Europe - UK & Ireland
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For a mainly rural driving trip July 4 - 17, how important is it to have reservations for a room (we are a couple). Can we find reasonable budget accommodation as we go? Are there many B&Bs which are not in guidebooks or the Internet which rely on people just showing up? Or is July so busy that we really must book ahead to get a reasonably cheapish place?
Anyone try the ribs yet? How bad / good?
I'm a 17 year old girl from the US and I'm traveling alone to Scotland this coming end of july/start of August. I've traveled internationally before but never on my own. I'm good at being independent, but I'm not super confident on what to do or not do on my journey. It would be awesome if you could answer a couple of the following questions, or just jot down a quick tip!
1.) Is it important for me to book trains and other transportation ahead of time, as I'll be in Scotland during peak tourist season? Or can I just sort of go as I please?
2.) Similar question as 1, but with hostels. Do hostels fill up super quickly everyday, or could I find one the day I need it?
3.) I have very limited experience with hostels, but know the general gist of things. Any tips or important nuggets of advice? Are most hostel-stayers pretty friendly?
4.) What are the best things to do while tra... more »
Today is the first day of British Summer time.
Before I left the house I slapped on the factor50 sun block and donned a broadrimmed hat.
Can anyone please tell me if there are any direct flights from Tokyo to Dublin? I had a quick look online and it seems they either go to Turkey or London first with a transfer or layover required.
Any specific airlines to check?
I'll be backpacking around south and north east Asia for the next couple of months with Tokyo as my final destination and then over to Dublin.
We are from Australia and will be spending the summer bicycle touring in Britain. We need to find a place to leave our tandem and camping gear near Brighton while we fly to Moscow to visit our daughter for 2 weeks from the end of May. Can anyone suggest a place? Cheers, Kerriemark
I am in the U.S., planning a trip to Ireland for November. (I'm trying to take advantage of the Thanksgiving holidays to build in a few extra paid vacation days). I know it isn't the ideal time of year to go, but I am okay with rain and cold. I'm in my late twenties, and will be travelling alone.
I will have nine full days there, and would like to focus more on quality than quantity. I am more of a relaxed, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and a pint in the cozy pub kind of traveler, and not so much a see as many towns as possible traveler. I will be visiting family, and the old homesite, in Cahersiveen (Co. Kerry). I know I'd also like to go to Galway.
Any recommendations on what other towns I should include? I am okay with focusing on a smaller portion of the country for this trip. Also, should I fly into Dublin or into Shannon? Finally, is it possible to get... more »
We're staying in a cottage in Applecross for a week at the end of April, and one day we're driving to Skye for the day and back as none of us have visited before...any recommendations for somewhere we could stop for dinner on the way back, perhaps back on the mainland? We're travelling with parents and won't want to cook in the evening as we'll be getting back late.
They like nice country pubs, that sort of thing (nothing too posh or expensive, and not seafood).
Thanks for your thoughts
(Equally any lunch suggestions whilst we're on Skye would be welcomed).
When I last visited Greenwich in late 2010 the Cutty Sark was under repair and under wraps.
I gather from the web that it is open for viewing now. Am I correct?
Hi fellow travellers,
me and 4 friends were thinking of going camping over Easter but have decided against it due to the weather. We now want to explore some British cities or countryside on Saturday and Sunday. Since only one over night stay, places should not be further than say 3 hours by public transport from London. We've already been to oxford, Cambrdige, Brighton, Startford upon Avon and Canterbury.
We were thinking of going to Bath, staying there, do Bristol on the next day and then return to London.
Any other suggestions? Both nice small towns/cities with interesting architecture as well as nice patches of countryside and villages are welcome.
could you recommend us (my girlfriend and I) a great place to eat delicious fish&chips in Torquay or near there?
Hi, we will be travelling to Cambridge in April. We will only have a few days (4) to explore the area between our last day there and flying back home from London. Trying to decide between doing a tour of the Cotswolds or even Cardiff area/Wales, versus seeing more of the SE coast of England, versus spending all the time in London. Very overwhelming as it seems there is a lot to see. Any suggestions on transportation to these different areas (in particular the Cotswolds), or things to not miss in these areas? Is it unreasonable to try to plan any kind of visit to Wales or the Cotswolds in this time frame?
Also, any idea what the weather in these areas is typically like during mid-April?
Any ideas appreciated-
I'm hoping someone can help me out with some confusion I have buying train tickets.
I'm schlepping about the British countryside in a couple of months and I'm afraid to drive on the left side of the road, so I'm taking trains. I have a couple of long journeys with a connection or two, and there's one in particular I don't understand. I need to book a ticket from Aberystwyth, Wales to Matlock, Derbyshire (which involves connecting first in Birmingham and then in Derby). For some reason, ALL the tickets I'm looking at cost £67. It looks like this is because they won't sell me any at the "advanced ticket", even though I'm more than two months out (traveling Saturday 1 June).
HOWEVER, I just discovered that I can book this journey as two separate tickets. Aberystwyth to Birmingham is about £14 (it's giving me an advanced rate) and Birmingham to Matlock (again connecting in Derb... more »
I am planning to visit Ireland during the festival time this December. I would like to spend a good couple of weeks in the country. Given that I am from India, I actually am looking forward to the cold climate one expects from an Irish winter. Also, I plan to go solo. I want to experience the Celtic culture and would like this vacation to be a quaint retreat from the busy work life I am used to.
I choose December because I would like to avoid the large touristy crowd and rather enjoy walks/cycle rides exploring the cities/countryside. A relaxed vacation.
I know the Irish people are known to be gregarious and jolly. It'd be great if some of you folks could share your views on whether a solo trip is pragmatic for an Indian? Would it be difficult to arrange for B&B's etc?
P.S. I graduated from uni a year ago (am 24 years old) and have decent international tra... more »
this week we are coming with my girlfriend to Pezance for hiking around. However the bus will finish there at 2:00 AM and our check in hostel is after 11:00 AM . Any good ideas what to do in Pezance in freezin weather till morning ? ;))
thank you in advance
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