Phone Type Stuff for the UK (for US/Canadian Tumblrites)
So I’m travelling to the UK in about a week with my family and put together a super cheap way to get near unlimited calling while in the UK back to the US and Canada. I’m posting it here in case any of you are also planning trips to visit the Doctor Who Experience,visit 221B Baker Street, visit the United Kingdom.
It’s going to be about $26 USD for 3000 minutes to call the US/Canada, and unlimited calling & texting on the O2 network per month while in the UK. The great thing is if you’re traveling with family or friends that means you can call them while you’re over there as much as you’d like. You also get 100MB data but I’m trying not to think about that part because I’m not quite sure how I’ll survive on that limit. XD.
Annnyway, here are the steps:
Go on eBay and hunt down an O2 UK International Favourites SIM card with £15 credit. I paid about $23 for mine.
Yay! The SIM has arrived. If it’s like mine you’ll receive the SIM and need to message the person you bought it from on eBay to get your £15 top up code. They didn’t include it with the card incase it got lost in the mail.
Ok, now you’ll need to put the SIM in your phone. If it’s too big you’ll need to trim it down to micro-SIM or nano-SIM size.
Turn off celular data on your phone! You don’t want to start running down your ballance by accidentally having the phone check your email in the background.
Put the SIM in your phone. If it gets angry with you, you may need to call your US/CA carrier (with your original SIM card) to get your phone unlocked.
Once it locks on to a network you should dial *111*# and hit call. You’ll get a message that O2 is going to call you back.
Answer the incoming call and then hit * to get to the main menu.
You’ll want to top up your phone using the code provided from the eBay person if necessary.
Now you’ll want to dial *111*# again and go to top-up, and then pick the option that says manage your bolt-ons.
You’ll want to navigate to add a new bolt-on.
Select the International option.
You will want to pick International Favourites 3.
You’ll need to enter your country code. The country code for the US and Canada is 1.
Go ahead and add the bolt-on. It should cost £10. You should get a text in a bit that will tell you how to manage it.
Now you want to go to Skype.com and then select Skype-To-Go.
You’ll want to set your current location to somewhere in the US/Canada so that it will generate a local access number for you. You should register your regular phone number to get the local access number generated.
Now you want to change your location to London, UK, and register your O2 number.
Head back to the main Skype-To-Go page and note your US/Canadian access number.
Set up your Skype-To-Go speed dials.
You want to add a Skype subscription. I paid $2.99 for unlimited calls to the US and Canada. I think Skype might also have a free month of unlimited calling if you want to try using that.
Sidenote: if you don’t mind sharing speed dial numbers you can register like 30 phones to one Skype-To-Go account which could help save money if you’re going to be traveling with a group.
You can add three numbers as favourites. You want to add your Skype-To-Go US/Canada number as one of them, and then pick whoever you want for the others.
You should get your O2 International Favourites Call-In number and the three forwarding numbers now. Write those down.
You should add the two numbers you picked to your contacts.
Now for the cool part: choose one of the contacts you set as a skype to go speed dial and enter the O2 International Favs forwarding number for skype, add a pause, then a 1, and then that contact’s Skype speed dial number. On iPhone you hold down the * key to add a pause. What this does is it will autodial your skype to go number, choose speed dial from the menu for you, and then insert that contact’s speed dial all automatically. You can just hit the contact’s name and be connected as if you were calling them normally (but please don’t try it until you’re in the UK cuz international roaming is firstborn child expensive and you’ll only have £5 left on your ballance).
Put your regular SIM card back in to your phone and then before you leave set up call forwarding so that your regular phone number forwards to your O2 Call In number. Now when anyone tries calling your phone, it will be diverted to the UK phone number and will come through as if it were a regular call.
You should be good to go once you get to the UK!
100MB data allowance that makes little puffins cry. I’m probably going to spend another £10 to get the 1GB data bolt on which isn’t great but will hopefully last me.
You can’t text anyone in the US using this method because it doesn’t forward texts. I’m planning on using my iMessage account as a work around. You could also try using TextNow or any of the other free texting apps on the AppStore/PlayStore to get around this limit. Just make sure to tell people that your phone number and text number are different while you’re in the UK.
so in july and august I’ll be travelling to london/windsor, dublin, paris, glasgow, edinburgh, and a few other places in scotland so if anyone has any recommendations or travel advice it would be greatly appreciated!! x
To anyone going to Sherlocked the convention from London on Friday 27th October 2017, or just going to Birmingham that day, I have 2 extra tickets booked from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, leaving 11:13am and arriving 13:17pm. Selling at 5 pounds each, I can give it to you on the morning we leave. Inbox me if interested.
I hate travelling on trains at this time of night. Especially on Saturdays.
I’m in a carriage of guys and they’re drinking and beer is spilt everywhere and two guys are trying to pick a fight in the aisle next to me. They’re blocking me in to my seat and I want to move but I don’t want to draw attention to myself.
This guy is barely managing to stand. He just fucking fell on top of me when his slightly less drunk mate threw cider at him.
Men can be such fuckheads.
Oh god. One of the guys just came up to me and insisted on shaking my hand.
I have 15 mins until my stop. I hope they’re not getting off here too. I would hate to be alone on a dark platform with this lot. I think they are though.
Oh no. They’re talking to me again. They’re telling me I’m enjoying this really. I’m not.
Hey, so I’m going to Brighton for a couple of days next week, and I have a limited amount of time to go places. I already want to go to the Museum of Transology (that’s a thing!!!), but do any of you have any suggestions of things I should do? It’d be helpful if you know my blog pretty well, because then you’d know the kinds of things I like, but any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
I went on a day-trip to this seafront town to visit the university, as you can probably guess from the open day bag in the first pic. The beach was gritty and grey but felt deeply familiar, very undeniably British in nature. All of the houses along the promenade were painted alternate pastel colours, some of them veering close to dereliction, others bought and revamped by the uni itself. It’s not a city in disrepair, but it’s certainly only alive when tourism can fill its streets. Other than that, it’s populated only by students and those who work in the independent chippies and Welsh merchandise stands - demographics that cross over quite a bit. Also, have a picture of me from the day, because why not?
I am travelling to the UK in two weeks for the first time ever, so thought would be good to lookup advice on social etiquette there. Best thing I’ve found so far:
“Don’t confuse everybody’s surly, quiet and determined exterior as being miserable or unfriendly. People in the UK are infused with a wistful melancholy (82% of our days are overcast!), and although sometimes it takes a bit of poking, people are generally friendly and interesting.”
So I’m studying abroad at the University of Cambridge this summer and I’m trying to figure out where I want to travel on the weekends. We have 3-day weekends nearly every week, but I don’t want to spend too much time in transit from place to place. I’ve been to Scotland a few times already, and we’re doing a group trip to London, but what are some other places in/around the UK that I should visit?? Any recommendations are very much appreciated xx
Dear Mom, I am safe and happy and am doing so well here in Cardiff! The other Fulbrighters are proving to be good friends already- so high spirited, encouraging, and up for anything, despite the jet lag!
I’m sorry I haven’t sent any emails yet- I have not gotten the WiFi to work on my laptop yet. But I’m going to get help from one of our hosts tomorrow. Her name is Cerys (to pronounce, think of a cross between Carrots and Paris) and she is so relaxed, welcoming, and funny! Everyone is making us feel really at home- the more we explore the city the more I love its winding cobblestone roads and multitude of non-4-way intersections.
Oh, I’m just thinking of loads to tell you! Every detail! From my tiny little room in Senghennydd Hall to the delicious traditional food we’ve been treated to (lamb, Yorkshire pudding, Welsh cakes, Sunday roast!), the activities and gorgeous stone architecture (we’re going to Cardiff Castle, which is right in the city, literally bordered by sidewalks, on Monday!), the layout of the Fulbright Wales Summer Institute, all I’m learning and picking up language-wise (whenever we learn about language I get giddy. And we’re going to be at the School of Welsh for a full 6 hours on Thursday!!! Can’t wait!!).
I wish I could call you and tell you everything. (I learned that there is a smartphone app we could get that sets up free international calls and texts between two people who have the app…it’s called Viber. Wanna look into it Dad?) Future letters will be more informative and descriptive, I just don’t know quite what I want to highlight as everything is so new and exciting. I could honestly have enough content to make a blog post every three hours if I had the time! In time I will develop a grasp of what snippets and stories to share. I am journaling personally and, not surprisingly, taking many photographs.
If you would particularly like to hear about a certain aspect of the trip, definitely don’t hesitate to send me a message through Tumblr! Evan knows how, and it will work on my phone while I can’t access my email on my laptop’s wifi just yet. :)
I love you so much Mom! Try not to worry too much about me. Wish I could hear your voice! Love, Jackie
Look, part of my stress is about this trip I’m taking to Scotland next week FOR WORK as in a) they’re paying for my flight, hotel, train, food, etc. for a week and b) I get paid for that week of hanging out in Edinburgh. Like, as anxieties go, this is a pretty good one: what do I do with my four travel days after the work is done?
There are many overwhelming and wonderful locations to agree dead asleep in England, and I advance the dogging 10 locations. 1. Cornwall - is popular for its impressive and amazing shoreline, wonderful fishing towns, tin mines, and historic moorland. The strange anschauung has on a level performers to Cornwall because rich years, today - apart from London - there are more working performers in Cornwall save and except any other nation in the UK.
2. Pembrokeshire - herein Southern Western Wales is full of thaumaturgics and secret. The area has a rich Celtic delve through many pre-historic ancient monuments to see.
3. Snowdonia - in East Wales is known the multitude over for its spectacular hill landscapes. Snowdon is the highest hill entranceway Wales and England and NO OTHER near that you go up to its peak. If that is not reciprocal you can all along deceive and get the knur train to the club!
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Followers in the UK, let’s hang! Show me around! Tell me where the best tattoo and piercing shops are! Good food food food and drinks! Party party party! Help me find a job so I don’t have to leave! 😊🙃
London is hosting Lumiere, the iconic light festival for the first time. Artists from around the world will be creating some crazy light installations. I came across this small part of it on Regent Street. Get yourself there between the 14th and 17th. The festival originates from Durham, UK but I think we can make it even crazier in London. Today I came across a unique installation by artist…
When summer approaches a lot of conversations are about where you’ll be going on holiday that year, and most of the time it will be somewhere outside of UK, but this year was different. In order to save money (or try to!) we thought we would explore the beautiful English surroundings and drive up to Lake District! It’s been on my bucket list since watching Miss Potter and discovering this is…
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No one moves to the UK for the weather. On the contrary, of the westernized world it has the highest emigration rate of spores, molds, and fungi. The cliche is that it’s unbearably wet in the UK: it rains all the time and, unless it’s an Olympic year, you’ll rarely see the sun. The most common advice on the internet is to purchase a sturdy umbrella, or wear rubbers.
Every year I get a few emails from Americans who want to go to Circomedia. They find me via tumblr or youtube and take it upon themselves to write me about my experience there. I love that. I love answering questions about my circus school experience and the visa process. I feel so honored when people find my videos and think that they too might do well in the program. Love it. It seriously makes my day. It’s even cooler when some of them actually turn up and I get to meet them! This is why I push myself so hard. This is why I stress. This is why I want to be here, to be a familiar accent and decent example of circus. I like feeling like a good ambassador for a school that I ultimately adore despite my little grouches about it. Followers, if you want Circomedia info, UK visa info, for moving to the UK for circus school or other school (now skilled at Tier 4 and 5 applications), do send a shout.
What the hell do I pack?? Keep in mind I live in Phoenix, haven’t lived in a wintery place in years. I’ll be all the way from London, to Cardiff and up to Portgower/Helmsdale. I know I’ll be cold, but suggestions??
I had issues with access to my photoblog that I started so I’ve temporarily moved it over here.
Pam and I headed off to Oxford about noon and it was a bit of a challenge on the roundabout just just before Oxford as the Sat-Nav voice directions was telling us one set of directions and the visual directions were a little different (and ended up being the more accurate). Then once in to Oxford it had a bit of an issue with finding New Road. I’d been to the Malmaison Oxford hotel before (May 2006) but my cousin had never been, so it was a fun experience to share that with her. We were on A-Wing - which, if you’re a Bad Girls fan, it was HMP Larkhall’s G-Wing and we were on the first floor. and The old prison, HMP Oxford, was closed as a prison in 1996 and was used for various filming locations up until 2003 upon which it was bought by Malmaison and converted to a hotel. More about this later, as we are doing a tour of Oxford Castle.
We got in the room and my cousin remarked, she could stand getting a 20 year sentence if it was as posh as this. :)
I took some photos as we explored the premises, and this time I’ve got a much better camera so the pictures are clearer.
After we settled our things, we headed off to the Eagle and Child pub for some supper. Had a lovely dinner of a lamb shank and fresh vegetables, and a couple bottles of Dandelion & Burdoch (which we very rarely get in New Brunswick except around the Highland Games time the end of July). I’d hoped that we might be able to get a punting boat ride that evening but they’d already closed, so we decided to do that on Monday now. Instead, we went to the adjacent pub for a glass of wine before heading back to the hotel. I took a few photos of some interesting scenic areas of Oxford that I found interesting.
Working for a travel client, the year ahead poses an interesting proposition. The last few years have been a dogged battle with the inevitable effects of recession, global crises and - lest we forget - volcanic ash clouds. However, despite this people still view holidays as a key part of their lives. A recent Travelex survey reports that “An overwhelming 98.8%” are looking to holiday abroad this summer (http://www.travelex.co.uk/press/ENG/doc-travelex-reveals-british-staycation-a-myth.asp). 98.8%, leaving just 1.2% home for the Olympics.
This number seems a bit excessive, but what it reveals is that contrary to common sense and despite the global/local economic issues we face, the travel industry still thrives. This is to the extent that the United Nations World Tourist Organization is in fact predicting international tourist arrivals to actually grow this year, off the back of an increase of four per cent in 2011. (http://mkt.unwto.org/en/barometer)
So what does this mean for the travel industry, particularly the UK travel industry? If you have seen the recent adverts on the TV and online starring Stephen Fry, Ron from Harry Potter and other family favourites, you will realise there is a big push for the ‘Staycation’ – holidaying at home. Converse to the recent Travelex release, Google anticipates around 9% of Brits would be looking to holiday in the UK with the main aim of escaping the ‘Olympic fever’. The Highlands and Cornwall are the top destinations, as far away from the capital as this island will allow. Interstingly the Google whitepaper (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2-cf-mW11FXYU05dklHaWxUT1NMUjRFMUZPcTRFdw/edit) also suggests that of those staying in London for the games, 47% will be planning to visit venues outside of London.
And while all this is being printed, Virgin and government emails are being leaked anticipating utter ‘gridlock’ at UK airports.
So on one hand we have the Mass British exodus this summer, and on the other we have the Staycaters, the rising incoming tourism and the Great British summer. Who really can anticipate what happens this summer? We can only go by the data and react to the trends of the moment. Google and Travelex’s insight is useful and can help direct marketing plans, but shouldn’t dictate and consume your motives.
If you’re visiting Dublin for the first time, you’re in for a treat! There are plenty of things to see and do, so I guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time. My family and I had a wonderful time here last Christmas (every single person wears a tacky Christmas jumper. It’s great!). However, there are a few things you should know before you get there in order to plan ahead and have the best time…
So this weekend I had the pleasure of spending the first few days of Advent in London!
I was invited to an event i’ve never even heard of before but turns out it’s a pretty big deal.. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Of course I can’t say no to a new adventure and I do love a good visit to London.
We popped down on the train and made the 2 hour journey from Leeds getting to Kings Cross late Friday night. Because of the time it meant the station wasn’t as busy as normal allowing me the chance to try my luck at getting through to Hogwarts again.. Unfortunately I didn’t make it.
We made our way to Bayswater where we had an apartment booked for the weekend. Right next to Hyde Park so a perfect location for visiting Winter Wonderland and central London! After checking in we made our way to the nearest pub for a well deserved Purple Gin before hitting the hay in preparation for the busy weekend ahead.
Of course on all my adventures the rain follows me, so we spent most of the morning catching up on much needed sleep. It was meant to brighten up later in the day so we avoided the heavy downfalls and set off through Hyde Park once it had stopped raining.
First stop.. wildlife!
I could hear the birds in the trees and see the little green fellas flying from branch to branch. Luckily my partner took me over to the place they gather and we found a great spot for feeding the birds. I absolutely loved this experience! I had a good laugh at them landing on us and being attacked by pigeons!
Afterwards we walked along the lake by Hyde Park and we could see Winter Wonderland in the distance with it’s massive rides poking out above the trees. It turned into quite a nice day for an autumn stroll in the park and luckily we had missed the worst of the rain!
After strolling through the park for a few hours we went for a wander around London with a quick visit to see the Queen. It was also pretty cool to see some pelicans not far from the palace! One of them was a nice shade of pale pink.
Eventually we ended up at South Bank where there was a nice little Christmas market a on a much smaller scale to Winter Wonderland. I enjoyed the most delicious halloumi fries here!
Winter Wonderland is how we ended the night and I was really amazed by how exciting the place was. Like a giant carnival! Definitely the biggest fairground i’ve ever been to and it got me in the Christmas mood. We drank mulled wine and cider, ate German sausages and sat by the cosy fire 🙂
Sunday we popped back to Winter Wonderland to explore whilst it’s a little less busy during the day.
I hooked an Olaf to win this little guy who we named Bert and he came around London with us for the day!
We spent the day exploring London some more with the Christmas markets at Leicester Square, a quick visit to Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London and we walked across Tower Bridge. Next time we visit we want to walk up the Tower Bridge and actually venture inside Tower of London. Something to look forward to next summer perhaps?
One of my favourite parts of the weekend was discovering ‘Christmas by the River’ which was a selection of stalls set up like the rest of the Christmas Markets but with more on offer. The main difference was that all the stalls were selling completely different items than the others at Winter Wonderland and it was mostly local crafts and products. We actually ended up buying quite a lot of products including things for ourselves and a lot of Christmas presents! There was much more opportunity to test the products and taste the food on offer – try before you buy! It worked because we walked away with a giant bottle of Moonshine that tastes like hazelnut!
A hot chocolate in Hay’s Galleria was the perfect end to a nice Christmassy weekend.
One of the last trips of 2018 and even though it was exhausting I look forward to going again next year!
With a bit of careful planning - and some careful packing - you can sail through Britain’s Super Summer of 2012 with a smile on your face and brilliant memories for years to come. The key is to stay warm, dry, well-fed and watered, comfortable - and patient. Check out my half-dozen summer 2012 traveler’s tips to find out how to keep your cool.
My 2012 resolution is to just switch off the television set and go out and do something less boring instead. But where to go? Too many weekends have been lost to indecision. So I took inspiration from the A-Z and drew up some rules.
In January, visit a place or attraction beginning with A and B
February C and D
Take a minimum of two trips per month
UVW in November and XYZ in December
Only visit places I have not seen before as an adult
Only within a few hours of London
Must be able to get there and back within a day or two
I’ve always wanted to travel. I’m in my twenties, a year out of college, and unlike most of my former peers, I’m not drowning in student loan debt. I also the luxury and flexibility of taking a trip pretty much whenever I want. Right now my biggest responsibilities are taking care of my houseplants and making my car payment on time. I don’t have kids or a dog, and I’m not planning a wedding like some girls my age. It’s the perfect time to take a trip abroad. Here’s why I’ve longed to travel to the United Kingdom.
I didn’t get to study abroad in college.
When I was in college I was awarded a thousand dollar scholarship to study abroad. I ended up not using it because even the least expensive summer trips to England were still $8,000 more than what I could actually afford. Studying abroad was the best way I could justify spending thousands of dollars on “vacation” because I would also be furthering my education while I was experiencing a foreign country. My dream trip was one that went to the English countryside where we would study classic 19th century British literature. Turns out that class was also available on campus so I took it anyway, but I missed out on the English gardens surrounding well-known manor estates. Now that I’m out of school though, I’m actually glad I didn’t study abroad. Knowing the kind of student I was, if I had studied abroad, I would’ve spent most of my days doing just that.
Movies have made the UK look like a dream.
I think it was the Harry Potter movies that I watched growing up, and the Keira Knightley period dramas I watch now that made me hope one day I’d spend my days exploring castles on cobblestoned roads and drinking afternoon tea under overcast skies. Besides all of the marvels London has to offer, and the castles of Wales, there are other gems I want to check out. There’s Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter, the Roman baths in England, Holyrood Palace in Scotland, Chatsworth house where Pride & Prejudice was filmed, and the Titanic museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Those are just what I consider to be some of the highlights.
There is so much history.
The Queen. The entire Royal Family. The castles, the Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor architecture. The famous museums with art that is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
Welsh. Scottish. British. Irish. I could listen to them all day.
It’s so green.
As someone who has lived in Arizona her whole life, knowing that some countries are always so lush and green is wild. The desert is a dusty, dry, brown place. I’ve tried to grow plants outside but usually the sun and the heat destroyed the chance.
I want to make friends.
I’m generally a very introverted individual but I’ve been researching different group tours that I’m considering joining so that I don’t have to travel alone. Going abroad with a group of solo travelers enables me to potentially meet people from all around the world. Of course, staying in a hostel as a solo traveler would be another good option if I want to make friends.
English is my native tongue.
The UK is not the only place on my bucket list, but it happens to be the first because they speak English. I’m still afraid to travel to a country where I wouldn’t be able to communicate with anyone.
The next obvious step I need to take is getting my passport. Once I do that, I can finally take the leap across the pond.
You don’t need to leave the country to have a great holiday. And as prices for international travel are expected to rise, roughly a third of British travellers will opt for a staycation.
The UK is blessed with beautiful beaches, tranquil rivers, superb walking and remote islands to suit whatever type of trip you’re looking for.
We’ve found 10 great staycation deals, which all have accommodation with availability for this summer.
From far west Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland, these are the summer staycations to book now.
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Squint, and Pemborkeshire could be the Caribbean. OK, so it’s definitely a few degrees cooler, but you can find gold sand beaches and bright turquoise waters along this stretch of Welsh coastline. The charming coastal town of Fishguard is a great place to base yourself, with ancient woodlands and fascinating galleries to explore, plus activities on tap, from coasteering to surfing. Originally home to the local police force, the Old Police House has been lovingly restored to a high standard, with four pristine bedrooms. Seven nights’ self-catering costs from £93pp, based on seven sharing, in July or September. [Photo: Getty]
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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Fancy a trip to California without having to cross the Atlantic? Easy. Just north of the seaside town of Great Yarmouth, is California Cliffs Holiday Park. Parkdean Resorts has a number of deals this summer. They include a saving of £150 on a seven-night stay at California Cliffs, which now costs £85pp based on six sharing a caravan, arriving on July 20. The complex has indoor and outdoor pools, crazy-golf courses and go-karts, but it’s only a five-minute stroll to the lovely sand-and-shingle Scratby Beach. [Photo: Parkdean Resorts]
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The Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides
You don’t need to jet abroad to feel as though you’ve travelled far away from your day-to-day life. With its rugged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs, the Isle of Skye is otherworldly beautiful. Hike through its velvet moors, explore its crofting museums or pull up a pew in one of its cosy pubs. Tucked away in the coastal village of Uig, Maison de la Mer has stellar sea views and direct access to walking trails. Seven nights’ self-catering costs from £122pp, based on four sharing from August 24. [Photo: Getty]
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There’s something exciting to check out this summer in Penzance, Cornwall’s most westerly major town. The Jubilee Pool, one of the UK’s oldest surviving Art Deco lidos, will reopen on July 6. Dip your toe into this gorgeous retro pool by the sea, or take a swim in the briny – you’ve got plenty of beaches to choose from nearby, including Praa Sands and Porthcurno. Chapel House PZ still has availability this summer, with B&B from £80pp, based on two sharing, including afternoon tea, evening drinks in the drawing room and wellies to borrow if the weather isn’t kind.[Photo: Chapel House Penzance]
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The Thames, Oxfordshire
For a cruise closer to home, try a jaunt down the Thames. Le Boat has a Benson Return cruise, which takes in the western section of the River Thames, starting and finishing in Benson, south Oxfordshire. Float along the river until you reach the dreaming spires and universities of Oxford, or head east towards Henley-on-Thames, the home of British rowing. You’ll stay on 29ft canal boat that sleeps up to three. A seven-night self-catered cruise costs from £266pp, based on three sharing and departing on August 17. [Photo: Getty]
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Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Gwynedd
An old slate mine may not seem like an obvious holiday destination, but the Llechwedd Slate Caverns is surrounded on all sides by Snowdonia National Park, and its quarry-scarred landscape is strangely beautiful. Get your heart pounding by exploring the numerous caverns by zip-wire, rope bridges and footholds hammered into the walls. Then head back to your safari-style tent, which has solid wood floors, a flushing loo, proper beds – and views across the rugged landscape and quarries. Three nights costs from £135pp, based on a family of four sharing from August 19.
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Southwold, East Suffolk
Breathe in fresh sea air, explore a working lighthouse and stroll past the colourful beach huts lining the seafront at Southwold. This area is also where Danny Boyle and his crew filmed parts of new flick ‘Yesterday’. The cast and crew stayed at The Swan, which has launched three new staycation packages. New experiences include Southwold’s only gourmet beach hut afternoon tea, stand-up paddle boarding and guided walks. Prices from £180pp, based on two sharing. [Photo: Adnams]
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With its Tor, seventh century abbey and ancient Chalice Well, you won’t have trouble filling your time on a trip to the historic town of Glastonbury. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels are also worth a visit, as are the coastal resorts of Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, all under an hour’s drive. And you’ll feel well and truly immersed in nature if you sleep in a pod amongst organic Somerset apple trees. Orchard Farm has launched a cluster of new glamping pods, sleeping two to four. All feature an en-suite bathroom, double bed, sofa bed and kitchenette. Three nights’ self-catering costs from £82.50pp, based on four sharing from July 27. [Photo: Orchard Farm]
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Saunton, North Devon
Honey-coloured sand stretching for three miles, great surfing and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore make Saunton a great choice for a summer break. Families are well catered for, with a zoo and wildlife park nearby – perfect for a rainy day. Overlooking the sea and with direct beach access, luxury apart-hotel Chalet Saunton has six three-bedroom apartments, starting from £75pp per night, based on six sharing. [Photo: Chalet Saunton]
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Fancy a walking holiday this summer? The beautiful Yorkshire Dales are right on your doorstep if you head to Ripon. Wren, a former fodder store, is also just a few miles from Fountains Abbey, one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries in England, and Studley Royal Water Garden. The property sleeps two and features stone walls, a wood-burning stove and huge windows overlooking the Vale of York and Hambleton Hills. Three nights’ self-catering is from £341pp, based on two sharing during the school holidays. [Photo: Getty]
How I’m supposed to afford a rail ticket home/ to see my boyfriend is one thing, but the fact that between 2008 and next January rail fares will have jumped by 40%, compared with a 15% increase in average earnings IS RIDICULOUS for those who must commute every single day to get to work, and ultimately spend a massive chunk of their earnings just to be able to do so..
And there’s absolutely nothing to show for it either! There has been barely any investment in the service itself?
On my second full day I knew I was going on a day trip, and I was torn between St Fagans National Museum or Caerphilly Castle. I was pretty sure on going to the museum, but after talking to a friend who knows the Cardiff area quite well, I was set on St Fagans.
I got there just before it opened and spent a few hours there. I really enjoyed it more than I expected; it’s an open air museum filled with replica buildings taken from places in Wales throughout different time periods. It’s absolutely fascinating! There are also live demonstrations of crafts which were utilized in Wales over time, which was so interesting to watch. I had so much fun at St Fagans, and I’d definitely go again.
After getting back from St Fagans I wasn’t sure what to do. I could have still gone to the castle, but as I hadn’t researched it very well upon deciding on going to the museum, I decided against that. I ended up at the Story Museum, which I really enjoyed, and it was a really good way to learn more about the city of Cardiff.
I decided lastly to go for a walk in Bute Park. I had walked through it briefly on my way from the coach station but hadn’t really explored it properly. I spent a little time wandering around the park, really enjoying it. It’s a lovely park and I really liked the stone circle there as well. After exploring the park I had a sub-par dinner at a restaurant near my hotel before going back to my room to pack.
St Fagans was a really great day out and I immediately wanted to go and take family members there. I learnt so much and wish there were more museums like this.
I had kind of explored Cardiff as much as I could, I thought. It was my last day and I didn’t have anything I really wanted to see left on my list.
I decided to go around the town and explore my favourite places again. I firstly went down to Cardiff Bay. I went for a bit of a walk, took a load of photos and went on a 20 minute boat ride, which was a lot of fun. Cardiff Bay didn’t take me long, so…
When Pablo first told me that we were heading to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides for a family trip to celebrate his mum’s birthday my first thought was: that’s FARRRR. Which wasn’t wrong, but the almost 800 miles from London was so worth the trek.
After a couple of nights in Glasgow and Dundee we made the trip to Ullapool and hopped on the ferry, it took 2.5 hours but was a comfortable…