While I’m off gallivanting in the Philippines, a few blogger friends have graciously agreed to fill in for me by contributing to a series on their top three travel tips for their countries of expertise. As Che of Indieberries once said, bloggers are the new Lonely Planet. Today, I have the wonderfully witty Amy of Toothbrush Travels, who lives all the way in England.
My name’s Amy and I’m showing you this selfie today because it’s my first time here and I feel like I should introduce myself, AND it took me 8 whole minutes to get “the angle right” so I feel like I should get PLENTY of use out of it, because good selfies don’t come often my friend.
Today I’ll be Dee-claring Deecoded all MINE 😉
But just for one post. I promise.
Then this beautiful space on the internet that Dee has created, will be hers again once more!
But whilst I’ve got you all here…
I have a confession to make.
I’ve lived in England for 22 of my 23 years on this Earth and I still haven’t seen much of it.
It’s always the way though isn’t it? That when you’re born into a place you can’t help but unintentionally miss so much of what sits right there on your doorstep. I have however, recently embarked on a mission to change this. To discover as much of England as I can, and by that I actually mean England. As a whole. Outside of London.
There is so much more to England than London and I’ve noticed that so often people whom come over to visit forget this. London is undoubtably incredible, it’s filled with incredible food, history and royalty, but it’s just a small part of what this country has to offer. So today I’m not actually going to tell you about my top three places to travel in England, mainly because I haven’t seen enough to determine my top three places.
Instead I’m going to tell you about the three places that I’m most excited about visiting.
1) Isles of Scilly
Just off of the coast of Cornwall sits this little archipelago whose waters are so beautifully clear you wouldn’t think that you were in ol’ Blighty. But that’s exactly where this place is and by golly the islands are gorgeous. Made up of 5 main islands and a population of just over 2,200 the islands aren’t huge, but they are filled with beautiful scenery, castles, forts, burial chambers, seals and the most hilarious police force on Facebook.
A beautiful county in South-West England that is home to the Roman baths, Cheddar Gorge, Wells Cathedral and the Jane Austen centre. Somerset is a place filled with captivating contrasts with plenty to see and do no matter what your personality type.
I couldn’t do a top three and not include my hometown.
Located in South-East England, Chichester is a place that not many have heard of, but one that continues to surprise me.
Before I moved to Thailand I found Chichester to be small and boring, but since returning to live in England I’ve realised that is not the case at all. It’s filled with history, great places to walk to, and the local beach isn’t too shabby either. I’ve been back a year now, and even though I eat/go somewhere new every week – I still haven’t seen everything this tiny little city has to offer.
So what about you Deecoded readers?
Any of you been/planning to go to England?
What were the spots you are/were most excited to see?
Check out more of Amy’s travels! She has a lot more travel tips about England. Also, as she used to be an expat in Thailand, you might want to dig through her archives for posts on that, too.