With a summer of exploring the beautiful British Isles ahead of us, we've gathered together ideas about where to go when lockdown is lifted as well as online events that mean you don't have to miss out in the meantime. More exotic destinations sometimes overshadow the UK, so let's make the most of our nation's home-grown attractions and enjoy some incredible doorstop discoveries along the way.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Anything you can do, we can do better! Well, maybe not better, but the UK does have some surprising attractions to rival even the most famous worldwide wonders.
The Train Now Departing
Take a step back in time with the BBC and discover the Isle of Man via its scenic railway lines. Meet the selfless volunteers who keep the steam trains running here, much to the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.
As industry experts, let Wines of Great Britain lead you through the delightful world of wine production in the UK, from vineyards you can visit, to local wines delivered to your door.
Our team at Great Rail have been busy rounding up the latest travel themed entertainment to keep us all amused until normal service resumes. We've got podcasts and books to literally lose yourself in, recipes to transport your taste buds and first-hand accounts of itineraries from our experts.
Where to Travel When
While there's still uncertainty about when we might be able to spread our wings and travel again, we're covering all bases to bring you a calendar of the best holidays and when to take them.
Get lost in books & podcasts
I think we all agree we need a little armchair escapism at the minute. What better way to switch off than to get involved with a good book or podcast. Here's our teams' rundown on what we should have on our reading list and podcast playlist.
Be transported by taste
Arm yourself with your apron and bring the flavours of your travels to your own kitchen! Our very own Rashmi is from Calcutta and kickstarts our tastebuds with a recipe of Coconut stew.
Walk in our footsteps
What better way to truly gain a full flavour of a tour than to hear a firsthand account by one of our team. They are passionate about rail holidays and specialists in local culture and the highlights of each destination. We'll bring you fresh perspectives every week to transport you directly to the heart of one of our tours.
Now that we've all got a little more free-time, why not take up a travel related project to help keep your wanderlust alive; learn a local lingo, spend time making past-travel more memorable through crafting or refuel your passion for photography.
Planning to branch out
Get some expert insight about the benefits of slow travel from the team over at the Thoughtful Travel Podcast. From walking to public transport, there are tonnes of tips about how to go at your own pace and smell the roses while you're away.
Your perfect match
If you want to get down to planning your itinerary but haven't actually decided where you want to go yet, try this quiz to reveal your ideal destination based on your travel preferences.
Paint a picture from your travels
Reminisce over those favourite scenes and capture them on canvas. Watch Robin, our artist in residence, paint his way down the Danube - it may well isnpire you to brush up on your own technique.
Create a travel blog
Take a ticket to travel writing success with Sukie's (Our resident writer) guide to writing the ultimate travel blog. It's not only a fun way to capture your holiday memories, but it can also open your work up to a community of new friends and travellers looking for inspiration from a person with a perspective.
Learn a language in your lunchtime
Want to learn a language for your next holiday, but have little time? There are lots of apps and online courses that help you learn a language with just 30 minutes a day. So why not teach yourself a few key phrases.
If your looking to take advantage of the good weather in the garden, and your looking for a little advice from cutting hedges to how to water plants effectively check out these bite size helpful guides.
Travel through your tastebuds
I know a lot of you reading this are fanatic foodies already! If you already consider cooking to be one of your hobbies then why not explore a whole new continent from the contents of your cupboards? If you have never tried Turkish or mastered Moroccan then now is certainly the time to travel with your tastebuds.
Be more Mindful
Mindfulness and Meditation can help you stay calm in these uncertain times. If you are in need of some rest and relaxation - try these simple techniques and see if it unlocks you from lockdown, albeit in mind and body./p>