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York City walls and York Minster in the distance

Staycation ideas: Where to go on holiday in the UK

With the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, travelling abroad is a little out of the question for many. Especially when this can involve a mandatory quarantine period on return. Luckily, this also means it’s the perfect time to turn that post-lockdown getaway into a UK staycation instead.

And really, there’s no better time to rediscover the UK and enjoy what’s right in front of you. With National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), picturesque medieval towns and some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery, there’s a type of staycation for everyone in this beautiful country. If you’re not sure where to go on holiday in the UK, here’s a list of the best staycation ideas, in no particular order. Right here. At home.

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Tunnel view, Yosemite National Park

Top 10 best US national parks you need to visit

There are a total of 62 national parks in the USA, each spectacular in their own way. In fact, the US is home to some of the best national parks in the world, and there’s a reason for that. The impressive wildlife and landscapes are unlike anywhere else on Earth. You can find deep canyons, sky-piercing sequoias, snow-capped peaks and vast deserts – all in one national park! Truly, there’s no better place to discover the unique natural wonders of the US.

Most of them are concentrated in California, Alaska, Utah and Colorado, and are a mandatory stop for outdoor lovers and anyone going on a road trip adventure. If you have limited time or are simply wondering which is the best US national park to visit first, fear not! We’ve shortened them down to the top 10 national parks in the USA you must visit at least once in your life, in no particular order.

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Glasgow skyline from The Lighthouse

Top things to do in Glasgow | TRAVEL GUIDE

Glasgow is a historical city with a lot to offer. It boasts some of the best architecture of both the UK and Scotland, the street art scene is one of the largest in the UK, only second to London, and some of the museums are the most visited outside the capital. And the food? It has some of finest dishes and whisky I have tried, dare I say.

Now, it can be difficult to know what are the best things to do in Glasgow when you’re visiting for the first time. Whether you have a full week to explore Glasgow or are just ‘scratching the surface’, I’ve included a complete list of recommendations for you to choose from. It’s up to you – you can do them all or go with the flow! Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

Here are the best things to see and do in Glasgow.

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Best brunches in Hackney to get your brunch fix

Let me start by saying this – I can’t say no to a good avocado on toast with poached eggs on top. I know, it’s such a millennial thing, isn’t it? But sometimes the good things in life come in the form of ripe and ready avocado mash. After several successful and failed attempts at making poached eggs myself (the trick is in the white wine vinegar, they say), I can say I’m really excited about going out for brunch again. The Covid-19 pandemic and self-isolation rules clearly haven’t decreased my love for food. Now, Hackney is one of the best places to get brunch in London. So I thought I’d throw in a post with some the best brunches in Hackney that I’m most looking forward to going to once they reopen.

Note: check each place beforehand to see their current Covid-19 measures.

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Black Heritage Trail, Boston

Black Heritage Trail, Boston (Massachusetts) guide and map

Boston’s Black Heritage Trail takes us through the most significant landmarks of the Black Boston of the 1800s. Before the Civil War, Beacon Hill became home to immigrants and more than half of Boston’s 2,000 African Americans, just below the houses of wealthy white people.

The Black Heritage Trail explores schools, residences and churches of the free Black community that played a pivotal role in the fight for equal rights and abolition of slavery. Alongside the Freedom Trail, this is an equally important way to learn more about the precursors of the Civil War movement and history of Boston. Here’s everything you need to know about Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.

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Best movies set in San Francisco

Best movies set in San Francisco – Sofa Travels series

We’ve made it to San Francisco! After taking you to New York, London and most recently to Los Angeles, it was only natural for me to keep the Sofa Travels series in the sunshine state. Admittedly, our three-week long road trip around California was one of the best travel adventures I’ve ever had in my life. And yes, I very much look forward to go to again. My excuse this time is checking out some places that were used as filming locations for movies set in San Francisco.

As you may have guessed, this post explores all the best movies set in San Francisco (in my humble opinion), in chronological order. From drama to mystery and comedy, I have picked the films that I think you should absolutely add to your cinephile bucket list. Remember to use the hashtag #SofaTravels to let us know you’re joining the movement, or to just simply share other movies to watch. Have fun!

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Best movies set in Los Angeles

Best movies set in Los Angeles – Sofa Travels series

A lot has changed recently, including our travel plans. Summer is just around the corner and the weather has been lovely recently, so it’s only natural to dream about a change of scenery. In my case, I’ve been reminiscing about the glorious sunny days we spent in California last September. Sunny blue skies, loads of Vitamin D and fresh salty water. I can assure you this is my idea of heaven.

With that idea in mind, might I suggest we focus this Sofa Travels post solely on the best films set in Los Angeles? Yes! I can’t think of a better moment to bring the Sunshine State straight into your living rooms (or your garden, a homemade open air cinema sounds ideal right now!).

Have a scroll through our ultimate round-up of the best movies set in Los Angeles in chronological order. And remember, use the hashtag #SofaTravels to let us know you’re joining the movement, or to just simply share other movies to watch.

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