holidaying at home

I’m not gonna lie, the term “staycation” makes me cringe a little bit. Reminds me of Sam Smith, or something… The staycation concept, on the other hand, I’m starting to love.

Over the years, my appreciation for what’s on my doorstep has def increased. Having grown up in West Yorkshire, England, the Yorkshire Dales are a perfect example of this. Like a lot of kids, I always took the Dales stunning countryside for granted, and to be honest, believed it to be bang average 😮 Now, though, when I’m out there breathing easy, smelling the fruitful fresh air, with an array of kaleidoscopic colours bouncing into my eyes from the luscious landscape, I have a slightly alternate view. I now have gratitude and appreciation. And so, as often as I can try to take trips to the different country villages, such as Malham, and their surrounding countrysides.

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Take a read of  Charlotte’s poem, inspired by one December afternoon in cold, wet, wonderful Malham

So, inspired by our outings to the Dales, last week my proverbial wifey and I headed even further up North, for a couple of nights in the beautiful county of Northumberland.

After looking over different accommodation options, we decided to use Airbnb to hire a place for ourselves, and ended up staying just outside Alnwick, at Sue’s cottage. If you haven’t tried Airbnb, I’d highly recommend it; you can always find a gem that suits your needs, and at such reasonable prices. Our place had views of rolling hills for miles, fresh coffee, and a log burning stove. Perfect.

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The view from Sue’s (excuse the rhyme) kitchen window

When you’re in Northumberland, you have to take the opportunity to experience its stunning walking routes. We did a supposedly simple walk along the coast from Warkworth to Alnmouth, and still managed to get lost! But the sights were 1000% worth it, and that’s not to mention the Red Lion pub waiting for us at the end of the route where we piled the calories back on with pints of Guinness, and steak & ale pie with chips. Yum.

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Some sights during our walk from Warkworth to Alnmouth

So, if you’re thinking about a summer holiday, or even just a long weekend away, I’d urge you to consider exploring somewhere in your own country! There’s bound to be lots of  extraordinary places to go, and you shouldn’t have to break the bank getting there.

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

Peace.

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