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The Best Cities To Explore In The UK (Top 3 Picks for 2020)

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One of the most culturally significant countries not just in Europe but also in the wider world, the UK is an excellent tourist destination, oozing culture that has influenced many different people, and with plenty of variety, too, depending on which city you choose to visit.

Got a little bit more time on your hands, and planning your next minibreak for after the pandemic is finished? If the UK is set withing your sights, then here are three of the key cities that you might decide to plan for and explore.

London

The UK’s capital is the first place that many think about when visiting the country, and for good reason: not only is it by far the most popular spot for people coming to visit the country, for both business and tourism purposes, but it holds some of the most iconic, striking and recognisable landmarks, from the houses of parliament and parliament square, to the London Eye, the Shard, and more.

If you’re planning on visiting London, then it’s probably a good thing that you’ve got some extra time on your hands to prepare before you’ll be able to go. Being such a densely packed city, there is so much to do that you will want to carefully plan ahead, and it’s pretty expensive so you’ll want to get saving too!

Liverpool

Sporting fans will quickly notice Liverpool as an impressive global force in the footballing world, with the club (LFC) winning the prestigious Champion’s League last year, and also being well on their way to winning their first Premier League title when the delayed season resumes. Even if you’re not a football fan, however, the northern great has plenty to offer, from art galleries, to historical sites and architecture, to state of the art retail spaces, bars and restaurants.

These city break plans might not be happening any time soon, but with Liverpool that isn’t necessarily a problem. The city is constantly growing and evolving, and will continue to thrive, becoming an even better place to live/visit. RWinvest stated in their most recent Coronavirus-centred podcast that the current Liverpool waters project is the largest regeneration project ever in the UK after the Olympic Village development in Stratford. Alongside the like of the cool Baltic Triangle sector, this sort of growth will surely make Liverpool an excited place to be for many years to come. 

Manchester

Another footballing giant, Manchester and Liverpool have staunch footballing rivalries that have lasted a long time, and it’s thought of as one of the most prolific worldwide footballing brands. Putting that aside, however, the city is a fantastic Northern alternative to London as a buzzing urban hub, and fairly nearby to Liverpool, too, so you might be able to visit both in one trip.

If you’re a music fan and want to experience a bit of nightlife, Manchester has a great bar, club and music scene. From huge arenas to small, intimate venues, there is always something happening in the area of an evening, and with a young population (driven by the fact that it’s known as a university city) the excitement is palpable. 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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A Trip To Qatar In 2022

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Qatar Financial Centre

While although international travel is not on the agenda in this current climate, one would hope that the world will return to a sense of normal by 2022 and if it does, it means football’s biggest party will be sending out its invites.

A party that will be hosted in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and although FIFA’s decision may have initially raised some eyebrows, there’s no doubt that plans for such large festivities are being anticipated all over the globe.

It is the first time that the crown jewel of world football has been staged in the Middle East and although that adds an element of pressure to the Qatari organisers, they are ready to put on one gargantuan show.

Of course, the show needs its headline names and with 32 teams earning qualification for the tournament over the next couple of years, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi will be ready to display their talents on the biggest stage of all.

Even though we are still two years removed from the first game of the tournament, the bookmakers are still taking bets on the eventual winner and at present, France and Brazil are topping the odds to get another cup at Qatar 2022.

France will certainly be considered as favourites and after success in Russia back in 2018, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe will be ready to lead his side to back to back trophies and a third overall title for the country after previous jubilation in 1998.

With that said, a lot can change between now and November 2022, as form and fitness will dictate who will be able to mount a serious challenge and who will end up being left behind as nothing more than an also-ran.

When it comes to who wins the competition, that is not something we will know for quite a while and although the start of proceedings seem still a long way away, that should not stop you from making your own travel plans.

Even though Qatar has a relatively small landmass when compared to previous host nations, it is still ready to open its arms to football fans in all corners of planet Earth and with 80 countries enjoying the ability to travel visa-free, that will be one less headache for you to worry about.

While when it comes to headaches, alcohol is still something of a sensitive issue within Qatar and although it is largely forbidden in day to day life, there will be the usual fan parks in place, in order for you to enjoy a beer or two.

In addition to that and if you are not in the vicinity of a fan park, you will be able to celebrate or commiserate with a beer in any of the licensed hotels or restaurants, but do check if such venues are in possession of the necessary license before booking.

Much has been made of the weather and with that in mind, you may want to swap the alcohol for water and keep the hydration levels at their maximum, especially when you consider the expected temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius.

The weather may be conducive to wearing less clothes than back home, but if making the trip to Qatar do please consider the local customs when it comes to clothing and for men, a pair of knee length shorts should be sufficient to keep the heat at bay and keep you comfortable.

By comparison and for the female of the species, a little more caution may be required and therefore the advice is, to dress modestly in public – a remit which advises against showing your shoulders or wearing a short skirt.

Before the tournament begins, nine stadiums will be newly created and three will be renovated, which means the seven host cities of Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal will be ready to host the 64 scheduled fixtures.

With this advice, all you need to do is book your flights and with the likes of British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways operating in the area, there is nothing from stopping you joining the party in 2022.

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Consider alternative airlines when booking your next trip

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Whether you are a devoted Muslim wanting to finally make your Hajj, or just a tourist to Arabia and the Middle East who wants to get around cheaply, it’s important to not waste money needlessly on airlines.

Thankfully, competition has been heating up in the region for some years now. Lower cost airlines have been springing up all over the region over the past several years, and this benefits us, the consumers, immensely.

Pick a good portal

We have found in our experience that a great portal for selecting flights makes a big difference. We especially like one portal in particular, which we found recently digging around the internet. It’s called حجز طيران in Arabic but it works perfectly fine in English as well for the rest of us out there trying to get around the Arabic-speaking world without having mastered the language.

The power of secondary airports

Flyadeal, the people behind the portal in the above section, aren’t just a portal, they are an airline. The great thing about this airline is that they have a hub in a secondary city (Jeddah).

This is one of the secrets to saving money, if you can avoid the major airports, you usually avoid a lot of taxes and extra charges that wind up getting built into your tickets.

Secondary airports are often very close to major airports, sometimes surprisingly so. Finishing the last couple of hours of your trip by land can lead to major savings at the end of the day because of this.

Airlines are desperate right now

It’s no secret to anybody that 2020 has been a real rough year for airlines. Many of them seem to be even raising their prices, but ultimately, it’s the consumer who determines the price of something, not the provider.  Don’t panic if you start seeing high prices everywhere. Keep looking for alternatives and waiting. Outside of the immediate short term, the trend is going to be for the cost of travel to fall sharply, and this applies all over the world.

Established airlines may take more time than the newer more competitive airlines to get on board with pricing that’s going to be acceptable to consumers. That’s exactly why you need to use a good portal as a starting point, one that works with an increasingly large network of low-cost airlines.

Being adventurous will pay off in more ways than one. Not only are we stating right now that we believe it will be a lot cheaper on average to travel in the early days following the lifting of restrictions, we will predict that there will be amazing deals to be had everywhere.

And to top it off, you will have the run of places that are normally jam-packed with tourists and visitors. It will definitely pay off in spades to do some due diligence now and be on top of things. And that definitely starts with getting your alternative airline game on.

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A Saudi low-cost airline English speakers may not be aware of

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Probably one of the hottest evergreen topics for a travel blog is and always is going to be how to get cheap air tickets to somewhere.

It’s true that there is no such thing as a permanent air travel hack, and also will probably always be true. People figure things out, and some months later the whole panorama has changed and their “great travel hack” is now just something that gives them the going rate.

However, maybe for this same reason, it’s more important than ever to keep on top of current trends. Things change, and we just come out with a new article informing you!

A new option for low cost flights based out of Saudi Arabia

فلاي أديل, known in English as Flyadeal or Fly Adele, is a new offering for those of us looking to get around the region and around the world quickly and, most importantly, cheaply.

The airline is based out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and since it operates mostly on a hub model, many of the flights you book for them are based out of there. It only has three years in the market, and is very unfamiliar with English speakers and Westerners in general, so we feel that this is a very timely article. The airline is also making a big push in 2020 to globalize more and get customers from all over.

Great deals in the region

Low-cost air carriers are something that have been on the scene since decades ago in some markets. However, in the part of the world, where Flyadeal is operating, it’s still a novelty. We think it’s about time that someone gave the big established airlines some decent competition. It’s high time that the market get this kind of a dynamic, and it bodes very well for the future.

Many low-cost airlines (think JetBlue, for example), wind up with pricing close to and even above median pricing, especially as they gain a positive reputation. We are hoping that Flyadeal can maintain their competitive pricing as their reputation hopefully continues to grow. In the end, only time can tell what would happen.

Facts to remember about using Flyadeal

-You can access flights with this airline on many other travel-related sites. However, generally the best deals will be found going directly to their website.

-Keep in mind that Jeddah is the hub of this airline. You can use this fact and play around it to get the best deals on flights.

-Keep in mind the destinations this airline serves directly. You can often find something close to where you want to go and complete your trip by land for big savings.

-Corollary to the above, one of the destinations for this airline is as far as Manila as of this writing.

-There have been historic peace agreements signed in the very recent past, which are opening and should continue to open up new destinations for this airline.

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