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Five Reasons Why The United Kingdom is a Great Backpacking Destination

Every year, armed with little more than a backpack, a plane ticket and some cheap travel insurance, thousands of young Australians head overseas to begin a backpacking adventure. For many of them, the UK is the main destination. It is a good choice too. Here are five of the things that make the United Kingdom a great choice for Aussie backpackers.

Cultural affinity

Australia’s cultural affinity with Britain is a big part of the reason for the UK’s popularity amongst young Australians. Australia’s history is intertwined with that of the UK. Visiting the UK is an opportunity for many Australians to see where there families came from, perhaps to meet relatives still living there, and in a wider sense to engage with the history of the country that gave birth to today’s Australia. This shared cultural history has also resulted in two countries with similar values and moral codes, making the UK a very easy country for Australians to live, work and socialise in. There are significant practical benefits to this shared culture too. Many young Australian’s are eligible for British passports on ancestral grounds, thus removing all requirements for visas for work and travel.

History

The United Kingdom is a country with a rich and varied history. This means that there is plenty for a visitor to see and learn in the United Kingdom. Royal palaces, ancient cathedrals, historic towns and villages: all these things provide spectacular focal points for the traveller in search of new knowledge and experience. The UK is also a country that values the preservation of tradition. Royal ceremonies, such as the Trooping of the Colour, are a must for any visitor, but more obscure traditions, such as cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, arguably offer a greater insight into this idiosyncratic country.

Language

A factor that should not be overlooked is the shared language. While it is perfectly possible to travel anywhere in the world with a rudimentary grasp of a few phrases and a bit of confidence and enthusiasm, there is no denying that visiting another English speaking country certainly makes things easier. Speaking the language enables you to get right into a new society, rather than merely observing it from the sidelines. If you are planning to work overseas, as many backpackers do, it will expand your options enormously.

Density

The UK is a small country with fairly large population, so you never have to go far to find the next point of interest. Wherever you go in the UK there is something to see or do. Whether it is cultural, historical, natural, or sporting, your range of experience in a limited area is remarkable.

Unparalleled travel links

The UK has a very extensive road and rail network, meaning that it is very easy to get around the various parts of the country. Coupled with its relatively small size, this means that you can see everything from Land’s End on the south west tip of England, to John o’Groats in the far north of Scotland with relative ease. The UK also has unparalleled transport links with the rest of Europe and the world. London is one of the world main airport hubs; if you base yourself in London, your options for short breaks into Europe and even longer trips further afield are enormous.

These are just a few of the reasons why the UK is such a good choice for Aussie backpackers. There are plenty more for you to discover yourself, so start looking for flight deals and get some travel insurance. Your UK adventure awaits.

Dreaming of a Latin American Trip

My travel orientation are places with diverse cultures and indigenous art. People have told me that I can find these places in Latin America.

One of the interesting cities in Latin America is Costa Rica. With its diverse culture of Native American, Spanish, and African, it will surely be a delightful place to visit.

I can already see that Costa Rican vacations will be filled with traditional dishes and Caribbean flavors. I’d love to sample this.

Costa Rica is definitely on my bucket list!

Awesome Philippines, About Time!

From Wow Philippines to Awesome Philippines, yes, it’s about time that we discover our own country and show the world what it has to offer.

Many people say that we do have something to offer, far more and better than our famous neighbors. But there’s one thing we lack: being tourist friendly, or being world-class tourist friendly.

I hope DOT can address this and educate local tourism about it. What good are our awesome sights when our tourists get lost or taken advantage of along the way?

In any case, DOT and MTV Asia has launched the Awesome Philippines campaign. To know more about this campaign, check out the blogs below:

Noemi Dado’s and Melo Villareal’s