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Travel & Holiday Ideas

Are you having trouble planning your holidays this year? Why not start looking online? There are literally hundreds of great travel forums on the Internet which offer the keen holiday maker unlimited ideas for a new vacation or holiday break. You could even find a holiday blog like this one and pick up some top holidaying tips!

If you love holidaying abroad then why not try searching for holiday blogs which offer ideas on local accommodation or holiday suggestions in a general area or location you’re interested in? You’ll often find links to lesser known holiday destinations, maybe off the beaten track. It’s always best to plan your journey ahead though and organising your own holiday can be more risky with less back up if things go wrong, but provided you get good travel insurance and plan transport and take all the security and safety precautions, planning your own bespoke holiday can be great fun and often lead to a more unique and memorable experience.

You may just want some tips on local attractions, maybe you’ve booked your holiday and are looking for scenic walks or tours, all this information can be found on holiday forums and travel blogs.

Forums are very useful indeed, as they often have others who are willing to share their experiences of a location or holiday resort whether it be good or bad, you can ask advice, pick up tips on where’s hot and where’s not, it’s a good way to pass on your own experiences too!

Holiday blogs and travel forums can help the avid holiday maker make informed and well thought out decisions on where to visit. If you’re hoping to visit the UK then such websites are equally as useful, with links to local accommodation and reviews.

So next time you think about planning your holidays, or even your weekend breaks, rather than simply heading down to the nearest travel agent, have a look online to at least get some ideas, you may just find that perfect retreat which you wont find advertised in the travel agents.

Article by Simon Lucas

Out and about in Leeds

Located in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a mid-sized city, and is a popular place for students, business people and tourists. The city is very multi-cultural and has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Popular things to see and do: The Leeds Art Gallery is a great place to visit and display’s some of the finest pieces of art from around the world. For a fun-filled day out for the whole family, a visit to Temple Newsam – this estate was once owned by Henry VIII and is the largest rare breed farm in Europe – located just 4 miles outside of Leeds it’s a perfect way to keep the kids entertained.

Culture, music and events: Outside of London, Leeds is the only city in the UK to have its own Ballet and Opera companies. The city is also home to the largest musical festival in the North of the country and certainly doesn’t come up short when it comes to cultural entertainment. If visiting Leeds during the summer, you should take time to attend the West Indian Carnival, an amazing bright, fun and carnival and parade that takes to the streets of Leeds and is the longest running carnival in Europe. Or enjoy an evening at one of the many theatres in the city.

Eating out: Thanks to the various nationalities living here, eating out in Leeds is far from boring. If you have been to the Leeds Art Gallery, then stop at the Tiled Café next door for a bite to eat – this place is very famous with the locals and is a place you won’t forget it. Given its name, because of the beautiful mosaic tiles all over. The Tiled Café serves a traditional and delicious menu at great prices and boasts an atmosphere and décor you won’t find anywhere else.  To sample some fine English fish & chips, then head to the Midnight Bell – a popular pub serving the best of British pub food. And don’t forget to wash your meal down with a pint of Leeds’ finest.

Nightlife: To get your groove on and party all night long, then should be heading to Call Lane – a party hotspot filled with bars and clubs for every taste. Or for a more chilled out approach, then Oracle may be more your thing – the place to be for the very sophisticated who can enjoy a nice glass of bubbly on the Moet Terrace overlooking the river.

Where to stay: No matter where you stay in Leeds, you will always receive a warm welcome and excellent service. For a more luxury orientated stay, then the Queens Hotel is a great choice – a 4 star hotel within good distance to the centre. High quality rooms come complete with everything you need for a perfect stay and to make the most of your trip. If you’re visiting on business or simply need a comfortable room for the night, then the Holiday Inn Express offers great quality rooms at very affordable prices, breakfast is usually included in the price and is a perfect starting point for enjoying the city.

Shopping: Shopping in Leeds is in a league of its own – from designers like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and many more, Leeds has over 1000 shops to choose from, including all your high street favourites and many unique vintage and independent boutiques.

Get up and go to Glasgow!

Glasgow is very popular with tourists, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people who visit the city instantly fall in love with not only the vibrant atmosphere and charm of the city itself, but also of the people who live there – Glasgow has a long-standing reputation for being home to the friendliest people in the world – a reputation we believe to be justified. An artistic background with the many galleries, the art school and of course the famous Mackintosh architecture, combined with the individual and long standing Scottish traditions makes Glasgow an interesting and exciting place to be.

Popular things to see and do: There is no way you could ever get bored in Glasgow. It may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it certainly has no shortage of entertainment. The Glengoyne Distillery is an excellent day out – visit the oldest distillery in the country and enjoy some free samples of the finest whiskey you have ever tasted. If you have the kids along with you, then a trip to XScape is most definitely needed to keep them entertained and burn some energy. XScape is an indoor adventure centre where you can do just about anything from skiing to rock-climbing and everything in between. A trip to Glasgow however is incomplete until you’ve explored it’s art and architecture. Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture can be found all around the city, but to really get a feel for it, head to Queen’s Cross Church, for its gothic style of architecture, and The Glasgow School of Art  which you can even wander round and see the work of the current students.

Culture, music and events: The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is a massive venue that hosts a huge variety of concerts, shows and pantomimes with performers such as Take That, Beyonce and Rihanna being just a few of the people to give concerts here. Tickets can be booked online in advance, or for smaller events you can book directly at the ticket desk.  Or get yourself dressed up in your finest evening wear and head to the Theatre Royal to see famous ballet Swan Lake, or vibrant musical Grease – ask directly at the ticket office in the theatre for a list of shows, or enquire at your hotel.

Eating out: Glasgow is home to many cultures and this is something that influences the amazing choice of food available here. For some traditional home-made Mexican cuisine that is hard to find outside of Mexico, head to Pinata – a friendly and charming restaurant with a mouth-watering menu and prices that certainly won’t break the bank. For a good traditional Scottish pub lunch, there are many great little places around the city – though one of our favourites is Deoch and Dorus – a lovely, traditional and simple menu to keep you going for the day. Deoch and Dorus is very popular among the locals and visitors alike, and is known for its welcoming and cosy atmosphere.

Nightlife: Clubs such as The Garage and Tiger Tiger are extremely popular hotspots with the Glaswegians and from surrounding towns. Both offer many different rooms where music ranges from indie, pop and house – drinks are reasonably priced and often promotional deals on drinks and entry are offered. If the club scene isn’t your thing, then you might want to try Ashton Lane – one street (or lane) filled with a wide variety of bars, including a wine bar, a cocktail bar, and a vodka bar.

Where to stay: If you’re on the lookout for some full on pampering, then the Glasgow Hilton is the perfect choice. Rooms at the Hilton are full equipped with everything you need, and the hotel has a fabulous leisure complex offering massages, and various pamper packages. Or if you’re travelling with a group of friends, then try one of the many hostels around the city, known for their welcoming and laid back atmosphere – staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people from around the world, while saving your pennies for enjoying the city.

Shopping: After London, Glasgow offers the biggest variety of shopping facilities in the UK. Buchannan Galleries is a shopper’s paradise, and has all your high street favourites and more. No matter what you’re looking for, you will find it in Glasgow – from Versace to Gucci and everything in between, the city also boasts some of the most amazing little vintage and boutique shops to be found anywhere.