Places I’ve Travelled Lately | Lightly We Stay

It’s safe to say we’ve not been going far lately. Even with the slight (and premature) relaxation of the lockdown measures, we’ve had to reassess what it means to ‘travel’ somewhere. In an attempt to feel less stuck in one place, I’ve been trying to reframe regular activities into something more exciting. So, in that vein, here are a few places I’ve travelled lately.…

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Postcards from… York in Lockdown

Everything is terrible – but being able to wander through empty York streets in the middle of the day has been a weekly tonic amidst the worry. For this post I thought I’d take you with us on our weekly walk. I hope that, wherever you are, it can help you escape to our beautiful city and its spring blossom.…

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Lightly We Stay: Writing a Tourism-Focused Blog During COVID-19

I’ve being toying with this post for almost two months now, since the coronavirus started its mass sweep across the UK and became something truly tangible in our lives here. After a month or so away from blogging – February was a busy month and something had to give – I was just starting to think about picking it back up when COVID-19 hit. In a matter of days, all normality went out the window while we could only stand in the doorway and watch it disappear. Our lives were rendered indoors overnight but for food shopping, medical appointments, and daily exercise.…

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Malham Cove | Hidden Yorkshire

It’s a bit rich of me to start a collection of posts called ‘Hidden Yorkshire’ with Malham Cove, one of the county’s worst-kept secrets, but one of the special things about Yorkshire is even the most famous bits are probably pretty tricky to get to. Malham Cove is no exception, nestled in the south of the Yorkshire Dales, half a mile up from Malham village, which is one of those places you can’t help but wonder how residents cope when it snows. …

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Postcards from… York in Autumn

Contrary to the vast majority of bloggers and instagrammers who are filling up my feeds with their joy at the return of woolen jumpers, rainy days, and cold, dark nights, the colder months are not my favourite. I dread saying goodbye to warm sunshine and long evenings when this time of year rolls around. But now I live in York, there’s something to ease the transition into the latter parts of the year, because autumn in this city can be nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps because it’s the time of year I first moved here (almost exactly four years to the day as I type, no less), but York’s autumn holds such a special place in my heart. I actually think it’s one of the best times to visit the city, so if you’re heading to York this autumn, here are some prime photo-spots for your cosy, golden-toned Instagram feed.…

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