Author archive for Safer Travel

  • Punting boats along the river in Cambridge

    Cambridge

    This historic canal trading town was granted its city charter in 1951, despite it not having a cathedral. Cambridge is known for its university and its dense population of students. It has recently also become the site of Silicon Fen. This is a reference to Silicon Valley implying that, due to the growth of tech industries in the area like software and bioscience, Cambridge is becoming the English equivalent.

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  • The ‘Love is Not Tourism’ Movement and the Reality of Quarantine Hotels

    Jacob Taylor and Sarah Campbell were supposed to get married in the summer of 2020. They were a long distance couple, Jacob lived in England whilst Sarah hailed from Canada, and the wedding was to be in Durham. The pandemic hit, and everything stopped. Sarah and her family could not leave Canada, the wedding was postponed and they waited for restrictions to lift.

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  • Dundee city with hills in the background

    Dundee

    This seaport city on the Firth of Tay is just down the coast from Aberdeen. Dundee describes itself as “One City, Many Discoveries” in reference to the history of science surrounding the city and more specifically of the Antarctic exploration vessel the RRS Discovery. Dundee now accounts for 10% of digital entertainment in the UK as it is a site for game and app development.

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  • Buildings and cranes in Cardiff

    Cardiff

    Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the most popular tourist destination cities in the UK. A particularly diverse city, due to its trading history as a port and now its language schools that attract foreign students from all over the world to be taught English. Wales is made up of a great mix between historical and modern features as it claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world whilst also containing a large media sector used for TV and film production. Its a little city but it certainly has range.

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  • Water and boats in Bristol docks

    Bristol

    Once a centre for travelling merchants and commerce, the historic dock city of Bristol is now immersed in technology and tourism. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it has the awards to prove why: in 2014 it was named the best city in Britain in which to live, the city received the European Green Capital Award in 2015 and many districts have been awarded Purple Flag status, showing a consistent level of excellence from evening/night-time businesses. Bristol seems to have it all!

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  • A cloudy day over Bradford

    Bradford

    The consistent curry capital of Britain, Bradford is known for a lot of different things. It was once the ‘wool capital of the world’, it was the site of the invention of the Cieroscope in 1896, it is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a lot going on and all of it is pretty varied, who knew woolly curry films made sense?

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  • Large boat docked at Aberdeen

    Aberdeen

    This chilly and industrious city has a Pictish name, meaning ‘mouth of the river Don’ in reference to the Celtic river goddess Devona. Residing on the northeast coast of Scotland, Aberdeen has transitioned from being a hub of fishing, shipbuilding and textile production to becoming the centre of British oil trade. The cities’ architecture was built primarily with granite giving it a silver sheen to onlookers. Aberdeen is a city that shines both literally and with economic prosperity.

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  • Large tree surrounded by old-looking buildings in Bath

    Bath

    If you enjoy period dramas you’ll be sure to recognise some of Bath’s iconic architecture when you visit. From the Roman Baths to the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath has been a wellbeing destination for literally thousands of years- who can argue with that kind of popularity streak? Having the only natural thermal hot springs in the country is what first drew people to Bath but the array of museums, art galleries and the wall to wall history is keeping them coming back, even in modern times.

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  • Austin skyline with lights

    Austin

    Austin – known for being a quirkier and more liberal slice of Texas- is home to 988,218 people, making it the current fastest growing US city. Austin even has its own slogan: ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Residents and tourists alike replicate this mantra on everything from t-shirts to graffiti art on the sides of buildings. This declaration against all things ‘normal’ is part of the charm that encourages people to both visit and move there.

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  • Large cube-shaped building in Birmingham

    Birmingham

    Home to beloved British exports, such as Cadburys and Peaky Blinders; Birmingham is a huge and interesting city. With one of the largest densities of universities and colleges in the country, there is a diverse and changing population of both students and residents that call this city home. Whether you’re heading to the Jewellery Quarter for a special reason or just looking for a museum to wander around in, Birmingham has got you covered.

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