How to Use Your Christmas Shopping to Help You Save for Your Dream UK Vacation

As a non-gazillionaire who loves to travel to the UK (and elsewhere) as often as possible, I’ve learned quite a few tricks to help fund the habit. One of my more recent favorites – and one that’s very relevant this time of year – is to use cashback sites for any online shopping I do. …

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Cyber Monday British Book Deals

It’s Cyber Monday, and that means loads of Kindle deals – perfect for those long, cold winter nights by the fireplace (or space heater). We’ve sorted through the entire list to find the ones related to the British Isles. Enjoy! General Fiction James Herriot Novels – Three novels from the famed Yorkshire vet are on …

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How to Make the Most of Your Credit Card Points for Flying to the UK

As someone who loves to travel, but doesn’t love to spend money on travel, I’ve become quite adept at the airline/credit card points game in recent years. With a little planning, it has allowed me to greatly reduce the overall cost of traveling to the UK, and I was even able to send my parents …

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Great British Reading Club #2: Cormoran Strike Series by JK Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)

When you’re as famous and successful as JK Rowling, it can be hard to move in a new direction. The lackluster response to her first published adult novel, Casual Vacancy, is a great example of that. Many brought their Harry Potter expectations to the table, and found the novel wanting in light of her past …

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Oakhurst House: A Creepy Derbyshire Destination

British history geeks, rejoice – this post includes a lot of ┬átangents and modern updates about the highlighted properties. For those who are just interested in the creepy abandoned building factor (and haunted tours of the grounds), you can skip to the bottom. In the Shining Cliff Woods above the Derbyshire village of Ambergate lies …

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The Mystery of Stonehenge Special Access: How to Get the Inner Circle Tour

I recently planned a 15-day tour of England and Scotland for my parents, and one of the highlights of their trip was stone circle access at Stonehenge. After they posted their pictures, many people commented that they didn’t think you could get in there anymore. Most of them had booked their tours with big tour …

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Port Sunlight, the Urban Model Village

Around the United Kingdom, you’ll occasionally encounter the curious phenomenon of model villages. And no, I don’t mean something like the miniaturized version of Bourton-on-the-Water you can find in the Cotswolds. A model village was a largely self-contained community designed for the workers and families of a given employer, usually some kind of factory or …

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Great British Reading Club #1: Maisie Dobbs Detective Series

The British Isles have produced some of the finest writers and novels in the world. James Joyce, William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Neil Gaiman, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming…and those are just a few off the top …

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