Finding places to visit when going out for the day, going on long holiday or away for a short break, makes your time just that little bit more interesting.
Sometimes places or things can be hidden gems that you would really not come across unless you knew they were there.
At times you may wonder whether it is worth going to a well known landmark, here I hope to give you a little insight for places I have been to. This may or may not help you decide.
All countries have their individual beauty and all have a wealth of places to go to and many different types of activities catered for from city breaks, walking holidays, bus tours, activity weekends and many many more.
One of the activities that can give an idea of what is around is going on an open topped bus tour. These give a quick appraisal of the city if that is what is wanted. There is the ease of hopping on and hopping off at different stops so each section is looked around in turn.
London is probably the main attraction as everyone likes to see the capital and visit the place of royalty. York is also a favourite place with its cathedral and windy lanes.
Bristol has its historic docks with the SS Great Britain at the dry dock.
Birmingham and its surroundings have a wealth of character and interest from the popular peaky blinders area to the famous Cadbury chocolate factory.
Chester has two storey shops called medieval rows. Walking around the edges of the city is done along the roman walls just right for those that love walking and sightseeing.
Bournemouth is also a lovely place with the beach and the surrounding countryside. Not for getting the nearby Swanage railway which is a must for trains enthusiasts.
These are great places to have a look around and each have gardens to enjoy walking through.
Edinburgh is probably the most visited place again with its links to royalty and of course the famous Castle, the Royal Tattoo and Fringe festival.
Edinburgh is another one of my favourite places as every taste is catered for right in the city. There is no need for cars to get round as the public transport is good and walking is really the best way to see things.
Walking up Arthurs seat is a great way to get a view of the city and when walking right near the castle in Princes's Street gardens everything seems to slow down.
Scotland has got a wealth of stunning countryside, GlenCoe looks really rugged but after a rainstorm the waterfalls that form are a sight to see. This is a great place for hikers.
Fort William attracts visitors to try and climb the Ben Nevis Mountain. Aviemore has a cable car to the visitors centre at the top and the views are spectacular. It is also a nice place to have a look around and ride on the Strathspey railway.
Golf enthusiasts will be keen to visit St Andrews in Fife with the links golf course and there is a beach there as well.
Cardiff is probably the most well known city in this country and has a castle, an array of shops and plenty to do around Cardiff Bay.
The beaches are lovely around Tenby and the countryside is breathtaking as you go out and about.
Porthmadog has the Ffestiniog railway and is good to have a look around. Portmeirion is not far away.
Again train enthusiasts would enjoy the Welsh Highland railway that runs from Caernarfon.
Betws-y-Coed is a lovely place to visit in Conwy County Borough in Snowdonia National Park. Another place for hikers and walkers is Snowdon but there is the railway to take visitors to the top and back if wanted.
When thinking about this country Dublin comes to mind and is great for a city break.
We saw lovely countryside and when visiting Achill Island on the west coast.
The Giants causeway is an interesting place to visit in County Antrim not far from Bushmills.
When holidaying further afield there are many interesting tours that can take in a lot of poplar places of that country in a given time.
This way you can decide if a second or third visit is needed to explore the area in more depth on your own.
Australia - is a great place to visit but be prepared for just seeing a tiny bit at a time as it is hard to imagine how big this country is.
Hong Kong - a really fascinating place
Canada - wonderful cities, countryside and spectacular mountains. We did a 16 day tour coast to coast from Halifax to Vancouver.
Enjoy finding your places to visit...