UK vs The Rest of the World: Bucket List Edition

Has lockdown got you dreaming of that once in a lifetime bucket list destination? Whether it’s spotting the Big 5 on safari or travelling via train through snow-covered mountains in Switzerland, there’s so many surprising activities within the UK that can give you the same jaw dropping experience.

In these uncertain times, it’s hard to know when we can get back to confidentially travelling abroad, both long haul and short haul. With guidelines being so different across the globe, it’s especially hard for groups to travel they way they did. So for a lot of people it’s now easier to look within the UK for your next Great Group Trip.

Well we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled an amazing list of fantastic experiences and unique accommodations for you and your group that you can find within the UK, which are definitely up there with some of those iconic locations that may be on your bucket list.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise features breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Elegant and polished, yet relaxed and inviting, this 539 room luxury resort in Banff National Park lives up to the natural wonder with which it shares its name. This luxury mountain resort offering guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and more.

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Inn on the Lake, Lake District

At the Inn on the Lake, there’s 76 en suite rooms designed to suit the needs of professionals who wish to take advantage of the benefits on offer, such as excellent location, superb transport links and the ‘in house’ facilities, as well as those guests seeking an oasis of calm, amongst stunning scenery, with the added touch of luxury. You’ll be sure to find a room that’s perfect for you.

Hobbiton Tours in New Zealand

In the heart of New Zealand, you can explore the lush pastures of the Shire™ with a guided tour of Hobbiton™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. As well as this tour, you also have a chance to stay overnight in a Hobbit hole, located near the Hobbiton movie set itself.

Hobbit House in East Sussex

Situated near Bodium Castle in East Sussex, this unique accommodation is the perfect getaway for your small group. The Lord of the Rings style lodging has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 people. Your stay will also include WiFi, an open fire or wood burner, a hot tub and a tennis court, as well as fabulous countryside views.

Self Drive Longboats, French Waterways

Hiring and driving your own cruising boat is an ideal way to explore and experience the pleasures and treasures that the French waterways have to offer. Hire boats come in different sizes, to suit a couple, a family or you and your friends. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to explore major towns and cities, happen-upon delightful villages and tiny hamlets.

Norfolk Broads Boating Holidays

A holiday on the Norfolk Broads is characterised by peace and serenity. For centuries, its rich network of rivers and lakes has formed a suitably beautiful backdrop for unforgettable getaways. With their selection of luxury cruisers, you’ll be provided with the perfect floating home from which to explore the landmarks and attractions which have come to define the Norfolk Broads.

Lindt Factory in Switzerland

A true Willy Wonka experience. At the Lindt Home of Chocolate, they offer a variety of guided tours and courses for companies, families, groups and individuals. Experience the fascinating world of chocolate, create your own delicious treats, discover the biggest Lindt Chocolate Shop in the world, as well as indulging yourself in the museum.

Hotel Chocolat Virtual Tasting

Take your love of chocolate to the next level with the Ultimate Virtual Chocolate Tasting Experience, with Hotel Chocolat, in the comfort of your own home. During this interactive chocolate tasting, hosted by a live chocolate expert, you will learn all about the world of chocolate, and different variations of cocoa, whilst interacting with friends, family or colleagues.

Switzerland’s Spectacular Railways

With extraordinary rail routes (picture tunnels through snow-covered mountains and bridges over steep-sided valleys), Switzerland is made for memorable train travel. Including the incredible Bernina Express, the highest railway across the Alps. Where you journey up to glistening glaciers and then down to the palm trees of Italy.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Riding the train to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales, often described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. This North Wales Short Break with Titan includes a tour of Portmeirion, a visit to Bodnant Garden, and a visit to Snowdon Mountain Railway and Penrhyn Castle

The Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel, Dubai

The QE2 is a monumental destination steeped in British heritage. With a storied history spanning 50 years, she continues her legacy as a 13 deck hotel, dining, entertainment and events destination – docked permanently at Dubai’s Mina Rashid.

Fingal, Edinburgh

Fingal is Scotland’s first luxury floating hotel by The Royal Yacht Britannia. Formerly a lighthouse tender, she has been transformed into an exquisite 23 cabin boutique hotel and exclusive use venue. Permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront.

Big Five Safari, Nairobi

The Big Five Safari is a popular itinerary from Kuoni, offering a shorter duration without compromising on the full safari experience. Watching the sun rise over Mount Kilimanjaro from your lodge in Amboseli is one of the most special experiences in Africa, and a full-day game drive in Tsavo West.

Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire

Proudly the very first drive-through safari park outside of Africa, visitors to Longleat can expect to get up close and personal with some of the most endangered animals in the world. Longleat Safari Park has over 500 animals maintained in numerous Safari Park Reserves.

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. The resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat. 

Giraffe Hall in Port Lympne

A fantastic entry for Port Lympne! Their upcoming Giraffe Hall is the first of it’s kind in the western hemisphere. You’ll be greeted by the reserves resident giraffes, and have an opportunity to interact with them. With no opening date as of yet, Giraffe Hall has already had over 9000 people sign up to the waitlist.

Are there any more hidden gems in the UK that rival the rest of the world that you’ve visited that we haven’t covered yet? Let us know on Twitter or email and tell us your story.

Ashleigh Ridler