The iconic British high-street has been long been dwindling. Since the closure of some of Britain’s
most iconic shops including Woolworths, BHS and HMV, a number of other popular high-street
brands have followed suite.
However, despite the recession which sparked the closure of many of the first stores, the more
recent closures are oftentimes pinned down to the increase in online market places. Everything from
finding the perfect outfit for a wedding, to picking up a prescription and even booking our holidays
can now be done online – saving us from a visit to the high street.
Saving you the effort of taking the bus into town, or trying to find parking near the city centre – the
rise of the online high street has made a lot of people’s lives easier. But shopping isn’t the only high-
street staple that has moved online.
Betting shops – once on every high street – are slowly disappearing from cities centres up and down
the country. Thanks to the merger of two of the biggest high street betting shops a number of
betting shops have closed down permanently, however despite the merger many people attribute
the decline of high street bookies to the increase of online booking agents.
Whether you enjoy a game of poker, trying your luck on the fruit machines or you follow the horses
like a religion, online gambling sites offer everything a traditional high street bookies would – as well
as everything you would find in your local casino – from the comfort of your own home.
Long gone are the days of waiting in the rain for the bus, or making a dash through town under an
umbrella – now you can bet on your favourite football team, back your favourite horse or put money
on a game of poker, without having to leave your sofa.
In fact so many online booking agents are popping up, that it can be impossible to know which one
to choose. Many of the best online bookies offer incredible sign up deals, including matched bets,
free bets and free spins. But how do you work out which is best for you?
Not all gambling sites are the same, and not all gamblers are looking for the same games or
experiences – when it comes to sifting through all the different sites and offers, most people will find
themselves confused. Often, a comparison site of all gambling sites will help you to find the best site
for you as well as the best deals for the type of gambling you enjoy.
Once you’ve signed up, there is no reason to drag yourself into town again!
If you are looking to go on a great, interesting holiday this summer then the best advice I can give you is to avoid the packed resorts and head to Valencia instead.
There has never been a better time to visit Valencia, with direct flights from nearly all major European cities at great prices, plus affordable hotels in Valencia makes it even more attractive. If you are looking for great information about the city, you’ll find it here at the official web of Visit Valencia.
The city is blessed with numerous hotels that fit into every budget. Hotels in Valencia range from five star luxury to backpacker hostels. A quick search online will bring up a whole host of choices and I am 100% certain you’ll find the right one, at the right price, for you.
The city has to be one of my favourite, it has a great night-life, amazing culture, shopping and of course there are the sweeping beaches. Here are some interesting things about Valencia that you might not read in the travel brochures.
The Home of Paella
I am sure that everyone reading this article knows what Paella is and have probably tasted it before. It’s the one dish that every tourist in Spain expects to find on his or her holiday. Unless you have been lucky enough to eat Paella in Valencia then you’ve never really tried the ‘real’ thing. Paella is not just a meal but also a part of daily life in Valencia.
Arts and Sciences
The city of Arts and Sciences is a key part of Valencia and performs an important role. The architecture on display is truly magnificent and almost looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie! It’s a must see if you’re in Valencia, if you are lucky enough you might be able to catch a music concert or other great event there. Another interesting fact is that it’s not just a major tourist attraction but also where a great deal of biological and marine research is carried out.
Not everyone is speaking Spanish in Valencia
If you’re like me then you will probably try and learn a few phrases before jetting of to another country on holiday. Of course, Valencia is in Spain and nearly all of the population does speak Spanish, but the official language is Valencian it’s a Catalan dialect. When you meet locals they will always tell you how proud they are of their language. If you can, try to pick up a few phrases whilst you’re there because it will be very much welcomed by the locals!
If you have been lucky enough to visit Valencia I’d love to hear your stories and experiences from this beautiful holiday destination. Just pop your thoughts down in the comment section below this post.