2020 is the year of the staycation. With quarantine causing a problem for travel abroad, family budgets being stretched due to furlough and job losses, and the glorious weather we have had this year, more and more people are either choosing to stay in the UK, and enjoy all the coast and countryside has to offer, or are just staying at home and combining this with day trips that are a little more local.
This is exactly what I have been doing this Summer, day trips to Stourport on Severn and Weston Super Mare, weekends in Blackpool and Worcester, and an upcoming week in Bournemouth. All have been enjoyable times of making happy memories, although very different from our trip to Rhodes and Barcelona last year.
If you are enjoying a staycation this year, here are a few things that might make your holiday feel more St Tropez than Skegness.
Palmolive Naturals shower gels
If you can’t be transported physically to a tropical, Carribean Island, then at least you can go there in your mind, and the gorgeous Palmolive Naturals shower gels, with their scents of Pomegranate and Coconut, can help you get there.
As well as smelling divine, and being hydrating, which is so important during the current heat wave when we all seem to feel like a wet rag, they are also Vegan and eco friendly, with the bottle and cap is fully recyclable – perfect for those who worry about the planet and are looking for a more sustainable future.
Available now at Wilko, Morrisons and Ocado
Taking your mind to the beach is easy with escapist novels. Choose ones that are set in coastal towns and locations and read outside, wearing your sunglasses, to get the real experience.
This Summer has been a Summer of Poirot for me, with ‘Death on the Nile’ and ‘Evil Under the Sun‘ both being enjoyed. Another book I have enjoyed is ‘Sorry For the Dead‘ by Nicola Upson, with the key action taking place on during a Summer storm like the ones we have been experiencing this week.
Travelogues are another way to satisfy your wanderlust, although one set in the UK might seem more apt this year. I’ve got Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside Paperback by Jon Bounds and Danny Smith, on my wish list for my next seaside adventure.
A Riviera Wardrobe
Even if you can’t be in the Caribbean, or Cannes, your wardrobe can be as tropical or as shipshape, as you like. Look for seaside prints, tropical fruit prints and coastal scenes that will give you that Brigitte Bardot/Audrey Hepburn feel. Add a straw basket and you can channel your inner Jane Birkin/Alexa Chung too.