As much as I love the exciting feeling of jumping on a plane and leaving the UK, I’ve really started to learn how to appreciate how lucky I am to have such incredible places on my doorstep.
In comparison to the rest of the World, I really haven’t explored half of much of the UK as I should have and so I am vowing to start booking more staycations, and really appreciating what my home country has to offer.
But where would I start? There are so many amazing places I could visit, I thought I’d make a little list of the five that I’d like to cross off my list first…
? A girly weekend in London
Okay, this may be cheating a little bit as I used to live in London, but I really really want to book a trip to London with the girls and have the biggest city sleepover. We can go to a musical, drink cocktails at fancy bars, shop until we can’t shop any longer and then go back to the hotel for the biggest pamper.
It’s been a long time since I *really* explored London and so much has changed since I lived there four years ago, I’m dying to go back and spend longer than a day.
? A overnight stay in Nottingham
One of my parents favourite places to visit is Nottingham as they say there’s some really good nightlife and lots to do, all on an affordable budget! I’d love to go for an overnight stay, which gives me time to spend the whole next day exploring.
With things like the Flying Horse Shopping Park, Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Cathedral to explore there’s plenty to keep you busy! For more ideas what to do in Nottingham, there’s a great blog post by St James Hotel on 10 Things to do in Nottingham in the day.
? A week in Cornwall
I haven’t visited Cornwall since I was a teenager and so I’d love to go back and see the places I loved, as well as explore new beautiful parts of the south that I haven’t seen yet.
Cornwall is definitely one of my favourite parts of the country and so I think a week driving from beach to beach would be an incredible way to spend some of the summer. I know I know, I don’t drive… but a girl can dream, can’t she?
? A long weekend in the Lake District
This is another place my family absolutely love to visit, but I haven’t had the chance to go myself. Before walking through the countryside would have been my idea of a nightmare, but lately I’ve grown to love little countryside towns and the stunning views that you can find after a bit of a hike…
? A boozy trip to Brighton
Can you believe I have never been to Brighton before? I feel like it’s a right of passage for every twenty something in the UK…
This is definitely one I need to get booked up with the girls ASAP, as I feel the warmer weather isn’t going to stick around forever and what’s a seaside town without sun, right?
There are so so so many places I’d love to visit that I haven’t included on this list, but I’m still really excited about – including Oxford, Bath, Leeds and Manchester to name just a few.
It just goes to show that staying ‘home’ and exploring the country you were born in can be just as exciting as hopping on a plane and jetting to a new place.