Staycations And A Holiday In The UK This Summer

Holiday in the UK - Cornwall Self Catering

Unfortunately, due to a number of things that have happened over the past 12 months, we’re not able to do any of the travelling we had planned for this year. However that doesn’t mean I’ll be staying home, no way! There are so many travel opportunities right on your doorstep with a holiday in the UK and I’ve been planning as much as possible for us to get away from home and see some of the world, even if that does mean staying in the country.

Holiday in the UK - Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

Holiday in the UK - Pet Friendly Cottages

Diane from Bimblebox asked me to share their cute info graphic with you guys and she has so many great reasons why a self catered cottage is great way to spend your holiday days this year and loads of them resonate with me personally:

// Saving money on a holiday in the UK will allow us to put aside a bit extra for next year to really go big on our travel plans. Our international travels may have fallen through this year, but they’re not gone for good. There’s always next time!

// Health wise, things have been up in the air recently and staying in the UK this Summer means we won’t have to worry about travel insurance or being too far from medication and hospitals.

// Because the Frank Monster is a rescue dog, we have a solid ‘no kennels’ rule so we have to work our travels around being able to get a dog-sitter. Hiring a pet-friendly cottage in the UK would not only mean we don’t have to worry about organising someone to look after him, but would also allow us to enjoy a holiday with him too instead of just weekend days out in the local park!

// The blissful peace and quiet of being completely alone is totally my thing. Travelling to an off-the-beaten-track cottage with a bunch of friends, plenty of wine and good food sounds like my dream holiday. If you’re organised enough, you won’t need to see another human being all week ;)

The UK has so many amazing places to discover such as Cornwall’s picturesque beaches or the wonderful nature & wildlife in Cumbria. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling up and down the country and there are so many awesome hidden gems, coffee shops, markets, boutiques and photo opportunities that are so close to home. There’s a whole bunch of places that I’m gutted to only have ever been to once, never mind all the wonders that I’m still yet to discover. I’m excited about spending this Summer exploring the UK!

If these are not good enough reasons for you to stay home and have a holiday in the UK, make sure you have a peek at Bimblebox’s info graphic below:

Why You Should Indulge With a Self-Catered Cottage Holiday

Where are you relaxing this Summer? Loves x xx

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SEVEN: Things To Do Whilst Sunbathing

Things To Do While Sunbathing

I’m not a beach holiday girl by any means, but I absolutely appreciate how important it is to take some time off and relax. Unfortunately as a self proclaimed workaholic, as much as I’d prefer a holiday squeezing in as many breathtaking landmarks and recommended beauty spots as possible, if I only ever take holidays where I’m on the go from start to finish I will burn out before I’m 30. So here are some tips to stop the impending boredom of just laying on the beach.

1 // Listen to music. Make playlists for different moods, finally get round to hearing that new album from start to finish or take the time to explore your favourite musician’s back catalogue. In-ear headphones vs over-ear headphones for this one, trust me ;)

2 // Sketch. I always pack a sketchbook on holiday; Whether it’s a proper one with high quality paper or just a little one that won’t take up too much room in my bag. Even if you’re not an ‘artist’ you can draw your view or even come up with ideas of what to wear with your new tan when you get home.

3 // Scribble. In a similar vein, a notebook is an essential holiday item for me. Musicians can write lyrics, bakers can come up with recipe ideas, write about your hopes and dreams, write a short story. You can even write to-do lists or notes on getting organised – writing it all down will also help you to relax for the rest of your vacation.

4 // Read. Kind of obvious, but I don’t necessarily mean you have to read a trashy ‘holiday novel’. Take a favourite magazine, your friend’s short story, a how-to book, a phrase book, a book with beautiful pictures, a book about mythology, an autobiography, a joke book… reading doesn’t have to be as boring as you think.

5 // Change your location. Instead of laying on a sun bed, sit on the edge of the pool with your feet in the water, (carefully!) sit on the rocks by the sea. Watch the kids splashing and the world going by – I love to watch the locals and see how people really live in tourist spots, it must be so strange having an endless stream of visitors to your home town.

6 // Play games. Pop your phone on airplane mode (to preserve your battery and avoid any unwanted roaming charges!) and play Catchphrase or Angry Birds. Pack a small game like Travel Scrabble or take the question cards from Taboo or Articulate for a poolside quick fire round!

7 // Talk! Here’s a novel idea… have a great conversation with your travel companions, like what your dream career is or what you’d buy if you won the lottery. Recall your favourite memories, answer fun questions like favourite type of food or best gig you’ve ever been to. Discuss the Game of Thrones finale or your thoughts on the week’s headlines. Talk about the things you never get time to at home.

Loves x xx

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