For around 8 years now, my wife and I have lived just on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales in a little town called Colne. While it isn’t exactly a quiet town, we’ve always felt that life in Colne is about as close as we can get to country living while still being able to enjoy the close amenities that town living can bring.
Going on a shoestring backpacking trip is one of the most exciting and affordable ways of seeing the world.
It is also pretty thrilling to move away from a comfortable lifestyle and stay in grungy hotels for a while. Eating low budget lunches on the street and trying to work out what the mystery meat really is can also add an extra bit of fun to your travels.
It is with a certain amount of fear of the unknown that most of us set out on our travels for the first time.
My first long trip started in Ecuador and every travel guide I read about it warned me about the dangers of being mugged, attacked, conned or generally targeted by criminals. In the end, I loved the country and its warm, friendly people. Nothing bad happened to me while I was there but maybe that was because I followed some basic tips for staying safe on my travels.
If you are planning a long, meandering trip round the planet then sorting out your luggage is going to be one of the most important parts of the preparations.
I can still remember standing in front of a backpack that was fit to burst and wondering how to cram in all of the other stuff I thought I needed to take. Being away from home for a long time is a scary thought but that doesn’t mean that you need to try and take every single one of your possessions away with you. So what are the most important items to pack?
Let’s face it; London is a magical place to visit at any time of year. In such a big and vibrant city finding something to do isn’t ever going to be much of a problem.
However, if you want to see the UK capital during a very special occasion then here are 5 weekends throughout the year worth considering.