Visiting Britain is the new way to travel

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My boyfriend and I travel.. A LOT.

We love planning trips and experiencing new places – you can see our journeys here. As much as we love getting flights and visiting new cultures, we really enjoy trips around Britain as well.

The good thing about travelling Britain (if you leave here) is it can be spontaneous! We can just decide to get in the car and go. Even if you don’t drive the public transport in England is fantastic and easy to use. You can get anywhere.

Britain has a great variety of landscapes, from coastal to woodland and farmland to city. You could go travelling for a year and spend it all in England.

I recently interviewed Twitter user Meg about her experience, here is what she said.

1) What advice would you give to someone who wold want to take a weekend break in England?
My main advice would be to bring a coat, no matter what time of year you’re coming. The weather is so unpredictable! And always bring a warm outfit – the temperature can drop quickly during cooler seasons. 
2) What are your favourite activities to do whilst taking an England break?
My favourite activities whilst on a break in England include surfing in the south, camping up north, or just relaxing in a lodge in a forest somewhere. 
3) What would you pack for an English break?
I would pack undies, and fluffy socks, tops, jeans, shorts, and swim stuff! 
4) What method of travel do you prefer and why?
Since i have my own car, i do prefer driving places as it gives me more freedom, but i do enjoy going on the train to and around the cities. 
5) Any other advice?
My main advice would be to always keep a decent amount of cash on you, as our country still has stores that don’t always accept card.
Let me know about your own travelling in Britain experiences in the comments.
Love
#YoungWomanBigDreams

 

You can also follow Meg on Instagram here.
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Visiting Iceland, Part One: How we did it.

Big Travel Blog (4)We’ve just returned from a 5 day mini break to Iceland. The more I experienced the country the more I realized this blog post was going to be BIG. SO I’ve split it into two!

In this part is all about tips and advice for anyone who is thinking of heading to the stunning island.

So let’s get right to it..

Iceland is a BEAUTIFUL country. This place is more than just a tourist spot, the culture is outstanding and truly unique. From all of the places I have traveled this has been one of the most eye opening to experience.

Icelanders are all about preservation of their land and heritage and I can confidently say that I am in awe of their civilisation. It was one of the last places to be inhabited by humans and they have done it right.

Nearly all of Iceland’s heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves and the water from the tap is extremely pure and safe to drink.

They have strict rules about where you can and cannot drive, there is no railway system and no army. There are also laws on what names are allowed in Iceland, the point is to preserve Icelandic language.

You can learn more about local laws and customs on the GOV website here.

Iceland have quite a comprehensive bus system but the best and easiest way to travel is by car. They have vast roads that are well built and easy to travel on. Somehow they have managed to make an extremely minimal impact on the natural environment. We rented a car to get around. Although we both drive manual we opted for an automatic which we found helpful as we adjusted to driving on the right hand side of the road. As Iceland is part of Europe we both had mobile phone service so used these as a Sat-Nav. We even had signal way up in the mountains! You can find some driving advice from the Icelandic Transport Authority here.

Depending on the type of place you travel to sometimes it is cheaper to book flights & accommodation separately, this was not the case for this trip so we booked package deal with hotel & flights. We flew to Keflavik airport, which took about 3 hours and then drove to our apartment in Reykjavik, the drive was very smooth, it took about 45 minutes and the views were so enjoyable.

When looking for somewhere to stay we found it quite hard to find a place that didn’t have a shared bathroom that would fit our budget so we opted to get an apartment instead and stayed at the Blue Mountains. You can tell from the image below the view from our room was incredible. Check in was smooth, and the Wi-Fi and parking were free. There was also a nice place around the corner to get breakfast in the morning and we had free access to the gym next door (which we did not use).

Iceland is EXPENSIVE. It is the most expensive place we have ever visited and is the fourth most expensive country in the world. Part of this is down to the country being remote and lots of things being imported. The other reason is tourism, as it has increased five-fold since 2010. This is NOT sustainable to the preservation of the country and this ‘tourism tax’ is an effort to prevent over-crowding. Iceland has a population of just 332,000 but welcomed 490,000 foreign visitors in 2010.

Lastly I will say that please remember that you are in someone else’s homeland. It is important to be considerate of their wishes and beliefs when visiting.

For more information on Iceland I found this site helpful here.

Love

#YoungWomanBigDreams

The BIG Travel Blog, BIG Introduction

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Three years ago my boyfriend of 3 months took me to New York for my 19th birthday (I know right!). Since then I have been O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with travel.

I am by no means a travel expert but I have managed to squeeze in 9 different trips since then, with my 10th coming up next week!

I have decided to start this BIG Travel Blog as a guide to where I have been and what I have learnt. Perfect for first time travelers unsure of where to start or travel veterans looking for their next trip!

You will be able to tell from my other posts that I have quite a few interests (or dreams as I call them), from fitness to career. I’ll probably gain many more throughout the years but who said that you should limit your interests? If my blog can motivate or help just one person to follow their personal goals and dreams then I would class that as a job well done!

So if you have an interest in travel or like the idea of it but aren’t too sure where to go or what to do, then this may be a good place for you to start.

My first post is going to be about my trip to Iceland next week so subscribe or follow our social media if you’re interested.

I look forward to travelling with you.

Love

#YoungWomanBigDreams

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