In the current global climate, the prospect of an international holiday is too risky for many travellers to consider right now. The future is uncertain and cases are still high worldwide, so you don’t want to risk falling ill or having your plans cancelled.
Fortunately, the United Kingdom provides plenty of opportunities to take a break from the pressures of work and wind down. Government restrictions allowing, you can have just as enjoyable a holiday in your own country, without needing to fly halfway around the world. No matter what kind of traveller you are, the UK provides so much culture and natural beauty, that you could never see it all in your lifetime.
You might associate UK holidays with overcrowded tourist hotspots, monotonous grey cities, and horrible weather, but there is so much more on offer. By getting a little innovative with your travel plans, you will create lasting memories that your family will remember fondly for years to come.
If you’re short on inspiration, here are three unique ways to travel around the UK.
A road trip
Who says you have to stay in one place for two weeks? The best way to stave off boredom and inject some variety into your travel plans is to plan a long road trip. All you need to do is get a map of the UK and draw up a route taking in all the sights and activities you wish to see. Depending on your budget, you can stay in hotels, campsites, or even sleep in your car if there’s space. A road trip gives you complete freedom to follow your heart and do whatever you want. You can take your own car or even hire a stylish used car specifically for the trip.
A long-distance hike
If you want a little adventure this summer, why not consider walking one of the UK’s National Trails? Depending on the trail you choose, you might spend anywhere from a few days to two weeks walking through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes the country has to offer. Explore the remote mountains of Wales, traverse the North York Moors, or follow the length of Hadrian’s Wall across the England-Scotland border. There are walks for everyone, with a large spectrum of difficulty, so it’s worth doing some research to find one that’s right for you. The most popular long distance footpaths are The Pennine Way, The West Highland Way, and the Coast to Coast Walk.
An off road adventure
If you want to explore the UK’s endless wilderness, there are few better ways of travelling than an off road adventure. There are several areas across the country where you can drive across the landscape in 4x4s, crossing raging rivers, open hillsides, and endless plains. You’ll have the wilderness to yourself and avoid the crowds while immersing yourself in some of the beautiful scenery you’ll ever see. For long trips, you may need to take emergency supplies and a box of fuel (check it out) as a backup.
There are so many ways to see the UK without frequenting tourist traps and resorting to the same old modes of travel. Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to start planning your next adventure.