The recent restrictions placed onto British tourists returning from Spain should illustrate that international travel is still some way off making a full recovery. In this environment, the so-called staycation is a more popular alternative than ever. That’s bad news for the global tourism trade, but it’s good news for the environment, and for Brits looking to spend some quality time with the attractive destinations to be found on these islands.
A staycation is not only cheaper but more convenient. You won’t need to worry about packing for air travel – a simple shoulder bag will see you through most days just fine. If you’re planning a domestic holiday in the near future, then there are a few destinations that might stand out as especially worthy. They’re away from bustling city centres, and thus they’re ideally suited for the age of social distancing.
A break in the Cotswolds provides a glimpse of all that’s quaint and picturesque about life in the British countryside. Encompassing large parts of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, it provides a smorgasbord of market towns and country houses.
The Lake District
England’s largest national park is also amongst its most popular. The Lake District is great for those looking to go for a few walks through the hills – or to ascend the tallest peak in the country, Scafell Pike. The biggest attractions, of course, are the lakes themselves. The larger ones, like Windemere, attract huge volumes of tourist traffic – but if you’re willing to venture away from the beaten path, you’ll come upon some truly breath-taking scenery.
If you’d prefer a coastal adventure, then Norfolk, with its ninety miles of rugged shoreline, is sure to appeal. Whether you’re looking to unwind on an unspoilt beach, or to spot some of the area’s rare birds, the destination is sure to appeal.
The Peak District
The Peak District has a great deal in common with the lake district, with plenty of gorgeous scenery to marvel at and long hikes to go on. There’s also a wealth of more strenuous activities to enjoy, including abseiling, caving and bouldering. As such, a holiday in this part of the country is sure to appeal to thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
The Scottish Highlands
If you really want to explore the tallest parts of the country, you’ll want to venture to the Highlands of Scotland. There are eye-popping mountain passes and the famous lochs to explore, as well as some of the country’s most beautiful coastlines, complete with dolphins.