Are you planning to travel to the United Kingdom? There is so much to see and do, whether you are exploring Scotland, England, or Northern Ireland. There is one thing that is certain, the United Kingdom has so much to offer that it will always leave you wanting more! Here are a few of the favorites that you will not want to miss:
Travel to London and explore world-class museums, meet Big Ben, enjoy the large music scene, ride the London Eye, or watch the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Right outside of London, you will stumble upon one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Stonehenge. Located in Wiltshire, you can tour large standing stones including burial mounds that are believed to go back to 2500 BC.
As you travel through England you will come to a royal city that dates back to the Romans where you can walk through an ancient bath and get an insight into the lives of people in AD 43. Nearby, stroll the city and find hot springs, museums, and theaters.
Here is where you will be able to tap into your adventurous side and explore the outdoors – horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, biking and so much more! Whether you are exploring Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by foot or Grower Peninsula with a surfboard, there is much to enjoy in the natural surroundings.
Many people visiting Oxford come to take a stroll through the University of Oxford campus which is known as the oldest English-speaking university in the world. When you go, be sure not to miss the ghost trails, Pitt Rivers Museum, and Botanical Gardens!
An interesting site, to say the least of this beach tourist attraction. Stroll the Brighton Pier for rides and games and then take a detour on the pebble beach. You can also go into the Royal Pavilion and appreciate the surrounding regency architecture.
Traveling north into Scotland, Edinburgh has a host of things to do as well. When you enter the city you will meet the Edinburgh Castle which you can explore and learn the history of the city. You can also visit a host of the museum from the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Museum of Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland and many others! Go on a whiskey tour, see the Royal Botanic Garden, or walk up Arthur’s Seat that rises 823 feet from this extinct volcano.
Before departing to the UK, you will want to make sure that you come prepared to make the most of your trip! The most important packing consideration is comfortable walking shoes! Most of your exploring will most likely be by foot – so why not make your feet comfortable? Sneakers are a good option that will give you adequate foot support.
The weather in the United Kingdom can be unexpected, but keep in mind that your trip may be accompanied by rain. Bring an umbrella or raincoat so that you can make the most of your trip even in the case that the weather may not be as bright and sunny as you may have hoped for. If you plan on packing an umbrella, be sure that it can withstand the wind as cheap umbrellas can easily turn inside out.
Additionally, pack in layers so that you can brace for the cold outside and warm inside (or vice versa)! Be able to accommodate the different temperatures so that you remain comfortable throughout your travels.
Lastly, UK travel insurance is another important assurance you will want to purchase as you go overseas. You will want to check your current insurance plan to see if you will be covered in the UK. If not, you can spend a little extra to purchase a UK travel insurance policy that will cover you as you travel around. Just be sure to bring your documents with you in case you need to seek treatment. Before leaving, you should make yourself familiar with the way the UK travel insurance plan will work so you will be fully informed before departing to the UK.
If you are an Expatriate in the UK you might also be interested in reading our information about Healthcare and Hospitals in UK and Medical Insurance for Expatriates Living in the UK.