This Week’s Top Travel Bloggers - The World First Wander
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
The travel blogosphere has a lot to answer for. Yet again this week the planet’s finest travel bloggers have been making us pine for foreign climes; to dive headlong into new experiences, new cultures and...new menus. (Hey, everyone knows foreign dining is the best dining.) But this week we’re focusing on the best ways to keep yourself smiling and active during your getaway. (We’re all for spontaneous decisions, but a week in your pyjamas on the sofa in your holiday apartment does not a pleasant holiday make.)
With the school summer holidays now underway, lots of travel lovers are officially getting in to holiday mode. And of course a fair few are panicking at the thought of having children at home for the next six weeks. (Eek!) Hands up who’s already counting the days ‘til they’re back in their uniforms and off to school? With all that in mind, this week’s Wander is all about family-friendly activities that really should be lapped up during the summer - from hitting the beach to the simple joys of wild swimming.
Slap on the Factor 50. It’s time to head off.
Cornwall-bound for summer
It’s no secret. We love Cornwall. Many of us here in the World First office visit regularly - and a couple spent their formative years lazing on its many stunning beaches. For us it’s the jewel in the UK’s crown - and, judging by the amount of caravans and rooftop box-covered cars trundling down the A30 at the moment, it seems lots of people agree with us. So what should you do when you get there?
Our first suggestion would be to hit the beach. If not for the sun and sand, for the surf. We’ve written a guide to some of the best surf spots in Cornwall to save you roaming the coast for your perfect break. Yet of course there’s much, much more to Kernow than waves, wetsuits and seaweed. It’s a treasure trove of family-friendly fun. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at Globalmouse Travels’ 50 places in Cornwall to take your kids before they grow up.
Heading for the beach? Dodge the dangers.
The beach conjures images of fun: sandcastles, splashing the sea and chasing after errant tennis balls. It’s easy to forget that the beach can be a dangerous place. Especially when you have little ones in tow. Staying safe on the beach is the name of the game. So when we spot some decent advice, you can bet your bucket and spade that we’re going to share it. Here with some tips on avoiding danger while enjoying the wet stuff is The Mum Blog with Swim safe this summer. File under: essential reading.
No beach? No problem!
There’s something truly exhilarating about wild swimming. Not only is it a great way to cool down way the mercury rises, it’s a fabulous way to get closer to nature too - and rest assured Mother Nature provides some fantastic backdrops for your dip. Get the skinny on wild swimming safely on the Wild Swimming website. Then take a look at the 5 best places for wild swimming in the UK. If that doesn’t have you racing for your Speedos, nothing will. Oh and in case you are heading for Spain? You need our missive on Where to find the best wild swims in Spain.
What’s your favourite spot in the UK?
It’s always interesting to read which destinations different travel bloggers favour - and why. Some head for the coast, others prefer the frondescent inland vistas. But one thing’s for sure: if you are looking for travel inspiration then this next blog post is perfect, with four experienced travel bloggers sharing the less-trodden UK spots that make them feel blessed to live in Blighty - with all its wonderful variety: Travel bloggers’ favourite places to visit in the UK.
Carry on camping
Camping is the ultimate Marmite activity. You either love it or hate it. If you are thinking of taking the plunge this summer and getting out in the great outdoors for a night under the canvas, a few top tips from those in the know will never go amiss. Step forward Camping With Style and their fantastic Ten top tips for first time campers. Our advice? Practice putting your tent up a couple of times before you go. Yep, it’s boring. Yes, you have a thousand better things to do. But you’ll be thankful if you get to your campsite and it’s blowing a gale or the rain is coming down in stair rods. Added bonus? You will find out about any essential items that are missing from your camping kit, before you start your getaway.
Trying different types of camping
Kids love camping. Try it once and they will likely be bitten by the bug (while you get bitten by midges). So how do you keep camping fun and exciting? Well, you don’t have to restrict yourself to campsites. Wild camping is an incredibly liberating way to escape the humdrum and find freedom. And you can pitch up alongside some genuinely stunning spots. Then there’s glamping - which is perfect if you want to get closer to nature without sacrificing too many of your home comforts. What’s right for you? She Gets Around is here to help you decide: 4 different camping experiences you must try.
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What activities will you be enjoying this summer? Will you be trying something new or sticking with some old favourites? Let us know in the comments and we will round up our readers’ antics into a “Best of the summer season” special.
Thanks for reading!