Getting A Full Kentucky Experience

Getting A Full Kentucky Experience

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Kentucky is a unique state. The 15th member of the Union stretches from the fertile grain fields along the Mississippi River to the towering mountains of coal country along the Virginias.

In between is as much diversity as you would imagine, but perhaps nothing is more universal in the state than horse racing and fine spirits. Getting the opportunity to capture a real experience with both should be the goal of every traveler to the Bluegrass.

It’s the lime-heavy soils that have yielded strong-boned thoroughbreds for racing in Kentucky, and the first Saturday in May gives the world a chance to see the nation’s best battle it out for two minutes of action that leaves hooves and hearts pounding.

And those same soils have brought forth quality corn and grapes that have been skillfully refined into some of the world’s best bourbon and wine. If you’ve thought about getting a travel package that includes Kentucky Derby tickets 2017, don’t just stop at Churchill Downs. The state offers a number of opportunities to partake of its perfectly-aged beverages as well.

One easy way to enjoy those offerings is to travel the Bullitt County Bourbon & Wine Trail. Situated just south of Louisville, Bullitt County is conveniently located to flights and hotels, leaving your local travel to a minimum. Just a quick jaunt down I-65 from the city lands you in this region of quality products.

The trail has developed as part of the state’s overall emphasis on its history with bourbon, with labels like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark logging decades of production and small-batch products like Woodford Reserve and Town Branch joining in more recently. Coupling the home-grown product with an ancient beverage like wine is a perfect mix that provides something for everyone. Add in the popularity of wine-related travel and you’ve got an ideal journey for anyone who enjoys fine drink.

So now that you are sold on the Trail, why Derby week? Isn’t it the most chaotic time to visit Kentucky? The answer is yes, and it’s beautifully chaotic.

The state needs no help from us to be absolutely gorgeous in May. Redbuds, dogwoods, cherries, and dozens of other species may be in bloom, and the bluegrass that gave the state its nickname is growing vigorously and emitting its namesake bluish cast on bright spring mornings.

But the Derby became icing on the cake when it began in 1875, building into a weeks-long celebration of all things Kentucky that make it heaven for any traveler. There is live music and food throughout the city, and Derby Week features a number of famous balls and galas that draw in celebrities from around the world. For something unique and absolutely breathtaking, watch the Great Balloon Race as it carries dozens of colorful hot-air balloons across the Kentucky countryside.

Tying in a trip to Bullitt County is a perfect connection. The weather is already likely to be beautiful. You’ll have a great variety of travel packages to choose from, and with the Trail’s flexibility, you’ll be free to enjoy whatever Derby events you want to see while still having plenty of time for the wineries and distilleries.

Kentucky is a place of immense variety. It straddles two time zones, borders seven other states, and was torn between Union and Confederate loyalties during the Civil War. Its elevation ranges from the peak of Black Mountain in Harlan County at 4,131 feet to the Kentucky Bend of Fulton County at 257 feet above sea level.

With so much to see, a visit to Kentucky should never include just one event or attraction. And with nothing bigger than the Derby to bring you in, the Bullitt County Bourbon and Wine Trail is a perfect compliment to your travel meal. There’s nothing better to pair with the fastest two minutes in sports than wine and bourbon that took decades to make.

Touring California “The Right Way”

Touring California “The Right Way”

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While, of course, there is no wrong way to tour California, some ways are better than others. For instance, a far better way than doing a whirlwind road trip is to experience each region differently.

So, instead of an exhausting trip going from one place to another, visit only one region at a time. You’ll spend less time travelling and more time getting a deeper appreciation for each region. When you get home, you’ll have more treasured memories rather than a blur of experiences.

Here is a quick overview of some recommended regions to visit in California to give you a good idea about it delightful cultural and geographical diversity.

Cultural Diversity

While California has a number of cities, the most fascinating to visit are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Palm Springs.

Incidentally, speaking of popular cities, an interesting fact about California is that the growing popularity of timeshare in the San Diego and Palm Springs areas serves as a home-base for those wishing to return after an unforgettable trip. According to a San Diego Union Tribune article on the Lawrence Welk timeshare, San Diego, “Welk resorts have condominium-style rooms with kitchens, lavish water slides and playgrounds. The Escondido complex has a retail center and theater with music and Broadway-style productions. It’s something like a cruise ship on land.”

1. Los Angeles

Los Angeles, the City of Angels, in Southern California, has the distinction of being ranked only after New York when it comes to the largest US city. Surrounded by mountains and valleys and faces the inexorable spread of the blue Pacific Ocean, its beaches, like Venice and Malibu, has a reputation for being wild-and-crazy places for surfers, celebrities, and tourists. Often considered the celebrity capital of the US because of Hollywood and the big movie studios here, LA has many gorgeous celebrity homes, high-priced designer stores in Beverly Hills and exquisite restaurants. LA is also home to big amusement parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and theme parks like Disneyland.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco, nestled in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California, is the tip of a peninsula. It has a unique ambiance by dint of the world famous suspension bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the tight curves of Lombard Street, the Chinatown area, the largest outside Asia, and the Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco has developed a reputation as one of the top college towns. According to an article in Grandslam on Top 10 College Towns in California, “Nestled right by downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Berkeley is a student’s paradise. Great food, great climate, beautiful scenery, and both a small-town and big-city feel are just a day in the life of a UC Berkeley students. The student population is incredibly vibrant, known for their activism, protests, and rallies. Additionally, Berkeley offers a thriving music, film, and art scene as well as a booming tech scene.”

3. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of LA, has been called “The American Riviera” because of its mild climate, beautiful beaches, and old-world atmosphere. The city is well-known for its ubiquitous California Mission style architecture and Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 by the Franciscan order.

4. San Diego

San Diego, south of LA and north of the Mexican border, is a huge coastal city, with an ideal climate and breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Despite its large size, it has the intimacy of a small town. Popular attractions include the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, the Birch Aquarium, and SeaWorld San Diego.

5. Palm Springs

The sun shines almost all year long, and even the winters, at 60 degree Fahrenheit, are mild. Dubbed as the winter retreat of the rich and famous, this city in the desert has numerous golf courses, clubs and casinos, bars, and fine-dining restaurants.

Geographical Diversity

Some of California’s unique natural geographical places include Death Valley, Catalina Island, Napa Valley, and its national parks.

1. Death Valley

Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert in the Death Valley National Park, ranges from snow capped mountains to spectacular sand dunes. The region is famous for the ruins of ghost towns; Scotty’s Castle, a historic landmark; and Zabriskie Point, a scenic outlook.

2. Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina on the Pacific is only 22 miles from LA and visitors come by plane, helicopters, ferries, and private boats. It’s a popular island for day trips, family vacations, and honeymoons. Its two main popular centers are Two Harbors and Avalon. There are no private cars here, only taxis, golf carts, and bicycles.

3. Napa Valley

Home to some of the finest wines in the world, Napa Valley has developed a booming hospitality industry to accommodate wine lovers from the US and around the world. Visitors have a choice of established hotel chains, Bed & Breakfast inns, quaint hotels, and camping grounds. Besides enjoying a wine tour, visitors can also enjoy a spa, bike tours, and hot air balloon trips.

4. National Parks

The most famous national parks are Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Sequoia and Kings Canyon border each other in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The region is famous for its gigantic sequoia trees, which can be a 100 feet wide and 300 feet tall. Meanwhile, Yosemite National Park, also in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central eastern California, is celebrated for its 1,169 miles of geographical diversity from gigantic trees to stunning waterfalls to towering granite cliffs.

Reasons to Try a Boating Vacation in Europe

Reasons to Try a Boating Vacation in Europe

Everyone loves taking a holiday. It’s the opportunity to get far from our hectic everyday routines. Many people already know what their escape looks like – a beautiful shoreline against turquoise ocean waters. Others cannot wait for their vacation to a small town brimming with history and stunning architecture. Perhaps, you are looking for something a little different, a real break from your everyday.

A boating holiday provides total flexibility to determine where to spend your day. Your route is your choice. If a pleasant town comes into view or a picturesque country pub catches your attention, moor up and visit.

There are many excellent financiers out there to assist you with boat loans and insurance policies. Your only work will be deciding how you want to pass the day. A boating vacation in Europe is just what you need if you want to avoid the crowds but still have opportunities to explore.

If you are looking for some guidance, consider the following suggestions for your European boating getaway.

Germany 

Spend your vacation cruising along Germany’s waterways. Whether you choose to boat around Berlin or take in the unspoiled rural lakes such as Mecklenburg or Brandenburg, Germany is an excellent choice for your vacation.

Italy

Venice is home to many famous waterways you may wish to explore. You can dock in the city center of the town and see the famous sights, and this is even before including a trip along the Grand Canal. Visit the islands of Murano and Burano in the Venice lagoon or travel up the Site or Brenta rivers.  There are so many different stops you can visit such as Bruges or St. Mark’s Square.

Holland 

Many different scenic lakes are available to you when you choose to explore the Dutch canals. Travel along the Rhine and visit Amsterdam, cruise north to Edam or south to Utrecht. Whichever way you go, you are guaranteed to be delighted by the windmills dotting the landscape.

Belgium

A beautiful vacation awaits you when you choose to cruise the coasts of Belgium. With shorelines that bridge into fine sandy beaches, Belgium is a favorite boating destination. Travel inland and cruise the serene countryside and charming historic towns joined by the Flemish waterways.

Boating networks all throughout Europe are full of fantastic bars, bistros, shops, and people. Every country has something to offer you, whether it is the beauty of Salsa or an aged pint of ale. There is nothing better than a relaxing day on the water finishing up with a pleasant pint of ale in a sun-filled beer garden. Right on the water’s edge or in town, make a stop when the feeling hits.

A boating holiday in any of the many beautiful countries of Europe allows you to be in control. Where you go and how you get there are all up to you. Why go on a vacation just to be told what is next on your agenda. When you want to explore, go for it! If you want to enjoy a lazy day on the water, it is your choice. Is that not what a vacation is supposed to be?

Try something different on your next vacation and do not follow the masses. People like a beach destination, and it is easy to see why. Nevertheless, you ought to consider something fresh this coming year. Whether you go with the family or a handful of close friends you can be sure to create some great memories on a boating vacation.

5 Tips For Planning The Great American Road Trip

5 Tips For Planning The Great American Road Trip

The great American road trip is almost a tradition in a country that initiated the era of the automobile. It’s almost considered a rite of passage: an archetypal search for freedom and identity, and it has often been memorialized in books and movies rife with nostalgia and misadventure.

The idea of a road trip is appealing because it’s somewhat democratic. It’s simple. It’s fair. And it can lead anywhere. A map, a road-worthy vehicle, and a Jack Kerouac-like appetite for adventure are all that’s necessary.

If you’re planning on a road trip in 2017, here are 5 tips to consider:

  1. Make sure you have the right paperwork.

The last thing you want to do before you set out is forget to update your driver’s license, license plate stickers, and insurance. When it comes to insurance, you have to research things like liability insurance, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage. It goes without saying that the better the coverage, the easier it will be to handle any accidents or mishaps on your trip, and with cheap online car insurance, it shouldn’t be difficult to get an excellent insurance policy, even if you fall under the category of a higher risk driver.

  1. Get a vehicle checkup.

Schedule any necessary service for oil changes and tune-ups.

Here are some other things that you should check up on your vehicle:

  • ·  Make sure it has good wiper blades and sufficient fluid levels.
  • ·  Make sure it has a strong battery charge and clean terminals.
  • ·  Make sure it has tires in good conditions. Notice if it has enough tread, if there are any tears, and if there are any bulges on the side wall. Make sure you have the right tire pressure.
  • ·  Make sure it has brake pads that are not worn or need to be replaced.
  • ·  Make sure it is not overloaded when you pack. Check your vehicle’s load capacity to pack smart.
  1. Estimate your time.

Before you start thinking about your route, estimate how much time you have for the trip. This will tell you how far you can go and how to pace your trip.

  1. Figure out your budget.

Get a good idea of how much you are willing to spend. You don’t want to run out of money in the middle of nowhere because you didn’t have time to balance your checkbook.

  1. Get the necessary equipment.

Think about the equipment you will need. Do you need a GPS, a smartphone, travel guides, satellite radio, tents, sleeping bags, and an emergency medical kit? Make a list of all the things that you’ll need to take with you.

  1. Plan out your route.

By planning out your route, you won’t spend most of your time traveling through cities when you would rather be on a country route or much time in deserts when you would rather be driving through forests.

Here are some ideas for your itinerary:

  • 1. Get guides for classic US routes. For instance, the New England fall foliage tour; the nostalgic, old Route 66; the labyrinthine California Highways.
  • 2. While planning on taking a trip to favorite sights, be sure to leave some options for unexpected detours. This will allow you to have a general sense of direction while also give you the freedom to wing it.
  • 3. If you have no idea where you want to go, then you could simply follow data-genius Randy Olson’s ultimate road trip. According to an article in Washington Post, “At the urging of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, Olson set out to find the quickest driving route that would stop at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument in all of the lower 48 states. He also included Washington, D.C. and added another stop in California to get to a total of 50 stops.” The article has detailed maps.

Popular Places

With so many favorite places and roadside curiosities people across this vast country, you would need a thick guidebook to even start.

With that in mind, here are some idea starters:

  • ·  Go to the Grand Canyon, a geological phenomena that took over a million years to create.
  • ·  Visit Yellowstone, the first national park. Opened in 1872, it spans 2 million acres.
  • ·  Drive along California’s Pacific Highway 1, a 135 mile stretch between San Luis Obispo and Monterey. At Monterey, you can drive an additional two hours north to see the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a 75-year-old feat of engineering.
  • ·  Visit Walt Disney World. Located in Orlando, Florida, your children can enjoy the Magic Kingdom,
  • ·  Explore Cinderella’s Castle, and watch the animatronic wax model of Abe Lincoln in the Hall of Presidents.
  • ·  Go to Times Square, which stretches between Manhattan’s 42nd and 47th street. This piece of Broadway will fascinate you.
  • ·  Baker, California, has the world’s tallest thermometer.
  • ·  Collinsville, Illinois, has the world’s largest bottle of ketchup. The 170 ft tall water tower was built by the W.E. Caldwell Company in 1949 for the G.S. Suppinger catsup bottling plant.

A road trip can be a blast or a disaster. By taking the time for planning ahead, you’ll have fun rather than wishing you had stayed at home.

Stress-Free Holidaying

Stress-Free Holidaying

Now we are back to work and enduring January once more, thoughts easily turn to holidaying and booking ourselves a little bit of sunshine. But considering how close we are to Christmas it’s easy to remember that sometimes even relaxing can get a little bit stressful at times.

There are always strains and problems around getting away, especially if you’re with the family, but that’s no reason not to go. To help you get the most from your break, we’ve put together five top tips for stress free holidaying, covering everything from avoiding social media to keeping your holiday home sparkling clean.

  1. Clean the house beforehand

We all know what it’s like to come back to a messy home. The sight of clothes on the floor or dishes not done can make your heart sink and erase all that relaxation in an instant. Well, this one’s easy to fix. Just make sure you have a really good clean up before you go. It doesn’t need to be a proper spring clean, just make sure the house is looking presentable, the beds are made and there are no pressing chores for when you return. That’ll make it so much easier to switch off on your break.

  1. Have food in the freezer for when you get home

The other common pitfall when it comes to stress on holiday is coming to the end of your time away and realising you’ve got nothing to eat at home. Anything like that which plays on your mind is going to keep you from relaxing properly. To avoid, fill the freezer beforehand with easily defrostable foods like bread and meat, so that you can dine hassle-free on your first day back.

  1. Know how to keep your holiday-home clean

For more and more of us now, holidaying isn’t about staying in a fancy hotel. Instead we find cheap and cosy short-term rents online. This is great when it comes to informality and price, but does mean a few additional stresses if you’re responsible for looking after someone else’s home. Everyone knows it’s easy to spill a glass of wine or even something more significant like cleaning products by mistake. To keep stress-free, make sure you know where to find handy information like how to get rid of bleach stains or what to do when someone treads mud all over the carpet. Remember though, if working out how to get rid of bleach stains is not your favourite holiday activity you can always go more rural instead!

  1. Do laundry before coming home

This might seem counterintuitive; if you’re trying to relax having to sort out a load of dirty laundry while you’re away is probably not on your list of priorities. But in actual fact, doing one load before you come home can really relieve the mental stress of knowing how much needs sorting as soon as you arrive back – not to mention making sure you have plenty of clean clothes at the ready!

  1. Switch all internet off

A vital tip for all 21st century holidays! If you don’t want to be disturbed by work crises or the latest news make sure to go somewhere that doesn’t have Wi-Fi and banish screen time for you and the kids. The different it makes to how you feel at the end is staggering!

So there you have it, five great tips for having a stress free break with your family. Just remember to do a few small jobs beforehand, make sure you have trusty info on hand (even how to get rid of bleach stains!) just in case! Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy your break.

What you should know before going on an international sailing trip

What you should know before going on an international sailing trip

An international sailing trip has all the exciting potential to be the trip of a lifetime – the sort of adventure that will lead to unique memories and an abundance of stories you will never forget, or get tired of telling.

While there is something daunting about such an expedition, particularly for first-time boat owners, some careful preparation is usually enough to mitigate against most risks and therefore allay even the most serious concerns. Preparation is also key to ensuring that you are in a position to really make the most of this special event and get the best out of the investment of your time, money and efforts.

From beginning to end

First-time boat owners in particular need to take a methodical approach to planning and then carrying out an international sailing trip, by considering every aspect of every step from beginning to end. Here are a few of the most important considerations:

  • Getting the best advice. Fortunately, there are people who will have had this sort of adventure already and who are more than happy to share their expertise with information such as what sort of boat you need, where to buy it, and the most important logistical considerations. The internet is a great source of advice, with its various specialist platforms for submitting questions and sharing knowledge. There is also a range of exciting videos, such as that of the Lady Christine Superyacht to whet your appetite.
  • The practicalities of such a trip are necessarily complex and need to be carefully considered. For example, where will you store the boat, either while you are on the trip or when it is out of use? There are pontoons and storage yards available, but these vary in costs, quality and security so it is important to do some research in order to find the best one for you.
  • Health and safety. This should absolutely be the number one priority for anyone considering such a trip. Sailing is an inherently risky activity involving complex equipment in occasionally dangerous environments, and it requires specific expertise. Make sure you and any travelling companions receive all the training you need to provide you with the skills and confidence to keep you all safe. It is also critical to consider the health and safety regulations in each of the jurisdictions through which you will be travelling, as well as the correct travel insurance with the specific clauses required to cover you should the worst happen.

The trip of a lifetime

It is true that there is a lot to think about, but this should not be enough to put you off if you are really serious about making this something special, and an international sailing trip, especially one’s first, should always be exactly that. In fact, if it is done well, the planning and preparation even has the potential to become an exciting part of the whole experience itself.

By getting the best advice and making sure you are prepared for every step of the way, you can be confident of making the most of this truly extraordinary adventure.

Australian Wine, Sun And Tennis – Reasons To Head Down Under

Australian Wine, Sun And Tennis – Reasons To Head Down Under

Whether you are interested in a nice break away from the rat race to a nice relaxing beach or want to live it up in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, there are many great reasons to head down under for your next holiday.  In the following article we want to give you the low-down on why we think you can’t go wrong by booking a trip to Australia if you are looking for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Sightseeing

Australia has plenty of world landmarks and places of interest.  It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of the arts, sports (we’ll look at that in more detail further down the article), culture or history – there are locations, buildings and activities to suit even the most discerning and fussy traveller.

The Weather And Climate

If you time your holiday perfectly, you will be able to benefit from the gorgeous sunshine that Australia is well known for.  Regardless of whether you are down at the beach or checking out some of the sites and the sounds, by the time your trip has finished you will have a beautiful tan.

The Beach

Speaking of beaches, if you are looking for either a secluded beach holiday or a high-octane thrill-a-minute getaway by the sea, there are hundreds of pristine beaches to choose from.  Kick back and relax or surf, windsurf

The Wine

Australian wine has become more and more popular over the years and if as this is a wine blog, it would be silly not to mention wine as a reason for visiting this beautiful country.  If you are planning to take some day trips away from the big cities or spending sometime in the more rural areas of the country, try to book yourself a tour round some of the vineyards and wineries and will not be disappointed.

The Food

Due to its position on the globe and the fact that many people of many different nations have emigrated there to take up residency, the range of cuisines available in many of the countries bigger cities is exceptional.  Thai, Japanese and Indonesian cuisines mingle with French, Italian and many others.  There is something for everyone, even people with fussiest palates, in Australia.

The Australian Open

As fans of tennis, at YourWineYourWay, and as you can now pre-order tickets for the 2016 event from Queen of Tickets, we felt it necessary to focus on one of our main reasons for considering trips to Australia,.  Although tennis fans enjoy all four of the grand slam events, the Australian Open seems to be the favourite, not just because of the location; but the actual tournament itself and the rumbustious home crowd.  The Australian Open is also the only tournament of the majors that has retractable roofs on all of it’s main, show courts.  If you need any more encouragement, consider Melbourne Park’s address, where all the action take place, on Batman Avenue!

Highlights of the London Fashion Week: Spring – Summer

Highlights of the London Fashion Week: Spring – Summer

As London bids adieu to the most exhilarating London fashion weeks, showcasing over a zillion spring and summer trends for 2015, it is time to round them up for our own benefit. Yes, London is indeed infamous its street fashion styles, nevertheless the city is alive with polished and romantic trends this season.

Visiting London for Fashion

Rough and smooth styles of leather has made its way to the top, and other influences include rope, gardens and nature – which give us wispy dresses, floral prints and traditional embroideries. Sensuous components include sheers, lace, low cuts and slits; and interesting sightings included Vivienne Westwood’s runway models sporting “yes” badges in reference to the Scotland’s independence. If you are inspired to be a part of the fashion week in the beginning of 2015, be sure to book your show tickets, flights and accommodations in hotels in London Victoria like, Astors Hotel Victoria, to get the best deals.  Here is a roundup of the best trend setters.

Burberry Prorsum

“Insects of Britain” were the quotes on the walls, as Burberry showcased its collection at a massive greenhouse built at Kensington Gardens, especially for the event. The greenhouse is still on display, and if you stopover at London, be sure to visit it, also consider staying at boutique hotels in London Victoria, when you fly down. Colourful and light dresses complete with abstract prints graced the runway. British supermodels like, Suki Waterhouse and Jordan Dunn, floated down the runway in impressive pieces, which were quickly sold out.

Jonathan Saunders

It takes more than a steady hand and sheer luck to assemble and create contrasting elements like Saunders added to his collection. The end result was sharp and chiselled beauty in every piece. His collarless shirts, Lurex flashes, classic menswear patterned trousers, kimono-belted double jackets, organza ruffle shirts and jackets, and intriguing leather jackets stole the show over and again. The palette consisted of shades of brown, olive green and a series of blues. He made combinations that would otherwise never work seem perfect. They were also plenty of Matisse-ish leaf cut-outs that featured in many pieces.

Matthew Williamson

Celebrities like singer Nicole Scherzinger sat in the front row seats of honour owing to the fact that David Bailey’s eccentric shots of the breathtaking former model from his book, Chasing Shadows, was the primary starting point for Matthew Williamson’s collection. His styles saw exotic glamour in the form of tropical Balinese and ikat prints patterns in fabrics ranging from cotton to silks, transporting the audience to golden summer.

Tom Ford

A combination of glam and rock’n’roll was the theme behind Fords collection. Model slid down the runway in shaggy dark hair and dark smoky eyes – sheer black panels, high thigh-high, black stockings and 3D appliqués was the style of the hour. Ford exploited the same rugged and dark appeal that he used while he was with Gucci. Exaggerated flares, dark sequins and shimmer made the crowd want more… Ford takes up the stage again early in 2015, if you want to witness his collection be sure to book your stay at boutique hotels in London Victoria, to get the best experience.

 

Why a Visit to Leeds Could be Interesting

Why a Visit to Leeds Could be Interesting

Leeds is one of the favored destinations for students looking to pursue higher studies. As Wikipedia puts it, Leeds University Business School was ranked #41 among business schools across the world by The Economist EMBA in 2013. Naturally, thousands aspire to study here, every year. Cheap options for bed and breakfasts in Leedsmake the destination popular with foreign students as well. They can easily check into one of these properties and explore available options at the coveted institution before applying for admission.

Cheap Accommodation Fuels Tourism Too

If you thought that the unofficial capital city of West Yorkshire is only popular as an educational hub, that’s hardly true! The city boasts a highly developed tourism infrastructure too and tourists will find plenty to do here. Besides, there are budget hotels in Leeds like Holiday Inn Express Leeds East,which offers comfortable stay at low cost. So, an extended stay can be planned without having to worry about mounting costs.

A Shopper’s Paradise

For tourists who love to spend hours and hours shopping, this West Yorkshire city is the ideal place to be in. The retail offerings are exceptionally diverse and you can pick anything, ranging from high end designer labels at the Victoria Quarter to quirky roadside stuff at the Leeds Corn Exchange. Trinity Leeds is the right destination for brand freaks. In one word, a visit to the retail outlets here will be a superlative experience, providing for every item you might need or want.

For the Foodie in You

A hard day at the marketplace must ideally be followed up by a fulfilling eating session. Considering that you have chosen accommodation at one of the bed and breakfasts in Leeds, all meals, apart from the breakfast, will have to be taken care of on your own. And this could be a blessing of sorts, considering that there are so many worthy options to explore. You can head to Trinity Kitchen to enjoy mouthwatering street food, with new food trucks being added every month. If you prefer a sophisticated ambience, classy cocktails and a super luxurious menu, consider restaurants like The Alchemist, Crafthouse and Angelica. All of these offer excellent panoramic views of this beautiful city.

Cultural Shows Keep Visitors Glued

The city is known for hosting some of the best seasonal performances you can be a part of. Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Ballet are some places to head to. Additionally, there is the First Direct Arena, which has been voted the best among the new venues in the world. Some of the performances here are hosted in the months of November and December, as a build up to Christmas. You can witness WWE live shows here too. Musical performances include those by Bryan Adams and Jack White.

The city boasts a confluence of the old and new in its look and feel, and tourists can enjoy the best of both worlds. A favorite destination for students from all over the world, it provides cheap shared accommodation options as well. And for tourists, budgeted and value for money deals provided by bed and breakfasts in Leeds are always there!

The Busiest Airports in UK

The Busiest Airports in UK

London’s Heathrow Airport hosted a staggering 48.2 million travellers, only between the months of January and August 2013, and it continues to be the busiest airport in Britain. The Heathrow witnessed a surge of traffic in 2013, with translated to more than 3% compared 2012, serving almost 191,200 passengers daily, quotes the Airport-technology.com. This airport is owned by the British Airports Authority (BAA), which also owns six other major airports in the country.

Following this, other busy airfields include Gatwick at second, followed by Newcastle Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. If you happen to fly into of these docks, be sure to check out hotels near Gatwick Airport like The Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley, among others.

London Heathrow Airport

Opened in 1946 as London Airport, it spreads over an area of 1,227 hectors, which houses two huge runways and five terminals. Also, the famous Air Traffic Control Tower that is 87 meter tall is the tallest in the world. Over 80 airlines operate here, connecting passengers to 184 destinations in more than 80 countries.

London Gatwick Airport

It was crowned the second busiest airport in England in 2013, handling over 24 million passengers in a year approximately. Like the Heathrow, it was also under the BAA, however, ownership was transferred to Global Infrastructure Partners in 2009.

Over 40 airlines connect passengers to 197 international destinations and 12 domestic destinations in more than 90 countries. And because of its larger destination base, you can find some of the best hotels near Gatwick Airport.

Manchester Airport

Located within a drive of 20 minute from central Manchester, it acts as the international gateway to the north of Britain, and thus is the largest regional airfield in the country. It is the third busiest airport in England and handled close to 14 million passengers during the larger part of 2013. It is owned and operated by the Manchester Airports Group, which serves close to 100 airlines, connecting 225 destinations the world over. It houses three passenger terminals and one international freight terminal, which the major air tier for commodities.

London Stansted Airport

The airport catered to over 12 million passengers in the greater half of 2013, earning the fourth place in terms of traffic. Just like the Manchester, the ownership moved to Manchester Airports Group in January 2013. Today it serves 12 airlines connecting over 150 destinations in 30 countries. Due to the lower destination base, international passengers prefer to land in The Gatwick Airport, thus budget hotels near Gatwick Airport continue to remain fully booked during the year, and usually required pre-booking.

London Luton Airport

Fifth in rank, it is located at a distance of 32 kilometers from the northern fringes of London. The Luton Borough Council operates and owns it, serving a variety of carriers which include easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, El Al, Blue Air Thomson, Monarch Scheduled, Flybe, First Choice Sun D’Or and Monarch; connecting passengers to 90 destinations, which is majorly domestic. It has two passenger terminals and one cargo terminal that is majorly used for domestic carriage.