St. Ives is known as one of Cornwall’s most famous destinations. It’s won multiple awards for its beaches and for being a great family holiday destination. All this makes it hugely popular – and perhaps for an introvert/socially anxious traveler, not a seemingly attractive option. But! I am here to tell you, St. Ives is worth the hype. There are at least 6 reasons why you must visit St. Ives. It’s beautiful, with fantastic beaches, cute shops, and has a wonderful gallery.
The room was absolutely beyond expectations. A very comfortable king-size bed, rainfall shower and separate bath tub, a seating area, a desk by the window to get work done, and coffee, hot cocoa, and shortbread biscuits all in the room. The room felt modern and was very clean, without losing any of the character – and this would be said for the whole hotel. All of the communal spaces felt fresh and up to date, but with a clear sense of the charm of the old convent.
It’s always great to explore big cities, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from all the bustle and head to the riverside. Malpas Village is about a 25 minute walk from Truro, in Cornwall in the southwest of England. It’s the perfect hideaway from traffic and crowds (there’s only one street, and it only runs in one direction!). Plus, there are cute restaurants, a lovely park, a coffee shop, and views of the little boats docked in the river. A perfect afternoon out.
The Brighton Palace Pier is surely one of the top tourist destinations in Brighton. The city on the seaside is only an hour from London by train. In the height of summer, one can imagine it would be absolutely packed with families. You could be scrambling onto the roller coaster and bumper cars, slurping on ice creams, and getting sticky with cotton candy. But by November, that’s unlikely to happen!
Blomidon Provincial Park in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is known for its beach and campground. But there are also several great hikes around the park, that are accessible even when the park itself closes for the season. One of the great parts of hiking in the fall is that the leaves have started to change and fall. You can really start to see more of the views of the cliffs from the trail.
On a warmer day, I’m sure the Ross Bay beach would have been packed. There was loads of room for kids to run on the rocks, and to hunt for sea glass and driftwood. Lots of locals were sitting on the sea wall with coffees, watching the adventurous surfers.
Our visit to Sidney by the Sea was one of those random flukes that happen while traveling that turn out to be the highlight of the whole trip. We had planned a week on Vancouver Island. I had a week’s worth of vacation to use up at work. After 2 years of COVID, I was going a little stir crazy. Sidney turned out to be the perfect small town for two or three nights – and filled with no fewer than 6 bookshops!
The UK has several schemes to allow Canadians to spend more time in the country than a regular tourist would. Youth in Canada have particular benefits, as many countries around the world have agreements with Canada to allow youth to travel and work. However, these are often for limited periods (1-2 years) and of course restricted to the young (sigh).
Several months ago, I began looking into how I could obtain the right to live and work in the UK in the longer term. I am a bit notorious in my family for wanting to keep every single option open, and this seemed like one more possibility that could be made available to me.