Great Holidays in the UK
Find great holidays in the UK
Hello and welcome. In this article I am going to tell you something about holidays in the UK and the wonderful places the UK has to offer visitors.
My aim is to paint a picture that will absolutely blow your mind!
The United Kingdom is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and a visit here will never disappoint whether you are an independent adventure traveler or a family looking for amazing experiences.
This land is full of history and tradition, variety and splendor and has the most breathtaking places to see and the nicest people I have met anywhere in the world.
I will try to tempt you into choosing the United Kingdom as your very next holiday destination!
Come and have a look.
Why do I love the UK?
The United Kingdom is wonderfully multicultural and thus a welcoming place and I am a typical Brit. I was born in London but my parents were both from Italy and came to the UK in 1951. They stayed for over 40 years because they loved it here.
They first moved to Wales where my dad worked as a coal miner, and that is where my sister was born. Later they came to London and my dad became a top chef working in amazing restaurants in this great city.
They thought the UK was wonderful because it gave them every opportunity to work, raise a family, and be happy. My sister and I grew up here and we both love it.
So I give the UK a big thumbs up for being a welcoming place.
Don't let the weather put you off - Be prepared for every kind of weather - even in the summer!
Here is a picture I took of my friends on a summer's day at the beach in Selsea Bill, Southern England. You'll notice that they are drinking hot tea, and that they are wearing Gortex jackets and sun hats! A contradiction? Nope - it was a very windy day! We had a wind tent to prevent the sand blowing into our sandwiches and to boil water for tea time.The children are in wet suits because the sea is always absolutely freezing in the UK even in the summer in the south. Although you can toughen up and many of my friends swim and surf regularly in the sea - personally I usually can't even dip my toes in!
It's very true that the weather isn't reliable - but that's what adds to the excitement and fun - you can see happy, happy faces in this photo because we are well prepared.
I've been on so many fantastic camping trips all over the UK and the weather has been brilliant.
The changeable weather means that there are a lot of great indoor activities in the U.K for holiday makers. So it's not all bad.
Kit Yourself Out
If you are planning on an adventure style trip you will need a proper waterproof jacket and trousers and boots too!
I have tried every kind of rainproof gear - and in my experience Gore-tex beats them all. The material repels even the heaviest rain, but it allows your body to breath. It lasts forever and can be repaired if it gets torn so I highly recommend the investment!
Some of my other article about the United Kingdom
- Scotland Tours and Scotland Vacations
What to do while you're in Scotland on Vacation. information about Scotland tours and various adventure travel companies.
- Holidays in Wales
On the western side of southern Britain is beautiful Wales. Holidays in Wales are exciting and interesting. You will fall in love with the place and the people. Without a doubt!
- 5 Tips for Making your UK Holidays Really Great
This is part of a series of articles, which give you lots of tips about the UK and Travel. This lens has 5 tips and some beautiful photos! It also has links to an excellent travel company that specializes in walking and cycling tours round
- 5 Dangerous Mistakes I made Walking in the Lake District England
This article is quite embarrassing - if you want to read about my stupidity - then now's your chance. I really did put myself in real danger. The Lake District is deceivingly dangerous because of the weather! Read all about it!
- Overseas Adventure Travel
Why is overseas adventure travel so different, so important and such an amazing way to travel? Find out here.
What do I Mean When I say the 'United Kingdom'?
My apologies as this may get a little confusing:
The United Kingdom is not the same thing as Great Britain. When we say the ‘United Kingdom’ we are actually talking about the sovereign state, which is made up of great Britain and Northern Ireland. You should not call that ‘Great Britain’. It’s full and proper title is the:
‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’.
We get the name Britain from the Romans as they called England and Wales ‘Britannia’. Although great battles were fought the Romans never conquered Scotland.
Scotland, Wales, and England are three different countries that were united in 1707 into a single state. This is when the United Kingdom was born. (Northern Ireland was added about 100 years later).
I sincerely hope that this has clarified any confusion!
The United Kingdom Explained in more upbeat detail!
Cambridge Circus - Central London
The Union Jack
What does it all represent? It is the symbol the United Kingdom and it was designed when the U.K was born. It often comes as a real surprise to the English (particularly football/soccer fans) that this is not the English flag! Here is how it was put together in 1701:
A red cross with a white background symbol of England
A white X with a blue background symbol of Scotland
Also, there is a white border around the red cross because different colors are not allowed to touch each other – this has something to do with heraldry.
One hundred years later they added another red X, which is Ireland’s Cross of St Patrick. But if you have a close look you will see that it’s not symmetrical (here is a wiki link that explains it all!) .
There is no emblem of Wales on the Union Jack because Wales is technically a principality not a Kingdom!
Nobody really knows why it is called the Union Jack.
When is the Union Jack Flown?
It is unfurled on government buildings on: Birthdays of the Royal Family, commonwealth day, Coronation Day, the Queen’s official birthday, Remembrance Day and on the opening of Parliament. St David’s Day in Wales, St George’s Day in England, St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, and St Andrew’s Day in Scotland.
Bonnie Scotland - My Husband is Scottish
A Bit fo Fun:
How you Should Behave When you Meet Someone in the UK
To say a formal hello you should shake hands and say ‘How do you do?’ But believe it or not this is not a question and so if someone shakes your hand and says ‘How do you do?’ you should reply “How do you do?’ Not at all obvious that one! If someone shakes your hand and says ‘How are you?’ then this is a question and you should answer ‘I’m very well thank you, how are you?’ This makes more sense and is less formal.
You can also say, ‘Nice to meet you’, and replace the word ‘nice’ with ‘good’, ‘delighted’, ‘pleased’ or ‘happy’. You can also just say ‘Good morning’, or ‘afternoon’ etc.
Never kiss someone who is not a very best friend of the opposite sex or a member of your family whom you have not seen in at least 3 years! That sort of behavior is left to the Italians or the French, or most southern European countries for that matter.
If you want to be very informal just say ‘Hi’. You will hear ‘Cheers’ instead of goodbye.
Here are things you should do when you’re in the United Kingdom:
- Stand in queues – never push in, no matter how late it is! People will not be pleased!
- Say ‘Excuse me’ if you want to pass by and someone is in your way.
- Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ a lot – in shops, taxis, cars, everywhere. Never forget your ‘Ps and Qs’!
- Say ‘Sorry’ if you bump into to someone, even if it’s his or her fault. They will always say ‘sorry’ to you.
- Hold the doors for others.
- Pay as you go – in pubs and bars you pay for the drinks at the time of ordering them.
- Cover you mouth when you yawn or cough and never spit.
Things you Should Never Do:
- Don’t talk loudly, never shout, and always keep calm.
- Never look at someone directly in the eyes when you are on the tube or bus, in fact you should avert your eyes and avoid staring at anyone.
- Don’t ask personal or intimate questions and never ask a woman her age! She’ll think you just plain rude!
- Do not hug or backslap anyone - ever!
- Don’t speak with your mouth full (I’m beginning to sound like a tyrannical parent!)
- You should not make any bodily noises at all.
General Info: Women and men in the UK are treated as equal in all areas of life. Therefore women are allowed to go to restaurants alone, walk in the streets and drink alcohol.
Interesting UK Travel Sites
- Walks Around Britain
A very interesting website full of ideas, they even make videos of your walks for you!
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