I know, I know, next month is the start of Autumn, and once again it's raining.
But you don't need a long haul trip to a faraway land (AKA the sun) to feel rejuvenated.
Here are my favourite five reasons for enjoying a seaside staycay, rather than jetting off on a long haul vaycay.
PS: Just so you know - I'm planning on a few long trips more than once next year. But that's for the shopping and music :)
There is a definite argument for saving money by having a staycay (no need for an extortionate passport or four) but normally overseas there are cries of “either eat well or visit that gorgeous landmark”. Enjoy a weekend at your nearest seaside, and it’s not so bad paying £2.50 for an ice cream on one of the world’s best beaches, even though we could almost buy a tub of Ben and Jerry’s for that price.
|St Ives, Cornwall|
Ever wondered why us Brits are great at discussing the weather?
Spend a weekend near the beach in the summer.
On a holiday in the proper sun, our fair, pale, intriguing skin spends a lot of time indoors in air-conditioning, or our clothes are covered in SPF50. Plus - that feeling when you’ve enjoyed a staycay in the sand without rain? #OwnedIt!
With around 11,000 miles of Great British coastline, not to mention over 100 habitable islands, you’re never far from a beach, even if you live in Derbyshire (strong contender for furthest point from the sea). Plus, you can live in your car, carrying everything you need, whatever the weather. There’s a reason the world’s greatest explorers hail from this part of the world.
No car? No problem: I give you the holiday camp experience; 12 daily hours of children’s activities for your little adventurers.
Family and food go together anywhere in the world, but there’s nothing like introducing your child to these delights for the first time:
(Mini does it the Devon way – clotted cream first. I like the Cornish method of jam first, so my teeth can sink into the cream: gorg.)
Fish and Chips
(granted we live in Plymouth so she’s had a few of these on the seafront, but each one is a new experience)
(Mini insists on chocolate every time, like Mr S15S always opts for vanilla; the more flavour the better as far as I’m concerned)
(she’s getting there – she loves the crust).
The Full English.
Need I say more?
|Porthtowan Beach Cafe, Cornwall|
Step aside from the main tourist beaches, and there are some outstanding finds in the UK. On our recent trip to Cornwall, in only three days we happened across 10 stunning beaches. You know...the kind that puts St Ives in its place. We also popped over to Bigbury, only 40 minutes from Plymouth, and it was full of potential Olympians getting their first taste of the water in surf, swim and sail clubs. And no trip to the UK seaside is complete without dipping your feet in the chilly surf for a paddle. It’s why there are so many fish and chip shops near the beach.
|Whitesand Bay, near Sennen Cove, Cornwall|
Where’s your favourite seaside staycay? Would love to hear your adventures!