OUT OF SEASON TRAVEL

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This year, more than ever, has seen an increase in people travelling around the UK. Understandable under the circumstances. It could be for a weekend break or your main summer holiday. To people who normally head to an airport and fly to a beach, this is a potentially new experience. While I too have headed to the coast while the sunshine is beating down, it isn’t my preferred time to go.

I am fortunate that I don’t have a family or a prescribed shutdown set of fixed dates I have to travel in and so I actively promote travelling out of season. My preference is quieter roads. And I prefer less people. Granted, it isn’t for all for myriad reasons. But if you ever have the opportunity to do it, I implore that you do. Take the North Coast 500 in Scotland. 

TRY IT. YOU MIGHT LIKE IT

During the summer in a regular year, let alone 2020, it is packed. Motorhomes, bike rallies, trails of cars, all to be expected. In truth, it isn't geared up for the volume of people that descend on it. Passing places become unable to be used while people think it acceptable to stop and take photographs in them. Rented motorhomes get stuck as panicked drivers freeze on passes they really shouldn't be driving over. It gets full and fraught very quickly. And so, when it is winter, I go there. Perfect vehicle is an old Land Rover Defender. I had the passes pretty much to myself. John O'Groats? Empty. Granted, you need to check weather forecasts, take provisions and make sure you have somewhere to stay that is open, but the locals will appreciate you more. After all, the mountains will still be there all year round. Just a thought that you could be too.

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