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With the recent drop in gas prices and the increased value of the Euro, more of us are considering an extended stay for the holidays. The most popular destinations are those where the pound is still strong and the way of life is cheap. One of the top destinations to go is Thailand.
If January has left you feeling blue, then this could mean that it’s time to think about getting away from it all. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs and lift the spirits. And you don’t have to blow your budget in order to find a destination that is both uplifting and exhilarating.
Take Edinburgh, as a prime example. Voted as the top place to live in Scotland in 2008; it has also previously been ranked number one in a ‘The Best Places to Live in Britain’ poll. So, if your spirits are in need of a lift, then it is well worth considering a short break to the Scottish capital. In fact, with so much to see and do, it is an ideal solution to getting yourself back on track and focussed on the year ahead.
For instance, why not head to the historic Royal Mile? With an abundance of pavement cafes, traditional shops and stunning architecture, it is the perfect way to wile away an afternoon. And come the evening, you’ll be spoilt for choice with entertainment as there are a wide range of exquisite eateries and bars to choose from.
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Royal Mile still has its medieval road plan, with many closes and alleyways to explore. What’s more, the New Town is also definitely worth a visit, not least for the shopping opportunities it presents. Princes Street forms the central attraction here, boasting a breathtaking backdrop that includes Edinburgh Castle. But to get a better glimpse of the castle in all its glory as well as a well-earned break from the shops then visit the beautiful Princes Street Gardens.
In 2000, there were 56.8 million visits abroad made by UK residents, with an estimated two thirds of these being for holidays. A holiday is viewed as essential by much of the population and is something most people choose not to miss out on. The mode of transport, however, can ensure that said holiday is a large investment, especially if a family chooses to fly.
As well as often being very expensive, a flight can be a difficult event check-in can be a lengthy and frustrating process; there is the possibility of losing baggage; very little space to move around in, and tourists have to rely on reliable connections at both ends. Add to this the negative environmental implications of air travel, and finding an alternative to flying may become an attractive option for some.
Driving may be the solution. With the recent financial climate, and taking into account that airlines are being viewed as less reliable than they once were, British tourists may choose to holiday by car. As well as being better for the environment and usually much cheaper, there are fewer restrictions on families, so a holiday can be more relaxed; with the journey being more than just a means to an end. If they choose, a family can stop where they hadn’t planned, take a different route or get out and move around, and stretch their legs at any number of comfort stops.
Most backpackers going to Australia will hear from their parents that they should see kangaroo’s, Uluru, the Sydney Opera House… There’s nothing wrong, but after seeing 321 kangaroos you sometimes want to enjoy your night and go to party somewhere! Especially along the Australian east coast, you can have pretty wild celebrations. Now tell me honestly: this is the part of travel you were expecting the most!
Cairns is a city in North Queensland, Australia. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns (then Governor of Queensland). It is rapidly expanding, with a population of around 150,920 in 2010.
Cairns is located about 1,700 km from Brisbane, and about 2,420 km from Sydney. It is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland.