Traveling on your own might be one of the best options for reconnecting with yourself, or just for spending some quality ‘me’ time. Either way, solo traveling is full of advantages. It will definitely boost your self-esteem by pushing you out of your comfort zone. So, if you’re planning to spend a weekend on your own, what better option than taking a trip to London?

This cosmopolitan city will provide you with everything you need. From museums to secret gardens, there’s plenty to do in London. That’s why we’ve created an itinerary of the best places for you to visit. Plus, all the London attractions are compatible with London Pass, saving you a lot of money on your trip to London.

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Day one:

  1. Westminster Abbey

Step back in history at this UNESCO’s World Heritage Building, a gothic construction full of paintings, religious artefacts and stained glass windows. Westminster Abbey has been the nation’s Coronation church since 1066. As well as visiting the Coronation Chair, you can also pay a visit to the memorial of Isaac Newton on the Scientists Corner. There are also over 400 tombs and monuments at Westminster. Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer are just a few historical figures that are buried here. So don’t rush, take your time to discover every secret the Abbey has.      

  1. The Queen’s Gallery

Fill your eyes with an extraordinary collection of art pieces at the Queen’s Gallery. It holds an exquisite compilation of paintings, sculptures, and priceless treasures from the Royal collection. It’s a permanent space where different exhibitions take place. An extremely popular place to visit, and a must for art lovers.  

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  1. Royal Albert Hall

This register charity’s mission is to promote the Arts and Sciences through its innovative projects. They help to improve the quality of life of the residents at care homes, as well as encouraging children to learn how to play an instrument. The Albert Hall staff will escort you into a 1 hour tour where you’ll be able to visit the auditorium, the Gallery and the Queen’s private suites.

  1. Kensington Palace

One of London’s most exquisite palaces and the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace has been a home and refuge to the Royal family since its construction in 1605. Its 30 acres of Palace Gardens has turned this place into a peaceful urban oasis.

Now the night has fallen down, is time for you to recharge your batteries at a nice place. Whether you prefer to sleep at a hostel where you can meet a bunch of interesting people, or you rather have a quiet night, London has an option for everyone.

Our hostels suggestions are YHA London Earls Court and Saint James Backpackers Hostel.

For a hotel, you can try either The Nadler Kensington Hotel or The Kensington.

All of our suggestions are near the city centre, so you won’t have to worry about getting there.

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  1. Chelsea Physic Garden

Start your day with a relaxing visit to Chelsea Physic Garden, where you’ll be able to appreciate over 5000 species. As one of the oldest botanical gardens in London, founded in 1673 with the purpose of training apprentices with the use of medicinal plants, it’s one of the few London’s secret gardens. The perfect place to have your morning coffee.  

  1. Royal Mews

As the place where state vehicles are housed and maintained, the Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world. They offer guided tours where visitors can see the royal collection of historic coaches. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach is the latest coach to join the collection, built to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

  1. Churchill War Rooms

Have a look at Winston’s ninety years of life at this interactive gallery. The Churchill War Rooms offer visitors to uncover the secret headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill. It’s divided into five chapters, from his childhood to his early years as Prime Minister. Make sure you visit the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill’s Bunker and the Museum. You don’t want to miss anything.   

  1. Household Cavalry Museum

Offering a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the work that is done during ceremonial duties, this military museum is like no other. Here you’ll be able to see the original 18th century stables. It offers interactive displays and rare objects for visitors to see, bringing life to the museum.

We wish you a lovely solo weekend in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. What are the things you like to do the most when traveling solo?  

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Chicago’s Craziest Nightlife

by Kelly on October 27, 2016

 

Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons

A Reputation Since Prohibition

Quick: what do you think of when the word “bootlegger” is put before you? You probably think of gangster hats, Tommy guns, and crazy, fun, bustling nightlife in a free atmosphere replete with flapper girls and zoot-suit sporting wunderkinds smoking furiously. You think of Chicago’s nightlife.

What a reputation this nightlife has! Since the era of prohibition, Chicago’s reputation as a place to find excitement and adventure in the small hours of the morning has been historically established. While you probably won’t stumble into the kind of Al Capone elegance of yesteryear today, you can still find some pretty swanky clubs to hit up during your stay in the windy city.

Eight Of The City’s Top Dance Parties

The Chicagoist lists eight exceptional opportunities to hit the dance floor and throw caution to the wind. Three of these options are entirely free, and include Soul Summit at Double Door, Living on Video at Neo, and Burly.

Burly is short for “The Burlington”, which is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Avenue. Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., and you’ve got to go on Facebook for Neo to get the password. It’s at 2350 N. Clark St., but you can only get in free prior eleven.

Things To Do In The Day

The Navy Pier is a beautiful area with a 150-foot ferris wheel and put-put golf, among other things like boating tours and sightseeing expeditions. Because of this area’s high quotient of tourists, there are quite a few hotels in close proximity, and it makes plenty of sense.

There are a lot of good reasons to search out Chicago hotels near Navy Pier; according to IHG.com: “You’ll find great live music at Green Mill, amazing urban architecture at Millennium Park, and a whole universe to discover at Adler Planetarium.” All these areas are within walking distance of Navy Pier—though be sure you dress to fit the season!

Chicago gets brutally cold starting in November, and stays that way through early March/April. But the summers are generally very temperate. While a few hot days may make their way through the winding thoroughfares, in general you can expect temperatures in the low seventies. You may need a jacket in the evening, but during the day you’ll be perfectly comfortable.

Other Discoveries

Chicago has a shifting political landscape that has come under media scrutiny recently. While it can be a lot of fun to branch out on your own of an evening and see what adventures await, you’re going to want to avoid certain areas in this historic metropolis.

Top on this list is West Englewood, followed by Englewood, Riverdale, Auburn Gresham, Fuller Park, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn, West Garfield Park, Grand Crossing, and Chatham. For reasons behind this list, check roadsnacks.net.

A wise thing to do before you book your hotel in Chicago is to check its proximity to these areas, as well as other hotels’ proximity. Then you’re going to want to book accordingly. That said, if you avoid areas which have accrued reputation like this, you should remain relatively safe.

The most fun aspect of any city is getting free of established tourist morays and discovering what natural experiences you can discover. To this end, Chicago is a cornucopia of infinite delight. In order to fully capitalize on this urban wonderland, you’re going to want to do your homework before you go.

One Last Tip

Avoid driving where you can. Your vehicle probably won’t get broken into; but then again, it might. You will pay tolls, you will have difficulty parking, you will encounter ubiquitous traffic, and you will lose your temper at least one time if you decide to navigate the streets in your own vehicle. Instead, park outside of town and take the train in, or leave your vehicle at the hotel and use public transit.

Kevin Bennett

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Kevin is an SEO marketeer with OutreachMama and Youth Noise who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more.

 

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What are the World’s Best Raves?

by Kelly on January 29, 2015

Preparing for the rave experience

A little planning can help ensure that you have the most fun possible at a rave. Here are some essentials for the ultimate rave experience.

Ibiza, Spain

With a large selection of nightclubs and raves, combined with the natural beauty of the island, it is no wonder that more and more party vacationers are choosing to go to the beautiful island of Ibiza. Try going to the west side of the island and enjoying a rave in a cave near the beach for an experience unlike any other.

Remember that raves are a place to let loose. Don’t be afraid to experiment with far-out fashions and styles that you wouldn’t wear anywhere else. Rave wear is available in a wide variety of sizes and styles at www.lingeriediva.com. You will want to be sure to pack extra so that you can look your best for the whole of your vacation.

Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

With beautiful blue waters, a vibrant young party scene, and host to world famous DJs, Nissi Beach is the place to be. Make sure you don’t try to pack too much into a day or two at this popular location. It is a busy and lively scene that you will want to take your time to enjoy. Be sure to get a beachfront room for easy access to all the action, not to mention an absolutely stunning view.

Lima, Peru

Make sure you check out Rebel Rave, a huge concert that often features top acts. On your downtime there is so much to enjoy in Lima that you will want to be sure to plan a longer trip. Low-cost drinks make Lima a great place to let loose.

Berlin, Germany

With long hours, parties at Berlin clubs can go on for a very long time. Enjoy the best beers while dancing the night away. Germany is a destination that can be enjoyed year-round but for those seeking some sun, the warmest months are June, July and August. Berghain is one of Berlin’s best clubs but make sure you dress your best because it can be a bit exclusive. Your efforts will be well worth the investment.

Being safe

A water bottle is an essential item to take with you to a rave. When you are dancing for hours it is very important to stay hydrated. Consuming alcohol increases your risk of dehydration, so you should up your water intake accordingly. Try to go to a rave with a friend and have a way of communicating with them. Make sure you turn your cellphone to vibrate because you are not likely to be able to hear a ringtone over the loud music.

Having fun

Remember that the whole point of being at one of the world’s best raves is to have the time of your life while enjoying the music and beautiful scenery. Don’t miss out. Plan your vacation and start picturing your rave adventure today!

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3 Ways to Make Your Inflight Experience More Entertaining

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Experiencing Turkey

September 22, 2014

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