The Best of British: A Travel Guide
We're so used to going abroad for our holidays that it's often easy to forget just how much of the British Isles we've left unexplored. With many people still finding money tight, holidaying at home - or "staycationing" as it's become known - is becoming an increasingly attractive option.
Whether you're staying in the comfort of a hotel or going nomad in a caravan, here's our quick guide to some of the great experiences you can have without leaving the UK!
Beautiful landscapes, fresh air and more hiking routes than you can shake a walking stick at - it's no wonder the Lake District is often the first port of call for staycationers who love the great outdoors. Home to some of the lakes that inspired Wordsworth, the highest mountain in England and a variety of wildlife to discover, the Lake District has something for everybody.
The energetic among us will enjoy taking on all the challenges the national park has to offer - and some of the summits aren't for the faint-hearted. There are plenty of more relaxing walking routes around the bases of the many fells, as well as activities like sailing and windsurfing on the lakes. A steam boat ride on Windermere makes a great day out amid stunning scenery.
Wales seems to get overlooked when it comes to seaside holidays - perhaps because of its not-entirely-deserved reputation as a place where it's always raining. However, this just means that the gorgeous coastal resort of Llandudno isn't as packed with tourists as places like Blackpool and Bournemouth at the height of the holiday season!
Set on an isthmus between the headlands of Great Orme and Little Orme, Llandudno boasts all the attractions you'd expect to find on a seaside holiday - beautiful beaches, a fun-filled pier and even an Edwardian cable tramway for getting around in style (if not speed). One of the biggest attractions is Great Orme Country Park, home to Bronze Age copper mines, a variety of rare plants and even a herd of Kashmiri goats.
The UK also has some fantastic city break destinations, and Cambridge is one of the best. This ancient university town is picturesque and rich with history, but still offers plenty in the way of modern entertainment. It's also a highly cultural city, well-stocked with art galleries, theatres and museums, and plays host to a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Punting on the river Cam is a popular local activity, offering a fantastic way to see the full glory of Cambridge University. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is also a great place for nature lovers to explore. Students of history can immerse themselves in the Cambridge Folk Museum, which provides a fascinating insight into how people in the area lived more than 300 years ago.