It would be fair to say that whenever a UK getaway is mooted, London tends to be mentioned in the very next sentence. In short, this is all people know, but there is an argument that this shouldn’t be the case.
Sure, there’s nothing bad about London in the slightest. To say it is an incredible city would be an understatement, but there can be cases of travelers gaining tunnel vision. In other words, there is more to life in the UK than just sticking to London.
This is what today’s guide is going to talk about. Let’s now take a look at some of the main reasons you might consider venturing away from the capital and broadening your horizons elsewhere in the country.
The budget factor
This is probably the most obvious reason of all and in truth, many of you will have been expecting this. Whilst fantastic, London does come at a cost. It might not be one of the most expensive cities in the world right now (somehow, it has lost that mantel) but it’s still costly and your pocket is going to be hit wherever you venture.
If we were to compare to somewhere like Portsmouth, which is still a short trip away but contains plenty of attractions, the cost benefits are bordering on the ridiculous. Hotels are very good value for money, while things as basic as eating out or traveling around the city are much easier on your pocket as well.
In other words, you can get more for your money if you head out to other areas in the country.
Not all attractions are housed in the capital
While the travel agents might suggest otherwise, there are UK attractions which don’t have to be based in the capital. Of course, if you are desperate to visit Buckingham Palace or Big Ben, there are few reasonable alternatives (although the queen does have several residences dotted around the country, we should add).
However, if it’s simply about seeing a few different points of interest in the country, there are plenty around the country as a whole. If we hone in on Portsmouth again, this houses the world-famous HMS Victory. Or, in a slightly different area of the country, let’s not forget that one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of Stonehenge is based in Wiltshire (a distance from London, we should add).
Stray away from being urban
There’s obviously a charm to the urban factor of London, but don’t let this dictate your trip. It could be argued that some of the very best parts of the UK are in the countryside, with the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and New Forest being some of the most beautiful of their kind in the world. Again, it’s not going to gift you Big Ben on the doorstep, but it will provide you with a different type of beauty that you probably won’t get to see in other areas of the world.