Camping is all about getting away from the hustle and bustle, the noise and pollution of modern living. It’s all about getting back in touch with nature and the way our ancestors used to live, when there wasn’t the internet or mobile phones, social media or 1000s of cable television channels taking over our lives. For many people, it’s enough to just get a tent and some simple supplies and head out into the countryside.
For others, you may prefer a more luxurious and at the very least, comfortable setup. One investment that might be wise to make for your next trip is either a portable power station or mini 2000-watt generator. If you’re not entirely sure why, in the following post we look at some of the main benefits of taking one of these great appliances with you.
Illuminate Things with Some Lights
Rather than just relying on the light from your torch or even mobile phone or tablet, you could use a generator or power station to connect some lighting around camps. You’d be surprised how much of a difference some well-placed illumination would be for making your campsite look and feel more homely.
Use Batteries Without Worrying About Them Running Out
One of the issues many people have when camping is that the batteries powering the portable items and accessories they bring along run out. With a generator or power station you can recharge up batteries for those items, meaning you don’t have to be quite as anxious about using them too much.
Enjoy Some Great Music
A campsite can be nice and quiet, which is nice. But, sometimes it’s also nice to enjoy some of your favourite music while sitting around the campfire at night or to help motivate you to get out and explore the world. A generator or power station gives you somewhere you can provide your listening device, whether it’s a mini radio, MP3 player or something similar with the necessary power.
Enjoy Some Luxuries to Make Your Home Away from Home Feel More Homely
Do you like some toast with jam in the morning before you start the day along with a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea? Perhaps you want to enjoy some burgers or some hot cocoa at the end of the day. With a mini generator or power station you can pack some miniature versions of your most-used appliances back at home. Having these luxuries could make the whole experience more satisfying.
Keep All Your Gadgets and Devices Charged
Although you may want to take a break from your digital devices, you may still want to take along more than just a smartphone, so a tablet or even a laptop. Just in case. Having a generator or power station means that these devices, even if you are not using them at all during your trip, just to make sure they are topped up. It also means you can keep your smartphone with enough charge too.
When talking or thinking about pocket knives, camping is what usually comes to mind. It’s true, pocket knives come in very handy and are an essential tool for campers and hikers, but that’s not all that it can be used for. The term itself suggests that it’s something that can be useful at any moment, so it’s meant to be carried around in a pocket.
So here are some of the reasons, apart from camping, that can convince you to purchase a pocket knife in UK and carry it with you at all times.
1. Open Packages Anywhere
Isn’t it frustrating to not find a knife or scissors when your much awaited amazon delivery package has arrived? Or you want to check the quality of the product before you pick it up and you don’t have the tools for it. Yup, this is where a pocket knife will come in very handy for you. No need to look for a pair of scissors and wonder whether the dress you ordered looks as pretty as it did on the website. Just whip out your pocket knife and get ripping.
2. Cut fruits and Veggies
While this is something that you can use a kitchen knife for, pocket knives will come in handy to cut fruits or veggies when you’re out on your camping trip or just found some fresh fruit that you might want to eat. This is one of the many advantages that a pocket knife has.
3. First Aid
Pocket knives can come in handy for first aid when you’re travelling. It can help with cutting bandages, removing splinters which are deeply embedded or treat wounds where you might need to make a cut or two. It can also be used to cut clothes in an emergency to view the wound properly. However, it’s important to note that before you get digging into your skin to treat wounds, you must always sterilize a pocket knife with some alcohol.
4. Cut Meat
This is specially useful on camping and hiking trips. If you want to cut meat that you’ve just finished hunting for, a pocket knife will come in very handy and put food on your table. You don’t have to be stuck with your successful hunt without getting the chance to taste it, you can easily use your pocket knife to cut some meat.
5. Bottle Opener
Nothing can be worse than being at a party or planning one and not having a bottle opener for your pints. Small things like a bottle opener can more often than not, be forgotten about and what do you do if you don’t have one to get the party started? You can use your pocket knife to open any pint. If you’ve got a swiss army knife, you can just use the bottle opener that it comes with and if not, then use a blade or handle waves to pop open the caps of your pints.
There’s so much that a pocket knife can do when you’ve gone fishing. Right from trimming the fishing line by cutting the tag ends to cutting bait for fishing, gutting the fish after you’ve caught it because it will need some cleaning and lastly, a pocket knife can also be used to fillet a fish.
Pocket knives can be a real asset in daily activities. So you don’t have to restrict carrying a pocket knife to just camping and hiking trips. Use them anywhere for any situation that requires something sharp to work with.
There is hardly anyone in this world who does not enjoy shopping. They may detest crowded malls, long queues and waiting to try out clothes—but hardly anyone ever detests getting new things for themselves. After all, retail therapy is a real thing!
If shopping is your weakness and your strength, you must visit London—a shopaholic’s paradise! With its range of distinct shopping spots and streets, London is known for its shopping hubs which even have their own themes and specialties. Whether you’re looking for luxury and branded goods or quirky knick-knacks, London is the place to be! Even the department stores here are unique and exciting. So, book a room at The LaLiT London, and set out to enjoy some of the most exciting shopping hubs in the world!
Here’s a guide to some of the best stops in London:
Oxford Street is the heart of London when it comes to shopping, and is always bustling with people. This street has more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark showrooms. From the famous Selfridges, to iconic department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams, it also has flagship stores like Primark’s store. One can check out the latest trends in Topshop, located in Oxford Circus. To find exquisite and interesting treats, one can head out to St Christopher’s Place and Berwick Street.
Bond Street and Mayfair
All of us who have played Monopoly are aware of these monumental locations. Whether you want to indulge in some designer clothes or simply do some window shopping, these are the places for you. Replete with celebrities, this is London’s most exclusive area, and a home to the biggest brands in the world. These brands include Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
If your London accommodation is close to Westfield, the area has two major shopping complexes in London at White City and Stratford. The shopping centre Westfield London houses the high street favourites of London, including Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer, along with House of Fraser. Other high-end brands also have a home here, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, All Saints, and Ted Baker. Along with brands, this centre also has a cinema, gym, bars, and some of the best Indian restaurants in London.
This is a historical street as it was here that the Fashion and Cultural Revolution took place in the Swinging ’60s. There are 13 streets that make up the Carnaby and they’re located between Oxford and Regent Street. This area exhibits more than 100 brands, and many restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs—thus making it a really fun place to hang out around. This street is also unique as it has an interesting mix of boutiques, heritage brands and the budding designer names. The English pubs and eclectic range of cafes and restaurants only add to the charm. One can happily spend a day here without getting bored or running out of things to do.
A little different from the other high-end streets, Covent Garden is a hub of hip fashion, quirky gifts and rare confectionaries. One can find a great range of handmade jewellery here as well! From the trending urban streetwear, funky cosmetics, to exciting shoes and imaginative arts and crafts—one can find many surprising and adventurous trinkets here. For more such vibes, do not forget to visit Floral Street, Monmouth Street, St Martin’s Courtyard, Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, and Neal’s Yard.
Hence, London has all flavours, and one must come and experience each. After all, have you really shopped if you haven’t shopped in London?
Key West, at the southern tip of Florida, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. It offers an array of exciting activities for travelers seeking new experiences, especially folks who enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re there for a week or a weekend, check out this list of the top five things to do in Key West.
1. Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park
Don’t let the name fool you – Dry Tortugas National Park is anything but dry! Accessible only by sea or air, this national park is mostly underwater. The snorkeling here is legendary for novice and experienced snorkelers, alike. If you’re the adventurous type, consider camping overnight in the park. It’s an ideal spot for stargazing and snorkeling along the moat wall at night, where nocturnal sea life can be found. Above the waterline, tour historic Fort Jefferson on Garden Key or rent a paddleboard to explore the shorelines of the park’s keys, where seabirds often nest.
2. Go Deep Sea Fishing
The Florida Keys are one of the most exciting places to fish because of the sheer variety of sea life found in these waters. While there are many charter fishing boat companies eager to contract with out-of-towners, choosing to go with a local owner/operator provides the best chance for a great day at sea. Captains with a firm understanding of local conditions, climate, and fish migration patterns can provide the greatest expertise in arranging for custom trips on comfortable boats. Typically, deep sea fishing charter captains have all required fishing permits in place and also provide all fishing tackle. Make the trip extra special by making dinner reservations at a Key West restaurant willing to cook your catch, and enjoy the freshest seafood possible.
3. Tour the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Perhaps one of the most well-known residents of Key West was American writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Old Town Key West for many years. Now, his home is open to the public. Explore the historic architecture, landscaped grounds, and even a few family heirlooms belonging to this literary giant and his family. And of course, his famed 6-toed cats are here, too, descendants of the same first polydactyl cat who’d been given to Hemingway.
4. Book a Food Tour
Key West is an exciting culinary crossroads of flavors from the U.S., France, Latin America, Asia, and beyond. And there’s no better way to try a little bit of everything than a food tour of the city. These walking tours generally last a few hours and generally combine local history and culture with sample small bites and drinks from independent restaurants, cafes, bars, and even ice cream stands. Even though key lime pie might be the most recognized local dish, it’s by far not the only local specialty!
5. Attend a One-of-a-Kind Festival
Key West hosts special events all year long. Book a trip that coincides with a festival for an unforgettable vacation. There’s something for everyone, from art to music, theatre, fishing, sports, literary events, and more. But even if you miss July’s Hemingway Days, October’s Fantasy Fest, or the “Bight” Before Christmas in winter, there’s always a party at Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration. This event spotlights local artists, craft vendors, food, performers, live music, and more.
Key West is an easily accessible destination with a wide variety of activities for travelers. Get to know what makes this destination stand out, and why folks keep coming back. From world-class snorkeling to engaging festivals, culinary delights, and historical landmarks, Key West has something to offer everyone.
London is one of the most popular and most-visited cities in the world, and with good reason. With hundreds of years of history and culture, plenty of famous landmarks and historical sites, and its own unique energy, it’s truly wonderful to experience. And although it’s the biggest city in the UK, with almost 9 million inhabitants, it’s actually one of the most walkable cities in the world.
The great thing about London is that many of its main attractions are located within walking distance of each other. You can quite easily take the key sites in in a day, if you’re not bothered about doing full tours of all of them. Shoe Zone have come up with the ultimate walking tour of London to show you how.
Yes, you might have sore feet by the end of it, but that’s where London’s hopping nightlife scene comes in – just find yourself a pub or bar and grab a well-earned drink while you put your feet up!
We start our tour off at Buckingham Palace. It’s lovely to look at from the outside, so that might be all you want to see (not forgetting the obligatory selfie!) but if you like, you can take a tour of some of the 775 rooms for a….
Once you’ve had a glimpse of how the other half live, it’s time to move on to our next stop. Just 16 minutes’ walk away from the Palace is another iconic London landmark: Westminster Abbey
Site of many a royal wedding, and the coronation of every monarch since William the Conqueror, Westminster Abbey is a stunning gothic church which has seen out some of the nation’s most turbulent times, including the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Blitz. Today it welcomes over 1 million visitors a year.
Practically next door (well, 2 minutes’ walk away) are the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Many people think that the iconic clock tower is called Big Ben, but actually it’s called the Elizabeth Tower (or Clock Tower). Big Ben is the name of the largest of the five bells within it. However if you head over there on the hour to hear the sound of the famous bongs, you’re out of luck for the next couple of years – the tower and Big Ben are currently undergoing refurbishment!
Once you’ve taken a few more selfies outside the Houses of Parliament, it’s time to head across the river to our next stop, the London Eye.
A huge Ferris wheel that dominates the London skyline, the London Eye has truly become a symbol of the city in the 18 years since it opened. Until The Shard’s observation deck opened in early 2013, the London Eye was the highest public viewpoint in London. As such, visitors taking the 30 minute trip are treated to a fantastic view across the whole city (plus it’s a good chance to give your feet a bit of a break before our next stop!)
Once you’ve disembarked from the London Eye, walk along the South Bank (away from the Houses of Parliament) for around half an hour. You’ll pass some more iconic landmarks including the National Theatre, OXO Tower and Tate Modern. Keep walking until you get to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Not actually Shakespeare’s original theatre, but a reconstruction, Shakespeare’s Globe is a fully-working theatre. Much like centuries ago, there are standing galleries and visitors can enjoy the Bard’s finest works almost as they would have been performed in his day (minus the throwing of food at the actors).
Time to head back across the river. Walk got about 21 minutes across Southwark Bridge (stopping to admire St Paul’s Cathedral if you wish), and along Lower Thames Street, and you’ll get to our next stop: The Tower of London.
Over the years, this 11th Century fortress has been a prison, a royal residence and an armoury. It’s now a museum and the site of the famous Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom (a must, if you like sparkly things). It’s also permanently home to seven ravens – superstition has it that if the ravens ever left the Tower, the kingdom would fall! Although they don’t always take their job seriously – one raven was “sacked” for eating TV aerials and another went AWOL and was last seen at a pub!
After you’ve had a look round the Tower (and said hello to their newest raven, Poppy) it’s time to head 5 minutes away to our final stop: Tower Bridge.
Instantly recognisable due to its two-level design, Tower Bridge has two towers which are connected by road and walkways. It’s hugely busy, with over 40,000 people crossing it every day, and the road section can be raised in minutes to let river traffic through.
And there you have it! After 7,480 steps and a distance of 5.7km, it’s time for a well-earned cup of tea. Well, you are in London after all…
In the UK there are a stringent set of regulations that have been put in place to protect both workers and the general public alike. It was under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 that new laws surrounding the uniform of those working in high-risk dangerous conditions were introduced.
Despite the importance that has been placed on wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work, few are actually aware of all the outdoor workwear regulations that could affect them. From the use of dangerous tools to ear protection to safety standards, today we will be taking a look at all the UK outdoor workwear regulations you might not know about – but definitely should.
The Use of Dangerous Tools Outdoors
Using power tools such as chainsaws and drills presents serious risks in the workplace, both indoors and outdoors. For those working with such tools, it is legally required that workers must be provided with and wear the correct PPE which includes chainsaw boots, trousers and helmets as well as face visors and ear protection.
It is also of the upmost importance that all workers have been properly trained before using dangerous tools and can also asses the risks around them prior to completing any tasks. Upon health and fitness training, workers found to have conditions that affect their mobility, vision or balance may not be suitable to carry out this particular type of work or handle such equipment.
Below is a list of PPE that must be worn when handling dangerous tools and the safety standards each piece of equipment must conform to:-
Trousers must conform to EN 381-5 standards
Gloves must conform to EN 381-7 standards
Helmets must conform to EN397 standards
Boots must conform to BS EN ISO 20345 standards
Hearing protection must conform to EN 352-1 standards
Mesh visors and safety glasses must conform to EN 166 standards
Full Body Protection
There are a number of hazards that workers face on a daily basis, and therefore the appropriate PPE must always be provided to protect from such dangers – from head protection to foot protection. We will be taking a look at the different areas of the body which must be protected when completing dangerous tasks, as well as when these hazards are likely to occur and the safety equipment which should be worn.
Head Protection – Helmets and bump caps are the most popular form of head protection. It’s important that when working in conditions with falling debris, a strong safety helmet is worn to protect the head from blunt force.
Ear Protection – Industrial machinery can make work places very noisy and it is therefore important that employees are provided with earplugs and earmuffs if they are being exposed to loud sounds for a long period of time.
Face & Eye Protection – From splashes, gases, vapours and just plain old dust, there are a number of different elements that can irritate employee’s eyes when working on outdoor sites. Suitable forms of eye and face protection include goggles, spectacles, face shields and visors.
Hand & Foot Protection – Broken glass, nails and machinery all pose a threat to the hands and feet of workers in tough, industrial, outdoor environments. Safety boots featuring toe and midsole protection as well as protective gloves should be worn as an absolute minimum.
Personal Protective Equipment Safety Standards
Under the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, all safety equipment must now be CE marked to indicate that the equipment has been tested to withstand the toughest environments and also conforms to European Union standards.
It is also the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all PPE worn is of a high-quality and regular wear and checks should be made. PPE must also be stored in an environment where it won’t become damaged and all employees should be made aware of where and how such equipment is stored.
As an employee, if you’re concerned that PPE is not being supplied free of charge, or is not suitable for all members of staff, then you can get in contact with an occupational safety consultant or seek advice from the HSE guidance online.
On the flip side, employers worried about their role in providing PPE should speak to a health and safety lawyer to ensure all the appropriate measures are being taken in order to comply with the law.
After all that, you should be fully up-to-date with all the UK outdoor workwear regulations that affect you.
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When it comes to holiday planning, there are two kinds of people: those who embrace it wholeheartedly, planning every single step and knowing exactly where they want to be at any given time, and those who dread making any kind of detailed itinerary and would much rather wing it if they’re not considering giving it up entirely. Which one you are will depend on a number of factors, but you’ll doubtless have been on enough holidays to know your type by now.
Either way, embarking on the process of planning a holiday can be difficult. There are a number of potentially confounding factors, each of which could threaten to derail the vacation completely. Your holiday is well-deserved; you’ve been working hard all year and you’re entitled to a little time away from your toil. We’ve compiled a mini-checklist of ways to plan the perfect holiday, so you can make sure you’re not caught short by the technicalities.
Make sure you have enough money
Before you begin planning, you’ll need to make sure your finances are looking good. It’s one thing to dream about escaping the country and fleeing to sunnier climes, but it’s entirely another to have the funds to do so. You’ll need to work within your budget when you’re considering holiday destinations, too; that trip circumnavigating the globe might need to wait until you’re a bit more flush. That said, there are plenty of ways to make sure your bank account is healthy enough to shoulder the weight of a holiday. You could take out a loan; with plenty of reputable, trustworthy loan providers out there who offer competitive rates, you can’t go wrong with sites such as Step One Finance. Whatever method you decide to employ, make sure you have enough cash in your coffers to cover the initial travel and booking costs, as well as enough to actually enjoy yourself once you’re there.
Choose your destination wisely
When you’re overworked and underpaid, it’s tempting to simply throw caution to the winds and pick a destination at random. You won’t thank yourself for doing this, though. Before you start planning your holiday, think carefully about all the places you’ve promised yourself you’ll go over the years and narrow down your ideal vacation location. Do you really want to visit California, or is this a momentary whim? This might be your only holiday this year, not to mention for a couple of years, so you’ll want to choose wisely. Talk to your partner or family, too, and see whether there’s anywhere they’ve had their eye on for some time; chances are there’ll be a compromise somewhere which will make all of you happy.
Plan your travel carefully
If you’re travelling around the world, there’s likely to be a significant time difference between your home country and your destination. With that in mind, it’s a very good idea to make sure your flight times reflect this. If you book a 7-day holiday, for example, it might not be the best idea to wipe out the first day entirely due to a long-haul flight that has you touch down in Singapore at 3am. Try to plan your flight times around your intended holiday itinerary; it’s no good catching a super-early flight from Heathrow if your first day in Beijing is full of high-intensity activity or a lot of walking. Your travel needs to fit around your holiday experience, because in the end that’s what it’s all about; the flight is a means to an end.
Create a detailed itinerary
Having a plan for your holiday is incredibly important; you can use sites like Expedia to assist. We’ve lost count of the amount of conversations we’ve had with colleagues about their holiday in which we’ve asked them how it went and they’ve expressed regret that they didn’t get to do everything they wanted to. Creating an itinerary circumvents this problem; if you plan carefully where you want to be and what you want to do at each stage, you’ll always have a structure and you won’t be tempted to just stay in your hotel watching TV. Remember the reason you wanted to take this holiday in the first place. Escaping your regular life won’t be worth much if you simply supplant it with a similar life while on holiday.
Don’t be afraid to deviate
With all that itinerary stuff said, it’s also not a bad idea to deviate from your plan a little, especially if you spy something you simply have to try. If your itinerary doesn’t include a trip to the local markets, but you pass one on your way around and spot some food that looks particularly appetising, why not spend a few hours browsing instead of your planned activity? If you find yourself swept up in a local festival or celebration that wasn’t in your plan, you may thank yourself in future for allowing yourself to simply go with it rather than strictly adhering to the checklist. Holidays should be experiences, after all, and you’ll have much more to talk about back home if you let yourself go with the flow from time to time.
When you’re soaking up the sun on a tropical island with an ice cold fruity cocktail in your hand, you shouldn’t have a care in the world, but that’s not always the case. You can often end up spoiling your time away by fretting over the safety of your home and your precious belongings.
But fear not, as today we take a look at the 5 top tips for keeping your home safe and deterring burglars whilst you’re on your travels.
Make sure your house looks occupied
If burglars believe your house is occupied, then this decreases the likelihood of them trying to break in and take any of your belongings. There are numerous measures that you can take in order to make your house look occupied even when it is not. These include:
Leave curtains and blinds open (having closed curtains in the day is a giveaway that the house is unoccupied and this will only draw unwanted attention)
Time your lights to come on at random points in the day and night
Ask a trusted neighbour or family member to water your plants (burglars will believe that someone is occupying the house if your plants and garden is still being looked after)
Cancel any milk, newspaper or regular deliveries as items left on your doorstep will indicate an absent owner (or ask your neighbour to remove any items they see)
Don’t tell everyone that you’re going away
You should tell your immediate family, friends and neighbours, but try to keep those who know to a minimum. The more people that know you’re away, the more who know your house is unoccupied and this increases the likelihood of burglary and break-ins.
Avoid boasting on social media altogether! If you broadcast to your social media ‘friends’ that you’re on holiday, they will all know that your house is unoccupied and in turn, this increases the target. And don’t forget, if you’re account isn’t private then anyone can find out you’re away from your home, friend or not. Don’t worry though, you can post all your holiday snaps when you return.
Check your insurance policy
It is important that you have the right household insurance, even more so when you go on holiday. Some insurance policies may fail to protect your home and your belongings if your property is unoccupied for a certain number of days. Likewise, your insurance may not cover your assets if you grant access to a house-sitter or family member. You should contact your home insurer and ask the appropriate questions, ensuring that your home and your belongings will be protected whilst you’re away.
Keep valuables out of site
You should make sure valuables can’t be seen through windows, and you should hide them in an unobvious place whilst you’re away. The first place any burglar will look is under a mattress or in a sock draw, so think of unique places you can hide objects. Burglars will know the most common hiding areas and the so-called ‘clever’ hiding spaces so keep this in mind.
If possible you should take any precious belongings with you on your travels, or at the least, you should distribute items throughout your house – if a burglar finds one hidden valuable or money, they’re likely to take it and get out the property as fast as possible rather than keep searching – so don’t hide all your belongings together!
Protect yourself when travelling
Just like your home insurance, make sure you have the right travel insurance to protect both yourself and your luggage.
Don’t display your home address anywhere on your case, instead you should give an alternative address such as your work address so your luggage can be returned if you lose it.
If you follow these 5 top tips then you will have complete peace of mind knowing that your home and your belongings are safe and protected from intruders whilst you’re on holiday.
The Isle of Wight attracts thousands of visitors every year. The intriguing history of the place can be easily explored at Osborne House, Carisbrooke and many other sites in the Island. There is a unique and secluded environment and one runs out of time before they can explore everything in this extravagant piece of land. The oldest theme park and family attraction of the world, Blackgang Chine, opened in the Island about 150 years ago.
For those looking for retail therapy, there are several shopping opportunities on the island. Due to the Isle of Wight’s artistic heritage, there are many outlets selling wood carvings, sculptured glass and handcrafted jewelry. There are also delicious locally produced dishes and drinks with extravagant restaurants and farm shops.
Attractions and unique places are in abundance on the beautiful island and there’s something for everyone. Visit one of the galleries and museum and magnificent historic sites to delve into the Island’s culture and history. The Needles Lighthouse is the most recognizable landmark of the island and the nearby Needles Park has many things for the entertainment of families. If you wish to go wild, the Tapnell Farm Park is perfect.
Enjoy a fantastic ride on the steam railway at the Robin Hill Country Park or visit one of the animal attractions in the Island for a fun outing.
Families generally flock to Shanklin, Sandown, Ventnor or Appley to enjoy spectacular views of the beach. However, if you are looking for some seclusion and peace, avoid these beaches as they are mostly crowded with tourists. Instead, head to the Brook Chine, Compton Bay, Dunroamin Beach, Steephill Cover, Whale Chine, Yaverland or Totland Bay. These beaches can provide you the much need seclusion and peace.
The Isle of Wight provides several opportunities to those who love outdoor activities. The warm climate and stunning coastline is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Cycling and horse-riding is available freely for those who are less-adventurous type. There are also several golf courses on the island; some of them stand apart with picturesque backdrops. There are also beautiful parks with ponds where you can feed the ducks.
The Isle of Wight doesn’t disappoint those who are looking for more extreme activities. Climbing, sliding and paragliding are all available with detailed guides. If you don’t want to try the activities yourself, watch the pros do it in top class competitions and events. For those who love fishing, there are several opportunities with both sea fishing and fresh water fishing available across many locations in the Isle of Wight.
Explore the Sea
The Island’s beautiful coastline is best seen from off shore. So, become witness to the Island’s beauty by sailing across the clear water. You can also enjoy magnificent views from the hovercraft and ferry services of the island.
While hotels probably don’t have to worry too much about keeping their place in the tourist industry, they are definitely being given a run for their money by holiday homes. What’s more the growing popularity of holiday homes does not appear to be driven purely by cost, although for some people that may be a factor.
Instead, their main attraction appears to be the privacy and independence they offer. You share a hotel with other people, but a holiday home you have to yourself and since it’s your house it is, within reason, your rules. It is also true in the investment world, as hotel room investments tend to be shared through fractional ownership (where investors will pool their capital in order to share the returns), whereas with holiday homes, you will purchase the whole property so you control the rental yields and take the full share of the profits.
As always, location is key, so here is a list of what we think are the best places in Britain to buy a holiday home.
This may seem a surprise as a first choice but in addition to breathtaking scenery of all descriptions and some of the best weather in the UK (jokes about rain aside, Wales does get plenty of sunshine), property prices can be more affordable than in other parts of the country, offering the prospect of good yields.
If you’re looking purely at the holiday home market then you’ll probably want to look at north Yorkshire rather than south Yorkshire as this is the place to find the key tourist hotspots of Whitby, Harrogate and York along with the famous dales and moors. If you’re looking for a buy-to-let investment with the potential for flexibility if you want to explore other options at a later date, then York would probably be the best choice as it is not only a major tourist destination, but also has a strong local economy and is a university town. South Yorkshire is not really geared towards significant tourism although it certainly offers plenty of opportunities for other forms of property investment.
The Peak District
This may seem another surprising choice, but the Peak District came out ahead of other key tourist destinations was because it runs a variety of events all year round, thus extending the tourist season. While the Peak District is probably best recognized for its national park (the UK’s first), it does offer its fair share of picturesque villages and cultural attractions. For those looking for something a little less cultural, it’s also the location of Gulliver’s Kingdom and Alton Towers. Another potential benefit of the Peak District is that it is easily accessible from Manchester, which makes it possible not only to attract tourists whose primary destination was the metropolis but also to attract residents of Manchester looking for a short break.
Honourable mentions to…
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Norfolk, The Cotswolds, The Lake District and the Isle of Wight are all popular holiday destinations and all have their own unique benefits from an investment perspective. While these locations certainly have the potential to generate solid returns, they can require a relatively high level of upfront investment.