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Essex is a county east of London and is most notorious for its hit T.V. show Towie where the shows boys and girls act like bumbling idiots and hook up with each other. It is the standard junk reality T.V. that everyone pretends to hate but simultaneously cannot get enough of. However, Essex has a lot more to offer than just fake tan and Vajazzles (if you do not know what a Vajazzle is, I suggest you do not google it). With a gorgeous coastline and vast countryside, Essex makes the perfect place for a road trip. The Essex road trip itinerary below contains all the things to do in Essex including all of the hidden gems of Essex!

For the sake of this road trip around Essex, it is starting in the area of Chigwell, but depending on your location you can drive around Essex in the opposite direction. Alternatively, you can use this ultimate Essex road trip guide as a starting point to planning your own road trip.

Chigwell

In the district of Epping Forest sits Chigwell. Just outside of London, Chigwell is the perfect location to live if you want to be just outside the city but further enough away that there are plenty of places to walk your dog. However Chigwell is not the most affordable area to live. The area is notorious for homing the rich including the billionaire business man Sir Alan Sugar.

For the first stop on your road trip across Essex, you should take a stroll around Epping Forest and then perhaps pay a visit to the Hainault Forest Country Park. There is a boating lake and a small farm inside that is appropriate for the whole family. Or why not browse in envy at all the mansions in the area and dream about how the other half live?

Brentwood

On the next stop on your Essex road trip you should consider visiting the famous Brentwood. Home to the Towie cast and the town in which most of the show is filmed, when visiting Brentwood you can spot some of the places from the show. From Amy Childs Salon to the Sugar Hut, most of Brentwood’s high street will look familiar if you’ve ever seen the show. If you’re spending the night in Brentwood, why not pop in the Sugar Hut for a drink or two. Who knows who you will bump in to!

Southend-on-Sea

When travelling around Essex you cannot skip past Southend-on-Sea. It is a very traditional British seaside town and it has everything you need for the perfect day at the beach (if the weather is all good, that is). It has an extremely long pier that you can catch a train to get from one end to the other and along the seafront is a big theme park. So if you’re after a scenic walk, or you much prefer some adrenaline activity, Southend-on-Sea has something for everyone! Southend-on-Sea is also a good place to visit for the weekend as they will have numerous caravan parks at an affordable rate! There is so many things to do in Southend-on-Sea and so you shouldn’t miss this town out of your road trip.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is rated the second best zoo in the United Kingdom and therefore can’t be missed from the ultimate road trip around Essex. The zoo has over 250 animal species to discover and it is praised for its number of interactive activities. Did you know that you can feed both the elephants and giraffes and you don’t have to pay a penny on top of your ticket price? A day is never enough time to spend at the zoo however, if you only have one day in Colchester the zoo will definitely keep you entertained.

If you have a bigger budget for your road trip around Essex then Colchester Zoo offers many different unique experiences such as being a zoo keeper for the day. All dependent on the animal of your choice, this will include making food for the animals, feeding them and you might even get the chance to cuddle them!

Colchester Castle

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in the country. It is a town you cannot miss on your road trip around Essex because it was the countries first ever city. It is full with a rich history dating all the way back to the Roman era. Soon after the Roman settlement of Britain in AD 43, Colchester (known back then as Camulodunum) became the capitol city of England. You can understand just why Colchester was chosen when you walk around the town. The town centre is on top of a big hill which would have given the Roman’s an advantage in battle.

The Temple of Claudius used to sit where the Colchester Castle sits today. Today it forms the base of the Norman Castle that you can take a look around and learn a lot about the history of not only Colchester but the history of England. So if you’re fascinated by history then Colchester Castle is a must see on your road trip across Essex!

Walton-on-the-Naze beach

If you’re looking for a quieter beach on your road trip then Walton-on-the-Naze is only a 30 minute drive from Colchester. It is the perfect place for beautiful coastal walks and it even has a pier that will keep you entertained. With a little imagination there are plenty of things to do in Walton-on-the-Naze, however I have put together a list of things to do in Walton-on-the-Naze for some inspiration.

Hedingham Castle

Again, if you are interested in history, or you just like walking around pretty places then Hedingham Castle cannot be missed from your tour of Essex. Hedingham castle is a 900 year old Norman Keep and it is a part of an estate of gorgeous woodland. It is a common estate in Essex to get married in as on a sunny spring day, the flowers surrounding the area blossom and the lake glistens.

Other than weddings, medieval themed pantomimes are common shows that you can watch at Hedingham castle. You can also view bird shows on this estate and this is something worth looking into when planning your Essex road trip.

Dedham Boathouse

Dedham is on the boarder of Essex and Suffolk and is a beautiful village with gorgeous countryside. Along the river you can hire rowing boats and row along the river. Alternatively you can bring your own paddle-boards and/or Kayaks and spend the day exploring the riverbanks. When the weather is nice, this makes for a beautiful day out. The last time I rented a rowing boat, a herd of cows came right down to the river for a drink and they came very close to us. It is a lovely opportunity to see some cows in their natural environment.

Audley end house and garden

The last stop on this road trip across Essex is to a large 17th century country house outside of Saffron Walden. It is named as one of the finest Jacobean houses in the whole of England and is absolutely stunning. Just like Hedingham castle, there are always events on at this estate. Not only can you admire the interiors of this mansion but you can also walk around the beautiful well maintained gardens of this estate. Therefore, if you are interested in history or you just like walking around beautiful places then Audley End House and Gardens is not to be missed when road tripping around Essex.

Walton-on-the-Naze is a small seaside town in Essex and it is where I spent a large proportion of my childhood. My Nan owned a caravan at the Naze Marine holiday park and so me and my family always had a place to stay. This week my family spent a week in Walton-on-the-Naze and the weather wasn’t brilliant however we managed to make the most of it. Although Walton-on-the-Naze is only a small seaside town there are plenty of things to do. I am going to tell you just how you can make the most of your time at the seaside by keeping yourself entertained in Walton-on-the-Naze. The Beach The main thing to do in Walton-on-the-Naze is to take advantage of the fact that you are at the seaside. This past week, although the weather has fluctuated, we managed to have one sunny day at the beach. From swimming in the…

In search for a new book that would open my mind and bring with it a new perspective on life, I stumbled across The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I read the blurb and upon discovering that it was a love story, I knew that this would be one incredible romance. A romance that could spark within the worse death camp in history, would sure be interesting to read. Would they both survive? What if only one survived? I had to read it. When I began to read this novel I had some basic understanding of what went on at Auschwitz, who the prisoners were etc. However, no documentary or history book could have prepared me for reading a true account of a prisoners experience. Automatically assuming that the tattooist of Auschwitz would be a German guard, I suddenly realised what the prisoners had to do to survive in this…

After living in Manchester for the best part of three years, it now feels like home. That being said, when I first moved to Manchester from Essex, I found the city very daunting. I have lived very central to the city centre and so it feels like the city never sleeps (not that I’m saying that Manchester is in anyway on the same scale as New York City). Fortunately for me, my partner is from Manchester and so when I met him, I became more familiar with what to do in Manchester. There are so many different areas in Manchester to explore. So, I’ve compiled a guide to living in Manchester for the people who are thinking of moving to the city. This way you won’t be as clueless as me on my first day in Manchester and you’ll know what to expect. Everyone is extremely friendly When I first…

It’s that time of year when I begin to start thinking about where I want to be this summer. After a hard year of work, there is nothing I would want more than chilling on a beach with a cocktail in hand. But, before you can be relaxing in paradise you need to consider a few things. The first thing you need to do is actually book a holiday, which sounds easy enough but when there are thousands of hotels to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision. So, I’ve decided to write a post containing all the things you need to look for in a summer holiday. Budget The first thing you need to consider is how far your budget will take you. There’s no point thinking of booking a holiday in Barbados for two weeks from England if the flight alone would steal half of…

Valentines Day brings romance and joy to people all over the world. For some reason, there is a whole day out of the year dedicated to couples which part of me thinks it’s cute. However, the more rational side of me believes that Valentines day is a big marketing strategy for restaurants and bars to get more money out of people (but that’s a post for another day). That being said, I can speak from experience that when it comes to this time of year, my mind begins to become blank of Valentine date ideas. This will be my second Valentines day with my partner and as we live in central Manchester, there are endless things to do. Sometimes it’s when there are too many options that my mind begins to not function. Do you live in the Manchester area and are lost for ideas of how to spend Valentines…

After a short but scenic tour of Northern Ireland this past weekend, I thought I would write a review of one of the many things I got up to. Before heading to the airport on our last day in Northern Ireland, we decided to pass through Belfast to visit the Titanic Museum which tells you everything you need to know about the building of the ship and -of course – the sinking of the ship. Visiting the Titanic Museum in Belfast was incredibly interesting and the attraction even includes the opportunity to go aboard the SS. Nomadic – the last surviving White Star Line ship which was a sister ship to Titanic. For me, I have been a huge fan of the movie Titanic for as long as I can remember and I even did a school project on the tragedy at school. So, visiting the titanic museum in Belfast…

It’s the time of year when many university students start to panic over what they are going to do when they graduate. Some people have known what they’ve wanted to do since before they even applied to university and if this is you then great. If this isn’t you and you are feeling very lost then do not worry. You are not alone. I will hopefully be graduating in the summer and although I’m no careers counsellor, I already know what I want to do when I graduate. So, I thought I’d pose three questions to get you started in thinking about what to do after university.

Did you enjoy university?

The first question you need to ask yourself is did you enjoy university? If you did, then this could potentially open up the opportunities of diving into post-graduate study. Was there one module that you felt so passionate about that you’d love to learn more? Then maybe you should study a masters degree devoted to it? However, enjoying university does not mean you are obliged to carry on with academic study. Perhaps you enjoyed the organisational side of a degree – in that case you could look for a career which requires these skills. Maybe you took an interest and participated in a society that could propel you into a career? A good example of this is a media or creative writing additional activity. Participating in these clubs will provide you with the skills needed for a career in them, and if you enjoyed it then maybe its a good enough reason to go for it.

If you did not enjoy university then it goes without saying that you definitely should not continue academia into post-graduate study. There is absolutely no point in spending your valuable time doing something that you do not enjoy. Life is too short, move on and if you do not know how to move on then literally get a job anywhere. That’s a good place to start. You never know you’ll enjoy something till you’ve tried it.

Are you a money oriented person?

The second question you should ask yourself is, are you a money oriented person? Sure everyone loves having money, but there are specific people out there that get addicted to earning money and get a buzz off earning more and more. If this is you then you should do whatever earns you the most money. If you want a steady job then apply to the jobs with the highest pay and greatest career progression. However, despite doctors and humanitarians doing more moral jobs, it tends to be business people and those who work in finance that earn the most. Perhaps you can use that as your starting point for job searching?

If you are not a money oriented person then maybe you want to help people? Working for a charity is always a good place to start your job hunt. Not only will you be earning money to pay the bills but your job will also be making a difference to peoples lives. Obviously careers such as being a doctor or a nurse are very rewarding however studying these areas at university probably means you know what you want to do after university. Therefore, why are you reading this post?

Are you travel oriented?

The last question I think you should ask yourself is are you travel oriented? I ask you this because travel and tourism is all I want to do after I graduate and it’s not particularly money oriented or an ethical career path. Unless of course you volunteer abroad doing conservation work or rebuilding homes for people, for example. If you’re like me and the idea of settling into the same career for the next twenty years terrifies you, then maybe you should pack a bag and get on a plane. Of course, it takes steps before you can go backpacking, money for example and those steps are what will determine what you do after university. Do you need to move back with your parents and get a job with lots of hours for you to be able to afford to travel? Would you rather get a job on a cruise ship or become a member of cabin crew? If you ask yourself these questions now, then you will have plenty of time to plan your next steps before you graduate.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I hope it has brought you some what closer to figuring out what you want to do after university. If you would like to read more of mine be sure to subscribe to my blog and don’t forget to follow me on social media for updates on new content!

I came to the realisation not long ago that the travel content on my blog was rather limited and there is a reason for this. I have not travelled anywhere in far too long. University commitments and lack of funds just keep getting in the way. None the less, I thought I’d create some travel advice content whilst I wait for that day when someone will just pay me to travel the world and not look back. Any takers? I’m PR friendly… I promise! Anyway I thought I’d start the advice with 10 things you should never do when staying in a hostel. I haven’t seen all of these happen but you’ll soon gather why I don’t see them to be hostel appropriate! Number 1 – Do NOT leave the lights on Do not be that annoying somebody who is the last one in at night and then forgets to…

Welcome back to my new series, “This one time…” If you are new to the series then you can read the first episode here, which is all about the most embarrassing moment of my life that took place at Yosemite National Park, California. Or you could read all about my trip to San Fransisco here which featured one of the most bizarre moments of my life. In this series, I hope to write as many comical and/or inspirational travel stories as I can. If you are interested in me writing up one of your stories then please, be sure to contact me and I can give you further details on the plans I have for this series. Today’s story is inspired by my amazing and inspirational nan who – when she was just nineteen – travelled all the way from rainy England to the other side of the world…