Going abroad can be so expensive lately, and especially with...dare I say it...BREXIT looming and flights being cancelled and delayed on a regular basis, more and more people are choosing to spend their holidays in their homeland.
When you think about all the things you need/want to buy when planning a holiday abroad, there's no surprise that a staycation might be a better option. And if you're lucky, you might even end up with having better weather than what you would have done in another country (take summer of 2018 for example...towards the end of August I was begging for some colder weather!); but with the forecasts suggesting another heatwave - apparently the UK is set to be hotter than Ibiza - then it certainly would be worth considering a staycation!
So here's some ideas for where to go on your next UK staycation.
Another one for those looking for an escape. Mainly because it's a rarity to actually have any signal when you're surrounded by lakes, fields, and mountains, miles away from any sort of towers.
We were lucky enough to visit in the midst of the crazy heat in summer 2018 so we had mostly beautiful weather but being surrounded by lots of water and massive mountains there is always the chance of some showers. Trust me, it will be boiling one minute, and chucking it down the next! So make sure you pack for all eventualities.
And if you're lucky enough to have some heat, definitely take the opportunity to take a dip in the water, even if it's just your toes, it's an amazing experience!
Edinburgh is a beautiful city through and though; from the sights, the people, the food, and the culture. We only spent 2 days there and it certainly wasn't enough there was so much to explore. And the best thing was that it was so easy to get around. We drove there but considering it's a capital city it's easy to navigate and there's plenty of affordable parking around.
Like I said there's plenty to do, but my must do's would definitely be to visit the castle, embrace the food (I now love Haggis!) and explore the whisky rooms (I still don't like whiskey but they have so many varieties - you may find one you like).
The best place we ate at was The Red Squirrel - the food was very high quality but still affordable and the atmosphere was great. The manager who served us was super friendly!
Of course being a Welshly, Brecon was going to appear in this list! I'm going to be slightly biased here and say that there's not many places that can beat the beautiful views in Brecon and the green green grass of home. And considering there's not much about around those hills, there's plenty to do.
You could climb Pen-Y-Fan, have a spa weekend in one of the lodges, or just explore the hills (just be careful you don't get lost!). It's a great place if you want to take your furry friends with you, most of the pubs are dog friendly so you could bring them along with you for the adventure.
Want a place where you can do nothing and still be by the sea? Torquay. I don't know if it's just me that thinks this but whenever I think about Torquay, I always think about old people going on one of those old people group holidays (getting there by coach, obvs) and spending their days sitting on the beach front in their deck chairs, and then going in to play bingo when the sun gets too much for them...and after being there myself I can confirm that sitting on the beach and playing bingo is probably all there is to do when you visit.
The photo above is the only photo I have from when we visited because we just wanted to relax and get away from the stresses of life (doesn't Ow just look fabulous in my sunglasses too, whilst I'm squinting away...); but that's exactly what we were able to do.
If you're on mainland UK (i.e. England, Scotland, Wales) then you'll still either have to book flights or jump on a boat for this one, but it's worth the trip. I've always wanted to visit Ireland because of my heritage so Ow took me there for my 25th birthday - and now I want to go back!
There's lots of fun, touristy things to get up to whilst you're there; including the famous Guinness Storehouse, the Jamesons Distillery, and the Temple Bar. Even if you don't drink, I recommend doing all three of those because they're certainly an experience. My favourite part was the music, Ireland is famous for its drinking yes but also for its folk music.Because it's amazing. Everywhere you go just feels homey and welcoming, it's amazing.
A couple of other things I recommend whilst in Dublin would be to try the oysters (they're a little expensive, and I personally now hate them after trying them) and get the Dublin Bus "Leap" card - it's way cheaper to travel around by bus using one of these and the buses run frequently and into the evening so they're well worth it.
So those were my top 5 recommendations. What would yours be? Let me know in the comments below!
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