Many people hesitate to visit the UK because they have heard that the weather is dreadful, the food is unpalatable and they will be met with a frosty reception. Are any of these notions true? What is the UK really like?
While it is true to say that the British weather leaves a lot to be desired (bright sunshine during Bank Holidays for example) the climate is temperate and mild for much of the year, which makes it a great holiday destination if you are seeking to escape the heat and enjoy some cooler, more manageable temperatures. Rather than grumble about another day of rain or a frosty March morning, as you gaze out your window at the daffodils, why not get outside and make the most of your visit? Don’t forget to pack your brolly (umbrella) and layers of clothes so that you are fully prepared for the ever changeable British weather.
British food is a delightful adventure in itself as you get to sample our diverse, varied cuisine, with influences from all four corners of the globe. You do not have to look far for a tasty curry, doner kebab or more traditional British fare such as a wholesome plate of homemade shepherd’s pie from the local pub.
While British hospitality is not renowned for its warmth, there is a lot to be said for the Great British welcome you can expect to receive when you arrive in the UK. Provided you obey the laws, are a courteous and respectful guest and do not try to stir up controversy during your visit; you are likely to take away some very pleasant memories of your trip to the UK. What is often perceived as a snobbish, reserved attitude is often a quiet dignity and desire for privacy and respect, rather than a personal snub. Remember that the British are an island nation and as such, many people closely value their space and privacy.
If you listen to the myths you have heard about the UK, you may not ever step foot on British soil. Do not let stories you have heard about the British weather, British food or British hospitality prevent you from exploring the UK. Come and see for yourself what it is really like.