The UK is a fantastic place to travel, to work and to live. This is something I only realised in my twenties. As a UK citizen I spent my teenage years longing to jump on a plane and head somewhere a little more exotic with a warmer climate, cute surfer boys and plenty of beaches. Why couldn’t my family have been born in California or Australia? The grass is always greener, but I’ve definitely found a new love and fondness of my home country, although Australia is still very much on the list for one day. I hear the vegan food in Melbourne is great!
Let’s get back to the UK, the reason I’m writing this post. I recently spent a month in California, yes I finally fulfilled my dreams of living in The OC if only for just four weeks. I absolutely loved it, but it did leave me questioning what’s stopping me from jumping in the car and heading on the road in the UK, after all there’s still so much for me to explore. It became apparent that I haven’t made enough of the UK when American citizens would ask me if I’d been to X, Y and Z and I sheepishly replied “umm no not yet”. Sure, we might not always have the climate but we do have areas of stunning, natural beauty and plenty of cities to feed any cravings for culture. I’d overlooked the United Kingdom and started to feel a little guilty about it. So what did I do? I got out there! My partner and I have been making a conscious effort to utilise our weekends to jump in my trusty VW and drive a few hours down the road to explore somewhere new. The vastness of California really did make me realise just how tiny the UK is, and how I really had little excuse for not exploring all four corners.
I still have a list of locations to tick off, but we’re getting there! Who knew travel at home could be so fun, it definitely provides the sense of adventure I desire and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper too. Check out my UK Bucket List for the rest of summer, perhaps it could help your travels around the UK too…
The Roman Ruins of Bath
A city I would 100% recommend you visit whilst in the UK. Bath is actually classed as UNESCO World Heritage Centre and is mostly known for its Roman-build baths. There’s plenty to do here, so don’t be concerned about filling your time. I would recommend a minimum stay of two nights, this is what we did and found it just the right amount of time to explore everything we wanted to, although it would have been nice to have an extra day to peruse the city. Of course, you have to visit the Roman Baths and these didn’t disappoint. Audio headsets are supplied and it’s a great little lesson in history. There are also various combination ticket offers, so if you also want to head to the Fashion Museum or Victoria Art Gallery I’d recommend buying these to save some cash. The Jane Austen Centre was another interesting attraction, and of course you must sample a famous Sally Lunn bun!
A Hike in the Lake District
The Lake District is truly beautiful! I’ve just booked a trip to head here in August, staying in the Ambleside area. Our hikes in the USA at the likes of Yosemite led me to booking a few ‘outdoorsy’ trips and the Lake District was top of my list. It has actually just been awarded World Heritage status putting it up there with the likes of the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon. I read that Ambleside is a lovely part of the district to stay, situated at the head of Windermere and foot of Kirkstone Pass. I’ve booked in to stay at the Vegetarian guest house, Ambleside Manor which might be handy for any fellow veggie/vegan readers! If you fancy being at one with nature then you could of course pack your tent and camp for the weekend instead. Just remember to bring your hiking boots!
Beautiful Beaches of Cornwall
We have some beautiful beaches here in the UK that aren’t to be missed! Cornwall is well worth a trip and there are many different parts to explore. It’s a good idea to plan a small road trip to ensure you get to see as much of it as possible! This is exactly what I’ll be doing in August, whilst I’ve been to a couple of different areas of Cornwall before, I’m still yet to visit St Ives and Penzance which both look just magical. For surfaholics Newquay is your best shout, it’s a super fun, young area and I have quite a few friends who have made the move down there. Whilst I don’t get too involved with the surfing, I do enjoy watching from the comfort of the beach. I love the carefree vibes down in Cornwall, it just feels so free and when the sun is shining it’s a fantastic place to be.