Tag archives for United Kingdom

Cardiff was once one of Europe’s busiest ports, but fell into a long period of decline that lasted into the late 1980s. Nowadays, the Welsh capital is bouncing back as a cultural hub — with an edge. Check out three off-the-ship adventures in this city by the sea.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

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This spring, most everyone in England has been riveted by the Royal Wedding. But May also inaugurates the “silly season” in the U.K., when a variety of other wacky, offbeat, and definitely not-royal celebrations take place. Traveler contributing editor and photographer Bob Krist is vacationing and visiting relatives in the southwest, and although he didn’t…

The Radar: U.K. Edition

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Today’s Radar is all about the United Kingdom. Check out these great travel stories from around the web, then use the links below to access even more U.K. content from National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Travel & Cultures Online. Eat: Travel writer Jen Leo gives us the low-down on where to find tasty dim sum…

America’s National Parks are widely regarded as a national treasure, as evidenced by the gorgeous PBS documentary series released last year, “America’s Best Idea.” But we’d be remiss if we focused solely on the parks in the U.S. when so many other amazing landscapes are similarly protected around the world. So we’re pleased to announce…

Welcome to Library Fridays, where we excerpt a title put out by our colleagues at National Geographic Books. Today’s pick is the new photo book Britain & Ireland: A Photo Tour of the Enchanted Isles, written by Robin Currie and featuring images from many of our National Geographic photographers. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find inside. …

Visiting a foreign city can often feel like navigating a baffling labyrinth–the locals rushing by to enjoy their familiar town as you, the conspicuous tourist, attempt to decipher a map that seems to be written in code.  London is no different–it’s enough to make you wish you had Sherlock Holmes’s skills of deduction just to…

I Heart My City: Rachel’s Oxford

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head over to the United Kingdom, where Rachel Cotterill tells us why she loves her city–first as a student, now as a native. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org.…

Traveling with teens to London? Senior editor Norie Quintos shares some hard-earned lessons from a recent visit with her 13- and 15-year-olds. Check past blogs on traveling with teens to New York City and Kenya. Give them a preview: Provide some context before your trip, not necessarily with history books but with novels (Sherlock Holmes,…

Youth Hostels Grow Up

Could the shabby, no-frills youth hostels of our, um, youth, actually be growing up? The Youth Hostel Association of the U.K. has just announced that they’re planning to inject $26.6 million dollars into their lodgings, upgrading many dorm-style rooms and adding locally sourced food items to their menus. We couldn’t be more excited. “The point…

What a Stud!

The latest in Britain’s ever-greening roadways: Astucia SolarLite “smart” road studs, in-road lights outfitted with a tiny solar panel, an LED light, and reflective surface said to improve visibility tenfold after-hours. Eco-friendly and safer? We’re in. Dotting U.K. roadways in Scotland, Wales, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, and Oxfordshire, the studs store solar energy during the day and…

Crazy for Cricket

Ever dedicated to furthering Traveler‘s quest for an authentic "sense of place," editorial intern Alexis Chema bravely immersed herself in an ancient rite of the Britons during a recent jaunt across the pond: A mere four hours after my flight arrived in the U.K., I was off to become an initiate into the most English…

Euro Trip 2006

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Before settling into her cubicle at Traveler, intern Allison Busacca took a three-week, six-city backpacking tour through Europe. She reports: Wanting desperately to flex our art history muscles, my three friends and I originally planned on doing a European mega-museum tour. However, we found that most paintings faded into the background as we experienced the…