How To Plan The Perfect Countryside Escape

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

One of the greatest joys of traveling is that you have a world of possibilities at your fingertips, whether you want to catch some sunshine in tropical destinations or explore bustling streets on a city escape. No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to have fun.

However, many people underestimate the benefits of a countryside escape. For example: 

  • Countryside escapes are often less expensive than other holidays, as you are straying away from the beaten track instead of visiting tourist hotspots.
  • Countryside escapes allow you to spend more time outdoors, which is a great way to have a relaxing time on holiday
  • Countryside escapes encourage you to spend quality one-on-one time with your travel partners and disconnect from the chaos of everyday life. 

With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to plan the perfect countryside escape! 

  • Start by finding the perfect accommodation. While you may be planning on spending most of your time outdoors, your accommodation plays a pivotal role in your holiday experience. After all, you need to be able to relax, unwind and get some sleep after a busy day of adventure. This means that you should research your options carefully. Thankfully, there is plenty of accommodation in Yorkshire and other countryside areas to choose from – whether you are looking for rustic ‘stables’ style accommodation or a cozy inn. Ensure you choose an accommodation style that fits the vibe you are looking for on your holiday, as this will help you have a more authentic countryside experience. 
  • Push yourself to be more adventurous. Being adventurous while on vacation is a great way to make this summer unforgettable – meaning you should try to pack your holiday with plenty of fun, adventurous activities, especially if they are not offered back on your home turf. For example, while you could try cycling or hiking, you should also keep an eye out for location-specific activities, such as Rock Climbing in Scafell Pike or white-water rafting. 
  • Consider hiring a car. When heading out on a countryside escape, it’s important to remember that public transport may be slightly different at your chosen location. For example, buses and trains may run less frequently as the area is remote. As a result, when planning the perfect vacation, you might want to consider renting a car. This gives you a chance to travel further afield from your hotel, visiting historic landmarks, idyllic villages, or even some award-winning restaurants. 
  • Live in the moment. As mentioned previously, one of the significant benefits of heading on a countryside escape is spending more time outdoors. This is because spending time outside (in sunshine or rain) can help increase your body’s production of serotonin, meaning it’s a great way to unwind, destress and protect your mental health. To get as much out of this experience as possible, you should spend as much time outdoors as possible while learning to live in the moment. Leave your phone at the hotel and spend your time connecting with nature, collecting your thoughts, and focusing on making memories. 

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