Musings: Travels On Your Doorstep

When people plan getaways, they generally start browsing online for places abroad. Sun, sea, and sand tend to top their lists. This is the same reason that most of us don’t end up going away at all. If anything, we browse the travel sites, send a few pictures around to the people we’re planning on going away with and then look at the price tag, give up all hope of having a fun holiday and close the tab. But having a low budget doesn’t mean having to completely forgo a week or so away from home. There are so many great travel destinations on your doorstep. Here are a few of our staycation favorites for you to consider.

 

Swansea

Wales is home to some truly beautiful landscapes and fun activities. But you don’t necessarily have to head straight to the capital. Though Cardiff is brilliant in its own way, traveling less than fifty miles down the road will take you to the beautiful city of Swansea. If you’re looking for coastal beauty, the first place to visit on your list should be Swansea Bay. Soft sand beaches overlooking the Bristol Channel make the perfect location for activities ranging from family days out building sandcastles and paddling in the sea to romantic evening walks with the wind blowing through your hair. If you’re looking for a little education, head to the National Waterfront Museum and celebrate Swansea’s industrial past with themed exhibitions. There are also endless high-quality cafes and restaurants to keep you well fed and watered for the duration of your trip. Perfect! So if this sounds great to you, get booking and plan what to do in Swansea while you’re away.

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Liverpool

2008 saw Liverpool crowned the European capital of culture. It’s not too surprising, after all, it’s home of the world’s most successful band: The Beatles. So, if you’re a fan of music and art, this Merseyside city may well be the place for your perfect getaway. Start your break by getting to know the Fab Four: visit the world famous Cavern Club, take a trip on the Magical Mystery tour bus and visit John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes with the National Trust. Next? A trip to the Tate art museum at Albert Docks. The first three floors have more permanent features, while the top floor plays host to changing special exhibitions, so check out the listings.

 

Newcastle

Whey aye! Newcastle has hit the headlines recently thanks to reality television show Geordie Shore, but the city really has so much more to offer than a few radgie young people. A few things to try out while you’re in the North? First, check out the beautiful architecture of fixtures and buildings like the Tyne Bridge, the Castle, and the Newcastle Cathedral. Also, make time for the brilliant Great North Museum and the Laing Art Gallery.

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These are just a few brilliant cities to consider for the perfect staycation! Remember, you don’t have to head far from home to have a brilliant time.

 

Char xo

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