Reasons to Visit Shrewsbury and Shropshire

If you are looking for a quaint town and county with a mix of the old and the new to visit on your next vacation, why not add Shrewsbury and Shropshire to your bucket list?

Located in western England, the town of Shrewsbury sits inside the River Severn’s loop with half-timbered Tudor buildings and magnificent Georgian houses. Beautiful gardens and narrow winding streets complete the picture.

Here’s a list of sights that you must visit while at Shrewsbury:

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Housing a permanent exhibit of pre-history and roman artefacts, the museum also features temporary exhibitions from local and upcoming artists.

Charles Darwin’s Statue

Did you know that Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury? As a tribute, a statue of Charles Darwin has proudly sat outside his former school since 1897. The school has now been turned into the local library.

Shrewsbury Castle

No matter how quaint, a town in England won’t be complete without its own castle. Visit the castle’s museum for a walk back in time through their collection of uniforms, photographs, and weapons dating from the 1700s to the present.

The Bellstone

It might look just like any other huge granite boulder, but this is actually a remnant from the last Ice Age. It was this boulder that gave Charles Darwin his first introduction into geological science.

Shrewsbury Market Hall

This famed indoor market located just beneath Shrewsbury’s clocktower is a great place to find books, collectibles, clothing, vinyl records, and antiques. As an indoor market, you can also find fresh produce that have been locally farmed.

The market also has a dining area where visitors can take their pick from the wide assortment of dishes available. Local and international dishes are on offer to indulge your craving.

Shropshire is considered to be England’s largest county inland. The landscape remains unspoiled that allows the existence of diverse habitats resulting in a diverse wildlife.

With more than 90 places to visit, just like when you ride a Porsche through Miami, here are our top picks:

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

The Ironbridge Gorge, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the world’s first iron bridge that marked the start of the Industrial Revolution 300 years ago. The Ironbridge Gorge is also home to ten indoor and outdoor museums. Each visitor is taken on a journey from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Victorian era.

Stokesay Castle

The castle is located in the South Shropshire countryside nearing the Welsh border. The Stokesay Castle was built in the 13th century and is to-date the best preserved and finest fortified Manor house in England.

Wroxeter Roman City or Viroconium

Wroxeter was once identified as the fourth largest city during Roman times. Originally designed to be a fortress of the Roman legion, it later became populated by traders and retired soldiers making it a thriving city.

Visitors will be impressed with the second century municipal baths and the huge wall remains that divides the municipal baths from the exercise hall. Archeological finds provide evidence on the last years of Wroxeter as a Roman city.

After reading this post, aren’t you excited to visit Shrewsbury and Shropshire, or do a longer roadtrip from Shropshire to London? Check your calendar for your next vacation time and book your reservation now!

2018 Top Destinations in the UK

Vacation time is coming soon and this time you have UK as your travel destination. With more than a hundred scenic sites to visit, you’ll definitely want to narrow down your itinerary otherwise you might not have enough time to enjoy yourself.

Here are three destinations in the UK that you should consider:

Yorkshire

Nothing spells relaxation than a trip to a beautiful countryside along with its rich heritage. Classified as a World Heritage Site,  Yorkshire has a wealth of history and mystery with its ruins and castles.

Yorkshire also boasts of a number of 5-star restaurants, markets, and farm shops that are sure to satisfy your craving for a gastronomic delight. Add the wonderful drinks to quench the thirst after a whole day of sightseeing and your visit is complete.

Are you a lover of the arts? Yorkshire has a multitude of art galleries, museums, and craft centers to get you inspired while on a holiday.

If you have kids and are stumped on where to take them. Yorkshire has a number of places that you can visit with the kids that are guaranteed to keep them entertained.

Devon

Looking forward to visiting a place that offers magnificent beaches, scenic national parks, and a chance to enjoy some outdoor activities? Then Devon is the place you’ll want to visit.

The north coastline of Devon offers visitors a chance to learn surfing while the south coastline is perfect for canoeing. The Devon inland also has much to offer including some wonderful historical sites and art galleries. There are a number of outdoor activities that the entire family can participate in.

Sample and purchase a wide array of sumptuous food and drinks at the local farmers’ markets. They offer visitors a chance to get a taste of true Devon food staples such as seafood, lamb, pork, and venison. Artisanal cheese, ice cream, and drinks are also available.

Devon also has the tight budget traveler in mind. Their tourist information website even has a page dedicated for such budget-friendly inspirations.

Norfolk

If visiting a picturesque countryside with historic sites such as castle ruins and medieval churches are more your style, then Norfolk is just the destination for you.

Satisfy the explorer in you by visiting Blakeney Point, the Cromer Forest Bed Formation, the Cromer Ridge, Flint, the Great Chalk Reef, the River Wensum, and The Brecks to see why they are considered as the 7 natural wonders of Norfolk.

Found yourself craving for some time on the beach? Not to worry! Norfolk has a wonderful seaside for you to indulge in. Depending on which beachfront you’ll be visiting, you can choose from a wide array of beach activities (not to mention all the fresh catch of the day that you can eat!).

Shop and have fun at the local farmers’ markets that features artisanal products that you can enjoy on site or keep as a memento of your Norfolk trip.

Admittedly, there are more places to visit in the UK but these three would be our choices for 2018 top destinations. If you have recently visited a place in the UK that you think should be in the list, let us know!

6 Vital Hotel Safety Tips

Your safety and security should always be a priority. Never let your guard down particularly if you are traveling on your own. If you’re a woman who would be traveling alone for the first time or visiting a new place, there is all the more reason to be extra cautious.

Here are some safety tips that travel experts advise to keep in mind.

Research Before the Travel

Take the time to do some online sleuthing to check for availability of a secure hotel and location. Don’t get sidetracked by the offer of a low room price.

If you are not sure whether the hotel your staying at is located in a safe neighborhood, check for guest reviews. They are the best source of first hand experience with the hotel and its neighborhood.

One of the best online resources for this would be Yelp. They have a wide database on a global scale, complete with unedited reviews from the hotel guests.

Room Request

Always request for a room that is not located on the ground floor. If you are booking online, check to see if you can add this particular request prior to finalizing the reservation.

If needs be, call the hotel to provide them with the information on your room requirement. Choosing a room located from the third to the fifth floor would be ideal.

Rooms located on the ground floor are easily accessible to burglars while rooms on the third to fifth floor are easily accessible by fire engine ladders in the rare case that a fire breaks out or any other forms of emergency occur.

Keep Your Luggage

Never let your luggage out of your sight during the entire check-in process. Thieves are quite clever nowadays. If you need to speak to an employee at the front desk, place your luggage between the desk and yourself.

Should you require the assistance of a hotel porter, inform the front desk employee that you need help with your luggage and wait by the front desk until the porter arrives.

Get Checked-In Safely

Don’t leave your credit card lying on the front desk. A good camera can easily catch the details without your knowledge. Hand it directly to the front desk employee once they require your credit card and check that the correct card is handed back to you.

During the check-in process, inform the person assisting you that you don’t want them to say your room number out loud. Have them write it on a piece of paper. You don’t want anyone to know where you are staying exactly, do you?

Before leaving the front desk, ask for at least 2 of the hotel’s business cards. Keep one in your wallet or card holder to remind you of where you’re staying. Keep the other card right beside the hotel phone in case of emergency.

Use the Hotel’s Safe Deposit Box

All reputable hotels have safe deposit boxes where guests can have their valuable items stored during their stay. This is one thing to keep in mind since hotels accept liability for items left in their care.

Always get a written receipt for your items. Don’t be hesitant to ask about the hotel’s coverage policy in case of loss or damage.

Don’t Open the Door

Unless you are expecting room service or somebody to visit you in your room, don’t open the door even if they have identified themselves as part of the hotel staff. Make them wait while you call the front desk to check if they had somebody come up to your room.

Practicing the age-old adage of safety first before anything else can guarantee that you’ll have a memorable and enjoyable trip.

Five Tips on How to Save Money on Flight Bookings

You’ve worked hard and saved your hard-earned money. Now, you think it’s the right time for you to play hard too.

If you’re planning to take a vacation that requires you to book a flight, read on to check how you can additionally save money.

Look Before You Book

Don’t hastily click on that button to book a flight for what looks like a cheaper airfare even if it isn’t the usual arrival airport for the destination that you are wanting to visit.

Take the time to check the distance of the arrival airport from your final destination. Overlooking this bit of information might result into you having to pay more for car rental or taxi fare just to get to your final destination.

If you don’t have an idea where to begin, check out Skyscanner online to search and compare millions of flights daily for the cheapest flights. Their search engine is programmed to provide you with the latest information wherever you are.

Patience is A Virtue

Most often than not, airline companies offer flights with low fares for a limited time to purchase and limited flight dates. If you have always planned to travel for your vacation, you most probably have an idea when the low airfare promotions are offered.

Marking your calendar and planning your vacation around these dates would be a plus. Be sure to read the fine print to check what the promotion inclusions are with regards to baggage and taxes.

If the promotion only covers a one-way trip, check if they are also offering another promotion for a return trip. You might need to stay for a couple more days while waiting for the return flight but if it is worth the wait, I’d say go for it!

Choose a Lean Month

Studies have shown that airfares are cheaper for flights during the so-called “lean months” or off-peak season where there is a low number of passengers, but the available flights are high.

One good thing about choosing to travel at this time? You don’t get the hustle and bustle of dealing with a huge crowd of travelers.

As an additional tip, hotel accommodations also are generally lower priced during these lean months.

Click and Cancel

Promotions for cheap airfare spread like wildfire and the tickets sell out in just a blink of an eye. If you are planning to purchase your ticket during a promotional offer period, it would be worth your while to check out their cancellation policy in advance.

This gives you a chance to book the flight and cancel in case you change your mind without losing money. Most airlines do have 24-hour cancellation policies.

Price Matching

Check if the airline has a price matching policy. This is in case you already purchased a ticket and they offer the same ticket at a lower price in the next few days.

Contact their representative if the rules seem a bit vague and you need further clarification. Communicating via email would be the best way to do this so you have written proof of the information that they provided you with.

Hopefully, with these tips, you get more value for your money on your next booking!