I know, I know, we've all got vacation on our minds. As the weather begins to warm up, the snow is officially melting into oblivion (right?), and we start to peel off a few layers every week, the question becomes: Where to go?
Well, how about the UK? From its rich cultural and musical history (Beatles, hello?) to gorgeous sights and tremendous literary importance (birthplace of Shakespeare, duh!), Britain has tons to offer "footy" fans, music lovers, history buffs, bookworms, and nature adventurers alike.
For the concert-crazed out there, you especially can't go wrong by travelling to the UK in time to catch the world-famous Reading Festival. This is an epic three-day celebration of music's finest talent, happening from August 23 - 25. Some of the 2019 headliners include Foo Fighters, Bastille, Post Malone, Yungblud, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, Juice Wrld, and Camelphat; this isn't even the entire lineup thus far, y'all, as more acts continue to be announced. It's gonna be a BANGIN' event that'll definitely give you a newfound appreciation for how amazing Britain is.
Wanna know the perfect way to attend the Reading Festival and see some of the ultimate UK highlights, too? The Contiki Sounds trip will delve into Britain's legendary musical heritage and help you discover iconic attractions before topping it all off with three memorable days of killer music vibes and VIP camping at the Reading Festival.
Here are seven bucket list activities for the most unforgettable UK trip ever!
1. Snap an Iconic Cambridge Photo
We've all seen the cool Instagram posts about majestic Cambridge. Not only is this English city known for its historic namesake university, founded in 1209, but it also serves up astonishing Kodak moments. From its awe-inspiring riverside views where you can peacefully lie down with a tea and a good book, to the grand architecture of its many academic institutions, all of this city's sights are equally stunning.
2. Marvel At the Glory that Is Lake District
Whether you're obsessed with outdoor treks or not, the serenity you'll feel amidst nature in the Lake District is unparalleled and WELL worth the trip. In Britain's most naturally protected area, pristine lakes, mountains, and woodlands take centre stage; these wonders will remind you what travelling is all about: being blown away by life-altering sights to get back in touch with the simplicity of what truly matters. It's no surprise that so many universally acclaimed poets and writers, such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, sought inspiration from this magnificent, heavenly scenery. You can even coast along the water and take in the dreamy views on a Lake Windermere cruise for added entertainment.
3. Get Loose at the Reading Festival
As the world's longest running music festival still in existence (Nirvana even played their very first UK show there!), Reading Festival undoubtedly takes the cake. To make the most of the party experience, festival-goers like to stay on-site and can even enjoy a range of glamping options, from staying in boutique belle tents to mini wooden houses and rainbow-coloured canvas tents. Six massive stages presenting performers of all genres (dance, rock, hip-hop, pop, etc.) will be the epicentre of this insane rockstar atmosphere.
Plus, when you travel on the Contiki Sounds trip, you benefit from primo accommodations including clean toilets, private showers, complementary daily breakfast, phone-charging stations, plus a pamper zone with hair dryers, straighteners, and mirrors. The 1975, Machine Gun Kelly, Dillon Francis, Lil Baby, Loud Luxury - the list legit goes on and on. Are you ready for the music extravaganza of your life?
4. Ghost Walk in York
Hailed as one of the world's most haunted cities, York is brimming with ghost tours to let you explore the town's dark history in a most peculiar and fun way. This is some real-life Goosebumps stuff right here, except a thousand times spookier. Its humongous city walls lend an eerie medieval feel to the city, no matter the time of day. Plus, if you're into Gothic architecture, the historic 13th-century York Minster cathedral is sure to have a few ancient spirits roaming around between its huge stained-glass walls.
5. Check Out Mythical Stonehenge
If you're a traveller who loves to capture famous prehistoric monuments on camera, then you can't miss a trip to Stonehenge, where you'll get ALL the mystical feels. These ginormous stones have somehow literally stood the test of time since about 2500 BC. Even the lush archeological landscape surrounding them is breathtaking. I mean, really, how did the Neolithic people erect these massive stones with nothing but the simple tools and technologies available at the time? You might leave with more questions than you arrived with, but hey, at least you can say you've finally seen this mysterious World Heritage Site in the flesh.
6. See Exactly Where the Beatles Got Their Start
If you're a true Beatles fan, visiting Liverpool is a MUST. First, take a two-hour ride on the Magical Mystery Tour bus to listen to classic tunes and get the lowdown on where John, Paul, George, and Ringo grew up and formed their beloved band. This fun-filled tour ends at the iconic Cavern Club, where you can grab a refreshing pint and rock out. This is where the Beatles (then known as the Quarrymen) were discovered by Brian Epstein during their first perfomance before their popularity skyrocketed. As the cherry on top of all this precious music-history learning, you should also visit The Beatles Story, the world's largest permanent museum dedicated entirely to the Fab Four.
7. Peep the Birthplace of the Most Famous English Writer
Listen, as arguably the world's most famous English writer, Shakespeare forever changed literary history, so it's no wonder why reading fanatics should stop off in Stratford-upon-Avon and stroll through the streets of his hometown. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace to see the house where the Bard grew up, catch a play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and discover all that this quaint market town has to offer (like its unique Butterfly Farm!).
As the premier travel-experience curator for adventurers 18 - 35 years old, Contiki knows exactly how to ensure that you have the ultimate blast! Local activities, hidden gems, authentic grub, and great accommodations make up its mainstays that guarantee you enjoy, to the absolute fullest, every trip you embark on. You're seriously never gonna want to leave - except to hit up your next Contiki getaway, that is.
As an unbeatable go-to for over 50 years, it's no wonder why Contiki delivers the trip of a lifetime, every time. And as the best mashup of music and travel, its life-changing Contiki Sounds - Reading Festival itinerary is no exception. This spectacular trip will have you uncovering the rich history of quaint English cities with fellow music lovers, before unleashing your inner rock god at the most epic music celebration ever!