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Three Reasons to Book Your British Staycation in the Lake District

Three Reasons to Book Your British Staycation in the Lake District

When it comes to holidays a lot has changed in the habits of UK holiday-makers in recent years. Not long ago, we would all rush to the travel agent or last-minute deal site to book a week in the sun. However, it seems that an increasing amount of Brits are now deciding to swap Spain or Greece for a break at home.

Often referred to as a “staycation”, The Guardian recently reported that due to the drop in the value of the pound following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, holidays abroad have become much more expensive, making a staycation even more appealing.

If you are considering a staycation, what are the best locations to make the most of your summer break? One of the most popular by far is the Lake District in North West England. To show you why it’s well worth a visit, here are three great reasons.

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A Wealth of Activities To Try Something New

Obviously the Lake District might not be for you if you love a city break, but for those who love the countryside there are a wealth of activities awaiting you, no matter your age.

If exploring is your bag, there’s no finer destination. With walks of varying difficulty around the lakes, hills, and mountains, the Lakes are overflowing with options. Just take a look at the legendary Alfred Wainwright’s list of walks to find one which will best suit you.

If you fancy something slightly more extreme, you can go caving or potholing, and there are even opportunities to sleep in a cave if you really want to be at one with wilderness.

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If water sports are more your thing, then you’re in luck. You can enjoy pretty much anything on the various lakes, especially on Lake Windermere. Take a look at the top picks in this Trip Advisor post.

As you can see, there is something for young and old in the Lake District to keep busy for at least a week.

Great Accommodation

Aside from the fun and games awaiting you in the Lakes, it is also important to find the right accommodation for your staycation. Thankfully, there is everything on offer from hostels to five-star luxury. Lots of people who visit the Lake District come for an adventure holiday and enjoy camping for which there are many different sites. Find out more on the National Trust site.  Alternatively, if you are looking for something a little more relaxing and luxurious, there are a number of lakeside hotels including the Lake District Country Hotels chain which are perfect for a couples retreat.

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A Region Rich In Culture

If the great outdoors are something you’d prefer to experience from the warmth of a country pub window or lakeside cafe, then you’re in luck because the Lakes are also rich in history and culture. You can experience beauty and charm without hiking anywhere.

The sheer beauty of the vast landscape of the Lake District is something which has inspired many famous writers, artists and publications over the years. For literary fans, there really is something for everyone in the Lakes from the museum of romantic Poet William Wordsworth to Hill Top House, once the home of celebrated children’s author Beatrix Potter and now a National Trust attraction.

If your food and drink are a priority, the Lake District will satisfy your taste buds for sure. From Cumberland sausage to Grasmere gingerbread, the Lake District has lots of local delicacies for you to sample. For those who love fine dining there’s plenty to enjoy, too. Take a look at this great list compiled by The Telegraph which includes a number of Michelin star eateries such as Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere and The Samling in Windermere.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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