Planning to take a vacation this year? Looking for things to put on your bucket list? There are a ton of destinations around the world, both manmade and natural. If you’re an English speaker, Britain is an excellent choice because you won’t have to struggle with learning the language (since it’s English!), and even more so if you’re a fan of the natural world.
Before you embark on your next journey, there are a few preparations you’ll want to make. Most of your time online will probably be via public Wi-Fi while waiting for flights or buses, so be sure to pick up a VPN (virtual private network) service to keep yourself secure from foreign threats. I recommend ExpressVPN; it’s both affordable and reliable. It’s basically a safe line to the net that keeps your connection encrypted and protects you from hackers and malware.
You may also want to invest in a backpack and water canteen; some sights will take you to more remote locations where food and water are less readily accessible. If you’re planning to take photos with your phone, make sure you have a charger that’s appropriate for the country you’re in; in some cases, an old fashion disposable might serve you better because it won’t run out of power.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some good places to visit!
Jurassic Park Coast
They say the best place to start is from the beginning; how much further back can you go than the dinosaurs?
Okay, maybe there aren’t any dinosaurs at this location, but you will be afforded the opportunity to see some truly amazing sights. From the massive, rocky cliffs to the beautiful coast, you’ll be able to explore formations that date all the way back to the Triassic period. Also called the Dorset and East Devon Coast, this little diversion is sure to suit anyone wanting a glimpse of what the world once looked like.
Make sure you’ve got some comfortable shoes though; the Jurassic Coast spans over 90 miles, making it a pretty long hike if you’re going on foot. Fortunately, you can double your mileage if you check it out from both the top and bottom of the cliffs.
If Malham Cove looks familiar, that’s because it probably is. This famous landmark was featured in the second to last Harry Potter film and is a wonder to behold. The bizarre limestone slabs were formed by a retreating glacier during the last Ice Age, yielding something resembling a quarry yard. Don’t let the photo fool you though; Malham is over 80 meters tall, so make sure you’ve gotten over your phobia of heights before visiting this location.
If you’ve seen enough cliffs for now, why not check out something straight out of a 1950s Technicolor movie? There are several of these bluebell fields located in woodlands protected under Britain’s national trust. If you’re keen on a walk through the woods, check out Duncliff Wood, Micheldever Wood, Foxley Wood, or the Forest of Dean. Any of these locations are host to the magnificent beech trees pictured above, in addition to the lovely bluebell flowers.
Tread lightly and take lots of pictures. This one is sure to leave a lasting impression.
So far it seems as if everything is best viewed during the day, so why not take a look at something beautiful in the evening? With all the high up places, you’re sure to find time to see the Northern Lights. Visible best from Scotland (you can check out the Northern Highlands while you’re at it), the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon caused by the interaction between the sun and the earth’s upper atmosphere.
Because it’s only visible at night, this one can be tricky to get a good photo of; if you’re hoping to bring something nice home, you may need a slightly better camera than the usual.
Last, but not least, are a strange outcropping known today as the Needles. These bizarre little chalk mountains formed when natural erosion steadily carve them away from the original connecting coast. This one, however, is a twofer; while you’ll get to see the majestic natural formations, you can do so from a Victorian fort on the Isle of Wight. There’s nothing wrong with a little cultural heritage alongside the natural world.
As a bonus, you won’t need quite as much gear because visiting the fort means you’ll be much closer to modern refreshments and conveniences. Hope you brought your appetite for some bangers and mash.
Merry Old England
Naturally this is only a short list of places to visit; Britain has many other fantastic locations to see, and should you find yourself in that part of the world, it’s definitely worth seeing. Thankfully the trains make travel fairly convenient, and the mixture of cultures just adds another exciting element to the journey.
If you haven’t been, gear up for a walk through the woods and a hike through the cliffs in the United Kingdom, a place that has much more to offer than cold weather and grey, rainy skies.
Jess Signet is a writer and blogger who focuses on business technology, traveling, new ideas, and internet security. Having visited places all over the globe, traveling is both her love and addiction. She does not want to be cured.