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Head Up Blackpool Tower for Thrills and Chills

Blackpool Tower is an iconic Northern UK landmark, and if you’ve never been up it then this is the year to be brave.

The school holidays are approaching fast, so why not check out Blackpool hotels and treat the kids to a fun few days away?

There’s so much to experience up Blackpool Tower that it’s a full day destination in itself. It’s especially great for kids, but there really is something for all ages. It’s a genuinely family friendly place to enjoy.

Thrills

For the thrill-seekers among you, with extra brave offspring, the Blackpool Tower Eye is an amazing experience for those with a head for heights. Zoom to the top of the tower in the lift, then step out onto the SkyWalk for vertical drop views, as well as far reaching views across Blackpool.

Chills

If the Blackpool Tower Eye isn’t thrilling enough for you then why not brave the Blackpool Tower Dungeon as well? This scare attraction is gentle enough for over eights to enjoy, so you don’t need to worry about the kids not sleeping that night!

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Speaking of sleeping, Travelodge has some great budget Blackpool hotels for you to choose from. Blackpool Central, Blackpool South Promenade and Blackpool South Shore are all in the heart of this busy seaside resort, and make a great base for any short Blackpool break.

All Travelodge Blackpool hotels offer family rooms for four, so you can all enjoy a comfortable night’s rest and relaxation after a day up the Tower.

If the Eye and the Dungeon aren’t enough to wear you out, Blackpool Tower also has its very own circus (check for show times, they will vary), as well as the huge (and hugely exciting for kids!) Jungle Jims indoor play area, and the world famous ballroom.

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7 Reasons Why you Should Visit Finland

Wild and beautiful, civilized and friendly. Ever since Eric Idle sang that it was ‘The country where I want to be”, Finland has held a place in the hearts of Monty Python fans. Finland is an amazing country to visit for many reasons. Here are seven of the best ones.

The Northern Lights

The most spectacular light show on Earth, the Aurora Borealis can be clearly seen from Finland. Never forgotten, this unearthly display of charged particles reacting with solar winds lights up the sky in greens, pinks, reds and other colours, all in amazing patterns unique to each occurrence. The Northern Lights appear regularly in Finland, though they cannot be predicted. The most common months to see them are April-September.

Christmas in Finland

The Christmas season in Finland is a magical time, with a wealth of traditions that appeal to the nostalgia of visitors. Helsinki hosts the Santa Lucia Festival, which predates Christmas, being based on a pagan fertility celebration all mixed up with celebrating the life of a Christian saint. The St. Thomas Christmas Market is a wonder to behold, with its lovely Christmas lights and stalls selling all the gifts, food and drinks you could possibly want for the festive season. Best of all, the Santa Claus village is open all year round, with the chance to meet St. Nick himself, as well as his reindeer and helpers.

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Climate

Finland is a land of opposites. It has gorgeous hot summers with an average 23 degrees Celsius, perfect for making the most of the stunning scenery and walks, followed by a lovely sauna. Winters are crisp and snowy in the north, with winter sports aplenty. The temperature regularly reaches -20 degrees. Above the Arctic Circle there’s a night called ‘the polar night’ when the sun doesn’t rise at all and the opposite is true, of course, in the summer. Whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, from sunbathing to hiking or skiing or snuggling up with a hot chocolate in front of an open fire, Finland can supply it.

Outdoors all year round

This variation in the weather with four distinct seasons makes it an ideal holiday spot all year round. Check out the latest cruise offers from cruise.co.uk for some ideas. In the summer there are nature trails, saunas, hiking, cycling and any other kind of outdoor activity you fancy. In the winter there is skiing, dog sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowboarding amongst other activities. There is never a reason to sit indoors, unless you want to!

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Wildlife

Finland has some fascinating wildlife due to its seasonal climate and geographic position. You can see much of it on nature trails, from fish to birds of prey. In the vast forests you can hire a guide to seek out that which interests you the most, or you can choose to sit comfortably in a specially set up hide to see if some of the country’s more timid inhabitants might make an appearance. Brown bears, wolves and elk roam freely, alongside 248 species of bird and many others.

Finnish cuisine

You should always try new foods if you can and in Finland the sheer variety of meats and fish available means there’s certain to be several that you discover you love, unexpectedly sometimes! Finland serves up reindeer, horse and other meats that are more commonly found outside the UK and they’re delicious!

Communication

Finland is English speaking, so although you’re surrounded by a fascinating and very different culture you’ll have no problems getting across your needs, asking for directions or ordering another mulled wine.

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Planning a Trip to the USA? A Guide to Travelling From State to State

If you are planning a trip the United States of America, there are so many things that you could see and do. You might have a specific destination in mind, or you might want to see several states in one trip. It will be such an exciting and fun time. If you are planning to visit a few places, you need to think about how you will travel. There are a few options that would work well. Here are some options and things that you should consider.

If you are in America, you can’t go too far wrong with a good old road trip! If you want to rent a car to travel from state to state, there are a few requirements, though. If you aren’t a citizen or permanent resident, you will need to be over 21 to rent a car. You might even need to be 25 for some rental companies. So make sure that you check out what your chosen company’s rules are. There are so many routes that you could take and different stops that you could make. It might be difficult to decide which the best route for you is. Check out a site like http://www.visittheusa.com to give you a little guidance.

[Historic Route 66 in New Mexico, USA – Marcin Wichary/wikipedia.org]

Bus travel is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel in the US. There are plenty of bus stations across states, sometimes more than airports. So it will be easy to travel from place to place. You should think about the route that you want to take, though. It may be a cheap way to travel, but it isn’t one of the fastest. So if your travel will take a few days, you need to bear in mind the cost of food and perhaps lodging. You could even choose to hire a bus or small van for driving. It might end up cheaper than hiring a car. A site like http://www.chicagobuschartercompany.com would show you how much you could expect to pay.

If the destinations you would like to visit are at opposite ends of the country, you could consider flying. It might cost a little more, but it is very quick and efficient. You should take into account the time of year that you are visiting and which areas. If it is the winter months and you are in areas that are likely to get snow, flights could get canceled. Somewhere like Denver even gets flights canceled into April! That would be such a nightmare to your plans. So think about where and when you want to visit. You don’t want to be delayed in a city because your flight has been canceled.

Good luck as you plan your trip to the US. You won’t regret it; you will have the best time ever. Just think about the pros and cons of each way to travel, to make sure that you will be able to make the most of your time over here. Have a great time!

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