I'd like to wrap up with some more personal notes on both visiting Stonehenge and on my travel philosophy in general, which will inform you what you can expect from this blog.
I don't want to say Stonehenge was a letdown. I'm glad I've visited Stonehenge once in my life. But was it worth driving an extra three hours, three hours we could have spent in the GORGEOUS town of Oxford? I'm not sure. There's something about incredibly famous landmarks (Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) whose high expectations adversely affect our enjoyment of them in an incredibly unfair way to where we would enjoy them more if they weren't as famous! I do think that the question of whether it was worth the trip was only a question for us because of how much we had packed into our schedule.
My travel style is that of Budget Luxury. I try to find deals where I can get awesome stuff very cheaply. I'm willing to pay a little more for luxury or high quality or otherwise unique experiences, but I'm always looking for ways to save money while traveling. Thus my travel experiences are what are for most people a very odd high-low mix of luxury 5 star hotels (when I can get them for cheaply) and 2.5 star hotels, for instance.
A perfect example of this seeming disconnect was when we were staying at the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh (which had rates of $700/nt around the time we were there) using credit card points. Dad asked the concierge for a place my brother Dietrich could get a haircut. The concierge recommended a place that charged $52 for a haircut, likely a normal price for most who would spend $700 on a 5 star hotel. However, this was quite a shocking prospect for my father as my family has never spent more than $20 on a haircut and usually spend more like $10-15.
All that to say, there were a few places in the British Isles that we visited (that I had not researched ahead of time as thoroughly as I should have) where we did not go inside because of the high entrance fees relative to their unique value. I was very happy when we found free or cheap alternatives to the many high costs of admission.
This post is part of a series of posts about my family's British Isles trip in July/August of 2016. My parents and four siblings joined me as we went from London to Dublin and everywhere in between in 2.5 weeks. Here's our itinerary:
- London (England)
- Stonehenge (England)
- Oxford (England)
- Bibury, Cotswolds (England)
- Peak District (England)
- Chatsworth House (Peak District, England)
- Yorkshire and Staithes (England)
- Foggy Scottish Highlands (Scotland)
- Bright Scottish Highlands (Scotland)
- Kilts & Bagpipes (Scotland)
- Edinburgh (Scotland)
- Northern Ireland
- Waterford/Dunmore East (Ireland)
- Western Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
- Dublin (Ireland)