Getting Away From It All
Is it still possible to do some domestic travel and have a holiday at home? Or what could you do when this is over?
As the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting international travel more and more, it is becoming more uncertain to book international travel. Countries across the globe are closing boarders with little to no notice, and tour operators are cancelling trips.
Day by day, corona virus headlines pop up everywhere; in the media, in the shops, at work, at schools and even when you're at home. Sometimes it feels like a war zone. It is difficult to escape from it all. So for a change let's dip into something that will refresh our thinking.
So while international travel is uncertain, the domestic travel has not yet been restricted in the UK. Potentially this is the best time ever to get to know your own home a bit better. Perhaps this is the only way to run away from all this madness and stay normal.
Let's check out some outdoor, cost effective activities close to home to find relaxation. Let's find out where we can travel in the UK, participate in activities and take some time off.
Even if the domestic travel get restricted for a little while, we could use these examples as educational. This will help you for future travel and could provide some entertainment while on lock down. This will help you discover the beauty of your home.
Via Ferrata - Lake District
As part of your domestic travel adventure list you should check out the Lake District.
Did you know you could see the Lake District from a completely new angle - 2,000 feet above the ground? Clipped to a mountain by cable, above the valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale. It is home to England’s first via ferrata, a series of steel ladders and bridges drilled into the rockface.
Following the original Miners route to the top of the Mountain, you can experience adrenaline rush with a beautiful view. With no need for previous climbing experience you can step out from your comfort zone, and take a day break close to home. Prices start at £40 for approximate 3 hour session. So definitely more affordable than international travel, close to home in a very unique setting.
This would also be quite good for when the gyms stay closed. A bit of outdoor activity to keep you fit.
How about this for social distancing? You keep a safe distance from others, and still get some exercise combined with a bit of fun. As of this week places offering Kite-Buggying are still open, for example The Kitesurf Centre in East Sussex.
Kite Buggying is a fantastically exhilarating sport perfect for families, as both adults and children (8+) can participate in it. Kate Buggying is also a great introduction to try out kitesports without heading into the water.
Have you ever considered what activities are available around your home? Maybe what you will do once the isolation is over, and when you can go out again?
Surely now, when most of us are impacted financially due to reduced work as everything slows down, this could be an amazing cost effective mood and local economy booster to those affected the most. Especially those in the tourism and hospitality business. So when this pandemic is under control, helping your neighbours by spending locally would be highly welcomed.
Kite-Buggy lessons are around £60 for about 3 hours, so much cheaper than international holiday and much better for the local economy and local people. This would also reduce the carbon footprint in comparison to international travel.
There is a great place in the Highlands of Scotland for an introductory kayaking trip in the Torridon region. This trip would also consist of some hiking, making in ideal to keep away from crowds, keep distant from others and support the locals. It is an ideal setting for beginners and those looking to sharpen their paddling skills.
There is a chance to spot sea eagles and porpoises. You can get a trip with a guided walk from the village of Gairloch, a good place to spot whales. Check out this website for more info: wildernessscotland.com
While hotels are probably best to avoid in these difficult times, it may be worth taking a look at some more private isolated options. What you could find is whole apartments to rent on Air BnB or even places like Booking.com.
On the other hand, maybe you have a nice empty property that someone could use to get away and isolate in a nice environment? Maybe this would help you repair your budget after the reduced income while work is closed? If you do get yourself a promotion deal and have the first 5 bookings commission free.
Any other exciting activities?
The examples above were just introductory examples, to get creative about what is possible to do near home. There is however many more opportunities to spend some amazing time in the UK. The list could also include:
- Rock climbing
- Mountain Biking
The above activities are still open, with some small limitations to reduce risk of spreading the virus. However in this difficult time companies are really responsive and flexible if you ask about the bookings in this period of time.
So worth asking before you go as the situation changes all the time. As long as the health guidelines are followed and you can find a safe way to participate in these activities, then it could be a nice break from it all. If they all close, again you may consider these options for after it is all up and running again.
If you're unsure whether these activities are for you, check out my blog post about: Why Is Everyone Paragliding And How It Will Change Your Life.