Regions and countries are beginning to open up, but the outbreak will undoubtedly change how we think, act and travel, at least in the short term.
After all this time in lockdown, the need for travel will certainly still be there but we will be craving a different kind of holiday. One which has health-enhancing experiences, restorative immersions in nature, a spirit-lifting exercise in the open air and safe escapes close to home. We are all looking for that quality time with our nearest and dearest to make up for the past few uncertain months in quarantine. After months of being cooped up indoors most of you reading this will be looking forward to experiencing the outdoors and new surroundings once again. But we will need to transition to venturing back into the wider world at a new and slower pace.
In this case, we might not want to stray so far from home at first – minimising the amount of time we spend in airports or on planes. In this article, we discover some hidden gems waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep without putting yourself at risk by travelling miles and going abroad.
Brighton, East Sussex, England
Brighton is a beautiful seaside resort located on the south coast of England, positioned 47 miles south of London. Perfect for a weekend away from the big city to relax by the sea and breathe the ocean air. It is a constituent part of the city of Brighton and Hove, created from the formerly separate towns of Brighton and Hove.
For more information visit https://www.visitbrighton.com/
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Eden Project, Cornwall, England
With gardens spanning thirty acres, we can see why the Eden Project is a hugely popular tourist attraction on the south coast. From a rainforest cathedral to the flowers of South Africa and the Rainforest Canopy Walkway, there's plenty to keep you entertained all day - not to mention visiting the nearby St Austell Bay. If you're looking to make a weekend of it, then Cornwall is known for its picturesque coastal towns, including Padstow which is a short drive from the Eden Project and features four of Rick Stein's restaurants.
For more information visit edenproject.com
Sandbanks Beach, Dorset, England
With golden sands and shimmering blue shores, Sandbanks is considered one of Britain's best beaches. Perfect for a family day out at the seaside, you will also find a crazy golf course, children's play area and a watersports equipment hire station.
For more information visit visit-dorset.com
Isle of white, England
The Isle of Wight is an island off the south coast of England. It is known for its beaches and seafront promenades such as sandy Shanklin Beach and south-facing Ventnor Beach, which is dotted with vintage beach huts. For such a small island there are lodes you can do, Dinosaur remains and fossils can be seen in areas like Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach. On the island’s western point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, guarded by a 19th-century lighthouse.
For more information visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/
Northumberland's beauty can be overlooked but it should not be. It has beautiful towering chalk cliffs and golden sandy beaches that stretch miles. A picturesque place perfect for the photo lovers, from rolling rural vistas to lush marshland - explore the best of the UK's impressive landscape in one unique place.
For more information visit https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/
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Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique way of life. Experience the peace and tranquillity of this isolated environment or accept the warm Western Isles welcome of communities waiting to offer you some traditional Hebridean hospitality.
For more information visit https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/
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Visit the Gower Peninsula for a rich and varied environment which is breath-taking (and we’re not just saying that!) – From wild moors and limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches. Gower is a geological goldmine with inspiring landscapes, from the sumptuous to the simplistic there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
For more information visit https://www.visitswanseabay.com/destinations/gower-peninsula/