I’m lucky in that I have a home away from home that I can go to any time. It’s lovely to go back, stay at my parents and see all my family but it’s also nice to have a break from the norm. I think people underestimate staycations, there are so many beautiful things to see that are on your doorstep and you don’t need plug adapters and passports for.
For those of you who don’t know. I am from Great Yarmouth (not the actual town, a village just outside). Those that went as children on holidays will have nostalgic memories of playing 2p machines and those that have been as adults will think that it’s a total shit hole. And it is. But that’s not to say that it’s not worth visiting or there aren’t fun things to do.
For starters, it has beautiful beaches. Great Yarmouth beach its self is ok but full of tourists with their shirts off and shit tattoos. Gorleston beach is just down the road and it’s full of golden sand and locals walking dogs and getting ice creams. It’s one of the most peaceful places on earth (unless it’s the summer holidays). Being on the east coast also means that it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise first thing.
If you’re after a bit more action then the seafront in Great Yarmouth makes for a great day out. The snails at Joyland are famous and have been giving locals and tourists fun since 1949, and I am sure that they were just as exciting then as they are now. Great Yarmouth seafront also does the best ice cream you just have to be mindful of the seagulls as your ice cream is as appealing to them as it is to you. They are also rather fond of sausage rolls – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
If a traditional seaside trip isn’t for you and you want to escape the caravans and flying food thieves then you have to visit what Norfolk is most famed for. And no, it’s not inbred people. The Broads are beautiful and well worth a visit, I was lucky to have them just a short walk from my parent’s house, but whether you’re a bird watcher or just want to get pissed up on a boat with your mates while chilling out in the sun, the broads are deffo somewhere worth visiting.
It might not beat sunning yourself in Barcelona and it might be full of shirtless tourists with football logos tattooed on to their chests but Great Yarmouth should certainly be on your bucket list! I guess you never really appreciate somewhere until you move away.