Every summer rather than going on holiday abroad, my family opts to go down south to stay in my grandad’s caravan in Salcombe. Usually we spend the time on the beach, watching movies and playing card games – there’s no wifi! This year however, we decided to explore more of Devon and really get the most out of our trip.
I thought I would write a sort-of travel journal about the trip, and rather than just taking photographs I would try to make a video – which you’ll find at the end of this post. I really enjoyed this and although I do not consider myself a youtuber I could see myself making more videos just for fun.
So lets go!
Today me and my mum packed up our bags and travelled down South to Totnes train station where we had arranged to pick up my brother and sister. It was rainy and cold – not exactly ideal holiday weather – especially a holiday to the beach. We decided to explore Totnes village a bit before deciding to get dinner in Kingsbridge on our way to the caravan in Salcombe. We opted for burgers which surprisingly looked really fancy! I forgot to bring my camera which I’m pretty bummed about although I still managed a snapchat. Afterwards we carried on to the caravan and began to unpack and make the beds ready for the night. Before bed we played Phase 10 and watched the ITV News and Weather at 10 with our fingers crossed.
As the weather was still bad in Salcombe we decided to visit Paignton where we ate lunch and bought pick n mixes. We then went to Kent’s Cavern which was even more damp and cold haha. But we learnt a lot about cavemen and it was a pretty spectacular thing to see. It took me back to my school history lesson days. Afterwards we had a cream tea while admiring the views outside – pretty thankful for the fresh air.
Possibly the most exciting day eeeek! Today we drove to Dartmouth which involved a car ferry (?!) and hopped on an old fashioned steam train to Paignton. This time instead of just exploring the town, we went to the ZOO! I haven’t been to a zoo since I was about 12 so this was pretty exciting for me. We saw all sorts of animals but my favourites were an elephant named Duchess, the giraffes, orangutans (surprisingly) and of course – the lions! We took the steam train back to Dartmouth where we finally had fish and chips. Today was a good weather day so we had a quick visit to South Sands beach in Salcombe in the evening to finally see the sea up close.
Today we travelled even further away from the caravan to Plymouth Aquarium. I don’t think I have ever been to an aquarium before so I was equally as excited as I was for the zoo. We saw jellyfish, turtles, sharks and lots of different fish of course. Although the sounds of multiple young children shouting ‘NEMO!!’ ‘DORY!!’ will haunt me for years to come. We then decided to explore the shopping centre and have a cheeky nandos before walking to Plymouth Hoe and climbing the lighthouse which was definitely an experience. To think people used to live inside it is mind-blowing and the views were incredible. Not for those who fear heights though! Tonight were the fireworks in Salcombe and we watched from the beach at South Sands. The sound of fireworks and the waves with the stars in the sky was a perfect end to the day.
Today we said goodbye to Salcombe although we hardly saw it. Me and my sister took a quick trip to the beach where I finally got my feet wet in the sea for the first time this holiday lol. We then began our journey home, stopping in Exeter to visit our grandad where we also bumped into our cousins. We had our final meal of the holiday at Jamie’s Italian – blog post to follow – and said goodbye to my siblings at the train station before carrying on home.
Overall it was a really successful holiday despite the bad weather. We made the most of it and I am really pleased with how the video turned out.
I hope you enjoyed and visit some of these places on your next ‘staycation’.
Thank you for reading,