United Kingdom

Whether it’s high tea, Welsh rarebit, sticky toffee pudding, or a hearty Belfast breakfast, the U.K. will fill you up literally and figuratively!

United Kingdom

  • Flybe Airline Review: EDI-BHD - When researching flight options for my brother's birthday trip to Belfast, I found out there were surprisingly few options from Edinburgh (EDI) into Belfast City Airport (BHD). Flybe was the best choice, so while I'd never heard of the airline before, I decided to give them a try! Here's the tale.
  • Cancelled or Delayed Flights in Europe? How to Get Your EU 261 Compensation - You never want it to happen. It's that feeling when you wake up at 4:00am for your early morning flight... and you have an e-mail saying it's cancelled.
  • What to Eat in the UK - This past year I checked all the countries of the United Kingdom off my "must do list," and it's safe to say I ate my way through them all! British food gets lumped together into one genre, but upon closer investigation, one starts to realize that each of the UK countries has their own distinct food.
  • What to Know Before You Visit the United Kingdom - So you're headed to the United Kingdom! This collection of countries is quite small in comparison to many, but its storied history and deep traditions pack quite a big punch. Here are a few things to know before you go!
  • Tips for Driving on the Left - Wouldn't world travel be so much easier if everyone drove on the same side? Maybe! But what's the fun in that? I've driven on the left a few times in my life, and ridden in a car driving on the left even more often. It's really not so bad!
  • How to Plan Long-term Travel in Europe - I got a question from a fellow female traveler recently about how to manage traveling in Europe for four months. Or should she spend two months in Europe and two months in Southeast Asia? Well, those are excellent questions, and I have some strong opinions about that!
  • What Women Pack for Winter in Europe - It's the dream! Winter in Europe is full of snowy mountain villages, Christmas markets, world-class ski and winter sports resorts, and in some countries... reindeer!
  • What I Ate: Iconic Eats - When one thinks of England, they think of Big Ben... and fish 'n chips. When one thinks of Hawaii, they think of hula girls... and pigs roasted in the ground! Come along with me on a culinary adventure of the most iconic foods I've ever eaten--so far!

England

  • Top 10 Things to Do in London - London is one of the most iconic cities in the world. People dream of visiting London for lots of reasons, but mostly, people get there and want to see the sights! Whether you have a whole week to explore or only a couple of days, you can definitely experience my top 10 picks on your trip to London!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Alnwick, England - Never heard of Alnwick? No worries! It's a beautiful little village in Northumberland, near the northeast coast of England. You may not recognize the name, but you will probably recognize its castle from the likes of Harry Potter, Transformers, Downton Abbey, Robin Hood, and more movies and TV shows!
  • White Star Line Trip of a Lifetime - The Titanic has captured people's interest, imaginations, sympathy, and sorrow for over a hundred years now, and my younger brother is a superfan! And apparently so are a lot of other people. If you or a loved one have a particular interest in the Titanic, the White Star Line, or cruising in general, here's your quick list of White Star Line sites, museums, and experiences!
  • Dining at the Olympic Restaurant - That spread to the White Star Line and beyond, so it came as no surprise when he mentioned wanting to visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast and have dinner at the White Swan Inn's Olympic Restaurant, whose interior was recovered from Titanic's sister ship, the R.M.S. Olympic!
  • Unusual Things about Alnwick, England - Our time in Alnwick was far too short, but I couldn't stop being amazed everywhere I looked! Alnwick has found recent incredible fame as home to the Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle), but there's so much more to it than that!
  • How to Spend 2 Days in London - Everyone will tell you two days in London is not enough---and they're right if your goal is to see and do everything! But if your goal is to make the absolute most of your time, I have the itinerary you need!
  • How to Plan a Day Trip to Highclere Castle - Who has ever wanted to visit Highclere? Basically everyone who's ever seen Downton Abbey or is at all interested in English history! It's still the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and its story goes much deeper than Downton. There are definitely some things to know before you go, though, so here is your ultimate guide!
  • Staying at the Legendary Savoy Hotel, London - It's true! Steve and I got to stay at the legendary Savoy Hotel in London. You know it's fancy when the address is simply, "The Savoy, London," no further instruction needed.
  • Downton Abbey: Movie Moments at Highclere Castle - Now it's inevitable, friends. The Downton Abbey Movie is coming! Its release date is September 20 in the U.S., so mark your calendars and start planning your trip now---things will pick up significantly after the movie comes out!
  • Beginner’s Guide to Tea in London - Y'all, these are #teatimegoals! I was so excited when Steve suggested we get a reservation for tea at the Savoy before a show at the theater! Talk about an epic date night. I was a little nervous about it, though, because I have no fashion sense, and London is a very fashionable place!
  • Things to Know Before You Visit London - Is London on your travel list? Whether you have just a weekend or a whole month to explore this world-renown capital city, there are a few things that may be handy to know before you go!
  • What to Eat in London - British food in general has had a reputation for being a bit bland, but in recent years, British pubs have been popping up all over the place in the States! PBS's Downton Abbey has brought up a resurgence of tea time and grand parties as well. Here's a look at our quick weekend getaway menu from jolly old London!
  • The Most Iconic London Sites - It's my personal opinion that first-time visitors everywhere have a distinct advantage over locals and frequent visitors. First-timers are not jaded by the things others take for granted. They get excited about the famed sights of a new city, and they just can't wait to see them! When I think of London, I think about the sights and places listed here.

Northern Ireland

  • White Star Line Trip of a Lifetime - The Titanic has captured people's interest, imaginations, sympathy, and sorrow for over a hundred years now, and my younger brother is a superfan! And apparently so are a lot of other people. If you or a loved one have a particular interest in the Titanic, the White Star Line, or cruising in general, here's your quick list of White Star Line sites, museums, and experiences!
  • Visiting the Titanic Museum Belfast - Belfast, Northern Ireland. It's famous for Game of Thrones scenery and filming locations, murals, "troubles," and... the Titanic! This third point was my and my younger brother's whole reason for visiting Belfast, and it's the reason thousands of people visit every year.
  • What to Eat in Belfast - If you didn't already know, I took a "wee" trip to Belfast with my "wee" brother recently, and what's one of the best things we did? We ate! There was loads of walking to do, so we worked up quite an appetite in just the two days we were there.
  • 10 Reasons to Visit Belfast - I'll be honest, Belfast was not at the tippy-top of my travel to-do list! But since visiting, I can't wait to go back! I found it endlessly fascinating, from the history to the mythology to the breakfast! Here are 10 reasons you should make time for a few days in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Staying at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast - Belfast, for the Titanic Museum! And, as it turns out, there is only one place to stay: The Titanic Hotel Belfast, of course! So that's what we did. Thankfully, our trip was a success with no icebergs in sight!
  • Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast - It wouldn't be a trip to the United Kingdom without a proper afternoon tea! It was my "little" brother's first trip to the UK, and while the trip was 100% for his 30th birthday gift, we would be remiss if we didn't experience tea at the Titanic Hotel while we stayed there. So here it is, complete with photos and descriptions!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Belfast - Let me tell you, Belfast was the biggest, most pleasant travel surprise to date! What surprised me most was the sincere friendliness of the people, and I am already excited to plan a return trip! Here are a few things to know to help you plan your own trip to beautiful Belfast!
  • Titanic: Movie Moments in Belfast - I think it's safe to say that the 1997 version of the movie Titanic is one of the most well-known films of all time. So when my brother and I went to the Titanic Museum in Belfast in June, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have some "movie moments" for this year's blog theme!

Scotland

  • 10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh - Bagpipes, sweeping landscapes, castles, haggis... a trip to Scotland is like a trip to Heaven, right?! If ever you've wondered whether a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, is worth your while, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Give this post a read and then start planning your trip. Here are 10 reasons to put Edinburgh on your "must go" list, and quickly!
  • What to Eat in Scotland - If you didn't already know, I took a "wee" trip to Belfast with my "wee" brother recently, and what's one of the best things we did? We ate! There was loads of walking to do, so we worked up quite an appetite in just the two days we were there.
  • Visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh - The Royal Yacht Britannia was not even on my radar when my brother and I first started planning a trip to the United Kingdom for his big 30th this year, but it ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! You see, my brother is hard core into ships—if it floats or sinks, he’s fascinated by it!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Edinbrugh - Planning a trip to Scotland? Edinburgh, as the capital city, is most likely on your list of cities to visit, even if you're just flying in and out of there. I found Edinburgh to be walkable, the people to be friendly, and the castle to be overwhelming! Here are some tips for your own trip to Auld Reekie (Old Smokey)!

Wales

  • Solo Travel: Wales - This was my first solo trip in a while, so it was tons of fun to do my own thing and take full advantage of quality Quick Whit time! If you're planning a solo trip and want to put Wales on your list, this post will be your ultimate guide!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Cardiff - Have you ever been to Wales? I just went for the first time back in March, kind of on a whim, and I'm already looking forward to going back to explore more of the country! If you find yourself in its capitol city of Cardiff, here's a quick list of things to know before you go!
  • 10 Things to Do in Cardiff, Wales - So you're heading to Cardiff. I'm so happy for you! I really enjoyed my time there, and I hope you do, too! The people are so kind, and I love that all signage is in both English and Welsh! Here is my quick list of the top things to do while you're there.
  • What to Eat in Cardiff, Wales - “Oh, you won’t find Welsh food here!” That’s a sentiment I heard from nearly every local person I asked! But never fear—I found some! Here's the short list of where you can find Welsh (and traditional British!) food in Cardiff. Check it out and don’t let anyone tell you there’s no Welsh here!
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