Travel Clinic: UK Holiday Questions Answered

27 April 2016
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Planning a holiday means finding out exactly what's available. For a United Kingdom holiday, that often means countless possibilities.

Fortunately, our expert travel consultants are on hand to help you choose the best experiences. Whether you're travelling with the family, looking for a rewarding hike or want to tick off multiple Great Britain countries, let our experts show you the way.

"We’re a family visiting England with our five-year-old and seven-year-old children and are tossing up between going to New Forest or exploring the Cotswolds. What do you recommend?"

The Cotswolds and New Forest are fantastic for families. You can’t go wrong with either but my preference would be the Cotswolds. Experiencing the charming villages with a leisurely drive through the countryside is an absolute must.

There are plenty of photo opportunities, stops for the children, and it is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. One of my favourite pastimes is soaking in the sunshine and having a cream tea with scones at the Swan Hotel overlooking the picturesque lake.

And, to top the day off, why not wander around the villages checking out the quaint thatched houses? Simply breathtaking.

- Mark Spencer, Flight Centre, Fairfield

"I’ve got a few days in London before heading over to Europe. What area do you suggest I stay in, so I’m close to the main sights, but still get a sense of local living?"

I would recommend staying in Bayswater. It’s a beautiful residential area with leafy parks, close to iconic Notting Hill, shops and great local restaurants. There are two close underground stations – Bayswater and Queensway – which service the Central, District and Circle lines.

Hop on the Central line and you are only three stops from Marble Arch with your main shopping facilities. Even better -–grab one of the London transport bicycles and explore the area!

- Emma McNab, Flight Centre, Kingston

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"I want to make my way between England, Wales and Scotland. Can I get the train, or is there a better way to get around the UK?"

The train is a fantastic way of travelling around the United Kingdom. You need to get your hands on an Oyster card as this allows travel on the main London network as well as buses, trams, river buses, the underground (tube), overground network and, most importantly, national rail, which will connect you to all the main hubs of Wales and Scotland.

Alternatively, car hire can be a great option. Save time and money and choose to discover the UK at your own pace.

- Luisa Parton, Flight Centre, Doncaster

"Do you know of any nice hiking areas that are suitable to fit, senior travellers?"

Lake District in England is fantastic. The region boasts gorgeous scenery, with hiking opportunities to suit a wide range of ages and skill sets.

A fit senior will find an abundance of options, ranging from a short 1.2-kilometre stroll along Friars Crag, Keswick, to a nine-kilometre hike through the historic packhorse route from Seathwaite to Sty Head and Grains Gill.

The Lake District, with its historic gems and breathtaking views, is a must-do for hikers of any age.

- Hayley Streeter, Flight Centre, Gladstone Square

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"We are looking at doing Hogmany in Edinburgh for New Year next year. Do you have any tips to make it work and suggestions on where to stay?"

I recommend doing this as part of a tour, such as the one organised by Backroads Touring.

By experiencing Hogmanay as part of a small group tour, you will be able to enjoy the festival with like-minded travellers and will have a tour guide on hand to give local knowledge and tips, ensuring you get the most from the festival and the local highlights without the worry of logistics and hassle of organisation.

- Alison Coney, Flight Centre, Aspley Village

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