As March, April, May and June in 2020 may forever be known as the time we all stayed home and our vacations were dramatically cancelled, July, August and September will be known as the months where we made up for lost time. Now, don't get us wrong. We don't think we should all be jumping on the next aeroplane to the South of France, just because we can (hello carbon footprint). But should we refrain ourselves from a relaxing few weeks off? Absolutely not. You don't need to fly to the other side of the world to explore the vast beauty of this earth. There is plenty to explore right here in Britain. Don't believe me? Keep reading and let us convince you otherwise. The Isles of Scilly, Scottish Highlands and Cotswolds will make you wonder why you've never spent more time exploring the UK in the first place. Happy travels!
1. Swimming & Picnics on the Isles of Scilly
Twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall, you will find the most outstandingly gorgeous and uncrowded islands you've ever been to. Also referred to as the 'UK's Caribbean', the Isles of Scilly should be on your bucket list for this summer. Everything on these islands asks you to take a step back and live a simpler and kinder life. Move on at an easier pace whilst strolling on white sands, looking out over turquoise waters, and enjoying the summery climate. Only five of the 140 islands are inhabited, so have you always dreamed about having an island to yourself for the day? Look no further. What to pack for a holiday on the Isles of Scilly? Maybe a bathing suit from one of the sustainable swimwear brands that we highlighted a few weeks ago? And to top it off, a beach-appropriate dress to go with it, like this Rat & Boa balloon sleeve satin mini dress or this Zimmermann blue and white cotton dress
2. Hiking and Romping in Royal Palaces in the Scottish Highlands
If you've never been to the Scottish Highlands, then take this summer as your perfect excuse to do so. Explore mind-blowing landscapes, outstanding food, majestic castles and mysterious lochs. Feel like Harry Potter while taking a trip on the Jacobite steam train, or more famously known as the Hogwarts Express. Watch dolphins along the Moray Coast, hike through Britain's largest National Park, look out for the Loch Ness monster and explore Britain's highest peak Ben Nevis. May we suggest that you wear your hiking boots and most comfortable attire during the day. But at night when you decide to go out for dinner in one of the majestic castles, wear something that suits your royal surroundings. The Vampire's Wife is a perfect go-to. Or go for this Reformation maxi silk dress in emerald green.
3. Vintage Hunting and Feasting in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds. Arguably the quaintest region in the UK. Just looking at images of it will put a smile on your face. With almost 800 square miles and it running through five different counties, you can only imagine how much there is to explore. Every single area of the Cotswolds has its own identity and list of incredible things to do and see. But of course, they all have one thing in common: the golden stones and rolling hills. Shop for vintage treasures, explore market towns and stroll through the gardens of Prince Charles' private residence of Highgrove house. With packing, you'll go a long way with a simple yet refined look. A midi dress with some comfortable sandals and snazzy sunglasses is exactly what you need. Our top pick? Dream Sister Jane, This white linen Aje dress or anything from British homegrown Shrimps.
Written by: Danique van Leeuwenstijn - @daniqueelisabeth