The United Kingdom is a part of Europe and consists of 4 separate countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The unity bond has been held for over 300 years and means visitors can freely travel between the neighbouring countries. Uniting the kingdom is its national treasure; the Royal family, showing their presence in London with the world-famous Buckingham Palace that attracts millions of visitors every year.

The UK also offers some of the best retail hotspots with Manchester City and London’s Oxford, Regent and Bond Streets showcasing the season’s best outfits and up-to-the-minute fashion in huge flagship boutiques and department stores. Historic buildings with both national and international importance are evenly divided throughout the 4 countries, and many are open to the public. During the summer season you’ll find cultural festivals and markets both out in the countryside and within city centre squares. Held in Scotland’s capital, the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts event in the world. Popular music festivals throughout the UK include Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading, T in the Park, Download and Rockness (funnily enough, located in the Scottish Highlands!).

Holidaying in the UK is thoroughly enjoyable as its small size allows visitors to explore every aspect of its cities, counties and countryside. Enjoy a day’s walk to the peak of Scarfell Pike (England’s highest mountain) in the Lake District and be back down in time for dinner at a leafy country cottage pub. Believe it or not, England also has a few thriving coastal resorts that have flourished in recent years. Cornwall, in particular, puts on an incredible surf and music festival attracting thousands of revellers annually.

Young Aussies also have the opportunity to stay in the UK with a working holiday visa, giving you ample opportunity to explore the region with a fine toothcomb. Whichever city you head for, you’re sure to find a local population of students who love to party, shop and drink lots of coffee - if that sounds like your cup of tea. Word of advice: don’t be offended if a local refers to you as a chicken, duck, flower or even petal among many other varieties of winged bird or natural blossom. It’s just a term of endearment and also differs depending on your geographical location within the UK!

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