UK Vacation Guide
Time travel is possible even without a TARDIS or DeLorean when you take a holiday to the UK. No country straddles the past and present quite as comfortably as the United Kingdom. Prehistoric Stonehenge is host to one of Europe's best Summer Solstice parties, trendy pubs seem perfectly at home in 200-hundred-year-old buildings, and the medieval atmosphere of Canterbury and Edinburgh is the perfect backdrop for stand-up comedy and music festivals that feature the newest kids on the block.
London itself can keep you well entertained for your whole trip, but don't miss out on what the rest of the UK has to offer. The countryside is well worth exploring and you can choose from the scenic Lake District and the Cotswolds in England, the rugged coastline in Wales, Scotland's mountains and lochs, or the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Once you arrive in the United Kingdom, you can find magnificent royal palaces, exotic cuisines from around the world, the latest in high fashion and trends, and the only thing missing, will be a single boring moment on your entire vacation.
How to Save on Vacations to UK
Most often, flights to London are the cheapest way to get to Britain. Travelling to the capital and then taking a connecting flight to other cities in the UK is almost always a cheaper alternative than flying direct to smaller cities like Manchester or Edinburgh, with more frequent service to boot. Besides the opportunity to explore one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, there are over 100 airlines with flights to the city from around the world, making cheap UK vacations easy to find.
Invest in discount passes before you travel. You will probably be visiting loads of tourist sites during your trip and and buying discount cards like the National Trust Touring Pass will get you cheaper admission tickets at several sites across the country.
Canadians love to discuss the weather, and you'll feel right at home in the UK where there's always lots to talk about. The ever-changing weather is always a topic of conversation and although checking the forecast before you travel is always a good idea, you'll likely get an update on the rain and temperature as soon as you start talking to the locals.
Packing for vacations to the UK is a bit of a challenge since you can expect to encounter wind, rain, sun, and in the winter, snow too, all in the course of a single day. Keeping this in mind, dressing in layers is always the best bet.
The peak travel period for the UK is from June to August when temperatures rise to nearly 30°C in the South of England and the rain makes a less frequent appearance. The winter weather is quite dreary across the UK but vacations packages will still be expensive around the Christmas and New Year holidays. All inclusive vacation deals suited to a tight budget will be easier to find in the shoulder seasons from April to May or in September. But since the country is best seen and experienced in the summertime, try to book as soon as you can and catch the early-bird specials on summer package deals.