How to plan a roadtrip

Going on a road trip can the best ways to see a country especially if you only have a short amount of time, it can be the most effective ways to see as many things possible, although planning a road trip can sometimes be overwhelming just like any other trip can but with this handy guide we are going to break down step-by-step how you can plan your road trip to make it the best one possible.

Budget and Timescale

The number one thing to think about for any trip is, what is your budget and what are the timescales? For example, if you can go on a week-long road trip and only have £200, this will affect where and what you can do as opposed if you have £2000 and say three months.

Knowing how long you have can determine where you go with cost also playing a part for any activities or the type of accommodation you want, this is the number one thing you need to establish for a trip!

Solo or group travel

You may have already of had the answer to this question when you first decided to plan a roadtrip but if not!

The next thing to look at is whether you are doing this solo or with a group of friends as this can also affect your budget. On your own you will have to pay for things completely on your own as opposed to being able to split the costs with friends, this does depend on what type of traveller you are tough and what time you have available.

Where are you roadtripping?

Deciding which country to road trip to is the next most important part!

You might decide to travel in your home country or can a plane somewhere and hire a car or van or even a road trip on the way to your final destination.

Again this depends on your budget and timescales.

Hiking in the Snowdonia National Park, UK

Planning the route

I suggest using google maps as you can pinpoint all the places you want to go along with accommodation and write notes around different places.

Once you have all the places you want to go you can work out what route to take, but remember to take your timescale into account when deciding how long to spend in one location as well as how you will be travelling, for example, public transport will possibly taking you longer to get to each point compared to driving yourself, also making sure you can reach each location in your chosen means of transport. (Side note: check what seasonal effects there are for each activity such as price change and closures)

Type of transportation

When you have narrowed down where you won’t go and the activities you want to do on this road trip is time to think about the transport this is where your budget massively comes into play if you’re doing a solo trip in your car and finding accommodation along the route just driving from A to B or maybe you are in a campervan saving in accommodation cost but will possibly have to hire out a van instead. If you are using public transport looking at any deals as well as the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to the locations you want to visit is important and also possibly more time consuming to plan.

Snowdonia Railway

Time to make some bookings

Now you’ve planned your route and you know when you want to go all you need to do is book your first nights’ accommodation or any tickets which you may need in advance.

If you are travelling on a tighter timescale and know exactly what and where you will be doing each day you can book everything in advance if needed but you are following a more relaxed schedule for your trip and unsure where you will be going I recommend only booking your first day/nights activity and then book places a few days or on the day depending on how your trip is going.


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Why you should visit the UK?

Stuck on where to travel next? Need a reason to travel to the UK? Well, this is the post you!

The UK is mainly known for its horrible weather raining 24 hours seven days a week 365 days a year, however, there is still plenty of sunshine and many sites to see, across this historic country with a range of cultures and traditions found up and down this small proud nation.

So if you are being tempted to book your flights and start planning a trip then here are a few more reasons sure to convince you on why you should choose this destination over another.

4 countries in 1

The great thing about the UK is that this nation is formed of the 4 smaller countries, England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland giving you a 4 in 1 visit, meaning that you can do a road trip to go round the whole of the UK and tick four countries off your list in one!

Culture and traditons

From castle ruins to grand cities, small towns, beaches and the rolling countryside there is something which can be found across the UK for everyone no matter which country you are going too.

With a long history of conquests, kings and queens are an abundance of castles and ruins as well as abbeys to be seen up and down this country so if you’re into history and culture then this is the one you if you move a hiker there are many national parks up and down the UK with trails for all levels along with the Three Peaks, in Wales, England and Scotland.

Beaches

As you will be visiting an island, beaches are of course in abundance, with spots to just sit and soak up the sun to the action-packed water sports of surfing and sailing there is plenty to choose from. The great thing about the size of this country is that from the centre of England you can get to a beach in just 2 hours!

The UK isn’t known for its beaches and is not the first place think of when wanting to go for a seaside holiday but there are ranges of beautiful beaches from pebble to sandy ones which will take you by surprise.

Anglesey beach in Wales

Free activities!

One of the great things is that there are so many activities which you can do free! Beacuse who doesn’t love something that is free?

If you’re someone who isn’t up for hiking or being in nature and prefer the city life the there is still plenty of free activities to check out!

London has tonnes of museums and art galleries with many of them being free to visit this being the same across the UK, so if you are travelling on a budget you can still visit and do plenty of activities while here!

Easy transport

The size of this country means that it is super easier to get around, whether using your car, bus or train it is fairly simple and easy for any traveller, it also means that you can see most of the country in a short period allowing you to make use of your time as you will be able to move from one location to another with ease.

When to visit?

Hopefully, you are starting to see some of the bright side to travel to Britain, so the next question would be when to visit? With the answer to that being any time of the year!

This is the great thing about the UK is that you can visit any time of the year and yes while some times in the year may be slightly better than others. The weather overall makes travelling any time of year a possibly allowing you to miss the super busy summer months, but this is the UK so no matter when you come having a coat with you just in case is always recommended.

Now that you have read this, check out my blog for other UK based posts for inspiration on what to do when you arrive.


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Travel guide to the Severn Valley Railway

Ever wanted to go back in time and travel the old Victorian style way on the steam railway well now you can!

If you are in the UK take a day trip to the beautiful countryside county of Shropshire where the steam railway awaits.

You don’t need to be a train enthusiast as it is still a great day out for anyone.

Here is my guide on how to best spend a day out on the Severn Valley Railway

Which station to start at?

I recommend that you start at either the stations in Bridgnorth or Kidderminster. As these are both the endpoints of the railway itself, which means that you will get the chance to ride along the whole full length of the track and back along getting to go on all the possible stops, making the most out of your ticket and the day.

When you arrive at any of the stations you will be welcomed by the old feel Victorian styled train stations that use to exist in abundance up and down the country.

When you go to collect your ticket you will be asked whether you want to ride in first, second or third class (I think any ticket will do, just note the price does change depending on the class).

What stops to make along the way?

What stops you make and the order in which you make them does depend on what you want to do during the day, but also which station you start you at.

The places I would recommend getting off at are:

Bridgnorth

Here you can go for a stroll around this historic market town with plenty of cafes and places to grab a bite to eat as well as a section of an old castle ruin which once stood in the medieval town.

Highley

Here you can visit the old engine house which has a museum inside along with some train engines and the old royal carriage of King George V.

Bewdley

This riverside town makes for a great stop with a chance to get fish and chips, ice cream and go around the small museum in the town!

Kidderminster

This small city offers a range of activities and places to eat as well as being the most built-up and developed of the stops. (As you leave the station to hear you will see the new one across the car park for all the modern trains).

Make sure you check all the train times for each stop you make so as not to miss ant departures especially at the end of the day, otherwise it will be an expensive taxi back to your starting point.

Engine House is also a museum showing the history of the railway

Sights to see when on the train?

Even if you decide to not get off at any of the stops and just enjoy your time sitting on the train there is still plenty to see.

The track follows the River Severn which can see along most of the route as well as rolling hills and plenty of farmland that covers this county making for some scenic views.

As you get closer to Kidderminster you will have a view of the Safari park with the chance to see some of the animals, such as deer, lions and giraffes.

Near Bewdley, you will be able to spot a glimpse of the reservoir, the old school and the church see the complete town from the train.

Now that you have read this complete guide on how to spend a day on the Seven Valley Railway you will be able to plan your trip along this historic steam railway and the surrounding towns going back in time to experience some of the past


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How to overcome loneliness when travelling

When you are travelling solo there will be moments where you feel alone and slightly homesick, which is perfectly normal! Every solo traveller at some point will feel alone and go through this so know that you aren’t alone, while this may not happen at the start of your trip it will occur so knowing how to get out of this slump and back to your adventures is a good thing to learn about yourself.

One massive way to help combat that feeling of being lonely is to go out and make some new friends check out this blog post for tips on how to make friends when travelling.

Now for my tips to help you combat feeling lonely when you are navigating your way around the globe.

Stay in a dorm

If you normally stay in a private room then switching to a dorm will massively help.

Straight away you will be pulled out of any isolation, finding it easier to meet new people and not feel as lonely. If the hostel you are staying at has different dorm sizes maybe opt for a bigger one with the chance of more people being coming in and out of the room compared to a smaller 4-bed dorm.

Force yourself to meet people

While staying in a dorm will be a massive help to this, booking on a group tour can also be a good idea helping you to meet fellow travellers but also the chance to possibly meet some locals.

Making yourself interact with people can be a massive help, after all, we need human interaction now and then.

Don’t book a return ticket

Just because you are feeling lonely and not having the best time in the world doesn’t mean that you get on a plane ride home.

Think about all the places you haven’t yet been too and will miss out on, when will you have the chance to travel to this part of the world again?

This feeling won’t last forever so don’t end your trip early over it.

Take a rest

Burning out at the start of the trip can happen a lot!

You arrive somewhere and go off on all these adventures but yourself, then a few days feel alone as you haven’t made any friends yet and want to do some activities with people.

Don’t worry you can easily make friends (here are a few ideas). However sometimes that feeling of loneliness can come from simple being burnt out, so taking a day or two just to chill at the beach or pool, take a stroll around the town, sit in a café and read a book, do the laundry and other small tasks you haven’t had a chance to do yet can help you in feeling ready for the next adventure in no time.

Taking time for myself down at the beach, listening to the waves.

Avoid calling home

If you are struggling with being homesick, calling home may not be the best idea sometimes it can only make things worse, knowing yourself is important when it comes to these tips.

For some a phone call home to chat about the trip so far, come up with new places to visit discussing how you have been feeling down and using family to come up with an action plan for how to get back on top can be super useful, but for others, it can mean booking that plane ticket home.

Being aware of yourself and the situation for this one it can make things worse.

Move to somewhere new

If you have been in a location for a while try moving on, if there are things you still want to do look for a new hostel to change the sense or head to a different region, find yourself somewhere new to explore, people to meet activities to do.

Remember you will only have a certain amount of time to travel in so if you have seen and done everything you want to do in a region move on don’t hang around if you don’t need too.

Acknowledge it

Embracing the feeling and acknowledging it can be a massive help to combat that lonely feeling we all get from time to time when travelling.

Remember you don’t need to be doing a thousand activities a day it is okay to have rest and more chilled days just sat by the pool you don’t need to be the height of the party every day, we all need a rest sometimes.

But this simple acknowledgement can go a long way in helping in the future and helping you to understand yourself and grow during your trip.


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Faye

5 reasons why you should volunteer aboard

When travelling we tend not to think of charity work or volunteering, however, it can come with a lot of benefits, offering new travel opportunities as well as making travel more budget-friendly at the same time, therefore more accessible to everyone.

Mixing volunteering and travel is something I have only started doing this past year and while it may not be something I do in every location I go to it is something I will be considered in most of my future travels.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider charity/volunteering work as part of your next travel plans.

Save on accommodation costs

You can often volunteer to work at a hostel for the time you are there in exchange for free accommodation or a discount on a bed saving you money as you travel, helping to extend a trip and possibly stay in nicer accommodation then you would normally be able to afford.

It is worth noting though that you may need to contact the hostel before you arrive to confirm that you can work there in exchange for a room.

Travel off the beat track

Some opportunities are off the beaten track allowing you to explore parts of a country you wouldn’t normally visit, for example, I am climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest thanks to a fundraising charity opportunity I got involved in.

This is something I would never have done if it wasn’t for this opportunity to work with the charity!

Learn more about the local culture

Living and working with the locals will allow you to experience a culture in a new light away from the touristy side you may experience most of the time.

Likely to go on activities that tourist wouldn’t normally do as well as being able to see the country and way of living through their eyes, opening up a new appreciation for the country.

Unique experience

As this is something people tend not to do it makes for a unique experience and story to tell. This new way of travel can also be more sustainable.

This form of sustainability comes from the help you prove the local community, supporting that business and economy to grow, but also the environment as you are likely to spend longer in that particular location with this type of ‘slow travel’ having a massive environmental impact for the better.

Learn something new

Volunteering with the locals allows you to learn more of the language as they may not speak another language very well compared to more touristy areas.

Learn more about the traditions and culture, giving you an understanding that you may not have gotten if you just attend a group tour to somewhere.

You may even learn a new skill so that you can complete the volunteering in the first place.


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Faye

10 best things to do in Glasgow, Scotland

A city often overlooked by the capital of Scotland Edinburgh. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland offering a lot to do and explore alongside having something for everyone on offer.

With plenty of culture, parks and historic buildings, you are spoiled for choice on what you can do in here. Even though it may be the biggest city in Scotland getting around is super easy with most the sites across this city being in close walking distance.

Don’t let the British weather put you off either with plenty of indoor activities across the city as well as the ones outdoors.

Botanic Gardens

Walking through the Botanic Garden and Kibble Place you will be transported into a jungle with a range of tropical plants and trees.

While there you can also take a stroll through the surrounding outdoor garden park that Kimble place itself is found as well as a walk along the River Kelvin which is found nearby.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

If you get chance to visit Kelvingrove park then walking round to visit the art gallery and museum is one I would recommend, with plenty to see here and if needed a chance to escape that British weather.

Art Mural Trail

If you head into the main city centre you may notice a few pieces of street art on the side of some of the buildings, this is part of the cities art mural trail which goes across the city centre making for some great shots too!

Kelvingrove Park

If taking a relaxing stroll through the parks is your thing then Kelvingrove park is one you will need to do, with plenty paths and a lake in the park summer stroll should be on the list, if visiting in winter the lake can freeze over giving you change to go ice skating.

Kelvingorve

Necropolis and Cathedral

Taking a walk around this beautiful cathedral is something you don’t want to miss out on with its stunning gothic architecture.

When in the area taking a walk up to the Necropolis and walking through the grounds, w nowhile going to an old cemetery may seem like an odd thing to do when visiting the city the views from the top are something you will want to witness.

People’s Place and Glasgow Green

The People’s Place and Glasgow green are great if you want to just walk around the park or fancy a trip to the museum, you will also find the Winter Gardens if you fancy going and checking out some more tropical plants.

Clydeside Distillery

What would a trip to Scotland be without a distillery tour?

Lucky Glasgow has one right in the bank of the River Clyde in the city centre. Take a tour around this distillery and try some of the single malt whisky they have to offer.

George’s Square

Head down to Georges square, but keep an eye out for the famous Duke of Wellington statue, the people of Glasgow are known for having a sense of humour with this statute showing it.

I won’t say too much and leave this location up to you to find out about when you visit.

George’s Square

Science Centre

If you are a science lover then the science museum found along the River Cylde is something you will want to do while in Glasgow.

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum

Found at the University this museum and art gallery holds a lot of history about the city. It is also the oldest museum in Scotland so why else wouldn’t you want to visit this place of wonder.


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Safety tips for solo female travellers

Being a solo female traveller you will always get questions around safety and how safe is it to travel, especially in some parts of the whole more than others.

However just because you are a female does mean you can’t travel and it especially means that you can’t solo travel just because of your gender.

Most things are common sense and rules you would follow in your home country so just because you are aboard it doesn’t mean you won’t follow the same safety rules.

For general safety advice and more top tip for safety when travelling check out this post.

I have 5 top tips that I follow when I am travelling to help make sure that I stay as safe as possible.

Arrive during daylight

This one is a favourite tip of mine for a few reasons, the first being is that arriving in the daylight you can fully assess your surroundings just making it safer.

It means that you save money travelling to a location on an overnight bus which is cheaper than a hostel room for the night. In the day it is easier to follow where taxis are taking you as well as providers, helping you get a better deal.

You will also be more awake and aware, when in a new location too which is just safer.

Don’t tell people where you are staying

Okay tell the taxi driver where they need to take you, but don’t tell other people on the street you wouldn’t do it when you are back home so don’t tell people when you are aboard either.

Don’t walk around at night on your own

When at home you wouldn’t walk down a dark street alone or through a random park, so don’t do it when travelling, if you go on a night out make sure that there are people from your dorm room or hostel to walk back with.

Safety really can come in numbers.

Don’t flash valuables about

This is more a general safety rule, but it is seen as easier to pickpocket/rob women. Just watch where you are keeping valuables and when you are getting them out.

Be sensible on a night out

Again more of a general rule for everyone but women, unfortunately, are more likely to be targeted on a night out.

You can have something put in your drink or just have someone approach you (even though you don’t want it and will probably have to tell them a few times to go away before they get the idea).

Be aware watch your drink, go out with friends and don’t drink too much so that you are unable to look after yourself because no one else will.


Hope these tips for travelling as a solo female have helped

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Best places to visit in Paris

Paris one of the most iconic cities in Europe, whether you are there for a week or a weekend there is plenty to see and do in this time.

Here is a list of the top things to do when in Paris

Eiffel Tower

No trip to Paris complete with a trip to this iconic landmark, making it top of the list for sites to see in this beautiful city.

Catacombs

One of the more peculiar sites to see is the Paris Catacombs. In the 18th-century cemeteries across Paris, had the bones removed and placed in tunnels under the city, which you can now visit today.

The Louvre

If you are a lover of art then a trip to the worlds largest art museum and one of the most famous art galleries in the world should be on your list.

Famous glass triangle at the entrance to The Louvre

Arc de Triomphe

Another iconic landmark of the city that should be on the list of things to do you can also visit the top with a view down champs-Elysees

Champs-Elysees

If you are visiting the Arc de Triomphe, then why not head for a walk down one of the most iconic streets while you are there.

Norte Dame

One of the oldest cathedrals in the world, taking a tour around this before building and seeing the views at the top.

Montparnasse Tower

Get a 3060 view of the city from the top of the Montparnasse Tower.

Looking up at the tower itself, may not look like much from the ground but the views are amazing at the top

Sainte Chapelle

Not too far from the Notre Dame the Sainte Chapelle is another cathedral which is worth the visit.

Seine River Cruise

Taking a boat ride down the Seine River day or night is a great way to relax while also getting to take in some of the sites of the city.


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Why visit the Isle of Skye

This Isle of Skye is a place most people don’t know about located in the Scottish highland in the North West the small island has a lot to offer.

When it comes to the Isle of Skye it doesn’t matter what the season is when you visit because no matter what the time of year this small isle will have something to offer everyone.

Whiskey

Scotland is known for its whiskey and Skye is no exception having 2 distilleries on the isle for you to visit.

Mountain Pools

The fairy pools are probably the most iconic and well know out of the mountain pools in Skye, but there are many more off the trails which are just as beautiful often quiter as they aren’t as touristy.

Hiking

If you love to hike and being out in the fresh air then this is the place for you with so many hiking spots all over the Isle of Skye you will be sure to find one you fancy and never run out of new hikes to do either.

Hiking in Torrin with The Cullin Hills in the distance

Water Activities

From sailing to kayaks there are plenty of water sports that you can do a; over Skye keeping you entertained during an adventure packing get away.

Northern Lights

Scotland is known for having the northern lights appear at times with Skye being one of those places where you can be in a chance to spot them.

The Views

Skye is most known for the views across every part of the island from the mountain landscapes to the seaside town of Portree you will never get tired of the breathtaking views that cover this landscape has to offer you.

Coastline of Kyleakin

Local Food

Trying some of the local fresh food here is a must, heading to the seaside towns for some freshly caught fish or a local market on the isle is one thing you must try while visiting.

Wild Camping

If wild camping is your thing then this is something which you can do on Skye just remember to leave no trace and respect the land you are on but camping under the stars of the Scottish highlands can’t be missed.


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How to chose a backpack

The most important item that any backpacker will get is their backpack. 

But what should you look for in a backpack? 

What makes a good backpack?

What backpack should I buy?

Most the answers to these will be personal ones with everyone saying they have the better backpack however, I have a few things you may want to think about when getting a backpack that will hopefully narrow down the choices.

For some context I have the Osprey Fairview 70L backpack, this is the female-specific version of the rucksack where the Farpoint is the unisex version.

What size should I get?  

Deciding what size backpack to get is probably one of the first things you need to decide.

For me, I got the 70l because I was this bag camping as well so needs to fit a tent etc, but I also like to travel for longer and feel like I would struggle with a hand luggage size bag though, it can be done and people do only travel hand luggage saving themselves money on checked-in baggage.

You can get to a 45l Fairview/Farpoint rucksack if the style I have appealed to you but want a smaller size.

What about a day Bag?

Whenever backpacking you will need to bring some form of the secondary bag to carry with you during the day.

Most people will carry a second backpack, a bum bag, foldable backpack or a combination it just depends on what type of traveller you are and what activities you will be doing.

For me having the day bag which can be detached from the main bag was something super important, the ease it brought me when needing that extra bag out in the airport and trying to carry it, there are a few backpacks out there with this feature but it is a limited number.

Having a detachable day bag may also be something which just isn’t important to you either which is also fine plus it does open you up to a lot more styles and range of bags.

Rain Cover

One feature that is often overlooked is does the backpack come with a rain cover? Even when in the sunniest of countries it can still rain so knowing you have a cover you can use is super handy.

You can buy a rain cover separately and keep it in an outside pocket that is easily accessible, but if you can get a bag with it built it, you will save time and money of buying one separate.

How does it open?

This one may seem odd but looking at how the bag opens is thing massive thing to look for!

I find having a bag which opens up like a suitcase is so handy and makes life far easier when needing to find anything inside, it also makes packing easier too.

Colour

You may not put much thought into the colour of your bag, going for any colour that isn’t black would be my suggestion. 

Imagine if your bag got lost at the airport and you had to describe how many black bags do you think there are? Compared to green or red there won’t be as many making if easier to find. 


Hope this has helped you in what to look out for when buying your next backpack

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