Not going abroad: Travelling in 2020 and in 2021 UPDATED

Travelling in 2021 Update.

After a long and cold winter and another lockdown-yep, again, not being able to go abroad for the longest time ever everybody is looking forward to go on holiday in the sun, even a short one. We waited long enough and deserve it. A dream of many people, right? Well, not so easy at least here in the UK.

The latest rumour is that the British government might allow fully vaccinated people to travel sometime soon. So there is at least a bit of hope. Whether it will happen or not we just have to wait and see. For the latest news regarding covid-19 and travel restrictions visit gov.uk.

What was not going abroad and travelling in 2020 like for a travel blogger(s)?

Well, what a year 2020 has been. Who would have ever thought that “some” virus could bring the whole world to a standstill? Right? There has been many speculations or even conspiracies about the Coronavirus, that one does not know what to believe anymore. The only thing I know for sure that all or almost all my travel plans have gone up in smoke.

Just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit us hard, I managed to make my first and last trip abroad this year. I visited Madrid the capital of Spain. Full blog about Madrid available here.

My next plan was to go back to Bali in May. I was hoping that I will be able to go and that everything will be ok. How wrong was I? Bali was cancelled. I quickly made arrangements and postponed the trip until September. As September approached I had a feeling that it is not going to happen so I booked a short trip to Spain. Both trips were cancelled again. So maybe if I tried the Geek island of Rhodes…that did not work either. I said to myself I’m not going abroad in 2020!

Instead, I decided on a staycation. The UK has some of the most beautiful beaches, outdoor and city walks in Europe, so why not give that a go? Surprisingly the weather was awesome this summer and that allowed me to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the UK.

Just keep in mind to follow the guidance on travelling, social distancing and always check the local rules before you go anywhere.

Sidmouth, Devon. My first trip after the long national lockdown was to Seaton a seaside town, fishing harbour and civil parish in East Devon on the south coast of England.

It felt a little weird first, not many people out there, but the lockdown was over, so I was going to enjoy myself.

Sitting at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Seaton’s beautiful scenery and natural environment are a joy to explore. Great weather, the sea and the beach made for a lovely day out. 

4 Waterfalls Walk, Brecon Beacons, Wales.

Tucked away on the southern slopes of the Fforest Fawr massif, west of Merthyr Tydfil, Waterfall Country is part of the Brecon Beacons National Park which well known by many hikers and lovers of the great outdoors alike.

On this trip, I used my brand new gear. Nikon Z6 and Moza aircross 2 camera gimbal. A great combination for making 4k video content.

More info about how to get there, car parks and more available here.

Exmouth, Devon. One of the oldest and most picturesque seaside towns in Devon. The stunning 2-mile long, sandy beach is a favourite place for many people.

Exmouth is the gateway to the World Heritage Jurrasic Coast. Why not take a scenic boat trip out across the coast to take in the breathtaking scenery and local history. Or just admire the far-reaching views across Exmouth from Orcombe Point. Come here for traditional fish and chips, take a dip in the sea or just chill out on the beach.

The aerial footage of Exmouth beach shot with DJI Mavic Mini.

London. One of my favourite places to visit in the UK is London for sure. The capital is a massive city and has a lot to offer. Whether you like culture, history or cuisine, London has it all. 

I must admit that visiting London in 2020 was felt a little weird, to say the least. With all the Coronavirus rules and restrictions, London felt somewhat empty. No need to say that international travel is almost at a standstill and there were almost no tourists there. Perhaps there was an advantage to that. No crowds outside the Buckingham Palace, Picadilly Circus, Westminster Bridge (the Big Ben), the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge too. The tourist hotspots were all deserted. It might come handy if you are a photographer or a vlogger. One does not have to try to avoid the crowds. I guess we just have to get used to the new normal for now.

For those who cannot travel right now and would like to see London, check out my latest London video in 4k.

Full London blog with things to do and see available here.

Check the travel restrictions and Covid-19 local rules before you travel. Transport for London page has all the info you need.

Seaton, Devon. Located on the south coast of England, between Axmouth and Beer, Seaton faces onto Lyme Bay and is on the Dorset and East Devon Coast. The mostly shingle beach stretches for about a mile and is connected to a small fishing harbour too.

One of the tourist attraction in Seaton, after the beach, is Seaton Tramway. A  narrow-gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading birdlife. More info, tickets and prices available here.

Video footage was taken with GoPro Hero 8 on FeiyuTech Vimble 2a gimbal in 4k.

Visit my Youtube channel – mgphotography uk for more video content.

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