As Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, it’s not looking rosy for Britons as far as summer holidays abroad are concerned.
But there is some good news – Britain is peppered with spell-binding spots that look like they’re abroad. Some, it might even be said, trump their ‘abroad’ counterpart.
Here are 10 breathtaking destinations in Britain that will make Mr Hancock’s pronouncement a bit easier to swallow – and presented side-by-side with the ‘foreign holiday’ spot they resemble.
The list includes beaches and waterfalls in Scotland and Wales – obviously the lockdown will need to ease in those countries for visits to these to take place – a village in Devon and lavender fields in Norfolk.
The order they appear in is based on how many times they were searched for in the UK a month, as discovered by researchers at Faraway Furniture. The spots least likely to be hit by the staycation stampede are at the top. Scroll down and prepare for one’s jaw to drop…
West Voe Beach in the Shetlands vs Yyteri beach in Pori, Finland
The quietest getaway – lockdown restrictions permitting – is likely to be West Voe in Shetland, Scotland, which is searched for just 10 times a month. The beach there, left, bears an uncanny resemblance to Yyteri beach in Pori, Finland, pictured on the right
Observatory Gully, Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands vs Mont Blanc in the French Alps
If you’re in the market for an isolated Mont Blanc-style mountain adventure, try Ben Nevis (left), and an ascent – if you have the requisite skills and kit – up through Observatory Gully. There were only 170 searches for Observatory Gully last month. Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, is pictured on the right
Elegug Stacks, Pembrokeshire vs Nusa Penida island in Bali
There were only 320 searches monthly for the Elegug Stacks in Wales (left). If the weather is right these clifftops highly resemble Nusa Penida in Bali, pictured on the right
High Force Waterfalls, Durham vs Nauyaca Waterfalls in Costa Rica
High Force Waterfalls in Durham (left), in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is surprisingly unknown – with only 420 searches every month. This beautiful 70ft waterfall is surrounded by natural beauty and mirrors the Nauyaca Waterfalls in Costa Rica, right
Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, Scotland vs Crane Beach in Barbados
The jaw-dropping Calgary Bay beach is one of Mull’s best-kept secrets (left) and holds strong similarities to Crane beach in Barbados (right)
Norfolk lavender fields vs lavender fields in Provence
Norfolk’s lavender fields are highly recommended by travel bloggers but have low interest from Britons, with only 580 searches last month. The 100 acres of lavender available for gazing purposes resemble the lavender fields in Provence, France
Mealt falls, Isle of Skye vs Háifoss waterfall in Iceland
The 55-metre (180ft) free-dropping Mealt falls, left, gets 1,240 searches a month. And may well remind waterfall aficionados Háifoss waterfall in Iceland. Though the latter, right, is much taller, at 122 metres (400ft)
Bidean nam Bian range in Scotland vs Norway’s lumps
Walking the Bidean nam Bian range in Scotland will take around eight or nine hours. And you’re likely to have the place to yourself. There were 1,460 searches per month, but who knows, that may just have been locked down workers looking for Zoom backgrounds. While you’re there, you might like to imagine you’re in Norway, right, which is similarly lumpy and similarly breathtaking
Cockington village, Devon vs French village of Veules-les-Roses
Cockington village in Devon (left, 2,330 searches per month) is one of the most-thatched in Britain. So Britons don’t need to worry that the similarly cute Veules-les-Roses in Normandy (right) is out of reach for the time being
Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales vs Mae Tad waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall (left, 2,550 searches per month) means that staycationing Britons can relax, safe in the knowledge that they can visit Wales and not feel empty inside because they’re not at the Mae Tad waterfall in Chiang Mai (right). Perhaps…
This list based on an idea and research by www.farawayfurniture.com. Note – driving to beauty spots in Scotland and Wales is currently not allowed.