Part of the joy of chasing an adventurous lifestyle is in going that extra mile to experience everything that a global destination has to offer. Travelling to a brand-new part of the world and taking in its local flavour is certainly one thing but exploring a region from the lofty heights of a hang glider or the enclosed depths of a shark cage is quite another. The old cliché that ‘variety is the spice of life’ is as true today as it was when a wise old monk first uttered the phrase before leaping from the top of a tall building attached to a dubious length of elastic rope. Full disclosure, this may or may not have happened…
Fortunately, with the plethora of activities available to travellers today it is not necessary to take your life in your hands or travel to the furthest flung regions of the planet to experience something a little different. In fact, with the booming popularity of local holiday attractions, you may be surprised at what is on offer right on your global doorstep.
The Great Staycation
One of the many, many buzzwords floating around these days is ‘Staycation’, indicating that holidaying within one’s home country is an increasingly popular option. Within the UK we are fortunate to enjoy geography that offers everything from sandy beaches, sprawling country side and breathtaking mountain ranges that are all complemented by an exciting array of outdoor activities.
The variety on offer when planning a UK staycation also extends to the type of accommodation that is on offer, ranging from retro-inspired ‘glamping’ sites to imposing luxury hotels. Another holiday option that has grown in popularity in recent years is letting a holiday cottage, rather than tying yourself to a single hotel room. Admittedly, holiday cottages might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you imagine a short getaway, or an active holiday, but holiday home owners are increasingly aware of the demand for unique accommodations that combine modern design and amenities with the popularity of short stays and active travel.
Every holiday cottage offers slightly different experience, while maintaining a ‘home away from home’ that is perfect for exploring the surrounding area and taking advantage of the local flavour. Increasingly holiday companies work to offer stunning collections of holiday properties, set in the heart of the action for visitors of all ages. These include Cornish Horizons, which provides an exciting portfolio of holiday cottages that are suitable for both couples and larger groups looking for a local short break or extended holiday let.
Hitting the Beach – By Land, Sea and Air
Perhaps one the most famous of UK holiday excursions is the great family trip to the seaside and over the years many an afternoon has been spent innocently building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and dodging hungry seagulls. As we’ve grown up, so too has the seaside getaway and while traditional seaside trips are still very much an option there are also many more adventurous activities on offer for travellers of all ages and ability.
Cornwall for example, has become famed for its watersports with pastimes ranging from relaxing Canoeing or Kayaking excursions to the more adrenalin-fueled experiences such as coasteering and jet skiing. Of course, no mention of Cornwall’s watersports would be complete without mention of its excellent surf and the region is home to fantastic family surfing beaches like Widemouth Bay near Bude to world class pro surfing beaches like Fistral in Newquay. There are also several surf centres and schools that can provide gear and reports to seasoned surfers or even lessons for anyone looking to take the plunge for the first time.
While Cornwall is rightly famous for its watersports, the region is also home to a treasure trove of in-land activities, with many fantastic towns and villages to explore with wonderful dining and shopping opportunities. Once you have had your fill of this, you can go on to try your hand at go karting, paintballing/laser combat and climbing/abseiling. Green Leisure for example, has locations across Cornwall and offers activities including 4×4 off-road driving, archery, birds of prey/falconry, camp craft, carriage driving, clay pigeon shooting, geocaching, laser clay shooting, mountain biking, orienteering and survival skills.
If you are really looking to spread your wings, you can even have a go at paragliding or hang gliding, as Cornwall’s high cliffs certainly ensure that there is a fair share of wind, which ensures that you can enjoy a bird-eye view of stunning scenery including coastlines, cliffs and the sea. For the ultimate thrill, you can also top everything off with a spot of skydiving!
Stay Home and Explore
With so much on offer across the area, part of the adventure is in simply getting out and exploring Cornwall for yourself. Compared to bustling cities of the United States, or the exotic villages of Cambodia, Cornwall is certainly a lot closer to home, but if you take the time to scratch the surface there is a wealth of exciting experiences to be uncovered.
Hey, you’ve got your Travel Insurance sorted haven’t you?
Travelling and especially backpacking is a wild adventure, but make sure you are covered just incase something goes wrong, which if you’re living it up to the fullest it’s always a possibility!
Check travel insurance prices with World Nomads here!
Have you visited Cornwall?
See more from this country:
In Collaboration with Cornish Horizons