We will spend almost one month in England/Wales on the tiniest budget in the universe (even though I have been dreaming/planning/saving/scrounging for this for ten years).
I need advice.
What should we prepare?
I was planning on taking a GoPro but should I bring my Canon 5D Mii?
We'll be there the mid July to Mid August (We will be in Scotland from Mid August to Mid September and first two weeks of July and the last two weeks of September will be in Ireland.)
What is worth the expense?
Any warnings about travel in England? Crazy serial killers, gangs, terrorists, etc.?
What about the weather? We are from Southern California where it's 86F (30C) in January. Does it rain much in the summer?
I will be with my seventeen year old daughter who will have just graduated High School. I want to spend time with her before she leaves for college.
We're not interested in a party type scene but I want it to be fun and interesting for her too.
She's an American girl so of course she likes to shop and loves music but she is also writer and a bibliophile. She consumes books and has read everything from Ayn Rand, Dante, Dorothy Sayers, Austen, Dostoevsky, Tolkien, Lewis, etc. to contemporary authors as well. I say this because she is determined to have a beer at "The Eagle and Child" as she has been part of a reading/writing group named after the famous "Inklings." Jane Austen's home and some Austen sites are definitely on the map as well. I was also considering the Harry Potter Train and castles, etc. I know she's older now but I thought it would be nostalgic of her childhood.
Should we do something Sherlock Holmes-ish?
I know the legal drinking age is 18 but it's 21 in the US. I'm not against her having a rare champagne toast or Margarita-ish drink with dinner but definitely no drunkenness.
What are the places and things that we should definitely not miss?
Any random advice? Off the beaten path memory makers?