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Fancy a trip abroad but not keen on the plane journey? You’re in luck—now, more than ever, our eyes are firmly focused, with a new-found love, on the UK. Why? Because we’re realising that our very own country is a joy to travel. And if you do find yourself lucky enough to holiday when the sun is shining, you could be fooled into thinking you were abroad.

With the continued interest we’re having in our beautiful island in mind, we’ve rounded up some seriously stunning spots that make the perfect alternative if you’re dreaming of a holiday further afield but would rather not rack up the air miles. Let’s go…

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall = Mont-St-Michel, France

Both tidal islands, both home to a magnificent castle and both pretty much identical. The difference? One is in Cornwall and the other is in France. We’re a bit of a sucker for a slice of Cornish beauty and the village of Marazion is a wonderful place to enjoy a staycation.

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Mont-St-Michel, France

The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall = The Maldives

Are you a fan of the white beaches and crystal blue waters of the Maldives? Who can blame you! But if you’re on a smaller budget or don’t have as much time to jet off to the islands, then how about The Isles of Scilly? Lying southwest of Cornwall (told you we were a fan), these small islands boast tropical vegetation and enjoy much warmer climes. 

The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
The Maldives

Royal Pavilion, Brighton = India

The Royal Pavilion is quite a spectacle; this Grade I listed former royal residence wouldn’t look out of place in Jaipur, India. Whilst the interior was inspired by China, the exterior fuses together Indian style and regency grandeur, resulting in one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the UK. Brighton is an enjoyable seaside break so once you’ve visited the Pavillion you’ll still have plenty to keep you entertained.

Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Calcutta, India

Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall = Bondi Pool, Australia

Did you know the UK has natural swimming pools? It feels like a bit of a secret! Tidal pools are very popular and well known in Australia, but you can get a similar vibe here too. Yes yes, we know the weather isn’t quite the same, but cold water swimming is great for your health! Bude Sea Pool is a partially man-made tidal swimming pool that sits in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach. Head down there for sunset and we’re pretty positive you’ll want to Instagram that swim!

Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall
Bondi Pool, Australia

Portmeirion, Gwynedd = Italian countryside

Portmeirion is situated in North Wales and is undoubtedly a real tourist spot—but we can see why! This replica of an Italian village is so uniquely interesting that it’s well worth a visit. The colourful spot was built between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and is now owned by a charitable organisation; there is an entry fee, but it’s so unusual it’s worth it. Don’t forget your camera!

Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Positano, Italy