When people say they are going to UK for a holiday or for a visit, majority of them mean London. It seems London is the only place to go for many foreigners. Even to me, after living in London for years, I only just started to travel around outside London recently. If you read my previous post, you might remember I mentioned in the previous post that I hadn’t really visited anywhere outside London as much as I would like to. There are some reasons for it.
- You need a car to have a good and easier trip. I can’t drive and nobody I know who will travel with me can drive.
- It will cost you pretty much the same price or even more to travel within UK than outside UK.
- The weather is not exactly pleasant compare to those worldwide famous holiday places.
I think I am going to stop at 3 reasons before putting everyone off about travelling in UK. But It doesn’t matter how many reasons I can list above, I still believe you should visit somewhere outside London in UK at least once or few times in your life. I am not saying you should go and see them all (unless you want to) but there are several reasons they are worth visiting: (not in order)
- You need to be there and feel it yourself. Ok, sounds super weak and you might think what a lame reason this is!! But this is what it is about. There are no strong reasons, no Colosseum to WOW you, no fancy Chateaux Versailles either. But although there might not be any WOW effect like you would get from those famous holiday places but there is a beauty of subtleness. From going through the collection of photos I took from my last few trips. I really love how peaceful and laid-back feel to it. Sometimes that is what holiday is all about and that is also the reason I decided to share all my “not WOW but beautiful and peaceful” photos. They make me smile.
- It is raw with not so many tourists yet. Sometimes I feel no matter how gorgeous the place is if it is full of tourists, it lost the charm to it. And I personally really like to be in the places where not so many people have been to.
- Natural is so beautiful. It doesn’t need to be anything special. It can be just flowers in the field, ducks in the water, or a group of sheeps you bump into on the road. Following up the reason above, you don’t get these anymore from famous places full of tourists.
- If you like history, there are many ancient cities in UK and they are actually very well maintained with modern approaches to life.
- Historical architectures. This is my favourite part of travelling in UK. I have travelled to Bath, Cotswolds, Cambridge, Brighton, some other seaside places and etc in the past half-year and they all are so different. Even the colour of houses are different. I am not an expert to it but I love to look at them and learn the stories behind them.
- If you plan your trip properly, you can join local but famous activities such as Horse Racing Festival in Cheltenham or Music Festivals. I left Cheltenham this time just before the festival started but hope I could be back for Festival next year.
- Dramatic coastline. I haven’t really been to any so I can’t tell you how dramatic it is but I have been doing research about it and hope to make my next trip soon. If you want, you can get an idea here.
- English humour and the english accent people love from Hollywood movies. I am not sure if everyone would be very comfortable with english humour but I personally love people can make fun about themselves and don’t mind to be laughed at either. And the accent, I am sure many people wonder why they don’t really hear Hugh Grant’s english that they love from American movies after visiting London. London is so full of foreigners. To be honest, You might get better chance to hear that outside London although majority of the english are in very weird accents. It is fun to listen and we have even more weird accents. Don’t we!? 😛
- Currency dropped. This sounds serious and not fun to us who live in UK. But if you are from outside UK. It is your lucky time to visit UK. I would say take it now!
Voila, this is what I can think of for now and just to let you know below is a serious photo bomb. I couldn’t choose which ones I like better. I even like just ducks in the water photo. That reminds me of how peaceful and laid-back my countryside holiday was.
Quiet and peaceful countryside life. Photos taken in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Centre of Cheltenham. A mixture of history and modern life.
I have a thing with different kind of houses.
Interior of one of the oldest hotel in Broadway.
Can you imagine above photos are taken from a private house!!
Above two photos are from Bibury. A quiet village in Gloucestershire has become a famous place because of the row of cottages above are featured on official UK passports.
Meet the locals.
Just natural, simple and beautiful.