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by Oliver HarperIndustry has been at the heart of the North West of England since time immemorial. Even in prehistoric times, local craftsmen were fashioning tools from the region’s rock and then, during the first half of the first millennium, the Romans mined the area for salt, copper, iron and lead. The biggest impact of industrialisation occurred during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ....Continue Reading >>
by Howard JohnstonIf you are reading this you have probably already re-read this first sentence a couple of times as I often do when reading the word Reading, pronounced “Redding”. The town is part of the UK version of Silicon Valley – a concentration of businesses and industry to the west of the capital – and one of the stops off the M4 corridor in and out of London. For the business traveller, ....Continue Reading >>
by Janice StringerThe Cornish sea-side resort town of Newquay is probably the most widely known of all the Cornishtowns and villages you could visit. It certainly is the one that can immediately divide opinion, which can be very strong, about its merits as somewhere to visit. This seems to fall into two categories, either you have visited and love the place or you’ve read about it and ....Continue Reading >>
by Sam McCallWhile city breaks have a lot to be said for them, sometimes there's nothing better than kicking back and enjoying a more relaxed pace of life in rural surroundings. Britain has a wealth of ancient villages and hamlets that make you feel like you've stepped back in time - so whether you're staying in a luxury country hotel, a bed and breakfast or even booking a property for yourself ....Continue Reading >>
by Rebecca SteeleThe North Western city of Liverpool certainly has its fair share of culture to offer its visitors, which would have certainly helped its nomination as joint Capital of Culture in 2008. With several museums and galleries to keep you occupied during your stay in the city, you could easily spend a day or two here absorbing the history and heritage.Museum of LiverpoolThe ....Continue Reading >>
by Fiona BrownWhen Samuel Johnson said ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford’ he was certainly right. With every square mile full to bursting with museums, bars, restaurants and attractions, any trip to London provides a dilemma of deciding where to go and what to see. There are the traditional favourites: The British Museum, ....Continue Reading >>
by Amanda Rodrigues, Show and StayFrom music landmarks to rock star hangouts, join us as we explore the rock 'n' roll hotspots in the UK capital, the must-see sites for any music lover on a London hotel break.Abbey RoadRecreate the iconic Beatles album cover at this crossing in St John's Wood, North West London, where the Fab Four photographed the legendary image in August 1969. ....Continue Reading >>
by Martin OA summer of West African music that marks the city as a hotbed of alternative cultureThe last time Manchester Airport hit the headlines was for a very recent, unfortunate fuel shortage (which nevertheless only led to 30 flights being affected).Yet reporters at the airport in early June should have been paying attention to the visitors coming in rather than the planes queuing ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Vicky AnscombeDon’t be fooled by urbanites that write disparaging, snooty articles on Nelson’s County - if you’re looking to explore a part of the UK that’s worth its weight in gold, Norfolk’s your best bet. Tucked neatly away in the east corner of England, Norfolk is a destination that has remained unspoiled because it’s not a place you travel through - it’s a place you ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Amanda AndrewsThe English Lake District is an area that has inspired writers and artists for centuries, and there is no better time of year to understand why then in spring. One of William Wordsworth most famous poems, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, was inspired by the large swathes of daffodils that spring up yearly along the crystal lakes and is a sight that everyone should be treated ....Continue Reading >>
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Welcome to Travel Wonders

My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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