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Hey I'm Aaron, a 29 year old university graduate who needed a break from studying and to see more of the world before deciding what I'm really going to do with my life. I'm hoping to see as much of the world as possible and through writing my experiences down on my website maybe encourage or inspire other people to do the same. Travel is broadening my mind and opening more possibilities than I have ever known before and I hope to be able to convey this in my writing for the readers to enjoy. Stay tuned and who knows where I'll end up

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In the early days of the modern caravan, the post war period when these portable holiday homes first became affordable and therefore popular, the level of comfort provided was in keeping with the times.  No nonsense functionality – and lashings of formica – were the order of the day, as was taking the family summer holiday in Blighty.  The same movement that heralded the decline of the Butlins-style holiday camp also hit the popularity of the towed caravan, and that was of course the cheap package holiday which began to gain popularity in the 1970’s.

The thirty years that followed may come to be seen as the golden age of the package holiday, for over the last decade or so the increasing trade in cheap caravans for sale in the UK reported by major player in the market park-resorts.com has told a different story.

It has already been pointed out by at least one travel writer that whatever the military finally achieve, at least one aspect of the war on terror was lost years ago.  The modern airport experience is where the bag guys won.  Super tight security measures continue to produce major delays and a thoroughly unpleasant time all around, for both those travelling from and working at airports, with any residual glamour associated with flying now as distant a memory as real duty free shopping.

The hitherto moribund holiday park, on the other hand, has enjoyed a robust return to health.  Along with the modernisation of the British holiday park, which has seen the provision of proper leisure facilities attract greater numbers of guests year on year, an upturn in the new caravan market has had a welcome knock on effect for those looking for cheap caravans for sale.

Just as it is now difficult to buy a poorly made car if you opt for anything made in the last ten years or so, advances in modern production methods over the same period – for both static and towed caravans – have resulted in an increase in the average quality of the stock of second hand caravans in the UK.

Soundly constructed and watertight cabins are routinely fitted out with all the mod cons you would expect of a standard holiday apartment, particularly when you look at static caravans.  However, the original incarnation, the towed caravan, has also enjoyed something of a boost in cultural kudos that is about more than good value for money.

Several celebrities such as Kate Moss and Jamie Oliver have gone on record in praise of the caravan holiday in recent years, although you could argue that these famous faces merely reflect a growing movement towards a more self sufficient kind of living (and holidaying).

The caravan has become increasingly popular with the seasoned Festival goer, who is realistic about the chances of good weather during the British summer.  In these straightened times, avoiding the increasing cost of road tax that hits those running a mobile home or campervan may also be a significant factor in the growing number of people looking for cheap caravans for sale.  For some up to date statistics about the caravan industry in the UK, try the National Caravan website.

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The North West of England is a region of rich history and beautiful scenery. From the stunning Cheshire Peak District to the two bustling, metropolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester, the North West is a place of great diversity and different ways of life. For families, the region offers numerous great days out. Here is a county-by-county guide to some of the most fun and unusual days out that the kids will love…

Lancashire

Lancashire is home to the seaside town of Blackpool. Known by some as the ‘Las Vegas of England’ due its variety shows, arcades and party atmosphere, Blackpool is also a great day out for kids. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a brilliant theme park which kids of all ages will enjoy – older kids can get their thrills on the 64 metre tall Ice Blast ride, while younger children will love the newly-opened Nickelodeon Land. For a more relaxing day out in Lancashire, Turbary Woods in Preston offers visitors the chance to see some of the world’s most impressive birds of prey up close. The owl and bird sanctuary is home to over 90 different species including eagles, vultures and hawks. Daily flying displays give you the opportunity to see these amazing creatures acting as they would in their natural habitat.  This is a great day out for the family, and all money goes towards keeping the sanctuary open.

Cheshire

Cheshire is a beautiful, rural county where there is plenty to see and do. Firstly Gullivers World Theme Park in Warrington is a must-visit for any families with children under 12, as the park is specifically aimed towards younger children. The newly-opened Gullivers Hotel allows you to prolong your visit to the park by staying overnight – and having another go on the rides the next day! Also in Cheshire, the Blue Planet Aquarium will fascinate kids and adults alike. There are over 100 displays to see on your visit, including some of the most beautiful and endangered sea creatures in the world. It is also home to Europe’s largest collection of sharks, and Blue Planet even offers you the chance to go diving with these extraordinary creatures!

Cumbria

Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and a host of other characters all await you in The World of Beatrix Potter in Cumbria. Both you and your children will love seeing these classic stories from childhood brought magically to life at this attraction. Sights, sounds and even smells are included to make these recreations a truly enchanting experience for the whole family. To see some real-life animals, a visit to Ducky’s Park Farm is also a must. Children have the chance to visit, pet and even feed a wide variety of farm animals, from the traditional pigs, lambs and goats, to the more unusual residents including racoons and llamas.

Greater Manchester

Football-mad families simply cannot go to Manchester without paying a visit to the National Football Museum. Learn all about the nations’ favourite game through a variety of fascinating exhibitions, and use the museum’s interactive displays to test your knowledge. Entry to the museum is free, but die-hard fans will love the option of the Football Plus package, which allows you to take part in a range of exciting activities including penalty shoot-outs and a football commentary challenge. For an alternative family day out, head to Manchester’s indoor ski slope, the Chill Factore. Whether you’re a family of experienced skiers and snowboarders, or just fancy trying something new, there are slopes and activities for people of all abilities. There is even an Alpine Street where you can enjoy a spot of shopping after your time on the slopes.

Merseyside

There is plenty to see and do in Merseyside. One of the best days out is undoubtedly Knowsley Safari Park. Bring the spirit of Africa to the UK as you drive your car through the park, seeing a number of exotic animals including giraffes, African lions, elephants and the Siberian tiger amongst others. There is also a ‘walkaround’ area of the park where you can stretch your legs and visit some of the other exhibitions such as the bat house, the sea lion pool and the birds of prey displays. For older kids with more macabre interests, a great alternative activity when visiting Merseyside is Haunted Liverpool. This night-time ghost walk takes place through some of the most remote places in the city, including the terrifying St James’ Gothic Grave Yard. Not for the faint-hearted, the tour leader guides you through the city’s haunted streets – and the stories really come to life with the help of live costumed characters.

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Every surfer has a driving desire to travel. Exploring new surf destinations and scoring amazing waves in foreign locations can change your life. The majority of people associate surfing with the tropical waters of Australia, South Africa, Indonesia and Hawaii, therefore they believe these are the places to travel too.

As a student UK surfer, I could never afford to jet-set off to these far-afield destinations. What I have discovered, is that continental Europe offers some world class waves that are easily accessible and affordable. The water is warmer, the food is better, the culture is eye-opening and the waves generally pump! I’ve explored the content for many years, so I’m going to share with you some of my favourite places to surf and hang-out. Enjoy!

Hossegor (Landes)
Hossegor is one of the most renowned surfing breaks in Europe. Therefore, it is generally packed out with travelling surfers; chilling, partying and packing out the line-ups. There are many world-class beach breaks here that are more suited to the intermediate-advanced surfer.

La Graviere is the most famed French break. Although a beach break, it offers up many dredging rights that will give you lots of tube-time in the right conditions. Timed wrong, and you will get a heavy close-out on your head and stumble up the beach with a broken ego, so be careful!

Santa Cruz (Portugal)
Santa Cruz seems to be a favoured name for classic surf destinations and the one in Portugal is no different. Located to the south of Supertubos, this is a wave more suited to beginners.

Breaking over sand, with the odd rock to watch out for, this break is excellent for intermediates looking to hone in the board riding skills.  It picks up most west and north west swells and is excellent in little to no wind.

Insider Tips
The area is popular with vacationing Portuguese so it can get busy, but there are plenty of places to surf in the area.  This is an area of natural beauty, the cliffs and the entire costal region are simply stunning and the weather in the summer is just perfect — although the surf can be a little hit or miss at this time. Rent a car and explore the area for more great surf beaches.

 San Sebastian- (Zurriola)
When you’re not getting wet, the city of San Sebastian will take your breath away. This is a truly unique city with a rich Basque culture, marvellous architecture, entertaining locals and a thriving surf scene. To travel to San Sebastian you have two options, Biarritz (just over the border in France) or Bilbao. Both are highly accessible and, at the right time of the year (especially in the surf season), you can bag yourself a cheap return flight from the UK.

Zurriola is the main surfing beach in San Sebastian. This quality beach-break works best in small-medium sized north west swells which travel down the Atlantic and focus their energy into this corner of the world. It’s a very accessible beach for all levels, although, at size it should be avoided by beginners. At low tide in medium sized conditions, a fun little left hander can wedge off the harbour wall.

Insider Tips
For cheap accommodation stay at Olga’s Place. A dorm style hostel full of travelling surfers and young backpackers. Located just a hop, skip and jump from this brilliant surf break, you can get in before the crowds begin to congregate. Olga and her husband are wonderful hosts, and will take you out for ‘Spain’s best Paella’ with free Sangria!

Zurriola is located in the heart of San Sebastian. Being a large cosmopolitan city, you can only begin to imagine the extent of the local’s competitiveness. But however competitive, they are extremely friendly and the usage of some general surf etiquette will see you being called into waves by the excited local lads.

Insider Tips
Europeans are generally welcoming to travelling surfers, but show respect and you will be respected. Although English is widely spoken, a phrase-book for each country will put food in your belly and save you from a sticky situation. Most of the waves are more powerful than those at home so be careful and watch for rip currents. Camping throughout Europe is an excellent, budget means of travelling. Sample the local delights and nightlife.

Author Bio

When Ben isn’t travelling or surfing Europe you’ll find him lacing up the latest and greatest skate shoes at Nucleus surf shop, who are also leading providers of Skullcandy headphones and Nike snowboard boots.

 

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Paris is one of the best travel destinations in the world. Indeed, Paris, the City of Light, is considered as one of the most visited city. Known also as a romantic destination, Paris has many things to offer to the travelers as well as to the locales.

If you include Paris in your travel destination list for this year then, you must pursue your travel plans without hesitations. There are many attractions to visit in Paris. Thousands of hotels are available for your entire stay in the city. There are also shops and restaurants for you to shop and dine.
If you are starting to plan your Paris trip, you must have a glimpse of the top 5 places to visit in Paris. Make sure to include them in your must-see places to complete your Paris experience.

Top 5 places to visit in Paris

1. Eiffel Tower
Eiffel tower is considered to be one of the best-known monuments in the world. When you visit the tower, you will surely enjoy and admire the view especially at night when the tower sparkles with light. Eiffel Tower is also ideal for romantic people. Because everyone wants to visit the tower, come as early as you can to avoid the long lines. Located near the place are the other attractions such as Parc du Champ de Mars, Palais de Chaillot, Musée du Quai Branly and Musée Marmottan Monet.

2. Norte Dame Cathedral
Norte Dame Cathedral is located at the heart of Paris. Walk around the Cathedral and enjoy its beautiful facade. Admission is free. So, feel the holiness as you look through the stained-glass Window of the Rose and as you listen to the organ music during the service. Other surrounding attractions in the cathedral are Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie and Pont Neuf Bridge.

3. Louvre Museum
One of the most well-know museums in the world is Louvre museum. The world’s best art collections, such as Mona Lisa, can be seen the museum. You can see in this big museum the different master pieces, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, furniture, antiquities and many others. Nearby beautiful attraction is the Tuilleries Gardens.

4. Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay is another museum in Paris you should visit. In the museum is the collection of Impressionist art made by Renoir, Manet, Monet, Pissaro and Sisley. You can also find the works of the post-impressionist artists like Cezanne, Degas and Vincent Van Gogh.

5. Arc de Triomphe
One of the best views in the city is Arc de Triomphe. It is not as high as the Eiffel Tower but climbing the Arc’s top is still great. Same with the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe gathers millions of visitors annually. You can find a small museum at the top of the Arc. The museum features the significant history of the Arc. Go also to the Arc’s terraces to have a nice view of the City. You can use the elevator or stairs when you climb to the top.

Enjoy your trip as you visit these top 5 places to visit in Paris and its other attractions. Have a wonderful travel in the City of Light, Paris.

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Top 5 European Cities - Rome
Top 5 European Cities - Rome

When selecting where to travel and what to do while you’re there, is crucial that you have a good idea ahead of what you’ll find on each site to make an informed and thoughtfull decision. I’ve created this simple Top 5 of European Cities with a short description of what you can visit on each one to be used as a simple guide when planning a trip to the Old Continent.
#5 Amsterdam
First thing you’ll notice is the lack of tall buildings and traffic on one of the most important and visited cities in the continent, yet everything is smaller and more candid, from the cars to the old narrow houses to its stone streets, and bicycles, Vespas and the tram are the main meanings of transportation. Book a tour on boat through the main canal, and visit some of its many museums. As must would be the Stedelijk Museum of modern art, the Museum het Rembrandthuis with Rembrandt’s workshop, and the Van Gogh Museum, that holds the larger collection of the author’s work in the world.
#4 Madrid
As place of residence for the Royal Family, you can’t miss the Royal Palace with its 130 meters wall with hundreds of windows and balconies. Visit the famous Puerta de Alcala (Door of Alcala) and the Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun) in the Plaza Mayor, in the very heart of the city. Prepare to be impressed by the Cuatro Torres Business Area (or Madrid Arena), place for the tallest buildings in the country.
#3 Rome
a.k.a Eternal City, with more than 3 thousand years old. I’d recommend you separate your days between doing the tour through the ancient part of the city and the religious part. From the Ancient Rome, you can’t miss visiting the magnificent Coliseum with its tunnels and dungeons, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. From the Roman Catholic part, of course you can’t leave without visiting San Peter’s Churche in the Vatican, where Miguel Angel painted the Creation of Adan on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
#2 London
Ride the famous Underground (tube for the locals) for transport or the Double Decker Bus to visit the neightbourhoods of Notting Hill and the Soho on the West End. Go up on the London Eye for the best panoramic view of the city and visit the London Tower, a must for the ones who want to appreciate its historic value.
#1 Paris
a.k.a City of Brighting Lights. The first recommendation would be that you try to separate at least 4 or 5 days on your trip just for this beauty. It has a vast quantity and different type of museums, but the ones you definitely don’t want to miss are the Louvre, the George Pompidou for Modern Art and the sculptures garden in the Rodin Museum. You also can’t leave before you have a glance at the city from the top floor of the Eiffel tower, visit the Arc du Triomphe or take a closer look at the gargoyle statues on the top of the Notre Dame Gothic Cathedral.