The ultimate road trip in Japan


Japan is slowly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of visitors come each year to set their sights on its gorgeous scenery, bask in its unique and diverse culture, and meet some of its fascinatingly wonderful people.

Going on a road trip gives you a sense of freedom like no other, and Japan has some of the most scenic roads you could ever drive on. So if you’re planning on taking a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun anytime soon, here is our guide to making an exciting road trip!

Start at Kanazawa…

A great place to start your journey will be the city region of Kanazawa on the Central East coast. Here you’ll get the chance to see some beautiful traditional Japenese architecture within the city center, and then you can even venture out to visit some remote villages to see how Japan’s rural populations live outside of the capital.

Kanazawa

Then travel to Gokayama…

On the way to Gokayama, you can stop off at some marvelous scenic sites including forest trekking trails, waterfalls, and stunning mountainous viewpoints. Once you have reached Gokayama, you’ll see why it has been selected as a National Heritage site. The scope of its gassho-style houses is breathtakingly picturesque, and the culture there is built around some interesting ancient traditions.

Next, go to Ainokura….

This quaint village is known for its thatched houses and beautiful dense forests that surround. It’s like a place from a magical movie. Here you can wander around Ainokura and take in its majestic beauty. Fog is known to frequently cover the village, which makes it feel all the more fairy-tale like.

After this go to Kamikochi…

To get to Kamikochi, winding roads that run along the Azusa River will offer you some of the most impressive views you’ll find in the whole of Japan. Once you’ve reached Kamikochi, take a look around the peace and quiet of the resort which offers a look at some of Japan’s wonderful wildlife, more fantastic hiking trails and great souvenir shops. The resort itself is only accessible by public transport so you’ll need to park up and hitch a ride in.

Then drive to Karuizawa…

Next, you need to drive to the upmarket mountainous resort that is Karuizawa. It’s a place like no other. It offers a whole host of things to do, including cycling and walking paths, recreational activities such as golfing, and cultural hotspots such as museums and temples. On top of this, there is an abundance of great bars, restaurants, and shops to explore too. The resort is also popular in winter time with skiing slopes and hot springs on offer.

Finally, get yourself to Tokyo!

On your way to Tokyo, you’ll pass the volcano of Mount Yakedake, so stop off and take a few minutes to bask in the enormity of it. Keep driving, and you’ll finally get to the city of Tokyo. This city is like no other city on earth, offering a mix of both ultra-modern city skyscrapers and intimate religious temples. Make sure you see it all!

Tokyo

Although there are the top tourist destinations to visit across the country – like the colorful lights of Tokyo city or the views from the slopes of Mount Fuji – we suggest getting in the car to make sure you see it all!

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Wendy Williams is a woman intent on living life on her terms and to hell with anyone else’s opinion. Since meeting up with her boy toy Marc Tomblin and allegedly getting her spine realigned nightly, Williams was supposed to end her connection with Tomblin after he was scheduled to return to the West Coast, but the talk show star added some dates to his stay in New York.


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Western Spain road trip: Madrid to Seville

The Extremadura region offers rolling countryside and Roman, Jewish and Arab history to explore. Plus, cool plazas and great food – when you stop

Extremadura takes a little bit more effort to get to than many other parts of Spain. And because there is no beach, few of the 82.8 million people who visited Spain last year went to the region. Yet it is home to some of the country’s finest medieval towns and Roman architecture – and all the people who created Spain (Romans, Goths, Jews, Arabs) have made their mark here.

Visitors should pick up their hire car in Madrid and set the GPS for Navalmoral de la Mata. Pay attention getting out of town as the ring road is a nightmare. Once on the A5 head to Talavera de la Reina for a first encounter with classic Extremeño landscape: dehesa, rolling acres of holm oaks. This is what much of Spain looked like long ago before the trees were chopped down for firewood and shipbuilding, but here the oaks have been preserved so that blackfoot pigs can feed on their acorns and produce Spain’s treasured jamón de bellota (acorn-fed ham).

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If you got it, flaunt it! Kourtney Kardashian was confident AF during a girls’ trip to Turks and Caicos — and flaunted her beach body all over Instagram.

The Poosh founder, 40, proved age is just a number while she showed off her toned physique in a variety of teeny tiny bikinis during the vacation alongside sister Khloé Kardashian and close pals including Larsa Pippen, Steph Shepherd, Malika Haqq, Khadijah Haqq and more.

“No boys allowed,” Kourtney captioned one Instagram video on Saturday, May 18, that showed her front and center in the group as the ladies held hands and ran towards the camera. The reality star rocked a metallic purple swimsuit in the shot.

Prior to that post, Kourtney nearly bared it all in a pale pink cut-out suit while she laid in the sand next to Shepherd, who looked just as stunning in matching swimwear. “L is for the way you look at me,” the post was captioned, with a nod to the pals’ positioning.

Also in tow for the trip was Khloé’s 13-month-old daughter, True, who appeared to be a perfect little travel buddy.

“After my morning workout, I took True for a walk on the beach. Baby True is a water baby,” the Strong Looks Better Naked author, 34, captioned an Instagram Story with the tot on Friday, May 17. “She wanted to go in so badly so I decided to get into the ocean with my GOOD AMERICAN workout clothes on. I couldn’t say no to her sweet face.”

And Khloé was no exception to the bikini-clad clan. The Good American cofounder showed off her curves in a printed one-piece swimsuit as well as a cheeky pink bikini. “We have created some bomb ass memories together. Keep em coming,” she captioned on group shot of some of the friends.

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Great destinations for a 2-day weekend trip


Sometimes in life, we don’t have time for a full-blown vacation, but we can put some time aside for a weekend trip. You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world to have a great time, and these local hotspots are perfect for a 2-day weekend trip.

New York City

The city that never sleeps has to be on your weekend getaway list because there is just so much to see and do. You can spend the entire weekend sightseeing, or you can go on a culinary adventure across the Big Apple. With more restaurants and bars than you could possibly imagine you can have a fun-filled weekend and be back in time for the meeting on Monday.

The best thing about New York City is that you can get there any way you want. You can fly into any of the major airports or flying isn’t for you then the train is a good option, while driving isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of indoor activities like the museums and Broadway shows for when the weather isn’t great, and then there’s Central Park for when the sun’s shining.

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Chicago

If you’re considering the north-east of America, then you might as well think about Chicago. You’ll find great pizza here, though New Yorkers might prefer to call it a pie, but there’s more to Chicago than pizza. There is the iconic Field Museum to take in some of the history of the Windy City, but the best way to see this city is by taking a bike tour.

You’ll come across all the iconic locations like the famous ‘Bean’ installation, plus you’ll coast past Lake Michigan and wonder why all cities don’t have beaches. Wander into Millenium Park and lose yourself for an hour or two in the 25-acre open area and then head to Michigan Avenue to shop til you drop.

Nashville

Nashville is the home of country music, and there is so much to see and do here. You’ll have to check out some music when you’re here of course, and you can head straight to the Grand Ole Opry for a tour. Nashville is best enjoyed on foot, and you should make use of any of the walking tours on offer to tourists.

They will take you along to the best spots in town, including City House, the Tennessee State Museum, the riverfront, and Nissan Stadium. In the evenings make a reservation for the Bluebird Cafe to see the next big thing in country music doing their thing. The Bluebird Cafe is where acts like Garth Brooks made their names, and you’ll find stars of today such as LeAnn Rimes performing today.

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San Diego

There’s not much to dislike about San Diego. It has great year-round weather and around 70 miles of coastline for visitors to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to surf, then you couldn’t pick a better spot for the weekend than San Diego.

You can head there to surf or equally, it’s perfect for relaxing on the beach with some tunes and a cooler. It won’t take you long to find somewhere to eat thanks to the countless Mexican restaurants and to top it all off there is a bustling nightlife for the evenings.

These destinations are perfect for getting away for the weekend. There is so much to do that your only regret will be not taking more time to take in these wonderful weekend hotspots.

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R. Kelly’s Trip To Dubai Off For Now As Contracts Reworked

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CHICAGO (AP) — An overseas trip by R. Kelly is in limbo after his attorney asked a judge Friday for more time to provide details to the court about up to five concerts the R&B singer wants to perform next month in Dubai.

A Chicago pretrial hearing only briefly touched on a defense motion asking the judge in the sexual abuse case to approve Kelly’s travel, portraying him as desperate for concert income to pay bills amid his legal troubles .

Attorney Steve Greenberg told reporters outside court that he wanted to gather more information on the concerts to give Judge Lawrence Flood “a certain comfort level” about what the travel and concerts would entail.

Kelly’s entertainment attorney, Doug Anton, said any Dubai trip was off for now as contracts with Dubai concert organizers are reworked. He said celebrity singers often go to Dubai for appearances, then arrange concerts.

“The court requires more formalities,” he said, speaking at the courthouse.

condition of Kelly’s bond is that he can’t travel outside Illinois without court permission. Judges often refuse that permission in felony cases, fearing defendants will go on the lam. If convicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, Kelly could face decades behind bars.

Greenberg said Kelly wasn’t a flight risk, noting that the Grammy winner traveled abroad for concerts prior to his 2008 child pornography trial and never missed a hearing date. Jurors acquitted him on all counts.

“If he goes to Dubai, he is going to come back from Dubai,” Greenberg said.

Despite court filings saying the sex-abuse allegations swirling around have led to the cancellation of several U.S. concerts, Doug Anton, says he had 150 emails Kelly received asking him to perform “everywhere possible.”

“Professionally, it is looking up,” he said.

Greenberg said Kelly also continued to make music and “has lots of material to release.”

But he also said Kelly’s bills, as a celebrity, are extensive, including because of child support payments he has had to make. Greenberg said a rule of thumb was, “The more money you make, the more money you spend.”

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Why you should take a road trip on the historic Route 66

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Route 66 is known as “America’s Highway” as it connects Illinois with California. The route has been driven by millions of Americans and tourists, but what is so special about it? Is Route 66 just another road or is it as special as people make it seem? This is why you should take a road trip along Route 66.

It’s long

Getting from one end of Route 66 to the other is a big commitment. You’ll travel over 2400 miles, crossing into eight different states. That means you’re going to have a real adventure and that’s what life is all about. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Life is about the journey, not the destination,” and that couldn’t be truer on Route 66.

The road is fun

Unlike traveling a long journey on the interstate, you’ll find lots to keep you interested during this route. It is a well-trodden path that cuts through many small towns giving you an insight into life in rural America. You can just enjoy cruising along the open road, not worrying about what lane you’re in, just taking in the amazing sights. Make sure you stop off in some of the ghost towns abandoned by their residents years ago. It’s a great insight into recent history, and a cool opportunity to take some memorable pictures.

You’ll not go hungry!

One thing America is known for is it’s quality diners, and along Route 66 you’ll find your fair share of them. You can be safe in the knowledge that you’re never too far away from your next delicious burger, fries, and milkshake. There are plenty of vintage ‘50s-style diners to give you that authentic meal on the road experience. Just try not to stop at all of them or your trip will take you way longer than expected, and your pants definitely won’t fit by the end.

The attractions

There are so many fun roadside attractions to break up the journey. You’ll come across a giant rocking chair, the Whale of Catoosa, Cadillac Ranch, the WigWam Motel and the Mid Point Cafe. The Mid Point Cafe is a must, as you’ll know you’ve made it halfway and there’s still plenty of road in front of you. There are a bunch of fun gifts shops to stop at to find the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time on the road.

Amazing people

What makes experiences even better is having someone to share them with. The Route should be shared with a buddy, to at least to spread the driving load if nothing else. If you do make the journey solo, you won’t feel all that lonely. You’ll meet a bunch of fun characters along Route 66, all who are more than happy to share some of their stories about the famous road.

If you’ve been thinking about doing Route 66 then what are you waiting for? You’re going to have a great time experiencing America’s Highway, taking in the quirkiest, strangest, but most exciting road in the USA.

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Why you should take a trip to the desert

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If you’re currently looking for your next vacation destination, there’s a high chance that you’re looking for something a bit different. So, where do you go? Do you go cage diving in South Africa? Do you go bungee jumping in New Zealand? Do you go backpacking in Asia? While you can do all of those things, we were thinking of something a little more unique. This is why you should take a trip to the desert.

You can sleep under the stars

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you probably don’t appreciate the night sky as much as you should do. This may be because you simply cannot see the stars above the giant skyscrapers, or it may be because you just don’t look up. However, if you do choose to take a trip to the desert, you could quite literally sleep under the stars. With little cloud cover and no pollution in sight, you’ll have unedited views of the night sky. What could be better than that?

You can try out a new form of transportation

Bored of driving your car to work every day? Can’t be bothered to sit next to the man who constantly coughs on the subway? It sounds like you’re ready for a new form of transportation to make its way into your life. No trip to the desert would be complete without a ride on a camel, and we reckon it could be the perfect way to put a smile on your face. You won’t have the hump, at least.

You get a front-row view

If you’re fond of a good ol’ sunset, you’ll be able to get more than enough photos for the ‘Gram in the desert. Without a soul in sight, you’ll get a front-row view of the sun setting beyond the dunes, and you’ll be able to see your bright oasis transform before your very eyes. Make sure you take a jacket, though, because the desert can be pretty chilly once the sun goes down.

You can experience a whole new world

Although we’d love for Aladdin to come along with his flying carpet, that’s not what we mean by a whole new world. The desert is a weird and wonderful place, and it’s sometimes impossible to believe that you are still on planet earth. With sand all around you, it looks like you’re on another planet – and that’s something most of us will never experience in our lives. So, might as well take advantage while you can.

You can try out a new sport

While many people take a trip to the desert to check out the rolling hills of sand, there are other people who go there to try out a new sport. From sandboarding to 4×4 driving experiences, there are so many ways to enjoy these hills. Where else can you surf without there being any water around? Only in the desert, baby!

If you’re currently in two minds as to whether you should go to the desert or not, here’s your answer: Yes.

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Why you should take a winter road trip

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If you don’t fancy a hot summer vacation but still fancy traveling somewhere new, then a winter road trip could be your ideal getaway. There are plenty of benefits of a road trip during the colder months as opposed to the heat of the peak season and could make for the perfect vacation.

Miles of open road

During winter, needless to say, everywhere is much less busy. Fewer families are traveling to and fro day trips and vacations, and so you’ve got the choice of roads and attractions where significantly fewer people are there than in summer. This can make for a much more relaxed and peaceful drive, so long as you drive safely and according to the weather conditions.

Avoid the crowds

For the same reason, almost any attraction, restaurant, or hotel you stop at is much less busy. There’s more chance of you finding rooms or tables on arrival than you would in summer. This is not to mention the reduction in the price of many goods and services during the off-season.

Take in the views

With less people around and significantly less traffic, you’re free to soak up the views of wherever you decide to head. If you take a winter road trip through Canada, for example, when no other vehicles are around, you can take in the stunning mountains and snow-covered trees in peace. You can even find a spot to park – which is easy in the off-season – and go for a walk in the pristine snow and forests.

Wildlife spotting

Not all animals hibernate over winter, and with considerably less traffic than in summer, you might just get the opportunity to see some animals and beautiful wildlife puttering about. You might also be treated to an incredible experience of seeing animals playing and bounding around in the snow if you’re lucky.

Better climate

Besides the lack of people around in winter, the cool air can make for a perfect road trip. While you might enjoy driving with the windows down in the heat of summer, winter road trips are great to avoid overheating or having hair whipped in your face. Winter tends to be a peaceful and serene time to drive where we can feel warm and cozy in the protection of our own cars.

An alternate winter

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean it has to be snowy, icy, or even cold at all. Many places, like Vancouver Island, get rain rather than snow which makes for a totally different experience. Surfing is often best in the off-season, as are the incredible storms you can witness over the ocean in winter. You could even take a trip to Hawaii, where winter is still warm regardless of the weather elsewhere.

There are plenty of reasons to take a winter road trip and many ways in which it beats a summer road trip, but it’s important to remember that it’s not as easy. Harsh weather conditions can make for a dangerous drive if you’re not careful and the cold can run your battery dry, so make sure you don’t leave any lights on overnight.

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If traveling more is on your to-do list for the New Year, we are excited to announce BLACK ENTERPRISE and Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is partnering to create the Women of Power Travel Solo experience.

We are sending one lucky woman who has registered for the Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Africa, or Egypt, for the ultimate girl’s trip.

How to Enter:

Register for the Women of Power Summit

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The entry period is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 14, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

If this contest sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It represents what women of power do. If you’re looking for more reasons as to why you should get in on this contest, the founder of the group, Coleitha Banks, wants to let you in on all you can win.

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Why Sisters Traveling Solo created this opportunity:

We at Sisters Traveling Solo love all that Women of Power stands for!  So creating this opportunity for a woman in the WPS community to join one of our trip experiences was our way of supporting the mission of WOP.  We truly believe in any platform whose purpose is to empower women, especially women of color.  Empowering women is what Sisters Traveling Solo is all about!

Why you should take part in this contest:

Stepping foot on African soil is an experience you will never forget, especially when you are amongst Sisters!  From finding your tribe, making new friendships with like-minded Sisters, experiencing a new culture — there are so many reasons to enter and register for a chance to win this contest. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for the Winner!

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The winner of this contest will walk away with so many things!  The first being a true sense of Sisterhood. It is truly amazing to see women who just met form bonds within days or moments of just meeting. On several of our trip experiences, we have witnessed friendships develop, and travel buddies made.

 

Just imagine being in a room full of Sisters filled with joy and laughter. That is what the sisterhood on our trips feels like.

 

The winner, especially if the she is new to travel, will get the biggest cultural shock, but in a good way! She will learn things about another culture that she finds not only interesting, but that she finds relatable. In those moments, she will realize that at our core we are truly all the same and that there is no place she does not belong, or nowhere that is truly foreign.

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How to plan a trip around the world

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It’s important these days to open your mind and broaden your experiences. And that means getting out and seeing as much of the world as you can. You might already have spent a lot of time traveling, or you may not even have a passport yet. Either way, a journey around the world could be just what’s been missing from your life.

It’s a really great idea to look at what other cultures have to offer and to try to experience a different way of life. They say travel broadens the mind and enriches the soul. So, if possible, you need to make sure you plan an unforgettable journey around the world and make the most of traveling while you’re young. Here are some ideas that will help you plan the perfect trip around the world.

Where are you going?

The first thing to think about is where you want to go on your travels. The world is a huge place, and you need to plan carefully the countries you want to see. This means doing some research and making sure you find out what you can about the countries in question. Is there anywhere that is unsafe to visit? Which countries, if any, are you going to need a visa for? These are all things to think about before you start booking anything, so you’ll have to do some research.

How much money will you need?

Another thing to consider is the money you’re going to need. It would be great if traveling were free, but the bottom line is that it can be pretty expensive. That means it’s necessary to make sure you plan out the cash you’re going to need. You’re going to need to start saving up so you can afford to go on a trip around the world. But, you should also think about the different currencies you’re going to need, and what the exchange rate is like. Get online and do a bit of research about this, so you make sure you take the right amount of money with you.

Packing

Okay, we know packing might not be your favorite thing, but it is a crucial part of planning a trip around the world. You can’t just up and leave one day with nothing packed and no supplies. In order to make the packing process less intensive you should plan out what you’re going to need, and pack over a longer period of time. That way you reduce the stress and annoyance of the process, and you make sure you leave with everything you need.

Plan your sightseeing

We would also recommend you do your best to ensure that you plan out sightseeing excursions as well. There are a lot of things you may want to see and do when traveling around the world, but you’re not going to have the time to do all of them. So, the best thing to do would be to prioritize and make a list of all the top things you want to see. This way you can make plans to visit them in each country you land in. It will save you time and means you don’t risk missing out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Check in with people at home

It’s very important to stay safe when you go traveling, and the best way of doing this is to make sure you are careful and sensible. But, you also need to keep in touch with people, so they know where you are and how you’re getting on. Try to have a system in place where you contact friends or family members on a daily basis, and check in with them. This will set their minds at ease and will ensure that somebody always knows where you are.

If you want to go on a trip around the world, it’s important that you make sure you plan it thoroughly. This is potentially a huge undertaking and not something you should just enter into lightly. Make sure you do as much as you can to plan out all the important elements of the trip. This will keep things more organized and will keep you safe during your travels.

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Is this the chicest road trip in the UK?

If in doubt, head south-west

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A south west uk road trip

South west UK road trip is not something I imagined I’d type into Google when it came to planning a holiday. Think of the freedom and thrills of the open road and what springs to mind is Route 66 in the U.S, or Bolivia’s Death Road, or Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. It isn’t the M4, via M25, but still, here we are.

Thanks to an unprecedented heatwave, the UK in 2018 was dubbed a ‘staycation nation’, with more than half of us choosing to holiday on home turf. With childhood memories of draughty caravans and taking shelter from the rain beneath the nearest pier or wind-breaker, I’m keen to see if I can combine good old-fashioned nostalgia with my now slightly more refined adult tastes (my camping days are officially over). And so we’re off on a south west UK road trip.

Typically, the Lake District or the Cotswolds are my go-to for a rural mini-break – walking, pubs, cottages, bliss – but I’m determined to get the best of all worlds and take in as much of this beautiful corner of the country as one can in five nights. So my husband and I pack up the car, strap in our three-year-old, and hit the road with only one ill-advised stop at Chieveley services (limp ham sandwich, anyone?), before arriving on the outskirts of Bath.

The first rule of the south west UK road trip is much the same as for any road trip – roughly pre-plan your route in advance and book ahead if you have your eye on a particular hotel, but it also pays to follow your nose and see what cute B&Bs or quirky accommodation you might stumble across en route. Specifically, we’re going in search of boutique lodgings, gourmet food and Great British beaches. All whilst simultaneously avoiding traffic jams and keeping the kid entertained. Wish us luck.

Where to stay in Bath

First stop: Wiltshire’s Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, in Colerne, Chippenham (rooms start from £295 per night), just 20 minutes drive from the historic city of Bath. Sitting majestically at the end of a mile-long, driveway, lined with four hundred lime and beech trees planted in 1927, is the eighteenth century main house. The three-year-old called it when he said ‘Wow, look at that castle!’ Set in 500 acres of listed parkland and boasting an equestrian centre, luxury spa (all polished wood, marble and glass) and the most beautiful English country rose gardens to get lost in, it does feel as though we fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in some kind of wonderland.

For dinner, if you’re after an unforgettable foodie experience, executive chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin star at the on-site restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park. Frankly, it looked far too elegant for us to tie a crisp white napkin around my son’s neck while he asked for ‘tomato pasta’ but I almost feel I could recommend it on smell alone. Instead, we dined in the more informal Brasserie where the simple, seasonal dishes are all locally-sourced and ridiculously tasty. The fillet of Stokes Marsh Farm Beef (£32) was insanely tender and tasty, while the Cornish day boat fish (on our visit, cod) was fresh and firm, served with crushed peas and tartare sauce (priced daily). I hear the tomato pasta was good too.

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Lucknam Park’s grand entrance

The suites are in keeping with a country manor hotel – heavy baroque curtains, four-poster beds and free-standing bath tubs. The place has an air of old English formality about it that makes it feel like a treat just to wander the corridors and gardens. For the grown-ups, the spa is well worth a visit – after the long drive I treat myself to a 90-minute ESPA Mindful Massage (£157), which was a surprising combination of guided visualisation, breathing techniques and full-body massage, concentrating on the shoulders and feet. I have no idea how it works – there was some mention of warm rose quartz crystals – but it definitely works.

For kids, there’s an outdoor playground and a hideout stacked with train sets, dressing-up boxes, a mini library, shop and Post Office that could keep them occupied for hours. This place doesn’t flaunt itself as a ‘family spa’ because on the surface it feels much more elegant and refined than that, but they do cleverly and quietly make sure the whims of all family members are catered to. It’s a real hidden gem for those of us who don’t want to compromise on a little slice of luxury even with small people in tow.

‘We sit on the rocks eating vinegar-soaked chips straight from the paper’

But all good things must come to an end and before we know it we’re loaded back into the car and heading south towards Devon. Next stop: the seaside. Do not head to this part of the world without stopping off to walk the South West Coastal Path from Beer to Branscombe for unspoilt views of the Jurassic Coast, and just half an hour along the coast from West Bay, where Broadchurch was filmed. We don’t have time (or sturdy enough boots) to take in this gorgeous spot this time around, so we go old-school with a trip to the pebble beach of Sidmouth. The salty air and slightly faded round the edges seafront cafes and B&Bs bring that happy dose of nostalgia, while the russet clay-edged cliffs are as dramatic as they are beautiful. We hit the sunshine jackpot and sit on the rocks eating chips sodden with vinegar straight from the paper. Bliss.

If it’s chocolate box west-country that you’re after, take a road trip stop-off in Laycock – the picturesque village where they filmed scenes from Harry Potter (Laycock Abbey doubled up as some of the Hogwarts interiors) and 1995’s Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. We stop for tea and scones (naturally) at the National Trust Stables Cafe before wandering around and marvelling at the Sylvanian Families-like proportions of the local bakery, school and churchyard.

A foodie find in Devon

Now, if you’re familiar with The Pig hotel chain, you’ll know exactly why I wanted to make sure we stopped off in at least one Pig hotel while we’re in this neck of the woods, so we book in to The Pig at Combe, Devon. Plot all the Pig hotels on a map and you’ll see they were designed with townies like me in mind, as all are within a motorway hop from London. There are Pigs in the New Forest, near Bath, in Dorset, Somerset and Southampton, as well as this one in Devon, and two more scheduled for opening in Sussex and Kent in 2019 (watch this space) and they have all bottled that magical formula of informal rustic décor, garden-to-plate dining (unfussy but exceptional) and ridiculously Instagrammable interiors. In short, The Pig is my happy place.

The welcome, as always, is warm from the minute you push open the heavy wooden double doors. Rows of (admittedly spotless) Hunter wellies line the hallway, a roaring fire has been lit in the cocktail bar even though it’s only September (tip: The Pig is for life, not just for Christmas, but autumn and winter are when this place really comes into its own for maximum hygge).

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A warm welcome guaranteed at The Pig at Combe

The hotel itself is in an Elizabethan manor atop the lush, rolling Devonshire hills and framed by enormous cedar trees. The floors are reclaimed wood and framed taxidermy lines the walls alongside heavy, beautiful antique furniture. The Pig chain was founded by hospitality supremo and one of the UK’s most celebrated hoteliers, Robin Hutson (who also founded the Hotel du Vin chain and was a board member for Soho House Group) who, along with his interior designer wife Judy – who clearly has an exceptional eye and has beautifully combined the new with the old. They source their antiques in rural France and nearby Honiton.

Where to eat in Devon

Nothing is off-kilter style-wise. It’s no wonder that The Pig has played host to Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Guy Ritchie et al. Now though, they’re hosting my husband and I with our tiny tearaway – who they charmingly serve a sorbet dessert complete with a biscuit emblazoned with his name. Day made. For us, it’s the signature ham hock eggs to start (it is imperative that you try them at any Pig) followed by Devonshire Partridge ravioli in a red wine sauce for me (£9) and Buckhouse Farm Lamb with salt baked celeriac (£18.50), that the sommelier pairs with one of the most delicious (and lightest) Malbecs I’ve tasted. The food is exceptionally good value.

The best is still to come though because tonight we’re bedding down in The Horsebox (£290 per night), a converted stable complete with his n hers sinks, a freestanding bath and miniature SMEG fridge. It’s a real treat and a wonderful alternative to your average hotel room. As always, the Pig is not an easy place to wave goodbye to.

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Stable life: The Horsebox

From one pig to another, we head east towards Romsey in Hampshire and to Paulton’s Family Theme Park – home of Peppa Pig World (tickets start from £29.25 when booked in advance online). Disclaimer: theme parks are not my idea of relaxation but alas, they are part of the parenting deal and I am as delighted as I am surprised to discover that this place is an utter joy. It’s clean, and calm (note: we went outside of school holidays which I cannot recommend enough), and genuinely more fun than you can shake a bright pink piglet at. If Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig are a much underrated comedy double-act (which, for what it’s worth, I think they are) then this technicolour adventure land on the edge of the New Forest is similarly worth more than a wry smile. It has over 70 rides and attractions (including Lost Kingdom dinosaur park and the mini zoo in Little Africa, as well as Peppa Pig World), but because it is vastly spread out and broken up with pretty gardens, picnic areas and a zoo, it feels less frenetic and so much more charming than your average theme park. We eat hot dogs, ride in Grandpa Pig’s boat, stop by Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, and generally live our best life until the park closes. Who knew?

The New Forest’s best bath? Probably

Our next bed for the night is something of a unique discovery deep in the heart of the New Forest. Lime Wood Hotel and Spa, set in a Regency Era country estate in Hampshire, surrounded by fields has been one of the most elegant country house hotels in the UK since it opened in 2009 (and London folk, it’s only an hour and half away). But the idea of this trip is to try something new and, last spring, Lime Wood opened their very first Lake Cabin (prices start at£1,150 per night), set away from the main hotel, sitting in stilts over the water with it’s own private veranda overlooking the lake, it is a hideaway like no other. A wood and glass cube, it almost disappears between the trees but, once inside, it has the feel of an eighteenth century hunting lodge. Bottle green velvet sofas, wood paneled cupboards, graphic floor tiles, gold bathroom fixtures and bamboo chandeliers, it is a remarkably peaceful (and stylish) place to wake up in. And the best bit? A 6ft free-standing tin bath out on the deck, overlooking the lake for an uninterrupted al fresco dip. There are gimmicks, and then there are classy touches that take a place from unique to ridiculously special. That’s how it feels to spend the night in the Lake Cabin.

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Outdoor bathing never looked so good: Lake Cabin at Lime Wood

We couldn’t leave Lime Wood without checking out the restaurant, Hartnett, Holder and Co (Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder – there’s also a cookery school for aspiring Masterchefs). Our beach picnic of soggy chips a distant memory and perhaps getting carried away with our new ludicrously luxe surroundings, my husband and I order the tasting menu with paired wines because we’re feeling fancy. Unlike some tasting menus that can feel like an assault on the senses and leave you wide awake with indigestion until the early hours, this was a remarkable gourmet feat. The five courses (£95 per person, with paired wines – special mention to head sommelier Chris whose passion for wine could surly be surpassed by none) ranged from marinated burrata with fennel, to salt baked bream with truffle clams, and venison with celeriac and pickled walnuts. It was an exquisite meal. What a special place.

‘We make sandcastles and look across to the Isle of Wight’

But it’s time to come to get back in the car, and back down to earth – fine dining and fancy formality is great, but the British seaside is calling and so for our last night, we make a beeline for the traditional, sleepy coastal village of Milford-On-Sea. The sun is out, as is the tide, so we head for the beach which has views all the way across to the Isle of Wight. We make sandcastles and eat ice cream and then the heavens open – because its the UK in September – so we sprint to the nearest café to baton down the hatches with ham, egg, chips and a mug of builder’s tea. Proving that joy doesn’t always come in the shape of a Michelin star.

Come nightfall, we check in to Grade II listed The Beach House (part of the Hall and Woodhouse family). Built in 1897 for Alexander Siemens, the man who created the world’s first public electricity supply, and was formerly known as Westover Hall, it is now a charming B&B that has hearteningly retained much of its original wood-pannelled walls, parquet flooring and art deco windows with an epic sea-view. There’s something to be said for taking the quiet path and during a stroll along the sea wall we see hardly any other people. It’s like having the coastline to yourself. We’re staying in the nautical-themed Lancelot room (£160-£175 per night B&B depending on the season), its all seashells and beach hut-pastel walls and it has a wonderfully homely vibe. ‘I could quite happily retire here,’ I tell my husband between mouthfuls of Badger Beer Battered Fish and Chips (£13.25). And I mean it.

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Room with a view: The Beach House at Milford-on-Sea

Next stop: home. And as road trips go, this has been a memorable one. It turns out you can in fact combine rustic charm with epic fabulousness if you do your research. I had no idea that the foodie scene cornered originally by Rick Stein in Cornwall had spread to the surrounding areas, quietly serving up a feast on their own terms, turning Devon, Dorset and Hampshire into gourmet destinations in their own rights. During our road trip, I discovered a route where ‘family-friendly’ doesn’t have to mean cutting corners and sacrificing that little taste of luxury. It meant not having to choose between a spa break, a romantic getaway, a beach trip or a country ramble because you can have the lot. And still throw in a family of cartoon pigs to keep everyone happy. It may not be Route 66 but, for me, the south west has it all, practically on your doorstep.

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Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip viewers in hysterics as Gino rubs his naked body up against Gordon’s on a nudist beach

GINO D’Acampo infuriated his co-star Gordon Ramsay by rubbing his naked body up against him during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip.

The celebrity chef wound up Gordon by pulling him in for a hug when he was only wearing his birthday suit, much to the amusement of viewers.

Gino D’Acampo thrilled viewers when he stripped off on a nudist beach during tonight’s episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip
But Gordon Ramsay wasn’t as amused

It happened after Gordon and Fred Siriex accidentally swam up to a nudist beach during filming.

Fred called Gordon uptight as he admitted he didn’t feel comfortable seeing so many naked bodies around him.

Seconds later, Gino ran out from behind a wall and revealed he was in the buff.

As Fred laughed, Gordon begged him to put his clothes back on.

He grimaced as Gino rubbed his naked body up against him

Ignoring him, Gino grabbed him and pulled him in for a group hug.

Gordon grimaced and told Gino he could feel his penis rubbing up against him, leaving fans crying with laughter.

One tweeted: “Oh my God!!!! Trust @Ginofantastico to turn naked! Gordon’s face and reaction was priceless!”

Another said: “In stitches again this week!! @GordonRamsay @Ginofantastico and @fredsirieix1 are amazing together!!”

Fans said they were crying with laughter as they watched the episode

While a third commented: “I’ve never laughed so much at Gino walking naked onto the nudist beach.”

The series has already proved incredibly popular, with millions tuning in to watch the trio travelling through Italy, France and the UK to discover the best food and drink on offer.


When asked about seeing Gino naked on the beach, Gordon admitted: “It was an amazing trip, but we did push each other to the limits and tested our nerves!”

The trio are already planning a second series of the hit ITV show and are hoping to travel the world.

Gino explained: “We’d love to do another trip.

“Fred wants to go to Jamaica, Gordon wants to take us to Las Vegas and I want to take them to Hong Kong!”


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Best cameras to bring with you on your trip

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The invention of the digital camera has taken photography a step further. The traditional film cameras used in the past were quite bulky and incorporated very few features. The invention of digital cameras served as a blessing for photographers in this regard. The user-friendly gadgets enable individuals to snap beautiful pictures with improved clarity. The best part is, customers can now buy the latest digital cameras online, sometimes with special offers and discounts.

The market today is flooded with a huge collection of the latest digital cameras, delivering quality performance in every level of the market. Let us discuss the best cameras to bring with you if you are planning a trip.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21MP DSLR Camera

This is a full frame, 21.1-megapixel camera with full high definition video capability. An attractive design, the light weight, and its compact nature are some of the prominent features of the gadget. The advanced DIGIC 4 processor present in the camera combines with the enhanced CMOS sensor to deliver image quality at 3.9 frames per second. This is the first DSLR from Canon that supports full HD 1920×1080 video capture. The new 3.0″ VGA resolution LCD on the device offers photographers a large 170º angle-of-view.

As far as the menu system of the camera is concerned, it supports a new quick control screen for easy and quick access. There is also a creative auto mode to provide users with control over image brightness, background blur, drive mode, and more.

The Sony Alpha NEX-7

This is another user-friendly device from Sony designed to meet the advanced requirements of photographers. Equipped with a wide range of features, the device offers better clarity even while shooting in dim light. Prominent features of the device include a 3.0″ Tiltable LCD, 24.3MP APS-C sensor, BIONZ image processor, HDMI output, OLED viewfinder, built-in flash, intelligent Auto Focus, and more.

Polaroid Pic 300 For Great Pictures

Yet another instant camera that you need to know about is the Polaroid Pic 300. This gives you the ability to take vivid and colorful pictures that are the size of business cards. It is very responsive to the environment and will activate the auto flash in low light. Additionally, it features auto adjust, an electronic shutter that is 1/60 speed and has compensation for manual exposure. However, you need to purchase Polaroid 300 film to work with this instant camera.

There are at least four different scene settings which will undoubtedly help you capture the perfect picture in any kind of light. This Polaroid camera has a wrist strap for easy handling and is powered by AA batteries.

Canon PowerShot S110

This is another great camera for amateur photographers. With a 12MP 1/1.7″ ‘High Sensitivity CMOS’ sensor, 24-120mm equivalent lens and a DIGIC 5 image processor, photographers can expect quality images. Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, integrated WI-Fi connectivity, and built-in GPS module are just some of the additional features supported by the gadget.

Every camera on this list could be a great purchase for your next trip, so make sure you go over all of them and find what is your favorite.

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