is located on a charming hillside in the exclusive neighbourhood of Taman Seputeh with close proximity to Mid Valley. Check out Far East Hospitality at http://www.stayfareast.com for more information. For further details on Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur, visit http://www.stayfareast.com/oasia.

Elaine Seah is a veteran traveller, frequently shuffling between Singapore and Malaysia for work-related trips over the past 10 years. She is the Group Director of Brand Incorporated (http://www.brand-incorporated.com), one of the leading boutique consumer lifestyle public relations agencies in Singapore and Malaysia.

Banquet Hall Reception Facilities in Glendale

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If you are in search of a banquet hall in Glendale, or wedding reception hall in Glendale to host your event, then you likely know that you have many options. Though most all banquet halls are designed to be multipurpose, they were not all created equal and therefore some are better than others.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Banquet Hall in Glendale for Your Reception

Not all brides and grooms are looking for the same thing when it comes to the perfect venue to host their wedding reception in Glendale, but there are a few factors that all should consider.

  1. Location: Location should be an important factor to consider not only for the bride and groom, but also for their guests. Yes, you might have found the perfect venue (with the perfect price tag to match) three hours away from civilization, but how many people do you actually think will make it that far out? In terms of location also consider parking, hotels and lodging, as well as traffic for ease of access.
  2. Capacity: Obviously it is critically important that you select a venue that can hold the capacity of guests that you choose to invite. Some couples decide to make their guest list prior to selecting a location as to avoid any conflict. While others choose their dream location and then build a guest list around what the venue will accommodate.
  3. Interior: Making sure that you select a banquet hall for your reception that matches the theme of your wedding is important so that you may carry on the setting that you desire.
  4. Cost: This is the biggie. Being able to afford the banquet hall of your dreams is obviously crucial to holding your event there. When discussing pricing be sure to inquire about additional amenities, as you will likely be surprised at the things that are not included and that can therefore quickly throw you over budget!

If you are interested in more information about wedding venues or banquet halls in Glendale CA, be sure to check out Anoush.com for pricing and more.

Feeling Stressed Over an Upcoming Move? Hiring a Moving Company Might Be the Answer

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People relocate for several reasons such as a new job, to a bigger house, to be closer to family etc. Although the reasons vary for each person, there is likely one commonality. That is the stress of being faced with such a time consuming, daunting task. Finding the time to prepare can be a hassle when you are trying to juggle it around your daily work, school, home, or family responsibilities.

Moving companies offer many benefits that you may be unaware of. Before you invest your time and money into preparing for relocation, consider the following benefits. Professional movers may be just what you need during this stressful time.

Expert Services

Movers have the experience and skills to quickly facilitate the moving process. For example, you have a large deep freezer stored in your basement that needs to be carried upstairs. Then, upon arriving to your new home, the freezer has to be carefully maneuvered through narrow hallways for storage. This task alone would require additional help from friends or family members, and would likely take a great deal of time to complete.

Moving companies employ trained professionals who understand the difficulties of moving such as moving large, heavy items in and out of a home, the need for fragile items to be securely wrapped and the strategies necessary to navigate through difficult hallways and doorways.

Ensure Safety

Moving companies possess the proper equipment to safely move even the largest of your items while keeping them intact. However, ensuring safety goes beyond your household items. Movers are properly trained in the lifting and transfer of your items, which means you won’t be put at risk for strained or pulled muscles. Also, keep in mind that even the most experienced movers have unexpected events occur. Should the integrity of your items be compromised in any manner, moving companies have the appropriate insurance to remedy any losses.

Peace of Mind

Without the assistance of a professional movers it is easy to become overwhelmed, even when planning the move. You have to allot time and money to properly package materials, possibly rent a truck and supply the gas, as well as planning child and/or pet care. Hiring movers to assist you with these tasks can spare your anxiety and put your mind at ease.

The cost of self-preparation for an upcoming move was previously mentioned, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you will incur costs when hiring professional movers. However, many customers have stated that when they calculated their potential losses of moving themselves, the losses were greater than the cost of hiring professional movers. So, in the long run it was more beneficial to utilize a moving company. Also, before hiring movers it is best practice to verify the company has a positive reputation by checking references and reviewing customer testimonials on their website.

Unusual Places You Should Visit

Going out of your comfort zone is an amazing experience, especially when you are travelling. Most people like to do the same old thing when it comes to holidays and vacations, but now is the time to experience a different way of life. Life is too short not to travel the world and try to visit as many countries as possible. Leave your pessimism at the door and follow our lead as we guide you through the weird and wonderful. Here are several places to visit that you normally wouldn’t consider.

  1.    Iceland

The weather at this time of the year is not very accommodating, which puts people off an Iceland trip. Plus, Iceland doesn’t have the glitz and the glamor that other countries seemingly have in abundance. However, dig a little deeper and you will find a completely different world. First of all, the weather is not as bad as you might imagine, and it also makes the trip more authentic. Secondly, the natural views are almost unparalleled and unlike anywhere else on the planet. And, thirdly, there are spectacular phenomena that occur, such as The Northern Lights. To be honest, The Northern Lights are worth going for alone.

  1.    Nigeria

Talk about the other end of the spectrum! Nigeria couldn’t be more different to Iceland. In fact, it couldn’t be more different to a lot of places, but that is what makes Nigeria so special. The good people at Buzz Nigeria believe that Nigeria is the greatest country on the planet, and that is not easy to dispute. Okay, they may be biased, but they have a point. The culture is amazing as song and dance buzzes through the streets, and the people are among the friendliest you will ever meet. To cap it all off, the wildlife, like everywhere in Africa, is exotic and wide-ranging.

  1.    Andorra

Andorra is a tiny country in Europe that is not very well-known. And, why would it be well-known? Europe is full of spectacular countries from Great Britain to Spain, Italy and France. Well, the truth is that Andorra has a trick up its sleeve that levels the playing field. Andorra is one of the best skiing destinations in the world. Located near the border of France and Spain, Andorra is a principality that makes the most of the Pyrenees Mountains by encouraging skiing trips throughout autumn and winter. If skiing isn’t your thing, Andorra is ridiculously cheap as it is a tax haven. That got your attention!

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  1.    Peru

Again, Peru is another country that is dwarfed by its noisy neighbors Brazil and Argentina. And again, Peru is well worth a visit because of the Andes. The Andes is a mountain range that runs throughout South America, and tucked away in the Peruvian Andes is Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a citadel that was built in the 15th century, and it is also one of the wonders of the world. A couple of days trek that it takes to climb to the summit are well worth it to see a spectacular, and unrivalled, attraction.

Travelling off the beaten track is an amazing experience and one that you should try and experience more often.

 

Qutub Minar

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With 16.3 million residents, the crowded city of Delhi is full of things to see and do. However, even with so much to choose from, one of the most impressive structures is Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar is an ancient monument, situated in the Mehrauli district of Delhi. Stretching more than 73 metres high, this magnificent structure is easy to spot and a pleasure to experience.

A Historical Attraction

Although Delhi is a very modern city, Qutub Minar dates back to 1199. At this time, the structure was designed and built under the leadership of the ancient Delhi Sultanate. More of the structure was commissioned in 1220 when three additional levels were added to bring it to its current height.
Over the centuries, Qutub Minar has sustained damage through various natural disasters. In the 1300s, the top of the minar was struck by lightning, and an earthquake in the early 1500s inflicted more damage. Massive renovations had to be completed again in the 1800s after another earthquake rattled the structure. Although the basic design of the minar has stayed the same over the centuries, each successive restoration has added its own flair to this modern attraction.

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Religious Significance

Minars, also known as minarets, serve as symbols in the Muslim community. Minarets are often added to mosques to provide a point of reference. This way, no matter where you are in the city, it is easy to know which direction to turn during the traditional call to prayer in Muslim cultures. This call to prayer occurs five times a day, which is why it is important to have a high point that can be seen from anywhere in the city.
Most of the time, minars are the most notable exterior features of any mosque. The styles vary significantly, but many feature spires and other embellishments. Even with so many minars throughout the world, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minar still standing.

Remarkable Construction

The height of Qutub Minar is the first thing you will notice. The base of the structure was made from red sandstone. Subsequent additions and renovations added distinctive marble finishes. The structure features shafts shaped like cylinders, which surround the structure and become narrow toward the top. There are various balconies on the way up, providing open air points of access. In total, there are 379 steps to get to the top of Qutub Minar. Other adornments give the minar added architectural interest. The sandstone is intricately carved, featuring verses from the Muslim holy book.

A Tourism Experience

Qutub Minar is close to other historical attractions in Delhi. While visiting Qutub Minar, you may also want to visit the Iron Pillar of Delhi and the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. During your stay, it is easy to navigate through the rest of Delhi and there are many choices for hotels near Delhi airport. You can pick and choose from various 5-star hotels in Delhi, like the stylish Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, to make your visit to Qutub Minar one to remember.
Keywords/Tags: India, Delhi, Qutub Minar, Travel.