England: A Travel Wish List

There are so many places I’d like to go, but one that shows up on my radar over and over is England. I have a sentimental relationship with England because my dad lived there, so I spent a good deal of time in London in my early 20s. I loved it! Soon after, my mom fell in love with Cornwall, the rugged southwestern tip of England, and has returned there many times.

Travel in Cornwall, England

Photo credit: “Woodbridge Farm, Wadebridge, Cornwall, England” by Alison Johnstone on Flickr.com

Lately I’ve been more active on Pinterest, creating “Travel Wish List” boards such as England: A Travel Wish List and Europe: The Ultimate Vacation. Obviously, I’m daydreaming about travel and wishing to take a big trip to Europe again, and one of the places I’d go first is England. I know my two boys would love the culture and peaceful nature there.

Travel in Cornwall, England

Photo credit: “Cornwall, England – Bedruthan Steps 8” by Benjamin Vander Steen on Flickr.com

Two of the places I would like to spend a family vacation are Cornwall and London. In fact, I hope to go there in the next year or so because my mom goes to Cornwall every year. However, traveling as a family from California to Europe gets expensive, so I would have to find ways to economize. After looking into vacation rentals on Airbnb or Go with Oh, I would check for travel discounts for theater tickets, spa treatments, and more local sites like Travelzoo’s Local Deals. Then I would research what to do with kids in Cornwall (like hiking) and London (14 tips here).

Cornwall has small seaside towns, beautiful nature, and lots and lots of walking paths. These paths pass rivers and farms and eventually lead to the sea.

Travel in Cornwall, England

Photo credit: “Marazion, Cornwall 10-03-2005” by Karen Roe on Flickr.com

Travel in Cornwall, England

Photo credit: “Newquay, Cornwall, England” by Francisco Antunes on Flickr.com

Travel in Cornwall, England

Padstow, Cornwall. Photo credit: Alison Johnstone on Flickr.

England: A Travel Wish-List

The Maze and Glendurgan, Cornwall. Photo credit: Tim Green on Flickr.

Travel in Cornwall, England

Lansallos Church in Cornwall, England, from the 1400s

Cornwall seems like a quiet, relaxing, yet interesting family destination, but there must be many other areas of England that would make a good base for a family vacation. What do you think?


  • Jaya says:

    Very nice pictures and write up .Will keep in my bookmark and use it when I travel.

  • Sally says:

    Hi Jenna,

    I was really delighted to discover your blog yesterday. I will be visiting California from the UK in July (Yosemite, Carmel/Big Sur and San Francisco) for my special 40th birthday trip so am finding your travel tips and recommendations of things to see and do whilst over really helpful as I plan my itinerary. So thank you very much for taking the time to write them!

    In terms of places I would recommend for a family holiday to the England, there are so many places to choose from. But here’s a few for starters…

    1) The Lake District – if you love the great outdoors, you’ll love this part of England. Beautiful landscapes, amazing walks and friendly locals (though I might be slightly biased as I used to live here!), it really is one of my favourite parts of the world. The Northern part of the Lakes around Keswick/Buttermere is one of my favourite areas and afternoon tea at Miller Howe on Windermere is a must! http://www.golakes.co.uk/

    2) Dorset – as you love Cornwall, I think you’d love Dorset too. On the Southern coast, this is the perfect place to go with a small family – gorgeous beaches, breathtaking views and snug little villages and market towns – it’s straight out of a Miss Marple set! Plus it’s one of the best places to go fossil hunting in the UK – my four year old nephew loved it here! http://www.visit-dorset.com

    3) Northumbria – stretching from Hadrians Wall along the Scottish border, this is a truly magical part of England and is steeped in history. With two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a National Park, Northumberland has vast expanses of dune-fringed beaches and truly is a place to get away from it all and recharge the batteries. Alnwick Castle is a must for Harry Potter fans young and old as it used on location as Hogwarts! http://www.visitnorthumberland.com

    Hope these tips are useful!


    • Jenna says:

      Hi Sally, How nice of you to provide all these tips. I look forward to the day I can take my kids to England…hopefully not too far in the future since my mom goes there about once a year. 🙂

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