The year 2020 has changed our outlook on many things – few more than travel and holidays.
For much of the year, we have been restricted as to where we can go, meaning most of us have instead looked within our own borders when looking to unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
It might have helped speed up a recent trend, with a 2019 study claiming that the vast majority of Brits found typical beach trips “annoying” – with many instead favouring breaks based more around activities and adventure.
So if you’re planning your next staycation, and want some adrenaline-fuelled fun, here are some destinations to consider.
Hiking up Mount Snowdon
Tackling one of the British Isles’ highest peaks is no mean feat, and planning for the trip might even be a motivation to shed some extra pounds put on over the festive season!
Preparation is key to any hiking holiday, be sure to invest in some good-quality sturdy footwear, as well as safety essentials like a portable first aid kit and emergency supplies just in case.
And remember, there are several paths to the summit of Snowdon, so do your research so you know your Llanberis from your Rhydd Ddu before striking out!
Mountain biking in the Lake District
In truth, you could head to the Lakes to enjoy just about any kind of adventure holiday, be it hiking, fishing, or our choice – mountain biking.
Lakeside paths at Windermere can be combined with grittier climbs on the fells in places like Loughrigg depending on your fitness and experience.
If you don’t have a good spec bike, renting is an option. But if you want to get out on two wheels regularly, a long-term loan can help you spread the cost. Make sure to weigh up your payments against your other outgoings beforehand.
Skiing in Scotland
Thought that curtailed international travel would stop you from getting out on the slopes? Think again!
The Nevis Range and the Cairngorms are often covered in powder from January-March, offering lessons for beginners, as well as challenging courses for those who are more experienced on skis or a snowboard.
And there’s no need to miss out on the après ski, either! A wee dram or two should keep you nice and toasty after a day on the slopes!
Surfing in Cornwall
Adventure holidays in the UK have long been associated with the waves off the Cornish coast, as surfers have flocked to the south-west for decades.
Hotspots like Fistral beach and Watergate Bay often attract the more seasoned surfers, but also offer chances for newbies to get on a board for the first time.
If you fancy somewhere a little quieter, and don’t mind putting up with water a few degrees colder, the north-east has its own surfing hotspots like Saltburn-on-Sea and the Black Middens further north in Tynemouth.