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Be spontaneous on the Isle of Wight

Fri 17 Jan 2014

Be spontaneous on the Isle of Wight

A recently published survey from lastminute.com has revealed an uptick in spontaneous travel over the years, with the evolution of technology being noted as one of the influencers. Brits are travelling at the last minute more often than ever, with an increase in short breaks also influencing the figures.

With this in mind - and certainly with Valentine's Day on the horizon - why not consider whisking yourself and a loved one off to the Isle of Wight? There are many aspects about this wonderful island that warrant a spontaneous trip, and its accessibility and proximity to the UK make it ideal for maximising the time spent enjoying the local sights. Half the battle is deciding to go - book your ferry today, and as early as this weekend, you could be enjoying some of the attractions offered only by the Isle of Wight.

Atmosphere aplenty

The Isle of Wight offers an Olde Worlde atmosphere that you seldom find anywhere else in the UK. With its gorgeous villages containing houses with thatched roofs, you could have just stepped into The Lord of the Rings or another fantasy novel. Lose yourself in this other world. The old village of Shanklin has charm in abundance - it's famed for its stunning beaches and suntropical gardens, as well as the old seaside traditions that have kept it going for as long as anyone can remember. Its unique character only adds to the attraction. Other places on the isle renowned for their atmosphere include Carisbrooke Castle - an impressive fortification that reminds everyone within sight that things were built to last in days gone by. 

Accommodation

The Isle of Wight is ideal for camping, with vast swathes of rolling countryside at its disposal. However, as it's January and we're going for spontaneous, you're more likely to be thinking a holiday cottage or a bed and breakfast in one of the more atmospheric and picturesque towns. There is an abundance of both available so have no fear - especially during January as it's out of the holiday season. One of the good things about a spontaneous break at this time of year is that you won't have to share the island with thousands of tourists. There is even pet friendly accommodation available, so if all that is stopping you is the worry about your furry friend, feel free to bring them along.

Dining

A spontaneous meal in a gorgeous sea-facing restaurant. Sounds good, doesn't it? There are dozens of places offering picturesque sights, quirky interiors and excellent food on the island. Part of the fun is discovering these eateries for yourself, but if you're looking for inspiration, check out Baywatch on the Beach, which has jaw-dropping views of the Solent and the English Channel and wonderful seafood dishes. The New Inn located in Shalfleet serves the best pub food, while the Pond Cafe in Bonchurch serves as an excellent place for a sandwich or a spontaneous night out. So why not be a bit spontaneous, and book your trip right now?ADNFCR-3083-ID-801683675-ADNFCR

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