Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Is there anything quite like seeing the world glide by from behind your motorcycle helmet visor? Nothing but you, your buddies and the open road. The unbelievable rush of roaring along Route 66 at a tidy 75 mph beats a lazy beach holiday any day of the week.
For the ultimate rush of a roadtrip with just your bike, backpack and the road, give one of these epic adventure routes a go.

 

Route 66, USA

The mother of all road trips, this 3,939km route starts in Chicago and cuts through the country all the way to LA. Depending on how much time you have and what interests you the most, you could either drive a section of it or go the whole hog (on your hog!) and see the whole thing. It winds through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and doing the whole shebang would take 3 to 4 weeks according to seasoned bikers who’ve lived the legend.

With our USA travel insurance, you’ll be covered for as much of the journey as you take. Spend some more time getting to know (and win big in!) Vegas, experiencing Death Valley and admiring the Grand Canyon.

The South Island, New Zealand

This stretch of land is just breath-taking. Expect to see awe-inspiring landscapes, forests, fjords, mountains and beaches along the way. The other-worldliness of the backdrop to much of the Lord of the Rings movies will be amazing to drive along to. Other bonuses of this route include the lightness of the traffic, the smooth tarmac road surfaces, and the incredible scenery really must be mentioned again.

Stop and enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier, revisit civilisation in the city of Nelson, relax on the shores of Lake Mapourika and visit the Aspiring National Park. These are just a few attractions on the 2,100km stretch of road.

The Transalpine Route, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy

If staying closer to home with the added bonus of bringing you bike without a huge amount of effort, this is the route for you. Starting in Grenoble in France and winding 2,400km all the way through the Alps to end in Venice, Italy, you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to traversing the Alps with more easy routes right up to a couple of more challenging ones. Expect spectacular mountain landscapes, steep gradients and a hell of a lot of tunnels, bridges and viaducts. Don’t forget to bring a load of loose change for the tolls, and don’t miss out on the climb to the Stelvio pass!

Ruta 40, Argentina

At 5,301km this is one of the world’s longest roads. It starts in Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz and snakes its way up to Quiaca in Jujuy, with gorgeous views the whole way along the route which runs beside the Andes. This route cuts through or drives by a whopping 20 National Parks! With incredible scenery on offer as well as the chance to ride from the South to the North of this huge country, this route is rightly popular.

Whether you opt for New Zealand, the Alps, Argentina or the USA, travel insurance by Let’s Go Insure gives you the cover you need to make the most of your roadtrip without stress.

Drive carefully and to drive safely, keep to the speed limit. Always have the necessary documentation and safety gear at hand.

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Ice Climbing in Chamonix: What to Expect

 

Ice Climbing in Chamonix: What to Expect

For an athletic adventure that will really get your adrenaline pumping, look no further than ice climbing.
Ice Ice, Not For Babies…

 

Ice is unlike any other climbing surface. During the day its consistency changes massively, from hard and flaky in the morning to the soft in the afternoon, so the sport gets easier as the sun warms the ice later in the day. Every time you climb, the route will be slightly different and your guide will need to alter the route and the position of the rope anchor.

It’s unpredictable and has an element of danger, but that’s part of the reason why the sport is so exhilarating!

Physical Fitness: Are You Up to the Challenge?

To properly enjoy this sport, you need to be fit and prepared for the challenges of ice climbing. You should be fit overall, so start adding some more cardio to your workout routine a few months before your climbing trip to improve your endurance.

On top of this, you should incorporate some moves such as dead hangs, weight sit-ups, pull ups and overhead weighted lunges into your fitness routine to start working on the muscles you´ll be using when climbing.

Ensure You’re Equipped

This is an equipment-intensive sport – you’re going to need a climbing harness and helmet, two ice axes, boot crampons and special winter boots. Most lesson providers will be able to rent you these essential items at a fair price for very good quality gear; it may be a good idea to make sure you like the sport before investing a lot of money in specialist equipment.

On top of the equipment, you’re going to need top-of-the-range winter clothing and water-resistant trousers, coat and gloves – and don´t forget good sunglasses and factor 50 sun cream and lip balm.

Climbing in Chamonix

Chamonix is famed for its ice falls, and in the resort and surrounding area you can find over 200 routes for all skill levels. The icefalls at altitude tend to begin forming in December, with the best time to climb being January and February.

Equipment can be bought or rented in all sports shops in Chamonix, and there is a wide variety of different professional guiding organisations who offer ice climbing courses for beginners and intermediates to the sport.

There are great routes for all skill levels in and around the resort, making it a brilliant place to start out and progress during your trip.

How to Get There

Hop on one of the many frequent flights offered by budget airlines offering the UK to Geneva route. You can be in Geneva in under 2 hours from several UK locations, and in just 90 minutes if you´re travelling from London. Getting to Chamonix from Geneva will be the least demanding part of your trip, as Shuttle Direct has years of experience in providing comfortable and convenient transfers to Chamonix. From Geneva, you can even bring you equipment for free as long as you choose that option at the time of booking.

Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

It is impossible to visit France and not be fascinated with its exquisite cuisine. For the French, food is a way of life; The food is much more than just time to eat, but there is time to collect, exchange views and enjoy the delights of well prepared food together.
For this reason food in France is impassable. Expect a casual alcoholic drink – perhaps accompanied by a tempting flavor of entertaining – to produce an excellent three or four course meal complete with wine and cheese.

Visitors who enjoy French barge cruises will find that the pace of the meal reflects the soft flow of water beneath them, and the wines on their tables. Food is part of the culture in France, and eating it is a relaxing exploration of the land. Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

Taste of Burgundy

To really say that you have ‘explored’ the beautiful Burgundy region with your French yacht, you have to spend a lot of time tasting rich and rich dishes and fine wines elegantly wandering the streets and fields. Burgundy is an area where food and wine, sourced from the same rich lotus, is an integral part of the region itself.

Think of a stew full of the flavor of the flesh raised in the field; wine grows in its incessant vineyard; mustard seeds from ripe seeds in the sun; and snails feeding on the famous vines. This is the herb that became the heart of Burgundy cuisine. Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

Dishes to Find

While visitors to France often look forward to excellent ‘French’ food, it’s worth remembering before you leave for a French cruise ship to Burgundy, each region has its own unique cuisine, fed by local flavors and ingredients. However, in the Burgundy case, these ingredients have become so popular in the world that local dishes in the region have become part of what we now consider to be typical French cuisine.

Dishes like Boeuf Bouguignon – where the notorious local red wine combined with Charolais cattle in the region to create a hearty mellow soup full of flavor – has become a popular staple in many French brasseries. Other dishes, such as escargots à la Bourguignonne, are not only made in this region, but depend on local black slugs that are raised and fed on local grape leaves.

You may have seen on the AOC Poulet de Bresse menu, referring to the chicken raised in and around the Bresse in Burgundy. Chicken laying free with rich and soft milk and wheat that likes meat, making it a perfect ingredient for any chicken dish. Combine this chicken with the famous local Dijon mustard and some excellent local Chablis and you will have a feast suitable for a king (or guests traveling on a French yacht). Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

Pairing Wine

Of course, you can not visit Burgundy without trying its most famous exports. From world-renowned Chablis to its beautiful pink and white colors, Burgundy wine is adored all over the world. For locals in the region, beautiful wines are a delicate accompaniment to their flavoursome cuisine. For visitors who pair wine made from grapes grown in vineyards with food produced from the same landscape, Burgundy gastronomy can be a wonderful culinary adventure.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury barge cruiser service provider, and cruise ship barge to other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. Feel the True Burgundy on your French Cruise Barge

Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

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The solar eclipse on December 14, 2020 will be hosted by The Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda.

Great astronomers and amazing world wonders? If so, then do not miss this opportunity to observe Chilean Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020. From Pucon at the most luxurious Vira Vira Hacienda-Relais & Châteaux. Enjoy your stay in an over-the-top room with superb rain showers, indoor and outdoor tubes, carved fireplace, seating area and luxurious minibar. Enjoy a two-day tour with your private riverfront view and local chefs preparing delicious local food from Vira Vira Ranch and Gardens. Another interesting point, along with all the indulgences, the tour also includes weather adherence. Tours are planned to fit your needs including everything you want to see. From volcano hikes to fishing and rafting, there’s everything you want to see. Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Continue the 2020 eclipse tour. The expedition will begin in Santiago and end in about two days where you will explore the whole of Santiago. For a solar eclipse will pass above noon on December 14th. 2020 in Pucon, Chile Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is located in a beautiful and picturesque location close to Pucon, Chile. It has an original park along the rim of the steep Liucura River. To experience an oasis of peace and recreation, do not forget miss the opportunity. Introducing the new concept of vacation to the life of “The Elegance of Adventure”. The name clearly indicates that the tour includes exclusive activities and a shared visit with an all-inclusive “stay” at the hotel.

“The smell of wood and pine will awaken your senses for days,” said Daniel Oppliger after staying at Vira Vira for two nights. “It feels like Sandals with steroids.” Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

The tour is a great two-day experience where you will not only live through luxury but will also pay attention to God’s nature. The location is perfect for the eclipse, slightly elevated from the lake and surrounded by volcanoes and national parks. The entire space around The Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda is open which is perfect for photography. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along with the solar eclipse. Tropical Sails Corp has a four-night solar eclipse package from 12-16 December 2020. Exclusive experience includes a solar eclipse observer package for guests. Pondok has 12 River View Suites, 3 hotel rooms and 4 single occupancy rooms that fully include transfers, meals, drinks and local excursions.

If you’re excited about the adventure and luxury, both at the same time, then book your room now and experience the luxurious 2020 solar eclipse tour at the most beautiful Vira Relais & Châteaux Hacienda. Pucon Chile Luxury Solar Eclipse Tour 2020

Top Tips for a Stress-Free Family Skiing Holiday

Top Tips for a Stress-Free Family Skiing Holiday

Whatever your destination, going on a family holiday with young children in tow can be stressful. But don’t worry: with careful planning and research, you can ensure that your family will have an unforgettable holiday for all the right reasons!
Now that the winter season’s upon us again, there’s no better time to hit the slopes with your family. People often shy away from taking young children on skiing holidays, but with so many fantastic and child-friendly resorts to choose from, it is an ideal option for those wanting fun-packed days and cosy nights spent in alpine chalets.

 

We’ve put together some tips to help you plan the perfect holiday on the pistes.

Timing Is Everything!

Peak season is often the busiest time, attracting skiers of all ages. During Christmas, New Year and school holidays, expect to see lots of skiing families. If you prefer to have the slopes and the resorts to yourself, the first two weeks of January are the best time to go. And if you’re not tied to the school holidays, the off-peak season is even better.

Research, Research and More Research

Did we mention research? The key to the perfect family skiing holiday is to research the best resort to suit your needs. Ideally, you want an accommodation that’s completely child-friendly. What’s more, it shouldn’t be too far away from the slopes, so that you and your family are ready to ski as soon as you wake up.

The importance of choosing a resort with all desired amenities cannot be underestimated. Look out for resorts with shops, a good variety of restaurants and a pharmacy, as children are often accident prone.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out the resort’s entertainment facilities to keep your little ones busy on and off the piste.

Pre-Book Ski Essentials Before Your Holiday

Avoid long queues and pre-book your ski lessons, ski passes and ski hire before you even get on the plane. That way, you’ll be ready to hit the pistes as soon as you land.

It’s All on the List

If it’s on the list, you won’t forget it! Planning a holiday with children can often feel like a military operation, but making a list of the things that you and your children will need can make your holiday go much more smoothly. Here are a few things that you should definitely write down.

1. Don’t forget to pack your ski holiday insurance. This is often the last thing that people think about, but travelling with children is stressful enough, so put your mind at rest and take out a comprehensive ski holiday insurance – it’ll keep your family covered on and off the slopes.

2. Take spare gloves and hats with you, as these often get lost or misplaced.

3. Don’t forget to pack your children’s toiletries and medicine. It’s also a good idea to take plasters and ointment for all potential bumps and bruises.

4. Make sure that you bring games, books, toys and any other gadgets that will keep the little ones entertained on long journeys and during cosy nights in the chalet.

And Lastly…

Enjoy yourselves! Spending some quality time with your children will give you some moments that you’ll remember forever – and you’ll remember them for all the right reasons if you take out some ski holiday insurance before your trip!

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

Your adventure is fast approaching and you’re buzzing to get out there to conquer immense peaks and discover as many remote mountaintops, monuments and markets (which are normally seen only by local eyes!) as you can. You’ll only be able to make it there on your own two feet, with everything you need strapped to your back. Therefore the planning is crucial. Here are a few tops tips to bear in mind.
The Backpack is your Turtle Shell

 

This huge bulky beast will become your home and wardrobe on your journey, and so you need to make sure you get one that meets your purposes. Pop into any decent mountain or outdoors shop and there are always friendly and enthusiastic staff on-hand to help you pick out the best bag for you.

Before you Begin Packing

Before you even think about trying to master Tetris by jamming everything in, make sure you have all the essential gear. Make sure to grab a good backpacking checklist off the internet and then lay everything out in the following categories…

1) Most frequently used 2) Least frequently used 3) Heaviest gear 4) Lightest gear

Once you’ve got it all laid out it will be easier to start slotting things away in an order that makes sense. We find this method the most useful:

1) Frequently used stuff on the top (easy to reach) 2) Less frequently used stuff on the bottom (not in the way during the day) 3) Heavier gear closer to your back (you won’t feel it so much here) 4) Lighter gear away from your back (it doesn’t require as much support)

Compartments are your Friend

The Bottom is the perfect spot for bulkier items you won’t need until you camp. Think sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cold weather layers and your dry boots or shoes.

The Core Part is where you’ll want to keep heavier gear that you won’t need during your hike. This will include your tent and cooking kits, water and food.

Top Part of the pack is where you should stow things you’re going to need a lot during the day, including a fleece, your water filter, a first aid kit and loo supplies.

Accessory Pockets are where you keep the bits and pieces you need at a moment’s notice. This is the home for your sun cream, SPF lip balm, sunglasses, water bottle, bug spray, compass, the all-important snacks, ID and cash.

Loops and Lash-ons are key for those items which are easier strapped on than stuffed into your bag such as tent poles, hiking poles, rope and camping stools.

Just a Guideline!

Your exact needs will vary on the region you’re exploring and the time of year you’ll be there. Make sure to read up on what you’ll need and be prepared. Remember that for any backpacker, travel insurance should be the first item you organise. There are many types of backpacker travel insurance, and our team at Let’s Go Insure can help you find the one to suit your needs.

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Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

For wildlife lovers, a vacation in the Galapagos is often an old dream and a real “bucket list” experience. This remote island off the coast of Ecuador is home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, and offers the opportunity for some very close encounters. For those who want to take advantage of most opportunities to take animal photos, some specific tips from experts can help.
Tips for Photography at Holiday Galapagos Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

There are many generic tips for photographing wildlife (including the most basic, ie patient), but there are also some specific ones to capture great images of these remote island animals.

Be prepared

This suggestion has a double meaning: You need to be prepared in terms of equipment, but also at a situational level. Taking the right camera and accessories is essential, and SLRs with interchangeable lenses will produce far superior results to the iPhone, however up-to-date the model. The wildlife in the archipelago is unbelievably fearless, so there is no need for long focal length and long fixed lenses, but if you are serious, short and medium lens combinations are recommended. As a guide, consider (at least) the 18mm-70mm lens and the 100mm-400mm. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Another aspect of preparation is getting ready to get “money fired” without too much notice. Wild wildlife, however, and animals will not wait for you to focus, change openings and frame the scene perfectly – even though the Giant Tortoise Galapagos may be an exception. Read it every time and frankly, keeping your eyes peeled so you can take advantage of the situation as it appears.

Lighting

Due to the geographical position of the archipelago at the equator, the sun rises and sets rapidly, spends much of its time just above the head. This results in harsh and top-lit conditions that are often less conducive to capturing wildlife images. What you should aim for is low-side lighting, which creates greater interest in texture and shaded contours. Without the benefits of an artificial studio lighting, the only real solution is to get up early before the sun reaches overhead, or later at night when it goes down. An added bonus of this is that you can get some spectacular and dramatic pictures by using sunrise or sunset to give the backlight on your subject. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Expose

Even if you set your SLR for automatic exposure, lighting and conditions in the archipelago are often beyond the reach of the most advanced camera metering system. For example, bright white plumage in Nazca Booby perched on black volcanic rocks will cause the camera to glow for darker areas, and then highlight it more deeply. A good tip is to use the +/- function on your camera, which will override the meter and fix one or two stops to expose the bird and not the rocks.

Think laterally

In addition to the technical aspects, the most important advice of the knowing experts is to think out of the box and actually take advantage of the incredible opportunities that you will encounter on Galapagos holidays. Do not just follow the crowd and photograph the animals from a static point of view – go down to the sand with Sally Lightfoot Crabs, ride high on rocks with the Marine Iguana, and cross into shallow rivers with weird Sea Lions (obviously keeping your camera protected). Being creative with angles is one of the surest ways to open up to this once-in-a-lifetime image.

Turned Good to Great

Meanwhile, for some people, the Galapagos holiday is quite a gift in itself, for others, catching amazing photographs is a very important aspect. Wildlife photography can, in essence, be a very challenging quest. And while being in the right place at the right time can reap amazing rewards, following a few tips to take advantage of those “timely, right place” moments can make the difference between good and good photos. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to 13½. Next year, however, the event will return to Europe once again: the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will serve as the venue from 28 to 30 September.
To make the most of the upcoming Ryder Cup, 2018 will see European Waterways offering golf fans and Francophiles alike a wonderful opportunity: a chartered golf cruise through France and the chance to be at Le Golf National to watch the world’s best competing for the game’s most coveted trophy. Here’s hoping that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be just as exciting and dramatic the one in 1997!

 

Enhance your Game on the Renaissance

Whether you choose to embark before the tournament begins to get you in the mood or decide to join a charter after the final putt is made, the hotel barge Renaissance will make sure you have many opportunities to hone your own game. As Renaissance wends its way along the Loire, it will stop at a number of quintessentially Gallic courses, such as at Château Cely and Fontainebleau.

The Ryder Cup is always a special event, but we think that next year’s is going to be a particularly exceptional one. 2018 is going to be the year when our dedicated European golf cruise truly comes into its own.

Home Soil – A Home Win?

To get your appetite whetted in advance, here’s a preview of the Ryder Cup 2018. Having comfortably beaten the European contingent with 17 points to 11 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016, the Americans, led by Jim Furyk, will be hoping to retain the Cup for the first time since 1993. Under the captaincy of Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn, Europe will hope that playing on home soil and the backing of the crowd will spur them on to wrest back the Cup.

As for the venue, the 18-hole L’Albatros is certainly a course befitting of such an illustrious competition. British golfer Lee Westwood encapsulated the thoughts of many of his fellow players when stating that it is his “favourite course in Europe” and that it “would make a great Ryder Cup venue”. Finished in 1990, it has acquired something of a reputation for its final 4 holes. The various water challenges to be found here are sure to test the mettle of players from both sides throughout the Ryder Cup – 2018 could see a real classic. There’ll be no such challenges for spectators, though, as L’Albatros is widely considered to provide one of the best viewing experiences in the world.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays, which can be booked to coincide with unmissable sporting events such as the Ryder Cup 2018 or the tennis French Open. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

When experienced in the right way, the capital of England is one of the vast and profound classrooms. A British study visit to London is the most exciting way for teachers to bring a vast art, history, and cultural pottery to life for students, and the opportunity to stimulate young hearts and minds outside the classroom is fun and privilege. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London
Learn English Travel to London

However, by its nature, planning an educational visit to London can be a challenge in itself, with the temptation to see as much as possible in a limited time potentially overshadowing the quality of the experience. Signing up a special tour operator to create a travel plan based on the chosen theme is the best way to ensure a focused schedule.

Here are three suggested themes for those planning a visit to the capital on a UK study tour.

Investigating Politics & History at the Parliament Building

The journey to the seat of the state government has the capacity to actualize British political history and intrigues in a brilliant context. Exploring the Houses of Parliament can inspire students in various aspects of the governance process, from the passionate debate, to the thorough responsibility of British citizenship.

Students can explore buildings, meet local lawmakers, visit observation galleries to see Lords or lawmakers in debates, and participate in workshops related to law-making, campaigning, rapid debate and voting. In addition, the area around the House of Parliament is home to a number of other important historical sites, including Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and Parliament Square.

Explore the Science & Nature at the Natural History Museum

The Museum of Natural History can be somewhat less prominent than the cultural giants of the British Museum and the National Gallery. Its simpler size does not at all diminish its educational value and provide multi-faceted goals for students of all ages. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

The building where the Natural History Museum is located is one of the best neo-gothic architecture examples in the city, and its majestic entrance façade is the realization of Alfred Waterhouse’s vision of creating a ‘cathedral to nature’. An impressive exhibition in the form of an expansive collection relating to nature, provides much inspiration for discussions with and among students.

The nearby South Kensington museum area is also home to some great educational sites, including the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial.

Soak in Literature & Drama at the Shakespeare Globe Theater

There is no better way to bring dusty works from Bard into a sharp contemporary context for younger groups rather than through visits to the iconic Globe Theater. A visit to the theater gives young people a deeper appreciation of the timeless text of Shakespeare and lets them see Elizabeth’s theater experience in a new light. Through workshops on site, students can explore aspects of the playmaker’s theme, and learn what goes on behind the scenes to start a theater performance. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

The surrounding area also provides an opportunity to visit the original Globe sites and archaeological sites unearthed from the city’s first Tudor theater, the Rose Playhouse.

Basing a UK school tour on a themed trip can provide an excellent foundation in many subjects for young people in an easily digestible, educated and entertaining way.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in English study tours for school and youth groups, as well as travel to destinations in Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London