Top things to do on Guernsey

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Need to go on holiday desperately, but can’t afford to go far? While the misfortunes of the British Pound in the past year have made it tough to afford the usual foreign holiday spots, there are plenty of excellent destinations located within the bounds of the United Kingdom.

This summer, enjoy a Guernsey holiday for the first time in your life, as this island in the English Channel contains attractions that will surprise and amaze you.

Below, we’ll share four of our favourite things to do on the island of Guernsey.

1) Relax on Shell Beach

Given its northern location, many people wouldn’t expect to find picture postcard beaches in this part of the world.

Guernsey proves this assumption wrong, as it is home to Shell Beach, a strip of sand that wouldn’t be out of place in the Mediterranean.

While the water is a bit more invigorating than what is found in more southerly climes, there is no place prettier in Britain to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

If you forgot to pack a picnic lunch, not to worry, as a small beach cafe on site provides an assortment of light food and drink that will help make your day here a perfect one.

2) Explore Castle Cornet

In addition to having amazing coastal scenery, Guernsey also has an intriguing backstory which can be relived through its historical attractions.

Start by exploring the ramparts and the inner sanctum of Castle Cornet. Built on a tidal island that is now joined to the mainland, it has defended the island for over 800 years.

To be perfectly honest, though, this castle wasn’t always a gallant defender of the people. During the English Civil Wars in the 17th century, the people stood with the Parliament, while the garrison in the castle remained loyal to the Royals; this resulted in Cornet’s cannons being turned on the town, to devastating effect.

These days, the castle is a living history museum, complete with the ceremonial firing of the noon hour gun every day, and with gardens that give this stone bulwark a needed splash of colour.

3) Tour Victor Hugo’s house

France was a tumultuous place during the 19th century, as the country transitioned from a monarchy to dictatorship before finally becoming a democratic republic.

Mid-century, one of the most critical voices of French policy was that of intellectual Victor Hugo, who agitated the public to support universal suffrage, free education for children, and the abolition of the death penalty.

These criticisms eventually earned Victor a one-way ticket out of France, as Napoleon III exiled Victor to the island of Guernsey.

During the fifteen years he was banned from France, he called Hauteville House home. This elegant manor proved to be a luxurious prison, as it and the lush gardens outside inspired many of his best works during this period.

Flying with High Blood Pressure: Travel Tips

Unfortunately high blood pressure is a problem that can get in the way of a lot of things in every day life. Due to this, it is no wonder that people do not want to let it get in the way of their holidays. Flying with high blood pressure, in this day and age, need not be impossible. Medications like Candesartan can help you to live a manageable life with high blood pressure, and do things you would normally do like travelling and flying. As well as medication, there are a few tips you can follow for travelling with high blood pressure.

Check your travel insurance 

Obviously, no one wants the worst to happen, but if you do require medical attention and you haven’t stated on your insurance your pre-existing medical condition of high blood pressure, then you will not be able to claim. Most bank accounts give you insurance with a premium account now, but do not assume that this will cover you if you have not stated your health problems.


As well as taking medicine, you can also do simple exercises to ensure that you keep up your circulation. Before you travel, ask your Doctor what the best exercises are to do during your flight. If you discuss the duration of your flight with your doctor, he or she should be able to advise you on what the best exercises to do are in the minimal space.

Pack your medication and prescription in your hand luggage 

If you are on a well known medication like Candesartan then chances are security at the airport will know what this is, but it is better not to leave anything to chance. Even if you do not have to take your medication at the time of the flight, it is still better to have them on you just in case. Even if your medication is in a blister pack that is labelled, it is still best to ensure you take all relevant documentation., especially for when you get to your destination country.

Take your own food and avoid alcohol 

Although it may be tempting to start your holiday with a treat from the options available on your flight, this will not help you if you have high blood pressure. Alcohol can have a sedative effect, and if you are on a long haul flight and assume it will be better to go to sleep, this is not the case. You need to ensure you move around and keep the circulation going. It can also be tempting to eat the aeroplane food – especially if you have been following a strict diet because of your high blood pressure. To make sure that the food lasts, airlines will often pack ready meals with salt. Not only is this bad for high blood pressure, but this will also leave you significantly dehydrated.

Drink plenty of water 

Even low cost or budget airlines have a duty to offer you water, or at least give it to you if you request it. Keeping hydrated is essential to anyone flying anyway, and even more so for those with high blood pressure. Buy a bottle before you board if you are travelling low cost, and if you are travelling long haul ensure you keep asking.

World’s Most Amazing Flights Bookable for Free with Points

All too often, people ask me if I am telling the truth when I write articles about how I’ve flown across the world for free. Trust me, I get it… When someone says something that sounds like it’s probably too good to be true, you are going to have some trouble wrapping your head around it.

I can, however, tell you with 100% certainty that there is no lie here. I dedicated hours upon hours of my time to learning all that I needed to know about using flight points and miles to book first class flights totally for free.

By using these little tricks I’ve found through the years, I’ve had the fortune of flying some of the most luxurious, amazing airlines that currently technology has to offer.

I’m not going to lie to you; it can be a real pain in the butt to book free flights with points. There is a lot of tedious work, point transference, and roadblocks that you are going to run into along the way. However, if you are flexible, you can and will book the perfect vacation.

We are going to go through the 7 best first class flights that are bookable for free with points right now. Let us know down in the comments below which sounds like your dream vacation!



Look, Singapore Suites class is not only the best flight that you can book using your miles, but it’s probably the best flight I’ve ever taken. Period. From the moment that you become a Suites customer, you will be met with the best customer service, the best meal in the sky, and the best treatment you’ve ever received on an airplane.

The Suites crew treats you like royalty. You will receive complimentary expensive champagne, designer pajamas, toiletries, a meal made by a chef, a television with countless options, and a bed to sleep on once all of the luxuries start to tire you out.

The best part is that it’s only 107,500 KrisFlyer miles. You can score this deal flying out of New York as well if you transfer SPG Points to Singapore Airlines for 93,500 KrisFlyer miles.



Emirates is a name that is known for first class and luxury, and they take that seriously. Enjoy a flight from New York to Milan in style, by sipping chilled champagne and enjoying a free chauffeur to and from the airport.

You’ll also receive a vanity, some toiletries, a leather seat to sleep on, and a flat screen television to keep you entertained during your trip. Heck, they even have a shower onboard so you can freshen up before you land.

All that for 75,000 is a pretty spectacular deal.



If you are looking for privacy, Etihad Airways is the way to go. All first class seats provide a door for their customers to close when they want to be left alone. Inside of this small makeshift room is a television to enjoy, ample leg room, and delicious meals that will be delivered to you promptly.

You can enjoy a flight via Etihad from New York to Abu Dhabi for 180,000 miles, then transfer to anywhere in Europe for just 25,000 AVIOS from there. This may seem strange, but it can be a great “pit stop” in your vacation if you plan it perfectly.



Caviar? Check. Seat that turns into a bed? Check. Exceptional service? Check. Privacy? Check. Lufthansa recently revamped their first class experience so it now rivals those of the others on this list. The best part is just how cheap it currently is.

You can fly Lufthansa via United from Washington, Detroit, or Charlotte to Frankfurt or Munich; lots of options to get all the way to Europe for 110,000 miles one-way. If you can’t see the savings, here’s a little tidbit for you: In cash, this flight would cost you around $12,000.



Swiss Air allows customers to get the first class experience for 125,000 miles round-trip from Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Montreal to Europe.

This means award winning meals, flat screen televisions, ample room to stretch out, and truly remarkable customer service for free.

The coolest thing about Swiss Air is that they frequently run promotions. This means that customers can receive more miles for their points if they book during the right time. In other words, a “price” point for these miles can be difficult to come by, but if you are booking during one of their promotions, you are sure to get a deal.



If personal closets, toiletry bags, roomy suites, and awesome staff sounds like your thing, look no further than Cathay Pacific Airways.

Here’s where things get cool. Unlike other airlines, Cathay Pacific allows customers to stop in various European destinations on the way to their Asia destination for just 90,000 miles. You may be asking yourself how this works, so let me explain.

Because of open laws allowed by US Airways, you are allowed to stop in as many European destinations as you’d like, enjoying a day or two in each spot, as long as you connect your flights in one round. With this rule, you are essentially allowed to travel the world for just 90,000 and you cannot beat that.



If you’re flying either a very short distance or a very long distance, British Airlines is a great consideration. For first class award space between the U.S. and Europe, British Airways has you covered more than any other airline, but you have to pay a fuel surcharge. That may not sound too bad, but it can be as high as $500.

If you’re flying out of Washington, New York, or Vancouver, you can get to London for 60,000 miles one-way in first class. This awards you a full sleeper bed and plenty of amenities.