After having travel restricted and activities whisked from beneath your feet due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to feel like you haven’t made the most of 2020 so far. However, the outdoors is still there to access across the UK, and with so many beautiful locations in the North East especially, there is no reason why you can’t make the most of the outside this summer.
Meteorologists have suggested that 2020 is on course to be the hottest year since records began, with the long term effects of global warming unaffected by the reduction in the lower emissions that have been present since the COVID-19 outbreak. While this raises some serious issues and more must be done to combat climate change, it does mean that you’re likely to have some hot weather to enjoy – while being safe – this year.
Travel restrictions within the UK are beginning to be lifted, with overnight stay rules differing depending on whether you’re living in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. In general, by the end of July it is expected that stays in hotels, bed and breakfasts and caravans are to be allowed across the board, therefore try planning ahead so that you don’t miss out.
If staying indoors in a different house still makes you feel uneasy, then camping might be the best option for you. This allows you to enjoy the warm outdoors at both day and night, as well as get closer to your loved ones.
You don’t have to travel to enjoy the outdoors, of course. If you have an outdoor space nearby, such as a park, then use it to full advantage by having a picnic or playing some sports. Always remember to clean up after yourself.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own private outdoor space, such as a garden, consider converting it to be more user friendly during the summer. Invest in solid garden log cabins to give yourself a place to escape and read a book, listen to music, or drink with friends.
Making the most of the outdoors this summer shouldn’t just be about escaping by yourself. If gathering restrictions allow it, invite friends and family over for a – socially distanced if necessary – party in your garden. If you’re not used to throwing parties, a top tip is that it is all in the planning. Prepare as much of the food and drink as you can in advance and give those you’re inviting as much notice as possible. If you do have indoor space, be prepared to use it if they “traditional” British summer weather strikes.
Dress to impress
There are many cheap places to pick up a summer bargain, including charity shops, now open across the country.
Getting outdoors and enjoying yourself isn’t only about the activity, but how you look and feel while doing it. If you can find a summer dress or a jazzy floral shirt that you’re simply desperate to show off, you’ll be more likely to organise outdoor activities with your friends and family.