I’ve never really been one to explore much of my own country; I tend to prefer jetting off to exotic locations with different cultures and cuisines, with people to meet who live completely different lives to us, and far away from all the responsibilities at home. But after big trips to India and South America over the last year, we decided to spend the bank holiday weekend exploring some of England for a change.
We made a little road trip of it, the beautiful city of Bath being our first stop, where we splashed out on a fancy meal and hotel to celebrate our 7 year wedding anniversary (yes, that makes me feel old!).
Bath might only be a small city but there was plenty to keep us occupied whether it was touring the Roman Baths, wandering around the streets with their Georgian style buildings, relaxing in a spa or sampling all the delicious foods (of which there were many!). I’m a city girl at heart so loved Bath from the moment we arrived, especially because it was a lot quieter and more relaxed than London.
Not far from Bath is the National Trust site of Cheddar Gorge, where we drove along the winding roads through the gorge and spent most of the day exploring the caves and town of Cheddar. It reminded me of our road trip along South Africa’s Garden Route with its high peaks and roads that curve around the mountains.
We then headed to the Cotswolds where, as is typical for the British summer, it didn’t stop raining the entire time. Alex loves the countryside so we stopped at lots of tiny quaint villages with honey stone houses and rolling green hills. It all still looked pretty even in the rain but I did stop at a Primark on the way to pick up a pair of boots and an extra umbrella!
We love road trips – being able to travel at our own pace and stop off wherever we want with no schedule or set plans to follow. When we drove past a book warehouse near Cheddar claiming to stock over 1 million books, of course we had to stop to load up the car. And when we drove through a small town in the Cotswolds and noticed all the cute tea shops lining the street, well we couldn’t really drive through without stopping for afternoon tea could we?!
Mr Ayla and I make the perfect team – with him driving and me directing (and occasionally sleeping) we hardly got lost at all 😉
Considering I’m usually hell-bent on getting as far away from home as possible when it comes to travelling, our little road trip was perfect in every way. While the culture and language may have been the same, the food not so different, and the weather not so shiny, exploring parts of our own country was still lots of fun and we saw beautiful parts of England that I never even knew existed. It just goes to show that there are plenty of adventures to be had right on your own doorstep.