We’re opening up…but staycations may be the new normal…for a while


Finally, the long winter is over, the nights are getting shorter and the days are getting longer. It’s a sure sign that spring is here and summer is just round the corner. Adding to that hopeful thought is the news, this week, that the lockdown restrictions are being eased across Wales. It’s still a long way off ‘normal’ but it does give us something to cheer about.

We can now venture beyond our locality and even take a holiday in our own country – should we wish to – and why shouldn’t we? Wales has some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and Cardigan Bay boasts a dramatic coastline that harbours some charming coves and sandy beaches.

We are still living with a great deal of uncertainty and the recent news of a third wave of coronavirus infections, hitting mainland Europe, means that this pandemic is far from over. We may have to wait a bit longer for our Mediterranean escape and plan for a get away that is a bit closer to home.

The UK government is not getting ahead of itself and is erring on the side of caution when it comes to making promises about lifting travel restrictions to overseas destinations, which makes planning a trip within our lovely island, for the foreseeable future, a safer bet. And where better to take the children than the sandy beaches at Aberporth, to explore the rock pools, or the vibrant coastal town of New Quay for dinner, a well deserved ice cream and a stroll on the pier?

A staycation is one thing but maybe a longer term investment is what’s needed in these times? Why not have a permanent bolt hole by the sea? A place to dash to, for a change of scenery and some fresh seaside air. Who knows how many more lockdowns we’ll have to endure?

Or maybe it’s time to permanently up sticks and find that quiet place to retire. With its striking views and tranquil surroundings, one thing is for certain during these uncertain times, West Wales promises an opportunity to breakaway from the crowds.