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Put these Forest of Dean attractions in your travel itinerary

When city dwellers of the United Kingdom seek a temporary reprieve from their daily grind, they have a number of go-to favorites.

The Lake District. Snowdonia. The Scottish Highlands.

But when you can’t venture far from Central London, a quick weekend escape to the Forest of Dean might just suffice.

Want to immerse yourself in the verdant environment found in this corner of England? Stay in a holiday cottage there, as they are nestled amidst the trees and the rolling hills which make this part of the country a desirable place to escape the stress of everyday life.

Once you have decompressed enough, though, you will probably want to fill your days with some activities.

If you are looking to do more than just unplug, find room in your travel itinerary for one of the following Forest of Dean attractions.

1) The International Centre for Birds of Prey

Love birds? If so, spending a few hours at the International Centre for Birds of Prey will be straight up your alley.

Home to over 60 species of hawks, eagles, and other carnivorous avian species, this zoo focuses on conservation and educational activities which aim to promote the well-being of the birds in their care and to teach the public about them.

Watching a falconry demonstration is a highlight of any visit here, so be sure to ask about the day’s schedule soon after arriving.

2) Royal Forest of Dean

As the name suggests, there is a sizeable wooded area within the Forest of Dean region. Preserved as a hunting ground for British royalty during the days of the Tudors, it is a well-loved recreation area in the present day.

While you are in the Forest of Dean, make time to enjoy a lovely stroll along its many walking trails. If you can time your visit, try to come during the spring when flowers are in full bloom, or during autumn when the leaves of the trees are ablaze in colour.

3) Hopewell Colliery

In recent times, mining was the primary economic activity that supported families in the Forest of Dean. That way of life is mostly gone now, but reminders of the past can still be found.

The Hopewell Colliery provides visitors with a window into the workings of a functioning coal mine, as it is run by a free miner or a former worker who once labored in one of the main mines in the region.

Doing that for one year gave them the right to claim a stake of their own within the Forest of Dean region.

Hopewell Colliery is one of the few freeminer operations that still exist, and while coal demand is rapidly falling, revenue generated through tours will keep this fascinating attraction open for years to come.

5 Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

Kilimanjaro should be included as one of the Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

Photo by CC user Chris 73 on Wikimedia Commons

If you are bored with your usual routine it only makes sense to schedule something a little bit different for your vacation. Instead of waiting in line with hundreds of other people to get into the art gallery or museum why not head out where less people are venturing? Here are 5 alternative trips for 2017.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you are looking for an adventure in an exotic country, you can head to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Make sure you spend at least 3 months trekking your local hills and mountains to make sure you are in peak shape. You can find all inclusive packages that include accommodations, meals, guides, cooks and porters. There are seven different routes to choose from and you must climb the mountain with a licensed guide. Here are some pictures to give you an insight into what climbing Kilimanjaro is like.

Narrow boating in the UK

There is nothing like getting back to nature so try narrow boating in the UK. A narrow boat is used to travel along the canals and it is less than seven feet wide. They can be up to 70 feet long so you can enjoy your trip with lots of people or just a few. There are 3000 miles of canals to try in the UK and tons of different rental companies that offer different adventures. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and watch the serenity of nature. You can stop the boat at small towns and see the sights, grab some groceries, stroll through a park, or grab a burger and a pint at a pub.

Trekking in the Andes

A vacation spent trekking in the Andes is great way to rejuvenate. The Andes are a mountain range in South America and they are located in five different countries: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Peru has the most famous trails and you can visit Machu Picchu which is one of The New 7 Wonders of the World. If you are looking for paths that fewer people have travelled you can find guides and packages to try out the other four countries.

Spiritual Trip to Tibet

If you are fed up with your capitalistic existence it is the perfect time to embark on a spiritual trip to Tibet where you can explore beautiful natural surroundings and visit spiritual sites. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and this Buddhist monastery often has Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims praying in front of it. Be sure to watch the Monk Debates at Sera Monastery. You can watch this every day except Sundays. Drepung Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and you should try to visit it during the Shoton Festival. Tashilunpo Monastery is a fabulous example of Tibetan architecture. Be sure to stop and visit Lake Yamdrok, the stunning turquoise water will inspire you to make changes in your life. No trip to Tibet is complete without a view of Mt. Everest the tallest mountain in the world.

Relax on a Norwegian Cruise

Take a Norwegian cruise to see the Northern Lights. Cruising through Norway is a fabulous experience where you will see Viking ruins, fjords, and the fabulous northern lights that light up the sky in an amazing array of colours. Make sure you dress warmly with lots of layers so you don’t get cold.

Get away from it all in Yorkshire this spring

Get away to Yorkshire this spring

Photo by CC user Kate Jewell on geograph.org.uk.

Has city life begun to get the better of you? If this is the case for yourself, then a retreat to the rural landscapes of Yorkshire will help recharge your batteries.

In this article, we’ll show what awaits you in this serene corner of the United Kingdom.

Relax and unwind

The whole point of going on holiday to relax and enjoy yourself. As such, if you want to treat yourself to a spa break, we are with you 100%.

The world throws enough crap at you as it is – take back a part of yourself by treating your body and spirit to professional massages, facials, and mud baths.

These sessions will help shave off some of the physical baggage that we all accumulate along the road of life, but they also help you feel better if you just feel tired after trekking across Yorkshire’s many moors, which are a big-time attraction in this part of England.

Live it up in Leeds

If you want to let loose during your time in Yorkshire, be sure to spend a few nights in the city of Leeds.

With a student population exceeding 10% of its total population, there are plenty of bars, pubs, and nightclubs where you can dance the night away with young people that do it like it is their job.

You won’t be the only one, as this place has been repeatedly voted by various publications for being the #1 city in the United Kingdom when it comes to nightlife.

Expect to run into many Londoners seeking a dose of after-dark fun, as they can get it here without being sent broke by the venues in their home city.

Enjoy the coast near Whitby

If you are seeking a seaside getaway in Yorkshire, make for the coastal city of Whitby. Best known as the birthplace of James Cook, famed explorer of the South Seas, it is also a great place for those that love to go on long walks by the seashore.

If you are travelling with a dog, Sandsend Beach is a wonderful spot to take them for a lengthy jaunt. Even if you don’t, the sea cliffs, colourful fishing boats brought ashore, and the flowing grass in the breeze will make a stroll here truly memorable.

Explore its national parks

Yorkshire’s natural beauty isn’t limited to its coasts, as its interior has plenty of surprises for outdoor lovers as well.

From the thought provoking expanse of the North York Moors, to the heights of the Peak District, there is a landscape in Yorkshire’s heartland that will appeal to you.