Microgap (n.) – The best bits of a gap year in a few days, right here in the UK. Whether you want to develop your skills, give something back to the community or landscape, relax your mind or go totally wild, you can find the coolest projects, the craziest experiences and the most beautiful spots across Great Britain & Northern Ireland. You could be just around the corner from your dream workshop, a train ride away from conquering England’s tallest mountain or a stone’s throw from cascading waterfalls and wild swimming spots.
Adventure is so easyWhy do we so rarely explore the adventures to be had closest to us? Especially when some of the best experiences in the world are right here in the UK. Organising and travelling to them is easy, meaning that you need less planning time and can even be totally spontaneous. What are you waiting for?
Switch OffTake some time out to unwind, reflect and recharge. Make space for a mindfulness day retreat with guided meditations, flow yoga, affirmation art and walking therapy. Experience the healing forest bathing powers of Shinrin-Yoku in East Sussex, a short trip from London. This is a traditional Japanese awareness meditation, proven to be a profound antidote to anxiety, tension and stress. And at The Quiet Site in the Lake District, you can wake up in the middle of the luscious countryside in your own carbonal-neutral glamping pod.
If 2020 is a year you plan to focus on your self-development then a Microgap can help you to be your best self. You can gain valuable experience and knowledge, have fun learning new skills and meet like-minded people. It might even help you with a new career direction. From shoemaking to sewing, glass-making to pottery throwing, and flower arranging to building terrariums, you don't need to travel far or commit to a long course to try these things out.
Feel the need to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to your limits? Planning an adventure in the UK is easy but that doesn’t mean that the challenge won’t be hard. Or maybe you just want to get back to nature, hiking to remote and rugged places and wild swimming like a mermaid. Feel what it’s like to be an Arctic explorer as you ice climb in Manchester or Lochaber, Scotland, zip line through caverns in Wales or bungee jump from a bridge at various locations across the UK. They’re all easy to get to by car, train, bus or boat.
Be sustainable, be inspirational. Be a beekeeper for the day at Quince Honey Farm in North Devon and learn everything about nature’s smallest big heroes and how you can help protect them - complete with honey craft beer tasting. If you’re more of a porcupine person, head over to Sevenoaks, Kent and help with their conservation – cuteness overload while saving the planet.
What better way to end a fun-filled day than with some well-deserved rest at one of these comfy hotels?