I love nothing more than a holiday abroad exploring the culture of another country but sometimes a trip closer to home is just as exciting and eye-opening. Living in London means a lot of places are much more accessible for a staycation and over the last two years I’ve had visited Wales (the Brecon Beacons are one of my favourite places in the UK), the Norfolk Broads and more recently Birmingham. But my favourite staycation memory happened before I made the move to the big smoke when we surprised my dad for his 60th birthday.
We’d tricked him into thinking he was dropping off my mum and niece for a weekend with other grandparents who look after their grandchildren but in actual fact as soon as he left to pick them up my sister and I snuck into his house, packed him a weekend bag (while my mum desperately tried to stall him) and got a half hour head start on the journey to Silver Sands caravan pack in Lossiemouth – where we’d spent many happy childhood holidays. We decorated the caravan with balloons and banners then hid behind anything we could when we heard them approach.
As he came in with their luggage we jumped out yelling Happy Birthday at the top of our lungs to which he laughed out loud and then exclaimed “but I don’t even have any clothes with me” when we told him we were all there for the whole weekend. Then my uncle snuck up on him from behind for an added surprise!
The weekend itself seemed to slip by in a lovely relaxed haze. We built sand castles on the beach, net fishing in rock pools (we even found a starfish!), took a walk up to the lighthouse where we found apples and berries growing in the wild. It was perfect!
Top of my staycation wishlist is Cornwall and since I haven’t been able to make it there so far the lovely people at Parkdean sent me a luxury cream tea hamper so I could have a little taste of Cornwall from the comfort of my own home!
From the pictures I’ve seen Cornwall is a little slice of heaven in the UK with beaches to rival those of the Mediterranean, picturesque walking trails and of course the most delicious of cuisine; from Cornish pasties to scones and clotted cream!
If all this talk of staycations has you itching for one of your own why not enter Parkdean’s competition to win a 3 to 4 night stay with them in either Cornwall (or Devon), worth £499.