Why your next vacation should be a staycation

Covid-19 has effected 2020 in so many different ways this year, and one of those ways is going abroad. With new countries getting added to the two week quarantine list every day, me and my boyfriend decided to go to Cornwall this year instead of our original choice of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, and we were so glad that we did.

Where to stay

We stayed at the Shore Surf Lodge in Newquay, Cornwall for 5 nights and it only costed £140 each. We had a double bedroom with a lovely view of Fistral beach which was not even a 10 minute walk away. The hotel was located right near the town which was ideal for us because it meant getting around was made simple. Their menu was authentic Caribbean food which was completely new for us and we loved it. This accommodation is perfect for students looking to go to Newquay due to the cheap price and close proximity to the town and nightlife.

This three bedroom house was built on top of Towan Island on the beach in the 1930’s

What to do in Newquay

Newquay is the best place in the UK for surfing, so of course we had to try it out for ourselves. We rented surf boards and wet suits for the day and had the best day on Fistral beach. We also spent hardly any money which is always a good thing as I was waiting for the student loan to drop at this point.

Us ready to surf at Fistral beach, Newquay

On our second day we wanted to see some animals so we visited Newquay Zoo and the aquarium. The zoo was definitely better than the aquarium as there was more to see but we still enjoyed them both.

If you’re looking for some nightlife then I would definitely recommend Berties nightclub and Bertie O’Flannigan’s Irish Pub. They were both so much fun and were full of nice people having fun and enjoying themselves. We went out for 4 of the nights and didn’t see one fight or argument which was a breath of fresh air.

Days out in Cornwall

As we were going away for nearly a week, we decided we wanted to make the most of our time and see some other beautiful locations in Cornwall.

St. Ives, Cornwall

Famous for its beautiful town and beaches, we couldn’t miss out on visiting this beautiful town. The day we spent in St. Ives was hands down my favourite day of the holiday, I was completely blown away by the views and I literally couldn’t believe that we were in the UK. We spent the day kayaking at Porthminster beach which was picturesque.

Porthminster beach, St. Ives

Falmouth, Cornwall

Falmouth is a coastal student town and is known for its beautiful harbour. Falmouth high street was definitely my favourite, it is completely unique and I’d never visited such a lovely town before. The graffiti wall was an amazing feature as were all of the independent businesses.

Falmouth harbour formed with Carrick Roads is the third deepest harbour in the world, and the deepest in Western Europe.

Best places to eat in Cornwall

Cornwall is iconic for its amazing food and there was so many things we had to try. Here are some of the best places that we visited and LOVED whilst we were there:

We seriously had the most amazing week away in Cornwall and it is probably the only good thing to come out of the Coronavirus for me. Now that I’ve been I would happily go again next year and do all of these things again, its nice to just appreciate what we have in the UK and to not take it for granted.

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