5 Adventurous Ways To Enjoy The UK

The United Kingdom is known for a lot of things including historic sites, wonderful cities, beautiful natural areas, vibrant culture, great football, and more. But for more adventurous travellers, or those simply looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush or a more active tourist experience, the typical landmarks and vacation checklists may not be what you’re looking for. In other words, seeing Big Ben in London might be wonderful, but it might not mean as much to the adventurous traveller if you can’t climb it!

Unfortunately, I don’t know of any kind of VIP access that allows you to scale Big Ben. But focusing on more reasonable pursuits, I do have a few fun adventures to recommend throughout the UK.

1. Hiking at Scafell Pike

The Lake District in the northwest of England is a popular stop for tourists venturing outside of London, simply because it’s about as beautiful a place as you can find in Europe. Designated as a national park and consisting of a range of picturesque peaks, valleys, and glacial lakes, it’s an inspiring location to say the least. It’s also a wonderful place for adventurers to visit, as it’s full of scenic and challenging hikes, but nothing so difficult or dangerous as to require guided tours or rock climbing equipment. Scafell Pike is the highest peak in the district, and actually in all of England, and the Walking Englishman blog provides a thorough look at the task of scaling it. Ultimately it’s more hike than climb, but as you’ll see there’s plenty of scrambling over rocky areas to keep you challenged.

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2. Take In A Horse Race

There are plenty of major sporting events that can occupy your attention throughout any given year in the UK. But none suit an adventurous spirit quite so well as the major horse racing festivals that take place each spring. The first of these events (the Cheltenham Festival) has already wrapped up for 2016, so the country is now gearing up for the Grand National. And for those unfamiliar with the event, Betfair’s section on horse racing has outlined the the event for anyone who assumes it’s just another horse race. At the Grand National, there are multiple days of high profile races, with champagne bars and on-site restaurants, fashion shows, and of course frequent betting activity to keep spectators engaged. It truly is as much a festival as a sporting event, and arguably the most enjoyable of the major spring races in the UK.

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3. Sailing in Hampshire

The UK is pretty big on its sailing, and though the weather can be difficult at times and the English Channel can make for some challenging seamanship, it’s also considered to be a good place to learn. For a more relaxing experience you can look into sailing down the River Thames through London. But as noted by First Sail’s write-up of where to sail in the UK, the Solent in Hampshire is tough to beat. Somewhat sheltered from the open expanse of the English Channel by the Isle of Wight, it’s a perfect place to learn as well as a fun place to get out and do some more ambitious sailing for those who are able.

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4. Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Sticking with activities on the water, sea kayaking in Scotland may be about as adventurous an activity as you can find in the UK. It was recommended at The Independent’s travel section as one of the best UK adventure breaks, and specifically it was pointed out that for a £650 per-person fee you can even take a five night expedition through the Summer Isles. That particular venture involves touring sandy beaches and deserted islands, in addition to a great deal of kayaking for which you’ll need to be fit. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly a memorable experience.

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5. Ballooning in the Cotswolds

Perhaps second only to the Lake District, the Cotswolds region is recognised as one of the most beautiful natural areas in the UK. Filled with the rolling hills and small villages that many think of when they imagine the UK, it’s a place that some visitors enjoy even driving through for sightseeing purposes. But why drive when you could float through the air? As stated at the Ballooning in the Cotswolds site, you can essentially take a tour through the air (with champagne) over this stunning region. It may not be physically exerting, but there aren’t many activities that feel as adventurous as being suspended in mid-air over a vast countryside.

SELLebrate Summer with OLX!

Since I’m going on a trip, I’ve been meaning to sell old clothes and unused gadgets for added income. I could use the money to fund my trip and prevent me not starve myself to death while I’m in London. Hehe. Luckily, OLX is bringing the ultimate summer experience with their SELLebrate Summer Promo! By joining this promo, they are encouraging you and me to sell the items we no longer need, help us earn cash, and give us a chance to go on your dream vacation with three of our friends! Not only that, OLX is also giving away PHP100,000 and PHP50,000 buying spree to selected winners! Imagine all the things you could buy with that!

If I won, I’d probably buy an Apple Keyboard or Instax Share (I regret selling mine in the first place, lol). I haven’t really thought of what I wanted, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be splurging on gadgets. Hehe.

Anyway, joining is so, so, soooo easy. All you have to do is post an ad using the OLX app. One (1) approved ad is equivalent to one (1) raffle entry, so the more ads you post, the higher the chances of winning!

OLX SELLebrate

Visit naksperience.com for more information about the contest.

 

 

Why Should You Take Ice Skating Lessons This Summer

I honestly can’t remember the last time I went ice skating. I’m never the type of person who’s into anything physical, so it seems weird that I’ll write about ice skating. However, when you grow older, your body starts to degenerate, your metabolism slows down, your posture deteriorates, and many more. It’s quite a scary thing really. Although there are gyms and workout studios popping up left and right in the metro, I think ice skating is the most convenient way to work out without actually breaking a sweat (literally!).
Here are my top reasons why you and I should take ice skating lessons this summer:

  1. You can experience Winter-like weather in the Philippines without completely freezing your butt off. Traveling during winter is great, but does not equate to fun… especially if the temperature drops at 5°C. Our country is blessed with abundant sunshine, which is great, but 
if you want to experience Winter without layering, then the ice skating rink is the place to be!
  2. You save up more. If you’re the type of person who enjoys lounging inside the mall, but hates spending, then ice skating is a great but productive option for you. Not only do you get to save 
money during your mall visits, you also learn a new skill.
  3. You become mindful of your posture and balance. Ice skating helps aspiring and professional skaters to improve their balance and coordination. I think ice skating can also improve your senses, especially if you want to become a figure skater wherein you’ll be doing intricate but beautiful movements.
  4. Lose that belly fat faaast! According to According to BestHealthMag.ca, “A 155-lb. woman skating slowly (less than 14 kilometres per hour) burns about 387 calories per hour.” 387 CALORIES. That is a lot for an activity that you can actually enjoy with your friends.
  5. Ice skating is located in select SM Malls. Workout studios are often located in hard to reach places where parking is limited. Ice skating rinks, on the other hand, are available in select SM malls. SM is th only supermall that I know has an indoor skating rink. In fact, an Olympic-size ice skating rink can be around in SM Seaside City Cebu, the biggest mall in Cebu! The skating rink is about 30 x 60 meters, which is big enough for aspiring figure skaters and hockey players. I’m a little excited on the hockey part. I think it’ll be cool if we actually have that as a sport here, it’ll be a great past time in this hot and humid country!

Speaking of SM Seaside City Cebu, they’re also throwing a promo that will take 30 families to the Happiest Place on Earth, Hong Kong Disneyland! To join, see the mechanics below:

SHOP N’ FLY TO HONGKONG DISNEYLAND!

  • 30 lucky families of four will get a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Hongkong Disneyland
  • The promo duration is from Feb 12 – March 13, 2016.
  • A minimum of P1,000 single-receipt purchase made within the promo period from any SM Seaside City Cebu tenant entitles the shopper to one (1) raffle coupon.
  • A minimum purchase of P500 single-receipt on Disney merchandise from selected SM Affiliates (SM Store, Toy Kingdom, and SM Supermarket) entitles a shopper to one (1) raffle coupon.
  • Customers may get two raffle coupons if they avail of the e-Plus card or use their existing e-Plus card.
  • Customers should present their credit card transaction slip for purchases made using credit cards.
  • Customer must present proof of purchase at the designated promo booth

SM Seaside Cebu 04 OMG! What an Instagram-worthy cinema area!

You may checkout SM Seaside City Cebu’s Facebook for more details: http://www.facebook.com/smsscitycebu/