Almost all of our travel plans were scuppered this year. Luckily we did manage to visit Ben’s brother in Castelo Branco in Portugal in February, just in the nick of time before the first lockdown ensued and a short family staycation to Fishcombe Cove in Devon before the second lockdown kicked in.
We really did miss out on a summer holiday this year and having thought about it, I believe it’s the first year since me and my husband have been together that we haven’t been on a summer holiday!
Next year we really hope we can make up for what feels like lost time and lost travel experiences in 2020. This year has certainly been very different and it almost feels like many of our lives, dreams and ambitions have been put on hold.
I really hope 2021 will begin to get back to normal and travel plans can resume!
We’d been hoping to visit the Lake District for our 2020 summer holiday. A place my husband Ben is very familiar with as he was born in Penrith! He lived his childhood until age seven in the Lake District and has many fond memories.
He’s returned as an adult and is always talking about the beautiful landscape. I have never been and can’t wait to see the amazing beaches and mountains – my two most favourite natural scenes. Let’s hope this is possible in the new year.
Why a 4 berth caravan provides the perfect staycation experience
One thing we have been discussing, when we can travel again and eventually make it to the lakes, is how to create extra room for our family.
According to the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey, there were 40.9 million visits to the UK in 2019. In both 2018 and 2019 the UK was ranked as the world’s 10th biggest tourist destination!
From the rolling hills of the English Cotswolds and rugged Welsh Mountains to the hustle and bustle of city life in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and beyond, the UK has a lot to offer tourists and couples looking for a romantic break or kid-free adventure.
It may appear to be a small island, but it’s packed with a diverse range of scenery, architecture, museums, history and culture.
With the coronavirus lockdown severely impacting and restricting everyone’s travel plans, I am now keener than ever to have a weekend away with my husband. To see something other than my local neighbourhood and begin to scratch that travel itch!
Not from the UK? If you are travelling from abroad then make sure you check the UK visa requirements and latest travel advice to ensure a smooth journey. If you’re in the UK then a staycation is a great idea. The UK has so much to offer for couples and families alike.
Earlier this year I asked my mum if she’d have Bella and Reuben overnight for the last weekend of February. It’s the month of mine and Ben’s anniversary and we’ve now been together nine years. I wanted to go away for one night and explore somewhere new together. I wasn’t sure where, but as we only had around 30 hours in total kid-free, it couldn’t be too far.
We’ve been to the Gower in Wales two times before kid-free and love it there. We’ve previously been to Rhossili Bay and Oxwich Bay. We decided to go again as it’s not too long a drive, around two hours. This time we decided to visit Mumbles!
Read on to discover what we got up to in Mumbles and where we found lots of yummy vegan food!
For the second year running we stayed at Bluestone National Park Resort for a ‘twixmas’ break. That’s the days after Christmas and before New Year if you didn’t know. I didn’t!
In this blog post is my Bluestone 2019 Christmas review and photos.
I wrote a pretty thorough and honest review of Bluestone last year too. We did do things a little differently this year as we stayed in a wooden lodge instead of a cottage in the village. We also decided not to book any activities.
Last year we had two activities each day (for the two full days we were here) and we didn’t fit much else in. With kids we were restricted with eating times, especially as Reuben was only three last year. So our days were pretty much: breakfast, paid activity, lunch, paid activity, dinner, bed.
We didn’t get to explore the whole site and grounds or the woods or trails that are accessible straight from the resort.
For our trip at twixmas 2019 there was also a new feature to the resort – the ‘Serendome’. We heard all about it last year from the staff as it was to open in summer 2019. It’s a huge outdoors dome. A see-through roof in the forest to bring the outdoors in. New activities and play areas for the kids to explore!
Read on to discover everything we got up to on our 2019 Bluestone twixmas holiday.
We went on a tight budget so decided to stay within walking distance of the free museums to keep our spending costs as low as possible.
We found a cheap place to stay, took a coach from our home city of Gloucester and ate as cheaply as possible with total spending money whilst there of £150 for four of us. I share the total costs of our trip in my London spending diary.
So what did we get up to?
We managed to squeeze in Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Hyde Park and some sightseeing.