So we're into the final semester of the academic year now, and many of you will be cramming like mad ready for your final exams, and pulling all-nighters to get your coursework finished. The thought of the long summer holidays ahead of you is probably one of the main things that's keeping you going; but have you planned what you'll do with your summer yet?
Many students choose to go abroad and work or volunteer, while others opt for a boring office or retail job to earn some money over the summer. After all your hard work this year you need a change of scenery; a chance to relax with friends and let your hair down a bit. Jetting off to somewhere sunny may be the dream, but it's also expensive. Instead, why not load up the car and head off on a road trip to one of these fab UK locations...
Rolling green hills, valleys filled with clear and tranquil streams, and quaint little villages – what's not to love about Yorkshire? The Yorkshire Dales National Park features a number of great places that are well worth visiting. If you're a Harry Potter fan then you'll want to check out Malham Cove, where some of the scenes from The Deathly Hallows were filmed.
Cheese lovers should check out the town of Wensleydale, which is of course where Wallace and Gromit's favourite cheese comes from! There are also a plethora of caves to explore, hikes and walks for all abilities, and other extreme activities including rock climbing and potholing. If you enjoy being in the outdoors then there are a wide variety of campsites in Yorkshire, and lots of quaint little B&Bs to choose from depending on your budget.
The Lake District is home to some of the finest scenery in Great Britain. Green countryside and the patchwork of lakes are what the area is famed for, and the landscape provides the perfect location for walking, climbing, sailing, waterskiing and much more. English Literature students will probably want to pay a visit to Cockermouth which was the birth place of William Wordsworth, as well as Grasmere which was his final resting place.
If you enjoy camping you're sure to find a great location for it in the Lake District; and if camping isn't your thing there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs in the area to choose from. The weather in the Lake District can be a tad unpredictable, and it's not uncommon to see all four seasons in one day! So it's best to go prepared; pack some waterproofs and find some fun indoor activities to do just in case.
As far as seaside towns go, Brighton has to be one of the best in the UK. It's such an eccentric and bohemian city, you're sure to find something fun to do or somewhere cool to hang out. North Laine is full of offbeat, indie designers and dingy flea markets to peruse, interspersed with sleek, trendy bars and restaurants.
Being a seaside town, the weather can be a bit unpredictable in Brighton, but there are plenty of quirky museums to visit, plus all the usual seaside attractions like piers and arcades. Take a stroll down the beach front and enjoy some fish and chips, just make sure the seagulls don't pinch them!
If you're craving a holiday abroad but don't have the budget for it, Cornwall is ideal for you. Although it's in the UK, you'll feel like you're in a different country when you're in Cornwall, especially if you're lucky enough to get sunny weather! The county is surrounded by 300 miles of glorious coastline, made up of cliffs, dunes, harbours, and beaches.
If you're a fan of surfing or water sports head to Newquay and seek out Fistral Beach, where you'll find some of the best waves plus a long sandy stretch of beach to relax on. Cornwall is also famed for its artistic heritage, and the way it has inspired so many writers and artists over the years, so grab your sketch book and join the likes of John Dyer, Alfred Wallis, and Ben Nicholson as you capture the beauty of Cornwall by pencil or paint. The famous Eden Project is also well worth a visit; an old quarry repurposed as a fantastic tourist attraction, complete with a rainforest biome filled with exotic plants!
If you've never visited our capital city, it's time to be a tourist, Joey Tribbiani style! It's very expensive in the city centre, so it's best to stay in a hotel or hostel just out of the centre. The Underground covers a pretty broad area of Greater London so getting around isn't a problem, and there's always the bus too which is a great way to see some sights whilst you travel between destinations.
Whatever you're into, you'll be spoilt for choice with activities to do and places to visit. Obviously you need to do all the usual tourist attractions like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Natural History Museum. Once you've walked your little socks off and taken as many selfies as you can manage, there's literally a never-ending choice of places to eat and drink in the city!