The Best Ways To Explore The UK

Travelling is not only a great way to see the world, but to also learn more about the world around us. Expanding your knowledge by learning more about nature, architecture, history, and the culture of different countries and people is something we should all experience at some point in our lives. And why not start that journey at home in the UK?

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The best thing about this little island is, there’s no need to travel far, there are so many amazing places to discover right here in the UK.

We’re just about to head to lovely Cornwall to spend Christmas with Will’s family. For the first time, we’re taking the train instead of driving (save the planet and all that) and I’m quite looking forward to sitting and watching the countyside go by!

But which are the other best ways to explore the British Isles, so you get to experience as much as possible?

Water Holidays

Exercise those sea legs and take a trip around some of the Great British coastline. Sure, there is so much to see and do on dry land, but why limit yourself to exploring on land only? See the country from a whole new viewpoint by taking a cruise around the UK or even embarking on a sailing holiday if you prefer to be in more control of your trip.

One of the most unique ways of travelling around the secluded Western Isles is with sailing holidays Scotland. Take to the water and see the country from a different perspective. Get up close and personal with some of nature’s most breathtaking landscapes and rare wildlife by sailing your way around the coastline of Scotland, the West Coast, or indeed any other part of the UK.

Campervan Holidays

Fancy seeing as much of the country as possible for as little as possible? Then how about hiring a campervan and driving your way around the country taking your accommodation with you. No expensive hotels, no pitching up a tent, and absolutely no packing and unpacking as you move from place to place. In a campervan, you create a little home from home as you explore the length and breadth of the country.

Hitch up at campsites that allow campervans to stop overnight, and plan a holiday that is on your terms, at your pace seeing what you want to see. Plan your route, pack up your belongings, and head out on the journey of a lifetime. 

I have been on at Will for months about this, but he won’t do it! What can I do to convince him!?

Canal Boat

Fancy the slow route? Then look no further than hitting the canals of the UK. Bunk down on a barge and navigate the serene waterways that connect not only the biggest cities in the country but also navigate some of the most breathtaking scenery there is to see around the UK.

If you like the idea of living in small quarters and ambling along your chosen route, then hiring a canal boat to explore some of this country’s rich history and beautiful countryside could be right up your street…or rather, canal!

By thinking outside of the box, you can plan yourself a perfect trip that is a little bit out of the ordinary and tailored to you. There are so many places to see and explore, it would be a shame not to make the most of your travels by sticking to just one place.

 

We went to Chernobyl and Pripyat…because of course we did

Couple standing in front of the abandoned ferris wheel in the town of Pripyat

Back in February, Will and I headed to Ukraine to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat.

This was 100% not a surprise to our close friends, as it’s just the type of place we’d go. However, we had so many shocked reactions from people who know us less well, wondering why we’d ever go to a place like that.

Well, this is why. It’s different, it’s interesting, it’s an experience and crucially – it’s IMPORTANT.

A major historic event took place in Chernobyl on 26th April 1986, and it needs to be remembered.

31 people died as a direct result of the Chernobyl blast, not including the fireman who gave their lives helping to contain the radiation.  In addition, untold numbers were affected following the settling of radioactive dust afterwards, its effects still undefined.

I won’t go into the finer details, but you should watch ‘Surviving Disaster‘ on YouTube – it explains everything well without losing the human element. It also stars Ade Edmondson and you can’t go wrong there, really. There is a new series on HBO called Chernobyl too, which people are enjoying – it’s great that more people know about it.

We filmed a fair amount of content whilst we were there, but not everything. Chernobyl and the ghost town Pripyat is a place that needs to be fully appreciated for what it is, rather than filmed non-stop. I’m glad we got some footage, but I’m even more glad we experienced it.

We’ve another video coming up, which includes our time staying in Ukraine and some questionable local spirits…stay tuned!

 

Prague – The Best Bits

We went to Prague back in October for a short weekend away. We’d both been before, but had never had the experience of visiting the city as a couple, so decided to crack on.

It’s really easy to get there from London, with flight times of two hours and for as little as £50 return, you’d be silly not to.

We had a great time – here are our best bits.

Local restaurants

We love trying out the local cuisine when we visit a new place, and Prague is no different. Right in the centre you can get a fair amount of over-priced European food and some Czech, but it’s definitely worth going further out to enjoy something a little more authentic (and cheaper!). We really enjoyed U Dvou koček, which is a little further out in Old Town. Will had Wild Boar Goulash for lunch and dinner! I think they brew their own beer as well and it’s really cheap – seems like lots of locals drink there too.

The Torture Museum

This one is a bit silly, but we had fun nonetheless. Right in the centre of Prague, they’ve reconstructed some deep, dark cellars and have all manner of disgusting torture implements on display. There are loads of wax mannequins being tortured to death and a vile witch on a stake who doesn’t stop screaming as you walk around. Most of the signage is in Czech, or translated into terrible English, so you can turn it into a game of ‘what implement goes in what body part’. Equally hilarious and disturbing fun. The museum takes about 30 minutes to get around, and it’s a bit of fun to break up your day, wandering the city. It cost about £12 for both of us.

The Torture Museum Prague

Nightlife

Prague is one of the most popular destinations for stag parties, and you can guarantee you’ll see a fair few fancy-dress costumes and men trying to drain the country of beer. We don’t go in much for clubbing, but there’s hundred of amazing places, including cool, dingy Absinthe bars to try out. Alcoholic drinks cost about 150czk (£5), or around 100czk (£3.20) for a beer.

People-watching

It may be a little more expensive, but set yourself up in a bar that faces out onto the Old Town Square. You’ll be able to see the Astronomical Clock and the amount of different people that walk by. Fascinating. From locals selling balloons, to hoards of Chinese tourists, to a poor Stag with his willy hanging out, to the actual Hare Krishna chanting and dancing on by…it’s SO fun, especially when you’re a bit pissed. Try Staromestska Restaurant – they have heaters and blankets outside when it’s a little cold.

Old Town Square

Trdlo – or Trdelník

These little places are everywhere in Prague! It’s sweet dough, wrapped around a stick, grilled, topped with sugar and then filled with whatever you want. The favourites seemed to be Nutella and ice cream, strawberries and cream and apple pie filling. They’re super sweet but worth having at least once. I can’t remember the exact price but they aren’t too cheap – around £3-5 depending on where you get one.

Have you been to Prague? What was your favourite part?

CORNWALL – Adventure, August 2018

Cornwall week away, including Mevagissey, St Nectan’s Glen and Boscastle!

Asia Scenic Cooking School – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Three people at Asia Scenic Cooking School wearing traditional Thai hats

We headed to Thailand in May and couldn’t wait to take a cooking class in Chiang Mai! There were so many options, but we settled on Asia Scenic Cooking School.

It was incredible! We started the morning in the home garden, full to bursting with herbs, fruit and spices to be used in the dishes. Following this, we then went to the local market, wearing full Asia Scenic uniform of course. During our time there, we spent a while learning about different types of rice, fish and vegetables. It was such a different experience from the tourist markets!

Once back in the Asia Scenic Cooking School, we began making different dishes, including soup, curry paste, curry, sticky rice and spring rolls. We’ve captured the spring rolls well in the video. Will had a great time making his…not.

We were able to sit and eat each dish, which was lovely, except we were so ridiculously full afterwards.

It was honestly such a lovely day. We picked up so many tips to use at home – and trust me I have been! We even received an Asia Scenic cookbook to take home, which has proved successful in our house.

I’d recommend Asia Scenic Cooking School to anyone. The price was amazing (about 800B for half day and 1,200B full). We met so many lovely people on our course too, with nationalities spanning Australia, Germany, Korea, Netherlands and of course, England.

If you’re in Chiang Mai and have a few hours to spare, just go for it – you won’t regret it!

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