Let’s face it, holidays and travelling can be bloody expensive. Sometimes budget doesn’t allow and other times money just has to be spent on “adultier” purchases. Some of us might not be as lucky to be able to hop on a plane every few months so it’s hard to not let the wanderlust hit you hard from time to time. (Especially with every Tom, Dick & Harry blogger currently jetting off to far flung destinations right now!) With Summer coming up, it’s a great way to try bring those holiday vibes in to our lives without having to cross any pond to do so. So, what can we do to make sure we get all the holiday feels in our lives? I got some great ideas for you.
HEAD TO THE COAST
Seems a pretty obvious choice doesn’t it? But, why not mix it up a little? Head to a seaside resort that’s new to you rather than visiting old haunts. That is unless of course, you know the perfect sandy cove that could rival one of Majorca’s gorgeous beaches?
HAVE A STAYCATION
Stay in the UK and make a long weekend break off it. Head somewhere new and explore what it has to offer. To keep costs down, try seek out free activities you can do. We headed to Oxford (You can book a hotel here!) and rather than pay for the walking tours around the city we visited destinations on our own steam. There was a small fee to pay to go in to one of the places but overall we didn’t spend a huge amount! Bath & Brighton are two places on my UK hit list.
FIND A ROOFTOP BAR
Does anything scream more “City Break” than finding a hidden gem of a rooftop bar where you can hang out, drink Pimms or Aperol Spritz, whilst watching the sun set? This is a must if you want to feel like you are on holiday!
VISIT A THEME PARK
Obviously, if you are a massive Disney fan like me, then heading to a UK theme park is a definite bucket list option. I love Alton Towers because it has a mix of mid to extreme rides! Plus they have gorgeous gardens to walk in if you’re feeling queasy! Another great place to head to is Flamingo Land because it’s got a Zoo attached to it as well. I mean rollercoasters and lions in the same place? What a dream!
VISIT AN ART GALLERY
Get your dose of culture by heading to a local art gallery. It’s something we always find ourselves doing when we head on a city break (even though neither of us have a clue about art!) – the Hepworth in Wakefield is a really great place to head to. Or if you’re based in London, head to the Tate Modern.
TRY A NEW CUISINE
Find a local restaurant that offers a slightly different cuisine from what you’d normally do. Turkish, Greek, Caribbean? If there is one thing I love, it’s trying out the local food when on holiday so this could definitely ease the holiday blues!
GO ON A PHOTOGRAPHY WALK IN YOUR LOCAL AREA
I know when I pick up my camera and explore my own backyard I truly start to appreciate what is around me. It helps ease the wanderlust just a little bit because I learn to find the beauty around me.
PACK UP A PICNIC
Load up the car or head on a walk locally so you can enjoy a cheeky glass of prosecco! Grab your fave bites to eat and have a little picnic somewhere with a view. Simple yet super cute!
And this might be a little out there…
BOOK A HOLIDAY FOR NEXT YEAR
A lot of tour operators offer holidays with low deposits, starting from as little as £60pp (Jet2Holidays) and with summer 2018 on sale with most companies, now is a great time to get an early deal without having to part with too much cash! As they say “the early bird catches the worm” and it’s exactly the same with holiday booking!
I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.