My UK Travel Bucket List: An Update

I remember way back in 2019 (feels like a lifetime ago), I wrote a post about the UK places I wanted to travel to in 2020. Well, I don't need to tell you what happened next, do I? Then fast forward to 2022 and I still haven't achieved any of the travel goals I set myself over 2 years ago.


Recently, I bought Hand Luggage Only's Great Britain book, a travel guide to some amazing cities/towns to visit in the UK. After reading it, it's given me a real urge to start travelling solo again and explore different places. As you all well know, Liverpool is my favourite city in the entire world. I've been going back and forth there for the past six years, and not won't ever change. But it'll be nice to explore and experience different parts of the UK and see what's out there.

A flatlay of a brown fedora hat and travel book.


With this in mind, I know that there are still restrictions in place and Covid still plays a heavy part in society today. But I think as long we keep ourselves safe, wear a mask (unless exempt) and all the shizz that keeps us safe, then travelling is something that we need to normalise again.


Anyway, after reading my newest travel book, I've picked out some of the UK destinations I would like to visit, not just in 2022, but beyond that:

1) London

Ok, this one may be a weird one as everybody has been to London before. I have, but not for years and years. I want to do a few of the touristy type things in London. The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Windsor Castle, stand outside Buckingham Palace are just some of the places I would like to visit. 

2) Cotswolds

Oh, this is a place that has been on my travel bucket list for long enough. I'm dying to visit Bourton on the Water and other villages in the Cotswolds. The Cotswold is an AONB (area of natural beauty) and it's just so picturesque. Definitely near the top of my UK travel bucket list. 

A flatlay of a brown fedora hat and travel book.

3) Edinburgh

I want to travel to Edinburgh purely based on the rave reviews I have seen/heard everybody say. Edinburgh just seems like such a vibrant city and culture. I went to Scotland on holiday in my teens. My family went to Aviemore in Inverness and I truly didn't appreciate the beauty of Scotland's landscape and views. I remember we visited Loch Lomond and I wish I could have appreciated it more. Back then though, I was more interested in playing with my Nintendo DS. 

4) Cambridge

Cambridge looks like a stunning city and I would love to take a boat ride on the River Cam. Kings College chapel looks amazing and I would love to take a stroll around there.

5) Oxford

Cambridge's rival in the boat race. Oxford, I only realised until recently, that Oxford is not too far away from the Cotswolds. It's like a 45-minute drive, which is pretty close! Oxford, again, looks like a lovely city and there are quite a few museums worth visiting while there. 

A flatlay of Hand Luggage Only's Great Britain book.

6) York

I won't lie guys, I have always been put off from visiting York because it always looks so far away on Google Maps! It looks co charming and York Minster looks so beautiful that it would definitely be worth the visit!

7) Pembrokeshire

I feel ashamed that I haven't visited this place even though it's in my home country. Pembrokeshire is a beautiful town with some beautiful coastal walks. I would love to visit the Blue Lagoon, a recent discovery after reading HLO's book and now it's right up there on the places to visit. Also I want to visit the other Newport in Wales, the tiny town in Pembrokeshire. 

8) Lake District

Should be on everybody's travel bucket list. End of. If it wasn't so far away from where I live, I'd be there every day to just sit by Lake Windermere (if that's possible) and watch the world go by. 

A flatlay of a brown fedora hat and travel book.

If you're thinking of new staycation plans for 2022, I'd definitely buy Hand Luggage Only's Great Britain book. It's such an insightful guide for the UK and the photo's in there are incredible and make me want to visit every place in the UK! 


I would love to know if any of these UK places are on your travel bucket list! Let me know in the comments! 
37 comments
  1. This is such a great list. I’d love to look into this book and use it as a guide for future visits. I hope we can all travel safely soon! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It's such a good book, full of amazing advice and recommendations of places to visit, even those secret little gems that don't get mentioned enough!

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  2. York and Edinburgh are the two places I want to visit the most! They look so cozy, like I'm walking around stars hollow :')
    I always get the peak district and lake district confused lol!
    minae ♡

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    1. They do have the look of a cosy feel! Yeah I used to get the Peak District and Lake District mixed up too! x

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  3. I've visited a couple of places on your list, York is so quaint, I love it there. You have lots of places on my UK travel list too, including Edinburgh and the Cotswolds. I'd recommend a trip to Cornwall too, it's so picturesque x

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    1. York does look like a quaint place, I'd love to visit there one day. Cornwall is so beautiful, especially in the Spring/Summer x

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  4. I'm with you on the Cotswolds - since watching Clarkson's Farm, I am obsessed!!
    Rosie

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  5. Having been to Edinburgh and York I absolutely recommend them both!

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    1. That's good to hear that you would recommend those places Alice!

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  6. Come to York for sure! It's beautiful here :)

    Corinne x

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  7. York is absolutely stunning. You should definitely visit if you get chance. The Cotswolds is also on my list, as is Cornwall. We're also actually planning a (child free hallelujah) trip to the lakes next month. I can't wait. X

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    1. I really hope to visit York one day!
      Oh I hope you have a fab time at the lakes Claire! x

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  8. We went to the Lake District last summer and omigosh it's sooo beautiful so would definitely recommend it! The Cotswolds are on my list too, but they're so far away from me! I'd love to go back to Edinburgh too as I've not been since I was a teenager!
    Amy x
    callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. The Lake District always looks so beautiful on photos! I hope you get to go back to Edinburgh again soon Amy x

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  9. The Cotswolds and Lake District for certain are on my UK trip list.

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    1. I hope you get to go to both places one day!

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  10. Such a great list! The Cotswold and the Lake District are on my list too and can't wait to visit x

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    1. I hope you get to visit both places one day Cristina! x

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  11. The Cotswolds and Lake District are definitely on my list! I've been to Edinburgh a few times and it's so beautiful x

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  12. So many of my favourite places mentioned in this post sweetie!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you agree with my travel bucket list lovely!

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  13. I hope you'll be able to travel to these places soon! I would love to visit London and Edinburgh too!

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  14. york is totally gorgeous but I can't believe you've not been to London in so long! You definitely need to, there's also so many amazing new touristy things that are a little bit off the hidden track which make it an amazing place - I love living here! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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    1. Oh I know, I can't believe how long it's been since I've been to London! xx

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  15. Oooh some amazing places on this list!

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    1. They're great aren't they?! I hope I get to visit some of them soon!

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  16. Ohh so many great spots! I haven't been to Oxford in years - it's such a beautiful city. I have Cambridge and Edinburgh on my list oh and we want to add in Cornwall too xx

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    1. Oxford looks so beautiful and picturesque! I would love to go to Cornwall again soon! xx

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  17. You have shared some great places you would like to visit. I would like to visit Liverpool, Edinburgh, Oxford, I would like to go back to Cambridge and also visit Ireland. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl

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    1. You've got to visit Liverpool Lauren, you will love it!

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  18. What a fabulous list of places Lucy. I have yet to visit the UK even though the family name originates there, in the town of Biddulph.

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  19. I love the Cotswolds. Everywhere you look is so pretty there

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