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UK COAST TO COAST: SAVING MONEY HOLIDAYING AT HOME

There’s a good chance that anyone reading this would say they have a desire to explore the world. That’s the benefit of a holiday for many of us – the chance to walk among different cultures, see different things, observe how life is lived in far-flung climes.

 

It’s a wonderful way to go about life but it’s also… there’s no getting around it: it’s expensive. It’s more expensive to pack for, it’s more expensive while there, and as for the cost of flights? Ouch.

 

So you find yourself wondering if maybe the UK could be the place to spend your summer holiday – and then you immediately think how terrible that would be.

 

It’s strange that most Brits have the idea that holidaying in our own country is so awful. It’s seen as being intrinsically cheap, nothing more than a way of saving money – despite the fact it’d be cheaper to stay in the Costa Del Sol for a week than it would spend a week in Edinburgh. Why would anyone even want to holiday in the UK, it’s tempting to wonder.  What has it got to offer? Surely it’s the last resort, the thing people do when they can’t go abroad – it’d never be anyone’s first choice, right?

 

Actually: maybe it should be. So while a holiday at home can save you money, that doesn’t mean it’s going to deprive you of sights, sounds, and experiences that you would otherwise travel thousands of miles to see.

 

One of the best ways to experience the UK is to look to one of its most unique geological features: it’s an island. The coast of these four nations can be absolutely stunning, and here’s the convincer you have been waiting for…

 

Wales: The Gower Peninsula

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Located on the southern coast of Wales, the Gower Peninsula is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Not a bad way to begin, is it?

 

The coastline itself is beautiful, with numerous beaches to explore.. It’s easy enough to find places to stay in Gower that you can then use as a base to explore the rest of the region. The Brecon Beacons – one of the UK’s most stunning National Parks – are within day-trip distance, for example.

 

England: The Jurassic Coast

 

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The Dorset Jurassic Coast is a National Park, and take a walking tour along the famed route and it’s easy to see why. So named because of the ancient rock formations, there’s also plenty of beaches to discover along the way.

 

This area will also be familiar to viewers of the ITV drama Broadchurch, which took advantage of the scenery to base its storyline in the area.

 

Scotland: Oban & Surrounding Islands

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Not only is Oban itself beautiful – a quaint little town with an old-world charm – but there’s also plenty of options for exploration. Take a sea tour through the islands in the Firth of Lorn, such as Mull and Iona. Not only can you enjoy the scenery, but there’s plenty of chances to spot seals in their natural habitat.

 

Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

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Last but not least, the amazing rock formation of the Giant’s Causeway makes for a unique and exciting daytrip. You can stay in metropolitan Belfast if you just want to visit for the day, or base yourself in nearby Bushmills if you want to take your time exploring in depth.

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3 REASONS YOU SHOULD EXPLORE THE WORLD

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There are so many reasons as to why you should really get out there and venture out of the country that you have lived the majority of your life in. The world has so much to offer, but in more ways that you may think. There are different cultures, cuisines, views and scents for you to take in; animals you may never have seen before, people that hold the same views and beliefs but can only tell you in another language. The ability for us to travel so easily nowadays is one that we should take advantage of and utilise to our heart’s desire – it may see you actually more in pocket in the long run…

 

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It’ll Help You Improve Life Skills

 

There’s a lot that you have to prepare before you go travelling. Looking up visa or ESTA information and organising what you have to do in order to travel to certain countries is one life skill that quite a lot of experienced people still don’t have. If you get immersed in the different cultures, you can pick up on care tips, cooking know-how and generally how to get yourself from A to B without much fuss. It’s also worth noting that a good handful of people have developed their personality skills whilst travelling; not only do different countries have a whole host of different etiquettes and rules that their people have developed over time, but you may find that they’re not as personable as you would like. Learning how to talk (and more importantly when to talk) in these situations could see you in good stead for future jobs where you are involved with those from other cultures.

 

You’ll Make Connections

 

Make a good impression and it’ll be one that’ll last a lifetime. Make a bad impression and it’ll last even further. Always try and stick with the former – be kind, be open-minded and be polite. You don’t know where it will eventually get you. There may be a chance for you to stay out travelling and be able to stay with those you have made friends with for free, or a lot cheaper than you had initially anticipated. Jobs can be found for you, or even recommended to you as they know that you will fit the bill and are happy to pass on your details.

 

 

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Bring Back What You’ve Learned

 

Know that something is big business in a country that you’ve visited and may think that it will work back at home? You’ve got an idea you can expand on. Seen a certain way of cooking a dish that you know that your friends and family will love? You’ve got a recipe you can sell. Got stories to tell, pictures to paint a thousand words and folklore to spread? You’ve got a book in your head, waiting to burst out. There are so many money-making opportunities with travelling that it’s often easy to overlook them and just put them to one side as a “nice experience”. Make the most of them and milk your experiences for all that they’ve got – you could be sitting on a small fortune!

 

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