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This is a great year to be out and about travelling around Britain, if you are in need of a little inspiration on where to go and what to do, this list maybe of some help.
Yes indeed you did read it right, Safari, really? Let’s be honest, when you think of Britain you don’t think about Safari but, this year, why not swap Kenya for Kent. For £125 The Overnight Safari Experience at the Livingstone Safari Lodge on the southeast coast opens a window to the plains of Africa where more than 1000 animals roam free. Spend an evening under the stars in a luxury tent before waking early to embark on a dawn safari as the animals start their day. You can find out more information on the official website. And don’t forget your camera!
Britain is blessed with many great cities, the most famous of course being London and in 2012 there is good reason to visit. A trip to the capital is great anytime but with the recent, successful hosting or the 2012 Olympic Games, makes for an exciting buzz around the city. You could spend forever trying to plan your visit to London so I highly recommend visiting London travel expert Laura Porter’s blog at About.com for a little inspiration.
One of the great benefits of Britain being rather small is that it never takes too long to get anywhere and what better way to explore this wonderful country this summer than by renting a classic VW Camper and hitting the road. This way you have the freedom to create your own holiday by travelling when and to wherever you wish. To hire a van check out O’Connors Campers, The VW Camper Company and Snail Trail.
Is there anything better than a hot sunny day spent at the beach, probably not. Britain is not widely known for it’s beaches but there are some wonderful sandy delights around the country including Blackpool Sands in Devon, Padstow in Cornwall and Gower beach in South Wales just to name a few. If spending hours laying on the beach is a little tame for you, pay a visit to the Extreme Academy in Cornwall where you can learn to surf as well as having a go at other water based activities. Nearby you can dine at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall
If it’s a taste of adventure you crave then you have come to the right place as Britain has plenty to offer in that department. If you are looking for extreme and bored of jumping out of planes and bungy jumping, why not try something called Coasteering which is basically exploring the coastline without worrying about a path or a rocky cove blocking your route. You climb, dive, swim and clamber from one place to the other and if this sounds like your kind of activity then be sure to check out Preseli Venture in Pembrokeshire.
Every year throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland The National Trust runs around 400 working holidays. I know the words holiday and work should never be included in the same sentence but in this case it’s ok. For instance how often do you get the opportunity to become a Goat herder, help build a dry wall or survey a moor whilst making new friends and staying in some of the country’s most beautiful locations. On some of the holidays you may even be able to combine it with activities such as surfing, horse riding and digital photography.
Where to take the kids? Don’t give yourself a headache over this is as Britain has many great options for a family break. One option I would highly recommend is booking yourself into somewhere like Centre Parcs which is like a little world all unto itself, set in 400 acres of forest with accommodation, restaurants and shops. There are things to do for the adults as well as the kids which include nearly anything you could think of from adrenaline activities and water sports to horse riding and spa treatments, there really is something for everybody at a place like this and well worth having a look.
If you would like to see Britain from a different perspective and to sample some serious comfort then a cruise is the way to go. It’s a wonderful way to visit England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland whilst doing it in style. The distance between each port is not large so there is plenty of time to get off and explore the mainland. Most major cruise lines will be sailing these waters in 2012 with trips ranging from two to nine nights. If you are feeling rich and looking for the ultimate cruise why not book yourself on board an 8 night cruise around Britain on board the Queen Mary 2, a suite will set you back around £13,000.
I’ve been skiing a few times in Europe and to be honest I was rubbish and because of that I have not been since, but this year I would love to give it another good go, so come next winter I’m hoping to head north, to the mountains of beautiful Scotland. None of the Scottish ski resorts are as high as their European counterparts, neither is the weather as reliable but they do have all the facilities you would expect, from good accommodation, ski-hire, tuition, lifts and runs. If your visit coincides with a good snowfall and decent weather, skiing in Scotland can be very good indeed.
I’ve left the last one for you, I would love to hear what ideas you have for a great trip in 2012, you can drop us a comment below.
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