Did you visit anywhere this summer in the UK that you loved? Or do you have a favourite location that’s your ‘happy place’?
SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, recently did some research in my area, to look into the places in the UK that evoke special memories of childhood and tend to make us happy. As a Mancunian, I was really interested to read the research, which found that a walk in the countryside was voted Manchester’s ultimate happy place, when spending time away from the city.
We are certainly lucky in my part of the country to have lots of gorgeous countryside on our doorstep waiting to be explored.
The study also found that my fellow Mancunians enjoy travelling around the UK, with a pub lunch in the Cotswolds ranking highly, as well as enjoying an ice cream on Brighton Pier. And although I love travelling abroad when I get the chance, I am certainly in the 35% who believe there is “no place like home” when it comes to holidays. Especially when you ‘do the math’ as a typical seven-day break in the UK would set you back £754, compared to £1,571 if you went abroad.
A spokesperson for SACO, which also provides serviced apartments in Manchester, said:
“Although many Mancunians enjoy the beauty of the Lake District, they were among the most well-travelled of the people we polled with many of their favourite places and experiences being outside of the North West.
“This just goes to prove how lucky we are in the UK. There’s an incredibly diverse range of beautiful scenery and things to do, yet we can travel to all of it within a few hours. Few other countries in Europe could come close to competing with the experiences on offer.”
MANCUNIANS’ ULTIMATE “HAPPY PLACES”
What struck me about this infographic is that, although I’ve done a few of the popular activities listed, there are still lots I haven’t done! I should probably get out more 🙂
Meanwhile, if you’re not from my neck of the woods, you should definitely come and visit my great city for a little ‘staycation’.
You can easily drive or catch a train to Manchester and enjoy a city break – even stay in a serviced apartment, to live like a local. There’s something more homely about staying in an apartment, compared to a hotel. With everything on your doorstep, you can discover historic buildings such as the Central Library and Town Hall , or see a play at 53 Two. Maybe visit the National Football museum and enjoy a meal at Cafe Football. Check out the view over the city at Cloud 23 as you sip a cocktail and take advantage of the great shopping on offer. Stop off in the hip Northern Quarter for a coffee and a stroll around – there’s nowhere quite like Manchester so I hope you’ll come and visit soon!