It’s completely natural to spend January dreaming of white sands, palm trees and warm, crystal clear oceans.
At this point, we have been engulfed in darkness for so long that we have forgotten what it feels like to be warm, we haven’t seen daylight in months and we literally never take our coats off. The sun? We don’t know her. But, before we blow our life savings on a long-haul flight to somewhere exotic and permanently boiling, it’s worth considering something closer to home. Cornwall, on the rugged south-westerly tip of the country, has 400 miles of coastline, with 158 miles designated as Heritage Coast. That’s a whole lot of natural beauty. And the best thing about visiting in the winter – you’ll basically have it all to yourself.
This January, I took myself off for a solo beach holiday to Newquay. And it was just what I needed. After a manic festive period with just a couple of days away from the rat race, heading to the coast on my own was the perfect antidote and an incredible way to reset and recharge for the new decade.
It was the longest trip I have ever done completely on my own, and I can’t recommend it enough. Starting the new year by taking a few days to prioritise your own needs, with literally no responsibility to anyone else, is the best gift of self-care you can give yourself.
Original publication 18 January, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 14th February 2020
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