Only a year ago, the idea of travel meant something completely different. Instagram profiles were full of weekend breaks to Paris, gap year adventures around Southeast Asia, and flashback photos of nights out in Sydney. Now, the pandemic has changed the way we travel.
At first, it seemed unbelievable. It seemed unfair that the city breaks only a few hour’s flight from London had suddenly become restricted, discontinued, or even dangerous. However, concerns were shortlived and Instagram profiles were soon full of beaches once more. The only difference is that, this time, the sand and sea were British.
Tourism is growing inland and our weekend breaks are being taken locally. The travel industry is adapting as more British residents look to find their adventures inside and upon our island instead. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next trip, here’s where everybody is going.
The Rame Peninsula has long been a hidden gem in the UK and its most famous, but still relatively unknown gem, is Cawsand Bay. This beach is only a short ferry ride from Plymouth and is also accessible by car. Due to the landscape, the village has never developed much, retaining a quaint aesthetic, and, even during the summer, it doesn’t seem to get too busy. As of this year, there are no hotels in the village anymore, limiting the potential number of visitors, but there are plenty of Airbnb options, as well as local summer houses, making it the ideal choice for a warm weekend.
Are you a book worm? Wigtown is to many the greatest destination for those who love books. It is a beautiful Scottish town that is full of bookshops as well as quaint cafes for a spot to read your purchases too. Interestingly, some of the bookshops even allow themselves to be rented, which means that, aside from having a characterful old residence to stay in, you can also run a local bookshop!
Tintagel is one of the most beautiful, and still untouched, villages in the UK. Not only is it home to some of the most fascinating and quaint architecture of southern England, but it is surrounded by magnificent landscapes. Those feeling slightly adventurous can even make the journey to find Rubin Eynon’s famous and epic statue of King Arthur, hidden among the clifftops.
If you were travelling along the Welsh coast and suddenly came across Portmeirion, you might think you’re dreaming. This famous Welsh village is of Italian design, created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, is one of the UK’s most impressive sites and the perfect opportunity for strange Instagram stories. Each year there is a fantastic music festival that takes place on its beaches and it was also the location used in the hit TV show, The Prisoner.
While not technically inland, Jersey is still becoming a new favourite destination for tourists within the UK, those who are looking to explore what could be the country’s most stunning beaches. Not only are they great for getting the sand between your toes, and with incredibly blue water, but because of the island’s size, it’s certain to be quiet most of the year-round too.