We’re living in a crazy world right now, and travel is pretty much off the table. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to properly travel again, or even when I would actually want to – I know a few places are opening up within the next couple of weeks, but for me it just feels far too soon.
I have had my trip this year cancelled, and although I’m desperate to plan my next one I have no idea when it will be feasible to really travel again. Although I’m not all that eager to jump on an aeroplane any time soon, I am hoping to see more of the UK when it’s safe to do so.
There are so many places around the UK that I’ve never visited – I’m always desperate to jet off to another country but I really don’t take enough of an opportunity to be a tourist at home. Seeing as I’m stuck in my house and dreaming of all the places I’d rather be, what better time to put together a little bucket list?
Camber Sands has been on my list for a while now, mainly because of its location near Dungeness. When I read about the UK’s only desert, my mind instantly started whirring at the photo opportunities and I just knew I had to visit.
I always feel most at home by the beach (as you’ll discover the more you read of this post), there’s nothing more soothing than the sound of crashing waves. The beach at Camber Sands looks particularly spectacular, and it seems like the perfect place to escape the world for a little while and just unwind.
Somehow I’ve still never been to Dorset, even though I’ve been desperate to visit since learning about the Jurassic Coast as a child (I was – still am, actually – very obsessed with dinos and fossils).
Devon is one of my favourite places on the planet, and since Dorset is right next door it would make sense that I would fall in love with this place too. There are so many incredible walks and beautiful beaches (Durdle Door anyone?), plus some truly stunning botanical gardens – it seems to be the perfect place to spend the summer.
I would love to visit so many areas of Ireland, but the Giant’s Causeway looks especially breathtaking.
Nature is the most incredible thing, and that this coastline was created from a volcanic eruption is really too awesome for words. The fact that this place combines the coast, ancient volcanoes and Game of Thrones just makes me all that much more desperate to visit.
Although not technically part of the UK, it really wouldn’t be very on brand of me to exclude the Channel Islands.
The thing that primarily drew me to Jersey was the warmer weather – I’m a sucker for some sunshine. Little did I know there’s a huge surfing scene (not that I can surf yet, but someday!) and the water is insanely turquoise. There are even some photos I’ve seen that I would swear were Spain if I didn’t know any better. If Jersey is the only beach vacation I’ll be having for a while, you won’t see me complaining.
I’m not really a city-break kind of girl, I prefer to get away from the busyness of daily life and be closer to nature during my getaways. However, I’ll make an exception for Edinburgh.
The historical sites and architecture look so incredible, and it looks like there’s far more to the capital than just being a busy city. For a really great cultural weekend trip, Edinburgh seems like the perfect place for me.
Again with the beaches, but Cornwall is the other side of Devon which I still haven’t had a chance to visit.
There are so many beautiful looking beaches and cute little coastal towns in Cornwall, and it just looks like such a lovely place to explore. They also know the right way to eat their scones (sorry not sorry, Devon), so I have a feeling I’d be right at home here.
I didn’t know all that much about the Scilly Isles until recently, but I saw Tresco Abbey Gardens on a travel show one time and it’s been on my list ever since.
The ferries make island hopping (who would’ve thought you could use that term around the UK?) super easy, and each island offers something a little different. Plus a subtropical climate? Count me in.
So that’s my travel bucket list for UK and Ireland, I hope you enjoyed this post and felt inspired to travel to a few places which are more local to you! Let me know in the comments which places make your bucket list. See you next time,