I have many favorite memories when it comes to the UK.
I think back on endless shopping in London, climbing Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, or watching the light change over the Island of Skye. It is safe to say that I left part of my heart in the UK. Much to my parents’ chagrin, I even love their food.
One of my favorite memories, though, is visiting the Orkney Islands. It takes a while to get there, starting with a long train ride way up north to Thurso. From there, you cross the North Sea’s choppy water, arriving in Kirkwall thoroughly seasick. I remember my First time trying gammon, a slice of local, salt-cured pork. What makes Orkney so unique is the way it is untouched because not many people make it here. Everybody leaves their door open, trusts their neighbors, and relies on each other. It is a little place of time stood still that I would recommend to any traveler.
The time needed: If it is London only you’re after, six days will do. If you wish to tour the British Isles and see all parts, England, Wales, and Scotland, you should allow for a minimum of 10 days (fast-paced).
Budgeting: A 6-day vacation to London for 2, including Coach class airfare, 3 – 4* hotels, local transfers, and some tours starts at about $5,000
Combination countries: The UK can easily be combined with France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Ireland is also an option. However, you will need a ferry or plane to cross over. When visiting the two, you should allow for at least 12 days.
Movies to watch before heading to the UK:
• Love Actually
• Four Weddings and a Funeral
• Notting Hill
• Miss Potter
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