Whilst other friends have jetted off abroad, I've always been the one fascinated with seeing more of my own country. I grew up caravaning around the UK and sailing around the irish sea on weekends and I've seen so many beautiful sights that people would be surprised that they are in the UK. I have seen dolphins in the wild swimming next to our boat, visited a group of sea otters, seen beaches that look like they are out of the movies and visited castles with a wealth of history, all without getting on a plane. Here's a few of my top reasons you should consider a UK staycation.
Firstly, the UK has an abundance of beautiful landscapes. From the white cliffs of dover to this idyllic little village called Beddgelert in Wales. There are so many Instagram worthy landscapes to explore right on UK soil.
The UK has so many sandy white beaches, most of which have lots of rock pools to explore where discover the local sea life and caves and caverns hidden in the cliff sides. On a beautiful summer's day, our beaches could easily rival those abroad. The image above is Durdle Door Cliffs in Dorset.
The UK has a wealth of history and you can see so much of this in exhibitions around the UK and all the magnificent castles at very affordable prices and sometimes even free. Everywhere you go there's a history to be uncovered from fossil finding on the beaches to visiting one of London's many museums. The UK is lucky to lots of beautiful castles, many in quite good condition considering their age. The above castle is Hever Castle in Kent.
Finally, you cannot get more homely than a good Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is a well known tradition in the UK and consists of an assortment of sandwiches, desserts and of course freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam. An Afternoon Tea by the seaside sounds like my sort of heaven.
If you fancy winning a staycation of your own, check out this Parkdean* competition and test your knowledge on some of the UK's hotspots.
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