Where’s your happy place?

Although it’s always exciting to get on a plane and visit a different country, to explore new surroundings and immerse yourself in a different culture, many of us still enjoy spending time in the UK. There are a lot of ‘hidden gems’ and popular tourist spots that us Brits keep returning to year after year. Personally, I have a couple of places that I love to visit and they’ll probably always be my happy places.

The first location that I love is the Isle of Wight. I’ve been visiting the island ever since I was a baby – my first trip over the Solent was when I was just nine months old and I’ve been going once or twice a year ever since. I actually haven’t been there since 2014 but I’m hoping to go over for a day trip or a couple of nights next summer as I won’t be living too far away from Southampton.  My favourite place on the island is Shanklin, which is a gorgeous little town split up into two parts – one being the old village which is beautiful. There’s plenty of things to do on the island but I love sitting on the beach when the weather is warm and listening to the waves or sitting in Rylstone Gardens in Shanklin with a picnic.

I’ve also got a soft spot for Edinburgh, although I’ve never spent a night there, I have spent several days exploring the Scottish capital and I’m hoping that I can get a weekend break back up there at some point next year. I really love the rich Scottish history and hopefully next time I visit I’ll be able to go to the zoo and go inside the castle too.

Other places I love that are a bit closer to home include Oxford (which is so easy to get to with the Oxford Tube), London and The Cotswolds. A recent survey has shown that a lot of Brummies are very fond of The Cotswolds and especially enjoy having a pub lunch there. Here’s the list of the top 10 ultimate ‘happy places’ for Brummies which has been put together by SACO, a company which offers serviced apartments in Birmingham:

  1. Pub lunch in the Cotswolds

  2. Eating ice cream on Brighton Beach

  3. Walking / hiking in the Lake District

  4. Eating fish and chips in Padstow

  5. Walking in the Peak District

  6. Enjoying a pasty in St Ives

  7. Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides

  8. Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly

  9. Visiting the Roman baths at Bath

  10. Eating candy floss on Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I’m disappointed to say that I haven’t done many of these myself. I really must explore more of the UK next summer, especially the south coast!

Where’s your favourite place in the UK? Do you have a happy place?



  1. September 12, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, I think the only one I’ve done from that list is eat ice cream in Brighton, I need to get on it! Mich x

  2. September 13, 2017 / 8:10 am

    My favourite place in the UK is the Lake District! Such beautiful mountains and scenery. Plus loads of wonderful cozy pubs for lunch!

  3. September 21, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I have a few happy places! San Francisco and Nashville are both places that always put a smile on my face, but closer to home, I love Islington – I lived and worked there when I first moved to London so there are some wonderful memories there!

  4. November 27, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I’ve barely done any of those! The Lake district has to be my fave on the list though. Outside of travelling up to the Isle of Arran for some chill time and seal/dolphin spotting has to be up there! Great post, thanks 🙂

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