With 2021 being an uncertain year for international travel, bookings for UK destinations have been on the rise. I know I’ve looked at a couple of locations, and a lot of Airbnb’s have been fully booked for summer! But I also found that I lacked inspiration of where to look: do I go somewhere new? Do I return to a familiar favourite? If anyone else is in a similar situation, I’ve put together five destinations that may peak your interest. There’s a mix of beach locations and historical venues, so no one’s left out!
Camber Sands, East Sussex
Get that foreign feel with a sandy beach! Popular for day-trips, but why wouldn’t you make it a weekend trip? Because of this beach’s beauty, it has been used for various TV and film projects, such as The Monuments Men (2014), After Life (2019) and Dunkirk (1958). Things to do include kitesurfing, as Camber Sands is notoriously windy, and visiting the medieval town of Rye, which is 7 kilometres away.
Canterbury, also shown in the title picture of this blog post, is one of my favourite English towns I have visited. It’s charming, old buildings and cobbled streets make you feel like you’ve gone back in time, but in the best way possible. It’s filled with history too: with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit (I went to Canterbury Cathedral and it was beautiful!), and home to many playwrights and poets, there’s so much to discover. There are also beaches nearby, such as Whistable!
Another city I’ve been wanting to go to for a while. I can’t mention Bath and not mention the Roman baths, for which it is named after: you can visit the ancient Roman baths, which is one of the main tourist destinations in the city, or even check in at one of the more modern spas, like the Thermae Bath Spa, which hosts the only natural hot spring you can bathe in within Britain. There are plenty of places to eat, and there are plenty of other things you can do, such as visit museums or take a walking tour around Bath to see the Georgian architecture.
Lake District, Cumbria
The Lake District has always intrigued me: the National Park, perhaps one of the most popular in England, has been a popular tourist destination for years, and the pictures alone can tell you why. You can hike around the slopes of the mountains, with some easily accessible routes available for all too. You can also engage in water activities, such as kayaking, swimming and fishing, and you can take a boat trip to some of the beautiful neighbouring towns.
Cornwall, South-West England
I know Cornwall is a large area, but any place in Cornwall sounds like a great staycation trip! Not only is it insanely beautiful, but it’s packed with culture and things to do too: with Celtic roots visible to see even now, you can discover castles, go kayaking, and visit the Eden project (and obviously try a Cornish pasty!). For all you Poldark fans, there are plenty of film locations to visit here!
I would love to know your favourite staycation trips in the UK below. Are they listed here? I may also have a part two of this blog post coming out soon, so let me know if there’s anything you want me to add!
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