In these uncertain and challenging times, we’re all looking for something positive to focus on, to lighten the mood and distract us from the worries of the world. For many, that means thinking about a holiday – a chance to get away for a few days with our loved ones and unwind.
Under normal circumstances, that would mean jetting off to Europe or perhaps further afield for a spot of sunshine, a nice refreshing pool and delicious food and drink. However, travel restrictions mean heading overseas is likely to prove tricky for some time yet.
But, with lockdown measures gradually being lifted, there could be plenty of holiday opportunities here in the UK. If you’re someone who likes to carefully manage their finances, then staying closer to home can prove a cost-effective option, while you might just be surprised at some of the destinations right on your doorstep…
Little Venice, London
As the name suggests, this corner of the capital is like being transported to the iconic Italian city. Just north of Paddington, Little Venice allows you to stroll up and down the canal banks, take a ride on one of the barges and even enjoy a puppet show. London Zoo, Regent’s Park and Camden Town are all nearby, so there’s certainly no shortage of things for you to experience.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
This beautiful island off the south-west coast is a spectacular setting, connected to the mainland via a walkway that is covered by the sea as the tide comes in. A visit to the official website gives you a superb visualof how the path becomes impassable, so you need to plan your visit in line with the tide timetables, but once you’re there you can take in the beautiful castle and its gardens.
Valley of Rocks, Devon
This stunning U-shaped valley offers remarkable views out to sea, with an abundance of caves and unusual rock formations that will fascinate any keen geologists. Wild goats roam freely on its slopes, often looking precarious atop the cliff edges, and a visit here will leave you feeling well and truly at one with nature.
Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Another hidden gem tucked away off the south-western tip of the country, the Isles of Scilly are accessible by plane, helicopter or boat. There are a range of accommodation options available from castles and hotels to campsites, while the likes of St Martin’s, St Agnes and Tresco offer plenty of unspoiled beaches, wildlife and quaint villages.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
If a beautiful beach stay is what you’re after, then a visit to Barafundle Bay can feel more like a trip to the Bahamas.Situated on Wales’ south coast, it was named winner of the Green Coast and the Seaside Awards in 2019 and it’s easy to see why, thanks to its glorious golden sands and crystal clear waters.