UK hidden gems that look like they're abroad

31 March 2021

There’s really no place like home and the British Isles boast some of the best cities, beautiful coastal spots and fascinating history. As lockdown begins to loosen, we’re sharing exotic-looking locations that will make you feel like you’re going aboard and could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean, Italy and Norway.

We’ve selected our favourite UK hidden gems that look like they're abroad, yet won’t require you to pack your passport.

Swap the Caribbean for Cornwall

Cornwall has its fair share of stunning beaches that could rival the beaches of the Caribbean any day, and no British seaside has more to offer than the privately-owned, 25-acre Blue Flag beach at Carbis Bay. With an array of waters sports available, there is nothing quite like getting out on the open water, either by kayak, paddleboard or dinghy. 

Swap Norway for Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides

The Northern Lights are one of the most magical and truly unforgettable experiences, but you don’t need to travel to Norway to tick this off your bucket list. Scotland is renowned as one of the top places in the world to view the natural phenomenon.

The beautiful Isle of Mull is the perfect setting to capture the spectacular light show as it dances its way across the pitch-black night sky, miles away from any urban light pollution.

Swap Italy for Portmeirion, Wales

The enchanting Italianate style village Portmeirion is located on the coast of North Wales. As you stroll through town, taking in the alluring cluster of pastel-coloured buildings, iconic architecture, exotic gardens, Italian ice cream parlour and sandy beaches, it’ll be so easy to forget where you are. Pair a trip to Portmeirion with an active stay in Snowdonia National Park.

Swap Australia’s southern coast for Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay is one of Pembrokeshire’s hidden treasures, with its secret rocky coves, crescent-shaped golden sand beaches and its picture-postcard beauty. Only accessible by foot, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the coastal path as you enjoy views out to sea. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not visit Elegug Stacks, a dramatic natural rock arch and pillars on the southwest coast of Pembrokeshire.


So, if you’re looking for an exotic holiday without having to pack your passport, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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