The cost of flights and train fares are constantly going up especially during holiday seasons. For families and large groups, driving can often be one of the best ways to travel. Even so, it’s not especially fun to cram a bunch of people into a car or even a few cars and fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several areas in England that can be thoroughly enjoyed by a road trip and many people really enjoy going that way in a comfortable minibus. Getting a minibus licence is fairly straightforward and many companies can help you with this, as well as offering Class 2 licences if needed. When you want to stay in the UK, then a minibus can be a great way to experience your holiday and may be enjoyed even more than with other choices.
Experience the Cotswolds
If you like quaint historic villages as well as endless meadows and rolling hills, the Cotswolds is among one of the holiday favourites for many families and couples. Anyone can easily drive there and enjoy lots of scenic beauty and it’s a fantastic place to explore when travelling in a minibus. When you arrive you can stop off at a village, go for a long walk and enjoy country living while still being only a short drive to the capital city.
Enjoy the Yorkshire Dales
Often referred to as God’s own country, the area is dramatic. It’s well known for its untouched greenery and it makes for a perfect place to get away from hectic city life and gives you a chance to really breathe some fresh air and relax. You can enjoy the flowing rivers and waterfalls along with wild landscapes and you can go on peaceful walks while enjoying the local farms and quaint villages. If you’ve never seen dry stone walling, this will be your chance and you’ll see just how much skill it takes.
See the Lake District
This is an area that has stunning views of the Lake District and this draws in lots of couples and families. The swimming there is divine and it has a lot of scenic hills as well as having a number of roads that allow you to enjoy a scenic drive through the lake district. There are also camping opportunities and specific sites that cater to those who want to really get away from it all and simply spend time sailing and swimming.
Visit Devon and Cornwall
If you want to go down south then this is where you could consider going as it has a bit warmer weather than other parts of the country and some spectacular sandy beaches. There are a wide number of tree varieties to see that don’t grow elsewhere because the area has a tropical climate. It’s also a great opportunity to visit fishing villages or to go cycling in the countryside.
Enjoy the Peak District
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When it comes to visiting Germany’s capital, you can be swamped by the scale of it and all its sights. How do you spend your time there? Do you tour the galleries and museums? Sit in the parks? Discover the Cold War history of West and East Germany? Luckily for you, we’ve found the top 5 things to do on your extended stay in Berlin.
Before you start making your plans for spending your free time, we recommend you get your accommodation sorted first. Serviced apartments are the way to experience any short or long term stay in Berlin. They offer all the comforts of home and come equipped with all the amenities you require for a relaxing and tranquil trip to the city. Check out all the serviced apartments in Berlin before you make your trip.
Now, back to business. Below you’ll find our top 5 picks:
How to spend your time in Berlin
Take a trip to Museum Island
If you love culture and history then this is where you should head off on the first day. Opened in 1830, the Museum Island gives the public access to educational and scientific knowledge that can develop their understanding.
Straight out of the Enlightenment, you’ll learn so much as you explore the five museums that shed so much light on many aspects of the German character. These include:
- Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum)
- Neues Museum (New Museum)
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- Altes Museum (Old Museum).
Most people think of the Berlin Wall or the Brandenburg Gate (we’re getting to those) when they arrive in Berlin but this is the hidden diamond in the city.
Visit the Berlin Wall
Once a symbol of oppression by the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall is now a monument to those that failed to cross it and to a new Germany that is united without borders. While the vast majority was taken down, some sections still remain – most famously the East Side Gallery that was decorated by artists after its fall.
See the iconic “kiss” between former Soviet premier Brezhnev and SED Party Chairman Erich Honecker on one of the slabs or the graffiti that decorates it so deliciously. There are other sites in the city that are dedicated to the Berlin Wall, such as the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, a former Stasi remand prison, and the green Mauerpark.
No trip to Berlin is complete without observing and understanding a vital point in 20th century history, both for Germany, Europe and the world.
Spend a day at Berlin Zoo
One of the most visited zoos in Europe, Berlin Zoo is a huge attraction and is not to be missed. The zoo and aquarium cover 86.5 acres and contain 1,380 different species and over 20,200 animals. It is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world and will take you all day to explore.
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When it comes to holidays, there is a world of opportunity waiting for you. Whatever the age of your child, you should consider trying something new. You might have always wanted to see the Northern Lights or escape to an island in the Indian Ocean. Holidays can also be a great way to make your child’s school curriculum come to life and help them learn.
The Northern Lights and Snow Safari
Taking a trip to Finnish Lapland is a great adventure and ideal for children aged 4 to 14. The Northern Lights are one of the greatest natural displays our planet has to offer. It is a completely free, multicoloured light show that is most common in the Arctic regions.
If you want to see these lights in their full glory, you will need to head north and to around 60 degrees latitude at least. Finnish Lapland is appealing to families for other reasons as well. You can easily combine the search for the Northern Lights with a snowmobile safari, a visit to a reindeer farm or go snowshoeing.
Sun, Sea and Sand
The Greek Islands are another great destination for a holiday and will be great for all children from babies to 18-year-olds. If you are bored of heading to other warm spots for the summer like Spain, France and Italy, you should take a trip to Greece. Greece has a great offering of sleepy villages, beautiful beaches, hearty food and amazing relics that will be universally appealing.
The last few years have been hard on Greek tourism. There was financial instability and then the eastern islands become the first port for thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria and Libya. This led to an 11% fall in tourists, but this can be good for you as there are now a lot of good deals to be had in the country.
If you want to relax for your holiday, you should head to St David’s which is ideal for children aged 1 to 8. Pembrokeshire is one of the best places for a family to head because of the attractions that keep the children occupied and the St Davids holiday cottages just off the coast. The coast surrounding St David’s will vie for your children’s attention with the incredible wildlife that they can find.
Many people do not realise that the area can be an entirely new environment that their children will love exploring. While this might seem like the least exotic feature on a bucket list, it can do a lot of change your family dynamics.
Live Ancient History
Ancient history is best appreciated in Sicily, Rome and Naples. These destinations will be best for older children aged 7 to 12. If you have a child that is a reluctant classicist, there is nothing like a trip to the source to change their mind.