Last Updated on January 23, 2018 by Fiona Maclean
Small Adventures at Home and Abroad – London-Unattached Travels.
Here at London-Unattached, we’ve had some great adventures over the last twelve months. Some in the UK, others further afield. We’ve been looking back at which London-Unattached Travels we enjoyed most so that we can help you plan your own adventures for 2018.
Although I’ve travelled a lot, my own favourite adventure last year was one where I stayed at home in the UK. Except, it did feel like an awfully big adventure. Starting with an overnight rail trip on the Night Riviera, flying in an eight-seater plane, staying in a castle and travelling round in little fishing boats.
It felt like a complete escape – so relaxed and stress-free. And the food was superb. It was a short break to the Scilly Isles, somewhere I’ve never been before – somewhere I am sure I’ll return. Read more about my adventure to the Scilly isles here.
Meanwhile Lucy particularly enjoyed Catalonia on her London-Unattached Travels.
One of the highlights of the year has to be my trip to Catalonia, a region of Spain that, other than a couple of short city breaks to its capital Barcelona, has never been on my radar, little did I know what I had been missing. Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain, It consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona and Lleida, which are bordered by France and Andorra to the North and Aragon to the West and Valencia to the South.
With its Mediterranean climate, Catalonia offers a truly great destination for holidaymakers and explorers alike; it is famed for its wine and gastronomy, it is rich in culture plus has a host of festivals and lots of local events which are well worth visiting. Situated in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees it provides some great walks, and opportunities for horse riding, plus some there are some beautiful towns and stunning landscapes with breathtaking views to discover.
It is extraordinary that only a short journey from the thriving buzz of Barcelona City you are in such wild and unspoilt countryside. It’s definitely worth hiring a car to get around. Follow my journey around Catalonia to get a taste for the region.
Simon went back to the future – travelling to Tunisia for a Star Wars road trip…Here’s what he has to say about his London-Unattached travels
Heading South for Tozeur, Tunisia, you head into the pure sand of the Sahara desert. Its vastness and beauty cannot be understated, even whilst the drivers try a bit of dune bashing to scare the tourists. Each dune seems to add to the undulating view until you cannot see anything but sand in any direction. Crossing a dune ridge we suddenly come to the Star Wars Mos Eisley Space Port, laid out and preserved exactly as in the film itself. It’s a shock to the brain as you some upon it, as you know you are in the desert, yet it feels exactly as if you were there in the future with Hans Solo and the other one.
You can roam freely around the filmset – it remains exactly as it was left over 35 years ago (yes it’s been that long). Its free to visit, but so far out into the desert that you will need a guide or a capable camel. There are four main set areas used by the Star Wars films within Tunisia, all of which can be accessed by a capable LandCruiser. This makes Tunisia a dream location for any Star Wars fan.
Also, it is just so cool to watch Star Wars and say “I’ve been there”
Sarah was able to visit a part of Italy that she’d never been to previously, Liguria and the Italian Riveria. Staying in a Pigna, a Medieval town cut into the rocks, in one of those rock-cut houses was a chance to experience the culture, food, wine and sights of the region.
Visiting off-season is a really great way to feel the atmosphere of a place without it being marred by hordes of tourists. A visit to Troia was particularly evocative and beautiful. In contrast, San Remo with its casino was the Italian Riveria at it’s chicest. Liguria was a fabulous place to stay with so many contrasting places to see, with fantastic walking opportunities, and of course great food and wine.
Deborah Tarrant’s favourite adventure of 2017 was quite a unique one! a Land Girl Experience where she was able to take a few days to ‘Pause for Effect’. She comments
Home Farm Glamping, set within100 acres, is the perfect location to pause and re-energise, a bright green meadow with bell tents and yurts with a large open barn as the central base for community living. The tents set on raised platforms were clean, bright and airy with real double beds and home comforts.
During both the First and Second World Wars women were called upon to take over the men’s duties working the land as well as other practical roles. These women were famously known as the Land Girls. Whilst their roles were born out of need the skills and confidence women built gave them the desire for more and earned them the respect to make this a reality for generations to follow….and I experienced this first hand.
The itinerary was clear and everything had been thought of and was well organised. Our days were spent building and preparing the vegetable garden, learning how to make useful objects out of discarded wood pallets including potting benches for the greenhouses and tables for the barn, gathering and chopping the firewood and keeping the campfire burning, sewing and embroidering squares for the Land Girls Quilt and much, much more. We also had a Landgirls jigsaw on the go all the time…
The experience was wonderful, with time and space to ‘pause’ in a beautiful and uplifting environment, the green fields, blue sky (mainly) the sound of the birds singing, bringing one closer to nature and peace of mind. Taking appreciation of the simple things in life: good nutritious food, quiet and fresh air to breath with mindfulness and yoga practice bringing nutrition to our body and mind, and like-minded people to share and learn together.
Another favourite for me personally was visiting the Czech Republic. I actually went twice last year – and visited Pardubice, Brno and Prague – and lots of historic places in between. There were so many amazing things to see and do from the Unesco listed Masopust in the tiny village of Vortova to the stunning horses of the Imperial Stud at Pardubice. Even Prague turned out to be something of an adventure, with a tour of the New World and of some of the hidden baroque gardens on my own highlights list.
We are just starting to put together plans for 2018 London-Unattached travels. I’m off to St Lucia in a week or so for the Food and Rum festival. Later in the year, I have a trip planned to Rodrigues Island. And we’re provisionally off to Quebec too for the winter festival. We’re also putting together plans to cover more of the UK and Europe with trips to Namur, Hamburg, Olomouc and Istanbul already in the pipeline. And, because 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Mayflower, we are going to be checking out some of the Mayflower destinations
Where else should we go? We’d love your tips
Meanwhile, why not pin this post for later!