Anyone who has ever visited London, knows how busy this city can get…
And if you live and work in London, you’re basically a hamster in a wheel, stuck in that everyday routine and fast-paced lifestyle.
If you recognized that hamster, you might also recognize those everyday commutes in fully packed tubes (metro) where you end up feeling like an oily sardine that is tightly pushed against its fellow companions…
Having to ‘enjoy’ the journey home with someone else’s smelly armpit a few centimeters off my nose is definitely not something I signed up for when deciding to live in London, but this too, is part of the glamorous big city life. Or the loud sirens of police and ambulance cars that make your ears want to find their own feet and take off to a quieter place…
Quite often we get so carried away with work commitments that we stop noticing the world around us…things such as the first flowers in the park, rainbows in the sky, singing of the small birds, the gradual change of the seasons…racing around with heads fixed on the ground (or phone screens…) and minds filled with work related thoughts, we end up missing out on enjoying what Mother Nature has got to offer us.
This is why I try to get away from the city as often as possible. If my holiday is not long enough to book a flight to explore a different country or visit my family in Estonia, I take a nice road trip out of the capital.
In my opinion, the British countryside is very underrated. All you hear are the talks about the rainy weather but let’s be honest, it rains everywhere! There are so many beautiful places across the UK that the locals should visit before spending hours on Booking.com, desperately trying to find cheap city breaks in Europe.
I spent my Easter weekend in the Cotswolds which is a cute area in south central England, about 2-hour drive away from London. Key words for this place are hills, fields and sheep 😀 .
When in London, I wake up to the sound of an early morning traffic, trains and planes, then in the countryside, I wake up to the sound of baaing sheep and little lambs looking for their mama ”Baa-baaa!”.
PS! I sleep like a little lamb myself when I’m there 😀 .
Things to do in the countryside:
- Enjoy nature walks! Jump over paddles, sing and do silly stuff that you wouldn’t do in the city, express yourself and release your inner crazy 😀 !
- Drive through cute small villages.
- Drink fresh coffee at local coffee stores.
- Visit local shops and bakeries.
- Visit local food and veggie markets- all organic food!
- Read books and RELAX!!!
Also, the drinking water and free-range meat and dairy products in the countryside taste amazing!!!! I was very tempted to eat butter on its own- it reminded me of my childhood when we had cows and my mom was making butter and cottage cheese at home.
The first day of the mini holiday was rainy and due to bad traffic, it took us over 4 hours to get there. I cannot complain though, in good company, even the longest car journeys wheeze by in no time :D.
So on Day 1 we just relaxed, had a lovely dinner, played pool and watched movies.
I was so excited to hop into the wellies the next morning and head out for a lovely walk in the fields and forests. There is no better mood changer than fresh air! 🙂
The best part about the countryside here in the UK is that there is no proper phone reception. Time to leave the best friend behind! You may receive an occasional text or a missed call on top of a certain hill or a special ‘internet corner’ but the lack of signal really makes the stay feel like a proper holiday-mentally and physically.
Have you seen people gaze intensely at their phone screens and then a few seconds later, walk into a lamp or a street post?!
Well I have, and I have done it myself! That’s how busy my life can get. Sometimes I don’t have those 10 minutes to spare, instead I try to multi-task and then hit the post and make myself look like a total idiot. The good thing about an incident like that is that it really wakes you up!
Have you sat down on a bus or train and just observed people?! How many of them were doing the same thing?! The answers is: not many. People’s bodies are out on streets but their mind is wandering around social media platforms. We are here, but not really!
I don’t want to come across as evil but I hope that you too, will walk into that post. 😀 Especially if you are like me, always on the phone texting and uploading social media content.
It’s a good wake-up call! Lift your head up, give that neck a good stretch and look around you! Are the daffodils still there or did you miss them this year?! Are the trees greener than last week?!
I dare you to have a phone free day! You will notice the difference in your mood and productivity! Yes, if you are addicted to it, it may be a little ‘painful’ for the first couple of hours, but the pain will subside 😀 .
These 3 days in the Cotswolds felt like an entire week (in a good way). The days felt a lot longer, I was enjoying the nature, laughed a lot and spent more time away from my phone and laptop than I have for a long time.
During the walk we managed to find some beautiful ‘pussy willows’ (interesting name, I know 😀 ) and put them in a vase to create some real Easter vibes!
I am back in London now but already dreaming of my next little getaway in those pink Wellington boots! 🙂
To sum my story up- book yourself a countryside holiday, leave your phone behind, wear comfortable clothing that can get muddy , comfortable footwear and get out there in the woods and enjoy the nature! 🙂