We have a habit of booking a flight to take us to another country for our vacation, whether it’s a city break in Europe, a beach vacation in Florida, or an all-inclusive package in Mexico.
There are thousands of destinations to fly to – but with the current restrictions, we may have to think of an alternative for our vacation this year.
What about ferries?
Off the coast of Great Britain there are many other smaller islands that could easily become our new favorite vacation spots, just a short ferry ride away.
So pack your bag, book your ticket, and head to one of these little islands for your summer vacation.
Isle of Wight
Known for its sandy beaches, stunning sea views, country walks, surfing and tranquil surroundings, the Isle of Wight has a lot to offer for the perfect vacation spot.
Ferries depart from Lymington, Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea, the journey usually takes an hour.
In addition to its beautiful surroundings, it features the Isle of Wight Festival, Cowes Week, Carnivals, Blackgang China (UK’s oldest theme park) and the Dinosaur Isle Museum.
An island just off the northwest coast of Wales, famous for its beaches and historic ruins, Anglesey is full of character and is a tranquil destination for everyone. No ferry is needed as the island is linked to mainland Wales by the Port Britannia Bridge.
It offers beaches, forests, South Stack Lighthouse, Beaumaris Castle, hidden gardens, country parks and walks where you will discover the striking coastline, which has been named an Area of ââOutstanding Natural Beauty.
Some of the best beaches are said to be found in Anglesey, with the coast stretching for miles. It is known to have “the most varied landscapes in Great Britain” according to visit Anglesey.
The largest Channel Island, Jersey is located between England and France and functions as an autonomous dependency of the British Crown. All over Jersey you will experience a blend of British and French culture for the perfect island vacation.
The island offers miles of beaches to enjoy, cliff and coast walks, bays for kayaking, boat trips, a distillery and cider house, museums, botanical gardens and ancient sites of battlefields to explore.
The ferry from Poole takes around four hours while the ferry from Portsmouth takes 10 hours, so if you are closer to Poole this would definitely be the best option.
But sit by the window, look outside and enjoy your surroundings, you might even spot some wild animals on the way.
Located near the French coast in the English Channel, Guernsey is also an autonomous dependency of the British Crown.
Discover St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, or stroll further afield where you will find crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and coastal walks across the island.
Visitors can explore the Chateau Cornet, the little chapel, the Occupation Museum and the marina, or enjoy the breathtaking view of the tip of Jerbourg. You will never run out of something to do on this island.
Ferries to Guernsey from Great Britain depart from Poole and Portsmouth, with Poole being the fastest in just three hours to get to the island.
Isle of man
The Isle of Man is one of the British Isles but is not part of the United Kingdom, it is an autonomous dependency of the British Crown. It is located in the North West of England in the Irish Sea.
Being one of the smaller islands, it is only about 30 miles long by 10 miles wide. The Isle of Man offers a mild climate, with beautiful coastlines, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. It is also famous for the Tourist Trophy – a popular motorcycle race that takes place on the island every year.
Ferries can be taken from Liverpool to Douglas, Isle of Man which takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes, or you can take the Heysham ferry which takes just under four hours. A longer trip, but you can sit back and relax without worrying about driving or collecting your luggage from the carousel.
Some travel restrictions are still in place, so if you want to visit any of the above islands, it’s best to check the government website for the latest travel news – but the majority of islands allow residents of Great Britain to visit.
Going from planes to ferries could become our new way of traveling, exploring these beautiful little islands close to home, while avoiding the hassle of airport check-in or the fear of losing our luggage at the airport.