Explore the Beauty on Your Doorstep

Published: 16 March 2021

As we begin to make plans for when lockdown is lifted, travel is at the top of many peoples list.


This year has taught us the importance of local. Whether that is connecting more with your neighbours, shopping locally or exploring the parks, woodlands and other open spaces within a walking distance from your house.

Can we incorporate this while still having the excitement of a holiday abroad? The answer is yes!


One return flight from London to the Middle East uses 3 tonnes of CO2. This is well above the sustainable average of 2.3 tonnes of CO2 a year which we should all be aiming for. Holidaying closer to home really will cut down on your carbon footprint and could save you money. There are lots of ways you can help the local economy as it starts to open up.

  • Visit Britain has lots of fab tips on the best places to go in Britain. You could try some punting in Cambridge, explore the quaint cobbled streets of villages in Suffolk or the spectacular Brighton Pier and so much more.

  • While you are exploring a new town or city try swapping the big chains for local independents. Coffee shops are a great place to start. For all of the caffeine lovers Big 7 Travel have a handy guide of 50 independent coffee shops in England. Many of these places use local ingredients and ethical practices which makes it even better.

  • If, like many of us, you’ve developed a love of walking this past year then why not incorporate this into your holiday time! Walking Holidays UK offer great trips across England Scotland and Wales. So you can grab your walking boots and they will do the rest

  • If you would like to make a flight free pledge this year Flight Free UK have great resources including a podcast focusing on how people have adapted to a flight free lifestyle and how you can too.

This year you can make a difference to help the UK and the planet while still having adventures.

More information can be found:

VisitBritain: The Official Tourism Website of Great Britain

Walking holidays UK - Book self guided hiking holidays in the UK | Macs Adventure

FlightFree UK | Flight Free UK