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Now, there are plenty of terrific destinations around the world that are just waiting to be enjoyed, but for a good all-rounder, it’s hard to look past the UK. OK, the weather might not be all that (read: it’s terrible), but the sheer abundance of activities, culture, and life more than makes up for it. Below, we take a look at five reasons why the UK should be your next travel destination of choice.
4 Countries in 1
How often do you get the opportunity to take one flight, yet visit four different countries? That’s just what you’ll get when you land in the UK. See, the UK isn’t one country – it’s four, and they all have their own identities and cultures. You’ll have a much different experience in Scotland than you did in England, for example, just as you’ll find plenty of differences between Northern Ireland and Wales. But though it’s four different cultures, visiting them all will be no problem if you have a car, simply because the UK is so small (it’s about the same size as Oregon), though you will need to fly or take a ferry to Northern Ireland.
It’s hard for people in America to comprehend just how much history there is in the UK. Some buildings are still used as libraries that are significantly older than the United States, for example. You’ll be able to see remnants of the medieval ages, visit the many old castles that dot the landscape, and explore the many battle locations that have defined British history. Just like you’ll get to visit four countries on your trip to the UK, you’ll also be able to visit many different historical periods.
If you take a trip to, say, Spain, then you’re going to have a good time, but some of the more subtle differences are going to be lost on you unless you’re fluent in Spanish. In the UK, that’s not the case. You’re going to understand the majority of what’s being said, yet you’ll quickly learn that well, while the Brits are kind of like Americans, they’re also very different. The people are interesting: they can both be simultaneously overly polite and rude. The best advice is not to take anything too seriously, and just nod your head if some obscure reference to a BBC television show is made.
Of course, the UK isn’t just about its history or slightly odd people. It’s also home to thriving cities. In London, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Newcastle, and Glasgow, to name just a few, you’ll find world-class museums, attractions galore, and some of the world’s best nightlife.
To the Pub
And finally, the final reason to visit the UK: the pub! It’s an integral part of British life. On a Friday or Saturday evening, head on over to the coziest pub you can find, seat yourself at the bar, and order a pint of the finest ale on draft. Talk to the locals, enjoy. You’re home.