So, I like to visit places. But usually, I don’t end up going THAT far. A lot of travel talk I see on blogs seems to focus on going abroad, but there’s plenty going on in our own fair lands. I’m really lucky that I’ve met some amazing people through this here internet, and I often go on ‘mini adventures’ (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) around the UK to catch up, have a few drinks and generally experience the feel of a different city to my own.
I love London, and living here is awesome, but sometimes it’s great to have a change of pace – even other big cities have their own unique identities and atmospheres. When I go visiting, I always look to Travelodge for a place to lay my head – their hotels are cheap and simple, yet great quality and value. If you’d like to win yourself a two night stay for you and a partner/pal, just head to the widget below to enter the draw. And if you need some inspiration of where to go, here are some of the best cities in the UK for a weekend break!
One of the things I really loved in Brighton was the amount of incredible street art on display. Not just reserved for the main ‘visitor’ areas, I took a short cut down an alleyway and saw some wonderful art there too, despite it not seeming like a well used route. Although super busy in the summer, it’s an incredible time to visit as the beach is just lovely, and of course, the pier is a must-visit! It’s also a wonderful place to find a huge variety of quirky and unusual clothing shops – with vintage outlets packing the streets, it’s a great chance to find yourself a complete one-off outfit that no one else will be wearing. Plus, there’s the quaint charm of The Lanes, a quaint and creative shopping area running through the narrow alleyways.
I went to Canterbury in Kent a few years back for a Uni trip, and absolutely loved the place. I spent most of the trip on my own (I was supervising students, so didn’t actually know anyone on the trip), so just got to explore and potter around a bit. It’s a really lovely, historical place, with some stunning architecture and amazing little rivers and canals weaving around the city. You can even hop on board a boat and see the small city from the water – a bit like a ye olde English Venice! It’d also be a great place to go as a family with plenty to do for all ages. I particularly really enjoyed the Canterbury Tales exhibit – it’s like a much less scary version of the London Dungeons! There are also some lovely independent shops selling all kinds of unusual and handmade gifts, food and homewares. For somewhere filled with both heritage and fun, Canterbury’s a great choice for a day out.
Isle of Wight
This post initially started off as my ‘favourite cities to visit’, but when I remembered how much I enjoyed taking a trip to this little Hampshire island with my parents, I had to change it! When we went there, we discovered a hop on and off type bus, which took a route around some of the island’s attractions, including one of my favourites, Arreton Old Village – lots of craft, old memorabilia and catching some pirates at the Shipwreck Centre. Our journey led us to the iconic needles, where we braved the cliffs on the chairlift! On a seperate trip, I also visited the Isle of Wight Zoo, who do amazing work with the conservation of their animals. I’ve also been on a pub crawl in Ryde, where every pub was an easy walk apart!