With the global pandemic disrupting many of our travel plans in 2020 (and potentially quite a few this year too), it has many of us rethinking travel altogether and whether we should stay closer to home for convenience, safety, and affordability. We know that jetting off on a foreign holiday brings adventure, excitement, and plenty of sun. However, there are many hidden gems that the UK holds, you just haven’t discovered them yet. For example, Cornwall and Devon are hotspots for UK holidaymakers because they’re home to beautiful sand beaches, historical sites, captivating fishing harbours, plenty of shops and more. Not to mention to the famous Cornish pasty and cream teas on offer in Cornwall.
We’re here to provide the top 3 reasons why you should take your next holiday in the UK, and to give you some inspiration so you can organise and prepare for your next trip when it’s safe to do so. It’s time to ditch the overwhelmingly busy airports, dreadful queues that British people simply cannot deal with properly and experience a trip that’s easier and less stressful.
Hear us out – we know you witness some wonderful landscapes abroad but we tend to underestimate the beauty of the UK! Let’s take Snowdonia, the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands as magnificent examples. Whether you’re a nature lover, country or city lover, there is a place to suit all tastes. We’ve recommended some key locations below depending on your personal preferences.
Those who love the city – While many flock to the capital which is London, there are a number of underrated cities in the UK. Discover what awaits in Belfast, Ireland. Belfast showcases stunning, award winning architecture, beautiful botanic gardens, art venues and more.
Those who love the country – In need of a trip that gets you away from the hustle and bustle and instead gives you peace and a bit of quiet? Try Padbury, located in Buckinghamshire. Padbury is an award winning, picturesque village with thatch cottages, period buildings, and plenty of countryside for afternoon walks.
For the nature lovers – If you’re one that absolutely loves to get up and close with mother nature, you need to visit the Cotswolds. You’ll be able to witness naturally occurring wildlife as you walk, bike, jog or even swim in the Cotswolds. A truly spectacular treat to view unspoiled parts of the world.
For the adventure lovers – As briefly mentioned earlier, Devon is an incredibly popular destination in the UK. It is home to a range of exciting water sports, from surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. You can even swim with seals which is an experience not to be missed
2)Use Your Own Transport
Many of us will agree that the wait at the airport isn’t ideal, neither is the transfer from the airport when you’ve landed to your accommodation. You can waste around a day just travelling, and it eats away at your holiday time, as well as makes you feel tired. In the UK, you can drive pretty much anywhere which is why using your own transport can make the trip more comfortable. It’s not possible for you to take control of an airplane, but if you’re in your own car, you’re in full control! If you’re travelling a bit of a distance and don’t want to rack up hundreds of miles on your vehicle, renting is cheap so make sure you shop around on deals.
Caravan, motorhome, and campervan holidays have been more popular in recent years, because it’s your home away from home. Rather than spend quite a few pounds forking out on accommodation each year, you can avoid this if you have your own caravan, motorhome, or campervan. Granted, the initial purchase of one of the three vehicles can be expensive, but at Venture our used range is designed to be as affordable as possible, and we have finance options available.
Your own transport means you can go off the beaten track and explore places at your own pace and at ease.
3)Reduce Carbon Footprint
This isn’t a topic that we talk about as much as we should, but air travel is one of the biggest contributors towards climate change. So, by getting in your own car, or caravan or motorhome, you are already cutting down on your carbon footprint. According to Guardian analysis, taking a long haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in various countries around the world produces in one whole year. This puts things into perspective, so if you can shop locally, and holiday locally, it’s much better for the planet.
While there are many other reasons why you should consider taking your next holiday in the UK, it’s a perfect opportunity for you to discover all of the hidden gems right on your doorstep. We also have a dedicated article to road trip ideas for after lockdown, as well as hygiene tips for your vehicle during covid19.
This blog was written by Dave Brown. Dave is a Director of his family business which began in 1971. He has a wealth of experience in this sector starting as a workshop apprentice straight from school in 1982. Married with two children, Dave has been an enthusiastic Rugby player since the age of 8, only retiring this year. He will now spend more time travelling in his VW Campervan and watching his favourite team, the Northampton Saints.