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After a tumultuous two years, many of us are looking forward to getting back to travel and exploring, but in a way that confers clear benefits to the environment, local communities and ensures destinations remain available for all.

It’s easier than ever to travel in a sustainable and conscientious way as the industry has continued to expand to cater to a wider variety of trip and holiday types. From eco-tourism, community centred travel, slow travel and voluntourism there are a huge number of ways to make a positive impact without sacrificing an ounce of relaxation and enjoyment.

No matter what holiday type you’re interested in, at Charitable Travel we’ll be able to help you take a great trip while supporting the causes you care about. As part of our unique business model, you’ll be able to donate 5% of your total holiday price to a charity of your choice at no extra cost. That way you can take an amazing, well-deserved break while helping create a better world in 2022. Find out more here.

Sometimes a strict itinerary and packed schedule can detract from truly exploring and being in the present moment while out travelling. Slow travel is the solution. By travelling at a slower pace, you’ll find that you’ve got more time to enjoy the locales you visit in a more immersive and leisurely way. Slow travel options include biking, slow-paced cruises, trains, walking and more. While you may not pack in quite as many sights and attractions, you’ll come away refreshed and enlivened by a deeper travel experience.

Interested in finding out more about slow travel? Check out this great article from Issue 5 of Charitable Traveller Magazine here.

Feeling inspired? Check out this great offer to explore the Scottish Highlands by rail from just £1,499pp. For a limited time save up to £150 per couple, so book now! Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper from London, over 8-nights you’ll visit Inverness, the Isle of Skye, The Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. Includes all travel, B&B, tours, excursions and so much more. For full offer details please click here.

Many of us have developed a greater appreciation for the environment during the pandemic. Whether driven by Sir David Attenborough’s magical specials binged on those early days of lockdown, treasured strolls through our local parks with loved ones or being able to hear bird song more clearly due to reduced traffic. Its never been more important to safeguard the natural world as it has a unique ability to restore and rejuvenate us. 

Thankfully, now more than ever, it’s possible to enjoy great holidays with minimal impact on the environment. Pictured above is Chumbe Island, an innovative eco-tourism community in Tanzania that takes great care to preserve its marine wildlife. To find out more about this trend-setting community, click here to read this editorial from Issue 7 of Charitable Travel magazine. 

At its best sustainable travel means placing the needs of local communities in mind at all times. Too often travel can contribute to negative impacts on these communities as the money spent in the destination is not received directly by them and they often suffer disruption due to high footfall. Sustainable travel helps to resolve these issues by ensuring that money is spent within local communities, ensuring they remain viable as a long-term travel destination.  Travellers can often work directly with communities and experience a different way of life, off the beaten track by volunteering in community projects. 

Keen to find out more? Check out this great article about community tourism from the latest edition of Charitable Traveller magazine here.

Keen to go on an adventure and live immersed in an Amazonian community? Now at a reduced price of £399pp, spend 6-nights with a local family in the Ecuadorian Amazon and experience authentic Quichua culture. This offer includes a varied meal plan, a Chief Experience Officer and local guides, all in-destination transport, accommodation and a variety of cultural experiences and inclusions (including a blowgun contest and a visit to a local animal rescue centre). For full offer details click here.

No matter where you’re travelling or how there are some common sense rules we can all follow to ensure that destinations are respected and preserved for other travellers. Our charity partner, Leave No Trace have seven guiding principles to keep in mind whenever we step outside into the natural world (although many of them can be applied to urban environments as well). The principles are; plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste and rubbish properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors. 

This Christmas we wanted to help give back and support those who traditionally struggle during this period, the homeless.

As we enter the festive period, treat yourself to a great Christmas holiday while helping someone experiencing homelessness have a better Christmas this winter. On offer are a wide range of holiday types and destinations from UK staycations, European Christmas Markets, Winter ski breaks, 2022 Winter getaways and more!

By choosing to give your free 5% donation to our charity partners who work with the homeless you can help transform someone’s experience of the holiday season today!

Check out our Christmas offers below!

Krakow has long being renowned for its timeless heritage and rich culture. So much so though that the centre of the city, Old Town has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. Any traveller visiting the city will be sure to experience a warm welcome!

Explore the rich culture and ancient heritage of Krakow this Christmas with Charitable Travel from £179pp! When you visit be sure to check out its magical Christmas market in the city centre bustling with merrymakers, stalls and great food. Includes B&B and return flights!

Bansko in Bulgaria offers a delightful range of unforgettable experiences for even the most advanced skiers. Get lost in a winter wonderland with majestic peaks, epic slopes and a range of excellent resorts.

This winter spend a week at the 4* SPA Resort St. Ivan Rilski from just £569pp! Conquer the slopes during the day, then head back to the resort for a variety of indulgent spa treatments. Includes return flights and ski lift passes!

If you’re looking for a quiet staycation city break, Manchester needs to be at the top of your list. This bustling metropolis has a lively energetic city centre with a huge number of trendy bars, excellent restaurants, cultural attractions and shopping experiences available. 

This December take a short break in the heart of the city to recharge and snag some great deals while staying overnight in a 4* hotel (with the option to extend your stay) from just £75pp! Includes a £40 food and drink voucher for each night of your stay! 

No matter how old you are Disneyland Paris is a wonderful place to get lost in. Take in amazing parades, unforgettable rides and see all of your favourite Disney characters come to life as never before. 

Book in advance for Christmas 2022 from just £375pp! Stay in the Explorers Hotel just a 15-minute walk (or complimentary shuttle ride) away from the Disney Village’s golden gates. Includes return flights, B&B and more!

The land down under has something for everyone. From vibrant and bustling cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the beautiful expanse of the Outback, a rich aborigine heritage to discover, the Great Barrier Reef and so much more. 

Start your exploration of this majestic continent next Christmas. Explore Australia on an eleven-night tour including amazing excursions and inclusions, a varied meal plan, in-destination transport and transfers and hotel accommodation for the entirety of your stay. From £3,599pp!  

Great charities helping the homeless this Christmas

Crisis works directly with the homeless and has campaigned for over 50 years to solve the issue. In 2018/19 they helped 1,000 people find a home.

Emmaus offers the homeless safe accommodation and helps them access training, jobs and skills to help them thrive. 

Railway Children work in the UK, India and East Africa to support vulnerable and homeless children to help get them off the streets.

FareShare redistributes surplus food to charities that use it to provide vulnerable people and communities with free meals. 

BHT provide safe accommodation, helps with accessing essential services, training and employment and provide mental health support.

Street Storage provides free and secure storage for the homeless. This helps them live a more empowered life by ensuring key documents are safe.

View our full list of charity partners below on our Great Causes page.

To celebrate National Parks Fortnight, we wanted to give you a run-down of Britain’s 15 National Parks, from Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands to the South Downs in Sussex and Hampshire, to inspire your next staycation.

Whether your idea of a holiday is to relax on a beach, to get active, or to find a peaceful spot to spend time with your family, Britian’s National Parks are the perfect destinations for everyone. We have a huge range of landscapes, activities, and locations waiting to be discovered on our doorstep!

Book a staycation with us before April 30th and be in with a chance of winning an Annual Family National Trust Pass!

Reflection of trees on a body of water
Brecon Beacons | Unsplash

Name: Brecon Beacons National Park
Location:
Wales
Size:
520 Square Miles

Highest Point: Pen Y Fan, 886m
In the Brecon Beacons you’ll find internationally recognised dark skies, nature, beautiful scenery, and adventure in abundance. Made up of four somewhat confusing areas, Black Mountain, Fforest Fawr, Brecon Beacons, and the Black Mountains. Yes, you read that right, the Brecon Beacons are a part of the Brecon Beacons, but the Black Mountain isn’t in the Black Mountains. Just three hours from London, and an hour from Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport, Brecon Beacons National Park is a great place for stargazing, on a clear night you can see the Milky Way!
Find out more here.

How Hill, Broads National Park
Broads National Park | Unsplash

Name: The Broads
Location: England
Size: 120 Miles
Highest point: How Hill, 12m  
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are the largest protected wetland in Britain and display enchanted waterways and endless skies Home to over a quarter of Britain’s rarest wildlife, the broads are not a natural phenomenon like the other parks. They are the result of 12th century peat digging fields that flooded! Hire a yacht and explore the broads at your own pace or join one of the many mini cruises and experience the wonders of nature and man combined.
Find out more here.

Heather covering the side of a peak in the Scottish Highlands
Cairngorms National Park | Unsplash

Name: Cairngorms National Park
Location: Scotland
Size: 1,748 Square Miles
Highest Point: Ben Macdui 1,309m
Britain’s largest national park, and home to 4 or it’s 5 highest peaks and biggest native forests, Cairngorms National Park is just 2.5 hours north of Edinburgh. Spectacular landscapes of wild mountains, heather moorlands, magnificent forests, wetlands, and rivers. In the winter and spring months, head here for all your snow sport needs, Skiiing, snowboarding, and ski touring. In the summer and autumn, Cairngorms is a great place for hiking, biking, and watersports thanks to the many fresh-water lochs and rivers. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb Ben Macdui, the highest peak in the UK National Parks, but watch out for the Big Grey Man, local folklore says he has been known to roam the peak for decades.
Find out more here.

Dartmoor National Park | Unsplash

Name: Dartmoor
Location: England
Size: 368 Square Miles
Highest Point: High Willhays, 621m
With 450 miles of paths to explore, on foot or wheels, wild open moorlands, deep valleys, thousands of archaeological sites, and rare wildlife, there’s something for every time of visitor in Dartmoor National Park. The setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles, and Spielberg’s War Horse, Dartmoor has options for the wild side in all of us, try outdoor swimming in Bellever Tor and Woods. Wild camping is actively encouraged here!
Find out more here.

Exmoor National Park | Unsplash

Name: Exmoor
Location: England
Size:
267 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Dunkery Beacon, 519m
Situated neatly between the northern parts of Devon and Somerset, Exmoor is truly a sight to behold. Towering sea cliffs, high moors, tumbling streams, deep valleys and even an Atlantic Rain Forest. Take it easy in Exmoor by watching for wild red deer, exploring the charming villages, or stargazing at night (Exmoor is Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve). Or amp up the adrenaline and try your hand at mountain biking, hiking, watersports or even horseback riding! Exmoor has 34 miles of coastline to entice you, and some of it is so remote it’s only accessible by boat. We think that makes Exmoor a perfect candidate for a socially distanced Staycation!
Find out more here.

Sunrise on Scafell Pike, Lake District
Lake District National Park | Unsplash

Name: Lake District
Location: England
Size:
912 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Scafell Pike, 978m
Newly accredited with UNESCO World Heritage status, the Lake District is a perfect arrangement of wide glacial lakes, rugged mountains, and incredible scenery. A wide range of activities await you here, water sports galore on one of the many lakes, we recommend kayaking on Lake Windermere, more walks and hikes than you can shake a stick at – our favourite is the Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell circular that has you scrambling up the side of the mountain. It’s easy to see why so many visitors from the UK and overseas flock to the Lakes every year.
Find out more here.

Conic Hill. A tinyfigure of a person stands on the side of a hill in front of a wide expanse of water.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park | Unsplash

Name: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Location: Scotland
Size: 720 Square Miles
Highest point:
Ben Lomond, 974m
Where the lowlands and the highlands meet, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs make up an incredible varied landscape of rugged mountains, peaceful lochs, and rolling lowlands. Home to a wide range of wildlife, this is a great destination for nature lovers of any age. Witness history for yourself with the many castle ruins and small villages that are dotted throughout the National Park. For the more adventurous among you, there are options for hiking, biking, camping, and even wild swimming. We recommend visiting Rob Roy’s Bathtub at the Falloch Falls to take a dip.
Find out more here.

a wild horse grazing on grass in front of some tress with twisted branches in Matley Wood, New Forest UK.
New Forest National Park | Unsplash

Name: New Forest
Location: England
Size:
219 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Pipers Wait, 129m
Despite its name, the New Forest is neither a forest, nor is it new. ‘New Forest’ means ‘new hunting ground as named by William the Conqueror 1079. Used in the 18th century for timber for the fleets, the New Forest is now home to rare wildlife, open heathlands, ancient woodlands and incredible coastal views to the Isle of Wight. Here you will find many wild horses strolling around, sometimes on the roads, as if they own the place, and maybe they do.
Find out more here.

North York Moors National Park | Unsplash

Name: North York Moors
Location: England
Size:
554 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Urra Moor, 454m
A sweeping moorland landscape, with the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in Britain, loads of dales, deep woodlands and a dramatic 26-mile Jurassic-age ‘Dinosaur coast. Spend time here uncovering the secrets of wild Britain, from amazing wildlife to glittering starry skies. You could even pop along to the oldest Goosebury Show in the country! Held on August 3rd in Egton Bridge (COVID permitting).
Find out more here.

Northumberland National Park | Unsplash

Name: Northumberland
Location: England
Size:
410 Square Miles
Highest Point:
The Cheviot, 815m
Some call Northumberland National Park ‘England’s last great wilderness, given its mostly wide-open moorland bounded by Hadrian’s Wall in the south and reaching up to the Scottish borders. Northumberland National Park certainly is home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air, and darkest skies. Enjoy the history, heritage, wildlife and scenery of the ancient unspoiled landscape.
Find out more here.

Castleton, Hope Valley
Peak District National Park | Unsplash

Name: Peak District
Location: England
Size:
555 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Kinder Scout, 636m
Dramatic rock edges, famous hills and wild moorlands are given a home in the Britain’s first National Park (established in 1951). The Mass Trespass, 1932, took place within what is now the boundary of the Peak District, a group of working-class pioneers paving the way for the countryside access that we have today. Explore the myriad of tunnels of the Monsal Trail, go wildlife watching and catch glimpses of white mountain hares, red deer, and , if you’re lucky the rare ‘mountain blackbird’ (the ring ouzel).
Find out more here.

Cliffs disappearing into the Sea at Bullslaughter Bay, Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park | Unsplash

Name: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Location:
Wales
Size:
243 Square Miles

Highest Point: Foel Cwmcerwyn, 536m
Despite being one of the smallest of Britain’s national parks, it has one of the most diverse landscapes, and was primarily designated for its coastline. Awaiting you here are impressive cliffs, big sandy beaches, small sandy beaches, wooded estuaries, wild inland hills, harbours, coves, and several wildlife-rich islands close by. Unsurprisingly, it’s a great watersports destination. The whole area is easily walkable due to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, one of the three long distance trails in Wales.
Find out more here.

Snowdonia National Park | Unsplash

Name: Snowdonia National Park
Location: Wales
Size: 823 Square Miles
Highest Point: Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa 1,085m
Snowdonia has not only largest National Park in Wales but it also has the highest peak in England and Wales. It also has a train that takes you to the top making Snowdon / Yn Wydda Britain’s most accessible peak at 1,085m! The rest of the National Park includes stunning vistas, amazing opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and even white-water rafting at Bala. The history of the area is evident throughout the park, with medieval castles and prehistoric monuments popping up all over.
Find out more here.

Ditchling Road, Brighton
South Downs National Park | Unsplash

Name: South Downs
Location: England
Size:
260 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Black Down, 280m

Britain’s youngest national park and the only one in the south east of England, is the South Downs. Stretching 87 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, this rolling hillscape offers incredible views of chalk hills, wooded areas, valleys, the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, and fantastic picnic spots. With the highest point being 280m, the South Downs is the perfect national park for less active visitors.
Find out more here.

Name: Yorkshire Dales
Location: England
Size:
841 Square Miles
Highest Point:
Whernside, 736m

Rolling hills, wild landscapes and tranquil vistas come together to make u[ the fascinating Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sandwiched between the Lake District to the west and the North York Moors to the east, the Yorkshire dales completes the picture of Wild Britain in Northern England. Our favourite spot to visit in the Dales is a small village called Hawes. With a charming pub, delicious bakery and a babbling stream running along the edge, Hawes is home to the world-famous Wensleydale Creamery. A visit here never ends without the purchase of a wheel (or 3) of cheese!
Find out more here.

To read more about the amazing destinations and holiday types we have in the UK, head to our British Isles page. You can see all of our latest offers including staycations here!

Why not mix it up for our second lockdown Easter and try out a new tradition? We've picked 10 of our favourite destinations from around the world to help inspire you.

Australia

In 1991, the Easter Bunny was changed to the Easter Bilby in Australia, as rabbits are generally considered to be pests in the land down under. Confectionary companies now make chocolate bilbies for easter, with the profits going to aiding the endangered animals!

Finland

A combination of western Halloween and Easter, children in Finland dress up like witches and go door to door asking for chocolate eggs. The costumes are usually made up of painted faces, scarves wrapped around heads, and twigs decorated with feathers. In some parts of Finland, bonfires are lit during easter. This tradition stems from the belief that flames will ward off witches who are known to fly around on their brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Poland & Ukraine

On Easter Monday, people in Poland and Ukraine throw water over each other with water pistols, buckets or anything they can utilise. This tradition, known as Śmigus-dyngus (Wet Monday) is connected with the baptism of a Polish Prince. It is said that women who get soaked on Wet Monday will be married by the end of the year!

Haux, France

Every year in this small town in Southern France, a giant omelette is made. And we mean giant, the omelette uses more than 15,000 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people! Legend says that Napoléon himself visited the town and had an omelette that he enjoyed so much, he ordered the town to make a giant version for himself and his army!

Corfu, Greece

On Easter Saturday the people of Corfu throw pots, pans, and other clay utensils filled with water, out of their windows. Some believe the tradition welcomes spring and symbolises new crops that will be gathered in new pots. Others believe the tradition comes from the Venetians throwing their old possessions out of their windows on New Year’s Eve.

Washington, USA

Since 1878, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on the south Lawn. Started by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who issued an order that if any children wanted to come to the White House to roll their Easter Eggs (a tradition that at the time was forbidden on Capitol grounds), they would be allowed to do so. The main activity involves rolling a decorated boiled egg with a large wooden spoon. The event has become so popular than now it includes music acts, an egg hunt, sports, and crafts.

Brazil

In many Latin American countries certain regions of Spain, people take part in the ‘Burning of Judas’. An effigy (or multiple) of Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and then burned in a central location. Similar to the Bonfire Night traditions of the UK.

Antigua, Guatemala

Cobble stone roads in Antigua, Guatemala are transformed into colourful carpets to mark Easter. The stunning rainbow-like pathways are made using coloured sawdust, vegetables and flowers and can stretch up to 800 metres long. Local artists use stencils to create the elaborate patterns and scenes covering traditional and religious themes. Feast your eyes on the display while you can – the Good Friday procession over the carpets will be followed by a clean-up team that’ll sweep up all remnants of the art.

Norway

Norwegians eat more than 20 million oranges during Easter weekend. This tradition is believed to have originated when oranges were only available during their late winter season, and they are seen as a harbinger of spring, and brighter days to come.

Bermuda

Easter Festivities in Bermuda begin on Good Friday with KiteFest. People who want to celebrate take to different parts of the island and show off their homemade kites decorated with bold, geometric patterns and colours. Throughout the weekend, people eat codfish and hot cross buns.

This World Water Day we wanted to chat about our favourite water-based activities and water sports to take part in on holiday and our top picks for places in the UK to try them!

Remember to book your staycation with Charitable Travel by 30th April 2021 and be in with the chance of winning a National Trust Annual Family Pass, and you can donate 5% of your holiday price to the UK charity of your choice at no extra cost to you! Find out  more here.

1. Wild Swimming

During the past year, we’ve all had no choice but to satisfy our travel bugs by exploring our local areas and spending more time outdoors in natural spaces taking part in various nature-based activities. One such activity is wild swimming, which is essentially swimming in outdoor spaces, like lakes, rivers, or the sea.

Our top picks for wild swimming in the UK:

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire
Mourne Mountains, N. Ireland.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Walpole Bay Pool, Margate, Kent
Grantchester Meadows, Cambridgeshire
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Read this article from Countryfile before you go wild swimming for tips and safety advice!

If swimming outdoors appeals to you, but not so much in rivers and lakes, head to one of the UK’s lidos for a dip. There are over 100 lidos across the UK and are very popular in the summer. Our favourite lidos are the Saltdean Lido in Brighton, Jubilee Pool, Cornwall, and Ilkley Pool & Lido, West Yorkshire.

2. Surfing

Surfing has long been a popular water sport up and down the UK Coast, and during our year of staying home, it’s become clearer that we don’t need to journey to places like Maui, Bali, and Bondi Beach to catch some waves and rays.

Here’s a few of our favourite places to surf in the UK:

Portrush, Co. Antrim
Sennen Cove
Saltburn, North Yorkshire
Porth Neigwl, Gwynedd
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3. Paddleboarding

In recent years paddleboarding has become increasingly popular among us Brits, and it’s an ideal activity to try out during the age of the pandemic, it’s easy to socially distance, it’s a great workout for your core, and you get to explore some truly hidden gems around the UK. Make sure to check out this beginner’s guide to paddleboarding before you hit the water.

Our top picks for paddleboarding in the UK are:

Kingston-Upon-Thames
Wast Water, Cumbria
Loch Harport, Isle of Skye
Mawddach Estuary, Wales
Burgh Island, Devon
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4. Boating

Whether you choose a yacht, a motorboat, a narrowboat, or a canoe there are plenty of waters up, down and around the UK for you to traverse. 

For a city break with a twist, hire a narrowboat on the Oxford canal and explore the historic city, hit the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads on a yacht to marvel at the wildlife, if you’re feeling adventurous you could head out to sea on a yacht and try out your sea legs, or to keep things a little more chilled,  rent a kayak or canoe and explore waters of the Lake District.

Our top picks for boating breaks in the UK are:

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
Oxford Canal
Hayling Island, Portsmouth
Lake Windermere, Cumbria
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5. Rockpooling and Crabbing

If you’re more beach bum than adrenaline junkie, but you still want a piece to the fun, an afternoon spent rockpooling or crabbing is an afternoon well spent in our books.  Rockpooling is a traditional seaside pastime that doesn’t have to be limited just to summertime. You can discover these brand new worlds year round.  Read up on some great hints and tips about how to get the most out of the experience in this post by findingnature.co.uk.

Here’s our favourite places to dip our buckets in the UK:

Rhossili Bay, Swansea
Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire
Loch Harport, Isle of Skye
Botany Bay, Kent
Wembury Beach, Plymouth
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Thanks to the Government’s new lockdown regulation easing, we can now start having picnics in wonderful outdoor spaces all around the UK. We’ve lined up our favourite places to nibble on a scotch egg or two for your inspiration.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Aerial shot of Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire

Accessible only by a half mile walk from a nearby car park, this beautiful bay backed by sand dunes and pine trees has been voted one of the best beaches in Britain and in the world! More than just a beach, you can spend your time here exploring the sand dunes, taking a dip in the sea, or examine the rock pools and caves. Remember though, this beach is isolated, there are no facilities and whatever you take with you has to leave with you.

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

The highest point in the East of England, Dunstable Downs affords incredible views of Aylesbury and along the Children Ridge. Any adventurer, old, young, or in between will find something to entertain, wildlife to discover, wide open spaces for sports, plenty of lush scenery to take in, and a family-friendly visitor’s centre with information about the local archaeology.

Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Grass Woods, Near Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

Wherever you chose to go in the Yorkshire Dales, you will be treated to scenes of beautiful rolling hills and valleys and lush greenery. Upper Wharfedale follows suit. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the charming valley, dotted with pools and falls, making it the ideal place for a spot of ‘wild swimming’ followed by an amazing riverside picnic. Head a little further north of the village of Grassington, towards Grass Wood, an ancient woodland carpeted with wildflowers. The perfect spot for an idyllic picnic.

Devil's Dyke, West Sussex

Devil's Dyke, West Sussex

Discover Britain’s deepest and widest dry valley whilst taking in amazing panoramas and colourful wildlife. The increased altitude gives you incredible views over the English Channel and the South Downs and is a perfect location for kite-flying and rolling down hills, as well as picnics. The ultimate picnic spot combining stunning vistas and a fun day out.

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick

We could have filled this list with just places in the Lake District, as it seems that around every corner and along every country lane in this National Park there’s a gem, hidden or otherwise, begging to be picnicked in. We’ve chosen Castlerigg Stone Circle as for the list however, because we would never pass up the opportunity to munch on carrots and humous surrounded by an ancient stone circle. Named as one of Britain’s most impressive pre-historic sites, you’re also offered views of four of the tallest peaks in the Lake District.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

With three miles of flat golden sands, you won’t have trouble finding a secluded spot for your private picnic on this beach, despite it being a popular place for locals and tourists alike. The beach is part of Holkham National Nature Reserve, and in the dunes hide natterjack toads and a variety of wildflowers, like lavender, thistles and orchids. To work up an appetite (or work off a feast) there’s a three-hour hike that sees the landscape change from creaking pinewoods to wild-life rich marshland, to one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Sitting pretty on the very edge of a cliff in the National Trust’s Downhill Estate, the Italianate Mussenden Temple offers one of the most beautiful coastal views in Northern Ireland. Part of and 18th Century estate, the temple was originally built as a summer library, and it is certainly a dramatic spot to sit back and enjoy a good book. We think you’d have a blast with a flask of tea and some sandwiches as well.

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

An impressive mansion and a working country estate, this National Trust property will one day allow visitors to explore the Georgian interiors, including the iconic Yellow Drawing room, but for now, only the grounds are open to the public. Take a slow stroll through the charming gardens and busy farmyard or go venture slightly further and you are rewarded with woodlands, lakes, and fields to choose from for your afternoon snack.

Marsden Bay, South Tyneside

Marsden Bay, South Tyneside

This charming bay acts as a suntrap and wind-shelter so is best visited on a sunny day. Here you can explore hidden caves and limestone cliffs or relax and watch the colonies of seabirds zooming overhead. Known locally for its colourful history with smugglers, the bay is a perfect spot for rock pooling for crabs or mussels, and stunning views of landmarks such as Marsden’s Rock and Camel Island.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle ruins are one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War and sit proudly upon the hill of the beautiful historical village of the same name. with thousands of years of history to see, it’s no wonder Corfe Castle is a hit with grown-ups and kids alike. Visit the ruins and learn about the castle’s colourful and long history, or sit, enjoy the view and tuck in.

Book a staycation with Charitable Travel before 30 April 2021 and be in with a chance to win an annual family membership to the National Trust! Call us on 020 3092 1288 or email us today!

Heidi Roberts, of Kitchen Talk and Travels, has written a blog for Charitable Travel about her visits to the Caribbean Island of Grenada and her philanthropic work with a local primary school.

To read more about Heidi’s experiences in Grenada, head to her website.

In 2015 I visited the Caribbean island of Grenada as part of a press trip in order to generate content for my blog.  The trip was one week, and I opted to stay a further week.  I love the Caribbean and as a travel blogger thought that it would just be another island to cross off my list.  How wrong was I!!

I had found my ‘happy place’ vowing to return as often as I could.

As part of this trip I accompanied the owner of our resort on a visit to a school he supported situated in a tiny village called Vendome.  The school gets very little government support and like the other primary schools have to rely on their teachers’ good will and ingenuity to source essential school supplies. The head teacher told me she had paid the equivalent of £16 for one stapler!

I was so moved by the happy, friendly, and lovely children along with the supportive staff that I set out to do something to help.  I started collecting school supplies and secondhand school shoes (many of the children turn up without shoes and have to be sent home).  So far, I have organised 11 barrels to be sent to the school however we have stopped for a while due to the pandemic.

 

The first barrel arrived while my husband and I were there on our third visit.  You should have seen the children’s faces. You would have thought it was Christmas and the secondhand books and shoes were made out of gold!

I have tried to raise funds to pay for the barrels and always appreciate any help with this. However the problem in Grenada is across the Caribbean islands and there is an organisation you can contact called Pack For A Purpose who will advise you what you can take in your suitcase to augment the supplies the schools so badly need.

I have unofficially adopted the RC Vendome School and on each visit to the island I now visit a couple of times and always bring them as much as we can fit into our suitcases (I use the space this gives me for the return journey to stock up on local produce especially cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate!

The first time I visited the school the children had their lunch, and it was a very small bowl of broth with a few pasta shapes and a tiny chicken leg.  Well can you imagine the effect that had on a Grandmother, mother, food blogger and self-confessed ‘feeder’! I vowed that the next time I returned I would cook something with some of the older children.  The Head Teacher asked if I could make pizza with them.

For the next 12 months I could think of nothing else.  I would make pizzas with the children however I didn’t know what ingredients I could get on the island and what equipment the school had so I brought it all with me!  The kids loved this session and started working in teams with natural leaders shining out, future chefs appearing and everyone loving it.  This has become an annual event and we make enough for all of the 120 children to have a piece! 

I really look forward to the cooking session. It has become one of the highlights of my visits.  Unfortunately, 2020 meant I couldn’t visit however I will be booking my flights and hotels as soon as it is safe to once more do so.

There are plenty of posts to read on my blog about Grenada often referred to as ‘my happy place’ and if you get the chance to visit the island I know you will fall in love with it.  If you do, I am sure Charitable Travel will be happy to help you make your travel plans.

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By Antoaneta Blagoeva

Why New York?

Sara and I both studied at De Montfort University and in our final year, we had the chance to visit New York for five days. We leapt at this amazing opportunity and booked the trip. New York should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit since it is amongst the world’s leading metropolises for art, culture, fashion and theatre. The city offers probably the best museums of art and history I have seen including the MET, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Natural History. For musical enthusiasts, NYC is the best place to experience Broadway’s glory and there are 41 theatres to choose from. Last but not least the cityscape of tall and magnificent buildings will leave you at awe and the views from the top will forever stay.

Best Time to Visit

Sara and I travelled in early January and to say the weather was freezing wouldn’t be an exaggeration. However, we witnessed the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree and many other Christmas-related attractions, which made our visit worth it. For warmer weather condition, you should visit between April and June or September to November.

How Long to Visit for

Our stay was 5 days and I can say with certainty that is plenty of time to pay a visit to all the attractions, but your days must be packed to the brim and you will have to be quite organised. It’s best to make a list of all the things you would want to do and work around to estimate how long your visit should be. Also, it will depend if you would like to explore only the Manhattan area or the surrounding boroughs as well such as Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

How to Get Around

New York’s subway sadly isn’t as fabulous as the rest of the city and you might witness a few rats here and there, but it was first established in the 20th Century. With this in mind, I would still recommend getting around the city by subway because it is the quickest way and will lead you to all attractions. A weekly pass was around £26, and you can travel as much as you need. You can also choose to take the hop-on bus but with the city’s congested traffic at any time of the day, it will probably take you twice as long.

My New York Highlights

Empire State Building

I have always wanted to see and visit the Empire State Building and it didn’t disappoint when I finally did. The main reason was to go to the 86th-floor conservatory, which is the highest open-air observation deck in the city. You can go up to the 102nd floor but I found that unnecessary. Built in 1931, the building took only a year and 45 days to construct or more than seven million man-hours. When you go to the observatory deck you can see 80 miles into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and even Massachusetts on a clear day. You will also see Top of the Rock and Lady Liberty.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

As one of the world’s biggest and finest art museums, the MET’s art collection exceeds two million works of art from around the world. Since it is perched on the edge of Central Park, you can start your day with a lovely stroll and then spend hours exploring the museum. Sara and I spent around 5 hours and we still didn’t get to see each collection. However, if you have the time you can visit the museum up to three times because the tickets cover more than one visit. Even though the museum covers 17 acres and that might seem overwhelming, the layout of the galleries is displayed in a way that allows you to take everything in at your own pace. My favourite part was the several sculpture collections of the Greek and Roman era. I could spend hours admiring the smoothly carved marble bodies.

Times Square

The MET might have not overwhelmed me, but Times Square surely did. I never thought something could be as bright as daylight even at night. As one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, Times Square is always full of people and draws 50 million visitors annually. Sara and I were two of them and as many other tourists, we were mesmerised by the illuminated signs covering the buildings, which can be seen from outer space. Times Square is probably the most mainstream attraction but it is the centre of the Big Apple and is a great starting point to explore Manhattan. You head to Fifth Avenue or The New York Public Library. Broadway is just around the corner and the attraction is surrounded by a huge variety of diners and restaurants, one of them being Hell’s Kitchen.

 

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By Chloe D’Costa.

From its diverse cuisine to its thriving art scene, beautiful beaches, and action-packed calendar of events, Toronto is a city bursting with culture. When I moved there two years ago, I arrived with little knowledge of the city and set out to experience as much as I could in my new hometown. If you’re considering a trip to Canada’s largest city, then here are my recommendations to maximise on your time in this dynamic destination.

When to visit

May to September is the best time to visit and not only because of the weather. Between Dundas West Fest, the annual Pride parade, Canada Day celebrations, Caribana, Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), and Toronto International Film Festival, almost every weekend throughout the summer offers a chance to discover Toronto’s vibrant mix of cultures.

Entertainment

No matter your interests, Toronto has something for everyone. It’s the home of world-class sports teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey), the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball), and the reigning NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors (basketball). It’s also home to the third-largest English-speaking theatre district in the world, behind London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Other popular attractions include the iconic CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Nature attractions

One of Toronto’s best assets is its proximity to nature. Hop on a ferry to the Toronto Islands to discover beaches, parkland trails, and unparalleled views of the city skyline. Cycle the trails or revel in the novelty of beach time in a city. Ferries to Centre Island depart regularly from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in downtown Toronto. You could also take a bus to Rouge Urban National Park—the first of its kind in Canada—to take in the lush landscapes, or head to Scarborough Bluffs to hike along the shoreline. If you want to stay closer to the city, consider Evergreen Brickworks. The former industrial site has been restored and now hosts regular events such as farmer’s markers, thrift fairs, and beer festivals. It’s also a gateway to hiking trails in the Don River Valley.

Neighbourhoods to visit

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a bustling neighbourhood with quirky cafes, colourful murals and a myriad of vintage shops. During the summer, the streets are often pedestrianised at the weekends to give way to food stalls and musicians.

Distillery District

The Distillery District is an eclectic mix of Victorian industrial architecture with contemporary design and the result is a fascinating contrast to the modern buildings that comprise Toronto’s downtown area. The historic area lay derelict before undergoing an extensive restoration process back in 2003. Today, the pedestrianised cobbled streets are the perfect way to spend an afternoon discovering the arts and culture that have made this one of Toronto’s most popular spots.

Queen Street West

A stroll along Toronto’s Queen Street could easily fill a whole day. Spend time browsing the independent boutiques and local bookshops and make a stop at Trinity Bellwoods park before heading to one of the many restaurants such as Oyster Boy, Mi Taco or Planta. Be sure to check out Graffiti Alley, located near the intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue, to marvel at the street art murals that adorn the walls.

 

Where to eat

Toronto has a cuisine to suit every taste with neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, and Little India offering up a range of flavours and fusions. If you can’t decide on just one cuisine, then it’s worth taking a trip to St Lawrence Market—a hub for Toronto’s assorted food offerings—for takeaway options and fresh produce. Don’t leave Toronto without trying poutine. The Quebecois invention consists of chips topped with gravy and cheese curds. The best place to sample a plate is a much-contested title but Smokes Poutinerie’s downtown locations are a popular choice.

Niagara Falls

No trip to Toronto would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls. This world-renowned site borders the US and is less than two hours’ drive from Toronto. The town of Niagara Falls is home to three waterfalls, including Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America. Plan ahead and book a spot on the Hornblower cruise to voyage towards the mighty falls and delight in their icy mist. While the falls are a spectacular sight that shouldn’t be missed, the surrounding town is a tourist hotspot with chain restaurants and a strip of casinos, so my recommendation would be to continue on to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you aren’t driving, be sure to book a tour that includes a visit here. The quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is like stepping back into the 19th century. Stop here for ice-cream or fudge (or both!) before heading to a local winery to sample a glass of the region’s famed ice wine.

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Vietnam always stood out. The ancient history and architecture were enough to spark a fire in me that made me hungry to visit. The thought of their delicious cuisine also had my belly rumbling to get on a plane

By Roxanne Davis 

I was always jealous of people I knew who went off travelling the world on their own. I wanted that freedom and adventure but was also scared to be somewhere completely alone. My brother found a company called G Adventures, he booked and holiday for him and his fiancé and they spent three weeks travelling across South America, but with a group of people their age. I thought it was a fantastic idea, travelling on my own but with a group of strangers, all experiencing it together. The thought of going on tours and travelling across countries became even less scary when I found out you have a tour guide from the area you’re visiting to take you on your adventure.

Fast forward to my birthday and my brother had booked us on a tour to Vietnam.

After visiting Thailand, a few years previous with my family, I was desperate to get back to South East Asia no matter where I went. Although Vietnam always stood out. The ancient history and architecture were enough to spark a fire in me that made me hungry to visit. The thought of their delicious cuisine also had my belly rumbling to get on a plane. It also helps that it is a beautiful place with postcard picture perfect views to make you wanderlust for the rest of your life to be there again.

My brother booked us on an 8-day long tour that went from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, starting in mid-October. During our stay, the weather varied depending where we were. The weather can vary across the country, and the rainy season stretches roughly from May to September (depending on the part of the country you visit.) If you are touring the country and visiting lots of different places, like we did, I would say the best time to visit would be around October – December. You’ll experience hot sunny weather in the north, some monsoon rain in the center, and hot sun again in the south.

During our time in Vietnam we took a few different modes of transport but also spent a good amount of our time exploring on foot. Due to the nature of our holiday being a group tour we had a bus that took us from place to place, however for our longest part of the journey we took an overnight train. For one day of our tour we travelled round the city on the back of motorbikes. This was fun and a little terrifying, having never been on the back of a motorbike before, this was a new experience for me.

There’s a difficulty in picking the highlights of my trip to Vietnam as every day was a highlight and new adventure. Here’s what I could narrow down.

Our second night in Vietnam was spent on a boat. We sailed out to Ha Long Bay where our boat stayed for the next day. During our first day on the boat we took a kayak out in and watched the sun setting over the bay. It was tranquil and beautiful. After kayaking we boarded the boat again for dinner, not being a big fan of fish, I was worried I’d dislike the meal. I was extremely wrong, the fish was cooked to perfection and flavoursome. We spent the evening dangling our legs over the back of the boat and fishing for squid. The next day we woke to sail to an island to visit a cave and have a higher view overlooking the bay.

During our time in Hue, we had a motorbike tour organised for us. Strapping on a helmet, jumping on the back of a motorbike and holding on to a stranger’s waist was something I never thought I’d be doing. I’m so glad I did though, we travelled round the city, stopping off in various places to look at views and gorgeous temples. Temples in Vietnam are beautifully made and are a thing of wonder to see and walk around. From the roof tops adorned with intricate dragons to the red and gold lined walls and ceilings. Driving on, we also visited markets where we saw local art and incense.

We had a couple of days in Hoi An, which was brilliant. We had a chance to explore the Old Town (ancient town), which although small is packed with thing to see. Whilst being shown on a walking tour round Hoi An we visited the tailoring streets, shop upon shop of tailors, we even purchased matching dresses for me and my sister-in-law’s sister. We picked them up the next day, two personal purple bridesmaid dresses made in a day! That evening we were sat at a long table and enjoyed pork, lettuce, cucumber and a whole spring roll all wrapped up in rice paper. Later we watched the canal, as people set a candle alight and placed their lantern in the water and watched it float down the water. The next day we took part in a cooking course where we learnt to make spring rolls and curry. This was a fantastic thing to do as we got to learn how to make authentic Vietnamese food and given the recipes to make it at home too!

Our final stop on the tour was Ho Chi Minh, from here we visited the Cu Chi tunnels. These are long tunnels dug underground, often by hand, during the war so soldiers could hide, set booby traps, transport supplies and execute surprise attacks then disappear to the safety underground. They are now a popular tourist attraction where you can actually crawl through shorter and safer sections of the tunnel. This was a really informative and interesting trip, finding out what it would have been like during the war there.

Our last visit was to part of the Mekong river, the seventh longest in Asia and the twelfth longest river in the world. We took a boat ride along the river, drank from coconuts, and tasted local fruits.

I would recommend a tour of Vietnam to anyone that wants to go a little outside of their comfort zone and experience new cultures and cuisine. Travelling with G Adventures meant I didn’t have to worry about us getting lost or misunderstanding anything, it also meant that I got to experience things that I may not have known about if I had done it all alone.

We chose Budapest for it's gothic architecture, and to experience new cultures and foods, which Budapest has plenty of.

By Sophie Ives

Why Budapest? 
We primarily chose Budapest as our destination for a variety of reasons. At the top of the list was for the city’s gothic architecture. We also both enjoy experiencing new cultures and new foods, something we heard Budapest had plenty of.

When to Visit?
We travelled in March. The weather was comfortable and warm, and we could get away with just wearing light jackets during the day. The temperature cooled at night but was never freezing. I would suggest visiting in the early spring months as the city was quiet.

How long to stay?
Our trip was for four days and we found this plentiful to see all the sights we were interested in and experience the city to its fullest. You could stay an extra day or longer, if you wanted to take it slower. With a strict itinerary you might even manage it in 3 days.

Getting around
Day to day exploring we did on foot, and it really allowed us to experience the city fully and find little gems hidden away. I recommend getting a local taxi to and from the airport, the prices are low and the airport itself is situated about half an hour outside of the city.

Our Highlights

Széchenyi Thermal Baths
The thermal baths were a definite highlight of from our trip, with 18 separate medicinal hot spring baths and 10 saunas it was hard to come away not relaxed. We did this towards the end of our trip and it certainly helped with some aching muscles! For the whole day it cost around 6800 HUF, the equivalent of about £18.

Shoes at the Danube
I feel that this is an important monument to see. It marks a spot where in 1944 during the second world war, Jewish nationals were executed by fascist militiamen on the bank of the Danube River. Cast iron moulds were placed where said Jewish nationals stood in 2005. There are many attractions around the city to visit in relation to this period of history such as memorials and the Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Labyrinth
For the minds of the more macabre, I highly recommend the Labyrinth that is situated at the top of Budapest, underneath Buda Castle. To get there the best mode of transport would be the tram, not only is it a fun, interesting way to get you up the cliff, but you get amazing views over the city as you go. The Labyrinth is an underground cave of tunnels and rooms and is supposedly where Dracula was imprisoned and tortured. It is dark and mysterious down there and special effects are used (fog machines and audio sound) so a phone torch will come in handy!

Food and Drink:
The food also didn’t disappoint. I would highly recommend indulging in the city’s traditional foods such as Goulash and Chimney cake. For decent prices and overall quality, you should research and look for small, local run restaurants and street stalls for the best experience.
For a slightly more upmarket meal, the Robinson Restaurant in the City Park is definitely worth a visit. The pricing is moderate, but the food is worth the slightly higher bill. One of the favourite things that we did was sitting outside next to the riverbank at the Anonymous Restaurant (situated next to Vajdahunyad Castle) and enjoy a glass of Hungary’s popular beer, Dreher.

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By Antoaneta Blagoeva

Why Vienna?
We decided to travel to Vienna for a few reasons including its central location in Europe, which allows us to experience Central Europe’s beauty and culture at its finest. One of the main reasons we visited Vienna is because the capital was awarded in 2017 as the city with the highest quality of living. They have received that award for the eighth time in a row at that time. Vienna offers your usual urban flair, but it also gives you many opportunities to connect with nature by visiting the countless parks and recreational grounds. More than half the metropolitan area is green spaces and there are 280 imperial parks and gardens altogether gracing the cityscape. In addition to its luscious greenery, Vienna is home to some of the most beautiful historic buildings I have seen. In one city you will be witness to the brilliance of Art Nouveau, Gothic and Baroque style.

Best Time to Visit
As much as I love sunny and warm weather, I wouldn’t recommend visiting Vienna in June, July or August since some days were unbearable to walk around the city because of the hot weather. I believe the best time to visit is from September to October or April to May.

How Long to Visit for
Our trip was five nights and I think that is more than enough to explore the capital. I am certain with good organisation and itinerary, you can see the brilliance of the capital within a 4-day trip.

How to Get Around
One of the biggest advantages of Vienna is that it offers so much choice when it comes to public transportation. The capital has tram and subway lines that can take you to any of the tourist attractions. We tried both but preferred the subway since it would get too hot on tram with so many people crammed in the summer. However, on most days we would even walk to most places since our hotel was located close to the town centre.

My Vienna Highlights

Belvedere Palace
This is probably my favourite attraction in Vienna. It is a historic building complex consisting of two Baroque palaces – Upper and Lower Belvedere, the Orangery and the Palace Stables. The complex is set on the south-eastern edge of the city centre and was built with the sole purpose of being Prince Eugene of Savoy’s summer residence. It is so grand and magnificent, the grounds are set on a gentle gradient and adorned by tiered fountains, cascades, gardens and Baroque sculptures. We spend almost a whole day exploring the separate buildings, one of which included an art collection of the famous artist Gustav Klimt, and having a mini picnic near one of the fountains.

Hundertwasser House
The artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser believed in free architecture without specifications and straight lines. His vision has contributed to many buildings’ design and one of them is the splendid Hundertwasser House. I was in awe of this weird yet beautiful piece of art. I highly recommend it anyone visiting Vienna since you will probably not see anything like it anywhere else. Unfortunately, the attraction cannot be reached by subway but there is a tram stop very close by.

Hofburg
The Hofburg is located at the Heldenplatz and is rich of bourgeois history. The name Heldenplatz comes from the two majestic horseman monuments, one represents Erzherzog Karl and the other – Eugen von Savoyen. From the 13th century until 1918, the Hofburg palace was the main residence of the Habsburger, who were the emperor family in Vienna.  Since its initial construction in the 13th century, the palace has expanded into multiple attached buildings, which creates some form of a maze when you first enter. Currently the Hofburg is home to the Austrian Federal President and the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Parliament Vienna
It is no surprise that this splendour building is at the top of my favourite things to see in Vienna. The building is so grand since it expands to 151 m long and 132 m wide and the biggest room, the pillars hall, is 1000 m2. At the time of construction, the Parliament is estimated to have cost 200 million Euro to build. As grand as the inside of the building is, the thing that caught my eye is the magnificent statue of Pallas Athene, which is located at the front of the Parliament in the middle of a fountain. Pallas Athene is the goddess of wisdom and in her right hand she holds a small figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, and in her left – a spear.

 

Charitable Travel donated £10 to Hope Against Cancer, in thanks for this blog post as per Antoaneta’s request.